PlayStation Showed Off Too Many Xbox Games in Its Disappointing Showcase

While, as an avid Bungie fan, I was excited about the reveal of Marathon and Destiny 2’s The Final Shape sneak peek at yesterday’s PlayStation showcase, the rest wasn’t quite the blockbuster everyone expected.

The main problem was that almost all of the major games shown in Sony’s PlayStation exhibit… are also coming to Xbox. As such, Xbox made a legitimately funny tweet after the fact that shows that fact:

Essentially all of the biggest announcements from the show, including the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake, Dragon’s Dogma 2, Alan Wake 2, and The Talos Principle 2, are coming to Xbox despite many of them being shown as “coming to PS5.” “. They just didn’t mention that they would be coming to other places as well. Even Sony-owned Bungie’s Marathon is coming to Xbox because that studio retains its independence to do things like that despite the acquisition.

There were some exceptions here, of course. Final Fantasy XVI, which is coming out in a month. And the show closed with a long look at Spider-Man that was visually good, if perhaps narratively questionable (Symbiote Peter is angry and a jerk!). Somehow this game still it doesn’t have a release date, even though Insomniac promised it would still be out in the fall of 2023. Fall, which is… three months from now right now. The best new The exclusive that was shown was probably Phantom Blade 0.

Other parts of the show just didn’t seem to matter much. A look at Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which we’ve seen a lot of already, and it’s as cross-platform as cross-platform is. In a way, a whole place for Tower of Fantasy, the bad Genshin Impact imitation that’s already out.

Take out all the cross-platform stuff and there was barely anything there, and looking towards 2024, if Spider-Man does make it out in 2023, there sure as hell isn’t much there, at least coming out of this showcase. We don’t get any information about projects like Insomniac’s Wolverine, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Factions, Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima 2. There are no major IP debuts from anyone besides Bungie’s Marathon, which is again cross-platform.

This was supposed to be Sony’s biggest showcase in at least two years. Instead, we got content for one game in a month and another for the end of this year. Most of the rest was cross-platform and missing a lot of upcoming projects in action. Not that Sony is in danger of a failed generation here given the speed of PS5 sales and what they’ve already released, but as window dressing goes, it wasn’t good, that’s for sure.

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