After an absolutely jam-packed 40-minutes, it turns out the PlayStation Showcase was absolutely worth the wait. We got new games, big updates for PS5 titles, and a handful of release dates that all culminated in an event that set the gaming industry alight. Here's everything announced at the PlayStation Showcase:
Knights of the Old Republic Remake
The rumors were true, with the PlayStation Showcase starting out with the reveal of a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake. From developer Aspyr, the trailer didn't show off actual gameplay, but instead, Darth Reven walked slowly towards us out of the darkness. No word on a release date but it's coming exclusively to PS5 and PC.
There's a big Bayonetta feel to Project Eve's incredible-looking shiny future apocalypse. It's a game full of massive weapons, and even bigger combos and moves as you battle a horror show of monsters. It's all tentacles and openings with skittering eldritch… things and monstrous hulking demons as you fight back in a fast back and forth of blows, parries, and dodges.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
We got a look at the first gameplay footage for Tiny Tina's Wonderlands and it's positively oozing with Tiny Tina sass. The Dragon Lord has returned, and now it's up to TT and co to take them down. It had a very 'what if Borderlands was DnD' feel, with characters wielding a gun in one hand, magic in the other. It also featured skeletons, pirates, shark monsters, and other beasties, and also delivered us a confirmed March 25, 2022 release date.
Although the trailer was almost overshadowed by the glorious cat at the beginning, we also got a fantastic look at the gameplay you should expect in Forspoken. Our heroine goes from a commute on a bus to discovering a portal that warps her to a majestic castle. Before she knows it, she's got a giant golden cuff talking to her. Magic powers are suddenly gifted to her, from a powerful leap, grapple-style move, and more, it's all go in Forsaken. It's coming in Spring 2022.
Rainbow Six: Extraction
A fresh trailer for Rainbow Six: Extraction dropped as part of the PlayStation showcase, blending gameplay with an exploration of some of the story elements of the game. We got a look at a variety of creatures, a look at the titular extraction mechanic, and some of the returning Rainbow Six tactics like barricades and other gadgets.
Alan Wake Remastered
Another first look at gameplay came in the form of the upcoming Alan Wake Remaster. This is the first time the game has even been released on PlayStation, so it was a powerful showcase. Enhanced graphics will no doubt make everything even more creepy in Bright Falls, but thankfully you'll have your trusty flashlight to help you weaken enemies as you try and save your wife Alice. We also got confirmation that the remaster is dropping on October 5, narrowing it down from the original Fall release date window revealed only in the last few weeks.
Grand Theft Auto 5
We got a look at GTA 5, again, with its latest PS5 remake promising improved graphics and enhanced gameplay, and seamless character switching, which we can only assume will be even faster with that PS5 SSD loading times. It'll also bring with it a PS5 version of GTA Online when it arrives in March 2022.
It's hard to get a read on exactly what Ghostwire: Tokyo is. It looks great but appears to be a strange mix of fast first-person shooter action with Japanese folklore and ghosts. That sees you battling an unpleasant range of Slender Man enemies, creepy ghost nuns, and school children, and yokai-inspired monsters. There are also a few brief glimpses of what appear to be more traditional horror moments that suggest a crazy mix of scary shooter action.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
While the latest reveal of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy showed more of the Universal Church of Truth as the main enemies testing Peter and the gang, the biggest thing snuck in was a space combat reveal. A brief clip showed what looked like the Milano barrel rolling through space, dodging bullets, and firing back at incoming ships. It also looks like Cosmo the Dog will be playing a bigger part than just a cameo while helping the Guardians out. You can take to space and see what else the game has to offer when it arrives on October 26.
Sony revealed the Vampire Masquerade battle royale will be coming to PS5 later this year. While the gameplay showed the same Prague-based rooftop shootouts currently in the PC early access alpha, it also revealed a more streamlined menu as you flipped between playable characters. There are six classes to choose from, spread across the three clans - the brutish Bruja, support-styled Toreador, and stealthy Nosferatu.
I think at this stage we have as many questions as Colt for Deathloop. Ahead of its September 14 release next week, we got one final look at Arkhan's Deathloop. The (we assume) final trailer for the game starts out with a propaganda-like video for the Aeon company, although featuring lots, and lots of murder and explaining that it's an endless party that you can never leave. This was followed by narration from Colt, showcasing the visual prompts you'll see as you move around the world that will give you clues as to what is going on.
Kid A Mnesia
Epic Games and band Radiohead are partnering up for an interactive experience called Kid A Mnesia. It's not entirely clear what exactly it'll be like to experience, but it's described as "an upside-down digital/analog universe created from original artwork and recordings to commemorate 21 years of Radiohead’s Kid A and Amnesiac". It's coming to PS5 in November 2021.
One of the cutest reveals of the PlayStation Showcase was Tchia; a brand new, open-world adventure. You'll be able to explore a tropical archipelago on your boat, but also use your ability to possess animals and use them to solve puzzles. You'll have a few other things in your arsenal, including a parachute, all of which you'll need as you explore and engage in combat against various monsters.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
Not quite the complete Uncharted Collection we were expecting, but the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is coming to PS5 and PC in early 2022. It packages up Uncharted 4: The Thief's End and spin-off Uncharted: The Lost Legacy with remastered graphics for Sony's latest console.
The first Insomniac Games reveal of the night (yes there's more) was a brand new Wolverine game. Although it was just a short teaser showcasing Wolverine sat at the bar in the aftermath of quite a brawl. As one final fighter attempts to regain composure for another round, we see Wolverine's claws burst forth. There's no look at Wolverine's face or even a whiff of a release date, but it is a PS5 exclusive.
Gran Turismo 7
We finally have a vague release date for Gran Turismo 7 and it's March 2022. The lengthy trailer showcased a strong selection of impeccably shiny cars that we swear you could see your face in even through the TV. Tracks included picturesque mountainside affairs, along with cities, and some lovely car pans in garages. We also got a great look at races in action, alongside the customization options and some of the map. According to PlayStation Studios head, Hermen Hulst, the title will pull elements from the entire franchise, so should be quite the celebration for long-serving fans.
There are many layers to Spider-Man 2's first trailer. It shows the game will see both Peter and Miles teaming up to fight crime. But, more importantly, it finally confirmed Venom will be in the game after his credit tease in the original game. Perhaps more interestingly, he might be playable and join up with the more heroic Spider duo. The Russian voice-over in the trailer talks of finding 'someone how could beat me' and has Kraven the Hunter written all over it. Is he hunting Spider-people for sport, forcing all webheads, good and evil, to team up? We'll find out when the game arrives in 2023.
God of War Ragnarok
Ragnarok is finally coming, as Sony eventually gives in and admits that's what the God of War sequel is called - God of War: Ragnarok. There's a lot to unpack from the reveal with Atreus getting antsy he's not out there doing god stuff, while Freya's on the warpath attacking Kratos on his dog sled. Oh, there are dog sleds too now. See, I told you there was a lot. We also get to finally meet Tyr (ending the fan theory that he would somehow be Kratos because of time travel stuff). A new character was also introduced, a small girl about the same age as Atreus who Sony revealed is one of the last giants. On top of all that, there are new monsters, and what looks like a new merchant, along the lines of Sindri and Brok, with a pet squid. Because why not?