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Sony at E3: Death Stranding is every bit as bizarre as Kojima fans dreamed

LOS ANGELES—After rival Microsoft showed 50 games from a wide range of genres in a very traditional E3 press conference yesterday, Sony promoted its PlayStation platform with a focused and unconventional presentation. There were only a handful of games, but they were nearly all heavy hitters.

The event started out in a small, church-like space with hanging lights—very unusual for this kind of press conference. It was here that Sony opened the show with an extended gameplay trailer of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II. It became immediately apparent why Sony constructed this unusual venue: it was plucked right out of the game.

After that, the press conference awkwardly moved to a commentary desk for discussion while attendees relocated to a much larger, more traditional venue. From there, Sony unleashed rapid fire trailers and gameplay clips from Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, Sucker Punch’s Ghosts of Tsushima, Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man, and several others. There were no speakers (apart from a brief introduction at the start of the event), just trailers.

Once the main event closed with Spider-Man, Sony cut again to the discussion desk, where live gameplay of Spider-Man’s open world was performed, and where a new VR game from From Software was debuted with a trailer.

Let’s dig in.

The Last of Us Part II