Whilst we may not have an E3 to enjoy this year, there are still a ton of promising-looking games currently in development and a plethora of studios dying to show off their hard work. Sony hosted a State Of Play livestream last night. The stream brought with it some exciting reveals and interesting looks at games we already knew about. If you didn’t happen to catch the stream, you can check out our full recap below for everything you may have missed during last night’s State Of Play.
Resident Evil 4 Remake
We have known that the Resident Evil 4 Remake has been coming for quite some time. However, it was officially confirmed to be real during last night’s stream. This opened the stream and provided an intriguing, cinematic look at what this remake will entail.
Capcom stated that the aim for this remake is to; “reimagine the storyline of the game while keeping the essence of its direction, modernizing the graphics and updating the controls to a modern standard.” The game is set for release on the 24th of March, 2023.
It was also mentioned that the game will include some features specifically designed for PSVR2. However, no further details were provided with regards to this statement.
Insomniac’s Spider-Man will be the latest former PlayStation exclusive to come to PC, when Spider-Man: Remastered releases for Windows on the 12th of August this year. Not only that, but Spider-Man: Miles Morales will also come to PC at some point later in the year.
Horizon Forbidden West Update
Guerilla announced that a new major update will drop for Horizon Forbidden West on Thursday. The update will bring with it; Performance Mode, Transmog, a function to reset skills, Ultra Hard Difficulty, New Game+, New Game+ Trophies, a new Herbalist vendor, and improved Temporal Anti-Aliasing.
Horizon Call of the Mountain
Guerilla and Firesprite announced a new project for PSVR 2 called; Horizon Call of the Mountain. It will feature a brand new story set in the same universe as the first two Horizon games. However, this time, players will play as a new protagonist.
This new hero is a former Shadow Carja Warrior called Ryas. He is attempting to redeem himself for his previous trespasses by “investigating a grave new threat to the Sundom”. The character is proficient in climbing and archery. Both of these activities will be gameplay functions achieved through the VR headset.
Scaling “perilous mountains” and, “taking down mighty machines like the Thunderjaw,” are just a couple of the many exciting new things that players will be able to do in this upcoming title. Although Aloy isn’t centre-stage this time around, she will still have a presence in the game’s story. This will also be the case for a number of other familiar faces from past Horizon games.
The Callisto Protocol
An extremely creepy and visceral trailer for The Callisto Protocol was shown. It even gave us a brief look at some gameplay segments and really helped get across the game’s terrifyingly tense atmosphere. The game is set to drop on the 2nd of December this year.
Rollerdrome is a stylishly violent, cell-shaded rollerblading shoot ’em up. It has shades of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and 2009’s Wet. The game will see players using their skating and shooting skills to take out the competition permanently. Making sure to constantly be moving and nailing the timing on every ramp will be to surviving. Rollerdrome is set to release on the 16th of August this year.
Eternights is both an action game and a dating simulator set during against the backdrop of the apocalypse. A release window was given of early next year and the game will come to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Instead of doing three separate entries, this will instead be a brief recap of all of the PSVR 2 announcements made during last night’s State Of Play.
As previously mentioned, Resident Evil 4 will include some content based around the PSVR 2 and new VR content will also be added to Resident Evil Village in coming months. The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners Chapter 2: Retribution was also announced during the stream and a release window of 2022 was given. New VR content for No Man’s Sky was also promised.
Final Fantasy 16
A trailer was shown for the next mainline Final Fantasy game from Square Enix along with some new details regarding the upcoming title. The trailer was around 3 minutes and included; dragons, fighting, and all-out war, along with a ton of gameplay footage.
The new game’s protagonist; Clive Rosfield, was also shown in this trailer which was titled: “Dominance”. The trailer showed off how Clive and his team will have to take on a barrage of different enemies throughout the game’s story.
Final Fantasy 16 will drop for PlayStation 5, sometime in summer of 2023. It was also revealed that the game is currently able to be played from beginning to end. The development team will spend the next year polishing the game in order to make it the best experience possible for players.
Street Fighter 6
Street Fighter 6 was announced back in February of this year at a Capcom Pro Tour esports event. However, Capcom appeared during last night’s stream to give us a proper look at the next Street Fighter game. It will drop sometime in 2023 and is being developed using Capcom’s RE Engine.
This is the same engine used to create Resident Evil 7 and Village. It will provide improved graphical fidelity and a more stylish overall look, filled with’ “explosive splashes of paint and the striking graffiti treatment”. We also already know that Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke, and a newcomer called Jamie will be present on the roster.
Whilst Tunic first released on Xbox and PC back in March of this year, those on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 will be able to experience the game on the 27th of September, 2022.
Season: A Letter To the Future
This fall will see; Season: A Letter to the Future, launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC. The game is an indie title from Scavengers Studio, and takes place in a, “village safe from the turmoil of changing seasons”. Players will play as a woman called Estelle, who leaves the village to embark on a journey of exploration in a world on the brink of change.
Gameplay-wise, Season will feature a bike as its main mode of transport and will lead to Estelle “exploring, recording, meeting people, and unravelling the strange world around you”.
We have known about BlueTwelve Studio’s game where you play as a cat for a while now, though last night’s stream provided a release date for Stray. The game will drop on the 19th of July for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Another interesting detail regarding this announcement was the fact that those who sign up for the Extra and Premium tiers of PlayStation Plus will get Stray for no additional cost.
To recap, this was a pretty strong State Of Play overall. The reveals of FF16 and the Resident Evil 4 Remake were pretty major. The PSVR2 updates were also welcome. One strange absence was that of God Of War: Ragnarok. With that said, Sony are still slated to appear during next week’s Summer Game Fest. Perhaps we will see something Kratos-related then.
After reading through our recap of the State Of Play stream, what are your thoughts? What game looks the most exciting to you? What were your thought on the stream as a whole? Let us know in the comments section or you can hit me up on my Twitter, which is linked below.