PlayStation 5 Showcase Recap: Spider-Man 2, KOTOR, Wolverine, God of War, More

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Playstation Showcase Recap
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This past Thursday, September 9, 2021, PlayStation held a showcase to give us a look at new upcoming games both from 3rd parties and directly from PlayStation Studios. Just over 40 minutes long, the online streaming event gave us a look at 18 games. Some of these titles we knew were coming, others were revealed for the very first time.

While some of these titles will not be for everyone, the beauty of gaming is that there is always something for everyone. And as gamers, we cannot help but appreciate the hard work of these studios. Take a dive into Sony’s presentation and see what we have to look forward to.

3rd Party Titles

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake – Aspyr Games

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Knights of the Old Republic, or KOTOR to most, was an Xbox and PC exclusive back in 2003. An action turn-based RPG, KOTOR puts you in the shoes of a character with amnesia tasked with bringing down Sith lords Darth Revan and Malek during the Sith War of the Old Republic. The game was followed up by KOTOR 2 and while not as popular as the first, it did a great job of building off the success of the first game.

There were many rumors of this remake over the years and Aspyr has been the developer on multiple mobile ports. So it was no surprise they were tasked with bringing a remake to gamers. It was huge news, however, when the trailer made it seem it was a PS5 exclusive.

Various outlets are now reporting the game will also come to PC. It is surprising Xbox has not been mentioned in the release due to its original exclusivity to Microsoft platforms. The teaser only showed us Darth Revan and the title. No other details have been revealed about the game and there is no release date as of yet.

Project EVE – ShiftUp Studios

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Let us preface this with, no this is not the Parasite Eve sequel, reboot, or remake. It’s not even the Project Nova from CCP Games, the makers of EVE Online. Initially announced in 2019, Project EVE is an action RPG set in a desolated version of Earth invaded by parasitic aliens called NA:tives in which you take on the role of Eve, a former soldier who must help save humanity.

We saw a stunningly artful setting and some exciting battle sequences. The combat looks very similar to many other action RPGs on the market but these types of games’ uniqueness are more through their art design and immersive stories. Let’s see if Hyung Tae-Kim and company can deliver. There is no release date yet, and no word on exclusivity.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderland – Gearbox Studios/2K

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Announced this past June, Tiny Tina’s Wonderland is a Borderlands spinoff. When the game was first announced we were not sure what to expect. Tina is what some may call, a little off her rocker, but it is certainly par for the course with the 2K titles over the years. This game seems to embody that spirit quite well.

The trailer opens up with Tiny Tina and her friends playing a little game of Dungeons and Dragons. This instantly sets the mood as you are teleported into the tabletop game where you quickly learn that this is no normal D&D campaign. Of course, you will face off against skeletons, goblins, and other fantasy-based characters, but just like in any other Borderlands game, it is your arsenal that makes the difference. We were shown machine guns, crossbows and more. Expect tons of guns, spells, and other abilities to show up. 

The art style is very similar to other Borderlands games and it really helps garner the comicy feel of this title. And based on the trailer the voice acting seems to provide solid one-liners from Tina herself. Needless to say, we are excited for Tiny Tina’s Wonderland when it hits consoles and PC on March 25, 2022.

Forspoken – Square Enix/Luminous Productions

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Little is known about this game. It was announced last year under the name Project Athia. Then in March, we got the official title of Forspoken. Luminous Productions only previous project listed is ports of Final Fantasy games on Stadia.

In Forspoken you take on the role of Frey who seems like a character used to dealing with the rough streets of New York City. Longing to get away, she is whisked to a magical world where she is imbued with powers through an arm cuff with a personality of its own. From moving things with her mind to leaping across rooftops, Frey seems to be the savior and only hope for Athia in this take on “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”. Forspoken releases for PlayStation 5 and PC in Spring 2022.

Rainbow Six: Extraction – Ubisoft

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For over 20 years Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six has graced our game libraries in one way or another. Rainbow Six: Siege was released in December of 2015, and six years later, through continued support for the game,  it is still one of the most popular shooters around.

In 2018 a time-limited mode called Outbreak was introduced into Rainbow Six: Siege. This PvE mode gave players a chance to go hunt some aliens. Enter Rainbow Six: Extraction. Announced in 2019 as Rainbow Six: Outbreak (eventually changed to Extraction due to real-world events), it is a full game based on the Outbreak mode from Siege.

