With rumors swirling about an upcoming PlayStation Showcase, we delved into the realm of possibilities, examining potential projects from PlayStation Studios (kudos to the Resetera thread for their insights), and organized them according to our personal levels of anticipation. While some of these games have been officially announced, others exist as mere rumors from job listings. It’s important to note that this list is entirely subjective and reflects my personal preferences. We warmly encourage you to share your most anticipated projects in the comments section, as we gear up for the imminent PlayStation Showcase.
20. London Studio’s Online Multiplayer Game
London Studios, known for its previous titles such as Blood & Truth, a well-received PSVR shooter, has established itself as Sony’s experimental VR/AR studio. Their past endeavors include VR Worlds in 2016 and Wonderbook in 2012. Considering their track record, it’s difficult to predict what their next venture, an online multiplayer game set in a fantastical version of London, will entail. Given my limited enthusiasm for PlayStation VR, I find myself cautiously reserved about this enigmatic project.
19. The Last of Us Part 2 Director’s Cut
An industry insider suggests that Naughty Dog may be developing a Director’s Cut version of The Last of Us Part 2, following the footsteps of titles like Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima. The prospect of seeing Part 2 match the visual caliber of The Last of Us Part 1, is undeniably enticing. However, given Naughty Dog’s exceptional talent, there are other projects fans may prefer to see the studio tackle. It’s worth considering that a hypothetical Director’s Cut of The Last of Us Part 2 may be viewed as unnecessary, and potentially be a cash-grab rather than a significant expansion or enhancement to the original game.
18. Haven Studio’s Online Multiplayer Game
Haven Studios is a recently established team comprised of seasoned industry professionals who have contributed to renowned titles such as Assassin’s Creed and Rainbow Six: Siege. Led by Jade Raymond, a key figure in the development of successful franchises like Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed, Haven Studios aims to cultivate a more nurturing environment for video game creators. This ambition holds promise for their forthcoming project. However, it’s worth noting that Haven is part of PlayStation’s multiplayer initiative, indicating their focus on an undisclosed live service game. While live-service games may not align with my personal preferences, I remain optimistic that Haven can deliver an experience that respects and resonates with players.
17. Insomniac Game’s Multiplayer Game
A job posting suggests that Insomniac Games is working on a multiplayer project. The studio has made multiplayer experiences in the past like the online competitive mode for the Resistance games, however, the studio has shaped its identity around single-player games. I’d much rather see Insomniac use their resources to perfect Spider-Man and Wolverine. My mind might change when we actually see this multiplayer game, but, for now, I’m pessimistic.
16. Bend Studio’s New Open World Game
While Days Gone received a mixed critical response, I personally found enjoyment in the game’s relentless zombie hordes and the inventive strategies required to overcome them. Admittedly, Days Gone may not rank among the absolute best that PlayStation has to offer. However, I hold confidence that Bend Studio can learn from the experience and develop an open-world game that garners a more positive reception.
15. Firewalk’s Online Multiplayer Game
As an individual inclined towards single-player experiences, my enthusiasm for multiplayer games tends to be more restrained. Nevertheless, Firewalk Studios, led by industry veteran Tony Hsu, who has contributed to renowned titles like Destiny, Apex Legends, and Halo, commands respect and instills confidence in their ability to deliver a compelling multiplayer experience for PlayStation. Although it proves challenging to assign definitive rankings to these newly formed studios with their un-specified projects, Firewalk’s track record of crafting exceptional multiplayer games places them slightly ahead of the competition.
14. Firesprite’s Twisted Metal Game
The announcement of a Twisted Metal TV series has raised speculation that PlayStation will reboot the franchise. Rumors suggest that Firesprite has taken over development from Lucid Games, the studio behind the ill-received Destruction AllStars. The new development team at Firesprite has a track record of creating VR games for PlayStation, including Horizon Call of the Mountain. Given this, it remains uncertain what direction Twisted Metal will take. Personally, as someone without a strong nostalgic connection to the franchise, it doesn’t rank among my top ten anticipated games. However, it’s important to keep an open mind and await further details to form a more informed opinion.
