Sony always has a big presence at the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) for one very good reason: Sony makes products that are very popular in Japan. At its big TGS press conference this week, Sony made a number of big announcements.
Because the show is primarily geared toward the Japanese gaming market, many of the new games have yet to be announced for the rest of the world. But considering the history, there’s a good chance many or most of them will come to these Western shores at some point down the line.
Below, we run down the six biggest pieces of PlayStation news to come out of Sony’s TGS press conference.
1. Project Morpheus is now called PlayStation VR
It may not be the most imaginative product name in the world, but it sure gets right to the point. Sony’s virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4 is no longer called by the code name Project Morpheus, which it has used since it was announced last year.
Project Morpheus is dead. Long live PlayStation VR.
There’s still no concrete release date for this mind-bending PS4 add-on, but it’s still expected to launch sometime in the first half of 2016.
2. The first major Bloodborne expansion announced
Although the game isn’t very welcoming to people who aren’t looking for a serious challenge, Bloodborne is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed PlayStation 4 exclusives to date. So it comes as no surprise that the game will be getting a major expansion soon.
It’s called “The Old Hunters,” and it launches on November 24 in Japan. On December 3, a new physical version of the game that includes a download code for the expansion will be released. The game did extremely well in the Western market, so expect similar launch dates for the U.S. release.
3. Jack the Ripper is coming to Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Although this news reaches across platforms, Ubisoft announced it at Sony’s TGS press conference, so we’re including it here. To wit, the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper will be painting the streets of London red in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, provided you pony up and buy the downloadable content.
The Ripper missions take place 20 years after the events of the core game, and have you team up with an inspector from Scotland Yard to track down the murderer. This piece of DLC will be available on its own, or as part of the game’s season pass, which also includes three other mission packs, a gear pack, and a permanent XP boost.
4. Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps announced
Capcom has announced it will release an online shooter set in the Resident Evil universe on PS4 in 2016. (It may come to other platforms as well, but PS4 is the only one announced so far). We don’t have many details beyond what’s shown in the trailer above, but we expect a U.S. release of the game, because the Capcom’s U.S. YouTube account posted the trailer to as well. If you like shooting and Resident Evil, stay tuned for more info on this one.
5. Gravity Rush and a sequel are coming to PS4
One of the most impressive games to launch in the early days of the PS Vita was Gravity Rush, a game starring a woman who could defy the laws of gravity and launch herself into the air in any direction. Sony has announced that the game will be getting a PS4 port, along with a PS4-exclusive sequel. The games are set to launch in 2016 in Japan, but there’s no reason to think they won’t make it to the U.S. as well.
6. Dragon Quest Builders comes out January 28 in Japan
It’s hard to exaggerate the importance of the Dragon Quest franchise in Japan. While it has struck a chord with many Western RPG fans in recent years, thanks to remakes on the Nintendo 3DS and iOS, it has been one of the biggest video game franchises of all time in Japan.
So when Square Enix announced a Minecraft-like take on the colorful fantasy series, people listened. We now know this block-building RPG will launch in Japan on January 28, though no date has been announced for the rest of the world.