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Sony E3 2015 conference live report

Shenmue 3, The Last Guardian, Jesus walks again. Sony's show as it happened.

Well, that was quite the show. The Last Guardian was just for starters - we got a Final Fantasy 7 remake, and Shenmue s***ing 3, plus a look at what Media Molecule and Guerrilla are up to. All that happened, as it happened.

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It's getting slightly frayed here at Eurogamer HQ. We're on to the second packet of Borders dark chocolate gingers, Ian's just done a tea run and the Chrises Bratt and Donlan are nerding out over the XCOM 2 gameplay reveal.

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I'm dreaming of cars, and the very slim possibility of a Gran Turismo 7 reveal (ain't going to happen though).

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Sammoore: What's your highlight of the show so far?

Like you have to ask. Story time with Pele, for sure.

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myms1ps3: Actually I changed my mind!! I'm literally dying for chocolate biscuits now and there's nothing in the damn house!!! GO TO HELL ROBINSON!!!

We've got some spare maple and pecan Borders cookies too, I'll save one for you.

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15 minutes to go and I'm braced for... something.

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The wildest rumours have The Last Guardian, Shenmue 3 and a Final Fantasy 7 remake in the mix. Hey, let's throw Half Life 3 in there while we're at it.

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Realistically, we'll see Guerrilla's new game, and if we're lucky Santa Monica studio's new joint.

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What if those rumours about Mark Cerny working on The Last Guardian are true? What if it is a Knack sequel?

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That'd be like them announcing Shenmue 3, except it's a free-to-play forklift truck racing sim controlled only using the motion tracking on the PS4 pad.

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Or announcing Half Life 3, but revealing it's being developed by Gearbox.

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Or a Square exec getting on stage, unveiling the Final Fantasy 7 logo and then announcing it's just a port of the PS1 original. Imagine!

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Sammoore: would rockstar make an announcement at an e3 conference? it doesn't really seem their style.

Table Tennis 2. (I'd actually go wild for that one - I miss you Liu Ping)

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Sammoore: stream is going a bit blocky and audio a bit roboty for me. Anyone else?

Yup, it seems like problems their end.

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I have two coffees, the hood is up (I look like an offcut from a shabby Assassin's Creed) and the Borders biscuits are at hand. Let's do this.

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We're not sponsored by Borders, by the way, but if they wanted to send us some free dark chocolate gingers I wouldn't object.

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Here's the multi-screen extravaganza showreel to see us in.

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Uncharted! Destiny! Mad Max! American sports (please no more American sports)

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smenj: Having a bet with a friend. How many times will the word 'Vita' be said on stage? I'm going for four, he's got three.

I'm going zero.

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Shawn Laydon, the charismatic new(ish) head at SCEA.

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He's not Jack Tretton, but there's a similar vibe. Both wouldn't look out of place holding a tommy gun, basically.

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It's the standard wedge of empty hyperbole until the real show starts.

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Well, here we go.

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Ratchet & Clank return!

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Oh wait, it's something else. The Last Guardian returns!

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My heart is pumping so hard right now.

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Oh god oh god oh god. Catweagle I love you.

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dingo75: And we are awake! good move Sony!

Haha, yes. What a way to get a second wind.

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Iain815: Poor thing's mascara is running.

So is mine right now.

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Soak it all in. This is some serious E3 magic. Callie is impressed!

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I'd heard that you can see the PS3 roots showing through with this reboot, but they're not really visible from here (as I squint at The Last Guardian gameplay on a three inch window on my Mac, and through slightly dewy eyes). It looks ace.

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Be interested to know who's involved in making this happen - there was a brief mention of Gen Design at the start of that re-reveal, but I have no idea who they are.

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2016 release.

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Shu Yoshida takes to the stage, and looks genuinely relieved.

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We'll never have to ask you about where it is again, Shu!

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Ueda is in the audience, and soaks up the applause.

