August 5th marks the first time a PlayStation Experience event was held outside of the United States. The one-day-only video games extravaganza saw fans and media alike converging in KL Life in Kuala Lumpur to check out the latest playable demos, catch the developer panels live, and take home a bundle of PlayStation swag.
Although the official queue time was 7am, hardcore PlayStation fans reportedly began forming a line the night before in anticipation of what awaits in the PlayStation Experience 2017 South East Asia event.
This was taken a few minutes before 7.30am. By then, the queue has extended to the buildings adjacent to KL Live.
Lucky PlayStation Plus members who scored priority passes from the official PlayStation Asia's Facebook page were able to join the priority queue to be among the first 300 people to receive an exclusive PlayStation Experience 2017 South East Asia (PSX 2017 SEA) T-shirt and other goodies. Priority passes also include a one-time fast pass into the event hall.
Demo booths surrounded both floors of KL Live, with the center stage area dedicated to developer panels on four upcoming PS4 titles: Gran Turismo Sport, Monster Hunter: World, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV.
Gran Turismo Sport from Polyphony Digital were available for hands-on time at PSX 2017 SEA in these Tron-like racing pods. As the first mainline title in the series to be released on PS4, GT Sport will also feature Porsche vehicles for the first time in the franchise's history. The game will be released on October 17, 2017.
Kazunori Yamauchi, the father of Gran Turismo, was surprised with a GT Sport-themed cake towards the end of his stage presentation, as August 5 was also his birthday.
Fighting game fans were treated to three excellent game demos, including the world-colliding Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, which was playable with Razer's Panthera arcade sticks and Raiju Pro game controller. The crossover fighting game will be out in the wild from September 21 onwards.
Most of the games on display at PSX 2017 SEA were playable builds from the recent E3 2017, such as Square Enix's fanservice brawler Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Essentially, players assemble and control a team of three Final Fantasy characters of their choosing, after which they face off another team of three FF characters by unleashing their respective signature attacks and finishing moves over 10 recognizable battle arenas.
Bandai Namco's Dragonball FighterZ was a hit with the crowd, thanks to Arc System Works' stunning 2.5D visuals, 3 vs. 3 battles, and over-the-top special moves that capture the essence of the source material. The game is expected to hit PS4 sometime in 2018.
Knack II, the sequel to the action-platformer game that launched alongside the PS4, will be released next month on September 5. The PSN release retails for RM149, with a PS4 theme thrown in as a pre-order bonus, while the Blu-ray release goes for RM159, with its early purchase bonus being the game's soundtrack.
Cute and challenging, the PS4-bound Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! translates the hit arcade rhythm game beautifully, with over 70 tracks and a USB-powered drum controller (sold as a bundle) waiting for you this October.
Detroit: Become Human, which was given a 2018 release window by Quantic Dream founder David Cage at E3 2017, delivers a gripping crisis interrogation demo sequence where the player assumes the role of police android Connor as he works to save a young hostage from a rogue android named Daniel. While the scene should be familiar to those who followed the development of the game, it was fun working out the 'best' approach to disarm the situation, but alas, our path saw the girl pushed to safety, while both Connor and Daniel plummeted off the building.
Fans who patiently waited for the stage presentations, such as the panel by Monster Hunter: World producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, were rewarded with PlayStation goodies.
There were merch a-plenty at PSX 2017 SEA, as Gamers Hideout had a pop-up store with official PlayStation T-shirts, windbreaker, and hooded jacket for sale, as well as PSN credits, Razer peripherals, action figures, toys, and the option to pre-order games that were showcased at the event.
Play Arts -KAI- Final Fantasy VII Remake's Cloud Strife and Barret Wallace were going for RM549 each.
Other products that were sold include the Razer Raiju Pro gaming controller, Bring Arts Kingdom Hearts III's Sora figure, Final Fantasy Trading Arts mini boxsets, and more.