The hype surrounding today’s PlayStation Showcase was astronomical. Not only were leaks spurring on the anticipation, but PlayStation was due for some major announcement regarding first-party titles. After all, PlayStation 5 has yet to hit its stride when it comes to major console-selling games. Although the console is doing well enough when it comes to selling itself, there is yet to be a game to define the console (think: The Last of Us, Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, etc.).
Well, the PlayStation Showcase delivered on not only one, but several games which could end up defining the PlayStation 5 for years to come.
First Kratos and his now visibly older son Atreus are back in God of War Ragnörak. While the game has been much teased, the Showcase gave players their first real look at the game and the conflict that an impending Ragnörak is bringing to the world of Midgard. Familiar faces return, as does the high-intensity action gameplay, as Kratos and Atreus journey out to find out more about Atreus’s past and a way to stop Ragnörak, even if it means a war with the gods.
Then, PlayStation also dug deep on its Marvel first-party games by announcing both Wolverine and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Not much was shown for either, but with the latter, we got a glimpse at both Peter Parker and Miles Morales as well as the likely main villain, Venom. Spider-Man 2 is set to launch in 2023. Wolverine did not have a release date.
Highly-anticipated games Gran Turismo 7, Forspoken, and Ghostwire Tokyo also received a bit of a closer look, the former with a lot of serious car customization options, an in-depth photo mode, and courses from around the world. Forspoken received its first major story and world-building trailer, with the protagonist teleported into a strange fantasy world as she is the only one who can save it from a tyrant. Ghostwire Tokyo also received a closer look, with the haunted, ghostly Tokyo shrouded in mystery. Forspoken will launch Spring 2022.
As per usual, games coming out soon got some of the spotlight to draw attention to their upcoming release date. Deathloop (September 14th), Guardians of the Galaxy (October 26th), and Rainbow Six Extraction (January 2022) were all featured. Tiny Tina’s Wonderland (March 25th, 2022) also fits roughly in this category, but the trailer showed more of the gameplay, fantasy mechanics, and D&D references.
While remakes can be a hit-or-miss situation – paying full price for an older game you may have already played is kind of a bummer – the remakes announced are for games that some consider classics in their series. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake and Alan Wake Remastered (October 5th) will be making their way to current generation consoles, with Alan Wake appearing on PlayStation for the first time ever. Also, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be remastered for both PS5 and PC.
Finally, Project Eve, Tchia, and Blood Hunt rounded out the remaining offerings for the PlayStation Showcase. Project Eve looks to be an action-adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic with gameplay akin to Nier: Automata. Tchia looks to be more of a slow-paced adventure exploration, with the protagonist able to take over different animals and roam around the world. Blood Hunt remains a mystery, but it looks to be a game inspired by vampires and the undead.