PlayStation State of Play June 2022 Recap

The June 2022 PlayStation State of Play presentation has come and gone. It was a decent event for Sony, showcasing 14 games, which is on par with the previous State of Play and Showcase events. Sony showed us a plethora of game trailers, and some of these are released sooner than expected.

Resident Evil 4 Remake

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The stream opened up with the Resident Evil 4 Remake. Ever since the Resident Evil 3 Remake was released, we knew it was only a matter of time before we got news of the next installment in the series going under the knife. It is not clear, but it seems like the trailer shows gameplay footage. Either way, it all looks visually stunning. We even got a release date. Resident Evil 4 Remake releases on March 24, 2023.

Resident Evil: Village VR

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At the end of the trailer, it was also announced that PSVR2 content is being developed for the Resident Evil 4 Remake. This was a perfect segue into the next announcement which was a Resident Evil: The Village VR version. The gameplay was shown and it definitely looks solid. No release date was given yet though we will probably get more news on it in the fall at the next Playstation event.

The Walking Dead Saints and Sinners 2: Retribution

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The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners was released back in 2020 to a lot of praise. The game was developed by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman’s game studio, Skybound, so it certainly was on par for what a game set in that universe should feel like. Two years later, at this June’s Playstation State of Play, we got a close look at the sequel for Saints and Sinners titled Chapter 2: Retribution. The game is set in New Orleans, and there is no shortage of Walkers (what zombies are called in that world) to kill. But the undead is not the only foes you will face, as you are also in a battle for the city. Retribution is set to release for PSVR in 2022 and PSVR2 in 2023.

No Man’s Sky PS5 VR

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We also got word that No Man’s Sky’s PS5 version will be coming to PSVR2. The trailer showcased the gameplay in VR. We already know the game looks brilliant on the PlayStation 5 so it was no surprise the game is going to look great in VR as well. There is no release date yet for No Man’s Sky PS5 for VR.

Horizon: Call of the Mountain

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One of PlayStation’s current gems is the Horizon series. In 2017 Horizon Zero Dawn introduced us to Aloy and her amazing world. Then five years later we got the sequel, Horizon Forbidden West. The next step in the evolution of the game is in development. A trailer was shown for Horizon: Call of the Mountain, which will be a PSVR title where you take on the role of a new protagonist Ryas, a former Shadow Carja Warrior.

Guerilla Games also announced new updates for Horizon Forbidden West. These include performance mode, new game +, ultra-hard difficulty, the function to reset your skills, and transmogging which allows you to change your armor look, and more.

Spider-Man Remastered PC

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For many in the past, being able to play PlayStation exclusives meant you had to buy a PlayStation. This is now a thing of the past and over these past few years, we have seen multiple exclusives land on PC. Games such as God of War, Death Stranding, and Days Gone were all praised for their ports. One of the most elusive titles however still had not made its way to PC…yet. Marvel’s Spider-Man titles by Insomniac Games are the reason many people buy a PlayStation 4 and 5. However, it was announced at the State of Play that Spider-Man Remastered is coming to PC on August 12, 2022.

Stray

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to live life as a stray cat in a world full of robots? Well on July 19th, you can wonder no longer. Stray seems like a mix of stealth, lifesim, and adventure game all rolled into one big ball of yarn. With cute graphics and an interesting setting, Stray is a title to definitely check out. It will launch on July 19th. As an added surprise, Stray will be included in the PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium tiers on day one.

The Callisto Protocol

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The Callisto Protocol is a horror game that looks like it will put a good scare into you as you play. The game has a very Dead Space feel and the weapons and combat look similar to the popular horror classic. The main character of the Callisto Protocol is a trapped prisoner on Callisto, one of Jupiter’s moons. The graphics are incredible and seem almost lifelike, which is sure to give you quite a fright. The Callisto Protocol has a release date of December 2, 2022.

Rollerdrome

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Rollerdrome is a game by Private Division that looks incredible in both a graphical and a gameplay sense. The game is a single-player roller derby with guns experience. Ther cel-shaded, comic-style graphics help the game pop off the screen. The over-the-top gunplay also looks like a fun time. We will find out how much run Rollerdrom is on August 16th.

Eternights

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Eternights is a dating sim meets an action game. This Action JRPG looks fast-paced at times and then slow at others. The trailer showed multiple battles, laser arms and a quick time event to hold hands with someone. The action does look fun, and the dating sim aspect is a nice twist. The game certainly is aimed at a niche crowd. Eternights has a release window of Early 2023.

Street Fighter 6

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A few months ago, a very short teaser released for Street Fighter 6. At PlayStation’s June State of Play event, we got a whole lot more. In what looks like an open-world Mega City, your character takes to the streets to train, fight, and conquer. Traverse the streets, break boxes, and meet new challengers. Train with Chun-Li, Ryu, and more. We can only speculate how in-depth an open-world Street Fighter game can be, but we are ready to take on the World Tour. Get ready to fight your way to the top in 2023.

Tunic

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Tunic is finally making its way to PlayStation. This adorable Legend of Zelda-type adventure has everything you want in this sort of game. There are puzzles, tough battles, and intriguing characters. If you are a fan of Link and his adventures, then you will want to check out Tunic on September 27.

Season: A Letter to the Future

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Season: A Letter to the Future is a graphically stunning indie life sim game where you explore the world, take pictures, and meet people. From lush fields to exotic mountains, Season: A Letter to the Future seems like the kind of game when you just want to get away. Prepare to enter your Zen this Fall.

Final Fantasy XVI

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Final Fantasy XVI is the next game in the long-standing Final Fantasy franchise. The trailer shown gave us a glimpse and we should all be very excited. The gameplay looks more polished, and the graphics are amazing. Square Enix has done an excellent job of combining the old with the new. We see some familiar faces including Ifrit, Shiva, Odin, and the above Balrog. While traditionalists may not necessarily like the action RPG direction, the series has taken, there is no denying the clout this series holds. Be sure to check out Final Fantasy XVI when it hits PlayStation 5 in 2023.

Final Reaction

While this State of Play was not as jaw-dropping as Sony’s Showcase back in September, this event definitely had its moments. The highlights were definitely the VR trailers, Spider-Man to PC, Street Fighter 6, and Final Fantasy XVI. It was also quite a nice surprise to see Stray hitting Playstation Plus Extra and Premium on day one. The rest of the bunch was by no means anything to scoff at. Games like Rollerdrome, Season, and the Callisto Protocol are games to keep an eye on. Eternights will probably get a good well reception in niche crowds, so it is nice to see all gamers represented. This PlayStation State of Play deserves a solid “B” grade and the future looks bright for Sony’s console.

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