Cloud gets a flower, MediEvil returns, Monster Hunter's getting more expansions, and there's a new Predator game. This morning's livestream wasn't long, but there's some good stuff. Here's everything that was shown off this morning.
Final Fantasy 7 appears, doesn't have turn-based combat
The biggest news this morning. It's been aeons since we've heard much about Square's episodic remake of FF7, so it was nice to see in action.
Character models and environments look great so far, but the biggest change is a move towards action-RPG combat like Final Fantasy 15. I'm fine with that, although I wouldn't mind enemies and bosses being more complicated to fight than how they turned out in FF15. More info is due to be announced in June, probably at Square's E3 conference.
Away is a survival game featuring a cute woodland critter
Coming to PS4 (but PC as well via Steam), Away features a cute sugar glider struggling to survive at the bottom of the food chain. "Inspired by nature documentaries, AWAY: The Survival Series is a 3rd-person adventure game that takes you on the Sugar Glider's breathtaking journey into the wild," the description says.
The MediEvil remake is looking colourful
A PlayStation classic from the late '90s, MediEvil is launching on PS4 on October 25. No word on whether Sir Fortesque's dad-tier jokes are getting remastered along with the graphics, but everything's coming along nicely so far.
There's a Predator game with asymmetrical multiplayer
It won't be out until 2020 and the announcement trailer was completely CGI. I'm on board with the idea, but then I genuinely enjoyed Evolve until that completely fell over. Similar principle will apply here: one person will play as the Predator, while others will play as the paramilitary Fireteam.
Chances are we'll hear more about this not at E3 (because Sony won't be there this year) but at PlayStation Experience later on.
An isometric Minecraft-looking hack-and-slash indie
Riverbond, which had the most uplifting music of anything on the livestream, is an isometric couch co-op adventure for up to four people. Run around, hack the crap out of stuff with friends. It'll launch later this winter.
Monster Hunter World Iceborne drops September 6
More snowy wastes to explore? Yes please. It worked wonders for Horizon: Zero Dawn and it's looking smashing in Monster Hunter: World as well. A Master Edition of the game will be launched later this year with Iceborne and all the previous releases, if you haven't gotten into the Capcom series yet. MH fans will also appreciate the return of Tigrex flying wyverns (you can hear their roar at the end of the trailer). Should be good stuff.
So that's it - pretty light on the new announcements and releases. But seeing some gameplay from FF7 is a nice touch, and Iceborne is looking really solid. MediEvil I'm less jazzed about, but only because I didn't grow up with it or the requisite nostalgia, not because of anything shown off.
Quality over quantity, then. What'd you think about what was shown off, and how do you think the Direct-style format is working out for Sony?