Sony PlayStation Showcase 2023: every announcement, trailers and how to rewatch
Catch up on all the latest updates on upcoming PS5 and PSVR 2 games from Sony's PlayStation Showcase
The PlayStation Showcase has now been and gone, and with it, we saw tons of announcements, new hardware reveals, and our best look yet at Spider-Man 2.
If you missed yesterday’s show, you can watch it again below in its entirety, but I’ve also rounded up every big announcement from the show including their accompanying trailers.
How to rewatch the PlayStation Showcase
Every PS5 announcement and trailer
We saw plenty of new titles coming to PS5, and if you’d like to watch them all you’ve come to the right place. Check out all the new games and their respective trailers, and the handful of PSVR 2 games that are on the way.
Project Q and wireless earbuds
Later this year, Sony plans to release a Remote Play handheld and a pair of wireless earbuds. Here are my thoughts on Sony’s upcoming handheld: don’t buy the Sony Project Q.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 saved the PS5 showcase and provided 10 minutes of glorious-looking gameplay for Spidey fans to enjoy. The good news is that it looks absolutely phenomenal, though it still has a tentative Fall 2023 release date.
Phantom Blade Zero
Phantom Blade Zero is a new action RPG featuring fast-paced combat and a fictitious world that blends Chinese martial arts and steampunk together. No release date was given, but this was one of the highlights of the PlayStation Showcase.
Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater
We already knew that a Metal Gear Solid remake was all but confirmed, but it was nice to see Naked Snake in the flesh once again. Unfortunately, the trailer only showed a cinematic trailer, and no release date or further information was given. Apparently, the original voice cast will return, but details remain scarce for now.
Alan Wake 2
My pick of the PlayStation Showcase – just ahead of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 – Alan Wake 2 looks like it’s going to be a truly terrifying and gripping experience. It’s also one of the few games that has an actual release date: October 17, 2023.
Dragon’s Dogma 2
Dragon’s Dogma 2 caught a lot of people off guard, especially as the game was only announced last year. Seeing gameplay was a relief considering the amount of CGI trailers that were shown, and it looks like the highly-anticipated sequel is shaping up nicely.
Coming this year, Helldivers 2 resurrects the old twin-stick shooter and turns into a four-person co-op shooter. This could be a hit if it plays as well as it looks.
Another CGI trailer, this time it was Haven’s live service multiplayer game, Fairgames. We know nothing other than it’s a competitive heist game where you’ll need to team up to break into exotic locations and steal cargo. Think Watch Dogs 2 crossed with PayDay. No release date was given.
Concord is a new IP from the recently acquired Firewalk Studios. It’s a first-person PvP multiplayer shooter, and it’s coming to PS5 and PC sometime in 2024.
A new game from Destiny 2 creator Bungie, Marathon is a sci-fi PvP extraction shooter that fans of the studio’s first work will recognize. Even though Sony owns Bungie, Marathon is also coming to PC and Xbox Series X|S but we’re not sure when.
Immortals of Aveum
Immortals of Aveum at least looks like it’s trying something different. Combat takes place from a first-person perspective and sees you firing off spells and magic, similar to Ghostwire: Tokyo. It’s out soon, too: July 20, 2023.
Sword of the Sea
From the creators of Abzu and Journey, Sword of the Sea was one of the more eye-catching games at Sony’s showcase. With a strong developer pedigree behind it, hopes will be high for this one. The only downside was no release date was shared.
The Talos Principe 2
Get ready for another story-driven, first-person puzzle experience in The Talos Principle 2. It’s due out sometime this year.
Final Fantasy 16
Sony gave us probably our last look at Final Fantasy 16 before its release date on June 22, and unsurprisingly, it still looks excellent.
Towers of Aghasba
Towers of Aghasba was one of the few games shown running on a PC instead of a PS5, but at least we saw what appears to be actual gameplay. You’ll need to rebuild civilization and the ecosystem in this intriguing-looking title.
