PlayStation just had their quarterly State of Play announcement direct, a place to show off new and upcoming games for the world. They said that this State of Play was primarily going to be focused on third-party and PSVR2 titles, and it ended up being a great showcase of plenty of different games and studios.
The future looks bright for PlayStation, so let’s look at what they showed off. A link to the full State of Play can be found here.
Resident Evil 4: Remake
The first thing that they showed off was a remake for Resident Evil 4, following rumors and speculation for months.
Like the other remakes that Capcom has made over the last few years, this looks great with a great refresher on the graphics and gameplay. This should follow the gameplay formula and revisions present since the Resident Evil 2 Remake. Considering that the original Resident Evil 4 was the first in the series to pivot to a more action-oriented style of play, with over the shoulder shooting and a third-person perspective, it will be interesting to see how the Remake changes and approaches combat now that the entire Remake series is more action-heavy.
PlayStation also mentioned that they are developing exclusive PSVR2 content for the game. Considering that the VR version of Resident Evil 4 was one of the most hyped and sought-after VR titles, making an equivalent for the Remake only makes sense.
The remake is scheduled to be released on the 3rd of March 2023.
They showed off 4 dedicated PSVR2 titles during the showcase.
The first is a VR version of Resident Evil 8: Village accompanied by a showcase of Ethan Winters running around Castle Dimitrescu, being chased by the internet’s favorite tall woman. The VR seems pretty impressive, with the ability to dual-wield various kinds of weapons while you are chased by the horrible terrors of the Village and save your daughter. Overall, a very good-looking VR title.
The second is a sequel to The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners called Retribution. The trailer showcased a lot, including a look at the story, combat, stealth, and exploration. The gameplay aspects looked pretty interesting, with the swarming of enemy zombies and the art style of the game looked quite stylish. The original title was a well-regarded VR game, so fans of it should be excited by this new release.
The third is a PSVR version of No Man’s Sky, the success story of the decade in terms of recovering a game. The VR elements included flight, exploration, combat, and the works. It looked like a very well done and a good addition to the PSVR2 launch line-up – Hello Games has put a lot of work into winning back the trust with No Man’s Sky and this is another step forward in that goal.
The final title is one we knew was going to be here before the showcase: Horizon: Call of the Mountain. This was teased a few months ago and is being developed directly by Guerrilla Games. The game looked very authentic and honestly, far more ambitious than first thought. In the trailer, we go from a boat ride to climbing to combat with a bow and arrow all against a various suite of robotic creatures from the main game. The graphics and game look good and are a very good pick-up if you’re a fan of the series.
Alongside this, Horizon: Forbidden West is getting a free update today that includes a whole host of improvements. This includes New Game +, improved visuals, an additional difficulty setting, transmog for all of the armor sets in the game, respec for the skill trees, and new trophies to collect. A nice bonus for a free update.
Overall, if this is a look at the starting line-up for the launch of PSVR2, then it seems like it’s going to be a very nice line-up. VR seems to have been on the decline lately, but maybe Sony and PlayStation can bring it back.
Spider-Man Is Coming to PC
The worldwide hit from Insomniac Games is finally coming to PC.
On August 12th, the Remastered Edition of Spider-Man will be coming to PC. This follows the recent trend of PlayStation porting a lot of their hit titles to PC: Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, God of War, and now Spider-Man. This is a brilliant step in allowing even more people access to the IP and stories that Sony fans have had access to for a very long time now.
Stray is a game where you play as a cat, and it finally got a release date.
We got to see more of Stray’s inventive and beautiful world, with robots running away at the sight of our feline hero. We got to see how interacting with NPCs is going to work, a further look at traversal and exploration as well as chase moments where we have to run from robots or mutant creatures alike.
The whole idea of Stray is just really inventive and seeing as it’s from Annapurna Interactive, who have made amazing games such as The Outer Wilds as of late, it’s an indie title worth looking forward to.
Stray is releasing on July 19th. If you have a PlayStation Plus Premium or Deluxe tier upgrade, you can download Stray for absolutely free on launch day.
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The Callisto Protocol
The Callisto Protocol is a game being made by one of the co-creators of Dead Space and it was originally revealed at The Game Awards in 2020. In this State of Play, we got to see gameplay.
