Sony Japan teases ‘Panopticon’ with trailer
posted on 05.16.13 at 06:24 AM EDT by (@salromano)
More details coming Tuesday, May 21.

Following a week-long countdown, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio has posted a trailer for its new project, which we’ll refer to as Panopticon (we’re not sure if that’s it’s official name yet, but it was trademarked and is in the countdown site’s URL), an all-new game seemingly set in a near future dystopia for unknown platform(s).

Aside from what’s shown in the debut trailer, we know nothing about Panopticon. Our next update will arrive on May 21, according to the game’s website.

Watch the trailer below.

  • rorschacht

    Panopticon was registered by SCE Europe…..i’s coming….must buy

  • AuroraXIII

    It’s for Vita, surely.

    • shogunknight


    • HeatPhoenix

      The summer of PS Vita hunting, right?

      • AuroraXIII

        That seems to be their plan. Clone Monster Hunters until gamers are hunting PS Vitas.

  • Kickersu18

    I think thats a Vita game fosho!

  • Santashi

    I’m really intrigued by this. I’d love it to be for the Vita.

  • Raiu

    A JRPG that doesn’t look bad and Japan Studio is developing it? Looks like a Vita game but I’ll be very surprised if it’s a PS4 launch title…

    • jujubee88

      If this game is on PS4, it’s obviously going to be remote play enabled with VITA anyways.

      ……I-I Kind of think I know what this is, but it goes deeper than what some people are thinking right now. Keep guessing every1! ^.^

    • HeatPhoenix

      We can’t be sure it’s a JRPG just yet! Looks like an action game if you ask me, God Eater-esque.

  • Bec66

    PS4 game maybe?

  • SaveTheDay

    For those who might not know, Panopticon refers to Jeremy Bentham’s essay about making a structure which could enable someone to watch an entire community (for example a jail, but could be applied to a school or an entire town) without being seen. The very feeling of being observed is supposed to be a suficient deterrent. Guess his dream came true in our world where we’re constantly observed (social networks,…)

    Anyway, I’m really looking forward to this game :)

    • shogunknight

      Makes sense, thanks for the info

    • JoJo_649

      Like Truman Show but applied to a whole town? interesting.

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Huh… Seems interesting enough. I have to be honest though… When I saw the title, I thought it was a sequel to the Conception series for some reason, lol. Also, apparently there are people in this game that have Shinigami Eyes like from Deathnote, which can determine how long someone will live?

    Interesting concept, but I don’t find it very comforting as a player, knowing when my character, or another, will die >_<

    • Alos88

      Funny that you mentioned Death Note, I was just thinking that the main character looks a little like Light .

      • TetsuyaHikari

        He even has the headset!!


        EDIT: Oh… It doesn’t have a mic. Well, still creepy, nonetheless, lol.

  • SaveTheDay

    Btw the music in the trailer sometimes reminds me of MGS theme…

    • MyBodyIsReady

      I was going to say the same thing lol. Look great though

  • Elvick

    Looks awesome.

  • penemue

    How many new IP’s is that from Sony this year? The Last of Us, Puppeteer, Beyond: Two Souls, Soul Sacrifice, Rain, Until Dawn, Knack… and probably more. I’ve gotta say – thank you BASED Sony.

    • Elvick

      Tearaway. :D

    • ticky

      new ip doesnt automatically mean good game.

    • ickybod

      new ip doesnt automatically equal good game you know.

      • shogunknight

        its still better than recycled

        • ickybod

          no, its not. The game has to be good first. Barely any of sonys new ips this gen outside of uncharted have been successful for them financially and critically.

          • shogunknight

            so you want them to recycle ips…or you want a new uncharted to be exact.

            • yugimoto

              It would be nice if they listened to the fans every once and a while and made a game in an ip the fans actually wanted…..

              • shogunknight

                I get what you are saying, but that doesnt justify the reason why games like rain, puppeteer and other new ips shouldnt get as much attention. The sad thing is people can never be satisfied, at least let Sony have a long good first party library of titles to the handhelds name before considering third party sequels or remakes.

          • Elvick

            Thankfully Sony don’t think like you.

            • yugimoto

              they should they would be making profit and listening to there fans

              • Elvick

                Most people that I know who love Sony, love them because they try many new things.

                And critical reception and financial success shouldn’t dictate risk. That is what’s wrong with the gaming industry to begin with.

                Many of Sony’s games don’t sell what they deserve. That doesn’t mean they should just drop everything and cater to only what sells. That would NOT be listening to fans. That would be screwing fans.

