A little over two weeks after the first Nintendo Direct of the year, Sony released its first State of Play for 2023. You can watch the whole shebang here, but below is a rundown of the presentation:
Sony kicked off with a video showing off the VR2, the new virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 5. Horizon Call of the Mountain, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge – Enhanced Edition, Gran Turismo 7, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Retribution, The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR, No Man’s Sky, Hello Neighbor: Search and Rescue, and Resident Evil Village VR Mode were used to give gamers a taste of what’s to come from the VR2.
After a quick intro to this month’s State of Play came the trailer for The Foglands, a sci-fi-horror-Western roguelike game coming sometime later in 2023 for the VR2.
Following that was a survival game called Green Hell, also for the VR2, coming in 2023.
Next was Synapse, a sci-fi first-person shooter coming to VR2 in 2023.
This was followed by another sci-fi first-person shooter for the VR2, Journey to Foundation, based on a book series by Isaac Asimov, which will arrive in the fall of 2023.
The final VR2 game trailer shown was Before Your Eyes, a first-person “narrative adventure” previously released on PC. The VR2 version will be available on March 10, 2023.
The PlayStation proper showcase began with a cinematic trailer for Destiny 2: Lightfall, an expansion to the sci-fi shooter sequel that will be released for the PS4 and PS5 on February 28, 2023, but is available for pre-order now.
This was followed by a trailer for Tchia, an adventure game “inspired by New Caledonia” (where my grandmother was born and raised). That will be available on March 21, 2023.
After a quick rundown of March’s monthly games, a trailer for Humanity, a puzzle game coming to PS4, PS5, VR, and VR2 in May of 2023, with a demo you can play right now.
Next up was Goodbye Volcano High, a narrative adventure about kids in a high school band coming to PS4 and PS5 on June 15, 2023.
An announcement trailer for Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections followed. This fighting game, the latest in a series based on the anime and manga series Naruto, will be available on all platforms sometime in 2023.
A trailer for Baldur’s Gate III, the latest in the role-playing series based on Dungeons and Dragons, will be released for PS5 on August 31, 2023.
Next came a gameplay reveal for Wayfinder, a multiplayer adventure game coming to PS4 and PS5. You can sign up now to play the beta, which launches on February 28, 2023, at PlayWayfinder.com.
A trailer for Street Fighter 6 showcased characters Zangief, Lily, and Cammy, was next. The game will be available on June 2, 2023, for the PS4 and PS5, but you can pre-order it now.
A trailer for the remake of Resident Evil 4 followed; this will be available for PS4 and PS5 on March 24, 2023, with a teased “special demo” coming soon.
This was the centerpiece of the State of Play, an extended look at the upcoming DC Comics game, which will be a “first-person action shooter” set in the Arkham games universe five years after Batman: Arkham Knight. Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark, and Captain Boomerang will be the playable characters, fighting off an invasion of Metropolis by “a corrupted Justice League” under the control of Brainiac. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will be available on PS5 on May 26, 2023.
And that’s all for this one. Did you like the games announced or displayed at this State of Play?