Every Epic Reveal from PlayStation Showcase 2021
PlayStation’s noticeable absence from E3 and thin first party line-up this fall has been making fans wonder when they were going to get a glimpse at what’s next for PlayStation. Aside from a few focused State of Plays that provided some new information for games like Deathloop and Horizon: Forbidden West as well as a few special indies, information on big upcoming PlayStation titles like Gran Turismo 7 and the sequel to 2018’s God of War remained scarce. PlayStation’s future is no longer a mystery though as they held another PlayStation showcase earlier today that gave PlayStation fans all the hype they could ask for.
Last year, PlayStation delivered two great showcases that included some standout indie exclusives, crazy third-party announcements (including Final Fantasy XVI and Hogwarts Legacy), and an onslaught of first-party games that’s made the first year of PS5 pretty damn awesome. With the only exception from this year’s showcase being that PSVR 2 would be absent, legitimately anything was possible, and boy did they deliver.
There were some smaller announcements of previous generation games like Grand Theft Auto V coming to PS5 and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, which includes A Thief’s End and Lost Legacy, coming to PS5. The recently announced Alan Wake Remastered also made an appearance to remind players that its coming to PlayStation for the first time on October 5th. We also got an unnecessary, but still cool final look at Deathloop before it releases on the 14th next week. With this showcase though, PlayStation fired off more of its big guns and have gotten the PlayStation community hyped for what is in their future – near and far.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake Announcement
The showcase kicked off with the announcement of a remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic being a timed PlayStation exclusive. Knight of the Old Republic is one of the most beloved Stars Wars games of all time and with so many rumors of other Star Wars games in development, this was a total shocker – especially that final stinger of it being initially exclusive to PS5. While it was just a brief teaser, the possibilities are endless for the remake to bring one of the most classic RPGs in recent time into the modern generation of gaming and create a Star Wars experience that will reignite fans’ adoration for the series.
Project EVE Gameplay Reveal
Shift-Up Corporation’s first console game, Project EVE, made a big splash with a trailer showcasing the game’s highly stylized fantasy sci-fi action. From the absolutely gorgeous graphics that make it look like a real next-gen experience to the fast-paced hacking and slashing, Project EVE looks like a sleeper hit in the making.
As EVE, players will fight against a horrifying alien force on a decimated and desolate Earth through incredibly stylized swordplay and a wide array of combat skills. With each dazzling visual and incredible looking gameplay moment, Project EVE widens your eyes with its dazzling next-gen experience. It’s the kind of game that you normally wouldn’t look twice at and then they put out a trailer like this and it becomes a must-buy.
First Glimpse at Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Gameplay
2K finally unveiled a deeper look into Borderlands’ first spin-off title, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, that gives fans a look into the gameplay and story of this Borderlands-styled D&D adventure. Although Borderlands is known for being an apocalyptic loot shooter, the beloved Borderlands 2 DLC Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep showed that the series could do so much more. Wonderlands looks to continue to evoke that wild madness as it brings fans into a twisted D&D experience full of guns, magics, dragons, and unicorns. With Tiny Tina as the DM, players can expect plenty of wild tricks and turns that’ll take place in the maddening medieval world full of rainbows and grotesque monsters. It also gave us a glimpse into some of the characters iconic actors like Andy Samberg and Wanda Sykes will be playing and confirms that Will Arnett will be voicing the game’s villain – Dragon Lord. It certainly makes fans ready to roll initiative when the game releases on March 25th of next year.
First Full Look at Forspoken
Although Final Fantasy XVI skipped the showcase, likely to be shown at Square Enix’s TGS panel, we did get a better look at Forspoken – a new fantasy action game from Square being developed exclusively for PS5. The trailer gives a deeper dive into the story of a social outcast named Frey, played by Ella Balinska, being transported to a fantasy world to battle dragons, take down a malevolent hunter, and tap into an undiscovered power within. Forspoken looks like Square Enix’s biggest game yet as it presents an vast world to explore and some of the strongest visuals seen for next gen yet. Those magic attacks look amazing, and the traversal movement is visually stunning. Forspoken looks like it could be a big hit for Square and could be seen as one of the first true next-gen experiences when it launches next spring.
New Rainbow Six: Extraction Trailer
Ubisoft made an appearance to show some more of Rainbow Six: Extraction before it launches in January. The game has players squad up in teams of three to take down bio-weapon threats and survive. Although Extraction is a big departure for the Rainbow series’ more grounded combat, the elements of gunplay and class-based tech that stem from Siege’s DNA are still found here so it looks like Rainbow Six fans will still find the core, team-based gameplay they love when Extraction drops next year.
Ghostwire: Tokyo Gameplay Reveal
The newest game from The Evil Within developers Tango Softworks was given a bigger reveal that fleshed out the game’s unique Japanese horror visuals as well as the magical martial arts gameplay. Honestly, even after watching this trailer, it’s tough to figure what the hell this game really is, but damn does it look amazing. The game’s combat director Shinichiro Hara described the combat as “karate meets magic” and that’s exactly what it looks like as players will use hand movements inspired by Kuji-kiri hand gestures to defeat demonic presences as they look to uncover the secrets behind a conspiracy that’s brought Tokyo to ruin. It’s great that we finally got to see more of Ghostwire: Tokyo, the last timed-exclusive for PlayStation from Bethesda, and the game looks intriguing. Now we just need that release date or window or something.
