With the revelation that E3 2022 has been canceled (and likely E3 is over permanently), game companies are trying to figure out how to address gamers with their big news. Some have taken to Summer Games Fest, which is being called the "New E3" by some. Others, like Sony, have decided to hold their own events outside of any established schedules. Sony's State of Play occurred this week, and the company showed off a lot of games coming in the next few years.
Final Fantasy 16
While Final Fantasy 16 is not a new revelation, we did get some exciting new information. Most importantly, we finally got to see a real trailer, dubbed "Dominance," for the highly anticipated game. Now, this is not a reveal trailer like we saw last year. This time, we get to see real gameplay in a semi-detailed view.
Among the clips we see a number of popular summons from past titles, including Garuda, Phoenix, and Titan. Gamers also get an idea of how Clive Rosfield, the game's protagonist, and his team will combat the enemies in the story. The best information we received, however, was the release window: Summer 2023. Interestingly, the game is fully playable today and the development and QA teams will use the remaining time to polish the game before release.
Two different titles in the Resident Evil franchise were shown off, though neither are new titles.
Resident Evil 4 Remake
Capcom has finally shown off the highly rumored title, confirming what we already suspected. This is not a remaster, but a remake. Capcom plans to reimagine the "storyline of the game while keeping the essence of its direction, modernizing the graphics and updating the controls to a modern standard." So, the game will not be a direct upgrade to the original game, but will include substantive changes, almost making it a new game.
The company also said that the game will include some sort of PSVR 2 integration, though no more information was given. Unless the company releases more about the VR content, we will have to wait until the game releases on March 24, 2023 to learn the truth.
Resident Evil: Village
This popular game will be receiving the PlayStation VR 2 treatment, bringing the entire campaign into a new perspective - literally. The altered experience will allow gamers to guard in a unique way - lifting their arms. It also allows for a unique weapon in each hand.
Street Fighter 6
Street Fighter is one of the oldest fighting game franchises, and gamers have been clamoring for more information about the latest entry in the series. They were treated to a detailed and extended look at the gameplay of the title. The visuals are incredible - a huge improvement over previous titles - thanks to Capcom's RE Engine, which also powers Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil: Village.
One of the more interesting features of the game is the live, in-game commentary. This isn't the small, cheesy collection of pre-recorded responses to actions like we've seen in games for years. Instead, this is commentary from well-known commentators, such as Jeremy "Vicious" Lopez. Based on the video, it appears to be a complicated AI system powering what responses are played, but we will see how well it works when the game releases in 2023. Street Fighter 6 will also release on Xbox.
More PlayStation VR 2 Titles
Sony seems to be putting a big focus on its VR platform, showing off a number of other titles coming to the system. This includes Horizon Call of the Mountain, which will be available exclusively on PSVR2. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Chapter 2: Retribution will be coming to PSVR in 2022 and PSVR2 in 2023. No Man's Sky will see a new perspective added via PSVR2.
The presentation included information about a lot of other titles, including The Callisto Protocol, which including a release date of December 2022. Stray, the game about a cat, will release on July 19, 2022. Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered and Spider-Man: Miles Morales are coming to PC in 2022. Season: A Letter to the Future will release Fall 2022. Eternights coming to PS4 and PS5 in early 2023. Rollerdrome coming to PS4 and PS5 in Fall 2022. Tunic comes to PS4 and PS5 on September 27, 2022.
We've put together all of the videos from State of Play June 2022.