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Sony E3 2012 Press Event Wrap Up

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Sony held the last pre-E3 press conference of the evening today, once again at the LA Memorial Sports Arena. This year, Sony clearly had software as their top priority. As widely speculated, David Cage announced Quantic Dream's next IP, a supernatural thriller called Beyond: Two Souls. Academy Award nominee Ellen Page was revealed as the voice (and character model) of the game's protagonist, Jodi Holmes. Quantic Dream's new engine, as originally shown off in the Kara tech demo, is in full use here. As a result, even at this early stage, visuals have a fluid, near photorealistic look to them.

Following last April's announcement of the Super Smash Bros-esque Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale, today, Sony confirmed a Vita version as well, set to launch concurrently with the Playstation 3 edition, with cross-play support. Expect familiar faces abound, including Fat Princess, Sly Cooper, Kratos, and Sweet Tooth. Two new characters were unveiled; Nathan Drake and Big Daddy from Bioshock. Both the Playstation 3 and PS Vita versions will be available this holiday season.

Speaking of cross play, new cross platform functionality was teased for Little Big Planet 2, via upcoming DLC to be released later this year.

On the online front, Sony announced that 200+ new download titles will be available for the PS3, and Playstation Plus will *not* see new pricing tiers at this time. It will, however, feature higher caliber free games - including full versions of Infamous 2 and Little Big Planet 2, starting tomorrow. In addition, the Vita will see no fewer than 60 new downloadable titles, and will be getting Hulu Plus and Crackle apps in a future update.

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