Summer’s finally knocking on our doors, and what better way to kick it off in grand style than with this year’s edition of the Sony PlayStation Showcase!
The event gave fans of the PlayStation console (and gaming in general) a chance to see what Sony and other companies have been cooking/ are looking to deliver in 2023. And boy, did it deliver.
If you missed the live showcase and want to know what happened, Tribe serves up all the biggest news from the more-than-hour-long event. Let’s dig in!
A new handheld device is coming… but it’s not what rumors reported
For about a year now (pretty much since the last State of Play in 2022), there have been rumors about a new hardware device from Sony. Some predicted the company was finally reviving the famous PlayStation Portable to meet modern requirements, while others pictured something entirely different.
All of that has been proven wrong. This device has more in common with the Backbone than anything else. Sony calls it Project Q, and while it is unfortunately not going to be the PSP resurrection we wished for, it does bring some good news for PS5 owners. Q makes it easier to play your PS5 games remotely over a stable WiFi connection.
There’s a lot that the showcase didn’t specify, like its cost, release, or if you could play PS5 games when far from your PS5.
Metal Gear 3 Gets A Remake
The past year has seen a few remakes of classics pop up here and there, and now Metal Gear is next on the list. Metal Gear 3: Snake Eater has been rumored to receive the treatment for a while now, and Konami’s announcement in the showcase confirms the game’s development.
We don’t know much else, but MG3 will be released across all platforms; PS5, PC, and Xbox. Along with it will come the release of the Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1. This collection will feature Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, all coming to PlayStation 5 later this year.
Assassin’s Creed Returns: Bigger, Badder… and Back to Base
We finally have a release date for the next Assassin’s Creed game! A lot of buzz has been going around about the AC franchise, especially the mobile game Codename: Jade, but most of it’s been speculation. What isn’t speculation is that the next game in the franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Mirage, will be getting an October 12 release.
Mirage may be an attempt from game developer Ubisoft to fix many of the problems gamers experienced with Valhalla and Odyssey, as the game promises a “more straightforward assassin action from the earlier games.” It will be set two decades before the events of the Valhalla game). Mirage won’t be the last AC game, with at least six more in the works.
Spidey Returns for Some More Web-Slinging Adventures
Everybody’s favorite web-slinger finally returns in a sequel to Marvel’s Spiderman, perhaps one of the last decade’s most favored video games. Spiderman 2 is set to be released sometime exclusively to PS5 in the Fall of 2023 and will feature the titular hero taking on the infamous Kraven the Hunter.
Easily the most anticipated segment of the PlayStation Showcase, Sony released a lengthy trailer at the event. It shows Peter Parker using his powers in the iconic symbiote suit and a proper Kraven introduction. It also features an appearance from Miles Morales, a playable character in the upcoming game.
Step into the world of Virtual Reality
Much of the showcase focused on announcing new titles for Sony’s PSVR 2, the virtual reality offering for PlayStation. Key in the announcements was the remake of Resident Evil 4. It’s an interesting pick and could signal strong moves in the VR market. Because frankly, who wouldn’t want to immerse themselves in a zombie apocalypse?