Despite what 1980s-era teen comedies will tell you, gamers love a good party. Game trailers or hands-on demos just aren’t the same without a developer panel and hundreds of fans watching them live. For instance, just this week, Bungie announced that they’ll be treating Destiny fans to a nearly month-long event of live streams featuring The Taken King and earlier in August, Gamescom blew the roof off in Germany with some truly spectacular reveals.
Not wanting to be outdone, Sony is planning to run back a popular event from 2014. This time, however, they’re trading in the desert for the beach, and they’re giving gamers a discount while they’re at it.
Sony revealed today that the PlayStation Experience public gaming event is coming back for a second year, but with a few changes. The PlayStation Experience 2015 will be held on December 5-6, which is close to the same time as last year’s party, but Sony is moving the event from Las Vegas to San Francisco. The PlayStation Experience will take over the Moscone Convention Center for the weekend, and Sony is offering tickets for less than they were the year previous. One-day tickets will run fans $40-45, depending on the day, and a two-day pass will range from $60-75, with early sign-ups getting a discount.
Of course, there will be other things worth spending money on too. Capcom, who recently confirmed an exclusivity deal with Sony, will be at the event running the final stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, where 32 of the world’s top players will do battle in the Capcom Cup Street Fighter tournament. Players will be competing for a $250,000 prize pool, and spectators will have a chance to take home some memorabilia from the event – for a price. A special Capcom Cup VIP package will be available as a $75 add-on to any ticket purchased, and will feature front area seating for the tournament, a Capcom goodie bag, and access to the after party.
Those not interested in a little Street Fighter side action will be pleased to know that, much like last year’s event, attendees will get sneak peaks at 2016’s “biggest games”, which will be playable on the show floor alongside already released fan-favorites. Although a list of PlayStation Experience games is currently unavailable, gamers need look no further than last year’s PlayStation Experience to get an idea for what might be in store. In Vegas, Sony unveiled trailers for games like No Man’s Sky, Street Fighter 5, and Until Dawn. If the good folk at Sony follow past precedent, the PlayStation Experience 2015 promises to be an exciting weekend in San Fran.
With a recent leak suggesting Uncharted 4 will release in March, the PlayStation Experience seems like a perfect place to really dive in to the new instalment’s core gameplay. Naughty Dog’s game won’t be the only one people want to see in December, however. What games are you hoping show up in a big way this December? Let us know in the comments!