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Sony disappointed us at the Playstation Showcase 2023 conference! Let’s find out the truth about it


After a long absence from Sony’s largest digital conference, the Playstation Showcase, which has disappeared from view since 2021, and did not receive its version for 2022.. Sony raised our hopes again after announcing the return of its main conference in its 2023 version, which is supposed to review its most prominent titles and the future of its brand. So did Sony really take advantage of this comeback? You can watch the full presentation at this link here..

A modest start for the Playstation Showcase 2023 conference

It is no different that the conference got off to a weak start, with a review of the scenes of some new third-party titles that did not live up to the aspirations expected from them, while the focus in the first half of the conference was on a total of 11 games, as follows:

  • fairgames
  • Helldivers 2
  • The Talos Principle 2
  • Immortals of Aveum
  • Ghostrunner 2
  • Phantomblade 0
  • Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater
  • Granblue Fantasy Relink
  • Tower of fantasy
  • Dragon’s Dogma 2
  • Marathon

At the opening of the conference, Sony used the presentation of Fairgames from the newly acquired “Haven” studio, which did not reveal many details about this title other than a very vague presentation that is not enough to know the power of the game, and shows scenes that appear as if it is a normal shooter game, then it turns out Later on, it is a Heist game or collective bank robbery that will be released exclusively on PlayStation 5 and PC at an unspecified date yet!

Phantom Blade 0 surprise

The most prominent feature of this previous list is the title of the new hack and slash Phantom blade 0 from the independent developer S-Game, which is coming as an exclusive to a device on the PlayStation 5, but without specifying its release date.

The cinematic scene was characterized by a beautiful artistic direction and an interesting game style. However, upon closer examination, we may notice a low level in the game’s physics, which may suggest that the game is still in an early stage of the development process. We hope that its publication will meet the aspirations that it reaped after this announcement!

The return of the spy again after two decades of absence.

Of course, the reveal of Metal Gear Solid Remake was one of the beautiful surprises, but unfortunately the official release date of the game was not revealed, and a simple reveal scene indicating that we are still not a short time away until we get to know more details about it, you can learn more secrets And the subtleties in the presentation of the disclosure of Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater from here..

We also see through this list many titles bearing the number 2 symbolizing a “second part” of a previous title, the most prominent of which may be Ghostrunner 2. Which comes to us after the acceptable success of the first part, which was released in 2020 and was distinguished by its unique experience, as it was able to reserve a special audience And the new part will be released at an unspecified time this year.

And Sony shed light again on the new titles of the acquired studios, this time with “Bungie” in the announcement of the disclosure of the Marathon game, which is a revival of an old title developed by Bungie that it has worked on since the nineties! And it seems that the new title will be one of the live services games that Sony was talking about its release plan for the PlayStation 5. Marathon will be issued exclusively on PS5 and the personal account, without a release date being set.

An exciting move for the Playstation Showcase

On the other side of the first half of the conference, we saw announcements revealing promising games with attractive ideas and wonderful artistic touches, which we placed in a special section, including 10 different titles:

  • Sword of the sea
  • Neva
  • Cat quest: Pirates of the purribean
  • foamstars
  • The Plucky Squire
  • Teardown
  • Concord
  • Towers of Aghasba
  • Revenant Hill
  • Ultras

We start with Sword of the sea, which brings back the creative designer of the titles Journey, Abzu, and The Pathless, which were distinguished by their unique and attractive art direction. The creative designer recently moved from Thatgamecompany studio to a new studio called Giant Squid, which will bring us under the banner of this outstanding title!

The surprise return of creative studio Nomada!

Fans of this type of game were completely surprised. Personally, I couldn’t help myself when I saw the return of the wonderful Nomada Studio responsible for its unique and unique Gris game in every sense of the word, in its new title, Neva. I felt here that the disclosure of this advertisement overshadowed all the previous defects of this game. Conference.

I can’t hide my admiration for Gris’ masterpiece. After its experience, it has become among the audience that has been asking for many years from this studio to return with a new title, but it is unfortunate that Nomada Studio relies heavily on hand drawing in its games, which is considered one of the most difficult types of digital drawing in games. And with no release date set for his next masterpiece, it may indicate an expected delay until he prepares for the full reveal of the Neva game.

Moving on to the most ambitious title on this list… which I can’t wait to see its full potential while I try it! It is the title of The Plucky Squire. Which attracted full attention to it with its innovative and unusual style in the way of transitioning from a 2D two-dimensional world inside a book.. to a realistic 3D world! With the concept really surprisingly executed and garnering a lot of positive response, The Plucky Squire will be released at an unspecified date this year.