The preview showcases a creepy, haunting look at the game which definitely takes after Dead Space in many ways. The ice-coated moon of Callisto houses frozen statues of people, dangerous killer robots, and mutated husks that looked like they were once people. The gameplay even ended with a look at all the death animations for the main character – a staple part of the Dead Space series.
Overall, it looked pretty good and for horror fans who want a more claustrophobic, scary experience that harkens back to the good old days, maybe The Callisto Protocol is for you. It’s releasing on the 2nd of December 2022.
Rollerdrome is a new game from the developers of OliOli that looks like it’s set in the same world as the recent Sable… only with guns… and rollerblades. In this game you partake in a new ‘blood sport’ by riding around arenas, blasting baddies with various guns, all the while riding around on rollerblades. It looks silly, it looks hectic, and it looks like it could be pretty fun. Rollerdrome releases on August 16th.
Eternights is a new action anime game that looks like it has a mix of elements from Persona and even some DMC thrown in there. The action part of the game involves beating enemies using parries, dodges, and special attacks made able from a unique magic arm that the main character has. There also appears to be a party system, or at least a cast of characters to interact and form relationships with, much like Persona. There are a host of other, stranger things in the trailer. Eternights is releasing in early 2023.
Tunic is a much-beloved top-down adventure game harkening back to the early days of The Legend of Zelda that up until now has been exclusive to Xbox and PC. Not anymore, however, as Tunic is making its way to PlayStation on September 27th – the game has scored very highly and has achieved its status as one of the best games of the year, so seeing it on PlayStation is only a good thing.
Finally, a unique game called Seasons: A Letter to the Future was showcased again. The trailer featured the main character traveling the world on her bicycle, talking to various people, and engaging in several different activities: photo taking, sound recording, and note-taking. The tone of the game seemed quite dire at times and the art style is definitely arresting, but what you actually do remains kind of unclear… but maybe that is the appeal. Seasons: A Letter to the Future launches in Autumn 2022.
Street Fighter 6
Capcom was all over this State of Play because alongside Resident Evil they also brought new Street Fighter 6 gameplay to share.
Alongside a further look at the new designs for Ryu and Chun-Li, the gameplay also showcased a look at the actual fights. Stylish new moves that shoot out with graffiti-like effects make a powerful impact and the gameplay looks as intense and complicated as ever.
One other thing shown off seemed to be some sort of open-world, exploration aspect to the game. The player character controlled a faceless figure walking around the world, before getting into a fight – this same character returned at the end of the game trailer. Information revealed later shows that this appears to be part of the game’s single-player story.
More information on Street Fighter 6 can be found on the Official PlayStation Blog.
Street Fighter 6 is set to release sometime in 2023.
Final Fantasy XVI
Finally, after so many long months, we get another trailer for Final Fantasy XVI.
Yoshi-P appeared before the trailer to talk through the process of the game and assure fans of its development. The actual trailer itself featured a further look at the combat of the game, some looks at the story, and even a glance at a new way of fighting Eikons (or Primals).
Combat itself featured Clive switching between the powers of different Eikons to gain different abilities, such as the rocky abilities of Titan or the fire of Phoenix, to augment the gameplay and deal different attacks to enemies. The UI also included potions, a level-up system, and several other things.
Dominants were also talked about in more detail: these appear to be characters who embody the Eikons, later transforming into them. Whether Clive is one is unclear, but it does appear that he can use their abilities for his own ends – maybe other Dominants will act as party members that augment Clive’s abilities.
Eikon fights were also a very big part of the trailer: big being very literal. In XVI, Eikon fights appear to be these massive brawls where these giant monsters beat each other up – like watching a great Kaiju fight. The Eikons who were named included Ifrit, Phoenix, Titan, Shiva, Ramuh, Odin, Bahamut, and Garuda, with Ifrit playing an especially important role.
Final Fantasy XVI is looking spectacular, with flashy combat and amazing visuals. The story and setting both look intriguing, so let’s hope the game delivers – with Yoshi-P in charge, there are very few doubts.
Final Fantasy XVI is set to launch in Summer 2023.
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