Europe has always been an important territory for the PlayStation brand and one in which it has thrived. Sony’s commitment to gamescom 2012 further cements this fact and it will be very interesting to see how the crowds respond to the platform holder’s line-up of titles for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network and PS Vita.
We can expect Sony to get behind the Vita in particular, since sales of the handheld are still faltering worldwide and the company came under a fair amount of scrutiny during E3 2012 for showing so little of the handheld’s line-up during its presentation at the event.
So far it appears that Sony will preview two unannounced titles at gamescom 2012 along with the following games:
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3 and PS Vita)
- Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
- The Last of Us (PS3)
- Assassin’s Creed III (PS3)
- LittleBigPlanet Karting (PS3)
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3)
- The Unfinished Swan (PSN)
- LittleBigPlanet (PS Vita)
- Soul Sacrifice (PS Vita)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (PS Vita)
- Dust 514 companion app (PS Vita)
It’s likely that at least one of the unannounced titles will be for PlayStation Move while the other one could possibly be for PS Vita, or even a new HD collection for PS3.
Based on this list, the games I’m most looking forward to seeing more of are the two giant PS3 exclusives scheduled for next year – The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.
I’m always excited to see the PS3’s impressive graphical capabilities exploited and both these games are looking truly incredible. I’m also eager to learn more about Beyond’s plot and hope to see how Quantic Dream has evolved Heavy Rain’s contextual gameplay to make its new title even more interactive and intuitive than its predecessor.
In terms of The Last of Us, I’d like to see some new environments and characters revealed at gamescom, along with a more in-depth look at its intriguing, survival horror-like inventory system.
Sony’s PS Vita line-up should also impress at gamescom, with titles like LittleBigPlanet, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Soul Sacrifice driving home the point that the handheld is in a league of its own when it comes to delivering a home console experience on the go.
Ubisoft hasn’t confirmed whether it will showcase Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation at gamescom but here’s hoping that the publisher does since we haven’t seen too much of this potentially awesome title, especially when you consider that it releases at the end of October.
Call of Duty fans will be relieved that Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is scheduled to make an appearance at gamescom. This PS Vita exclusive is supposedly coming out over the next few months so why then hasn’t a single screenshot or trailer been released for it? Even the game’s developer is a mystery!
Hopefully we see some actual footage of Black Ops Declassified at gamescom and an updated release window is announced. I really don’t mind if it’s pushed back to next year as long as the final product is up to scratch.
One last point worth mentioning is that Sony could have a nice surprise awaiting PS Vita owners during its gamescom press conference. At E3 we were promised that support for PSone Classics would arrive on Vita “this summer” so it’s possible that Sony could use its press conference to announce that a new system update is available for the PS Vita that features PSone support as well as some of the other tweaks we’ve been asking for, such as an improved internet browser.
Gamescom will run from August 15th through to the 19th in Cologne, Germany. El33tonline will be there covering the event so don’t miss out on the latest news and impressions from the world’s most spectacular videogame showcase.