The Last of Us: Part 2

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No PlayStation Experience event for 2018, confirms Sony

No PlayStation Experience event for 2018, confirms Sony

"I know this is going to be a disappointment for some people…"

For the past four years, Sony has held a PlayStation Experience event in the US in December. PSX, as it's known, has been used for video game announcements, big gameplay reveals and, for attendees, has acted as a festival of all things PlayStation.

This year, it's not happening, Sony has confirmed.

Speaking on episode 308 of the PlayStation Blogcast, Sony's own PlayStation podcast, Sony Interactive Entertainment boss and Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden said the decision was made because the company wouldn't have brought enough new upcoming games to the show to make it worthwhile.

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Digital FoundryTech Analysis: How The Last of Us 2 pushes realism to the next level

Naughty Dog's state-of-the-art animation system under the microscope.

To what extent can further technological innovation be delivered on the current generation of console hardware? Sony stood up to be counted at E3 2018 with a series of superb gameplay reveals - and taking centre-stage was Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part 2. On the surface, it looks as great as you might expect. From its detailed characters to its lush environments, it's clear that the game is shaping up well - but if you look closer, there are some remarkable new technologies on display. From our perspective, animation and interaction are two key areas set to separate this game from its rivals.

We are living in a new golden age of video game music, and by way of a celebration there will be a lavish orchestral concert at the Royal Albert Hall at the end of the month (Wednesday, 30th May). It's called PlayStation in Concert and will feature an 80-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus City of London Choir, bringing PlayStation music to life. Oh, and a light show.

Sony announces full PlayStation Experience 2017 livestream schedule

Sony announces full PlayStation Experience 2017 livestream schedule

Dreams! The Last of Us Part 2! Ghost of Tsushima!

Sony has announced the full timetable for its 2017 PlayStation Experience event, due to be held - and livestreamed - from 4am on Saturday, December 9th, in the UK. Notable occurrences include the first new showing of Media Molecule's Dreams in absolutely ages, as well as a chat with the cast of Uncharted and The Last of Us Part 2.

Sony readily admits that its biggest reveals of 2017 have already been shown at this year's E3 and Paris Games Week, but it does promise "a few stocking stuffers" during PSX's opening event. These will apparently include "candid" discussions with developers, updates on key titles, and special announcements.

Once the initial festivities are over, early risers will have a good few hours to recuperate, as the PSX panels don't begin in earnest until 7pm in the UK.

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Watch: What can we learn about The Last of Us 2 from the trailer?

At PSX over the weekend, The Last of Us 2 was finally announced with an atmospheric - albeit rather grisly - reveal trailer. The trailer focuses on main character Ellie, now nineteen years old, playing guitar in a roomful of corpses; teens, honestly.

Anyway, while light on story details, there are nonetheless a few details we can glean from taking a closer look. In the interests of squeezing as much information from the trailer as possible, I've done just that - see the video below for some finer details and one or two strange fan theories. Be warned, the video contains big spoilers for The Last of Us.

If you saw anything we missed or have any theories of your own, please do add them in the comments below. If you'd like to read more on that last theory, Tom's written a bit about it already.

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