The PlayStation Showcase is set to premiere on May 24. This is the first major PlayStation show since 2021. We here at LOGNET love giving our thoughts on what might appear in these highly anticipated shows. With that in mind, here are our top predictions for the PlayStation Showcase.
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Naughty Dog will Be There. Naughty Dog routinely puts out some of PlayStation’s highest-quality products. Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us Part II earned high critical praise in 2016 and 2020 respectively, and both got live-action adaptations (film for Uncharted and HBO’s show earlier this year). Now that it’s been three years since their last release, it’s time to return.
We’re going to get one of two things: The Last of Us multiplayer or something entirely new. Part II was originally planned with multiplayer in mind, but that has yet to be. Multiplayer could have been axed entirely, but I’m not confident that Naughty Dog would do that (yet). However, Uncharted and The Last of Us, both arguably ended with definitive resolutions, so why not let them sit in our memories (for now)?
A new IP would also be great for the PS5 because much of its catalog has been dominated by sequels and remakes. Some of the PS5’s biggest launches include God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon: Forbidden West, and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. Yes, that strategy has been working out for Sony so far, and they did also release Returnal and Kena: Bridge of Spirits, but neither were system-selling releases. New ideas, especially from one of Sony’s premier studios, show a healthy creative environment.
PlayStation Showcase Predictions – Eugene Schaffmeir, Senior Writer
After a few minutes of gameplay, it’s easy to tell Insomniac has gone with a black suit narrative when it comes to Peter Parker. The symbiote alien has adapted to him and he’s struggling with Miles. The two are fighting, the stakes are high and it seems like Miles is in trouble. The camera pans out to show a blue and yellow Wolverine hand. A distinctive SHINK can be heard as a metal claw shoots out. Cut to black the trailer ends, leaving us just seeing the one Wolverine hand, he’s in Spider-Man 2. The date October 20th is shown.
The highly anticipated sequel to Firewall Zero Hour will release no less than a few weeks after the show. I believe there’s a chance Sony could shadow drop the game as well. With the extra time given to the team, it looks significantly better than the previous game.
Sony Pulls No Punches
It’s the Year of Dreams Part II. Sony will empty the bag, Bend, Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, Suckerpunch, and Bungie all show. Of the five new games, three will be new IPs. This will include a 2024 Ghost of Tsushima, and a yet-to-be-dated The Last of Us game that looks like The Division.
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Suikoden Classics to Make an Appearance
At the PlayStation Showcase, my prediction is Suikoden I & II HD Remaster: Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars will be shown in some capacity. Since the release of the first Suikoden game, the franchise has mostly been a by-product known for the Sony platform mainly. Obviously with a couple of exceptions throughout the years. Even though the HD remasters are releasing on multiple platforms, this time I believe it will be PlayStation to show them off and try to keep the JRPG fans focused on their platform.
PlayStation Showcase Predictions – Mahmood Ghaffar, Editor-in-Chief
PSVR 2 gets a price cut
Let’s not beat around the bush, but the PSVR2 did not exactly set the world ablaze. It’s likely the high-end VR set will get a price cut to help entice sales. If that doesn’t transpire I expect a PSVR2 bundle with a bunch of games for the same or similar price of its current price. Whatever the decision, I fully expect Sony to double down on the PSVR2 front.
Helldivers 2 Announced
Helldivers 2 get announced and will likely release by the end of 2023. The game will be a part of the new string of Sony’s foray into live service games. The top-down shooter will be available on both PlayStation 5 and PC. In addition, it could likely have a modest price point like its predecessor.
Ghost of Tsushima PC Release Date
Despite Sony stating that the showcase will feature PS5 and PSVR 2 content (no mention of PS4 surprisingly) however, I expect Ghost of Tsushima will get a PC release. The well-received samurai epic was released back in 2019 and it should hit PC this year. It follows the PlayStation timeline of releasing its exclusive titles a couple of years after its console debut. But seeing more people enjoy the phenomenal Ghost of Tsushima would be great.
The showcase will last roughly an hour. The live broadcast will be streamed on PlayStation’s official YouTube and Twitch channels. Be sure to tune in to the Iron Lord’s Podcast live reaction to the PlayStation Showcase. And if you want to see some wild predictions for the PlayStation Showcase be sure to check it out here.