Finji, who is responsible for publishing premium titles such as Night in the woods and Tunic, is also present with a new title called Revenant hill! The interesting thing here is that it bears an artistic character completely similar to the game Night in the woods, except that it comes from The Glory Society studio, which has not previously worked on a previous game..which may raise the question if there have already been transfers that have already taken place from the previous Infinite Fall studio, and Revenant will be released Hill at an unspecified date exclusively on PS5, PS4 and PC.

Artist and musician El Huevro is back with Ultros

Another surprise appearance for the Ultros title from designer and musician El Huervo, famous for the Hotline Miami series, and after a long-awaited absence, El Huervo returns this time in a new platform game with a strange and exciting artistic nature at the same time, dominated by the familiar oil colors in his previous works. Ultros looks like a very promising and ambitious game, which will be released at an unspecified time in the year 2024 exclusively on PS5, PS4 and PC.

Another review of some AAA titles

After revealing “Volatile Quality” for many new titles, Sony has devoted a paragraph to new reviews of upcoming AAA titles in the near future, including 5 games, including:

  • Street Fighter 6
  • Final Fantasy 16
  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage
  • Alan Wake 2
  • Spider-Man 2

Is what we saw the Final Fantasy 16 that we know?

While watching the Final Fantasy 16 review, I expected that the scenes of Remake would be an old title that was revived after noticing the visual quality that does not appear with the strength of the new generation graphics in the details of the characters and the game in general, then I cannot hide my surprise when the title of the game was revealed, which bears the upcoming Final Fantasy 16 ! Is this really the quality of a new generation game?

Exciting review of Assassin’s return to his roots

And with a new review of the gameplay in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, we see the series returning to its roots, highlighting the technical progress we see in the physics of movement and the interaction of characters in the game world. We also wish Ubisoft would abandon in-game purchases that would give players preference over money! This has always been the subject of great controversy in Ubi titles, which will upset the balance of the gaming experience between one person and another, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be released on October 12 of this year.

We conclude this paragraph with a lengthy presentation of the gameplay in Spider-Man 2, which began in a jungle scene that seemed to have a drop in graphic quality! Then it was moved to the atmosphere of the city, which showed a better graphic level than the previous scene. The lengthy show lasted up to 12 minutes, during which we saw the new gameplay style of moving between the characters of Peter Parker and Miles Morales in a smooth and exciting way..With a review of the new transformation of Peter Parker, Spider-Man 2 will be released at an unspecified time this fall..to learn more about Analysis of the new Spider-Man 2 presentation, click here.

VR games and the new PlayStation

In the latter half of the conference, Sony moved to focus on revealing PlayStation Portable devices, as well as supporting the PS VR2 with 5 new titles:

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted 2
  • Beat Saber: Queen Music Pack
  • Resident Evil 4: VR mode
  • Arizona Sunshine 2
  • Crossfire: Sierra Squad

Before the end of the conference, Jim Ryan announced the unveiling of the new Remote play device and headphones for the phone.
It was unfortunate to see that the mobile device does not offer any new features, but it even comes with a normal LCD screen despite Sony’s tremendous ability in the field of screens, and the strangest thing is that recently a Backbone device for Android devices was launched after the previous launch of the iPhone version.

Here we will find a clear conflict with the new device that was revealed, and its constant need to connect to the Internet without providing the wireless feature up to several meters.. which makes the new device somewhat useless compared to the cheap alternatives available at the present time.

It would have been better if the disclosure of the mobile device had been postponed and combined with a game “broadcast” service associated with Playstation Plus to become a device that broadcasts games remotely that does not require owning a PS5 to purchase it! Along with the Remote Play feature. Which can reach a larger audience and expand the spread of PlayStation digital services!

Did the Playstation Showcase fail and disappoint the hopes and expectations of its fans?

With the end of the Playstation Showcase, we realized the magnitude of the failure represented in the lack of disclosure of upcoming first-party exclusives from Sony Studios, or even in large third-party title announcements. What might suggest that the arrangement for this conference was hasty in view of the short period in which Sony prepared to present the conference after its success in the case of stopping Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision through the CMA, which greatly hindered Sony’s plans to reveal its upcoming games.

Microsoft may see a golden opportunity to shed light on it again at its next conference soon.. which it could make better use of by revealing new titles or even reviews of upcoming titles such as Starfield or Hollow Knight: Silksong or even Hellblade 2 with expectations of revealing the modern Xbox interface in Upcoming conference and a dedicated mobile device for cloud broadcasting.

Do you think Sony made good use of the Playstation Showcase conference? Share your opinion in the comments..

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