A Recap of PlayStation's State of Play 2019
Wed, April 21, 2021

A Recap of PlayStation's State of Play 2019

The anticipated release of the PlayStation 5 isn't enough for Sony to let go of the PS4 just yet. During its last State of Play live stream on Tuesday, the publisher announced a slew of games on its current console / Photo by: BagoGames via Flickr

 

The anticipated release of the PlayStation 5 isn't enough for Sony to let go of the PS4 just yet. During its last State of Play live stream on Tuesday, the publisher announced a slew of games on its current console. Some of them are expansions of existing games such as "Kingdom Hearts 3" while others are exciting pledges like a new "Resident Evil" remake. Here are all the games announced on Tuesday plus a sneak peek to the PS5.

 

Games, Games, Games

The State of Play was Sony's answer to Nintendo's Direct conference which, unlike Sony, focused on indie games for Switch. According to the Washington Post, the announcements were compressed into a 20-minute stream that showcased the details of its new game lineup rather quickly—and there is a lot of information to digest.

The House House's "Untitled Goose Game" was the first game to be announced on the lineup. It was originally launched on PC and Nintendo Switch earlier this year and became a smash hit. PS4 owners will soon be able to play a "dastardly goose whose shenanigans upset peaceful townsfolk," when the game becomes available on the console on December 17.

For "Spellbreak," a magic-infused battle royal title, players who wish to become the last wizard or witch standing in the twisted magical battle would have to wait until the spring of 2020—and that's just for the closed beta version. Meanwhile, Media Molecule’s "Dreams" will be breaking free from beta a year after the first one was launched.

It has passed through outstanding community-based creations, from experimental art design to interactive stories, and was the first PlayStation title to transition to early access in April. Game developer Media Molecule announced that the full release will arrive on Valentine's Day next year.

PS4 will also add a surrealist puzzle game, "Superliminal," to its library after being inclusively launched to PC with the Epic Games Store. Sony didn't declare when exactly the perspective-focused game will be released. Its new virtual reality game, "Paper Beast," however, is set to debut in early 2020.

"Paper Beast" is PlayStation's latest addition to its PSVR titles, which comes despite the public's wavering interest in VR games.

The State of Play was Sony's answer to Nintendo's Direct conference which, unlike Sony, focused on indie games for Switch / Photo by: Shuichi Aizawa via Flickr

 

Expansions and an Anticipated Remake

Aside from new games, the State of Play stream also announced a slew of expansions. Among them is "Kingdom Hearts 3: ReMind," which didn't really come as a surprise since the trailer was leaked on Square Enix’s YouTube channel last week.

The "Kingdom Hearts" upcoming DLC (downloadable content) is available for pre-order, according to Newsweek, and will be released on January 23, 2020. Newsweek is a premier news magazine and website that provides high-quality journalism through in-depth analysis, news and opinion about international issues, technology, business, culture, and politics.

Aside from new games, the State of Play stream also announced a slew of expansions. Among them is "Kingdom Hearts 3: ReMind," which didn't really come as a surprise since the trailer was leaked on Square Enix’s YouTube channel last week / Photo by: BagoGames via Flickr

 

Another anticipated release is the remake of "Resident Evil 3," which became the highlight of the announcement stream. It follows the success of the game's second installment launched earlier this year. Newsweek says pre-orders are available today.

The State of Play announcement also included the new title "Predator: Hunting Grounds," in which players take on the role of a titular alien Predator or a member of the military militia to stay alive in the game that pits hunter against prey.

Platinum Games' "Babylon's Fall" and "Ghost of Tsushima" from Sucker Punch were also featured in the stream, presenting new trailers for the games.

Teasers for PS5

Sony continues to excite fans not only with the anticipated releases for the PS4, but also details about its successor. Speaking with BGR, an electronics-focused news website, Sony disclosed what fans should expect from the console.

The information the PlayStation owner revealed specifically referred to the processing power from the PS5, which will be the first to use a lightning-fast SSD as well as upgrades for the DualShock controller. While the company kept certain details hidden—design, actual price, and release date—rumors and leaks have still found their way online.

Among the chatters, only one had multiple confirmations: the design for the PS5 console that Sony sent to developers. The rendered design looks more like a projector, veering away from the sleek design of the PS4 dev kit. While it seems like a daring design, BGR says it doesn't automatically mean Sony will use it for the final product.

Another possible design, rendered by YouTube channel Concept Creator, shows what the new dev kit and DualShock might look like. Based on information from existing leaks, the Concept Creator shows a more refined version than the one that's floating around. But even with the more simple design from the YouTube channel, such a design would make it impossible for the PS5 to be stored vertically.

Meanwhile, the rendered design for the DualShock 5 is similar to the existing controllers that came with older PlayStation consoles. The only difference is the touchscreen display in the middle, a feature not seen on older versions.

It's already been said that the PS5 controller will have better haptics, but when these features will be revealed is still a mystery. A rumor has been going around stating that Sony might hold a press event in February, but the company has yet to confirm anything.