PlayStation’s pompous exit from E3 has sparked a debate among many critics but the bottom line is that PlayStation can hold its own weight and pull the viewers from their seats. This is exactly why the PlayStation Showcase was a big deal. Everyone wants a peek behind the curtain, and a peek we’ve got. Here’s everything that was announced at the PlayStation Showcase, spoiler alert, looks like we’re getting banging third-person titles.
God of War Ragnarok
First up, the mighty Kratos returns to carry the burden of his past and PlayStation audiences’ hopes. We saw this coming, but what we didn’t expect is a full-blown trailer complete with hints at new characters, returning favourites and of course, the BOY! In typical Santa Monica style, the characters are off to another hack and slash journey, and hopefully, settle their family disputes along the way.
The game’s going to launch next year but the exact date is still unknown.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Insomniac Games has suddenly become the hot glue that drives the PlayStation first-party title frenzy. From the award-winning first Spider-Man game to the DLC-ish spin-off with Miles Morales. The Spider-Man franchise is quickly becoming one of the best console games of all time. However, the studio managed to squeeze in another hot title which launched this year. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and the party doesn’t stop there. The studio announced two new games, Spider-Man 2 which brings both Spideys to the action to fend off Venom. Meanwhile, PlayStation also released a teaser video for Marvel’s Wolverine which is being developed by Insomniac Games too.
Although you’ll have to wait a while before getting your hands on these as Spider-Man 2 is slated for a 2023 launch and Wolverine might be pushed further.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
This one is not surprising, but the exclusivity of it is. The original KOTOR game was one of the best RPG games of all time and it’s only right that it deserves a remake after almost a decade. It’s not a remaster, but a remake of the game from grounds up with the latest tech that is driving the consoles. However, it’ll be a PlayStation 5 exclusive at launch and no release date has been confirmed yet.
Gran Turismo 7
Hot on the heels of Forza Horizon, GT7 has finally been announced with a release date too. Coming in hot on March 4 2022 to PS4 and PS5. Massive car collection, Livery Editor, Campaign mode, tons of tracks, time and weather systems and of course, cars from a time gone by and the most electrifying wheels of the future, all have been smashed into this racing simulator.
Wielding the natural elements to ward off supernatural entities, this one feels like the Avatar: The Last Airbender mashed into the horror genre. Bizarre and supernatural stuff keeps happening around you, and you must fight whatever it is that you’re hunting. Yes, you’re a ghost hunter of sorts and Tokyo is overrun by decapitated, twisted and often on fire entities. It’s going to drop in 2022 with no exact release date mentioned yet.
Getting pulled into a realm of power and magic sounds like the intro to an anime show but Forspoken has reasons to get us excited. Firstly, there’s a sentient bracelet known as Cuff that helps you fight whatever it is you’ll be fighting. It is one of the many third-person action-adventure games announced at PlayStation Showcase. Square Enix is overseeing the game so expect tons of familiarity from Final Fantasy games. It’s planned to launch next year (2022) around Diwali.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
JRPG world mixed with guns! Now that’s one odd combo but not for the folks behind Borderlands. Witty dialogues, dancing mushrooms, land sharks, giant skeleton bosses and tons of guns, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands reeks of Borderland charm and design but it’s one hell of a spin to shoot baddies wielding a sword. You can even play the game with up to four-player co-op. It’s launching on March 25, 2022.
Quite the diva surrounded by monsters, Project Eve is a hack and slash game set in a dystopian world where Earth is ravaged by monsters. Obviously, you got to take them out but in style! The combat-focused game relies on precise timing to execute an attack, defence and evasion and to break through the enemy’s attack patterns. The fighting doesn’t seem as flamboyant as Bayonetta, but we’ll have to wait and see, although the excessive sexualised design could’ve been toned down. No date is confirmed yet, but this one is going to be a PS5 exclusive.