You: “I want to buy Splatoon 3.”
Mom: “We have Splatoon 3 at home.”
Splatoon 3 at home… Foamstars.
Not much more to say about this one.
The Plucky Squire
Another highlight of a generally underwhelming show, The Plucky Squire sees you literally leap from the pages of a children’s book and into a 3D world. Keep your eye on this one as it’s out this year.
I’m surprised Neva didn’t come with some sort of trigger warning knowing how sensitive today’s society is. Hot salty tears aside, the game comes from the team behind Gris and promises to be beautiful and very emotional to play.
Tower of Fantasy
Tower of Fantasy is an open-world RPG launching on PS5 this summer. You can team up with other players to take on difficult tasks but also play the game entirely on your own.
A game that can be best described as an acid trip, Ultros is a side-scrolling adventure coming to PS5 and PS4 in 2024. Think Metroid mixed with Hollow Knight and you’re on the right page.
Teardown is coming to consoles after previously being in early access on PC. You’ll have to prepare the perfect heist in a fully simulated and destructible voxel world. It’s out this year.
Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean
The third game in the Cat Quest series, Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean looks like it’ll be cute, funny, and genuinely fun to play. Sadly, we’ll have to wait until 2024 before it arrives.
A huge surprise that absolutely no one saw coming, Revenant Hill appears to be a spiritual successor to the beloved Night in the Wood. No release date was shared, but because we never even expected it, I’m happy to wait.
Street Fighter 6
Another game that’s almost here, we saw a new story trailer for Street Fighter 6 during the PlayStation Showcase. It’s out on June 2 on PS5 and PS4.
A sequel to the katana-slashing, cyberpunk fast-paced first-person platformer, Ghostrunner 2 is out sometime this year.
Granblue Fantasy: Relink
Another RPG heading to PS5 and PS4, Granblue Fantasy: Relink still doesn’t have a release date but we at least know it’s expected to arrive sometime in Winter 2023.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Ubisoft’s hooded-assassin promises to return to the more enclosed sandbox and stealth focus of earlier entries in the series. Judging by the Assassin’s Creed Mirage trailer, that’s exactly what we’re getting.
Every PSVR 2 game announcement and trailer
PlayStation VR2 owners finally got to see some new games on the way, but the vast majority were already announced. Still, it’s better than nothing and gives fans of Sony’s VR headset something to look forward to.
Crossfire: Sierra Squad
Out this summer, Crossfire: Sierra Squad puts you as the leader of an elite paramilitary fireteam. With over 60 campaign missions and four-player co-op, this could keep you immersed in VR for quite some time.
Five Nights at Freddy’s Help Wanted 2
I’ve never played a Five Nights at Freddy’s game, and I doubt I will after watching this trailer for Help Wanted 2. There’s a jump scare at the end but we didn’t really see anything else. It’s out at the end of 2023.
When you think of the best VR games, you think Beat Saber. It shadow-dropped during the PlayStation Showcase, which means it’s available now. Those who bought it for PSVR can also enjoy a free PSVR 2 upgrade.
Resident 4 VR Mode
We already knew Resident Evil 4 was getting a PSVR 2 mode, but it’s nice to see it looks just as comprehensive as Resident Evil Village’s VR update. It’s still unclear whether the full game can be experienced with Sony’s headset, but so far it looks impressive.
Arizona Sunshine 2
The most bizarre trailer of the show award goes to Arizona Sunshine 2, which didn’t show any actual gameplay but a lot of weird zombie chatter and interactions. The first game was apparently one of the most-played VR games, but honestly, I’ve never heard of it. It’s coming to PSVR 2 this year.
Synapse is an immersive VR action game, and PSVR 2 owners don’t have long to wait until it’s out. Synapse is coming to PlayStation VR 2 in July, and could be one of the best games for the system.
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Last updated: May 25, 2023