Sony held a State of Play presentation late last night (February 25). For those who, like many of us, completely missed this (or simply had fallen asleep for the night) here is a brief summary. The broadcast contains a mixed compote of new and old news with a certain focus on news released this year. If you want to avoid flushing in the header presentation, we have a trailer above each post in the list.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time gets exclusive features on PlayStation 5 when it hits the console on March 12. These include DualSense control haptic feedback, faster charging times and 3D audio (for compatible headsets). Saving files from the PS4 version can be transferred to this upgraded version.
Returnal is a third-person shooter with roguelike elements and real Lovecraft vibes. The broadcast contained a lot of action-related video material from the title. We also do not have to wait very long; Returnal reaches PlayStation 5 on April 30th.
Knockout City is a chaotic game of ghost ball (well, almost) that appeared already in last week’s Nintendo Direct. It will be released on May 21.
Sifu can be anything from a brawler to a story-dominated open-world game. The only thing that is certain is that you rivet guys in it on the assembly line. We got no release date other than “2021” and Sifu comes to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
From the developers of Hyperlight Drifter we got to see Solar Ash. The game looks like a “Shadow of the Space Colossus” with a hint of Haven. It comes with both current PlayStation consoles.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach showed off some gameplay.
Oddworld: Soulstorm got a pretty long presentation. The game will be released on April 6 and will be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits looks absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, we have to wait a little longer for that, until 24 August.
Deathloop has received a new title track and a release date confirmed: May 21st.
Final Fantasy VII Remake gets an update called Intergrade. The update only seems to apply to the game on PlayStation 5, but also ensures that you can use your previous save file if you already own the game on PlayStation 4. The presentation also put the spotlight on some graphical improvements that the update brings to PS5 owners. To be completely honest, it is not undividedly positive changes, but it is interesting to see side by side.
State of Play February 2021 was generally nothing to sleep over. Regardless, it is reassuring that Sony has not forgotten its online presence. It is also difficult to deny the traction in Kena, Solar Ash and Returnal. 2021 looks set to be a phenomenal gaming year for PlayStation owners as well, quite simply.