PlayStation Showcase Recap: Introduction
Last night, Sony streamed their 2021 PlayStation Showcase. The show was jam-packed with exciting new trailers and plenty of juicy reveals. Check out our recap of the PlayStation Showcase 2021 livestream below!
PlayStation Showcase Recap
First off, Sony proved that they weren’t messing around. Earlier in the year, we reported on a rumour that a Knights of the Old Republic remake was in active development by Aspyr. Sony confirmed this to be true with a moody concept trailer and also revealed that, whilst the original game was a Microsoft exclusive, this remake will be a timed PlayStation 5 console exclusive and will also come to PC. The game is still likely to be in the early stages of development, as there was no mention of any sort of release window.
I think this was a fantastic first trailer to show as it really got viewers excited straight away and set the bar for the rest of the Showcase to follow. Obviously, the trailer doesn’t show too much, but it is more than enough to whet the appetite
Next up, we got a first trailer for Project Eve; the very Japanese-looking Bayonetta-esque futuristic action game. The trailer was also peppered with brief gameplay clips, which seems to take a LOT from Platinum games in general.
This was never going to be the trailer that folk came away talking about, but I liked the aesthetic of the environments in this one and it definitely piqued my curiosity.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
Initially announced at the Summer Games Fest 2021, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, got another trailer. This one came with some gameplay and a release of March 25th 2022.
The fact that this is a Borderlands spin-off from Gearbox, (a game that I’ve never really cared for,) along with the fantasy theme and the annoying dialogue throughout the trailer, I don’t think that this one is for me.
Following that, we saw a trailer for the new game from Square Enix’s Luminous Productions called Forspoken. It was given a release window of spring 2022.
This one looked interesting, I liked the blend of genres and environments and the particle effects particularly looked great.
Rainbow Six Extraction
Following its reveal at the Xbox/Bethesda E3 livestream, Rainbow Six Extraction got another trailer and is due to release in January 2022.
It’s more Rainbow Six, not much more to say here really.
Alan Wake Remaster
Earlier in the week, we reported on the confirmation that Remedy were working on an Alan Wake remaster for PlayStation consoles. We got the official announcement trailer during the Showcase.
I am buzzing for this one, loved the original game and am excited to see what this remaster has to offer.
Not only is Rockstar having the gall to bring GTA V to three console generations in a row and act like it is a big deal, but they have the cheek to delay it! The PS5 version of Gran Theft Auto 5 was originally due to release on the 11th of November, but it will now drop in March 2022.
I love Rockstar and I love GTA V, but I couldn’t care less about yet another remaster of it.
Although Bethesda are now Microsoft-owned, they slipped in two titles at the PlayStation Showcase. The first being a new trailer for Ghostwire: Tokyo from The Evil Within 2 developers; Tango Gameworks. The game is set for release on PS5 and PC in spring 2022.
I was already excited for this creep-fest, but this trailer made me even more buzzing to get my hands on the finished product. I like the tone of this trailer and hope that the game will keep this distinctive, off-feeling.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Afterwards, we got a new trailer for Eidos Montreal’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which was originally announced at the Square Enix livestream during E3 2021.
Marvel games from Square Enix studios haven’t impressed anyone so far, hopefully this time will be different. That said, I wouldn’t necessarily bet on it based on this trailer.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt
Then there was a new trailer for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt. This title recently launched on PC in early access form and is due to come to consoles before the end of this year.
I mean, it is yet another free-to-play battle royale game. Doubtful that too many folks will care about this one and I certainly ain’t on of them.
The second Bethesda game to feature in the PlayStation Showcase was Deathloop. This title is due out very soon, dropping for PS5 and PC on the 14th of September.
You know that way when a movie releases so many trailers before it comes out that when you go to see it, you feel like you have pretty much already seen the majority of it because of the trailers? Yeah, that is where I am at with Deathloop at this point.
Kid A / Amnesiac Virtual Exhibition
I’m pretty sure that no one had this one on their list of predictions for the show. A Kid A / Amnesiac virtual exhibition presented by Radiohead and Epic is coming to PS5, PC and Mac via the Epic Games Store in November 2021.
I am a pretty casual Radiohead fan, but I am always up for entertaining the idea of weird concepts like this. I guess we won’t have to wait too long to find out if it is any good.
Next, we got what was probably my least favourite trailer of the entire Showcase. This piece of garbage is called Tchia and is apparently inspired by New Caledonia whatever the hell that means. It is coming to PS4, PS5 and the Epic Games Store in 2022.
Why bother even wasting viewers time with this cutsie nonsense? What a waste of developer talent.
PlayStation Showcase Recap: First Party Games Shown
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
Sony then brought out the big guns and began showing trailers for titles developed by first-party PlayStation Studios. As was previously rumoured, Naughty Dog are remastering Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy for PS5 and PC. This remaster package is called the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection and is due to release in early 2022.
On last week’s episode of the BGCP: Disassembled Podcast, I advised my co-host to get a PC if he wants to experience the best, ‘exclusives,’ that each console has to offer. Here is yet another reason to do that.
Then, we got my personal favourite reveal of the Showcase: Insomniac is developing a Wolverine game!
This is fantastic news. I am so excited to see what one of my favourite game studios does with one of my favourite comic book characters.
We then saw a trailer for Polyphony’s Gran Turismo 7, which is due to release in March 2022.
The Gran Turismo games used to set the bar for the very best graphics in gaming. In this trailer, you could say that they have re-earned that reputation. This trailer was incredible to look at.
Then, we go back to Insomniac and they announce Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2. The game will also star Venom and was given a release window of 2023.
Wow, Insomniac are killing it. After just dropping their recent fantastic Rachet and Clank sequel, they are now working on these two awesome looking Marvel properties.
God Of War: Ragnarok
The ending of the show came with a proper reveal of Santa Monica Studio’s God of War Ragnarok. The game will include Thor, voiced by Ryan Hurst.
Hell yes, this was an extremely strong trailer to end things on. I cannot wait to experience this awesome story.
PlayStation Showcase Recap: Summary & Overall Thoughts
That was all she wrote.
What did you make of the Showcase? Was there anything in particular that was shown that blew you away?
I thought that it was an extremely strong showing and that it did its job of getting people super hyped for the future of this amazing console.
We will be discussing the Showcase in much greater detail in this week’s episode of the BGCP Disassembled podcast, so stay tuned for that!
If you enjoyed Dan’s recap of the PlayStation Showcase 2021, check out his recap of Gamescom 2021 right here.
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