After skipping another E3, we all figured that Sony would host their own event to showcase what’s in store for PlayStation. Announced a few days ago, expectations for this morning’s State of Play were set fairly low, with God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West and anything PSVR 2 related confirmed ahead of time to be absent. We were told that Deathloop and a handful of third-party titles would be present and that’s exactly what we got.
Not the most exciting State of Play, but there were some goodies to talk about. Here’s everything that was shown off at today’s PlayStation State of Play:
Moss: Book II
There may not have been any news about the PSVR 2, but that doesn’t mean that virtual reality was missing entirely. The adorable little mouse warrior Quill is back in a sequel to the well-received action platformer that released on PSVR back in 2018. Moss: Book II wasn’t given a release date, but we did get a brief look at some gameplay.
Next, we got a look at a fresh new IP. Arcadegeddon, the first game to be published by IllFonic, is a super stylised coop multiplayer shooter that will see you and up to three friends mow down waves of enemy viruses as you try and protect a small arcade from being overtaken by an evil corporation. Lots of looting, lots of shooting and a decent level of customisation look to be on offer, so it could be a fun time with some mates. Arcadegeddon is available now in Early Access on PS5 and PC (via Epic Games).
Tribes of Midgard
We’ve already seen quite a bit from Tribes of Midgard, but this short trailer explained what the post-launch landscape will look like. The survival action RPG will continue to grow after launch with free season updates, starting with The Wolf Saga at launch. This update will include new classes, new loot and a fresh boss to fight (that will totally be Fenrir). Tribes of Midgar launches on PS5 and PS4 on July 27.
F.I.S.T: Forged in Shadow Torch
Announced close to a year ago, F.I.S.T is a Metroidvania action title that has a strong emphasis on meaty combat. This new trailer showed off a healthy dose of said combat and it looks badarse. A world filled with anthropomorphic fighting animals where you play as a rabbit with a giant metal arm? Sign me the hell up. It was also revealed that F.I.S.T will be releasing on PS5 and PS4 on September 7.
Hunter’s Arena: Legends
A 30-player battle royale, Hunter’s Arena: Legends will have you fighting against dangerous demons as well as rival hunters controlled by players. Combat is centred around martial arts and the game looks to include a wealth of weapons and customisable items to keep things fresh. Sure, it’s another battle royale, but it does have the distinct advantage of being backed by PS Plus. Hunter’s Arena: Legends will be one of the free PS5 and PS4 PlayStation Plus games for next month, starting August 3.
Damn, this game looks the business. We got another look at Sifu’s brutal martial arts combat in a new teaser trailer that takes place in a nightclub. Throwing punches, kicks and anything in the environment, these brawls in this trailer are nasty in the best way. Aging after every failure, the player character changes drastically as the trailer rolls on. Unfortunately, the end of the trailer confirmed that Sifu will no longer be releasing in 2021, but will instead launch on PS5 and PS4 in early 2022.
JETT: The Far Shore
We got another look at the artistic exploration game JETT: The Far Shore, though I’m still not sure what the game actually is. The main crux seems to be traversing alien planets in a spacecraft and on foot. Though it might not look too exciting, the art style and calming music look almost soothing. I’ll be watching this one with interest as it approaches its release on PS5 and PS4 sometime in 2021.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles
I’m no Zac Reardon, Kieron Verbrugge or Jordan Garcia, so I won’t pretend to know what was going on here, but I know that Demon Slayer is a beloved anime and that many of its fans are looking forward to this game, so it’s awesome for them. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles releases on PS5 and PS4 on October 15.
This trailer gave us an extended look at gameplay from the upcoming Yakuza-adjacent game Lost Judgment. Seeing as though its central plot is about a murder and its investigation, we saw plenty of hard detective work, followed by intense action scenes. Oh, and we also saw skateboarding, boxing, dancing motorcycle racing, dog walking and a double-bulldog (wrestling move). Brilliant. Lost Judgment releases on PS5 and PS4 on September 24.
Death Stranding: Director’s Cut
You thought the original game was weird huh? Strap in. The Director’s Cut will, of course, give the game a graphical boost, but it’ll include a bunch of new additions and improvements. New enemy encounters, an overhaul to the combat with new, advanced mechanics that were demonstrated by Sam doing a cross-body and a double-dropkick (more wrestling moves) and a new firing range are some of the biggest inclusions that were shown. This new version will also include new story content, weapons, gear (the cargo catapult looked sweet) and a buddy bot to keep you company on long deliveries. Oh, and there’s car racing now in the form of Fragile Circuit…yep. It was revealed that Death Stranding: Director’s Cut will release on PS5 on September 24.
Closing out the State of Play was an extended gameplay trailer for Deathloop. This new trailer gave us a fresh perspective on the mission that we have seen before, where Colt looks to kill the Visionary, Aleksis Dorsey. The gameplay is more Arkane goodness and it looks as good as ever, but I don’t think I want to see any more from the game until it releases, as I’m already sold on it. Deathloop launches on PS5 on September 14.
And that’s that, another State of Play is in the books. This was definitely a small, less exciting event, but there were some decent titles shown and some updates that are much appreciated.
What was your highlight? What would you have liked to see that was absent? Let us know.