We are post-pandemic and full steam ahead with game development and releases, as evidenced by the first PlayStation Showcase since 2021. This year’s digital event revealed over 30 upcoming games, such as the next game from Halo and Destiny developer Bungie, and a sequel to Dragon’s Dogma, as well as exciting new trailers for anticipated releases like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Final Fantasy 16.
Watch the full showcase above, and check out our highlighted games below.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
We’ve known about the sequel to Insomniac’s awesome open-world action-adventure since PlayStation Showcase 2021. But Sony’s kept a tight lid, until now.
The Showcase ended with an epic 10-minute clip of pure Spider-Man 2 gameplay. We witness Symbiote Spider-Man battling with inky symbiote powers, and swapping between Miles Morales, whose origin story played out in the first game, and continued with Spider-Man: Miles Morales. We also get a good glimpse into the story and villains, which includes The Lizard, and Kraven the Hunter.
Release: Fall 2023
Marathon is Bungie’s first new project since the original Destiny. Shockingly, it’s another first-person shooter. Marathon could be a sequel to the original 90s trilogy, which was itself a link between classic Doom FPS and the beginning of the modern era with Halo.
Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater
Konami announced a remake to Metal Gear Solid 3, which tells the origin story of Solid Snake’s father, Big Boss. The original game kept the beloved stealth tactics, but traded in high-tech gear and environments with the jungles of Soviet Russia in the 1960s.
Dragon’s Dogma 2
The original Dragon’s Dogma (2012) has become a cult classic, a fun mashup of Monster Hunter with a more traditional open-world fantasy RPG. The sequel looks equally impressive, with plenty of huge monsters and magic spells. We’ll also see the return of the Pawn system, player-created, AI-controlled allies that dutifully follow you into the fray.
Final Fantasy 16
The new Salvation trailer is an overwhelming montage of epic action scenes and killer voice acting. Hero Clive must deal with Dominants, those possessing the awesome power of summing great beings called Eikons, and how their stories and beliefs shape the world of Valisthea.
Release: June 22
Alan Wake 2
The sequel to Alan Wake has been a long time coming. It’s been over a decade since the original single-player survival-horror game from Remedy Entertainment, but you won’t even need to paly the first game to jump into Alan Wake 2. In addition to our titular horror writer, the trailer also introduces a new playable character and star in FBI agent Saga Anderson.
Release: October 17
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
For the series 15th anniversary, Assassin’s Creed is going back to its roots with Mirage. Mirage is set during the Golden Age of Baghdad and follows the rise of humble thief Basim, a character introduced in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Gameplay also promises a return to stealth and assassinations over the bigger, RPG elements of recent games.
Release: October 12
Sword of the Sea
I would not have guessed that Sword of the Sea was a chill fantasy skateboarding game from the developers of Abzu, but here we are! Armed with the hoverboard/skateboard Hoversword, the Wraith surfs through a world of shifting and undulating terrain, breathing new life into a desolate world.
Some games are fraught with moral quandaries and dramatic relationships. Helldivers is all about kicking bug-alien ass. The sequel is providing more four-player action mayhem against waves of alien forces as you preserve freedom and liberty to protect Super Earth.
Phantom Blade Zero
The designer of Phantom Blade Zero describes the hack and slash, Soulslike action game as Kungfupunk, which sounds all kinds of cool. It promises faster-paced combat, with easy-to-execute combos, resulting in action that plays like a Kungfu movie.