After effectively keeping its big mouth shut for over a year and a half, Sony finally lifted the lid on what some of its first-party studios are working on for PS5 and PSVR2 in a big PlayStation Showcase. Clocking in at over an hour, there was a lot of news to digest in a very short space of time. As such, this Round Up article is designed to give you a list of all the announcements Sony had to share during the show.
You'll find the headlines below, but click through on any of them to read more information and catch trailers. Then, once you're all up to speed, share your thoughts in the latest Push Square Poll.
All PS5, PSVR2 PlayStation Showcase Announcements
- Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Swings Back with Stunning PS5 Gameplay Trailer
- Konami's Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake Is Real, Confirmed for PS5
- Metal Gear Solid 1, 2, and 3 Launch on PS5 in the Master Collection
- Fairgame$ from Haven Studio Comes to PS5, PC
- Well-Loved Co-Op Shooter Sequel Helldivers 2 Targets PS5, PC This Year
- Concord from Firewalk Studios Has a Nice Logo At Least, Releasing 2024
- Bungie Is Bringing Back Marathon on PS5, PC, Xbox Series X|S
- Sony's Portable PS5 Streaming Handheld Launches Later This Year
- Sony Announces PlayStation AirPods with Lossless Audio and Low Latency
- Alan Wake 2 Dated for 17th October on PS5
- Assassin's Creed Mirage First Gameplay Looks Much More Traditional, Stabs October Release Date
- New Action RPG Phantom Blade Zero Promises Insane Sword-Based Battles on PS5
- The Talos Principle 2 Brings More Quality Puzzles to PS5 This Year
- From the Maker of GRIS comes Neva, a Gorgeous, Solemn Adventure Game on PS5
- If You Like Journey, You Need to See Sword of the Sea on PS5
- Free Anime Online Open Worlder Tower of Fantasy Rolls onto PS5, PS4 This Summer
- PlayStation Console Exclusive Ultros Stands Out with Trippy, Psychedelic Gameplay
- Night in the Woods Creators Reveal Revenant Hill, an Adventure Game with Cats and Witches
- Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean Brings the Fangtastic Action RPG Series Back to PS5, PS4
- Dragon's Dogma 2 Looks Godlike in First PS5 Gameplay Reveal
- Granblue Fantasy: Relink Finally Gets a 2023 Release... Window on PS5, PS4
- Final Fantasy 16 Gets Another Really Good Trailer, But No PS5 Demo Yet
- The Plucky Squire Looks Absolutely Wonderful in New PS5 Gameplay Trailer
- Play Resident Evil 4 from a New Perspective with Free PSVR2 DLC
- Surprise! Beat Saber Is Available for PSVR2 Right Now, Free Upgrade for PSVR Players
- Indie Physics Sandbox Teardown Demolishes a Path to PS5 in 2023
- PSVR2 Shooter Synapse Looks Stylish in New Gameplay Trailer, Launches 4th July
- Foamstars Is Square Enix's Answer to Splatoon on PS5
- Street Fighter 6's Story Mode Looks Like Downright Dumb PS5, PS4 Fun
- It Wouldn't Be a PS Showcase without Five Nights at Freddy's
- Arizona Sunshine 2 Revealed for PSVR2, Expect Gore-Geous Zombie Action Late 2023
- Ghostrunner 2 Resurfaces with Sleek PS5 Gameplay Trailer
- Immortals of Aveum Conjures an Enchanting PS5 Gameplay Trailer
- Build Towns and Revive Nature in Towers of Aghasba, Coming to PS5 in 2024
Live service games, indies, live service games, cool-looking third-parties (MGS3, Alan Wake, AC, DD), live service games, Spider-Man 2 and I failed to mention live service games.
I didn't even watch the showcase since I knew it will show rated M games that I really hate them, but I saw The Plucky Squire from the list and that was the only upcoming kids game I have interest about.
I only play kids games.
We going to talk about Foamstars?
The blatant pathetic ripoff of Splatoon. I'd be embarrassed to write about it too.
