Loads of exciting gameplay reels were shown in Sony's first State of Play this year.
With a new year comes new games to look forward to. Playstation has been a long-time staple for every gamer's collection, and in its nearly 30-year run, the gaming giant still has some of the best titles to offer. Sony's first “State of Play” of 2023 showcased the biggest games that fans were waiting for. In true gaming event fashion, they saved the best exclusives for last.
Given the massive success of third-party games like Hogwarts Legacy and Atomic Heart, Sony has a lot of competition. Suffice it to say, starting strong in their first quarter will set the impressions for the rest of the year.
Without further ado, here's everything that was showcased in February 2023's State of Play:
- 1 The Foglands
- 2 Green Hell
- 3 Synapse
- 4 Journey to Foundation
- 5 Before Your Eyes
- 6 Destiny 2: Lightfall
- 7 Tchia
- 8 PS Plus Games for March
- 9 Humanity
- 10 Goodbye Volcano High
- 11 Naruto Boruto Ultimate Storm Connections
- 12 Baldur's Gate 3
- 13 Wayfinder
- 14 Streetfighter 6: Zangief, Lily, Cammy
- 15 Resident Evil 4 Remake
- 16 Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League
The presentation began with the huge lineup for Sony's momentous Playstation VR2 launch. Knowing the stellar reviews the successor set received, it's likely that console VR gaming is coming back to Playstation in a big way.
Sony's first showcase was a never-before-seen game title. “The Foglands” is a first-person rogue-like “shooter-looter” that combines the futuristic sci-fi alien genre with western themes. Take up arms with like-minded folk and uphold your end of an uneasy bargain as you solve the mind-bending mysteries of the Foglands.
The open-world survival aspects of “Green Hell” will make its way to the PSVR2 this year.
Highly acclaimed for including real-life survival mechanics in its gameplay, “Green Hell” was a huge hit with PC gamers and is still remembered today. Making full use of the console VR's powerful technology, the Creepy Jar title will feel all the more immersive.
Scavenge materials, hunt for food and raise fortresses alone or with other players in one of the best “survival craft” titles ever made.
VR is all about feeling in control when you jump into the game, and Synapse showcases that principle well.
From the creators of Farcry VR comes an original first-person shooter set in a greyscale world streaked with mysterious magic that the player can control. Made in Unreal Engine, the world is made to look and feel dangerous as you blast and push your way through faceless antagonists. From its sharp level design and freedom of movement, you can tell from the teaser trailer that nDreams tailored Synapse to be another good reason to get the PSVR2.
Journey to Foundation
Based on the iconic book series by Isaac Asimov, “Journey to Foundation” is a first-person sci-fi adventure game set in the late stages of a dying galactic empire. Experience the struggle firsthand when the game makes it to PSVR 2 and PS5 in Autumn 2023.
Before Your Eyes
Taking a break from the action, we see one of the most emotionally intimate videogames ever made arriving to Playstation's newest VR console. This beautiful role-playing game about life innovates by making progression depend on your real-life blinks. With that, the new addition's story is all about creating impactful choices as you relive and even reshape the memories of your protagonist.
This Skybound Games title won multiple BAFTA awards for its beautiful graphics, its touching story and its loving soundtrack. Learn how life can pass you by in a blink of an eye once “Before Your Eyes” becomes playable on the PlaystationVR2 on March 10, 2023.
Destiny 2: Lightfall
A major threat emerges in Destiny 2's latest story update. The State of Play spotlight for Destiny 2 introduced “The Witness”, the cause of the first Collapse that almost wiped out humanity. The trailer showed off huge set pieces, new and larger foes, as well as a pretty sweet shot of the Traveler defending itself by launching a massive laser à la Deathstar canon.
The launch of the action-packed event trailer also came with an announcement of future quality-of-life changes, such as never-seen-before movement mechanics. Lightfall brings all of the in-game conflicts to a head as we watch a galactic stand-off the world of Destiny has never known.
Destiny 2: Lightfall drops on February 28, 2023.
Take on the vibrant magic within as you explore the tropical archipelago of Tchia. Like in any sandbox, players can run, climb, swim and sail through many of the lush islands that dot the open-world environments. Developer Awakeb's imaginative sandbox takes their sprawl thru nature a step further by giving you the ability to take control of any animal or object you can get your hands on in Tchia's adventure-focused game.
