Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference will begin in one hour.
Outside of Bloodborne, we don’t know what else Sony plans on showing, other than that we can expect PlayStation 4 game announcements, at least one of which might be what the former boss of Famitsu says will be system seller in Japan.
But here is our list of possibilities.
- Bandai Namco – Last year, Bandai Namco appeared with untitled Gundam and The Idolmaster PlayStation 4 projects. We haven’t heard from them since. Adding on, this week’s issue of Famitsu will have a 21-page feature on Bandai Namco’s Tokyo Game Show lineup.
- CyberConnect2 – The Naruto and .hack developer recently confirmed it has a large-scale original title in development, which would be announced soon. Other than the Tokyo Game Show, what better venue than Sony’s press conference? In summer 2010, CyberConnect2 unveiled a 15th anniversary project called Strelka Stories. But it’s been four years since we’ve heard from it. In 2013, studio president Hiroshi Matsuyama said the title was connected to the world of Little Tail Bronx, but goes on to imply it was already canceled at one point, and that something new was on the horizon that they could hopefully talk about soon. Before being able to get into detail, PR gave him a ‘please don’t’ look, so all he mentioned was that they’re going to have “something to announce.”
- D3 Publisher – Last year, D3 Publisher appeared with an untitled Earth Defense Force project and Dream Club: Host Girls on Stage for PlayStation 4. The latter was released, but the former hasn’t been heard from since. Now, with Onechanbara Z2: Chaos also coming to PlayStation 4, the publisher’s appearance shouldn’t be too far out there.
- Danganronpa 3 – Last year, Spike Chunsoft showed up to announce Danganronpa third-person shooter spin-off Danganronpa: Another Episode for PS Vita. The debut trailer, however, ended with the phrase, “and also… 3.”
- Deep Down – First gameplay of the Capcom-developed free-to-play PlayStation 4 title debuted at last year’s press conference, and a beta test is planned for 2015. We also just got a new gameplay video this week. And speaking of, its executive producer Yoshinori Ono has a second PlayStation 4 project in development. Perhaps we’ll hear about it.
- Disgaea 5 – In February, Nippon Ichi Software confirmed it was working on a new project for PlayStation 4, which it would show at the Tokyo Game Show. In July, the studio confirmed the next Disgaea would be announced this fall.
- Falcom’s first PlayStation 4 game – When Falcom announced The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II, it also announced a separate “large-scale title” was in development. A few days later, the studio told Dengeki PlayStation it was working on a new project for PlayStation 4.
- Koei Tecmo – The Warriors publisher showed up last year with Deception IV: Blood Ties, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, and Samurai Warriors 4. This year, vice president Hisashi Koinuma will be there. We’ll be probably see One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, and maybe a PlayStation 4 console announcement for Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War and Nightmare. There’s always the possibility of Team Ninja’s unannounced PlayStation 4 project, as well—unless that was actually Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – The upcoming Metal Gear sequel showed up at Sony’s Gamescom and E3 press conferences. And who knows, maybe we’ll see Silent Hills, too.
- Persona 5 – Perhaps one of the most anticipated RPG sequels, Persona 5 was announced for PlayStation 3 last November for release in Japan during winter 2014. The season is fast-approaching and we’ve still yet to see any of the game since. With Sony focusing on PlayStation 4 this Tokyo Game Show, and SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida being a big fan of the Persona series, perhaps we’ll see a full reveal and PlayStation 4 version.
- SCE Japan Studio – While we likely won’t see The Last Guardian, SCE Japan Studio is a massive studio that usually collaborates with other developers (in Bloodborne‘s case, with From Software) and likely has a few PlayStation 4 projects in development. Perhaps we’ll see that Gravity Rush followup resurface for PlayStation 4. SCE Japan Studio’s past collaborations include Level-5, Shift, Dimps, Marvelous AQL, and Acquire, so something in collaboration with them wouldn’t be too far out there, either.
- Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – The sequel to Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus was announced in January. Its platforms, however, were unannounced, outside of being PlayStation multi-format. That could mean either PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, or all three. With Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson launched in early August, the stage is open for Estival Versus‘ formal reveal. Also, it helps that 1) Senran Kagura series producer Kenichiro Takaki retweeted the press conference announcement, and 2) this week’s issue of Famitsu has a 36-page feature on upcoming Marvelous games.
- Square Enix – Even if it’s to tell you to be excited, Square Enix usually always shows up for something at Sony’s press conference. Last year, it was to announce the Final Fantasy XIV PlayStation 4 beta. This year, it’s possible we’ll see Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, given its press showing in Seattle this weekend. Of course, while less likely, Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, or dare I say, Dragon Quest XI, are also possible.
- Yakuza 0 – Sega announced the new Yakuza game, coming to PlayStation 4 and PS3, last Sunday, and said it would share more details at the Tokyo Game Show. Given Yakuza: Ishin‘s appearance at last year’s press conference, though, I wouldn’t rule out Yakuza 0 showing up at this year’s.
Watch the live stream (Japanese version) below. There is an English option available below the live stream, which unfortunately is not available for embedding.
(Conference begins at 11:00 p.m. PDT / 2:00 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. JST.)