It was the night of Sony’s Playstation showcase, and with all the rumours that popped up in the approach, did the event live up to the hype?
If you want to watch the showcase you can do so here, otherwise keep reading for some of the talking-points of the event.
Opening the show was President and CEO Mr. Jim Ryan, and he ushered in the announcement of and a very short trailer for the remake of Knights of the Old Republic, and that was followed by so sci-fi slashing action from a game called Project EVE.
Things slowed down a little bit after that with a look at Forspoken from Square Enix, coming in 2022.
Remedy’s just announced remaster of Alan Wake was in attendance, for the first time on a Playstation console — and that was followed by GTA V, still seeing re-releases.
We got to see more of Resident Evil and Evil Within creator Shinji Mikami’s next game, Ghostwire Tokyo, which continues to look interesting, and Square Enix had more to show with their big licensed game, Guardians of the Galaxy (coming on the 26th of October, 2021).
The string of games came to a brief halt for Mr. Hermen Hulst to introduce the next set of Playstation exclusive games, the most important part of the showcase.
The first game was Wolverine, yes, Marvel Comics Wolverine, and it’s being developed by Ratchet & Clank creators Insomniac, though is was so short you could have been forgiven for missing it.
We got a look at Playstation’s premier driving game, Gran Turismo 7 (releasing in March, 2022), and then we got even more Marvel superheroes in the form of Spider-Man 2 (coming sometime in 2023).
Then was what the showcase was no doubt building up to, a look at God of War: Ragnarok and a little bit of its story.
And that was the showcase. The structure of the showcase was commendable, with almost the whole event moving from game to game with minimal interruption, and – with a few exceptions – we were given a substantive look at what was there.
Sony did a decent job here. It would have been nice to see more than a glimpse of KOTOR and Wolverine, though the lack of news is understandable, and the exclusives portion of the showcase was welcome. Beyond that, the number of big titles that are not coming this year was a disappointment, but Playstation fans have been waiting for something to shout about, and this showcase at least gave them some things to look forward to.