Today, 2nd June 2022, Sony held their latest State of Play showcase. The show came in at just under 30 minutes, with footage of a number of third-party games and glimpses at titles for the upcoming PSVR2. As with any showcase, there’s a lot to parse through. Luckily, we’ve compiled a simple list of every announcement right here! If you missed the show, you can watch it back with the GameLuster crew over on our YouTube channel. Otherwise, here’s everything from today’s State of Play.
The show opens with a date: 24th March, 2023 (writer’s note: more trailers should do this). After that? Our first look at Resident Evil 4, the highly requested, long-rumoured remake of the beloved entry in the Resident Evil franchise. RE4 is coming to PS5, with PSVR2 content following close behind.
Continuing the Capcom hype train, Resident Evil 8 is coming to PSVR2! The trailer opens with everyone’s favourite hand-hating villain, Lady Dimitrescu. What follows is a highlight reel of VR gameplay, including that blood-sucking moment. Whoever cut this trailer knew exactly what they were doing.
Moving on, our next look at a PSVR2 game comes courtesy of The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Ch.2 — Retribution, a title so long you’ll probably finish saying it by the time this comes out in 2022. The game boasts frantic FPS-style gameplay. There is also a chainsaw.
Following the zombie apocalypse, we make our way to the final frontier as No Man’s Sky comes to PS5 and PSVR2. Gameplay looks smooth and familiar. No official release date has been given.
More VR games are over the Horizon, as the beloved PlayStation franchise gets its first gameplay look at Horizon: Call of the Mountain, a PSVR2 exclusive set in Aloy’s world. We see a number of machines, some interesting traversal on said mountain, and even combat! The bow makes a unique return to the series in VR form. After the VR reveal, Horizon: Call of the Mountain Narrative Director Ben McCaw takes the stage (screen?) to reveal a major update for Horizon: Forbidden West. Improved visual fidelity in Performance mode, transmog (the ability to change outfits while maintaining other outfit effects and/or bonuses), a skill point reset to allow character respec, and New Game Plus!
With the PSVR2 part of the show complete, we move to recent PlayStation Studios acquisition Nixxes’ first major project: a PC port of Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. The first entry in Insomniac’s storied franchise releases on PC on August 12, 2022.
If spiders aren’t your thing, we also have cats! Annapurna Interactive makes a splash at the State of Play with more gameplay for Stray, showing off more parkour and evasive combat encounters. To cap off the trailer, we finally receive a release date for the feline feat: July 19, 2022. Stray is coming to PS4, PS5, and, interestingly, the latter two tiers of the revamped PS Plus!
Straying from the lighthearted vibe, The Callisto Protocol shows off an eerie aura and some gory gunplay. Two heads explode in this trailer. Glen Schofield, original director of the Dead Space series, shows a return to form (and back-based HUDs) with this spiritual successor, coming to PS4 and PS5 on December 2, 2022.
Popping more tricks than heads, Rollerdrome comes next: a cel-shaded arena shooter on skates. There are mechs, rocket launchers, and a skating main character in a jumpsuit who’s dual-wielding pistols. Think Jet Set Radio meets My Friend Pedro. Sick flips, wild gunplay, and an aesthetic that’s absolutely bananas. The unique shooter comes to PS4 and PS5 on August 16, 2022.
What comes next just stops the show. Positively blows the mind. Next up is Eternights, a character-action game with flashy combat, an anime aesthetic, many button prompts, and a purple hue. IT IS ALSO A DATING SIM. WITH GORGEOUS ART. Move over “Press F to Pay Respects,” we’ve got Hold R2 to Hold Hands now. The genre-blending Eternights comes to PS4 and PS5 in early 2023.
After exposing our degenerate side, we turn our attention to the latest game taking advantage of Capcom’s RE Engine, the previously teased Street Fighter 6. The new entry in the fighting franchise starts with a focus on new character Luke, showing off what looks to be adventure gameplay in the game’s city setting. The main event starts shortly after, with Street Fighter’s signature combat looking flashier than ever. Chun Li makes a grand entrance. The visual flair is off the charts. Ryu is still built like a brick since the original teaser, and even says the thing. Capcom’s new fighter comes to PS4 and PS5 in 2023.
Next up is the latest in what seems to be a trend for recent State of Play showcases: a previous Xbox and PC exclusive making its way to PlayStation a few months later. First, it was Death’s Door. This time, it’s Tunic. The Zelda-esque adventure game brings its unique charm and original language to PS4 and PS5 on September 27, 2022.
Nearing the end of the show, we ease up on the momentum, and take a calm breath with Season: A letter to the future. A third-person, narrative focused title, Season shows off numerous unique-looking characters, photography gameplay, gorgeous visuals, and a bicycle. The calming jaunt comes to PS4 and PS5 in Autumn 2022.
To close, the show ratchets back up to 11 with Final Fantasy XVI. The game has not had an update in a while, which director Naoki Yoshida explicitly addresses in an opening clip. Once the trailer starts proper, we are treated to more action-packed gameplay, a look at the HUD, and a number of large summons so entrenched in combat that the latter parts of the trailer almost feel like a kaiju movie. Final Fantasy XVI comes to PS5 in Summer 2023.
And that’s everything at the latest State of Play! What did you think of the reveals? Which of them are you most looking forward to? Tell us all and look forward to more as these stories develop, right here at GameLuster.