Game reveals from the world’s biggest console makers are starting to feel like buses. You wait ages for one and then two come at once.. That’s exactly what happened this week, as we had Nintendo Direct and State of Play showcases from Sony, and it’s clear that there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months and years. We’re bringing you the best of the latest reveals and updates, right here.
For those who don’t know, the games industry has leaned towards doing standalone showcases in recent years with Sony’s State of Play, Nintendo’s Direct and Xbox’s Showcase, rather than participating in the industry events calendar (anybody miss the big three at E3?). What’s quite rare, however, is that we get two of these showcases in the same night.
First let’s dig into the latest Nintendo Direct. This time round, it was big. We saw the announcement that classic James Bond game, Goldeneye 007 and its famed multiplayer for Switch (and Xbox) is coming to Nintendo Switch Online, alongside the Mario Party series, more Mario Kart 8 tracks, Pokemon Stadium 1 and 2, 1080 Snowboarding and more.
We’ll also get Resident Evil 2, 3, 7 and 8, playable via the cloud, Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse coming to the West for the first time, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion (and Final Fantasy Theatrhythm, a music based game), Bayonetta 3, and a re-release of Wii’s Kirby’s Return to Dream Land.
Octopath Traveller 2 got a release date of February 24th, Nintendo Switch Sports gets a golf mode this holiday season (FORE!) and we also get updates for Mario Strikers: Battle League (featuring Diddy Kong) and Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
And now, onto the really big stuff. First mentioned in 2015, the long-awaited Pikmin 4 finally launches next year. We got a very brief trailer, showing a picturesque garden full of greenery and the iconic Grub-dog enemy, but there’s sure to be a lot more to come from the game in the near future. We can’t wait to build up our armies of cute, colourful creatures again and explore every corner of this game’s beautifully designed landscapes.
Leaving the best till last, the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is called The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and it comes to Switch on 12th May 2023. We got a brand-new trailer that gave us a sneak peek of new stasis powers and a shattered Hyrule. Oh, also, Link has taken up extreme sports again, seen skydiving, riding a stone bird and more. It’s fair to say that this is one of the most anticipated games in years, but it’s got a tough act to follow with the much-loved and critically acclaimed Breath of the Wild recognised as one of the best games of all time. We’ll be sure to share our thoughts when we get our hands on it in just 8 months.
To see the rest of the announcements, you can watch the full Nintendo Direct presentation here.
Above artwork by Nintendo
And now, onto the latest State of Play. The show kicked off with a look at the next entry in the classic fighting series, Tekken 8. No release date was shared yet, but the game is shaping up to be the best yet.
In 2023, we can look forward to Syn Duality, a third-person shooter featuring mechs, Stellar Blade, an action game from Korean developer Shift Up, for the first time in the West, Yakuza spin-off Like a Dragon: Ishin, and the open world samurai game Rise of the Ronin from Team Ninja, the studio that brought us Nioh.
Ironwood Studios debuts with Pacific Drive, with a two minute trailer. The game is described as ‘a run-based first person driving survival game’, in which players search for resources, improve their car and explore while evading danger.
Sony gave us a brief look at a free new loyalty programme called Playstation Stars, in which players can earn digital collectibles including famed, historic Sony products and game characters.
Hogwarts Legacy got a new trailer including a Playstation exclusive quest, coming on 10th February. And to wrap it all up nicely, we got an exciting story trailer for God of War Ragnarök, as well as a beautiful, blue and white controller to coincide with the launch. God of War Ragnarök launches on 9th November, and if the most recent entry in the series is anything to go by, it will be a contender for Game of the Year awards.
Check out everything announced at September’s State of Play here.
Above artwork by Santa Monica Studios/ Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE)
And that’s your lineup from these two huge showcases! There’s a lot to work through here, and a lot of games to be excited about over the next couple of years. There’s still more to come with an Xbox Showcase due later today (14th September). Stay tuned for more on that and other showcases as they appear! Needless to say, now is a great time to be a gamer.
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