Sunday, October 25, 2015

Wait, French people play video games?

Next you'll be telling me they don't all wear horizontal stripes and jaunty scarves.

They do eat frog's legs, though.  That is actually a thing - I've had it - and I couldn't get the taste out of my mouth for days.  I think it was just super-heavy on the seasoning.

Is it weird that I don't think I was aware of Paris Games week until this year?  The thing's been going on since 2010, but this is the first time I've heard anything about it, and definitely the first time I'll actually be paying attention to it, because Sony famously skipped out on Gamescom in Germany this year.

Gamescom has always been the other western games show - smaller and less exciting than E3, more dominated by indie coverage, and often colored by strange foreign-language leaks in the weeks beforehand that we could never quite be sure of.  Sony said that because E3 was a week later than usual in 2015, and Gamescom was a week earlier, it didn't make sense for them to attend, so they stayed out of Germany and will land in Paris next week for an actual press conference.

...what could it be?

Be still my beating heart.

There are some "obviously"s that should be cleared out of the way.  Obviously, we're going to see more footage - or at least another trailer - for Uncharted 4, with its release less than six months out.  Probably, we're going to see some more of Horizon: Zero Dawn and that new MediaMolecule thing Dreams.

They might focus a lot on that PlayStation VR thing - but I kinda' hope not, 'cause let's face it, the odds of that being a genuine business success are pretty small.  Personally, I'm hoping we get some cool third-party announcements.  For example, did you know that Sega trademarked the name "Aoki Kakumei no Valkyria," which translates to "Valkyria of the Blue Revolution"?

For a lot of fans of the Valkyria Chronicles franchise, this is "holy shit" news.  Now, naturally, I find myself hoping it's real and it's coming to Vita, because I hope everything comes to Vita.

Gamescom's where Puppeteer, Killzone Mercenary and Tearaway were announced - so it stands to reason that Sony might end up dropping some new first-party announcements - but it's also where they announced indies like WiLD, Rime and Pix the Cat.

I'm hoping we see some strong indie stuff, here, because it's felt like Sony's kinda' been off their indie game for a while.  We've seen a ton of excellent indie releases in 2015, but relatively few announcements compared to years past.

So!  Let's make a wish list.  A crazy, insane, never-gonna' happen wish list.

  • Rebel Galaxy will be out on PS4 later this year.
  • Okami is getting a Vita port. 
  • Valkyria of the Blue Revolution is a new core Valkyria Chronicles title, and it's coming to Vita. 
  • Eitr is coming to Vita. 
  • They bought out the Indivisible RPG and now it's coming to all Sony platforms. 
  • Galak-Z, Mercenary Kings and Broforce are all still coming to Vita, Sony just decided to pay Curve to port them over, and they'll be out in December. 
  • Whatever Sucker Punch has been working on since wrapping inFamous: First Light
  • The thing that Sony Bend has been working on. 
  • A new, triple-A effort from Sony Santa Monica.  Maybe God of War?  On PS4?  Please?
  • XCOM announced for Vita.  Finally.
  • Fallout 4 has PlayStation VR support.
  • No Man's Sky has PlayStation VR support.
  • Alien: Isolation is having PlayStation VR support patched in.

...and that would satisfy me.