Guardians of the Galaxy Story Trailer
With it releasing just next month, it’s no surprise that we saw a new trailer for Square Enix and Eidos Montreal’s take on Guardian of the Galaxy. The trailer seemed to focus more on story as it positioned the Grand Unifier as the game’s major antagonist while also giving fans their first look at other iconic Guardians characters including Cosmo the Spacedog, a Russian dog astronaut. Although it was a bummer the generic music track playing in the trailer really tarnished the mood, the jokes still hit, and it looks like there’s going to be some fun combat in playing as Star-Lord. It’s still tough to tell if Guardians will be a big hit, but there’s still time for it to make everyone a believer.
Vampire: The Masquerade Blood Hunt Comes to PS5
Although its already launching on PC this year, it looks like the highly anticipated Blood Hunt, a battle royale spin-off in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe, is also coming to PS5 before the end of this year. The game is a free-to-play battle royale that has players join different vampire clans to utilize their different abilities to take down rival vampires. Personally, this was a bit of whatever moment for me in the showcase since I don’t know much about the franchise. However, vampire battle royale does sound freaking amazing and PlayStation fans have been requesting it comes to the platform so hopefully it makes its debut on PS5 later this year.
Kid A Mnesia Event Announcement
There was also a mysterious collaboration unveiled between Epic Games and rock band Radiohead called Kid A Mnesia. There’s not a whole lot to say about what this event/exhibition will be, but we’ll know more before it comes to PS5 in November.
Tchia Coming to PlayStation
A PlayStation Showcase wouldn’t be without an indie game to get excited about and this time we got a trailer for Tchia – a tropical adventure from Awaceb that’s inspired by their homeland New Caledonia. The game takes players into a gorgeous looking tropical island for some strongly emotional coming of age storytelling that sees Tchia, a young islander, uncovering the secrets of her home while mastering her ability to transport into animals. Anyone who loved exploring the vastness of Breath of the Wild will absolutely adore what Tchia has to offer and there are multiple ways of seeing the sights as there are plenty of different animals players can take control of. PlayStation also showcases strong, ambitious indie titles, and Tchia fits that bill well.
Insomniac’s Wolverine Announcement
Insomniac knocked it out the park with both of their Spider-Man titles, so it was only fitting for them to reveal that they are also developing a game centered around Wolverine. This was easily the most shocking, get-hype announcement that PlayStation had here, and it leaves you wondering if their Spider-Man games and this Wolverine game will take place in the same universe. This is another HUGE win for PlayStation and shows that Insomniac is slowly becoming their golden child. We’re not seeing this game for a while, but its one that we’re going to be talking about for quite some time.
Gran Turismo 7 Fully Unveiled
It was pretty solidified that we would see Polyphony’s latest Gran Turismo game at this showcase and man was it glorious. Gran Turismo 7 could easily show the true graphical power of the PS5 and deliver its strongest entry yet. Gran Turismo might not be a big mainstream PlayStation franchise, but its one of its longest running for a reason and so far, this game showcases why. It’s beautiful, has plenty of excellently engaging realistic racing features, and looks incredibly fun and intense to play. A little odd that its March 4th release date was attached to the end of the trailer, but it doesn’t change that Gran Turismo 7 will be a big release for PlayStation next year.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Reveal
Man, Insomniac is putting in work with PlayStation and Marvel and they finally gave us the first look at the next entry in their Spider-Man series – officially titled Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Although there’s no full details on the story and gameplay, there’s a lot that this trailer gives us. Both Peter Parker and Miles Morales will be around in this sequel and likely playable in the full game and they’ll be facing off against some new villains. Fan-favorite villain Kraven the Hunter will be joining the mix and looking for the ultimate challenge while that tease of Venom terrorizing New York City will come to fruition and the extra news that he’ll be voice by Tony Todd is just the perfect cherry on top. Although we won’t get the game until 2023, there’s already a lot to be excited about.
God of War: Ragnarök Reveal
Of course, the first look at the sequel to 2018’s God of War, now officially titled God of War: Ragnarök, would be what closes the show, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The follow-up sees a slightly older Atreus and Kratos deal with the meaning of him being Loki while also looking for Tyr, the Norse god of war, to help them stop Ragnarök from happening. There’s so much to be hyped about from this trailer, I don’t even know where to start. Kratos and Atreus are going to have a lot on their hands as they reunite with old faces and fight against the foreboding presence of Thor and his father Odin. The gameplay looks as amazing as ever and it looks like players are going to have to wait till the end of the game this time to use the fiery blades of chaos.
The only thing that was off about God of War: Ragnarök’s earth-shatteringly epic reveal was there being no release date. It seemed like God of War: Ragnarök was pretty close given that the initial announcement has it coming out this year, which everyone knew wasn’t going to happen, but Ragnarök looks amazing and will surely be out before we even know it.