Did we mention that you can fully play a ukulele too?
Tchia releases on PS4 and PS5 on March 21, 2023.
PS Plus Games for March
Playstation Plus games lined up for next month were also announced in the State of Play showcase. Here are all the highly-anticipated PS+ games slated for March 2023 as well as the Game Catalog:
- Battlefield 2042
- Minecraft dungeons
- Code Vein
- Rainbow Six: Extraction
- Immortals Fenyx Rising
- Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
“Humanity” is a surreal platformer experience where players take the form of a luminescent dog following a crowd of people through bizarre platforming segments. Themes about humanity as a whole are explored as your progress through its delightful tale of chaos.
People who take up Humanity's challenges when they buy the game will also be able to create and share their own maps for other people to enjoy/suffer. And much like in life, Humanity is triumphed through shared perspectives. Experience the weird and creative once Humanity is released on May 2023 for PS4/5 and PSVR/2.
Goodbye Volcano High
Farewell Volcano High is a narrative-driven anthropomorphic adventure game that puts you in the shoes of Fang, a soon-to-be high school graduate trying to reconcile troubled emotions as they navigate the end of an era, in more ways than one.
A coming-of-age tale about music, teenage woe and the quintessence of life, Goodbye, Volcano High hits shelves on June 15, 2023.
Naruto Boruto Ultimate Storm Connections
The latest title in the Ultimate Storm series offers the most comprehensive story in the franchise, combining Naruto's AND Boruto's current saga into one, cleanly-cut storyline. Adding to its massive fighter roster is the Legendary Sage of Six Paths Hagoromo Otsutsuki as well as his brother Hamura Otsutsuki.
Updated combo sequences, cooler highlights and flashier ultimate combinations make this a dynamic entry any Naruto fan won't want to miss.
Baldur's Gate 3
Larian Studios gives a captivating new update trailer to one of the best fantasy titles of the year. The game's storyline tells of a powerful race of illithids known as “Mindflayers” who seek to invade and infect the denizens of Faerûn for absolute domination.
Vertical split-screen, Polymorph spells and a new antagonist were just a few of what was revealed in Baldur's Gate 3's awesome new showcase.
The game adaptation of the greatest roleplaying fantasy game in the world released for the PS5 on August 31, 2023.
Set in a fantastical world of might, magic and technology, you journey through the broken lands of Evenor in this open-world RPG multiplayer experience. Unique player classes were showcased during the State of Play conference, and featured a grunt-type swordswoman, a firearms specialist and a tank.
The open beta test becomes playable on February 28, 2023 on the official game website. Lost World dungeons and Star hubs can all be yours once Wayfinder drops exclusively for PS4 and the PS5.
Streetfighter 6: Zangief, Lily, Cammy
Capcom took the stage and announced 3 new challengers making their way to the legendary Streetfighter 6 roster. Fighting styles, aerial combos and sick finisher cutscenes were showcased in the new trailer (with one particular combo getting pulled straight out of the original animated series). These classic characters will be included in Streetfighter 6's release when it comes out on June 2, 2023.
Resident Evil 4 Remake
The Resident Evil Remake series just got better. With State of Play, we finally got to see more of the highly-anticipated Resident Evil 4 remake in it's third game trailer.
Set 6 years after the events in Raccoon City, Leon Kennedy is tasked to track down and rescue the president's daughter from the denizens of a European village that houses a dark secret. Remade with modern graphics and level design, long-time fans can dive back into a dark rural Spain to enjoy Leon's mission all over again.
Look out for the special gameplay demo before Las Plagas is unleashed once again on March 24, 2023.
Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League
The last showcase rewarded gamers and DC fans alike with a stunning 6-minute demo reel of the new Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League game.
The thrilling demonstration had Harley Quinn, Boomerang, King Shark and Deadshot team up to topple Braniac-controlled artillery in order to save Lex Luthor from the Flash. The fast-paced online multiplayer shooter promises plenty of high-0ctane missions and immense verticality as players complete missions to save the world from it's strongest protectors.
During State of Play, the Rocksteady team also gave fans an inside look at how this version of Metropolis was shaped. With the supporting cast being a delightfully weird mix of old and new characters, the game promises the wildest ride the “Arkhamverse” has yet to offer.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League arrives on May 26, 2023.
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