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And now onto Guerrilla's new game.

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And the deeply, deeply sexy Hermen Hulst. Check out those boots.

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This is most likely the open world RPG we've heard little whispers about.

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A post apocalypse. Like, very post. First class post.

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The world has been reclaimed by nature, and is more primal, more beautiful. It's not The Last of Us' grubby apocalypse.

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Shreddedloops: Is there meant to be dinosaurs in this one?

Robo dinosaurs, no less.

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We're into gameplay now - third person, The Witcher style. But graphics. There are so many graphics.

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Very dynamic open world gameplay.

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The hunting vibe gives me that Witcher feel. It's called Horizon: Zero Dawn.

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Hitman next.

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It's a CG trailer (that somehow is reminding me of Jonathan Glazer's Birth intro).

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There are men that are being hit by a bald man. Is this going to be PS exclusive in some way?

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It looks like it's just called Hitman, and it's a younger Agent 47 - so is it a reboot?

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This is leading with a digital release - a first, smaller episode, I reckon, as with Ground Zeroes.

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Console exclusive beta when you pre-order. Oh and platform exclusive missions.

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We have Street Fighter 5 now, which is of course a console exclusive on PS4.

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Cammy is being revealed. Does anyone actually rate Cammy? Wonderful thighs, mind. Again, pre-order for beta access.

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Public beta starts on July 23rd.

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MORE GAMES.

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No Man's Sky now - and it's gameplay from Hello Games' Sean Murray.

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Sean is looking increasingly stressed at these things. We're getting a look at the scale of the world.

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It's a very big game.

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That might be something of an understatement.

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We're going down to a planet that's never been explored before, apparently.

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This has come on a long way from the last time it was shown - we're seeing destructible terrain for the first time, as well as hostile walkers.

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AmicableWalrus: Fish AI?

They swam out of his way dynamically!

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'We'll announce a release date soon, I promise'. Not today, though.

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There's trading elements, and there are survival elements. And Carl Sagan quotes. No release just yet, though. Hopefully that'll come at Sony's next show.

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And it's onto Media Molecule's new game. Is it that penis moulding sim from the PS4 reveal?

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It's a game in which you share... dreams?

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You make big painterly creations which can be shared, and people can remix your pieces. They can then be animated. It's so full of whimsy.

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Or at least it will be until hundreds of thousand of people create scenes with lots of dancing penises. (Which to be frank is pretty reflective of my own dreams).

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Still, wonderful art style, even if I am a little confused as to what it actually is.

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Firewatch up next, the indie darling of the moment.

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It's making its console debut on PlayStation 4.

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You play a lone lookout living in isolation. As you can probably see, it looks gorgeous, and it's got a neat sense of character.

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It's that game from Bungie whose name we dare speak.

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Can I get permission to talk about Destiny, just for the next five minutes or so? Sorry - stealth Destiny live report.

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This is The Taken King, and as expected you'll be tracking down Oryx.

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Crota's papa.

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CptBritannica: He gets paid every time he says Destiny

I've made 49p so far today by working at home, find out how by checking out Activision.Bungie.net.

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New weapons, new sub-classes and a new raid. Looks like a new environment too.

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There's PS exclusive stuff too - new gear, a new map and a new strike.

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Lord love a duck, it's Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.

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Is that the first throat stab of E3? It only took 'til nearly three in the morning.

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Exclusive missions on PS4 for Syndicate.

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A chibi Final Fantasy that looks really, really cute.

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It's on PS4 and Vita, and it's called World of Final Fantasy.

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They said Vita! That's one mention.

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And why not have another megaton? Final Fantasy 7 remake.

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At this rate we'll be getting Shenmue 3 at the tail-end of this conference.

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Final Fantasy 7 remake is coming to PS4 first.

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I was quite cynical about Sony's conference before the show, and I'm delighted to be proven wrong. This is just nuts.

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Devolver showreel now, and they're all great looking games.

