Sony E3 2012 press conference shows off new PS Vita blockbuster titles, David Cage's follow up to Heavy Rain and a partnership with HTC
Sony used its E3 2012 press conference to focus on gaming for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita with a host of new titles set for its home and portable console offerings.
With President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America Jack Tretton hosting as Sony CEO Kaz Hirai sat in the audience, the first new game to be announced was Quantic Design's follow up to Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls. Based around character Jodie Holmes over 15 years of her life, video game designer David Cage also revealed that Hollywood actress Ellen Page had been enrolled to lend her voice acting expertise for the lead role.
Blockbuster PS Vita games announced
For PS Vita fans two blockbuster titles were revealed in the shape of Call of Duty Black Ops Unclassified (Out end of 2012) and Assassin's Creed III Liberations (Out October 30th) which also comes in a special Vita bundle that includes an ice white version of the Sony portable.
In other Vita news, Sony confirmed that its host of PS One classics which have been available on PlayStation certified devices like the Xperia Play and the Sony S and P tablets will be coming to the Vita later this year.
Last year, Sony talked up the Vita's ability to cross play with the PS3, and officially announced PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale a Super Smash Bros-style title where PS3 and Vita where gamers can play the same game whilst being on different Sony gaming devices.
Wonderbook with J.K. Rowling
One of the more family orientated announcements of the conference was the introduction of Wonderbooks. Using augmented reality courtesy of the PlayStation Eye, children can interact and bring to life physical books using the PlayStation Move setup. The big news was that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had created one of the first wonderbooks entitled Book of Spells which is inspired by the recently announced Pottermore website. Using the Move as a wand, users will be able to make spells and solve puzzles to unlock hidden items.
HTC joins the PlayStation party
On the Sony mobile front, One X-makers HTC was confirmed as the first non-Sony smartphone manufacturer to add PlayStation Suite functionality to future handsets. Sony also took the opportunity to rename the PlayStation Suite to PlayStation Mobile.
One last surprise
Sony saved the best for last as it gave us a taste of gameplay footage from PS3 exclusive God of War: Ascension (Out March 13th 2013) and Naughty Dog's The Last Of US. The amazing in-game footage from The Last Of Us suggests the game from the makers of Uncharted, is living up to the early hype and remains one of the games to look out for when it it launches in 2013. Watch the God of War: Ascension trailer below.
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