E3 may have been canceled this year, but the big gaming companies are continuing regardless – whether as part of the Summer Games Fest or with their own presentations and livestreams. Arguably the top dog these days is Sony, which will host what it claims will be a meaty “PlayStation Showcase” on May 24.
The show lasts over an hour, making it a bit longer than the usual PlayStation State of Play livestreams, which are usually 30 minutes or more. While Sony has largely moved beyond the industry’s old marketing cadence of focusing heavily on E3 every June, this looks to be as close to an E3 presser as Sony will offer this year.
Sony promises “a wealth of new games” for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation VR2 from a wide range of development studios. “Expect a glimpse of many new creations from PlayStation Studios, as well as spellbinding games from our third-party partners and indie creators,” a blog post announced in the activity.
Of course, the announcement doesn’t say what games to expect, but we have some educated guesses based on the expected release windows of previously announced titles. You can expect Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man 2, which is set to be a huge platform fall or holiday exclusive. Likewise, Insomniac works Wolverine for a later date, and we haven’t seen anything close to the game so far—this could be the perfect time to show it off.
It’s also just a few weeks before the expected ship date of the (presumably timed) PS5 exclusive Final Fantasy XVIso another glimpse of that is possible—even though we’ve seen a lot of it. Death Stranding 2 is a possibility, too, and Sucker Punch has been known to work on one Ghost of Tsushima sequel—though it’s still too early to show gameplay from either of them.
Based on the timing, we wouldn’t be surprised to see teasers Diablo IV and the PS5 version of Honkai: Star Rail, even. PSVR2 remasters of recent VR classics also seem likely (Defeated Saberwho?).
As noted above, the blog post also promises new IPs, so we can see what some of the PlayStation studios might reveal about unannounced titles, such as Bend Studio, Bluepoint Games, or Housemarque.
The stream will begin broadcasting at 4 pm ET on May 24. Sony has streamed on YouTube and Twitch past events in this format.