We have already rounded up a Collection of all 18 announcements from the PlayStation Showcase from September 2021, but what about anything we didn’t see on the show? I’m not talking about literally everything – it was good PlayStation not to show any more of what has already been shown a lot Kena, Call of Duty: Vanguard, and even Horizon Forbidden West, even if the show wasted a bit of time on the over-trailer Death loop. But what about the announcements we all expected, or at least hoped for? The rumors that were circulating the week before the show? Sony was only expecting it wouldn’t include any information about PSVR2 (which we won’t include here for that reason), but what else did people expect that didn’t show up during the presentation?
In particular, there are numerous first-party PlayStation studios whose projects are currently unknown, even if Insomniac is out here dropping two more revelations after two games and a remaster have already been released on PS5. So what did we expect that wasn’t shown?
Everything we didn’t see at the PlayStation Showcase in September 2021
Bluepoint’s next game or acquisition
Where is Bluepoint and what are they up to? The team hasn’t really heard anything since it was launched Demon souls last year on PS5. Then it is Sony Acquisition of Bluepoint Leaked– or is it? We haven’t heard anything official about it since and it looks like the image that welcomes Bluepoint to the PlayStation Studios family was really just a mistake. Bluepoint entertains that it is still completely independent and self-financed. Unfortunately, the PlayStation Showcase did not provide any additional answers.
ABANDONED / BLUE BOX Game Studios
I wasn’t expecting that myself at all (I would have been much more surprised if it had turned up), but I had to add it here because no doubt there were some people hoping that the BLUE BOX Game Studios would use the PlayStation Showcase stage to finally reveal Exit. However, I think that is another nail in a pretty coffin filled with nails on that studio and game, which definitely shows that Sony’s alleged “partnership” with the studio doesn’t last much longer than leaving some space on the PlayStation blog for an announcement earlier this year. Speaking of …
Hideo Kojima / Silent Hill
I lump these two together because they are always lumped together. Hideo Kojima has Death Stranding Director’s Cut comes later this month but we don’t know what he’s working on next. Anyone expecting a surprise reveals that they are interested in one silent Hill Game got away from PlayStation Showcase disappointed. I think that’s more than enough to get the whole Kojima / BLUE BOX /Exit/silent Hill Things to rest now. We still don’t know what Kojima is up tobut let’s go further.
Final Fantasy XVI
Granted, the developers said they did not even expected Final Fantasy XVI to visit the Tokyo Game ShowSo expectations were low that it would do this PlayStation Showcase, but the last time we saw it was when the game was unveiled on the PS5 Showcase in September 2020, it’s been over a year since we did seen the game. It’s expected to be on its way to release in 2022, so it was surprising that we didn’t see it for this showcase a year after it was unveiled.
Naughty Dog multiplayer game / future project
Naughty Dog performed at the PlayStation Showcase, but it should announce that Uncharted: The Legacy of Thieves Collection on PS5 and PC. We still have no idea what the studio will bring next new single player game is, and they have nothing about that Multiplayer game that we know they are working on. To The Last of Us Part II Released back in 2020, it is starting to feel overdue to hear what’s next from Naughty Dog.
inFAMOUS / Sucker Punch
Rumors announced the Announcement of a new one inFAMOUS game, but the series was nowhere to be seen. Plus, we have no idea what Sucker Punch is up to with Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut now in the wild. The studio was a no-show for this event, they secretly toiled whatever comes next.
Many have been expecting this for a long time Sony takes over Insomniac would one day lead to the studio’s Xbox exclusive, Sunset overdrive, comes to PlayStation platforms. Unfortunately, despite teases in Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Sony protects the name, Sunset overdrive remains on the Xbox for the time being and was not part of this PlayStation showcase. Which isn’t much of a surprise given that Insomniac has been insanely preoccupied with its PS5 releases so far and two more are announced in this showcase.
We know whatever they’re working on is not Days passed 2, but Bend Studio hasn’t heard much since the post-apocalyptic motorcycle adventure began. Whatever they are working on can have multiplayer elements, but we have to wait a little longer to find out what the team is up to.
Crash Bandicoot Wumpa League
A Series of teasers that are sent to the press and influencers Crash bandicoots 25th anniversary seemed to point to the long rumor Wumpa League Game announced. Several clues kept suggesting that this rumor was almost certain, with an announcement that would certainly be imminent at the PlayStation Showcase for the anniversary itself, right? Unfortunately no, Crash’s 25th anniversary came and went to a new game with no details, even though Toys For Bob promises we’ll be seeing the Bandicoot “very soon” again. Simply not the soon apparently.
PlayStation Plus / PS Now
It doesn’t look like Sony has any plans for PlayStation Plus or PS Now anytime soon. The services didn’t show up at the PlayStation Showcase, which basically just focused on games.
PS5 hardware / firmware / partnerships
To be honest, I fully expected the PS5 Showcase to be the surprise release of the PS5 firmware that is currently in betato unlock the SSD expansion slot for everyone. I also thought it would be a good time for Sony to talk about the future of console firmware and the updates they want to bring to the table. Almost a year later, we still don’t know exactly what the “future” of the PS5 itself looks like. Will we ever get issues? The games look great, don’t get me wrong, but I want to know what Sony engineers are working on from a firmware standpoint. I lumped partnerships together here because I thought we’d hear more about it Discord partnership to be integrated into PSN early next year even.
PlayStation TV series and films
No games, but with Sony’s renewed focus on PlayStation productions, and bringing its franchise to film and television, I half expected the PlayStation showcase to take a moment to talk about it, maybe even the first trailer for the Unexplored Movie.
Semi-related to the above, a new one Rumors suggest that a Bent metal Game is in progress coincide with that Bent metal Series from PlayStation Productions. This one was a bit of a pipe dream as it is likely in early production, too early to show any type of trailer or announcement. On the other hand, Insomniac fell so early Marvel’s Wolverine Teaser, so anything is possible. Still, we didn’t see any in the end Bent metal.
Other first- and second-party PlayStation studios
While there have been some major revelations, the PlayStation Studios portion of the show was actually pretty barren when it came to the breadth of the Sony teams. Where have teams like Pixelopus and the other first party teams we mentioned above been? Insomniac seems to be taking the brunt of the first-party weight of PS5 support right now, with the impending help from Guerrilla and Santa Monica Studio (and PS5 ports from late-gen PS4 titles). We know that many studios at PlayStation Studios have multiple development teams working on projects in parallel, but we don’t have much idea what they’re working on right now. We also didn’t see any updates from start-up studios with PS partnerships, such as oasis.
Was there anything else you expected at the PlayStation Showcase in September 2021 that you missed on the show? Let us know in the comments.