PlayStation Experience: three new panels revealed, “bunch of announcements” teased

Titanfall dev is at one of the new panels.

PlayStation Experience

PlayStation Experience this weekend will have “a bunch of announcements,” and “some pretty exciting stuff from across [Sony’s] Worldwide Studio,” according to Naughty Dog’s Eric Monacelli told GameSpot.

“We have a bunch of announcements coming, some pretty exciting stuff from across Worldwide Studios teams,” Monacelli said. “One of the biggest elements, like you’ve seen at other cons like BlizzCon is sort of the surprise effect. Like Overwatch, right? That sort of came out of nowhere and it was really cool to see. So I think we want to keep those close to the vest until the day comes. We’ll definitely get it out there. We have a ton of great panels, a ton of great games you can play, and some really cool swag and collectible stuff.”

Though, not all of us at home are going to hear about everything right as it happens. Some stuff will be broadcasted online, other things will make their way online naturally through fan discussion.

“Traditionally, there a few cons that broadcast everything, which is cool. But we want to keep some surprises and keep some stuff that, if you’re at the event, you hear about it first,” he added. “Or you hear about it, and you can go talk about it and share it and sort of be the mouthpiece for it. It’s a good gauge for what people are excited about. And that’s what we want. We want real, authentic conversations to start. We don’t want to force anything down people’s throats; we want people to talk about what they’re excited about.”

As for what Monacelli is most excited about, he said, “man, there’s a lot,” before adding that Saturday’s opening keynote will be one to remember.

“The keynote itself Saturday morning is going to be pretty great, I think. There will be a lot of cool announcements and information there.”

Asked if PlayStation Experience will have anything for the more casual, mass-market crowd, Monacelli offered the following tease:

“There’s going to be a lot of other opportunities that sort of spiral out of this PlayStation Experience that speak to a more mass audience,” Monacelli said. “Be it from some of the reveals and some of the media hits we’ll have after those reveals. Or if it’s just the fact that we have this really cool, new thing that we’re showing and everybody gets some eyeballs on it.”

Finally, Monacelli revealed three new panels set for the weekend. The first one is of interesting note given that Titanfall isn’t on PlayStation platforms.

  • Greatness for Everyone (December 6 at 11:30 a.m.) – Panel with representatives from Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment, 505 Games, Sony’s MLB development team, and Sony’s University Relations team. It’s the perfect panel for people hoping to learn how to break into the game industry, Monacelli says. (Sunday 11:30 AM)
  • Project Morpheus and VR as a New Era for Games (December 6 at 12:00 p.m.) – This panel will feature representatives from Sony’s London Studio and Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games. In addition, the director of Morpheus R&D team, as well as PlayStation executive Shuhei Yoshida, will be on-hand.
  • Entwined Panel (Time TBA) – Developers from Pixel Opus will talk about their game, their relationship with Sony, and more during this panel.

PlayStation Experience runs from December 6 to 7.

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