Sony kicked off Summer Games Fest this week with their latest State of Play, letting us know about games coming out later on this year, plus also what’s coming in 2023 too. We had a mix of PlayStation 5, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation VR2. Today I’m going to round up all the announcements.
We kicked off with a banger, and that was confirmation that Resident Evil 4 is coming to PlayStation 5 on March 24th 2023. PSVR content is also in development, plus the story of RE4 looks like it’s going to be a little different, given we saw some scenes in the trailer than were not in the original game.
Capcom said on Sony’s blog
“This time, the game is being developed to achieve state-of-the-art quality for a survival horror suitable for 2023, while preserving the essence of the original game. We aim to make the game feel familiar to fans of the series, while also providing a fresh feeling to it. This is being done by reimagining the storyline of the game while keeping the essence of its direction, modernizing the graphics and updating the controls to a modern standard.”
Resident Evil 4 is also coming to PC and Xbox on the same date.
There was more Resident Evil to follow with the announcement of Resident Evil Village coming to PSVR2. It looks like there’s going to be plenty more Lady D, so the Twittersphere errupted accordingly. We had more PSVR2 trailers including The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners, and No Man’s Sky.
Then Guerrilla Games showed off the first gameplay from Horizon: Call of the Mountain, and the combat looked pretty good for a VR game. There was an announcement for an update to Forbidden West with New Game Plus, Extra Hard mode, Transmog and other quality of life updates too, which was a nice surprise.
Sony then said a “fan favourite was coming to PC”. All the Bloodborne fans collectively held their breath, but it was for Spider-man and Miles Morales coming to PC on 12th August 2022. Sony said they wanted to make some more money from their PC ports, I’ve seen $300 million going around, and this is the way to do it. The original Spider-man has sold 33 million copies on PlayStation, so I would imagine the PC crowd lapping up this title, as it’s one of the best super hero games of the last decade.
Stray was up next, the game where you play as a cat, and this one is published by Annapurna Interactive. This one is coming on 19th July, so very soon, and it’s going to be included in PlayStation Plus’ higher tiers, which is good news, plus an incentive to get that new package.
The Calisto Protocol was up next, and this one had Dead Space energy. This was gory as anything I’ve seen, and it looks like a combination of action, survival and horror all mixed together. This one is coming out on 2nd December 2022.
Rollerdome was up next, from Roll7, the creators of OlliOlli World. It looked like a combination of Tony Hawk and Doom, with players on rollerblades, and they also have guns. I don’t know if this one is a multiplayer game, but there was plenty of slo-mo, so maybe not. It looked very stylised, but also looked pretty good fun.
Eternights was up next, which was very anime. This looked like an action game, 3rd person with characters battling with swords, although the environment was almost sci-fi, so a neat little combination. This one is coming in early 2023.
Capcom was back next with their big reveal, and this was Street Fighter 6. We’ve seen a small teaser trailer for this one featuring a very chunky Ryu, seems like the Pandemic hasn’t been good to our fireball-throwing friend. The big twist here is Street Fighter 6 has open-world elements. Thankfully the fighting looked good, and I’m not too sure about the open-world bit, but you never know until you get the game in your hands.
Capcom talked about their new ‘real-time commentary’ feature on the Sony Blog
“We’re happy to announce a new feature that will add all the hype of a competitive match without actually being in one. Enter the Real Time Commentary Feature. We’re working with well-known FGC (Fight Game Community) commentators and other recognizable faces to incorporate their voices directly into the game! Enter a match and as the fight goes on, their voices will narrate what is happening on screen just like a real tournament.
In addition to the added excitement, this feature will also provide easy-to-understand explanations about gameplay. This will help anyone new to Street Fighter have a better grasp of the mechanics to use for future battles! The Real Time Commentary Feature will also support subtitles in 13 languages for more accessibility. The first legendary commentators to join this feature are Vicious and Aru! We’ll announce the rest of the lineup in the future.”
I’m excited for this one, having been a huge Street Fighter 2 player on SNES back in the day, hopefully Street Fighter 6 will surpass Sreet Fighter 5 in popularity and have a great launch. That one is coming in 2023.
Tunic is coming to PlayStation, that’s coming on 27th Spetember. Plus Season: A Letter To The Future is coming in Autumn 2022.
We ended with Yoshi P coming out saying how the world is a bad place, but it’s OK as Square are making Final Fantasy XVI. We got a very good look at the latest Final Fantasy, the characters, and the action.
Yoshi P said about the game
“In previous interviews and updates, we didn’t delve too deep into details about the game system, but hopefully with this preview, you all were able to get a better picture of what actual gameplay will entail—namely, high-octane battles featuring our protagonist Clive Rosfield wielding a full arsenal of attacks unique to the game’s many Eikons (summons). Not to mention epic clashes between the Eikons themselves that put you right in the action.
The team, under direction of Hiroshi Takai, has entered the final leg of development and is focusing on polish as they continue their march toward master up and launch. I, for one, would like to personally thank them for all the hard work they’ve put into the project.”
Final Fantasy XVI is coming Summer 2023.
That’s it for State of Play. No God of War Ragnorok, but I think that maybe saved for the Summer Games Fest presentation on the 9th June, just a few short days away. Let me know what you thought of State of Play Summer 2022.