Only a few more days until the Makuhari Messe doors open to the largest gaming event in Asia. So that means it’s time to generate some pre-show interest.  The format has changed quite a bit over the years, and now the only one to take the stage is Sony. Expectations were not the highest going in, with hope for announcements about Gravity Rush 2 (Gravity Daze over here), Project Setsuna, and a few others.

*The Sony platform(s) for each game will be listed after the title. Some games will be available on PC/XB1/etc, but as this is Sony’s conference, those will be the only platforms listed.

Surprisingly enough, Sony was showing a lot of love for the humble Vita, which has largely been written off in the West. The show began with an announcement of some new colors for the handheld unit, coming out this week.

Then Yoshida took the main stage and the show was in full swing as he announced the first big expansion for arguably the best PS4 exclusive thus far, Bloodborne (PS4).  The expansion, titled The Old Hunters, focuses on how Yarnham came to be the horrifying place it is, looking at the hunters of the past. The expansion will feature new weapons such as a buzzsaw sword and a bow-and-arrow, new magic, new monsters, and even a few of the old bosses brought back with modifications.  It’s time to cleanse the streets again. $20 in November and probably well worth it.

Turning the steering wheel right around in the opposite direction, the next announcement was for the next edition of Hot Shots Golf (PS4). The trailer had a pretty catchy song.

Now let me ask you a question – do you like apples? Gravity Rush remastered (PS4). How do you like those apples? Yes, the game that was well-received but never really got a huge following on the Vita has been officially announced after it was already leaked earlier. It will come in December in Japan, February for the West, and will contain all the DLC, along with updated graphics. But in 2016 we’ll also see Gravity Rush 2 (PS4), so you can get an extra helping of Kat.


First-party titles finished, it was time for some other teams to come up and peddle their wares.  First up was Ubisoft, with a new hero class – The Oni – for their upcoming For Honor (PS4), the period-styled multiplayer hack-n-slash featuring warriors of different cultures and ages. But really, showing off the samurai in Japan? After that was the first trailer for the Jack the Ripper DLC campaign for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (PS4). Set after the main series, you’ll apparently be tasked with putting a stop to the Whitechapel murders. It’s certainly a much darker tone than the rest of the game trailers seem to suggest.

SEGA was next on stage with some brief announcements on the Yakuza series (known as Ryu ga Gotoku locally).  First came Ryu ga Gotoku: Kiwami (PS3/4)- a complete remaster of the original Yakuza game, but with added content such as new scenes to depict more of the story, new combat systems, and new minigames. Ryu ga Gotoku (PS4) was also mentioned, but SEGA will be doing a separate announcement for that, so it was more of a footnote. Though there was mention of a demo included in copies of Kiwami.


A stream of trailers quickly showed snippets of King of Fighters XIV (PS4), Just Cause 3 (PS4), Phantasy Star Online 2 (PS4), and Star Wars Battlefront (PS4). Then Bandai Namco came up to briefly present trailers for One Piece: Burning Blood (PS4/Vita) – a fighting game done with help from Spike-Chunsoft, and Gundam Extreme VS Force (Vita), the latest entry in the EX series. While it will likely never see the West, it will probably do rather well here in Japan.

Next, Koei Tecmo had a few things to say, bringing up the next title in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (PS3, PS4, Vita) series for a moment before displaying a trailer for Toukiden 2 (PS3, PS4, Vita). This one will apparently be a fully open-world game, which might mean taking on gigantic beasts without dealing with silly instanced maps. Then the big man, Kou Shibusawa himself, re-announced a title he’d first brought up a decade ago in 2005 – Nioh (PS4), which has an interesting past as it was supposed to be a tie-in game to a film based on a script of the late Akira Kurosawa, about a blond-haired samurai in the 1600s.  In some ways, it seems to be like the Japanese answer to The Witcher, with the main character facing off against legendary Japanese demons and wielding both sword and magic.


Square-Enix actually took the stage twice during the conference, but we’re going to combine the two bits in one here, as they discussed some known quantities like World of Final Fantasy (PS4, Vita), Star Ocean 5 (PS4),  as well as Kingdom Hearts HD II.8: Final Chapter Prologue (PS4), perhaps the most confusingly named title in a series that is full of them. It’s actually a compilation of Dream Drop Distance as well as a few episodes featuring additional stories that basically lead in to the next numbered entry. There was also the announcement of SaGa Scarlet Grace (Vita), a long-awaited new entry to the series. Later, there was the announcement of Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS3, PS4, Vita) featuring new characters, bosses, etc. A new trailer for Dragon Quest Builders (PS3, PS4, Vita) was shown, confirming that there was indeed a story, though still focused on the Minecraft-style gameplay.

The last big-name studio to pop up was Capcom, getting ready to celebrate 20 years of Resident Evil with…a competitive shooter? Yes, the announcement of Umbrella Corps (PS4) was a big surprise, and seems to combine the fun of zombies with the not-so-fun of FPS death matches. And the absurdity of naming every piece of equipment you have “Zombie _______”. It’s an interesting move, to say the least. I don’t know why they didn’t go with Umbrella Corps.e, though. That stuff writes itself.


Other than that, a few trailers and messages were shown for a few more titles – Dark Souls III (PS4), Hatsune Miku Arcade Future Tone (PS4), Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna (PS4, Vita) – the title from the newly established Tokyo RPG Factory, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4, Vita), and Airship Q (Vita).

At the end of the conference it was back to Sony itself, and the announcement of new color variations for the system and controllers. HDD bay covers can now be swapped out for different colors such as red or gold, and 4 new colors of DS4 will be released.

Playstation Now, having had a brief closed beta in Japan, will be entering a public beta tomorrow, with around 150 titles planned, beginning with Final Fantasy XIII. Sony devices such as Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-Ray players will also have access to it, and the price point is a hefty 2315 yen/month, or 5463 for 3 months. While that equates to same prices in the States, it feels awkward tying the price to a foreign currency.

Finally, there was the Morpheus.  Or rather, not the Morpheus. No, the tiny little project has grown up and shed its development title, now officially named….Playstation VR. I know, shockingly creative. There wasn’t really anything new to share besides the name change, though keen-eyed observers did spot that Final Fantasy XIV is apparently on the list of compatible titles.  So that’s something.

And there you have it, all the news that was fit to print, and even some that wasn’t.  The Kaiju Pop team will be heading to TGS this Saturday, the 19th, so look forward to a special Popcast from the floor of the show!