The wildly popular gaming console drove Sony's quarterly profit 346% higher in the three months ended Sept. 31. With strong demand for its gaming devices pushing the charge, Sony is on track to report its best yearly profit in 20 years.
On top of impressive financial results that blew away Wall Street, Sony hosted the keynote address at Paris Games Week and offered a sneak peak into numerous exciting new PlayStation games. Some titles are campy-chic, some are retro sequels and others are intricately melancholy narratives.
Here are the top five most hyped new titles from Sony at its Paris Games Week address.
"The Gardens Between"
Coming to PlayStation in 2018, this game is billed as a "surreal story of friendship." The trailer shows two avatars traversing through an other-worldly land reminiscent of a Salvador Dali painting. There are impossibly huge inanimate objects, including but certainly not limited to a giant television set, recycling bin, potted plants and plastic yard furniture. Developers said the player controls the pace of time in the game, which is aimed at solving narrative puzzles.
A sequel to kitschy "Guacamelee," this game follows Mexican luchador fighter Juan Aguacate seven years after the first game debuted. The trailer says Aguacate is "forced to don his luchador mask again to face a new threat - this time to the very fabric of space and time." While the game looks entertaining with bright graphics and eye-catching features, the best part is arguably the squawky chickens that populate this "Mexiverse."
"Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis"
This title is the final major single-player rendition of the popular "Final Fantasy XV" brand. Debuting Dec. 13, "Episode Ignis" has garnered quite a bit of buzz with its promises of narrative story reveals that are set to fill in the gaps from previous installments. There's tons of hand-to-hand combat as it follows Ignis fighting off soldiers around his home of Altissia.
This game, which is set to debut on PlayStation's PS4, is part of Sony's PlayLink initiative, which allows players to control games through smartphones. In the trailer, the deeply dramatic live action game encourages players to "touch her world, guide her story, share her truth," as titular character Erica makes decisions that look every bit life-and-death.
This title comes as a sequel to the original "Spelunky," long adored by indie gamers. Seplunky, a cave-dwelling gold miner will adventure through cavernous locales while "the story deepens as more randomly-generated adventures beckon." The trailer shows a journey through time, but offers few details on what exactly Spelunky will get into. It's not clear when the game will launch, but it will be for PS4.
While these are just some of the most excitement-inducing marquee titles Sony announced, there are plenty of others that have generated buzz.
"Ghost of Tsushima" is an open-world action adventure set in feudal era Japan; "Megalith" features a hero shooter setup played out in virtual reality, "The Hong Kong Massacre" is a punky, violent action title; "Concrete Genie" stars a bullied teen who creates "living landscapes" to escape his own demons; and "Blood & Truth" offers an expansion on the previously heralded "The Heist" game for PlayStation virtual reality.
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