Sony has gone ahead and done it once again. For years, the console industry leader’s exclusive games have been its biggest strength and that hasn’t changed in 2021. In the latest PlayStation Showcase event, Sony flexed hard in front of its main rival Xbox with an array of first-party exclusive game announcements for PS4 and PS5.
The event kicked off with a flamboyant promotional video for PlayStation with game-related references interspersed throughout. These easter eggs allude to popular characters such as Nathan Drake, Chloe Frazer, Atreus, and Aloy.
You can look at the exhilarating clip below and let us know, in the comments, if you find more gaming references.
Everything Announced At PlayStation Showcase
God Of War Ragnarök
The sequel to 2018’s critically-acclaimed God Of War just got its debut trailer and some more details out. Sony gave us a look at Santa Monica Studio’s God Of War Ragnarök that revealed more about the game’s plot. However, the footage didn’t show any release date for the much-awaited PlayStation exclusive.
The story revolves around a slightly older Atreus protesting his father — and our protagonist — Kratos’s decision to keep him hidden from the rest of the godly realm. Atreus believes there’s a war coming and that he needs to go out and find a way to prevent it. He also talks about exploring the outside world to find his “purpose,” which apparently also includes knowing more about a Norse God named Loki.
The trailer contains cinematics mixed with gameplay that shows some interesting combat and terrifying bosses. Notably, the video saves the best for the last as we finally get a glimpse of Thor and his Mjolnir.
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Post the showcase, the game director remarked that God Of War’s sequel will show the Ragnarök event, which is a major war in Norse mythology, in some capacity.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Peter Parker and Miles Morales are back together as they face off against an unknown threat. After much speculation, Insomniac Games premiered its third Spider-Man game in 4 years titled “Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.”
The first look didn’t give us any gameplay footage but outlined the plot that continues where Spider-Man Miles Morales left. Interestingly, the video showed Spider-Man fighting enemies in a suit that looks similar to the Iron Spider suit we had in the original game.
Moreover, we see Spider-Man and Kid Arachnid fend off their opponents as a sinister voice talks about his search for “an equal.” The gripping monologue ends with the fan-favorite Marvel villain Venom coming out of the shadows.
Near the final seconds of the trailer, the PlayStation exclusive reveals a 2023 release window. The game requiring another couple of years in development seems reasonable as Insomniac Games evidently has its hands full with Marvel IPs — read on to find out why.
Another superhero game that is on its way is Marvel’s Wolverine. Renowned developer Insomniac Games is currently working on the project and hoping to repeat the success of its Spider-Man franchise.
The game’s announcement video gave us a glimpse of Logan and his iconic metal claws. Since it’s still in the early stages of development, there is no official release window yet.
Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection
It is finally here! The years of rumors and leaks have culminated in Naughty Dog officially announcing Uncharted 4 and Uncharted Lost Legacy’s arrival on PC. In addition, these remastered games will also make their way to PS5.
The reveal trailer showcases the upgraded versions of the final two games in the action-adventure series. Also, the graphics and frame rate look significantly better than in the original games. With developers historically making the most of the PC’s hardware power, it won’t be surprising if the PC port gets bonus graphical enhancement options.
The combo of games, dubbed as “Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection,” is scheduled for an early 2022 release.
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Remake
We’ve been seeing a lot of remastered and remakes recently, and it isn’t a bad thing at all — just ask Star Wars fans. The original Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic game from 2003 is getting a PS5 remake from Aspyr Games.
In fact, Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Remake also cut the ribbon on Sony’s show and started the proceedings. However, not much was shared about the game besides its title, hinting that it is still very much in early development.
Keeping in mind the original game is cherished by the fans, this remake will have some pretty serious expectations to live up to as it takes shape. And, as Yoda would say, “Live up to expectations you must!”
And More …
Apart from all these major announcements, we also saw trailers for some highly anticipated forthcoming games such as Deathloop, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Ghostwire Tokyo, Gran Turismo 7, and Rainbow Six Extraction. Additionally, Project Eve, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, Forspoken, Blood Hunt, and Kid A Mnesia also took the stage during the virtual event.
PlayStation Showcase Heats Up The Console Wars
Finally, once PlayStation Showcase was over, the first-party developers discussed their games slated for the near future. You can watch the full post-show segment in the embedded video.
With all these big AAA titles coming, PlayStation has a lot to offer for console gamers. If Microsoft doesn’t respond to this emphatically and relies entirely on Xbox Game Pass, it might totally concede the lead to Sony in the console wars.
So, PS5 or Xbox Series X? Which console do you think has the upper hand this generation? Sound off in the comments.