It’s official: the summer showcase period is upon us, and tonight Sony has got the gears turning with its PlayStation Showcase. It’s been just over an hour filled with new announcements and trailers – and for PlayStation fans, it’s been quite the treat. Did you miss it? Don’t worry: we’ve rounded up everything that was shown off during the PlayStation Showcase right here.
With a mixture of first and third party announcements, AAA and indie, and PS5 and PSVR 2 games, there’s been a lot to take in. Some games we’ve already known about, and others have been brand new announcements. Keep on reading for a breakdown of everything revealed at tonight’s PlayStation Showcase. If you’d rather watch the whole thing yourself, head on over to PlayStation’s official YouTube channel.
The PlayStation Showcase is the first of many shows, with the main bulk happening around Summer Games Fest which kicks off on 8th June. Make sure you don’t miss any other big announcements: see all the key summer showcase dates for your diary here.
PlayStation Showcase round-up: everything revealed on tonight’s livestream
First up is our first look at Fairgames, the game that PlayStation’s own studio, Haven, has been working on. We got big Watch Dogs vibes from the trailer: it appears to be a third-person action game all about high-tech hacking and heists. It’s a super-stylish trailer, and it’s coming to both PS5 and PC. No release date just yet.
Here’s another first party game from a Sony studio. Helldivers 2 looks far more cinematic and epic than its predecessor, and combat moved to a third-person over-the-shoulder perspective rather than a top-down camera. It looks rather epic, and if shooting your way through more alien beasties than you can shake a stick at, this is going to be one for you. It’s coming to PS5 and PC at some point this year.
Immortals of Aveum
This is from Ascendant Studios, and published by EA Originals. It’s a first-person action game, casting you as a protagonist equipped with a multitude of magical powers. Not too long to wait for this one: it’s out on 20th July.
505 Games and One More Level are back with a sequel to the epic Ghostrunner. And this time, you have a bike! It looks to offer the same high-octane free-running action. We loved the first one, and so we have high hopes for a sequel. It’s due out before the end of the year.
Phantom Blade 0
This appears to be a third-person action adventure blending Samurai legend and fantasy. Expect some fancy swordplay against well-matched opponents juxtaposed with epic boss fights that see you running and jumping from the ceiling. No date for this one, but we’re intrigued to find out more.
Sword of the Sea
Sword of the Sea is the next game from Giant Squid, developer of Journey and Abzu, and it looks very much Journey-like. The teaser doesn’t give very much away, but it’s definitely one to keep your eye on if you’re a fan of the developer’s work (and, let’s face it, who isn’t?).
The Talos Principle II
We loved The Talos Principle, and so news of a sequel is music to our ears. It’s been some years, and so we expect it to be even more visually impressive (if the trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to deliver) with even more complex puzzles. It’s due out on PS5 this year.
This is from the creator of GRIS, so expect ultra-stylish visuals and emotive gameplay. The trailer hasn’t given us much to go on, but it’s beautifully animated – and has an adorable baby fox-thing. It’s coming in 2024.
Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean
Did you know you needed a new Cat Quest game? We didn’t, until we saw the trailer for Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean. It doesn’t look much different from the two games that came before it, but we’re OK with that. It’s coming in 2024.
Here’s something new from Square Enix. It looks like a more high-tech Splatoon, except instead of paint you appear to shoot around a load of coloured foam. Undoubtedly it’ll be a multiplayer game, and there’s no release date just yet. It’s coming to PS4 and PS5 (and likely other formats).
The Plucky Squire
The Plucky Squire is a game we’ve had eyes on before: it was revealed at one of last year’s showcases. An adventure game set in a papercraft world, it looks absolutely gorgeous, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. It’s out at some point this year.
If you like destroying stuff, is the one for you. Get let loose in a voxel world, blowing up buildings, causing explosions, and pretty much all kinds of other carnage. It’s been a big hit on PC, and now it’s coming to PC. No exact date, but at some point in 2023.
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater
An ambiguous but gorgeous trailer that looks more like a David Attenborough documentary than anything else introduces us to the long-awaited Metal Gear Solid 3 remake. There’s a triangle somewhere in the title, but we’re not really sure how to type that out or how on earth search engines are going to deal with that. Not our problem. No date for that yet, but we’re looking forward to seeing more. There’s also a Master Collection, containing ports of Metal Gear Solid 1, 2 and 3, coming later this year.
Towers of Aghasba
From Dreamlit Games, this has serious ICO vibes. It looks to be a third-person adventure set in a beautiful world where you’ll meet huge beasts. The trailer doesn’t give us much to go on, but we’re excited to find out more.
Final Fantasy XVI
If JRPG action is your thing, this looks to be the absolute cream of the crop. If you’ve read any of the Final Fantasy XVI previews floating about this week, though, you’ll already know that. We’ve yet to try it ourselves, but every new trailer just makes us water at the mouth a little bit more. Not much longer to wait: it’s out on 22nd June. That’s next month, if you didn’t know.
