On the night of September 14, Sony held its traditional presentation of future games – State of Play. The 20-minute broadcast was devoted to ten games for PS5, PS4, and PSVR2 — among them were both new announcements and additional information about already known projects.
God of War Ragnarok
The God of War sequel has received a new story trailer – in which the developer, Santa Monica Studio, continues to intrigue players with future events, as well as showing off new locations and action scenes. Also, Sony announced a themed DualSense controller — it, like the game itself, will go on sale on November 9 this year.
The next part of one of the most famous fighting games is officially in development. There is almost no information about Tekken 8 at the moment. It is only known that the announcement trailer was not pre-rendered, so we can hope that the graphics in the game will be at the same level. Tekken 8 will be released on all major platforms – PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (Steam).
Like a Dragon: Ishin!
The game is from the developers of the popular Yakuza series, Ryu Ga Gotoku studio. Like a Dragon: Ishin! is a remake of Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin!, a “medieval” spin-off of Yakuza, which was released in 2014 on PS3 and PS4, but only in Japan. The game is expected on February 21, the developer promises new storylines and characters.
Rise of the Ronin
Action/RPG studio Team Ninja, the events of which will take place in the 19th century, the main character will be, as you can guess from the name, a ronin – a samurai without a master. Judging by the snippets of gameplay that can be seen in the trailer, the game so far seems like a mix of Ghost of Tsushima and Assassin’s Creed. You’ll have to wait for the Rise of the Ronin – the release is planned as late as 2024, exclusively for PS5.
Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge – Enhanced Edition
The enhanced version of Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge is a VR game released in 2020 on the Oculus platform. Enhanced Edition will be released on PSVR2 next year.
Another PSVR2 game was shown at September’s State of Play. Unlike other VR games, Demeo isn’t an action game, but… a board game adapted for VR, with dice, cards, and all. Like Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, Demeo is due out next year.
The role-playing game in the Harry Potter universe will be released on February 10, 2023, on all platforms, and PlayStation players will receive an exclusive quest, which is announced in the trailer shown. On other platforms, this quest will appear only a year after the release.
The action game, formerly known as Project EVE, is from Korean developer SHIFT UP Corporation. At State of Play, the game received a story trailer in which we are shown the main character, the combat system, some opponents, and a future world in which humanity, as usual, has almost come to an end. Stellar Blade is coming in 2023 exclusively for PlayStation 5.
Another action with robots in the post-apocalyptic future, this time from Bandai Namco. In the courtyard, the year is 2222, almost all humanity has died in the world from cataclysms and poisonous rains, and those who survived live in an underground city. Synduality is scheduled for release in 2023.
Ironwood Studios, the game’s developer, describes Pacific Drive as a “first-person driving survival game.” The main character will travel through the northwestern regions of the USA, in the “Olympic Exclusion Zone”, the description of which is very reminiscent of something: “strong radiation, ecological collapse, and supernatural horrors.” A feature of the game will be interaction with the car, which can be “upgraded” for more productive forays into the “zone”. Pacific Drive is scheduled for release in 2023.
Also during September’s State of Play, Sony talked about PlayStation Stars, a loyalty program that will allow users to receive digital items (not NFT tokens) for playing games – these can be displayed on a virtual shelf in the PS App or PSN profile, where friends can see them. PlayStation Stars was announced back in July, with a limited launch planned for the end of September, when the program will be available in selected countries in Asia. In the US and Europe, PlayStation Stars will launch a few weeks after that.