13. Team Asobi’s New Game
Team Asobi has undeniably showcased its talent with the exceptional Astro Bot games. One offered a delightful and inventive PlayStation VR platforming experience, while the other served as a showcase for the PlayStation 5’s haptic feedback capabilities. Given the charm and enjoyment provided by their previous titles, the anticipation for their next project, which is said to be their most ambitious game to date, is palpable. With their track record of delivering delightful experiences, I eagerly await to see what Team Asobi has in store for us next.
12. Horizon’s Multiplayer Game
Guerilla Games is reportedly developing a standalone multiplayer game set within the Horizon universe. While my personal excitement tends to lean towards single-player projects from Guerilla, the Horizon world holds immense potential for an enjoyable multiplayer experience reminiscent of games like Monster Hunter. One of the most captivating aspects of the Horizon franchise lies in the thrilling encounters with colossal robotic dinosaurs, methodically dismantling their armor piece by piece. The prospect of engaging in this thrilling endeavor alongside a friend is undeniably enticing.
11. Media Molecule’s New Game
It can be disheartening when new projects result in the discontinuation of older titles. Recently, Media Molecule announced that it will be concluding live support for Dreams to focus on a new project. While details regarding this new endeavor remain scarce, we do know that it will not be Dreams 2. Media Molecule has always held a reputation for innocence and charm within the PlayStation Studios lineup, consistently delivering adorable and innovative games for the platform. With their track record of ingenuity, I have no doubt that whatever Media Molecule has in store for us will leave fans impressed and captivated.
10. The Last of Us Factions
As an individual who doesn’t lean towards multiplayer games, my nostalgia is particularly strong for the original factions mode from The Last of Us back in 2013. It was a meticulously designed competitive multiplayer experience centered around gathering supplies for your encampment. The mode required teamwork, strategy, and resource management, providing a stark contrast to the more frenetic nature of Naughty Dog’s other competitive multiplayer offering in Uncharted. Now, with the highly anticipated return of Factions as a standalone release, my excitement reaches new heights. Among all the multiplayer games on the horizon, Factions stands as my most eagerly anticipated title.
9. Bluepoint’s First Original Game
Bluepoint Studios has built a solid reputation for creating exceptional remakes of classic games, expertly modernizing them while preserving their core essence. Their recent Demon’s Souls remake achieved tremendous success as a PlayStation 5 launch title, earning accolades for its stunning visuals and faithful recreation of the original game. Therefore, the announcement that Bluepoint is embarking on its first original game in 15 years is immensely exciting. It presents a unique opportunity to witness the studio’s creative prowess unleashed on a blank canvas. Considering Bluepoint’s proficiency with PlayStation technology and the sheer curiosity surrounding the type of game they will develop, their unannounced project ranks high on the list of anticipated titles.
8. Sony Santa Monica’s New IP
Sony Santa Monica is widely recognized for its acclaimed God of War series. After years of anticipation, the release of God of War Ragnarok further cemented the studio’s reputation for delivering exceptional experiences. As we eagerly await news of their next project, it’s worth noting that Cory Barlog, the previous director of God of War Ragnarok, has stepped down to work on several unannounced projects. Although the specifics of these projects remain undisclosed, the remarkable pedigree of Sony Santa Monica as a studio warrants excitement and anticipation for whatever they have in store. Their track record of excellence has solidified their position as a studio capable of delivering memorable and groundbreaking titles.
7. A New Uncharted Game
Although Naughty Dog may have concluded their work on the Uncharted series, it appears that the franchise may not be dead. In a promotional PlayStation trailer, a brief glimpse of a young woman exploring a catacomb sparked speculation that a new Uncharted is on the way. While the identity of the studio behind this potential new installment remains unknown, the prospect of a fresh take on the franchise with new characters is certainly intriguing. As one of my favorite franchises, the official announcement of a new Uncharted game could easily propel it higher on this list.