Alan Wake 2
It’s been a long time coming, but Alan Wake 2 isn’t far away now. The new trailer looks to up the horror, with realistic visuals taking the action to the next level. Looks like there’s more to do than just pointing your torch at stuff. We wonder if Alan’s any better at running these days, too? It’s currently set to release on October 17th.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Here’s a look at the next game to come to the Assassin’s Creed series. Assassin’s Creed Mirage looks to go back to the game’s roots, offering a smaller, tighter world with more focus on stealthy combat. It’s due out on 12th October, and there’ll be a PS4 and PS5 version (alongside other platforms, too).
We know absolutely nothing about Revenant Hill, but its trailer shows us a cute cartoon black cat, so we’re in.
Granblue Fantasy Relink
The Granblue Fantasy series looks like it’s going in a slightly different direction. It looks to be more of an action RPG this time around, with players taking on giant, hulking monsters in a rather colourful world. It’s coming this winter on PS4 and PS5.
Street Fighter 6
At this point, Street Fighter 6 doesn’t need any introduction. But this new trailer focuses more on story than fighting action, introducing us to some of the characters – sorry, “legends” – that appear in the game. It’s mere days away now, landing on 2nd June.
Now this looks rather nice indeed. A 2D side-scrolling platform game, it sports a unique art style set in what appears to be an alien world. It’s incredibly vibrant; so vibrant, in fact, that it’s hard not to be mesmerised. Still a way off though: it’s out in 2024.
Tower of Fantasy
Perfect World Games’ latest trailer for Tower of Fantasy looks pretty action-packed. If you’re a fan of open world JRPGs, it’s safe to say this is one worth checking out. There’s even an underwater world to swim to, providing you have suitable equipment, we presume. No release date yet, but we’ll be keeping an eye on further announcements.
Dragon’s Dogma II
Capcom has revealed a new trailer for the upcoming Dragon’s Dogma II, a high fantasy action game set in a medieval world occupied by dragons and other giant beasties. Maybe it’s just us, but we’re getting some Game of Thrones vibes from the trailer. No release date yet, but we’ll of course have more updates in due course.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted 2
A short teaser trailer doesn’t give too much away about Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted 2. It’s a whole 30 seconds of descending in a lift, but it looks suitably unsettling all the same. If eerie animatronics are your thing, this one is due out in late 2023.
Resident Evil 4 VR
We’re now safely into the PSVR 2 section of the PlayStation Showcase. If Resident Evil Village in VR didn’t make you crap your pants quite enough, here’s another opportunity to soil yourself. Capcom has revealed Resident Evil 4 VR which, granted, is probably not quite as scary as some of the moments in Village. But still enough to give us palpitations to think about. There’s no release date yet, though: it’s simply “in development”.
Arizona Sunshine 2
If you’re not tired of zombie media yet, this PSVR 2 game is one to watch. We can’t help ourselves, but slashing through the undead still hasn’t got tiring for us yet – and this one looks particularly entertaining, with plenty of humour thrown in along the way. The first Arizona Sunshine was well-received, and so we’re looking forward to getting hands on its sequel. It’s due out at some point this year.
Crossfire: Sierra Squad
Developer Smilegate is bringing its first person shooter Crossfire to PSVR 2. Expect headshots, heavy fire, grenades, and battles against giant beasties. No release date or much information at all to go on, though.
NDreams’ next VR game looks pretty slick and stylish, offering up a mixture of physics play and first-person shooting. It’s coming to PSVR 2 on 4th July.
Honestly, Beat Saber is probably our favourite VR game of all time (so far), and we’ve been waiting for more news of its PSVR 2 launch. Our wait is over though: you can be waving around lightsabers to the beat of your favourite songs right now. Yep, that’s right: Beat Saber has dropped onto PSVR 2 today. Go!
Here’s our first look at something new from Bungie since the developer was acquired by Sony last year. Slick and stylish, the teaser doesn’t give much, if anything, away about Marathon. Except that we can probably assume it’s a multiplayer shooter of some sort, but we knew that anyway.
Destiny 2: The Final Shape
We got just a quick glimpse at the next expansion to Destiny 2. It’s called The Final Shape, and it’s coming on 22nd August. That gives you a few more months to prepare yourself and complete everything else you need to do first.
Concord is the upcoming game from Firewalk Studios coming in 2024 to PS5 and PC. The trailer doesn’t give much away, and so we’ll have to wait for more. This is a new studio that joined the PlayStation family in April.
Jim Ryan teases ‘Project Q’, a handheld streaming device that was leaked earlier this year. It’s essentially an eight-inch screen stuck between two halves of a DualSense controller, allowing you to stream your PS5 games from your own console. We’ll get more information later this year. Ryan also announced PlayStation-branded earbuds.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Here’s our final game of the PlayStation Showcase: an extended look at Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. While its opening looks more like Predator than anything else, we’re soon thrown into the heart of New York City and there’s no mistaking that this is, indeed, Spider-Man. Except: he has Venom powers! The combat looks just as fast-paced as ever, and Spidey’s new Venom skills provide more flexibility (quite literally). With how much we loved the first game (and its spin-off, Miles Morales), we’ve no doubt that we’re going to dig this just as much. Maybe even more. Fingers crossed. Still no proper date, though: just autumn 2023.
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