The trailer gave us little new news or gameplay footage that we did not see last month from the gameplay reveal video. It was initially supposed to launch on PS4 and Xbox One but was delayed numerous times. Rainbow Six: Extraction launches in January 2022 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

Alan Wake Remastered – Remedy Games

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Originally an Xbox 360 exclusive released in 2010, and then ported to PC in 2012 to coincide with the sequel release, Alan Wake is a horror action game set in a small town called Bright Falls. The game was critically acclaimed and is still available on the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. It was recently rumored that this remaster was going to be announced soon.

At the PlayStation Showcase it was revealed the remastered version will also be coming to PS5 and PS4, the first time Alan Wake will appear on a Sony console. Alan Wake Remastered comes out on October 5th, 2021.

Grand Theft Auto V Next-Gen Edition – Rockstar

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Grand Theft Auto V has been a pinnacle of the gaming community for the past eight years. From the Sopranos-like campaign to the sandbox of insanity of GTA Online, the game has sold over 140 million copies worldwide. Last year we learned that we would get a GTA V next-gen update and a free-to-play standalone version GTA Online expected this fall.

When the trailer played during the showcase fans were expecting some exciting news to pump them up for the November release. Instead fans were left disappointed as the trailer revealed that the GTA V next-gen update and the stand-alone version of GTA Online are both delayed until 2022.

Ghostwire Tokyo – Tango Gameworks/Bethesda

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Before the Microsoft acquisition of Bethesda, one of their subsidiaries, Tango Gameworks was asked to develop a game for PlayStation 5. Announced in 2019 as a truly next-gen game, Ghostwire Tokyo is a first-person action game about the supernatural and saving the ones you love from demons and spirits that have overrun Tokyo.

From what we have seen the game looks like a lot of fun and utilizes the next-gen technology fabulously. The demonic villain and bevy of enemies to kill via powers and martial arts combat leave fans wanting more. Unfortunately, no release date was given. As of now, we do know the game will launch sometime in early 2022 as a timed exclusive for PS5.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Eidos Montreal/Square Enix

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At Square Enix’s E3 presentation this year we were given a first look at the new Marvel game coming from Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided developer Eidos Montreal. Guardians of the Galaxy is a single-player action RPG where you take on the role of Starlord/Peter Quill.

Fans were seemingly disappointed at the absence of multiple user-controlled party members. However, details revealed have compared the dialogue system to that of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, where everything you say to someone affects your relationship with that character and the world around you. 

The trailer at the Showcase revealed combat showing a dexterous Peter Quill wielding various weapons and gameplay of the Milano being flown through space. Of course, it would not be Guardians of the Galaxy without some fun cutscenes. We learn a villain named the Matriarch and her Universal Church of Truth is trying to take over the galaxy. From meeting Cosmo the space dog and a blue llama to loveable interactions between Rocket and Groot, it looks like Eidos and Square Enix have delivered again.

You can lead the Guardians to save the galaxy on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch (via cloud gaming) on October 26, 2021.

Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodhunt – Sharkmob Studios

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Battle Royale games have become popular over the past five years thanks to games like Fortnite, PUBG, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Warzone. Many other studios have jumped on the fad. Sharkmob Studios decided to bring Vampire the Masquerade to this game genre.

Showing us different classes, one on one player battles, NPCs you can feed on and fight, and mechanics that look very fun, it seems to have some unique and familiar elements. With Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 being delayed indefinitely by Paradox Games, it will be nice to get that blood-feeding fix in through a free-to-play battle royale. Vampire the Masquerade: Blood Hunt is coming to PS5 this year and is now available in early access for PC on Steam.

Deathloop – Arkane Studios/Bethesda

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Another Bethesda subsidiary, Arkane Studios started the development of Deathloop during the pre-Xbox acquisition. Announced in 2019, Deathloop is another timed exclusive for PlayStation 5. Set in a Rapture-like world (Bioshock), created by 8 geniuses (instead of one), they trapped the residences in a single day time loop.

The player takes on the role of Colt, who the trailer revealed was originally the head of security for the Aeon Program. Now Colt is trying to get answers and assassinate the group of 8 dubbed the Visionaries in a race against time, and another assassin. The art design and gameplay look well polished. We would hope they would since Deathloop will be available on PS5 and Steam on September 14, 2021.