6. Ghost of Tsushima Sequal
Ghost of Tsushima truly stood out as one of the finest and visually stunning open-world games of the PlayStation 4 era. The innovative use of the wind as a navigational tool, freeing players from cumbersome menus, and keeping them immersed in the game was a brilliant design choice. While an official sequel to Ghost of Tsushima has not been announced, a job posting has hinted at the potential for its development. Regardless of whether a sequel materializes, anything that Sucker Punch Productions creates holds a special place on my list of highly anticipated games. As a fan of both Ghost of Tsushima and Infamous, I have immense confidence in the studio’s ability to deliver captivating and memorable experiences.
5. The Last of Us Part 3
The journey through Ellie’s story in The Last of Us Part 1 and Part 2 was undeniably intense, complex, and emotionally gripping. While not necessarily essential, the possibility of a final third installment to conclude the story holds significant appeal. Anticipated improvements in gameplay mechanics and the potential for a more expansive world add to the excitement. However, what truly captivates me is the prospect of seeing where Naughty Dog takes the narrative next. Reports suggest that the studio has already chosen its next project, and there are even mentions of a written story outline for The Last of Us Part 3. While part of me desires to see Naughty Dog venture into a new intellectual property, another announcement related to The Last of Us would still be a welcome surprise.
4. Naughty Dog’s New IP
While the exact nature of Naughty Dog’s upcoming project remains uncertain, the prospect of either The Last of Us Part 3 or a completely new intellectual property from the studio is certainly intriguing. As a fan, the desire for both is understandable, but there is also a readiness for Naughty Dog to explore uncharted territories and venture into something fresh. A new IP could potentially free the studio from the melancholic storytelling path and allow them to delve into a more lighthearted and gameplay-focused experience. Regardless of the direction they choose, one thing is certain: any game from Naughty Dog will undoubtedly be crafted with meticulous attention to detail, boasting exceptional polish, and standing as one of the standout titles on the PlayStation console.
3. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 holds a significant position on the anticipation list due to the wealth of information we already know about the game. While gameplay footage is yet to be revealed, we are aware that both Peter Parker and Miles Morales will feature prominently, offering an exciting dynamic as they are integrated into a single game. The inclusion of Venom, and the possibility of a black-suit Spider-Man, further adds to the intrigue surrounding the gameplay and story. Insomniac Games has already demonstrated its prowess with the Spider-Man franchise through its previous releases, and the hope is that Spider-Man 2 will surpass its predecessor in terms of quality and enjoyment.
2. Housemarque’s New IP
Returnal was my favorite game of 2021. It blew me away with its innovative blend of rogue-lite gameplay and a captivating sci-fi narrative. Exploring the enigmatic alien planet and uncovering the truth behind the game’s events was a thrilling and engrossing experience. Housemarque, known for its arcade roots, successfully translated its expertise into the AAA space, delivering a non-stop and fluid third-person shooter that kept me on the edge of my seat. Now that Housemarque has been officially acquired by PlayStation, my excitement levels have skyrocketed. I can’t wait to see what kind of game they have in the works for the system. Knowing their commitment to creativity and gameplay, I have no doubt that they will continue to push boundaries and deliver another incredible gaming experience. The return of their signature arcade bullet hell theme, reimagined in a new format, has me eagerly anticipating what they will bring to the table.
1. Marvel’s Wolverine
Marvel’s Wolverine is a game that feels tailor-made for someone like me. I have this vision of a wide linear experience, with a compelling narrative and stylish beat-em-up combat that truly captures the essence of Wolverine. The character’s healing factor and formidable fighting skills make him a perfect fit for a video game adaptation, and Insomniac Games, with its impressive track record, seems like the ideal studio to bring this vision to life. I can’t help but imagine the possibilities of other Marvel characters, such as The Hulk, or Charles Xavier, making an appearance in the Wolverine game. I must admit, the game being rated M is an important factor for me. It feels like a crucial element to stay true to the character and fully capture the raw intensity and violence that comes with Wolverine’s persona. If I were to discover that the game falls short of this rating, I would naturally have some reservations. However, as it stands now, the mere mention of Marvel’s Wolverine has me eagerly anticipating any news or updates that may come our way.
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