Earlier this morning, Sony held their PlayStation Showcase event for 2021. An event that us PlayStation fans have been eagerly awaiting after Sony had no presence at this year’s E3 or Gamescom. The event showcased what we can look forward to later this year and beyond, and boy was it a show packed full of great surprises.
Jim Ryan, President and CEO of PlayStation kicked off the show letting us know that there is a lot to look forward for PlayStation 5 owners, before jumping into the show which was almost back-to-back brand new trailers.
Starting off with a big surprise! Fan favourite Star Wars game Knights of the Old Republic Remake has been announced with a brief teaser trailer. It has been confirmed in the official post-show by Lead Producer, Ryan Treadwell that the team as Aspyr is developing the game as a full from the ground up Remake of the classic.
Project Eve is an action-adventure game that takes place in the not-too-distant future on the ruined Earth against unknown enemies.
After being announced at this year’s E3, we’ve now got a deeper look at the gameplay and clear Borderlands influences we’ll get to experience in this fantasy/Dungeons & Dragons inspired take on the looter-shooter-spellcasting? genre. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlans launches on March 25th 2022.
We then got a more detailed look at Square-Enix’s upcoming game Forspoken. After being revealed at last year’s PS5 showcase, the new trailer revealed a bit more about the premise of the game and how protagonist Frey Holland found herself in the fantasy world of Athia.
After being officially announced by Remedy earlier this week, we’ve now got our first look at how Alan Wake Remastered will look. The game is coming to the PlayStation platform for the first time and will be available on October 5th this year so we don’t have too long to wait.
We knew it was coming, one of the highest selling games of all time is making it’s way to the PS5 and this new trailer showcases some of the features coming to PS5.
After being delayed out of 2021, news on Ghostwire Tokyo has been fairly quiet. Thankfully we’ve received an updated look at the supernatural Tokyo adventure, currently planned for a mid 2022 release.
Not a lot is known about the plot of Ghostwire Tokyo at this stage but the official release provides the following plot outline:
Awakening in the famed Shibuya Crossing, Akito finds himself partially possessed by a strange spirit and surrounded by the dangerous creatures invading Tokyo. Desperate to ensure the safety of his sister, Akito must ally with the spirit and master powerful abilities to battle his way through Tokyo’s dangerous streets.
A big surprise from this year’s E3 was the announcement of a Guardians of the Galaxy game, developed by Eidos Montreal. The new trailer shows off a wide range of creatures and races that will feature in the game along with the typical humour we’ve come to expect from this ragtag group of space hoppers. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy launches on 26 October 2021.
Bloodhunt is a free battle royale game set in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe. A treacherous betrayal has stirred a war amongst the vampires, who are also being targeted for annihilation by a secret society known as the Entity. Use your supernatural powers, weapons and wits in this thrilling battle royale game to dominate the night and restore the Masquerade.
Then we get another trailer for the upcoming Deathloop. This was a surprise, mainly because the game launches next week. But it did give a little more context about the game’s plot and further explained the time loop mechanic and who may be behind it. Jump into the time-looping adventure next week when it launches on September 14th.
A colourful new music inspired game celebrating New Caledonia. Tchia is a tropical open-world adventure. Climb, glide, swim, and sail your boat around a beautiful archipelago in this physics-driven sandbox. Use Tchia’s Soul Jumping ability to take control of any animal or object you can find, and Jam on your fully playable Ukulele.
It seems like Sony isn’t done with the Uncharted franchise just yet as the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves, a remaster of Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: Lost Legacy is coming to both PS5 and PC early 2022.
Then Herman Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios took teh stage to lead into a barrage of trailers providing a look at the slate of PlayStation Studios titles we can look forward to, coming to PS5 in the coming years. And boy was this full of some big surprises.
What a surprise this was. Insomniac Games are further expanding their relationship with Marvel Games and are developing Wolverine. It appears to be an early concept trailer, so I’ll be shocked if the game is coming out before 2023, but some hints dropped in the post show indicate that it’s planned to be quite an emotionally driven experience. No date or gameplay was shown, but you can check out the first look below.
We then got a lengthy look at Gran Turismo 7, showcasing the high fidelity rendering the team at Polyphony is capable of. And the reveal that the game is coming on March 4th 2022.
In a truly unexpected turn, Insomniac has shown off a first look at Spider-Man 2. Currently planned to release on Ps5 in 2023. While it was no shock that Insomniac would go on to do a Spider-Man 2, after releasing Miles Morales less than a year ago, and also showing off that they’re also planning a Wolverine game I really didn’t think we’d get any kind of reveal for Spidey 2 just yet. It appears Peter and Miles will be working a lot closer together this time around, showing off some dual combo combat before giving us the reveal we’ve all been waiting for. Venom is coming!
Ending the show with a bang, it was the one we were all waiting for. the sequel to 2018’s God of War has finally been revealed to be God of War: Ragnarok. Featuring a slightly older Atreus, the game sees Kratos, Atreus and Mimir on another adventure to either prevent or cause Ragnarok (really not to sure at this point) and discover more about the heritage of Loki by hunting down and recruiting the Norse god of war, Tyr, all of which we get to see in the trailer.
The Showcase’s post show interviews also provided more details about the upcoming Norse adventure. The game is being directed by Eric Williams who has been involved in every God of War game since it’s inception and revealed that Cory Barlog, director of the 2018 game has clearly got something else brewing at the studio that he’s not ready to show off just yet as the prime focus for the teams is Ragnarok for now. The post show also dropped a line indicating that Ragnarok is the ‘finale to the Norse saga’ and actor Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead) will be playing Thor, Ben Pendergast (Lego Star Wars, Hades) will be playing Tyr, Richard Schiff (The West Wing) will be playing Odin and Laya DeLeon Hayes will be playing the young girl from the end of the trailer Angrboda, who in Norse mythology is the partner of Loki and mother of monsters. God of War: Ragnarok is currently planned to launch some time in 2022.
As mentioned a couple of times above, there was a post-show interview that provided further details on some of the games presented in the showcase. You can check out the interviews below.
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