It's always exciting to hear about new projects and finding out release dates for highly anticipated games, but it's more important we don't forget the people creating these games, and while next weeks PlayStation Showcase is sure to have plenty of the former, it'll also include the latter with multiple teams from different studios featured following the showcase.
Those studios included will be studios who have something we would have just seen in the showcase, so it will be nice to see a follow up after what will presumably just be a trailer, perhaps providing more info or context for the game, especially if it is a new IP.
No matter what, it's always good to hear from developers, especially when they get to talk about the games they are excited to be making. It could also even be just to get to know these teams better, and introduce the players to more of the people who make the games we all love and enjoy.
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PlayStation Showcase September 2021 Predictions – The next big showcase from PlayStation has been announced, and while it is only days away being on September 9, 2021, excitement levels can only raise high enough until it becomes impossible to contain, and we must spend the rest of our time thinking of what we'll see in the showcase.
In that spirit I have some predictions for the event, things that we're likely to see, things that we almost definitely will see, and of course, things that will remain dreams but would be absolutely incredible to see made real.
PlayStation Showcase September 21 Predictions
God Of War 2 Trailer
When we first heard about the God Of War sequel officially, it was very exciting, but felt like we were hearing about it for the first time from Sony a little early. Jump forward to present time and we can now look back and theorize with some certainty that their reasoning behind an early announcement came from their initial 2021 release target and tool to help sell PS5 consoles with the promise of the sequel coming soon.
We've now had the game delayed into 2022, and while we may not get the big gameplay reveal fans are hoping for, its possible we get a proper trailer this time, maybe a better look into how the narrative will continue, considering the cliffhanger ending in the first game.
Gran Turismo 7 Gameplay Trailer
It feels like a long time since we last heard about Gran Turismo, although in reality it was only in June that we got confirmation it would be coming to PS4 alongside PS5. The truth is that it's been a long time since we've seen Gran Turismo 7, since all we can currently go off is previously shown gameplay and snippets from different general PlayStation trailers.
With that in mind and considering that this showcase is supposed to be an update from first party studios, its very likely that we'll see Gran Turismo 7 make an appearance during the PlayStation Showcase this month.
Uncharted Collection Coming To PC
This addition might not be what every PlayStation fan wants to hear, but frankly, keeping these games locked onto the platform and not publishing them on PC would be a mistake. Sony's seen how well their games do on PC and that there is clearly a market for them to put their games on the platform. We already know that they've invested in this endeavor with Nixxes, now its time to see what that got them.
Since it was most recently leaked that Uncharted 4 will be coming to PC next, it wouldn't be a surprise if they had decided to scrap the idea of just releasing the one, and port them all over, especially now with Nixxes on the case.
It would understandably look and read as an odd choice if they decided just to release the fourth game on PC for now, but at least it would be something. In any case I'm much more hopeful and think its likely we could see this announcement on September 9.
Factions, Or A Reveal Of Naughty Dog's Standalone Multiplayer Title
It might still seem to be in early stages, but Naughty Dog is currently working on a standalone multiplayer game, and it would be great if we finally found out what they're making. It would also be good to get an update on Factions, and between the two I'd say the latter is more likely. It's been over two years now since The Last Of Us Part II released, so it could make sense that Factions could be ready in that time.
Although the pandemic did occur within those two years, so its also possible that Naughty Dog those announcements could be delayed as they continue to work on them. At least it could be possible that a beta for Factions is announced.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Tease
I know that Insomniac just got done carrying the PS5 launch on their back with Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on PS5, but the question of Spider-Man 2's release date looms within the hearts of Spidey fans everywhere. Since this is a PlayStation Showcase and likely where Sony is intending on putting their bigger announcements, that means Spider-Man 2 could fit the bill.
It would work as an incredible "one more thing" at the end of the showcase, since its likely that we won't be swinging through New York again for a couple of years.
The Last Of Us Remake Reveal
The whole debacle that was the reasoning behind Days Gone not getting a sequel was enlightening regarding Sony's management of their studios to a degree, but it also did reveal that we could be getting a full remake for The Last Of Us, essentially giving the game more than just a face lift but a remade from the ground up version for PS5.
If this is still happening, then the upcoming showcase would be a likely place to make that announcement. The idea of adding DualSense features to the experience of playing the first game is already exciting, without even mentioning the fact that the visuals will be entirely re-done making the game look and run immaculately on PS5.
While The Last Of Us has already gotten the remaster treatment, that same care has yet to be given to The Last Of Us Part II. With Sony seeming to really like the idea of giving PS4 games a new version on PS5 through a "Director's Cut", I'd put good money on the next one to be announced being The Last Of Us Part II.
Even if its just a remaster as a native PS5 version, I doubt we'll have to wait much longer until we get confirmation of both this remaster and The Last Of Us remake.
So that's my list of predictions! What do you have on yours? How do you think Sony will fill up their time on September 9? Let us know in the comments below.
Marvel's Avengers may not have had the best launch, or even the best few months after launch, but it has now been a year since the game first released, and developer Crystal Dynamics is celebrating with a bevy of new content including a free bundle for all players.
