Bloodborne 2? The last of us multiplayer? Hollow Knight: Silksong will be shadow launched? Unfortunately, none of these things happened at last night’s PlayStation Showcase. But very few common sense people expected that. Instead, we got some nice surprises and more than a few interesting things to talk about, even if the show still felt somewhat flawed compared to what it could have delivered.
But if you weren’t able to catch the showcase last night, or need a reminder of that indie game with the trippy graphics, we’ve got you covered as we go over everything that was shown last night. As a side note, we won’t cover the VR games here, with one exception, because most of those announcements didn’t really drum up the hype.
Without further ado then, let’s start with Fairgame$, the title that pretty much everyone at Gamereactor thought we were starting with a Hyenas cinematic trailer. Fairgame$ is a live-action extraction shooter based on a world where people steal from the mega-rich in elaborate and dangerous heists. It sounds a lot like Hyenas, and even the font was similar, so hopefully Fairgame$ can pull itself out of that equation sooner rather than later.
Next on the list was Helldivers II, which dropped the original bird’s-eye view of the first game to give us co-op, third-person, bug-shooting action. In what looks like an homage to Starship Troopers, we’re curious to see if this game is as fun as the first trailer made it seem. It comes out later this year on PS5 and PC.
Immortals of Avenum also got a new trailer, showing a little more of the world and story we will experience when the game launches this summer. Not much more to say here, as we’ve already seen much of the magical combat and fluid visuals of the newest title in an increasingly impressive EA Originals lineup. Immortals of Avenum will be released on Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PC on July 20, 2023.
We then got our first big surprise of the night, as we got a trailer for Ghostrunner 2. Now we already knew about the game last night, but we hadn’t seen anything about it yet, and even from a brief glimpse it already looks like it will hook fans back into the dystopian world and fast-paced combat.
Phantom Blade: Zero was next, with an intricate sword game and a game world that looks like what you’d get if you combined the quirks of NieR with the somber tones of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It is technically a rebirth of the original Rainblood, according to the PS Blog, but built on Unreal Engine 5. We have no details on the release date for this one, but stay tuned as more news will come out in the future.
Next, we step from a gritty action game to the stunning visuals that players of Journey and Abzú will recognize. Titled Sword of the Sea, the game showed a short trailer featuring its main, sword-wielding character surfing through vast oceans and sand dunes on their weapon. No release window here again, and just a promise that it will be coming to PS5 sometime in the future.
After Sword of the Sea, it was time for The Talos Principle 2. Originally announced in 2016, this is the first we’ve seen of the game in some time. The trailer didn’t give us too much information, but fans of the original puzzle game will be happy to know that the sequel is launching this year.
Then we jumped over to Neva, an indie game with stylized visuals that already looks like it will break our hearts. Neva comes from Nomada Studio and Devolver Digital and looks to launch next year.
Next we headed out to the high seas for Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean, which looks like a charming little indie title in which, as expected from the name, you actually play as a cat. Like Neva, it too is scheduled for a 2024 release.
Even further down the weird pipeline, we next looked at Sony’s answer to Splatoon. Foamstars seems to take a lot of inspiration from the Nintendo hit, except trading paint for soap and squids for real people. No release info on this one.
Plucky Squire came next, which is another Devolver title. The game is set in a picture book and features an interesting mechanic that sees our titular plucky squire jump from the page to the real world. It launches this year.
The ultimate destruction simulator in Teardown came next with its console versions. If you just want to destroy things, you’ll want to keep an eye on this one as it prepares for launch this year.
One of the big daddies came next in the Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater remake. Unfortunately, we didn’t see more than a short cinematic here, but even the fact that it was confirmed is enough to get us hyped.
If you’re looking for another sandbox experience for when you wrap up Tears of the Kingdom, Towers of Aghasba may have you covered. A unique world and plenty of interesting creatures make this game stand out, at least for now. No release date information here at all, though.
Final Fantasy XVI was next on our list, with another trailer showing what we’ll all be sinking our teeth into when the game launches next month. If you’re not on board by now, this trailer may sway you.
After Final Fantasy XVI, we got another big name in Alan Wake 2, which gave us our first real look at Remedy’s upcoming psychological horror game. We now know that we get two protagonists this time around, and some really impressive visuals on top. Keep an eye on this one when it launches on October 17, 2023.
We’re not done with big names or October releases yet, because Assassin’s Creed Mirage came next. We got a look at some battles, the open world and more in this trailer, in addition to confirmation that it would release on Oct. 12, 2023.
Whew, we can catch our breath now as we get a much more relaxed gameplay in Revenant Hill, whose trailer just showed us a cartoon cat making its way up a hill to meet a skeleton. If that sounds like your kind of thing, keep an eye out for more news to come about it.
Granblue Fantasy: Relink surfaced next and gives us a glimpse of some of the characters we will meet, monsters we will fight and the world we will explore. The game is coming our way this winter.
Our little rest didn’t last too long as Street Fighter 6 showed off its story. It looks like your custom character will get all the attention in Street Fighter 6 as they team up with and take on legends from the franchise. Street Fighter 6 will launch on June 2.
Here’s the indie game with trippy visuals I mentioned earlier. Ultros looks like a metroidvania on acid, complete with interesting backgrounds and some creepy enemies to fight against, it launches in 2024.
Tower of Fantasy, the free-to-play, open-world RPG came next, giving us another look at the game, which has been available since 2021. Now it is finally being brought to PS4 and PS5 this summer.
Our first look at Dragon’s Dogma 2 came next and showed us lots of intimidating creatures and great visuals. Fans of the original game have been waiting for this for years, so hopefully that wait is almost at an end.
Coinciding with the recently released trailer for the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, we got a new trailer for Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted 2. Not much to say here, if you’re already on the animatronic bandwagon, you’ll probably enjoy this one.
Now it was time for some VR games to be shown. Unfortunately, very few of them stood out, apart from the first one shown, which was Resident Evil 4 in VR, currently in development only for the PS VR2.
Bungie had a big double-billing next, with its upcoming PvP extraction shooter Marathon, which takes the studio back to its roots, and a teaser for a Destiny 2 showcase, which gave us the return of Cayde-6.
We got another dose of sci-fi shortly after with a cinematic trailer for Concord, an upcoming title from PlayStation Studios and Firewalk. It’s coming to PS5 and PC in 2024, so we expect to hear more later.
Then, before the final gameplay trailer was shown at this year’s showcase, we got the announcement of Project Q, a handheld gaming device and PlayStation’s first-ever earbuds.
Finally, after many things shown, we finally got a look at Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, with a good dose of gameplay mixed in with a cinematic trailer for Kraven the Hunter. It looks like Peter Parker approves of the use of the Venom suit this time around, and it gives him some extra combat skills as he allows the symbiote to team up with his Spidey powers. Unfortunately, we have not been given a concrete release date for the game and are still holding out for the loose fall of 2023.
What did you think of the PlayStation Showcase?