PlayStation moves for checkmate with 2021 showcase
Missed the showcase due to work or sleep? Come get caught up on what's what at the Sony PlayStation Showcase 2021.
Having had a relatively quiet few months, and opting to stay clear of E3 2021, Sony has finally made their move.
And, if the live-action introductory cinematic was anything to go by, Sony feels that they've been biding their time for their pieces to be developed. Let's go.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake
The first piece to move was a remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, developed by Aspyr Media, Lucasfilm Games, and Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Notably, Bioware will not be working on the remake. However, members of the original development team have been engaged to work on this, and the game will be remade from the ground-up - a practice we've seen used to great effect for Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake will be a timed console-exclusive to the PlayStation 5.
Next, was Project Eve, developed and published by the South Korean company SHIFT UP.
From the trailer, the game will be a rip-roaring action rampage with high combo counters in the style of Bayonetta and Devil May Cry. Even the protagonist backflips in similar fashion to Bayonetta.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
Gearbox gave us another look at Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, first teased at Summer Games Fest.
The game promises a fantasy setting, but filled with guns... and more guns, with the premise of Tiny Tina herself as the Dungeon Master in a fictional D&D-styled game - in other words, a game within a video-game world. Why are guns in a fantasy setting? Ask Tina.
First teased as Project Athia, we have since gotten more and more peeks into Forspoken, the action role-playing game by Luminous Productions. Key among the details featured are a closer look at the story of the protagonist, as well as some combat and exploration mechanics.
This time, it comes with a confirmation of a Spring 2022 release window.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Extraction
Rainbow Six is back with more tactical shooting action, though this time the foes are a lot less human, and a lot more deadly. We've had the opportunity to look at Extraction gameplay before, and it looks like they took the best features of Siege and have since gone beyond.
Rainbow Six Extraction is not that far away from us, with a January 2022 release date.
Alan Wake Remastered
Originally an Xbox and Windows exclusive, Alan Wake's adventures will now be available on PlayStation consoles following a remaster.
Back when it was released in 2010, it was arguably one of the richest and deepest storylines to emerge from a new IP for Xbox. It will be interesting to see how much weight the game holds a decade later.
GTA V and GTA Online
Rockstar showcased some of the next-generation enhancements for GTA V, including enhanced graphics and the ability to switch characters on the fly.
However, it also came with a little bit of bad news as the previously-slated 11th November 2021 release date is now a March 2022 release window.
If horror games are your thing, you will definitely have had Ghostwire: Tokyo on your radar. This trailer showcases even more aspects of the storyline, as well as more supernatural beings that are based on legend and folklore.
Ghostwire: Tokyo will be releasing on the PlayStation 5 and PC in Spring 2022.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
The first of multiple Marvel IPs to be showcased throughout the 40 minutes was Guardians of the Galaxy, by Eidos-Montreal. It featured a really, really cute doggo. That's really all the reason you need to hit "play".
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy drops on October 26th 2021 for PlayStation 4 & 5 Xbox One and X/S, Nintendo Switch and Windows PCs.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt
The free-to-play battle royale title set in the much beloved Vampire: The Masquerade dropped a new trailer to showcase its different playable classes.
Blood Hunt is out for Early Access on PC, and will be launching on major consoles later this year
Arkane Studio's Deathloop is almost upon us, and this near story trailer shines a little bit more light into why we'll be asked to "die, die again".
Deathloop will be released on 14th September 2021 on for the PlayStation 5, and Windows PCs.
Kid A / Amnesiac Virtual Exhibition (by Radiohead and Epic)
Taking a slight deviation away from video-gaming content, Radiohead and Epic announced a Virtual Exhibition experience for Kid A and Amnesia called Kid A Mnesia. We can't help but suspect this would also be linked to recent news that Radiohead will be re-issuing the two albums with never-before-heard tracks.
The Kid A Mnesia Exhibition will be arriving on PlayStation 5, PC and Mac via Epic Games Store in November 2021.
Tchia (Inspired by New Caledonia)
Inspired by New Caledonia, this trailer showcases the charming open-world adventure mechanics of Tchia, including the titular character's ability to take control of animals and objects.
We were sold when we saw turtles. Tchia will be launched on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Epic Games Store in 2022.
Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection
With Uncharted 5 still but an unconfirmed pipe-dream for many fans, Naughty Dog has plans to remind us of the thrilling ride that is the Unchartered series. While teasing the Legacy of Thieves Collection, it was confirmed that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will be remastered for the PlayStation 5 and PC.
Yes, you heard it right. Uncharted on PC. Due to be released early 2022.
One man sits in a bar, everyone else lies motionless. That's pretty much it for this announcement trailer, but we are stoked to see where, and how, Insomniac will take the character of Wolverine for his first solo appearance in a video-game.
Insomniac has done well with Marvel characters thus far, and we'll be keeping our eyes peeled to see some of that "cutting-edge gameplay" being promised.
Gran Turismo 7
It's a beautiful, beautiful game, which allows you to own, and drive, fast cars of different types, customize them to the most extreme of details, and see the world while you're at it. Seems pretty worth it at the price of one PS5 game, especially in current times.
Gran Turismo 7 will be dropping in March 2022, only on PlayStation.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2
Do the people at Insomniac ever sleep? Apparently they do, with 'no-crunch policy'. Yet, somehow, after gifting the world Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart in one year, all while announcing Wolverine, they have contrived to also throw in Spider-Man 2 in good measure.
We saw a combo attack from Peter and Miles. With Venom also in the mix, we can't help but wonder if the game will allow us to play as different Spideys. Spider-Man 2 is projected to have a 2023 release date.
God of War Ragnarok
He's not a "BOY", but not yet a man, either. Our first, proper, and official, look at the continuation of Atreus' legacy is finally here and BOY did we have to wait. But it was worth it:
No, we are not calm and reasonable right now.
That's all Sony wrote for the Summer Showcase! Let us know what games you are most excited for, and what games you'd like to see us play on Twitch!