It’s been a while since the last PlayStation State of Play and with a number of games planned for release in the near future, we’ve got some potential for a number of big and exciting updates and announcements during tomorrow’s show. Sony have said that 10 games will be shown, with games coming to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, updates on games shown in June’s PS5 Games Showcase and announcements of new games to come.
That number and advice gives us a good indication on some of the announcements and updates we can expect at the show, while Sony’s past State of Plays also give us some experience to shape our thoughts. Without further ado, here are some of the things we think you can expect from tomorrow’s State of Play:
Kena: Bridge of Spirits Release Date
Originally announced back in June, Kena: Bridge of Spirits was one of the first PlayStation 5 games we saw. The beautiful action-adventure game was first slated as a launch day/window title for the PlayStation 5 alongside a PlayStation 4, before being delayed. Currently, the game is slated to release in March, with no specific date given and so far no further delays report. We expect that a release date for Kena: Bridge of Spirits will be forthcoming.
Deathloop Gameplay Trailer
Deathloop is another game that was originally meant to release alongside the PlayStation 5, but was delayed roughly 6 months until May 21st. We’ve seen little of the game since its delay, with Arkane’s first person shooter going dark for a while there while they work on it. With the release less than 3 months away and the game being a PlayStation 5 exclusive, we expect another gameplay trailer to drop during the State of Play, beginning the marketing cycle up to launch.
Resident Evil: Village Gameplay Trailer
This is another third-party multiplatform game that Sony have a marketing deal for, which is releasing within the next 3 months. Resident Evil: Village has had plenty of coverage in recent months, even going so far as having a visual demo release recently. Outside of that visual demo, we haven’t seen a whole lot of gameplay or combat from the game, so we’re expecting another trailer to drop at tomorrow’s PlayStation State of Play. Whether that also includes some RE: Verse as well, we’re unsure.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Gameplay Trailer
We got one hell of a gameplay trailer when Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was originally announced, showing off what would seem to be one of the earlier stages of the game. Since then, we’ve had an extended version of that trailer and a super short release date reveal trailer. With the game releasing on June 11th, right around the time any E3 shows would be occurring, there’s not likely to be another big State of Play until a week or two before it launches. As such, and given Rift Apart is Sony’s biggest release of the first half of 2021, we’re expecting the game to appear here.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Next-Gen Update
Square-Enix have been super quiet on Final Fantasy VII Remake ever since it released, with hardly any game updates and zero new content releasing for it. What the last few months have shown us is that developers are absolutely loving releasing their recently released titles on next-gen platforms to get a boost in revenues with what is a much smaller workload than a completely new game. Given we’re a year post-release and any future installments in the Remake series will be on next-gen updates, we’re expecting a next-gen update to happen as an engine testing bed and this is the perfect time to announce it.
Marvel’s Avengers Spider-Man Gameplay Trailer
We know that Marvel’s Avengers is getting a next-gen update on March 18th, which is also when the game will receive its Hawkeye character update as well. We also know that Spider-Man is coming exclusively to PlayStation versions of the game, with him originally being flagged as coming in early 2021. While some delays to content for the game have occurred, this seems like the perfect place to reveal some Spider-Man gameplay prior to a release in the next couple of months.
No Big First Party Game Announcements
With games already being delayed and releasing later than we expected, we don’t expect that Sony will add any further games to the already killer 2021 lineup just yet. We’re expecting mid-year announcements for late-year releases are more likely, so don’t expect to see a Silent Hill or similar game revealed here.
There you have it, seven things that we think you can (and can’t) expect from tomorrow’s State of Play. Stay tuned to all the announcements and reveals as they come from tomorrow at 9AM AEDT.