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Gamescom 2012: Sony’s Press Conference roundup (part 2)

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Following on from my previous post, here is what Sony had in store for us in the second half hour of their press conference held in Cologne on Tuesday night.

(You can read Part 1 this round up here)

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

LittleBigPlanet featured again in an upcoming Cross Controller DLC pack for LittleBigPlanet 2. This pack allows you to use your Vita to control the action on the main screen. Some examples of gameplay were demonstrated, from displaying a schematic map to moving blocks or wheels around with the Vita’s touch controls to using the Vita as an X-ray scanner to look around the room for secret panels. A final funny sequence saw Sackboy rescue a princess, then jump into a warp pipe and appear on the Vita where he toggled a switch to help the princess escape the castle.

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

We quickly moved on to a brief PlayStation Plus segment. Five new games are on their way to PS Plus this year, one of them being Red Dead Redemption in September. Also included in the service is 1GB of cloud save game storage. European first-time PS Plus subscribers can look forward to a discount of 25% in September this year.

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

A section on Wonderbook pitched the concept as a platform for virtual books, the first of which is the Book of Spells based on the Harry Potter series. Two other future Wonderbook titles were announced: Diggs Nightcrawler and BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs. Diggs Nightcrawler is a film-noir story about a bookworm who is a private investigator. Walking With Dinosaurs lets you enter the world of the famous BBC series about dinosaurs. You can even feed the Stegosaurus. Michael Denny also announced that Disney is bringing their content to Wonderbook, but no titles were shown or mentioned yet.

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Denny summarised the PS Move line up for this year’s holiday season: Sports Champions 2, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Dance Star Party Hits and Book of Spells.

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

David Rutter from EA Sports made a second appearance for the day after talking up FIFA at the EA conference. Here he was talking up FIFA again, but this time he was explaining the PlayStation Move features. Exentsive use of the pointer allows you to select exactly where to pass the ball and even to plan runs by off the ball players, adding tactical options to your FIFA play.

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Next up were three brand new titles, starting with Until Dawn. All we could tell from the trailer was that it is a survival horror game which uses the Move. There are presentations for the game tomorrow, after which we should have a much clearer picture of just what Sony have in store for us.

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Rain from Japan Studio was next – a game about a boy that is invisible and can only be seen in the rain. The title of the game is still a “working title” so the game is probably still in early development, but the atmosphere is evocative and the game looks very intruiging.

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gavin Moore from Japan Studio finished off the segment with a description of Puppeteer, another new title. The game takes place in a magical puppet world where everything happens on a single puppet stage.

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

The event wrapped up with a brief mention of Beyond, a montage of The Last of Us and finally a trailer of Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified.

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Thanks to Sony for a great media event – we hope to have more info about all these titles after attending Sony’s presentations and playing the games we can on the show floor.

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference

Gamescom 2012 Sony Press Conference


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