State of Play Recap: Sony Goes for Substance Over Quantity in Showcase

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 took centerstage during Sony’s most recent State of Play, which looked to bolster existing announcements.

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The State of Play focused on 13 announcements during its nearly 30-minute presentation on Sept. 14. Of those announcements, nine were about full games while two focused on DLC, one about Roblox and one about variations of the PlayStation 5.

Sony aired its State of Play about 7 hours after Nintendo put out a Nintendo Direct. Sony advertised this showcase as being focused on announcements for indies and major third-party games.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Gets a Release Date

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The next installment in the Final Fantasy VII Remake series will release on Feb. 29, 2024. The trailer showed off a good chunk of story details as well as some characters not seen in the first game.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Gets Deeper Look at Map, Gameplay

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Insomniac Games took some time to highlight how the map has grown since the first Marvel’s Spider-Man. It also used the trailer to showcase new gameplay ahead of the Oct. 20 release.

Resident Evil 4 DLC Announced Along With VR Mode

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Resident Evil 4 Remake‘s upcoming DLC, which releases on Sept. 21, is called Separate Ways and it will focus on Ada Wong as a story expansion. The trailer also revealed more gameplay details on the VR Mode.

Tales of Arise Surprises With New DLC Called Beyond the Dawn

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Two years after its initial release, Tales of Arise is getting a story expansion DLC called Beyond the Dawn, which takes places after the main quest. This announcement came after Bandai Namco initially said it wouldn’t release any DLC for the game.

Helldivers 2 Gets Official Release Date

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Arrowhead Game Studios showcased more about its upcoming Helldivers 2, announcing it will release on Feb. 8, 2024. The trailer also announced preorders open on Sept. 22.

Honkai: Star Rail is Coming to PlayStation 5

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After previously spending time on PC and mobile, Honkai: Star Rail is heading to the PlayStation 5 on Oct. 11. Developer miHoYo Studios showcased gameplay and story through its State of Play trailer.

Ghostrunner 2 Gets Demo, Story Trailer

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Ghostrunner 2‘s demo is live on the PlayStation 5 as the game gears up for its Oct. 26 release. The trailer also spent time detailing the story as well as elements of gameplay.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Gets Deeper Look with Trailer

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora‘s trailer focused mostly on the Na’avi protagonist players will control. The game is slated to release on Dec. 7 on the PlayStation 5.

Baby Steps Showcases its Unique Walking Sim

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Sony kicked off its State of Play with a trailer for Baby Steps, a unique walking sim indie title. The trailer showed of the onesie-wearing protagonist as he staggers across the wilderness.

Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord Heads to PS VR2

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The other VR announcement was the debut trailer for Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord. The game is slated to launch on the PS VR2 on Oct. 26.

Foamsters To Launch Open Beta Party

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Square Enix’s Splatoon-like Foamsters is slated to host several open beta parties in late September/early October. The trailer showcased some of the courses as well as more information about the open beta parties.

Sony Unveils Deep Earth Collection Finishes for PlayStation 5

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There is a new way to customize a PlayStation 5 as Sony revealed its Deep Earth Collection. These finishes include Volcanic Red, Cobalt Blue, and Sterling Silver.

Roblox is headed to PlayStation 5

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Roblox announced it was bringing its services to the PlayStation 5 on Oct. 10. This 3D game platform boasts 66 million daily users from across the globe, allowing users to program games and play the creation of others.

Reactions to the State of Play

This was a mixed State of Play for me.

I thought it did a good job at hyping the necessary games such as Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. It spent quite a bit of time on these two and really added to the anticipation.

The biggest surprise of the showcase was the Tales of Arise DLC. Many fans thought the ship had sailed on returning to this game, but Bandai Namco decided to keep it alive for a bit longer.

This DLC is boasting 20 hours of content so it will be a good appetizer as fans wait for the next Tales game. It certainly moved Tales of Arise up my to-play list.

The last game of note for me was Baby Steps. I thought this was such a good way to start off the stream because it has the main character waking up from a daze while on a mountainside. It was the perfect amount of weird to get me intriguied in the game.

I’m a new PlayStation owner so I have yet to develop the jaded feelings many have toward Sony. The company definitely has earned its fair share of criticism largely thanks to the increase of price to PS Plus.

Sony needed something that gave it some goodwill with fans. I’m not sure this accomplished that as there are many questions still on the table moving forward.

Still, FFVII Rebirth looked bomb.

What about you? What did you think about Sony’s State of Play? Was there a game that stood out to you? Let us know in the comments below or head over to our Discord channel to join the conversation.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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