Kid A Mnesia Exhibition – Radiohead/Epic

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To commemorate the 20th and 21st anniversaries of the albums Kid A and Amnesiac, Radiohead partnered with Epic to release an interactive art experience on PlayStation 5 and PC. The announcement trailer was filled with somber music and unique artwork. All artwork and music in the exhibition are original works. The listing on the Playstation and Epic stores states: “An upside-down digital/analogue universe created from original artwork and recordings…” The Kid A Mnesia Exhibition releases this November.

Tchia – Awaceb

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Originally a Steam and Google Stadia exclusive, Tchia will now be an Epic and PlayStation exclusive. Responding to the tweet thread of this announcement, they alluded the move was strictly business.

The trailer shows a unique gameplay mechanic of being able to transfer into animals and utilize each or their unique skills and abilities. At one point Tchia moved from a bird midair and transferred into a dog on the ground. The game definitely has some interesting features and it gives off a Breath of the Wild vibe. Definitely, one to check out when it hits PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Epic in 2022.

PlayStation Studios

Uncharted Collection Remastered – Naughty Dog

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Uncharted has been around since the Playstation 3, first introducing Nathan Drake to the world in 2007, and now boasting 6 games including a collection edition and a side story game. Fast forward 15 years later and we will be getting even more Uncharted.

At the showcase, Sony announced that both Uncharted 4 and that side story game, The Lost Legacy, will be getting remastered versions for both Playstation 5 and PC. The PS5 version will release in early 2022 with the PC version launching shortly after.

Wolverine – Insomniac Games

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Insomniac Games is an award-winning studio responsible for Sunset Overdrive, 2018’s Spider-Man, and 2020’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. When the Marvel and Insomniac logos popped up on the screen, it seemed we were getting an announcement for the next Spider-Man game (we still did…keep reading).

Instead in the trailer, we get a destroyed bar room behind a man in a cowboy hat sitting at the bar. The camera cuts to his arm and adamantium claws release from his hands. There is no release date for Marvel’s Wolverine.

Gran Turismo 7 – Polyphony Digital

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Since the original PlayStation, Gran Turismo has been a staple for fans of racing games. With six numbered titles and Gran Turismo Sport almost reaching its fifth birthday, it was no surprise we got an announcement for the next installment before the PS5 was even released.

The trailer at the PlayStation Showcase impressed with beautiful graphics and a gigantic open world with races and activities. The footage does not forget to show us the amazing customization options that Gran Turismo is always known for. Sony is clearly looking to compete with the Forza Horizon series and it definitely looks like they could. However, that could be hard with no PC release. Gran Turismo 7 will be available on PS5 and PS4 on March 4th, 2022.

Spider-Man 2 – Insomniac Games

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With not just one amazing announcement with Wolverine, but two, Insomniac Games is one of the clear winners of this PlayStation Showcase. Following up on the success of their past Spidey games, Insomniac gave us a glimpse of what is next to come for Peter Parker and Miles Morales.

The trailer is purely a cut scene, much like their game announcement earlier in the showcase. We see the Miles Morales and Peter Parker versions of Spider-Man fighting alongside one another including some cool combo moves. We also get a voiceover, who turns out to be Venom.

It could be a coincidence with Venom: Let There Be Carnage being less than a month away that Sony chose to announce this game now. Whether it is marketing tactics or not, and while we have no gameplay yet, it would be hard to have any doubt that Insomniac will put out a product worthy of the AAA label. We will have to wait until 2023 for Spider-Man 2.

God of War: Ragnarok – Santa Monica Studio

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2018 was a very successful year for Sony. They had both Spider-Man and God of War earn game of the year nominations, with God of War winning out. While talks had swirled that the next title in the series would be Ragnarok, it was not until this showcase that we got the official announcement.

Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1, God of War, Avengers: War for Wakanda) returns as the warrior Kratos. For the second time, he will be joined by his son Atreus for what looks like an epic quest through a beautifully sculpted world.

The gameplay shown reveals a combat system that looks to keep everything right from the last game. The physics and animations all appear fluid, making us confident Santa Monica Studio will give us a well polished product when it hits PS5 and PS4 in 2022.

Final Reaction

Sony gave us an impressive show. It was a good mix of games coming soon, games without release windows, and games somewhere in between. While not all the titles shown are exclusives, PlayStation definitely seems locked in for the future. Usually at events like these, there are titles that do not reach the bar you expect. This event was unique in that every title met or exceeded expectations.

While it would have been nice to see footage on some other already announced titles like Sifu, getting announcements like Spider-Man 2, Wolverine and the KOTOR remake were was plenty to get us excited about. If you would like to watch the showcase check it out below.

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