Yesterday was a very important day for all PlayStation gamers, but a little bit for the entire industry in general, thanks to PlayStation Showcase 2021. The event was basically tasked with outlining the lineup of titles that will hit PS4 and PS5 next year, perhaps dropping some “bomb” ads in between, but instead, would seem to have disappointed expectations of many.
It seems incredible to call a presentation that featured big hits like God of War: Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7 as “disappointing”, as well as the announcement of new exclusives like Wolverine’s Spiderman 2, not to mention Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake, the latter being a temporary exclusive. And actually taken individually, the PlayStation Showcase was without a doubt a good show.
However, things change if we look at the event from a broader perspective. As you surely know, Sony jumped and missed at E3 and Gamescom, two of the most important events to announce news to their players. And with the postponement of Horizon Forbidden West to 2022, the line of exclusive PS5 consoles has been orphaned from its spearhead, with only Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Deathloop to keep the shack running, the latter among other things. Ironically, made by a team from Microsoft. In short, it was legitimate to expect a crackling event, full of surprises and in the name of “concreteness”. As a result, the expectations were too high, maybe even too high.
In short, as far as the exclusives created by the PlayStation Studios teams are concerned, at present the PS5 and PS4 2022 will be transported by Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and God of War: Raganarock. Titles of absolute depth, no doubt, but to be picky, all three were originally slated for this year. In short, the 2022 line-up is the one we should have played this year, with the addition of Forspoken, temporary exclusive. In addition to the aforementioned titles, there is, at least for the time being, nono other news coming in2022 for PlayStation players, as well as Uncharted: Collection – Legacy of Thieves, which, however, we found a bit difficult to define as “new”.
And the new titles announced? Spiderman 2 is scheduled for 2023 and is it any wonder that it will be good to present it so far in advance. Wolverine who, as much a welcome surprise as it was, was presented with a really skimpy teaser and could even make it to 2024, 2025, if not beyond. And the same goes for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake too.
Among the big absentees should certainly be mentioned Naughty Dog, which many were certain would introduce The Last of Us’s standalone multiplayer mode. But overall, now that PlayStation Studios has 14 teams, still far from 23 from Xbox Game Studios, but certainly more announcements would be welcome. From this point of view, at least on paper, Xbox Game Studios are doing a much better job.
That said, we reiterate once again that the PlayStation Showcase itself was an enjoyable event to follow. . . Those who didn’t have very high expectations, perhaps ignoring “tips” from more or less trustworthy insiders, might even be satisfied. Microsoft’s latest event featured content from 2021 to 2022, such as Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life, Grounded: Shroom & Doom, Microsoft Flight Simultator, Psychonauts 2, Age of Empires IV, Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, Stalker 2, Replaced, RedFall, Starfield, Contraband … and many games on the Game Pass like A Plague Tale Requiem, Yakuza Like a Dragon, 12 Minutes, The Ascent, Somerville, Atomic Heart, Hades and Back 4 Blood. Note that most of this has already been released!
And what do you think about that? Was PlayStation Showcase a disappointing event or did it meet your expectations? Let us know in the comments.
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