Sony has officially announced the date and location of their summer video game showcase event, which will take place next week. In a tweet, PlayStation confirmed an hour-long demonstration that promises to feature ‘new inventions’ from its own and third-party studios, with a release date for the PS5 and PS VR2 set for later this year. The event will be livestreamed on PlayStation’s official YouTube and Twitch channels on May 24.
The announcement follows Geoff Keighley’s confirmation of the publisher’s inclusion in his Summer Game Fest program, which is set to begin in June. PlayStation had earlier withdrawn from this year’s E3 event, along with Xbox and Nintendo, resulting in the postponement of the summer video game expo.
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For the time being, it’s difficult to predict which titles will be displayed during the event, but given that it’s approaching its fall/autumn release window, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 won’t be a surprise. Tony Todd, the game’s Venom voice actor, recently stated that Insomniac Games’ next product will be released in September, with major advertising campaigns beginning in August. The team is also working on a solo Wolverine game, so we should hear more about that soon.
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— PlayStation (@PlayStation) May 17, 2023
Naughty Dog, another PlayStation heavyweight, previously stated that a multiplayer version of The Last of Us was in the works. Based on concept art, the game appears to be set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco and will throw players into a horrific encounter with a new narrative and cast.
As previously stated, certain new IPs will be showcased during the PlayStation showcase, which will be the company’s first full-fledged video game conference since September 2021, when Spider-Man 2 was announced, along with clips for God of War Ragnarök and the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake. Last year, the latter changed creators from Aspyr Media to Saber Interactive after an internal demo left partners Sony and Lucasfilm unhappy. As a result, we may safely disregard the KOTOR remake. Of course, everyone wants a Bloodborne remake or remaster for PC and PS5, but we haven’t heard anything official about it.
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Death Stranding 2 is a distinct possibility, thanks to a lengthy cinematic trailer released by Kojima Productions during The Game Awards 2022. Hideo Kojima, the company’s founder, has teased meetings with Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) on Twitter.
Microsoft revealed the timing and other details for its Xbox Games Showcase earlier this month, which is set to live on June 11. The event will feature first peeks and’surprises’ from Xbox’s internal and third-party studios, followed by a Starfield Direct event. After initially expressing interest, Ubisoft withdrew from E3 2023 and will hold its own Ubisoft Forward Live event on June 12.
The COVID-19 pandemic and global lockdowns prompted major game companies to conduct showcase events in an online digital format. It was bolstered by the success of Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, which proved to be a viable way to sell items while saving money on physical E3 booths.