PlayStation fans have waited over 18 months for the platform to blow them away, and they’ve been given a gentle breeze. While there were plenty of announcements such as a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Alan Wake 2, the first gameplay footage for Assassin’s Creed Mirage and Dragon’s Dogma 2, and an impressive set piece from Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, there was very little to get you excited , that you own a PS5.
As many pointed out after the presentation concluded, many of the biggest reveals during the presentation are also coming to Xbox, and there seems to be a general sense of disappointment among the PlayStation community with first-party exclusives. This was made abundantly clear via a Reddit post on the official PlayStation subreddit, with many fans discussing the announcements during the launch.
“Glorified indie state of the game. Why do I get excited about this crap anymore,” says u/kenni417. It’s a sentiment shared by quite a few people, as the PlayStation Showcase brand is pretty much synonymous with big first-person reveals. State of Play is usually reserved for third-party reveals and minor announcements, and last night’s show gave off that kind of vibe.
Even the first-party stuff didn’t excite PlayStation fans that much, brought home by u/SpideyStretch1998, who was “in complete disbelief” that PlayStation decided to run an ad for the upcoming Gran Turismo movie. It also didn’t help too much that most of PlayStation’s first announcements were incredibly short CG trailers with very little detail. It’s hard to get excited about a game if you know very little about it.
And of course, as with any disappointing launch, fans rattle off a list of titles they were disappointed weren’t there. Bloodborne fans in particular have been hoping their prayers will finally be answered following recent comments from God of War creator David Jaffe, while u/GluedToTheMirror wonders where previously announced titles such as Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth, The Last of Us Factions 2 or Stellar Blade actually are.
While a lot of this could have been left out as gamers were disappointed that their favorite titles didn’t make an appearance, this is the first time in a while that PlayStation has dropped what most people consider to be an absolute stinker of a presentation. It could be the result of development times getting longer and longer for games from original manufacturers like PlayStation, or it could also be the beginning of a lull in big releases on the platform. Third-party studios seem to be doing a lot of heavy lifting lately, and it looks like that could be the case in 2024 as well.
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