After months of radio silence, Sony has announced its summer PlayStation Showcase 2021 where the company plans on showing off its upcoming games.
The PlayStation Showcase will be live-streamed on Thursday, September 9, at 1 pm PST and it will be a look at what’s in store for the PS5. It’ll last around 40 minutes and will include updates from Sony developers for games that are releasing in the upcoming months and those coming next year.
Sony also mentioned the next generation of PlayStation VR will not make an appearance so curb your enthusiasm.
It has been a long time since fans have seen a State of Play from Sony. The last one was in April where we saw a ton of new indie games and gameplay from the then-unreleased Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Sony didn’t make an appearance at this year’s E3, repeating its 2020 move, so many suspected that the company will hold its own event at the end of the summer. Sure enough, people were right.
📅 Save the date!
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 2, 2021
So, this showcase appears to be Sony’s big video game event that would’ve been at E3 and filled with big announcements from developers. That said, Sony has not named which games will be at the events, so we’re left to speculate.
On the Horizon
Outside of one-off announcements for upcoming ports, like Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding Director’s Cuts, we have no idea what will be at the showcase. The biggest game on everyone’s mind is God of War: Ragnarok, the sequel to the smash PS4 hit. God of War: Ragnarok was supposed to come out this year, but due to the pandemic, it got pushed back to a yet unknown date.
I'm tired of NOT playing Elden Ring, Silksong, Black Myth: Wukong and God of War: Ragnarok
I've had enough pic.twitter.com/7LTXyZntMY
— MythyMoo (@MythyMoo) August 28, 2021
The other big game is Horizon Forbidden West, which got delayed to February 18, 2022. I believe there is a strong likelihood that Horizon Forbidden West will be at the Showcase considering the release date is five months away. Now will be a perfect time.
I can’t say the same about God of War: Ragnarok. Considering how quiet things have been, I doubt that game is coming out any time soon. Probably not until late 2022, if I had to take a guess.
Shot in the Dark
Some of the smaller-scale games we can expect would be Death Loop, which comes out next month, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits which releases on September 21. There also hasn’t been any information on The Last of Us Part II’s multiplayer which would be interesting to see. Other than that handful of games, it’s difficult to imagine what else will be at the Showcase.
Many of the highly anticipated PS5 games will be shown at the Tokyo Game Show in October and the Game Awards in December. The fan in me wants to see Final Fantasy XVI, but I don’t think it’s likely. Either way, the PlayStation will be exciting to watch because we have no idea what to expect.
The Showcase could very easily blow the competition out of the water or be a dud like this recent E3. Hopefully, it’s a killer show.
Are you thinking of attending PlayStation’s Showcase?