E3 2012: Sony showcase wrapup

By Steve Watts, Jun 05, 2012 7:45am PDT

The Sony press briefing has come and gone, and chances are you might have missed a story or two. So now you run the serious risk of being out of the loop tomorrow at the water cooler. We can't just sit idly by and let that happen, so we've put together a handy list of all the major (and in some cases, minor) announcements that came out of the house of PlayStation.

  • David Cage kicked off the event by introducing Beyond: Two Souls, the latest project from Quantic Dream. It stars Ellen Page in the lead role as a troubled young girl with mind powers.

  • PlayStation All-Stars got a nice coming out party with a gameplay demonstration, and two new characters confirmed: Big Daddy and Nathan Drake. A Vita version was also announced, and there will be cross-play between the PS3 and Vita versions.

  • Call of Duty is finally getting its long-promised Vita incarnation, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified this fall.

  • Speaking of big-name franchises in small packages, the Vita is also getting its own Assassin's Creed title, set in New Orleans and starring the series' first female assassin. It's due out alongside a new crystal white Vita, with an accompanying bundle.

  • If older games are more your style, you'll be pleased to know that the Vita is also finally set to get PSOne classics this summer.

  • PlayStation Plus is expanding its line-up to include full retail games, starting with LittleBigPlanet 2, Infamous 2, and Saints Row 2.

  • For the little ones, Sony is kicking off an interactive storybook initiative using the PlayStation Move called Wonderbooks. It's hard to get a bigger name for the debut than Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who is writing original content for a Potter-themed Wonderbook titled Book of Spells.

  • We have a release date for God of War: Ascension. You'll be able to slash fools with extreme prejudice on March 12, 2013.

  • Finally, Sony finished off the show with an extended look at The Last of Us. It was short on news, but you can read our own Andrew Yoon's impressions of the demo from the pre-E3 events.

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