Last Thursday (02), Sony tried to excite its fans around the world, with the announcement of the “PlayStation Showcase 2022”. The event will take place next Thursday (09) and will bring 40 minutes of "news from PlayStation Studios and some of the most creative developers in the industry for games that will be released later in the year and beyond."
It is not yet possible to know precisely which games will appear in the presentation. Even so, the MyPlayStation could not contain expectations and listed the ten most awaited news for the event. Check them out below:
Horizon forbidden west
Perhaps the first-party game with the highest chance of appearing at PlayStation Showcase 2022 is Horizon Forbidden West. The title already has a release date set for February 18, 2022, in addition to its pre-sale is now open.
It's true that the Guerrilla Games game was the focus of a State of Play in May, but with its postponement until next year, Sony probably has a few more cards up its sleeve to show us.
The Last of Us Remake
In April, Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier revealed that Naughty Dog is developing a remake of The Last of Us. This is not yet official, but given the reporter's hit record, its veracity is very likely.
PlayStation Showcase 2022 can be a good stage to announce the game and present a trailer. That's because we would see the graphical improvements and perhaps if there would be any changes to the story.
The Last of Us Part II: Facções
Another game in the Naughty Dog franchise that has not yet been announced, but is practically common sense, is The Last of Us Part II's multiplayer, the so-called "Factions" mode. Recently, the studio even opened vacancies to develop its “first standalone multiplayer”.
More than a year after the single-player's release, Sony's event would be an excellent showcase for the game. It remains to be seen whether the producer managed to prepare a trailer for the occasion.
When it was shown to the public, Square Enix's Forspoken definitely drew attention. Actress Ella Balinska (Charlie's Angels) will play the protagonist Frey Holland, in a world with mystical creatures, such as a dragon, and filled with magical powers.
With a launch scheduled for 2022, PlayStation Showcase 2022 can bring more details of the story, as well as the gameplay – in the latter we know that it will involve a lot of movement and speed. The graphics also stand out in this new-gen exclusive RPG.
Gran Turismo 7
While Gran Turismo 7 is expected to appear at the showcase, the franchise is known to go through extended development cycles. With the COVID-19 pandemic, then, this reality becomes more evident. Add this to the fact that Polyphony Digital has made the title cross-gen – before it was exclusive to PS5 – and the doubt grows about its presence at the event.
In any case, it is possible that some demonstration is prepared. Showing gameplay on a track, with licensed cars would be very welcome for PlayStation Showcase 2022, wouldn't it?
Acquisition of Bluepoint Games
In June, Sony announced the purchase of Returnal studio Housemarque, which is now part of PlayStation Studios. In the midst of this, the Japanese account of PlayStation on Twitter let an art slip, with the alleged acquisition of Bluepoint Games, a developer known for great remakes - the last one, that of Demon's Souls.
Days later, Nick Baker, a well-known insider with a good track record, stated that the information would be made official "at the next big event" of the publisher, until that time, with no date to happen. It remains only to wait to see if the news is true on Thursday (09).
New games from PlayStation partners
In recent months, Sony has announced partnerships with newly formed studios, which, although not first-party, will develop IPs for PlayStation. Firstly, Haven Studios, founded by Jade Raymond (ex-Ubisoft and EA), will likely make a multiplayer game with a focus on “live service”. Then Dave Anthony and Jason Blundell's Deviaton Games work on a “bold IP”, in the words of Hermen Hulst, head of PS Studios.
PlayStation Showcase 2022, once again, is the perfect stage for the official reveal of these projects. Who knows, maybe this doesn't happen, right?
Marvel's Spider-Man 2
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales arrived in November 2022, Ratchet & Clank: Into Another Dimension was released in June of this year… time for Insomniac Games to rest, right? Well, considering the studio works so well on AAA IPs in such a short amount of time, it wouldn't be unreasonable to think about a possible Marvel's Spider-Man 2.
Miles Morales, as fans know, was a spin-off of the Web Head series — similar to games from other Sony IPs, such as Uncharted: The Lost Legacy or inFamous: First Light. Maybe it's time to return to Peter Parker's skin for another adventure.
New game from FromSoftware?
In the PS3 and PS4 eras, Sony formed partnerships with FromSoftware to create two established games: Demon's Souls and Bloodborne, respectively. On PS5, these companies must score a hat-trick. Rumors raised by Nick Baker claim that a soulslike by Hidetaka Miyazaki will come exclusively to the Japanese company's new console.
The production would even be “more souls than Elden Ring or Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice”. PlayStation Showcase 2022 could bring the announcement of the supposed game, why not?
God of War
We save the best for the end of the list. It's no secret that the new God of War is one of the most anticipated games of 2022. If the launch window is fulfilled, PlayStation Showcase 2022 is the perfect stage to see how Kratos and Atreus are doing, after their last journey.
It is worth remembering that the game will come to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, so even those who have not yet migrated to the new generation will be able to enjoy the adventure. Perhaps, the event also details a bit of the narrative, one of the franchise's strongest points.
And you, dear reader? Do any other games make you hope for PlayStation Shwocase 2022? Comment in the session below!