PlayStation Showcase 2021: The biggest announcements

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PlayStation Showcase 2021: The biggest announcements

Sony’s PlayStation Showcase of the newest, biggest games coming to the PlayStation 5 was quite the flex. The 40-minute look at the console’s first- and third-party titles on the way this year and next (and later) provided trailers and announcements for 15 different games.

Polygon’s StoryStream has all of the coverage of Thursday’s PlayStation Showcase 2021, but if you just need the watercooler highlights heading into the weekend, here’s a digest of the top nine:

A SpongeBob SquarePants meme made it into Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

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A SpongeBob SquarePants meme made it into Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Meme makers rejoice, the developers of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl added a fun Easter egg hidden in SpongeBob SquarePants’ moveset. Thanks to his taunt, you’ll be able to reference a meme anytime you want while playing the game.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is an upcoming fighting game published by GameMill, which features a cast of characters from a slew of the network’s popular shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rugrats, and of course, SpongeBob SquarePants.

Tchia looks like a vibrant open-world island adventure

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Tchia looks like a vibrant open-world island adventure

Awaceb, a studio funded by Kowloon Nights, showed off the first major look at Tchia, its upcoming open-world island adventure, as part Sony’s PlayStation Showcase on Thursday. The game has a release window of 2022 and is currently in development for PlayStation 4 and 5.

Tchia’s debut trailer makes it look like you’ll be able to climb, swim, sail your boat around, and use a Breath of the Wild-esque glider as you explore the world. On top of all that, you’ll be able to use protagonist Tchia’s magical powers to transport your soul into the bodies of animals and take control of them.

Grand Theft Auto 5 for PS5 and Xbox Series X delayed to March 2022

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Grand Theft Auto 5 for PS5 and Xbox Series X delayed to March 2022

Rockstar Games showed off new footage and features from the expanded and enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto 5 at Thursday’s PlayStation Showcase. We now know that the expanded and enhanced editions will include instant character switching, but we also learned the new release window is March 2022.

Rockstar Games had originally planned to release the new editions of the game on Nov. 11 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The developer originally announced that these editions would include “a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements.” We got to see some of the gameplay footage at the PlayStation showcase, and it’s the usual mayhem that you might expect from Grand Theft Auto.

Radiohead ports Kid A and Amnesiac to PlayStation 5

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Radiohead ports Kid A and Amnesiac to PlayStation 5

Radiohead and Epic Games have teamed up for a new project based on the band’s Kid A and Amnesiac albums, just in time for the band’s re-release of those two records. A trailer for the mysterious new collaboration debuted during Sony’s PlayStation Showcase 2021 on Thursday.

The trailer opens with some mumbling and assorted strings — along with a couple of hard-to-parse words from Radiohead vocalist Thom Yorke — before dropping into the familiar chords of “Everything in Its Right Place,” the first track on Kid A. The trailer then gives us close ups on concrete walls with scribbled characters on them and short, mysterious messages like “glints amongst the ice.” None of it makes much sense, but it does look like a very cool setting to listen to Radiohead in.

All the news from PlayStation Showcase 2021

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All the news from PlayStation Showcase 2021

Sony has brought back its September PlayStation Showcase, which last year heralded the launch of the new PlayStation 5, for a 40-minute parade of news, updates, release dates, and other announcements for the console’s biggest titles. Is this going to be regularly scheduled programming from now on? You know what they say: Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, but three times is an annual thing. Guess we’ll find out next year.

Meantime, Polygon is rounding up everything seen, heard, and announced at the event right here. Viewers can expect fresh looks at the God of War sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, Final Fantasy 16, and the Grand Theft Auto 5 enhanced edition for the newest console generation. The showcase will cover first- and third-party games, and possibly new titles we haven’t heard of yet. All Sony Interactive Entertainment said in announcing the showcase is that the next-generation of PlayStation VR wouldn’t be discussed.

Insomniac Games announces Wolverine game

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Insomniac Games announces Wolverine game

He’s the best at what he does — and he’s about to do it again. Wolverine, the Marvel Comics mutant with a healing factor and an adamantium-encrusted skeleton, will star in an upcoming game from Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games. Logan flashed his claws for the fans in an all-too-brief announcement trailer during Thursday’s PlayStation Showcase.

Wolverine has long been one of the most popular Marvel Comics characters ever, bringing his fighting talents to the X-Men, the Avengers, and many more. In a post on the PlayStation blog, Ryan Schneider of Insomniac Games said that while developers were working on Spider-Man, they would often talk about their ideas for making a game about Logan.

God of War Ragnarok is the finale in the Norse saga

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God of War Ragnarok is the finale in the Norse saga

God of War’s sequel, teased one year ago, now has an official name. It’s God of War Ragnarok, and the new trailer is our most in-depth look we’ve seen yet. The game was delayed to 2022 earlier this year.

The story returns to Midgard, where Kratos immigrated with his son, Atreus, following the defeat of the Olympian gods. As the title implies, both will now be involved in the eschatological conclusion of Norse mythology, and presumably the rebirth of their world. During a more in-depth look following the event, Sony said it’s the finale for the Norse saga. That’s also where the studio confirmed that Ryan Hearst (Sons of Anarchy) will voice Thor, while Richard Schiff (The West Wing) will play Odin. Freya, too, was shown as one of the other antagonists of the game.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Lost Legacy will be remastered for PlayStation 5 and PC

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Lost Legacy will be remastered for PlayStation 5 and PC

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: Lost Legacy will be remastered for PlayStation 5 and Windows PC. The games will be bundled into a single product called Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. An early 2022 launch window was given. The announcement was made Thursday during the PlayStation Showcase 2021, and accompanied by a gameplay trailer.

The Uncharted series launched in 2007, and remained a PlayStation console exclusive through the much of its lifespan. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was released in 2016, and went on to win many game of the year awards. It’s the final story in the arc of protagonist Nathan Drake, and ostensibly the conclusion of the series.

Gran Turismo 7 launching this spring

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Gran Turismo 7 launching this spring

Gran Turismo 7 will launch March 4, 2022, Sony announced Thursday. It’s the first numbered entry in PlayStation’s driving series in almost nine years.

The launch date announcement came in a trailer filled with long looks at the game’s high-fidelity visuals and new features. Players were given glimpses of a large, apparently open world for driving, dotted with map icons and points of interest where they can pose their autos in GT7’s photo mode.