The Sony State of Play presentation went live on both YouTube and some sections of social media on June 2nd. Due to the E3 stuff now becoming obsolete, many companies are now doing livestreams on their own outside the conference. Since E3 typically took place around this time of the year, Sony wanted to do its State of Play event to let fans in on what’s coming.
The presentation runs just under a half-hour long and highlights upcoming titles for the PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 5. The Sony team as well as developers of several games took part in the event. Where they presented new games, remakes of old games, VR exclusives or additions, as well as several indie games.
Resident Evil 4 Remake & VR
The Sony State of Play presentation opened with a trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil 4 Remake. This remake will include new voice acting, cutscenes, and more. According to PlayStation.Blog, it’ll be a “reimagining of the storyline of the game.”
The trailer also promised that PlayStation VR2 content is being developed for the game. This remake will release on March 24, 2023. Which isn’t exactly very long when you think about it, just under a year from now.
Resident Evil 4 is one of the most celebrated shooters and survival-horror games ever made. The game was originally released in 2005 on the PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo GameCube. In fact, some would state that this game helped to draw back old fans and bring in several new fans for the series. The game has now been ported more than 10 times, including a VR port on the Oculus Quest 2 just last year.
Even More VR Titles
The next part of the presentation featured several games being made for PlayStation VR2. The first of these was Resident Evil Village, the eighth installment in the Resident Evil franchise. Village was released in May 2021, to critical acclaim, scoring in the low 80s across the board from Metacritic.
It also received several award nominations and even won Game of the Year at The Steam Awards. Sony has not announced the release date for the VR2 port at this time.
Sony announced three more games for the VR2 in development. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution will release later this year to the system (as well as other VR systems). A port of No Man’s Sky is also being developed for VR, which will include online multiplayer.
Viewers were also able to get a small glimpse at Horizon: Call of the Mountain. This will be an all-new Horizon adventure, exclusively for the PlayStation VR2.
Sony also took this time to announce a major update for Horizon: Forbidden West. Parts of this update include Ultra Hard difficulty, new game+, and the ability to redistribute skill points. This update was released on June 2nd, at the same time as the Sony State of Play presentation.
A PlayStation Exclusive For PCA remastered version of Sony’s Spider-Man is also being developed for PC gamers. Until now, Spider-Man was a PlayStation exclusive. With the announcement of this PC port, gamers can now purchase and play the game without a PlayStation console. It makes sense for Sony, seeing as they have all the rights to the Spider-Man franchise.
Thus, they lose nothing by doing a PC port for the game. Especially with a second installment on the way.
Spider-Man originally launched in September 2018 on the PlayStation 4 and was later re-released for the PlayStation 5 in 2020. It received high praise from critics and players alike, scoring an 87 on Metacritic. It was even named Game of the Year by The Verge and Shacknews.
The PC remaster of Spider-Man is set to release later this year, on August 12th.
First Look At Street Fighter 6
Gamers got a look at Street Fighter 6, developed by Capcom for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 (as well as the Xbox and Microsoft systems). Street Fighter 6 will release sometime in 2023. It will be the 7th mainline game in the Street Fighter series.
The original Street Fighter was released in 1987 for the arcade. It was later ported to many home consoles, including the Super Nintendo. The series was massively popular from the start, making its way into pop culture. Universal Pictures even made a live-action film for it, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Street Fighter 6 will be the first of the series to feature open-world aspects as part of the game. The fighting itself will remain the same arcade-style that the series is known for. Ryu and Chun-Li will be returning for SF6, as well as Luke from Street Fighter 5.
A Look At New Titles
The Sony State of Play event also gave us a better look at the highly-anticipated Stray, which will be released on July 19th. In this game, you play a stray cat wandering the alleyways of a dystopian city. The game is being developed by Annapurna Interactive, which is known for the games Journey, Kentucky Route Zero, and I Am Dead.
The Callisto Protocol will release later this year as well, on December 2nd. In this survival-horror game, players will fight grotesque monsters in a futuristic prison. Rollerdrome, releasing August 16th this year, seems to mix the gameplay styles of Jet Set Radio and Max Payne in a fast-paced shooter.
Other games announced during the Sony State of Play event include Eternights (early 2023), Tunic (September 27th, 2022), and Season: A Letter to the Future (Fall of 2022).
Final Fantasy XVI First Trailer
The Sony State of Play event ended with a bang. The trailer for the long-awaited Final Fantasy XVI was released. The most recent game, Final Fantasy XV, was released in 2016. Fans will need to wait until 2023 for FFXVI to release, a total of 7 years between main-series games.
The original Final Fantasy was released in 1987 to the Nintendo Entertainment System. It quickly redefined the turn-based roleplaying game genre and is considered one of the most successful game franchises ever made. However, FFXVI will be an action-based RPG (similar to games like Kingdom Hearts and Bayonetta).
This should not shock people who are familiar with Final Fantasy games. As Square Enix essentially developed the very style Bayonetta employs. Plus, they also make the Kingdom Hearts games too. However, Square Enix likes to add a little something to their Final Fantasy games that have never been used before.
This allows us to see new combat or concepts that can make their biggest game franchise stand out more. It also allows us to differ each game from the others, seeing the progress they have made along the way.
While most of the games presented also gave a release date, these may be subject to change. For more information on these titles, you can watch the State of Play event here.