I give it a year before servers are shut down.
Don't forget Cat Quest! Everyone loves Cat Quest.
Cat Quest ?
This game, right?
@Anti-Matter yep, there's a new one coming. Pawesome games.
I couldn’t believe how bland and unoriginal the live service games they showed off looked. You could take the PlayStation studios tag off most of them and I’d think they were from Ubisoft or EA. I was fully expecting Sony to bring the same level of polish and quality of their single player games to them, but so far it just looks like chasing trends. Factions and the Horizon multiplayer game should be the level of quality we have come to expect from PlayStation, but all of these outside of Marathon will probably be shut down in a year.
@Jslade What PlayStation studios live service was shown, I only remember the Fairgames cinematic shown at the very start?
Oh Jim Ryan, go home. You’re drunk..
People: "Sony only make cinematic 3rd person games, show me something different"
Also People: "Not those type of games"
6 months at most.
No one abandons a project faster than Square-Enix.
@Anke Just written the article for Cat Quest, love the first two games!
@Intr1n5ic The PS Studios live service games shown were:
The only PS Studios game present that wasn't live service is Spider-Man 2.
Game of the show: Dragon's Dogma II
Runner up: Alan Wake II.
Nice surprise award: Marathon. Single player FPS from Bungie? Sign me up.
Looks unbelievable (but not my thing) award: Spiderman 2
Outstanding mention: Phantom Blade 0.
Goddamn impressive but stop it with the trailers award: FFXVI.
Dissapointment of the day would be Factions 2 awol, and the Haven live service game teaser.
Just terrible award goes to Foamstars, a cringey ripoff of splatoon.
I give the showcase an overall score of 07/10. And only because of the DD2 reveal
@AdamNovice Exactly this, Sony tried something different and still got hate for it. Yet the competition pumps out indies and live service games left right and centre and they get praised for it whilst Sony are a "one trick pony".
Its like Sony can't do anything right without attracting hate from the masses, if sony showed all their first party titles tonight you'd have those still slating them for releasing live service and third person games. Ghost of tsushima 2 would apparently be the same game with a different skin, the same old trope people are saying about spiderman 2 right now on social media and other sites, same was said about Horizon Forbidden West and God of War Ragnarok.
Its just all too pathetic.
@Anke Not sure if you’re joking but I was genuinely happy to see that reveal lol. Games are fun and it’s nice to get an east platinum if you’re into that sorta thing.
@UltimateOtaku91 I agree everyone wants the big games but then they also b**** about why they show stuff five years out. I’m happy Sony is starting to market first party stuff that is actually close to release. We’ll get our Wolverine trailer next year. Everyone need to chill
Foamstars is an absolute hilarious disgrace.
Plus they missed a massive trick by not calling it Soap Stars. SE could have then sold DLC packs like Nick and Dot Cotton. Ken and Deidre Barlow skins. New battle arenas such as The Woolpack The Rover's Return. The game practically writes itself!
(Apologies for any non-British people reading the above as it will make no sense whatsoever.) 🙂
@KaijuKaiser definitely not joking, I adored both Cat Quest games.
That's a whole lot of meh, not much that really grabs my attention.
Complete and utter disappointment! Spider man 2 looks cool but rest of showcase was trash. Where's TLOU2 factions, next Uncharted, next Horizon, etc. Doesn't fill me with much confidence for the future of playstation studios on PS5. Was also considering getting PSVR2 but there is literally one exclusive (Horizon) that I'm interested in. So forget that.
Not a bad list. This showcase was exactly what I was expecting it to be. So I'm not disappointed but also not at all blown away.
@jpsmith881 Next Horizon? Bro what are you on? Forbidden West just released last year. This community man…. No common sense… none
@Grumblevolcano Thank you. I didn't realise Helldivers was made by a Sony studio, or that it was live service, I probably should of been paying more attention. Was the first one live service?
Hard to call any of the rest of that list bland and unoriginal though considering we didn't see anything of them.
