Sony Japan unveils Panopticon with an enigmatic trailer

Teaser site suggests more information will be available on May 21.

Sony has released a trailer for its new sci-fi adventure Panopticon, currently in development at its Japan Studio.

The two-minute trailer shows a cel-shaded world of robotic dragons, futuristic London, and branded humans with identification numbers. No platforms or dates are mentioned in the trailer, and the mysterious cutscene-heavy footage does not clearly specify what kind of game Panopticon is going to be.

A teaser site has also been created, showing a countdown to May 21--suggesting more information will be given on the game the same day Microsoft unveils its next-generation Xbox.

Sony's Japan Studio is also currently at work on PlayStation 4 platformer Knack, which was announced along with the console back in February.

Sony would not comment on the game when approached by GameSpot. Last week the company promised some "intriguing" announcements on the horizon.

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NAWAF005
NAWAF005

Persona + Death Note + Final Fantasy + Digimon = Panopticon ?

91210user
91210user

The trailer looks interesting!

drybones41
drybones41

That looked really interesting, hopefully we get to see more later.

Errorcutive
Errorcutive

Hope the combat is real time and not turn based, either way the trailer kind of pointless

alchie11
alchie11

It's definitely a JRPG. Some of the elements in the game makes it seem like a potential cross-platform game (Vita+PS4). I've never liked RPGs, but do like to watch the cinematics.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

WOW! very interesting indeed :)

ROMSES
ROMSES

Death note's life timebar and many robots with animation - sounds good to me - Just hope that its RPG not action)

Shinteikun
Shinteikun

Looks interesting. I like the 3D anime characters... I hope it comes on all platforms...

dromeo
dromeo

jrpg and the music reminded of of metal gear lol

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Looks a LOT like the Digital Devil Saga games on PS2... plus a little touch of Final Fantasy classic epicness.

EDFXNights
EDFXNights

Feels Like God Eater X Shin megami Tensei Series 

I Hope this is for the Vita... I Would Love a new IP to go to the Vita and Work.

I Got too many JRPG For my PS3 so unless this is one of those Block buster kind of JRPG For the PS3... i'll give it a skip

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

wow nice. hope this is going to be localized in n.a.

X-RS
X-RS

I got goosebumps and a chubby yo!

Looks much better th nsum gow/ff pos imo. And it caries SMT flavoring to help my fix

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I like the look of it. Looking forward to more info for sure.

WDBmasamunezero
WDBmasamunezero

looks awesome! is this the return of great JRPGs? now give us some gameplay plz.

Poodger
Poodger

Ugh, I hate anime style art like this. Oh well

edpeterson
edpeterson

Looks pretty cool, I absolutely love the graphics and it kinda reminds me of Death Note (well the beginning with the numbers and stuff lol). I can't wait until they show gameplay!

xolivierx
xolivierx

looks like L from Death Note

Red_pimentao
Red_pimentao

Japanese logic: guns and rockets cant dent the monster, but a big knife will cut its arm off. Not a bad trailer though.

idosofacility
idosofacility

So someone needs to tell Sony that THIS Monster Hunter rip off game was already made! its called God Eater! XDDD

MryRivera
MryRivera

That music really sounds like metal gear solid

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

Looks good. Can't wait to get some more info on this because I have no idea what is going on.

ji99saw
ji99saw

Same generic cookie cutter Japanese shit we seen a million times

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

That looks really interesting. A new IP from Sony. You keep impressing me with original games.

kljohns2
kljohns2

Interesting...

*strokes beard*

aldronlin
aldronlin

looks good so far, need more information.

blackace
blackace

Looks like a JRPG game with LOTS OF CGI scenes. Will wait for actual game play.

AskanTale
AskanTale

yeah they should bring more japanese game. i bought a ps3 for japanese game and not call of duty.

TheDoomTurtle
TheDoomTurtle

Well, I'm intrigued.  Looks like it's possibly some kind of JRPG and looks pretty sweet (definitely diggin that balrog dragon thing), but then, cutscenes can make any game look sweet.

sharky131
sharky131

i'm really getting a persona vibe from this.

it looks like it took the character designs from persona and the monsters + battlestyle of godeater and combined them.

what is that above their heads? their power level or is it more like a clock?

zeorhymer123321
zeorhymer123321

Characters remind me of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturn and the numbers on people's heads reminds me a little of Deathnote. It is interesting nonetheless.

ethanm1834
ethanm1834

What..What? I watched some surgery with dragons and people with cyclops eyes.  Followed by a girl that has an arm that is removed....I need some context, I guess I'll find out in  five days what the hell I just viewed.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Im sorry but have you seen the games from the West, even the lauded Mass Effect is nothing more than an amalgamation of some dime store sci fi novels. And sure COD, Gear, Halo are terribly unique and inventive. No games now are original, most games now are pretty much rated on execution of the elements as much as they are rated on the elements themselves. Its like someone said every thing that has come since is based on 3 original ideas. So no jrpgs are no more generic or lackluster than any other genre.

gangstafc
gangstafc

@Errorcutive 

How is the trailer pointless. The trailer was shown to inform you that there is a new game that they are making.

jark888
jark888

@ShinjiEx Yeah, this trailer remind me of Persona Digital Devil Saga.

Poinciana
Poinciana

@Red_pimentao The Japanese hate western weapons, since they replaced there beloved katanas which they though were "alive". That's why in JRPG's the hero is the one wielding the huge sword.

Mucinec
Mucinec

@idosofacility Someone needs to tell the amnesic crowd that MH ripped off Phantasy Star. XDDD

Skakruk
Skakruk

@ji99saw yeah,especially when it plays much better and is much more original then generic CoD clones...

Earl-of-Death
Earl-of-Death

@sharky131 Me too along with a Shadow of the Colossus/ Dragon's Dogma / possibly Monster Hunter vibe.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@kiramasaki Uncharted series was pretty fresh and was nice, Bioshick Infinite was nice, Amnesia Dark Descent was nice, Portal was cool and the Last of Us looks promising.. And a nice tidbit from those games was that you could tell the gender of the characters.

chaosbrigade
chaosbrigade

@kiramasaki What I can't stand about Japanese games is that EVERY single game they make have to be infested with androgynous anime characters with huge round eyes, pointy chins, absurdly elaborate but hideous costumes, and that perfect spiky hair that was probably been drenched in a swimming pool of  extreme hard gel. And also every protagonist of their game is a frigging 16 year old boy/girl with emotional and self-confidence issue. 

Grow the hell up already Japan. 

pcty
pcty

@Arkhalipso @sharky131 I don't it is lifespan. if it was the case and the numbers were hours then the baby would have 229 years remaining while the guy would have only 27 more years.

TheDoomTurtle
TheDoomTurtle

@chaosbrigade @kiramasaki I'd chock some of what you said up to the anime art style (like the large eyes and elaborate costumes), so to complain about that is like complaining about anime in general and wanting them to change - it wouldn't really be anime otherwise.

Although I don't see how you can call such costumes hideous - they're so much more colorful and complex than non-anime styled games (for the most part). Much more interesting than a shirt and pants.

I do kinda have to agree with your last point though. I really don't see how they think that 15 year old and younger girls (or boys, for that matter) are going to be of ANY use in battle or what have you.

pcty
pcty

@ethanm1834 @chaosbrigade @kiramasaki Different cultures have different standards for what is beauty. If you look at the japanese male celebrities you will understand why their game's male protagonist looks so androgynous.