Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference has revealed a number of new games, as well as the release date for Monster Hunter: World.
The days of the Tokyo Game Show being a major international event rivalling E3 are long gone, but it’s still an important show for Japanese publishers and there’s always at least a few new announcements and titbits.
The show itself doesn’t start till Thursday, so there may be more news to come from other companies then, but Sony has just held their usual press conference and revealed a number of new games. Even if a lot of them are just remasters.
PS1 favourite Final Fantasy IX is being released on the Japanese PlayStation Store today, although it seems to be more or less a straight port and nothing on the scale of the Final Fantasy VII or Resident Evil remakes (the original versions of all three games had similar pre-rendered backdrops).
Update: The game is being added to the UK PlayStation Store today, for £16.99. That gets you the game, a custom theme, and eight character avatars. As implied it is slightly more than just a port, and features, ‘high-definition movies and character models, trophy support, auto-save functionality, and optional game boosters including high-speed mode and no encounter mode.’
Also announced was Dragon’s Crown Pro for PlayStation 4, which will be out on January 25 in Japan. But as with most of these games it’s unclear if that’ll be the same for Europe.
It also seems to be pretty much the same game as the original release, especially given it has cross-play functionality with the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita versions. It will run in 4K though.
Developer Vanillaware were also on stage to promote their next game 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, which is currently a PlayStation exclusive.
Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is at least a brand new game, and is due out on December 7 in Japan and next year in the West. We think most people have probably lost faith in the series over the last several years, but this one is by WWE developer Yuke’s and not series creator Sandlot.
And while it’s not a PlayStation exclusive, the Sony press conference was also used to announce the worldwide release date of Monster Hunter: World, which will be coming out on January 26. That will include a special edition PS4 Pro console and a collector’s edition and digital deluxe edition of the game.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the event though was how much time was spent on VR, which is a bigger deal in Japan than most other countries.
The headliner news was that PlayStation 2 game Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner is being remastered for PlayStation 4 with VR support.
In Japan at least it’ll be renamed Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS, and will bring with it improved textures and sound, at 4K resolution. There didn’t seem to be any indication that original creator Hideo Kojima is involved though.
(Update: Konami UK has confirmed the game’s name and that it’ll also be released on PC. There’s not much more information though, other than the existing PlayStation 3 remaster ‘forms the basis of the new edition’.)
Another name we didn’t expect to see again is Sega’s Gungrave, which will be getting a new game on PlayStation VR. Train simulator A-Train will also be getting a VR instalment, and ARK: Survival Evolved spin-off ARK Park looks very much like Jurassic World Evolution – only in VR and without the official licence.
Finally, in non-VR news, Square Enix has announced a new game called Left Alive. It features artwork from Metal Gear (and Zone Of The Enders) artist Yoji Shinkawa, with help from Ghost in the Shell mech designer Takayuki Yanase.
Considering director Toshifumi Nabeshima is best known for the Armored Core series we’re expecting lots of giant robots, which is a very good thing in our book.
You can see one of them in the trailer below, but more info will be revealed later in the week. The game is due out on PlayStation 4 and PC next year.
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