As if Splatoon wasn’t cringe enough, now there is Foamstars 🤦🏻♂️
@__jamiie Practically everything that becomes a big hit gets ripped off these days so it's no real surprise. And unfortunately they rarely ever live up to the original either so the signs don't look good for Foamstars. Your Soap Stars suggestion is genius though!
The biggest problem I had with the show is that we really don't know a whole lot more than we did going in about what the 1st party devs are up to. The only new thing we really saw anything from was Helldivers 2 and Spider-Man. The rest were just CG trailers that gave basically nothing. Like what even is Concord? That trailer literally gave absolutely no indication of what it is supposed to be.
Just expected a bit more from 1st party is all.
Ummm...you know that's multiplayer only, without even an SP campaign, right? From the official PS blog:
IIIIIIIIM STIIIIIILLL IN A DREAAAAAAM SNAKE EATEEEEEEER!!!
@eltomo A year? That's generous. I give it 3 months, 6 months tops.
@UltimateOtaku91 As someone who has regularly followers every gaming scene I can possibly find. No one genuine actually wants more live service games. Nintendo has been trying to release their games live service style by releasing stuff half baked and then finishing it later, usually not even bothering to fully patch it up even. This is a common complaint among fans. And those on mobile have been getting increasingly annoyed with the formula because games that are online only which usually have IAPs end up getting shuttered after only two years. And I've watched almost every Xbox showcase since 2015, if you read the live chat comments on one of those videos, the amount of moaning about Microsoft's newest shooty game, whichever generic one they show, is enormous.
Large companies get a large amount of flak no matter what they do, but sometimes it's justified, and I think trend chasing something that was ethically questionable to begin with is deserving of some flak.
Additionally, check comments on Nintendo and Xbox gaming sites, particularly Nintendolife and Pure Xbox, you'll find people similar to yourself making the same argument about how nobody gives their competitors flak for this or that. It's simply incorrect no matter who says it, so if you're not seeing the criticisms of competitor's products, you're probably looking in the wrong place.
@AdamNovice @UltimateOtaku91 To be clear, when people say they want Sony to pump money into projects that aren't cinematic third-person action-adventure titles, they also want the games to not look generic and boring.
There was no need to call this a showcase.
They should have just made this a 1-hour State of Play based on indies, third-parties, and VR titles.
Then they could have done a separate 15-20 minute State of Play for Spider-Man 2 and it would have been pretty much the same thing.
When you call your event a PlayStation Showcase, you’re setting expectations for first-party studios to show up in a big way.
What a bummer.
20 minutes of gold, 40 of meh!.
That Phantom Blade 0 was the standout for me, combat looked fantastic, was weird, stylish.. just brilliant. Hope it can live up to the trailer.
@Anti-Matter Plucky Squire always looked good to us. Also coming to Switch BTW. 👍
@eltomo We were showing my wife the Foamstars trailer as I was reading your comment. She's not a gamer but even she knows Splatoon when she sees it. 😂
Watching Tower of Agabasha now - not to be confused w/ Genshin Impact looking Tower of Fantasy - b/c it looks like the XCX world. Could be good.🤷
I thought it was a good show, all games no filler, and I liked that they stuck all the VR games in 1 spot for me to ignore, but I have low expectations. I was thinking about selling my PS5 while I was playing it but my kid is taking my Switch to college so I need it for Fortnite.😁
@arsmolinarc Sorry to break it to you. Marathon is PvP with no single player. Was dissapointed when I heard. Rubbush.
Plucky Squire looked really fun; the rest was just incredibly meh… as expected.
Even though alot of the games I was hoping would be featured here didn't show up, there's still a decent selection of games I'm looking forward to! Most notably both FF16, Spidey 2, and Alan Wake II.
