Earlier this month on Thursday, September 9th, Japanese game development giant Sony held their annual Playstation showcase, the company’s yearly event in which they highlight and tease upcoming video game releases for the Playstation console; not unlike the annual E3 showcase typically held in May of each year.
This year, Sony’s showcase entailed teaser and gameplay trailers for 18 titles the company plans to release on consoles over the coming year or two. Sometimes three. It really depends on the year (and games) in question.
For the sake of time and screen-induced eye strain, I won’t be covering every title announced during the showcase. Rather, I’m opting to simply cover my own subjective picks for the top 3 games Sony announced during last week’s live-streamed event.
As an initial forewarning, many details of each title mentioned here will be kept at a minimum as the titles are still in development and subject to change, and there will be some slight spoilers mentioned regarding some of these games. Keep reading below to see which titles were picked!
1. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Insomniac Games may end up becoming the go-to development studio for any future video game titles Marvel plans to release. Not only is the studio also working on creating a title centering around Wolverine of Marvel’s X-Men, but also another Spider-Man title that directly follows both the stories and success of Marvel’s Spider-Man and its follow-up standalone expansion, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
In Spider-Man 2, players will be able to utilize the web-slinging skills and combat talents of both Peter Parker and Miles Morales as the two reunite in the Big Apple to join forces and take down the alien symbiote anti-hero, Venom. With the previous two titles in this series having received near-unanimous approval and praise for their gameplay, graphics, and immersive narrative, Spider-Man 2 definitely has some big shoes to fill, but most fans of the wall-crawler and his games have nothing but high hopes for the upcoming sequel.
2. God of War: Ragnarok
Ever since players completed the main storyline of Santa Monica Studio’s 2017 installment in the God of War franchise, we’ve been waiting on bated breath for any word, glimpse, or mention of what to expect in the sequel—especially after a particularly tense post-credits cutscene.
Thankfully, Sony didn’t let us down, ending their showcase on a strong high note with the reveal of their gameplay trailer for God of War: Ragnarok.
Immediately, fans will notice that there is a LOT going on in the trailer: fresh faces, new enemies, old weapons, a slightly older Atreus, and even a brief shot of Norse mythology matriarch, Freya, who is still very…very upset about the death of her son Baldur from the series’ previous installment.
What’s clear, however, is that a large portion of the game will seemingly center around Atreus, Kratos’s son, and his newfound magical abilities unlocked from the discovery of the name his mother granted him at birth: Loki.
3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake
While this reveal trailer was the one Sony used to kickstart their annual showcase last week, it was one announcement that—for many fans and players alike, myself included—came completely out of left field, despite details of the project being leaked and rumored about for many months now.
Rather than being spearheaded by the original game’s developers, EA and Bioware, the KOTOR remake is being led by Aspyr, a studio famous for releasing game ports rather than remakes. Additionally, the remake is currently planned to be released only on PC and Sony’s Playstation 5 console, excluding the Playstation 4.
Unfortunately, the teaser trailer we were shown at the start of Sony’s showcase contained no gameplay footage and there was no mention of when fans or players can expect to see more of the remake or its features.
Thankfully, Aspyr did mention in a blog post for Playstation that they have, “assembled the very best talent from across the industry to create Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake – industry veterans who have worked on great RPGs, as well as some members of the original Knights of the Old Republic development team,” solidifying the studio’s commitment to keeping the game’s characters, setting, and story as true as possible to the original beloved title and Star Wars’ overall canonic lore.