Killzone franchise developer Guerilla Games has been awful quiet of late so little shock came when they took the stage at last night’s Playstation Meeting 2013 and unveiled the Playstation 4 launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall in a stunning live gameplay trailer. The fact that it was live is important considering what happened eight years ago.
At E3 2005, Sony unveiled their first anything for the upcoming Playstation 3 console in the form of a trailer for Killzone 2. The trailer that looked like all gameplay was amazing; as equally cinematic as it looked fun to play. Too bad it wasn’t gameplay at all but a pre-rendered cinematic used as a “target” for the actual game.
For Playstation 4, Guerilla Games brought the goods and ran a live demo of Killzone: Shadow Fall for the world to see. Like the Killzone 2 premiere footage it begins in a transport ship, but from there all visual similarities come to a halt. Killzone: Shadow Fall looks like a highly polished PC game, the type of visuals you would expect from a next generation console. Maybe it was even running off a PC. Regardless, the game looks great and that’s what people wanted to see.
As for gameplay, Killzone: Shadow Fall doesn’t look like it will be blazing any new trailers. A first-person shooter is a first-person shooter, no matter now pretty and polished it looks. There are some neat moves like stealth attacks from above and shooting while hanging off a rope from a moving vehicle. Underneath the sheen, Killzone: Shadow Fall looks like another Killzone game of blasting Helghast.
Here’s the official story synopsis for Killzone: Shadow Fall:
The game is set in a near future, thirty years after the events of Killzone 3. The world is a very different place; two rival factions known as the Helghast and the Vektans live side by side in a futuristic city, divided by a vast wall.
Tensions are high, and the cold war they are embroiled in is about to go hot. In the midst of this all stands a Shadow Marshal, you. The most special of the special forces, tasked with maintaining the delicate balance.
From responding to bold attacks, to quiet infiltrations or all out combat, you will be required to adapt and think on your feet as you have to face a variety of escalating events that could destroy your home world.
At the conclusion of the Killzone: Shadow Fall gameplay demo, the new “Share” button on the DualShock 4 controller was used to upload the video to Facebook. Whether that was for show and it was uploaded via other means is up for debate, but the footage is now up on Facebook and you can watch it here.
In addition to the gameplay footage, Sony and Guerilla Games have released a handful of Killzone: Shadow Fall PS4 screenshots that you can peruse below.