Panopticon: Sony’s mysterious countdown ends, trailer appears

Thursday, 16th May 2013 12:09 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony’s mysterious ‘Panopticon’ countdown site has expired, and in its place a new trailer has appeared. It’s not the Last Guardian. Sorry folks.

The clip shows what appears to be hacking in London, futuristic soldiers, gunplay, monsters, a woman giving birth, cyborgs and much more. Plus, what’s with the weird counter above people’s heads? Is this the amount of days they have left to live?

No specific format has been confirmed, but we should know more soon.

Thanks Joystiq and Mike W.



  1. YoungZer0

    That looked … insanely generic.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 it reminded me of Binary Domain but with the visual style of Gravity Rush. Loved both of those games :D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    Completely opposite impression from me, looked a lot more interesting that the vast majority of games out there.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    Naw, I think the cel-shading looks a little bit like Gravity Rush, but not the art-style itself, that looks generic.

    I think it’s going to be a JRPG.

    And Binary Domain made me sad.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Mike W

    You’re welcome, you know it looks like that movie Appleseed.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Sini

    sony’s back baby

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Deacon

    Looks great! Let’s have some more info now…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. zinc

    @4, You think it’s going to be a JRPG? What gave it away? The angsty schoolkids saving the world from big monsters, with nothing but floppy hair & smaller monsters?


    And why is the lead kid constantly wearing headphones? I bet their Beats too, the little douche!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    @8: “The angsty schoolkids saving the world from big monsters, with nothing but floppy hair & smaller monsters?”

    Yep, pretty much that. Looks like Digital Devil Saga for poor people.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Beta

    Okay this has my attention :) Looking forward to more info.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    Interesting to say the lest. But I doubt it will have wide appeal. Too JPNess for that.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ayb91

    I really wish it is a JRPG.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. TheBlackHole

    How dull.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    Sony want’s it’s own Monster Hunter so bad and in the end you have a generic POS trailer.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dragon246

    Great, another new IP (hopefully). At least someone tries to bring new ideas here.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Clupula

    If that’s a PS4 title, then color me officially impressed for the first time. That looks awesome. I’m damn pleased that Sony’s Japan Studio is finally making something that looks Japanese, for once. While I hope whatever that was is PS3, the colors made me think it’s next-gen.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    “the colors made me think it’s next-gen.”

    #17 2 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    That really is an absurd statement.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Clupula

    Whatever. The color scheme looks more like the colors they’ve used in PS4 titles than PS3 titles. If you don’t notice that sort of thing, then that’s you. It also seemed to use more than most PS3 titles I’ve seen.

    Still, I hope that not only am I wrong, but I hope that YoungZer0 is right and it is a JRPG, because I’d be first-daying that.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    “The color scheme looks more like the colors they’ve used in PS4 titles than PS3 titles.”

    That’s just overkill bro.

    #20 2 years ago

    Yeah, Clupulaaaaa

    U sed a stoopid comment br0000.


    #21 2 years ago
  22. Samoan Spider

    @21 Lulz :P

    #22 2 years ago
  23. xino

    does look generic
    looks like an RPG to me:/
    feels like Sony’s own Final Fantasy

    i’m sure it’s going to be turn based RPG:/

    #23 2 years ago
  24. No_PUDding

    Looks cool I guess. If you like that kind of thing.

    I’llbe way more interested if I hear it’s for PS4. Just because I will probably be sucking up all the early games due to me vacuous nature.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Clupula

    @20 – Are you Dane Cook? Who the fuck says “Bro?”

    My own brothers don’t even say that.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Clupula

    @23 – I hope it’s a turn-based RPG. I’d be all over that shit…


    #26 2 years ago
  27. No_PUDding

    Turn-based? What decade would you call this, huh?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Clupula Already thought this video made fun of people like Erth, but after him calling me “Bro,” from now on, I’m going to imagine every one of his posts in the voice of these guys.

