In just a few hours in Germany we will find out Sony’s plans for the immediate future of the Vita, and hopefully they will have something to share with us! Previous Gamescom coverage has given us our first looks at Black Ops Declassified, Killzone Mercenary, announcements for Borderlands 2, Football Manager Classic, Tearaway, price drops and a multitude of indie news, including Minecraft. It’s fair to say that reactions to recent Gamecom events have been more positive than that of recent E3’s. With that in mind, we thought we would give a run down of what we think could happen today in Cologne.
Since most of our predictions from E3 didn’t come to fruition, a lot of what we said then could be applied here. Many Indie Titles will probably be name checked, both announced and unannounced either during the presentation or during the next few days. Upcoming Indies will be showcased, possibly with a highlight reel of the Summer’s games such as Counterspy, Hohokum, The Swapper etc. finishing off with Minecraft. Minecraft should be given a release date, and probably Freedom Wars too. With the news that Disney Infinity 2.0 is coming to Vita we can hope to find out more about that.
The 64 GB Memory Card is sorely needed and must surely be announced, and we must also be certain of some EU PlayStation TV or PlayStation Now news? We expect some new bundles to be announced, with a Minecraft bundle easily a no-brainer. It’s arguably the only system selling indie and one of the more marketable aspects for the immediate future. We will close this off with at least one big name title, possibly two that we weren’t expecting getting announced. Unfinished Swan anyone?
Following straight on from announced titles we could suggest a few games we would love to get announced. The obvious candidate is Final Fantasy Type-0. Arguably more of a dream entry, many Vita owners would go into a frenzy if it was confirmed. It would be nice to see another Call of Duty title – something that would do the system and the series more justice. Call of Duty is a system seller and Declassified remains one of the better selling Vita titles. Sequels to Uncharted, LBP or Killzone would go down well. A Vita Infamous or even a remake of Shadow of the Colossus would make owner smile. It’s probably too much to expect a Price Drop for Memory Cards or the System. Sony are more likely to counter with more bundles to promote “value” rather than a lower base cost.
We have many dreams. Perhaps even Type-0 comes under a dream but we remain hopeful. We would love to see more on Gravity Rush 2 however it’s more logical to see that at TGS. A Netflix app for those outside America would be appreciated and would it be too much to ask for DNLA Support for the Vita in a future firmware? After the Bioshock Vita debacle and recent iOS announcement, is it really unreasonable to even expect a port of the original title? What about the “City Stories” rumours from early June? Is it something we could expect on Vita, or is that also likely to be a mobile announcement? We mentioned a few core PlayStation properties above, any one of those would be welcome but the we really want a Gran Turismo. Hopefully that dream hasn’t already vanished. If it has, could we ask for a Vita Drive Club at some point down the line?
Would could be hear all day making suggestions, but that’s what the team have pulled together. What do you think of our predictions, and what predictions do you have? Get in touch and let us know.
You can watch the presentation on the PlayStation Blog.