Gather round, gather round, it’s time again for another State of Play livestream from Sony. The maiden voyage of this digital event gave us new trailers for previously announced titles as well as a handful of first looks at some tasty new ones. A strong focus was put on VR that hopefully gaves fans of the hardware some faith that Sony is committed to supporting it. Though there were no ground-breaking reveals or release dates set for AAA games, Sony delivered a solid showing that left us anticipating the next livestream. With expectations set from the initial SoP, let’s see have a look at what the second iteration has in store.
Where last month’s edition of SoP had a plethora of VR titles, this time around we got zilch. Rather we were given a cheeky look at some anticipated releases and an introduction to some rather odd yet exciting new games too. Though it might not have been worthy of a jaw hitting the floor, State of Play does continue to drip feed the community with info about what’s to come, here is what we were given this morning:
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – The livestream began with a gameplay reveal for the new expansion to Monster Hunter World, Iceborne, that was announced a few months ago. The new content promises to bring new story and of course new monsters. This new expansion is set to release September 6th this year.
Riverbond – A new game announcement! A couch co-op, pixel-style, dungeon crawler that looks pretty damn cute. Gameplay looks like it comprises of fairly straight forward hack and slash combat that looks like it could be fun with friends. Also shown were crossover skins including Bastion, Shovel Knight and more. Riverbond is coming late 2019.
Predator: Hunting Grounds – Back to back new game announcements. This time a short cinematic reveal trailer showing a cloaked Predator stalking poor unaware soldiers. Hunting Ground will be an online, asymmetric shooter with a group of soldiers attempting to take down the deadly masked alien. Will the Predator be player controlled? Will Arnie make an appearance? We don’t have answers to these important questions yet, but the game is due out sometime in 2020.
MediEvil – We were given a story trailer to the anticipated remake of the PS1 classic and it looks charming as hell. Included in the trailer was a decent look at gameplay as well as a release date of October 25th this year.
Away: The Survival Series – Yet another new game revealed. You take control of a small sugar glider/squirrel (some kind of rodent) and are tasked with surviving the dangers of predators (not the alien kind) as well as natural disasters. This one is a bit of an oddball, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on it as it has a good deal of potential based on what is shown. No date was given though, so we will just have to wait and watch this space.
Days of Play Limited Edition PS4 – A new Limited Edition console that will be available in June, coinciding with Sony’s Days of Play event. The 1TB console is Steel Grey with a matching DualShock 4 and its pretty sexy.
Final Fantasy VII Remake – Were we given a date? No, but we were given a nice little trailer with some gameplay and story elements. Additionally, we were promised more to be unveiled in June, so the wait continues.
There we have it, another State of Play in the books. Though there weren’t any massive announcements made that will break the internet, it’s nice to see smaller and more niche games get a spotlight. I’m a fan of Sony’s current approach with these livestreams, but what do you think? Keen on what was shown? Disappointed that there was no InFamous 3 announced? Let us know how you felt about the second State of Play.