                • yugimoto

                  People want to see a new jax, a new arc the lad, even a new wild arms, and dark cloud can only be made with sony. People beg for those

                  But I will give sony cred for doing sly

                  • Raiu

                    I want to see those old IPs again but making a sequel/remake to old cherished memories is like walking on a thin line… I remember Cliffy B said something along the lines like “There are so many ways to screw up on an old IP”…

                    Do Sony want to play risks just for the sake of people begging? Those respective developers could have moved on by now… Unless you want other developers to handle them instead and potentially screw up…

          • Carlos Luis Ayala

            Just because alot ddidn’t sell well doesn’t mean they weren’t good

          • InsaneChronos

            Are you serious, man? -_- PlayStation the only game that flopped.

          • JoJo_649

            Okay, if Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony for re-use IP’s like God of War, Pokémon and Halo is bad, but if they make new IP’s is also bad? what the hell do you want then? BTW INfamous, LittleBigPlanet and Killzone are pretty good and the fact they are getting third, fifth and spin offs entries should tell you something.

        • Pyrofrost

          So a sequel or a new installment in an ongoing franchise or series equals recycled?

          • shogunknight

            …did you understand what i stated? im not talking about game sequels, im actually referrring to “recycled” games

            • Raiu

              So by recycled, you mean like Dead Island and Dead Island:Riptide?

              • shogunknight

                honestly, ive never played any dead island game. so i dont know which category it is: sequel or recycled…really dont know

                • Raiu

                  From what I heard, they are the same game with the same mechanics but different characters and environment…

                  • shogunknight

                    sigh, im somehow tired of zombie games. not that they are bad, though. They are just so many zombie content nowadays

            • Pyrofrost

              Did I understand what you stated? xD
              All you did was follow:

              “new ip doesnt automatically equal good game you know.”


              “its still better than recycled”

              So the context says, “something other than a new IP is recycled.” You may or may not have meant something different, but that’s what your context said.

              • shogunknight

                ah i see, sorry for the misunderstanding

                • Pyrofrost

                  No problem man.

                  I wasn’t attacking you or anything, The purpose of my original post there was actually to lead you into clarifying what you meant exactly. Because you can’t really take anything from that aside from context based on previous posts.

      • Keegs79

        Are you kidding? Your trying to dismiss Sony for being the one major company in the industry that continue to make and promote new IP after new IP. Im sorry but Sony hasn’t even let anyone down to be questioning if they are good or not.

  • Akira_Tenshi

    The art style is a bit like shin megami tensai. It looks like it might be some sort of RPG. It doesn’t really tell us much, looks interesting though,

    • SaveTheDay

      Definitely. Reminds me of Devil survivor.

  • Locksus

    Oh, look, it’s Yagami Light

  • ticky

    Eh, looks like a monster hunter clone

  • Musashi

    I bet is a Vita game. A monster hunter type.

  • veruses

    Looks more like a jrpg. I’m down. It’s been a long time since SCE Japan Studio makes one.

  • ickybod

    The initial feeling is that its a monster hunter clone for vita. Hopefully wrong

  • Potionzmaster

    Looks (and sounds) epic and beautiful!
    What if this was all in-game, running on the PS4…

    • Solomon_Kano

      Well, after Knack, that’s certainly possible…

  • HassanJamal

    Next update is May 21st? Weird seeing as it clashes with nextbox reveal. Ah well, got 2 reveals for next week that im looking forward to :)

  • Sevyne

    That was one hell of a trailer. It effectively grabbed my interest and I can’t wait to see some info on the game.

  • Cry_Zero

    I hope its a Vita game but it looks too much like a monster hunter style of game… I dont like that

  • Vivalafred

    Is this the mysterious vita game ??? 0_0

    • Hikaru Lighthalzen

      probably and i hope so

  • Watahashi

    Wow, Sony jumping on that Attack on Titan potential pretty fast. Can’t wait to see some gameplay.

    • Kurisu Makise

      Precisely what this reminded me of (and well Death Note in general). But wow, I was just happy to see something Japanese-looking from Japan studio. A co-op style Action-RPG, like Type-0 would be quite satisfying! Bring on May 21st.

    • Micheal Scott

      I can see that too

    • JonathanisPrimus

      I imagine this game was in development before Attack on Titan’s TV anime, and live action film were announced.

      • zerolegacy0

        The manga has been serialized since 2009, so it’s possible. I really don’t see the similarity though.

  • Pyrofrost

    Where is the Monster Hunter resemblance? I’m not seeing it.

    • Watahashi

      Haven’t you heard? Any action-RPG where a group of characters faces off against a single larger enemy is a Monster Hunter clone these days.

      • shogunknight


      • Pyrofrost

        Lol, must’ve missed the memo :p

        Ok so:
        RPG + larger enemy + party of characters = Monster Hunter clone
        I will keep this in mind xD

      • refrain

        Phantasy Star fight big monster even before MH. Yet everything that has to do with fighting big monster is MH clone these days.

        • Watahashi

          It’s only because Monster Hunter popularized the genre. Same with FPS games back years ago. They used to be called Doom Clones rather than Wolfenstein Clones. Without “clones,” the genre will never evolve and progress to its full potential.