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Shenmue 3.

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It's going on Kickstarter.

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Half Life 3 next.

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How much are they going to ask for?

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People are actually weeping in the audience.

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I might be too back here in Brighton.

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Half Life 3 now.

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Come on Sony, do it.

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BRB, need to get my wallet.

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ManatuBear: Why is Sony announcing a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3 instead of funding the game themselves? No money left after TLG, FF7, etc?

They'll be matching some of that funding, I imagine.

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I think there was a Batman game up there just now, but honestly I don't think the world cares right now.

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We're onto Morpheus.

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SpaceMonkey77: Shenmue fans will push it to its goal within a few days, I bet.

This could meet its target quicker than Playtonic's recent game.

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We're getting a whole load of info on TV while everyone inputs their bank details into the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter.

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Call of Duty is partnering with Sony for the first time.

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It's a big deal - or it would have been a few years ago, perhaps, as it feels like Call of Duty's biggest days are behind it.

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This, though, does look like a good Call of Duty, from what I saw earlier this year.

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We're seeing the co-op in action - the entire campaign offers drop-in/drop-out four player.

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I really feel for any game that comes in the wake of The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy 7 remake and Shenmue 3.

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David Vonderhaar is on stage now. He shouted at me while I played multiplayer, and I was scared.

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FuzzyDuck: C'mon, Virtua Figher 6!!!

Let's have Gradius 6 while we're at it.

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Seriously, what else *could* they announce?

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Kiliko: Martin, you're forgetting THE AGENCY

Yeah, go on then. That'll finish up the conference.

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A sizzle reel of what's coming on PlayStation.

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But seriously, this E3 is over. It's done.

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Wow. The biggest shock of the night is the Vita getting a look in.

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Well, one appeared on the big screen for a second.

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Star Wars Battlefront to bring us home.

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Or maybe not - it's Disney Infinity first.

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ManatuBear: Nothing announced for this year.. lol

Yeah, we shouldn't forget that...

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frazzl: Weird I can't open the Shenmue Kickstarter page. It loads, and then I get booted to the Kickstarter home page :(

It's broken Kickstarter.

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'Alright alright alright'. Yeah, you're no Matthew McConaughey mate.

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Now we're on to Battlefront.

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Patrick Bach, a sexy Swedish refugee from the EA conference, is here to take us through Battlefront.

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This is new gameplay, and a horde-esque mode.

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About to wrap, but one more thing!

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Come on Gradius 6! Do it!

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There is no game!

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Uncharted 4, of course.

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It's not a megaton, but it's an actual Sony exclusive, and a pretty hot one at that.

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This has got graphics.

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And it all goes wrong right at the last.

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Well, they did very well up to that point, you've got to give them that.

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The only stumble of the night for Sony.

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It looks like they've gone to the back-up video they'll have prepared - they were attempting live gameplay, but that didn't pan out.

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Now we're up and running, it looks like Uncharted - and this demo's bringing some of the spectacle that was missing from the debut.

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Some dynamic melee, and some of the broader options we saw in the demo funnelled into this more narrow slice of action.

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I wonder how the dialogue deals with the more open approach - it seems like there's way more than one route here in this driving section.

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The dialogue, by the way, is still great - it's got that same sparkle as the prior games.

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That was a quite sizzling look at Uncharted 4, even if it didn't start as intended.

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And that was a pretty much legendary conference.

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A note of caution, though - very few of those were for 2015, so while the future looks stellar this year is still looking slim.

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Sony's pasted over the cracks quite brilliantly with its announcements - Shenmue 3, The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy 7 remake will take all the headlines, and deservedly so.

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We'll have more reaction, news and videos for you. For now, though, it's time to get some sleep. Thanks for joining us, and we're all looking forward to doing it again tomorrow!

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Nintendo, Square and the PC show all tomorrow evening making sure there'll be plenty to discuss.

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Thanks again - see you tomorrow!

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