Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had a couple of State of Plays from Sony detailing what they have coming out in the next few months and setting out a roadmap of content for 2022. Today I’m going to round up all the recent announcements plus the releases coming very soon.
We’ve had two State of Plays over the past few weeks. The first one was focused on Japanese developers, and then the second one was focused on Hogwarts Legacy, the upcoming Harry Potter game. Without further delay, let’s dive into the details.
First of all, let’s have a look at the one focused on Japanese developers. We had news from Capcom and Square Enix. First up we had a new IP from Capcom called Exoprimal. The audience got all excited thinking it was going to be a Dino Crisis remake, but it’s not. It’s a new game called Exoprimal, where you fight off hordes of dinosaurs. This is a co-op game, and it’s currently scheduled for 2023.
Ghostwire Tokyo was then shown off. The previews have come out this week detailing the first few chapters. This is a smaller open world compared to other games we’ve seen in 2022 like Horizon and Elden Ring, but if you are into action-horror, then this one could be for you. Ghostwire Tokyo is set for release on 24th March 2022.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin then go a few minutes screentime. This game is actually out right now, plus we have a demo that’s available on the PS5, which is free if you want to try before you buy. This is a Souls-like Final Fantasy mashup set in the same world as Final Fantasy I.
Forspoken was up next. This one was unfortunately delayed to October 2022, having been scheduled to release in May. More time is needed for polish. This game is all about movement speed, combat and magic. It looks good, and has been on my radar for 2022, but it’s a little concerning with the delays. The game definitely shows very well, although we’ve seen it plenty of times now, including a 20mins deepdive not that long ago. Personally I don’t want to hear to much more about the game, I just want to get it in my hands.
Gumdam Evolution was shown off next, plus there is a network test scheduled for Spring, which will be good if you are interested in this franchise.
One of the best announcements of the whole showcase was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cowabunga Collection, here we have 13 retro Turtles games including the original arcade, Turtles in Time, plus the original Gameboy game. I played a lot of the Turtles games growing up, plus this year we’re hopefully going to see Shredder’s Revenge too, one of my most anticipated games of 2022. We don’t have a release date yet for the Turtles Cowabunga Collection, but I am here for it when it does release.
GigaBash is another neat looking game, this is a Kaiju brawler set for release later in 2022.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R was next up which is a remake of the 2013 fighting game. This one is set for release in Autumn 2022.
Trek to Yomi was then shown off. This is a Samurai game, with gorgeous looking graphics. This is another hotly anticipated game of 2022.
Then we had a big announcement if you are a fan of Returnal, one of 2021’s best games. We’re getting DLC including a new co-op campaign missions, plus a survival mode, coming to us with a free patch which is out later on in March 2022.
Square finished up the showcase with a couple of new game announcements The DioField Collection is a strategy RPG coming out later this year, then we have a new action RPG called Valkyrie Elysium, also coming out later in 2022. Square seem to be a little hit and miss recently. Triangle Strategy has gone under the radar, Marvel’s Avenger’s was a massive flop, although they’ve had some hits with Guardians of the Galaxy and the continuing success of Final Fantasy XIV. Perhaps the success of the latter is allowing them to fund smaller, experimental projects.
The second state of play was on the 17th March and fully focused on Hogwarts Legacy. We got an extensive amount of gameplay, and this game is looking gorgeous. Originally set for 2021 release, this has now been pushed back to Holiday 2022, which lines up with previous Harry Potter movie releases around the holiday season.
Let me know what you think of the State of Plays in the comments.