Today’s State of Play gave us updates on a number of previously announced Playstation titles as well as a few new announcements. Nothing super crazy, but some cool trailers nonetheless. Let’s break the news down in order.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Coming March 12, Crash Bandicoot 4 is getting a Playstation 5 release with native 4k visuals and 60FPS. There will also be support for the adaptive triggers, 3d audio, and other updates.
Returnal was one of the most interesting games showed today. It appears to have both a narrative and to be a very loop focused rogue like structure. The fast and frenetic action displayed in the combat was surprising given the tone and nature of the voice overs and cinematic trailers we’ve seen so far. The release date is currently set for April 30th, 2021.
Knockout City is the game we’ve seen recently talked about in the last Nintendo Direct. It looks like a competitive multiplayer third person game of dodgeball with special abilities and platforming elements. The structure of the game also seems to include a constantly shrinking arena size similar to a battle royale. This one could be mechanically interesting, but doesn’t show great in trailers. Knockout City will be available May 21, 2021.
From the team that brought you Absolver, comes SIFU — a third person martial arts game. Not much was really shown in the trailer, but the game was pitched as having fast paced close combat action. No specific release date was given, but the game should be available for both PS4 and PS5 some time this year.
Hyper Light Drifter’s Heard Machine showed off some more gameplay for Solar Ash which is a large environment 3d platformer that demands the player “skate” through its levels. Coming to the PS4 and PS5 in 2021.
5 Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach
There’s a new 5 Night’s at Freddy’s. The gameplay trailer included crazy neon 80s looking aesthetic and first person stealth sequences. Coming to you in 2021.
Oddworld Soulstorm, coming to Playstation April 6th aims to incorporate “2.9d” technology into an even better puzzle platformer than we’ve seen from previous entries in the series. With a potential focus on more action, the goal of the game is not only to survive, but rescue as many of your fellow aliens as possible in the process.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
A new trailer for Kena: Bridge of Spirits shows off third person puzzle/action/platforming as a girl attempts to cleanse the land of some form of corruption. Absolutely stunning visuals reminiscent of a Pixar film really bring this world to life. Kena is scheduled for release August 24, 2021.
It’s still a little vague what exactly Deathloop is, but from the most recent gameplay trailer it looks like a competitive first person shooter with interesting reincarnation mechanics built into the gameplay. A stylish visual aesthetic as well as a humorous tone make this game leave players wanting to see more.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
Unsuprisingly, Square Enix is updating Final Fantasy VII Remake for the Playstation 5. In addition to improved visuals and visual mode configuration, this enhanced release, coming June 10, 2021, also includes a new “episode” of the game heavily featuring Yuffie.
What about this lineup looks most interesting to you?