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PlayStation Showcase 2023: all the news from Sony’s big gaming event

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Sony’s latest PlayStation Showcase just wrapped up. The hour-long event revealed news about games for PS5 and PSVR 2, as well as surprise hardware accessories like the Project Q Remote Play handheld that can stream games from your PS5 and a new pair of PlayStation earbuds. Both of those are set to be released later this year, although hardware specs and pricing details have not been revealed.

Gaming highlights included a preview of Spider-Man 2 with Peter Parker in his symbiote suit, plus confirmation of a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake in the works. We also saw a new trailer for Final Fantasy XVI, and Bungie is reviving its pre-Halo Marathon title for a new “sci-fi PvP extraction shooter.”

Among the big names, we did get updates about some new IP as well, with Fairgames from Jade Raymond’s Haven Studios, Neva, and Sword of the Sea.

Here’s all of our coverage from the event.

  • It’s the puzzle principle ohhh, ohhh.

    The Talos Principle, a super philosophical puzzle game wherein you meditate on the nature of life and sentience while dodging laser turrets is getting a sequel. The Talos Principle II looks to be just a cerebral and difficult as its predecessor and it doesn’t seem like we’ll wait long, as its slated for a 2023 release.

  • Another beautiful adventure from the team behind Gris.

    Neva is the follow-up to one of the most gorgeous games I’ve ever played, and it’s coming to the PS5 (along with Xbox, Switch, and PC) sometime in 2024.

  • Sony announces heist game Fairgames

    Sony opened up its big showcase event with a brand-new title called Fairgames. It’s the first release from Haven Studios, which was acquired by Sony in 2022 and is led by industry vet Jade Raymond. It’s a competitive multiplayer title with a focus on heists.

    “Fairgames will give you an opportunity to break the rules as a modern-day Robin Hood, a thrill seeker, or just someone who wants to collect cool loot,” creative director Mathieu Leduc wrote on the PlayStation blog. “Trespass inside forbidden locations around the world, fill your pockets like a kid in a candy store and unravel the nefarious plans of untouchable billionaires.”

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  • Helldivers 2 is coming.

    I wouldn’t call the OG a great game, but I thought Polygon’s 2015 take was spot-on: it’s a game about making dumb, dumb mistakes while blasting aliens and laughing at your friends. Nothing like squishing allies with an ill-timed drop pod! Originally isometric, the just-announced sequel is full 3D like Earth Defense Force, another guilty pleasure of mine.

  • Buckle up, gamers.

    In just about an hour it’s time for the first big gaming event of the summer: Sony’s PlayStation Showcase 2023. We’re expecting news on the company’s biggest franchises (including its new live service push), as well as a few surprises. You can watch it live starting at 4PM ET in the video below, or follow along with the latest developments right here.

  • How to watch Sony’s 2023 PlayStation Showcase

    With E3 out of the picture once again, it’s time to gear up for a very busy few months of gaming news as publishers host their own livestreamed events. Kicking things off a little early is Sony with its PlayStation Showcase. The company describes it as an event “focusing on PS5 and PSVR 2 games in development from top studios from around the world.”

    Most likely, that means we’ll get a good look at some big first-party titles from Sony, including Insomniac’s pair of superhero titles: Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine. There are also multiplayer versions of some of Sony’s biggest franchises — Horizon and The Last of Us — in the works, and given the company’s recent run of acquisitions, it’s likely we’ll see some brand-new properties as well. (And probably something in the live service realm.)

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  • PlayStation is betting big on new franchises and live service games

    An illustration of the PlaySation “PS” logo overlayed on swooping blue and teal colors
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

    Right now, Sony may be widely renowned for its ambitious single-player PlayStation games from franchises you’ve come to know and love — series like God of War, Horizon, and Spider-Man come to mind for me. But in just a few years, you might instead be playing a lot of new PlayStation franchises — and a lot of live service titles.

    As part of a business presentation on Tuesday, Sony shared some updates about how it plans to invest in its its portfolio. In the 2025 fiscal year, for example, it estimates that 50 percent of its PlayStation Studios investments will be in new IP, which is a major jump from years past: according to a slide, in its 2019 fiscal year, only 20 percent of its investments were in new franchises. And if you look at the slide, that 50 percent of investments in FY23 appears to be as large — if not larger — than its entire spending in FY19.

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  • Sony is holding an hour-long PlayStation Showcase next week

    A PlayStation 5 DualSense controller rests on a PlayStation 5 console.
    Image: Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

    The summer of gaming events is starting a little early this year. Sony announced that it will be holding a PlayStation Showcase event on May 24th at 1PM PT. And it sounds like a big one: the stream will be more than an hour long and include games for both the PS5 and PS VR2. “Expect a glimpse at several new creations from PlayStation Studios, as well as spellbinding games from our third-party partners and indie creators,” the company says. It’ll stream on both YouTube and Twitch.

    As for what to expect, Sony has a number of upcoming blockbusters, including the superhero games Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine, while I wouldn’t be surprised to see Death Stranding 2 make an appearance. The announcement also specifies “new IP,” so expect the unexpected as well.

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