And so the sun sets on another E3. I hope you all saw at least a few shiny new things that caught your eye, either from our own studios, or from our industry partners. I’ve covered a number of these shows now, and I really can’t remember a year that had such a huge range of reveals, from nostalgic crowd-pleasers, to blockbuster sequels, to big, bold new IP.
To wrap things up, I sat down with Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida to look back at some of his favourite announcements of the week. See below for his thoughts, watch our highlight reel at the top of the post,and then let us know what your highlights were in the comments below.
See you next year!
The Last Guardian
“I’m very happy that I can now talk about The Last Guardian coming to PS4 and finally show the game! Development is in very good shape, and that’s why we re-announced at E3. We have great confidence in the game’s development.
“I’m both relieved and getting renewed stress because we announced the release window. This is the second time so we cannot miss it!”
“That’s another huge effort. It’s super exciting. It’s a completely new creation platform by Media Molecule. You can create and play games but you don’t have to be limited to that – you can also create art, animation and music. Everything is shared if you choose, so you can pick up objects from other people’s dreams and use them in your own creations. Creating 3D objects is really technical but the team has made it so that it is very intuitive to do so.
“We’re very excited to show more during Paris Games Week – this was just a little tease!”
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
“We only showed part of the first half of the E3 demo. When you see the second part you’ll be blown away. If you liked the first part, great – but the second half is even better!”
Horizon Zero Dawn
“Horizon is a big, big project and I am super, super excited about it. Coming into E3 and re-announcing The Last Guardian was really exciting but we knew people were waiting for it and would be happy to see it. But Horizon is a totally new IP with a very unique set-up, where you’re fighting against robots with a bow and arrow. I was really hoping that people would like it, and it seems the reaction from consumers was really positive.”
Final Fantasy VII Remake
“Of course I was very, very happy to see Final Fantasy VII actually being remade. So many people wanted it. I didn’t know about it until very late in the process, and when I came to rehearsals and saw the video I was like, ‘Oh my god!’.”
“I was talking to Suzuki-san last year when I saw him at an event. He said that, as so many people were asking for Shenmue III, he was exploring a good way to restart the project – and he has a really good relationship with Sega who own the IP. So I’m really happy to see that the SCEA third party relations team was able to work out an agreement to support his Kickstarter project. Once the Kickstarter project is funded we will offer the same kind of support that we’ve been doing with many independent projects.
“The reaction to the announcement was so great. I had dinner after the show with Hashimoto-san, who is the top guy on Final Fantasy series at Square-Enix, and Suzuki-san on the same table, and we were such happy people!”
For all people who had asked for FF7 Remake, Shenmue III and The Last Guardian in our conference tonight :D pic.twitter.com/o5WpUYXjFz
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) June 16, 2015