Final Fantasy XVI (PS5) - June 22, 2023
Assassin's Creed: Mirage (PS5) - October 12, 2023
Alan Wake II (PS5) - October 17, 2023
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 (PS5) - Fall 2023
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 (PS5) - Fall 2023
Granblue Fantasy: Relink (PS5) - Winter 2023
The Plucky Squire (PS5)
Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean (PS5)
Dragon's Dogma II (PS5)
Metal Gear Solid Δ: Snake Eater (PS5)
Phantom Blade Zero (PS5)
There were a few problems but the biggest one was they set expectations incorrectly. By calling this a “Showcase” we expected more. If this was slimmed down and a “State of Play” it would have been one of the best in years. Plenty of good third party content.
But not enough gameplay, not enough ‘Wow” and where were the tentpole first party AAA titles / studios we were expecting.
The trouble is you are conflating what the enthusiasts, the vocal minority on gaming websites, US, are saying with what people ACTUALLY play and spend their money on.
Look as Sony’s investors briefing, look at other studios’s financials and it is clear you are wrong. The REALITY is people are spending more and more time, and more and more money on Live services.
To be clear: No I don’t them either, but don’t mistake what we enthusiasts want with what the masses, the vast majority of gamers, actually play and spend their money on.
We are the vocal 1%
I really enjoyed watching it last night and i thought Sony really pushed more variety and lots of different games for different types of players.
That said, of the things I actually want to play that weren't already known about it was pretty limited so for my personal taste.
I feel like it is quite a confused picture and one that isn't helped by so many cinematic trailers.
I had no plans to watch it, waited for the summary here - and it looks like I wasn't wrong to completely skip it. I really struggle to make any sense of purchasing PS5 (still rocking PS4 without any problems), hoped a little bit that finally they announce THE game which force me to upgrade my console - and they definitely did not. It's weird state of Sony right now.
@eltomo I literally posted the same sentiment on another article. lol. Server shut down within a year after release for sure. I have no faith in Foamstars.
Aren't there some games missing? Like Immortals of Aveum?
I had 'low' expectations for this show but even I was not impressed by this. I know games are taking 'longer' and 'longer' to develop but I had expected more than just Spider-Man 2 from Sony - at least 'Factions' that was 'expected' this year too.
I am not interested in Japanese games - like Final Fantasy or those 'live' service/co-op games either. Some of the Indies look OK, nothing particular stood out to me though. Most of the AAA games look 'great', but also like it could have been a generic Show from a decade or more ago. Nothing felt 'fresh' to me - certainly nothing I intend to play at/near launch, pay $70+ to be amongst the 'first' to play....
It was a good show but there were too manuly live services for my taste and I hoped to see a new gameplay trailer with a release date for Silent Hill 2 Remake which did not happen. I also hoped to see some preliminary in game or teaser trailer for Max Payne Remake which also did n9t happen
If I ignore the almost complete lack of any 1st party games I actually enjoyed it. Nice mix of games, big and small. Personally I counted 11 games im going to buy including 3 of the psvr2 games.
I do think Sony need to have something in September with more 1st party news though.
I enjoyed the show even though I'm not interested in most games shown. Dragons dogma 2 finally showing gameplay was enough to make me happy but some others like spiderman 2 gameplay and kravens reveal, mgs making a comeback and cat quest all made me excited. I think it's one of the best ps showcases I've ever seen although I admit I expected more because it's been so long to see something new from sony.
Out of everything they showed ........... I was kinda disappointed
Only games I am considering is
Alan Wake 2
Metal Gear Solid 3 remake
I will wait on the Beta on Bungie's new game BUT with there copy and paste philosophy with Destiny ....... That will probably be a miss
Immortals of Aveum looked dope AF, hope the game holds up.
Whole thing felt very flat, so decided to run some numbers...
My personal stats
Some of the game highlights for me:
Overall, it was an OK showcase but definitely lacking and not really worth the hype.
When Final Fantasy fails to meet sales expectations who do y'all think will purchase Square Enix?
@KaijuKaiser exactly. Not only was Forbidden West released last year, this year we got DLC and the PSVR2 game. Yet some people expect a Horizon announcement? Make it make sense.
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