What with last week’s Nintendo Direct and BlizzConline, we’ve been spoiled for conferences lately.
Sony’s getting in on the action, hosting a State of Play presentation this evening. Lasting around 30 minutes, it gave us updates on some games we already knew about along with a few new, exciting, announcements. Missed it? Don’t worry; we’ve got everything that happened right here.
Here’s everything that happened during tonight’s State of Play.
- The presentation opened with a feature rundown of the PS5 updated version of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. We already know most of it: 4K resolution, 3D audio, updated graphics, faster loading times and DualSense implementation. Basically, it’ll be the best way to play the game. Worth jumping in again if you’ve already beat it? Hmm. Maybe. But certainly worth a go if you’re yet to play it. It’ll be available on PS5 (and Xbox Series X/S) on 12th March.
- Next, we got a new look at Returnal, the upcoming game from Housemarque. It looks very much like a third person Alienation; you’ll have a range of weapons in order to blast your way through some deadly aliens. It looks great, and the world it’s set in has a distinct Alien vibe. We’re looking forward to this one; it’ll be available on PS5 on 30th April.
- We got another look at Knockout City, which was first revealed during last week’s Nintendo Direct. Essentially online competitive dodgeball, it’s colourful, action-packed and (hopefully) a lot of fun. You can read our hands-on impressions here. It’s coming to PS4 (and Switch, PC and Xbox) on 21st May. Oh, and it’ll support cross-play!
- Now something new: a stylish martial arts-inspired brawler from developer Sloclap. Called Sifu, it’s coming to PS4 and PS5 later this year.
- We got another look at Solar Ash, a game from Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter) that’s coming to PS4 and PS5 later this year. It’s a highly stylised 3D platformer where you play as Rey, a young woman out to save the world. It’s filled with fast-paced movement and combat; Rey can glide effortlessly over land and through the air as she moves from platform to platform.
- There’s a new Five Nights at Freddy’s game incoming. Called Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, it looks bigger, better – and scarier – than ever. No release date just yet, though.
- We got another look at Oddworld: Soulstorm, a game first announced last year. It brings back Oddworld hero Abe in an all-new adventure. A beautiful-looking platformer filled with puzzles, combat and challenges, it’s no doubt a must-play for fans of the Oddworld franchise. It’s coming to PS4 and PS5 on April 6th – and the PS5 version will be free to PS Plus subscribers. Nice!
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits was up next, a beautiful-looking adventure set in an enchanting world. Expect adventuring, combat, discovery and an emotional story. It’s coming to PS4 and PS5 on August 24th.
- We got a new trailer for Deathloop, the excellent-looking first person shooter from Arkane Studios. Highlight here was definitely the James Bond-esque theme tune. Very cool.
- Surprise: a PS5 update is coming for Final Fantasy VII Remake, called Intergrade. Not only does it have the expected next-gen enhancements to graphics and performance, there’s brand new content; you’ll get to play as Yuffie and new character Sonon and experience additional story scenes. There’s also new difficulty options added, photo mode and instant loading. It’s coming on 10th June, and anyone who owns the game on PS4 will get a free upgrade (though the new gameplay content will be available to purchase as DLC).
And that’s it. You can watch the State of Play yourself on the video stream below.