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Sony debuts new Marvel projects and a KOTOR remake in September Showcase

At PlayStation's 2021 Showcase, Sony showed off a remake of Knights of the Old Republic, two new Marvel titles from Insomniac, and a first look at God of War: Ragnarok.

Bryant Francis, Senior Editor

September 9, 2021

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A teaser image for the remake of Knights of the Old Republic. Darth Revan's face is illuminated by a red lightsaber.

At PlayStation's 2021 Showcase, Sony showed off a remake of Knights of the Old Republic two new Marvel titles from Insomniac, and a first look at of God of War: Ragnarok.

In a year where several new game showcases have come off as muted (thanks to COVID-19-driven delays), Sony's stood out by opening with news of a Knights of the Old Republic remake, announcing two new Marvel titles from Insomniac Games (a Wolverine adventure and a sequel to Marvel's Spider-Man), and closing with highly anticipated footage of God of War: Ragnarok.

Here's a rundown of the most notable announcements

Sony kicked things off by teasing a "remake" of BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic. Not much was shown beyond a return of everyone's favorite morally ambiguous Jedi/Sith protagonist Darth Revan, but the news that Aspyr is moving beyond Star Wars ports into Star Wars remakes is eyebrow-raising.

The game will be a console exclusive on PlayStation 5 at launch.

PlayStation's in-house studios stepped up to showcase a number of new PS5-exclusive titles as well. These included two Marvel games from Insomniac Games (Marvel's Wolverine, and Marvel's Spider-Man 2), new footage of God of War: Ragnarok, and new footage of Grand Turismo 7.)

For any horror fans in the audience, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 will feature none other than Candyman actor Tony Todd as the voice of fan-favorite Spider-Man villain Venom.

Two third-party projects--indie adventure Tchia and Radiohead Collaberation Kid A Mnesia Exhibition were also announced during the showcase.

A number of previously-announced games were given the spotlight to show off gameplay and new features. These included:

  • South Korean developer Shift Up's Project Eve.

  • Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, from Gearbox and 2K.

  • Forspoken, the new action-adventure game from Square Enix.

  • Ubisoft's upcoming PvE spinoff of Rainbow Six Siege-- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege: Extraction

  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, from Eidos Montreal

  • Ports for Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Vampire the Masquerade: Blood Hunt

  • Deathloop

  • PC and PS5 ports for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and its DLC Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Sony continues to juggle a mix of console-first exclusives like the KOTOR remake as well as exclusive titles from its in-house studios to draw interest in the (hard-to-buy) PlayStation 5.

Many of the featured games have likely seen their development slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, so it will remain interesting to see which games stick to their projected release dates, and which ones will need to move to accommodate changes in development and the pandemic's continued spread.

About the Author(s)

Bryant Francis

Senior Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Bryant Francis is a writer, journalist, and narrative designer based in Boston, MA. He currently writes for Game Developer, a leading B2B publication for the video game industry. His credits include Proxy Studios' upcoming 4X strategy game Zephon and Amplitude Studio's 2017 game Endless Space 2.

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