The bundle will be available from September 2 until September 8, 2021, and it'll include a free new outfit, nameplate, and consumables. There's also a new mission chain you'll be able to complete, which will be available from September 2 until September 16, 2021.
In order to complete it you'll have to get through the main campaign and all the DLC released up until now, so in total: the campaign, reassemble campaign, Kate and Clint operations and the War for Wakanda expansion.
If you've already completed all of them, then thankfully you don't have to go through the trouble again and will be gifted the reward for doing so, which is a nameplate to celebrate the anniversary.
Source – [Square Enix]
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Naughty Dog has been one of, if not the best flagship studios for single player driven narrative games, though currently we know that they have a large chunk of their workforce dedicated to their first standalone multiplayer game. According to their leaders though, Evan Wells and Neil Druckmann, single player stories haven't stopped being a strong focus for the studio.
In a recent interview with GameInformer, the two studio heads were asked about the rising tide in the industry that is live service multiplayer focused games, and whether or not story driven games are still in Naughty Dog's future.
"Absolutely. Yeah, and its sort of in our DNA to tell stories" Evan Wells said, "I think that's going to continue. Single player experiences are near and dear to us. It's what has attracted a lot of people to Naughty Dog, and that's what inspires them, so I think we're going to keep at it as long as we can."
"And again, going back to who Sony is, there has never been a mandate like 'Oh, this is where we see the winds shifting, can you make these kinds of games instead?" Neil Druckmann added. "We know just as they know that when you work on something you're excited by, something you're passionate by, you're going to do great work."
It's clear that fans won't have to worry about whether or not this new venture into multiplayer will change the amount of single player releases coming from Naughty Dog, since they're simply going to do what they're passionate about, as Druckmann said. Whatever that is, they clearly have a talented team at the studio, so it'll probably be worth checking out.
Source – [GameInformer]
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Ghost Of Tsushima: Director's Cut has just gotten its most recent patch numbered 2.08, and its now live for you to download on you PS5 or PS4 console. Developer Sucker Punch tweeted out the news earlier today, outlining the fixes and issues that the patch addresses.
"This patch improves the load time for viewing cosmetics in menus on PS5, restores colour button prompts, plus various Legends adjustments and additional bug fixes."
You can see the tweet for yourself here:
Patch 2.08 for #GhostOfTsushima Director's Cut is now live. This patch improves the load time for viewing cosmetics in menus on PS5, restores color button prompts, plus various Legends adjustments and additional bug fixes.
— Ghost of Tsushima 🎮 Director's Cut Out Now! (@SuckerPunchProd) September 2, 2021
For all the grumbling about the upgrade cost for Ghost Of Tsushima: Director's Cut, that hasn't seemed to cut into sales too much, since it has been doing very well in sales charts, at least with physical sales.
Unfortunately though its this pattern that tells Sony they can continue to have these upgrade costs because people will pay them. They've already gone so far with it that Horizon Forbidden West will no longer have any kind of upgrade path from PS4 to PS5 as they promised last year, though hopefully this problem doesn't persist any longer and we can stop having cross-generational releases.
Source – [Twitter]
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Final Fantasy fans are all a-buzz with thoughts and hopes of seeing Final Fantasy XVI if not at Tokyo Game Show then maybe even at the upcoming PlayStation Showcase, but if you'd like to take a trip back through Final Fantasy memory lane, PlayStation Now will be able to help with that as a new classic game will release on the platform each month from September 2021 to January 2022.
The news was announced on the PlayStation Blog that starting on September 7, 2021 we'll see a new Final Fantasy game come to PlayStation Now on a monthly basis with the first being none other than Final Fantasy VII.
Next is Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on October 5, 2021, then Final Fantasy IX on November 2, 2021, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on December 7, 2021 and ending off with Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age on January 4, 2022.
It is great to see these titles added, especially because hopefully this is meant to go alongside a big announcement for Final Fantasy XVI as a way of getting players hyped through an avenue for a replay through one of these classic titles or bring in new fans to the franchise before the launch of their next tentpole game.
What is curious however is that there's no mention of when or if these games will be removed from the service, so here's hoping that they stay there in perpetuity.
Source – [PlayStation Blog]
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Battlefield 2042's beta seems to have been confirmed by everyone except for EA, as a new report from website VGC says that two reliable leakers, Tom Henderson and Jeff Grubb have both stake their claim that we'll be able to jump into the next generation of Battlefield before the end of this month on September 22, 2021.
The beta was already set to release in September, we've just been missing the actual date. Since the month has officially started, it would make sense that we should expect to hear something soon.
We just had a retailer also seemingly leak the release date for the beta, and while the date listed is wrong according to the new report, it does clarify that this could have been the original date but it had since been moved to September 22.
In the meantime we'll just have to wait for EA and Ripple Effect to make the announcement official, something that'll likely happen soon if that rumoured date is correct.
Source – [VGC]
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The reveal of the collector's edition for Horizon Forbidden West along with every other edition of the game hasn't been met with the universal praise and happiness Sony might have hoped, the biggest pain point among many being that there is no way to upgrade from PS4 to PS5 for free, which officially means Sony has walked back on another promise they have made.