      • Rafael Martines

        Like Soul Sacrifice :3

  • Adol Christin

    Whatever it is, I hope its for the Vita.

  • Anime10121

    That looks amazing! Love the countdown clocks over the characters heads, hoping that this will do what the movie In Time failed to do and expand on such an awesome scenario.

    And did anyone else hear a bit of the MGS theme tucked away in that theme? It sounds eerily similar to me :)

    • Micheal Scott

      Yhea MGS haha you can go wrong with MGS theme

  • Raiyu

    Gives me a Shin Megami Tensei feel from it.

    • HeatPhoenix

      Not to me, much. I mean, I know SMT4 is quite different and so is Persona, but besides those it doesn’t feel much SMT to me at all.

      • Torraint

        if u play SMT devil survivor, u will get what it mean :D

        • HeatPhoenix

          Which one? I’ve played the first and TRIED watching the second one’s anime.

          • Torraint

            both.. science fiction theme (1st DS), populated modern city, special force & their conflict with people (in this video, the captured people)

  • Solomon_Kano

    My mind is blown. Japan Studio has yet to let me down.

  • Xayn Xameel

    Death note kinda thingie is present n the game O.o

  • Hikaru Lighthalzen

    it gives god eater vibe

  • Micheal Scott

    Nice teaser
    cant wait to hear more

  • Daniel Lambino

    if its for Vita, it would be better if it will also have online MP.

  • Namekaze_Minato

    PS4 exclusive please!

  • Budgiecat

    Reminded me of God Eater at the end

  • Chaos Raiden

    PS3 and PS Vita, please.

  • new_tradition

    Trying to figure out the unit of measurement with the 1,000,000 number. Hours, maybe?

    • bloodiOS

      Living for 114 years sounds like a bit of a stretch. Beside, various scenes also show those numbers rapidly fluctuating so… not sure what to think.

  • almostautumn


    This has Vita written all over it—- and I’m so glad I clicked here as I was just about to list mine on Ebay. No way now!

    How I’m going to manage having both a 3DS and Vita now though and not blow all of my money— I fear.

  • bloodiOS

    I want to see all of this entirely rendered in real-time on the PS4.

  • rainelee

    That time reminds me of that movie, In Time.

    • HanPaul

      more like Savin’ Me by…


  • Auragar

    Looks coolio.

  • Learii

    ps4 game I bet

    • JonathanisPrimus

      You might end up owing some people money. All of SCEJ’s PS4 videos were uploaded in 1080p. This trailer wasn’t.

  • Zero

    Holy crap! That was an awesome trailer!

    • miyamoto

      indeed! very original presentation and graphics mix of cel shaded and realistic lighting & shaders

  • Eclipse

    Whoa, talk about a surprise!

    The trailer was insane, and this could really turn out to be something amazing. I’ll be looking forward to hearing more info.

  • 罪罰

    God Eater 3/Spin Off for Vita or something with the help of SCEJ.

    Maybe for PS4 too, I hope so.


    DEATH NOTE + PERSONA/SMT + GOD EATER, made by SONY????? TAKE ALL MY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :3

  • ddsfan2

    I’m stoked about whatever this is, especially considering that it is a first-party game. I am hoping that it has a Digital Devil Saga, Catherine or SMT type feel as this trailer has a seinen Sci-Fi feel. I’ve been lamenting the lack of story-driven JRPGs this generation (I liked the story in Nier a lot, but that game was more of an action/adventure game, same goes for the Yakuza series, etc), or at least the lack of high budget ones with good to great writing and actual cinematic portions. I don’t know if this is a JRPG or not, but it looks very high budget, and also like my type of game.

    I know that I should be more skeptical, but this is one of those rare trailers that has grabbed me right away. I can’t wait for more details, don’t disappoint me SCEJ!

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  • Grandia

    hope its an RPG the Vita really needs a big RPG games like Persona 4

    • Namekaze_Minato

      same here; but I hope its a PS4 title.

      • Grandia

        the graphic quality says its a PS Vita game , and the character art resemble SMT games .

  • Namekaze_Minato

    I have a good feeling about this game! has a persona vibe to it.

  • penemue

    I’m not going to directly reply to any of the people that commented in the large string under my original post, but I just want to say that it makes me very happy to see a positive and enthusiastic response from the current generation of gamers, over a non-realistic, anime-stylized game. It really is an intriguing amalgamation of ideas.

    • neogeno

      Aw we were here all along. There was just never any 1st party attention given to games like this in the past. :P

      So happy day.

  • Ken Ambrose Jakosalem

    Does anyone else feel like the music is like Metal Gear? Maybe that is a hint even though it doesn’t look like it. We can never tell what Hifeo Kojima is thinking. Plus it’s Sony Japan so we can’t back up anything yet.

  • Zappa