After Nintendo hosted its Nintendo Direct stream last week, the gaming community was obsessing over the announcements made during the event. However, Sony wasn’t going to let Nintendo rule the party. Sony hoped on by hosting its very own version of Nintendo Direct called PlayStation’s State of Play.
The event was a big one bringing quite some news for players. Fans expected it to be as loaded and jam-packed as Nintendo, however, some fans thought it didn’t live up to it. That being said it was pretty close and impressive.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 16, 2023
The State of Play livestream gave gamers a glimpse of the latest titles coming up for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation VR 2 games. This included indies as well as “major upcoming titles” from PlayStation’s third-party partners.
Games announced at PlayStation State of Play
To sum up the 27 minute long stream, here are the titles that made headlines from the stream:
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
The second chapter in Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 7 remake project was announced as coming next year. Also, it will arrive in two discs! At the State of Play stream, developers displayed what was next for Cloud, Tifa, Aerith, Barrett, Cait Sith, and crew. They also gave a release date for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth as February 29, 2024.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
The stream gave a new glimpse of New York City in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. The city now expands to stretch out to Brooklyn and Queens. Besides a whole bunch of Spiderman suits was also displayed in a new preview of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 from developer Insomniac Games.
Resident Evil 4 Remake DLC Revealed
It was revealed that the remake of Resident Evil 4 will be getting the original game’s Separate Ways add-on coming Thursday, September 21, 2023. Besides the game will also receive an update to Mercenaries mode wherein Ada Wong and Albert Wesker will now be playable. Similarly, the promised PlayStation VR2 support is coming sometime this winter.
Tales of Arise: Beyond the Dawn
Bandai Namco’s Tales franchise is getting an expansion in the form of Tales of Arise: Beyond the Dawn. This will be released on November 29, 2023.
Developer Arrowhead Game Studio took the opportunity to deliver fresh updates from Helldivers 2. This included the takedown of a beast known as the Bile Titan. That’s not all, at the PlayStation State of Play it was announced that Helldivers 2 will be released February 8, 2024, on PS5 and Steam.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
This Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment video game is based on the world of Pandora wherein players play as a Na’vi raised by the RDA. Here, players get to explore the Western Frontier, which is a never-before-seen continent in the Avatar universe as they reconnect with their lost heritage in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. The plot of Frontiers of Pandora will be set somewhere between the first and second Avatar movies. It will arrive in 2024.
QWOP and Ape Out creators also showcased grappling hook support at the State of Play. The main character of Baby Steps can barely walk, hence many fans believe that those grappling points are useless. Baby Steps will be coming from Devolver Digital in 2024.
Honkai Star Rail Release Date on PS5
Hoyoverse’s popular role-playing game, Honkai Star Rail, is all set to arrive on PlayStation 5 on October 11, 2023. Honkai Star Rail which is at present available for Android, iOS, and Windows PC, will make its PS5 debut.
Foamstars Open Beta
Square Enix made another big appearance by announcing a playable open beta for the Splatoon-style shooting, Foamstars. The playable open beta will be available for PlayStation 5 players in North America from September 29 to October 1, 2023.
New PlayStation 5 and Dualsense Colors
Last but not least, one of the biggest announcements came for the console. Sony’s Deep Earth Collection of DualSense controllers and PS5 shells will now be available in three new colors: Volcanic Red, Cobalt Blue, and Sterling Silver.