Last year when Sony first announced the PS5 on September 16, 2020, the same announcement on the PlayStation Blog also included the news that Horizon Forbidden West among other games would release on PS4 as well as PS5, and PS4 owners would have a free upgrade path to the PS5 version.
This is the latest example in Sony going back on promises made, in the same way they first said they believe in generations and wouldn't be releasing games on both PS5 and PS4, they've done that again with Horizon's PS5 upgrade.
It is continually baffling and upsetting to see how easily Sony is willing to make aspects of owning a PS5 more complicated and unappealing in comparison to their competitors.
Source – [PlayStation Blog]
Crytek has announced that the Crysis Remastered Trilogy is launching on October 15, 2021 for PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.
If you're already snapped up the original Crysis Remastered, you can still purchase Crysis 2 Remastered and Crysis 3 Remastered separately.
The suit changes all the rules.
Crysis Remastered Trilogy, featuring Crysis 1, 2, and 3, will launch on October 15th for PS4 & 5, X1 & XSX/S, Switch, and for PC via the Epic Games Store.
Crysis Remastered 2 & 3 will also be available for purchase separately. pic.twitter.com/TbPqf8fxLS
— Crysis (@Crysis) September 2, 2021
Crysis Remastered Trilogy will be fully playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S via backwards compatibility, where it will be fully optimised for Sony and Microsoft's new consoles. Specifically, Crytek confirmed that PS5 users can expect high resolution textures, dynamic resolution between 1080 and up to 4K/60 FPS.
In addition, Crysis Remastered Trilogy will feature enhanced lighting and spruced up visuals for its characters, weapons, and environments. The game will also be available at brick-and-mortar retailers in addition to the digital version of the game.
Crysis Remastered was released for PS4, PC, Switch, and Xbox One in September 2020, although its performance was criticised for being less than stellar.
If you're a gamer, you'll know that downloadable content can be a great addition to the typical game. While it might not be a part of the core game itself, it's certainly the sort of material that can make or break your gaming experience. This is especially true for the sort of DLCs that are based around locations, as it can really change your experience of gameplay and transport you to another world. This blog post will share some of the top locations you can find in downloadable content — and also share some insights into what else you might find once you get these enhancements installed onto your device.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
Released just last year, this is the perfect game for those who want to feel like they're being transported back to Ancient Greece. All the excitement of the mythology of the time is there for gamers playing this game to enjoy thanks to its open-world spirit and commitment to adventure for you as the player. With vivid scenery and artwork in place, you'll feel like you are part of the real thing.
However, and unlike some other games with dynamic and interesting DLCs, Fenyx Rising is far from the sort of game which goes overboard. It's not too orderly, and gamers shouldn't confuse the Ancient Greece theme for something academic and intense. On the contrary, the game is structured around the sort of art that is inclusive and accessible, meaning it's a game for everyone, no matter what they're used to.
Borderlands 3: Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot
If you're into crime game settings, there's nothing quite as exciting as the prospect of pulling off a massive heist. That's exactly what's available with the Borderlands 3: Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot DLC, as it offers you the chance to join the crew of the protagonist Moxxi and help her to raid a casino located in the exciting astronomical environment of a space station.
It is, of course, never likely to be as exciting as playing on online slots, but it does give you the opportunity to prove yourself as one of Moxxi's sidekicks by showing her exactly what you can do up against the Hyperion security forces. One of the reasons that this game is so popular surely has something to do with the fact that the two environments in which it takes place — a casino environment and a space flight — are stimulating. They're certainly high on the list of top exciting casino game locations.
The Outer Worlds
Continuing the tradition of solar system exploration, The Outer Worlds is a perfect choice for those who like an extra-terrestrial element in their gaming choices. The Peril on Gorgon iteration of The Outer Worlds is a great choice for those who with an interest towards exploring the skies, as this particular DLC offers a chance to visit a whole new planet.
Fallout New Vegas
Finally, Fallout New Vegas is often considered to have had one of the best runs when it comes to DLCs — and it's easy to see why. This series has offered four DLCs in total, which is more than some providers can offer. What's more, the value-add for the player in the DLCs is diverse and stimulating. Not only are they full of exciting stories and plot lines, they're also perfect when it comes to new protagonists and added equipment too.
However, it's in the vast range of location enhancements that this DLC comes into its own. In many ways, it's a gamer-cartographer's dream. All four downloadable packs offer a range of maps to explore new corners of this particular gaming universe.
In short, the DLC that you're likely to choose if you're a gamer will vary depending on how you want to enhance your game. However, for those who value scenery and background, it's likely that DLCs with cool locations will be top of your list. From Fenyx Rising to Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, there's plenty to pick from no matter what you enjoy playing. Also, remember that many DLCs come with additional benefits. While location can enhance the gameplay quite a bit, there's also plenty more in terms of character development and new plot lines. In all, using DLC is the perfect move for someone who wants to go the extra mile with their games.