The latest PlayStation State of Play just dropped; here’s everything Sony announced during today’s thirty-minute event.
February’s State of Play event showed off some exciting new content for upcoming PS5 and PS4 games. While nothing especially huge was announced, such as Elden Ring, we’re still rather excited by what Sony did show.
Here’s a breakdown of everything revealed during the most recent State of Play broadcast from Sony:
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Naughty Dog’s latest Crash outing is coming to PS5 on the 12th of March 2021. So only a couple of weeks to wait! Those who already own the game on PS4 will also be able to upgrade to the PS5 version for free.
The PS5 version will offer 60fps, native 4K, 3D audio, and added DualSense functionality from day one.
Despite being delayed earlier this year to the 30th of April 2021, Returnal is shaping up nicely. We got our first proper look at the gameplay, which showed off some creative and face-paced gunplay – which was interesting to see in a survival horror game.
The sci-fi horror setting reminded us of Dead Space and Silent Hill, while the game also has a feel of Mass Effect about it.
The single-player campaign looks like it’s going to take a deep dive into the protagonist’s psyche. – Something we’re betting is scarier than the hostile alien planet she’s stuck on.
Death changes the level layout, enemy placement, and surroundings. This is a great way to add replay value and keep the players on their toes.
Knock Out City
This looks like it’s going to be a ton of fun. Fortnite meets dodgeball? Sign us up.
Essentially, it’s a team-based multiplayer dodgeball action game set in a continuously shrinking arena.
The game is coming to PS5 on the 21st of May 2021. They are also signing up players for a cross-play beta event. - So get over to their website if you want to get involved.
This brand-new reveal at the State of Play is a beat-em-up that gave us real The Bouncer on PS2 vibes. With a bit of Streets of Rage and Tekken Force thrown in.
Players take the role of a martial artist moving through corridors beating up Yakuza goons and bosses with their fists and a variety of weapons.
Interestingly, each time the player dies they age slightly when they return to life. So we’re curious to know how this mechanic will work and what the implications are.
Sifu is coming to both PS4 and PS5 sometime this year.
Another brand-new reveal. This huge stylish 3D platformer takes place within a black hole, featuring a character called Ray trying to save her homeworld.
Ray is a “daring void runner” and navigating the strange world she inhabits is akin to skating. Therefore, expect some Tony Hawk style gameplay, a unique art style, and flowing combat.
The epic boss battles and platforming also reminded us of Shadow of the Colossus – which is a wholly good thing.
Solar Ash is coming to PS4 and PS5 sometime in 2021.
Five Nights at Freddie’s – Security Breach
FNaF is coming to PS5 with a new chapter called Security Breach. Like earlier games, it looks absolutely incredible and utterly horrific at the same time.
No release date is forthcoming as of yet, but the game is coming this year. If you’ve ever wanted to be stalked and murdered by giant animatronic rabbits, this will be your chance.
The State of Play event finally showed us some sweet Abe action in a ton of new PS5 gameplay footage.
Oddworld Soulstorm will bring DualSense functionality, even allowing players to feel Abe’s heartbeat as his stress levels increase.
Followers can help you in this installment, and the developers have also added a loot and crafting system. Players will have the choice to go through the game as a pacifist or a full-on “agent of chaos” – we know which we’re going to be.
The PS5 version will release on the 6th of April 2021. Those who own the game on PS4 can upgrade to PS5 for no extra cost.
Kena Bridge of Spirits
Out of all the games featured during the State of Play, this one stood out most to us.
A seemingly open-world adventure, Kena seems to channel Uncharted, Horizon, Monster Hunter, elements of Dark Souls, and even Zelda.
This really is one to watch. The game is coming to PS5 and PS4 on the 24th of August 2021.
When Deathloop was originally revealed last year, we thought it looked fun. The idea behind it certainly had merit.
But we felt like a multiplayer game that pitted two players against each other in an endless ‘Deathloop’ could get old fast. Interestingly, it’s the single-player mode that has us intrigued this time.
Deathloops campaign seems to borrow heavily from Fallout, Bioshock, and Arkane’s own Dishonored series. The new gameplay showed off a side of Deathloop we weren’t expecting – so now we’re excited again.
The game is coming to PS5 on the 21st of May 2021. No word on a PS4 release.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade
The State of Play ended by announcing that the full first chapter of the Final Fantasy 7 remake is coming to PS5 in 2021. PS4 owners will also get to upgrade to the PS5 version for free.
The new version has added ‘Intergrade’ to the game’s title to differentiate it from the older version. However, this version will also feature a new story chapter featuring Yuffie and her allies.
While this isn’t FF7 Remake Part 2, it’s nice to know that more content is coming. The PS5 version will also feature no loading times and a variety of cool visual filters.
Weirdly, Sony’s State of Play didn’t give us any indication of what free games are coming to PS Plus in March. So we’ll have to wait a few more days for this information it seems.