    #28 2 years ago


    One that never saw The Last Guardian?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. PEYJ

    It is almost bound to be a PS4 game as the next bit of info on the game arrives the same day as Microsoft presents their nextbox.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Clupula

    @27 – Yo, Broseph, the same decade where I can play something like Disgaea, Resonance of Fate, and Valkyria Chronicles and enjoy the hell out of them. Not everything has to be like Skyrim. Some of us actually LIKE turn-based JRPG’s.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Clupula

    @30 – Oh yeah, G. I. Bro, I totally forgot about that happening. That does make it more likely to be a PS4 title, BESIDES THE COLORS, which also factor in.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. zinc

    I figured this for a VITA title… I mean I don’t really see anything *next-gen* about this :-S

    #33 2 years ago
  34. DrDamn


    Turn based is a design choice. Real-time is not a natural evolution, it’s just an alternative way to do things.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Clupula

    @33 – Please don’t say that, Brofessor. I will be so bummed if something that looks this cool ends up wasted on a portable.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. PEYJ

    G.I. Bro…?

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Deacon

    @35 ….. like Gravity Rush

    I mean, not wasted, but deserves to be seen and played by a wider audience.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. jmg24bad

    Its almost like a cross between Death Note the anime and God Eater the game.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Clupula

    @36 – Welcome to the BroZone, Broski! Just trying to spread the bromance after my brominator, Erth started it. Woo woo woo, you know it!

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Dragon246

    I want this to be an Vita exclusive, just to hear more of your ranting :P

    Vita needs games, good Japanese games will certainly help, and they need to be exclusives. Even though GR is not a million seller, its profitable.
    I don’t really care if it deserves more or not, I enjoyed the hell out of it. If anyone wants to play it, buy Vita, simple as that. There is no need for it to be on any other platform.
    Same reason I don’t bother with people angry about Bayonetta 2, buy Wii U if you want it.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. PEYJ

    G.I. Bro…Moi!?!

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Dragon246

    Btw, next reveal is on 21st.
    On the day of nextbox reveal.

    Well played Sony :D

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Djoenz

    This looks interesting. Im not a fan of shellshaded games though. The counters above their heads are reminding me of the movie out of time. Also at the end the all seeing eye.

    Conspiracy game. Interesting. RPG turnbased fuck yeah why not. Strategic would be nice too.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Clupula

    @41 – BROLO

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Clupula

    @40 – Brochacho, if this ends up on Vita, I won’t be ranting, I’ll just ignore it. The only game to ever make me rant for a switch to portables was Valkyria Chronicles 2. And I’ve made my peace with that series. I now think of it like an abusive ex-spouse that I had fond memories of our time together before things turned ugly and they broke my heart no matter how many chances I gave them.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Dave Cook

    Bilbro Baggins

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Clupula

    @47 – Broman Polanski

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Dragon246

    Hey people, dont forget the next reveal date.

    Looks like a PS4 thing if you go by the date.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. The_Red

    It feels like a modern day, HD version of Digital Devil Saga. I know it’s not but just imagine a SMT game on PS4/Xbox3 instead of handhelds…

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Clupula

    @50 – The thought of a PS4 MegaTen game comes really close to giving me an erection.

    Although having one announced for PS3, right now, would make me finish.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Lengendaryboss

    Bro :D this looks intriguing but nothing about it screams next gen, i really hope its for PS Vita cause the PS4 will definitely be supported First and third party wise of course one person would prefer it on consoles. But then again i don’t mind it being consoles.

    SCE Japan Studio just keep pumping out games at very quick rate Puppeter, Knack and This, very impressive.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. dizzygear

    #46 What are you talking about bro? There is no Valkyria Chronicles 2.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. Deacon

    @53 –

    There’s more than 2 broseph!

    #53 2 years ago
  54. makta112

    Anybody know what the music that starts at 1:22 is called? It’s really amazing.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. redwood

    something tells… me the last guardian might just be the last guardian :) as in the last game to ever come out on consoles..right before doomsday

    #55 2 years ago

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