PlayStation’s State of Play was full of games, but some big names were missing

Last night a PlayStation State of Play broadcast started at midnight, and was a half hour full of games. The focus seemed to be on upcoming third-party games and indie titles heading for PS4 and PS5.

Most of the games we have seen before, and some might notice that the bigger names were oddly absent from the lineup. Without reading too much into what that means, let’s look at what was shown.

We started off with Crash 4, which will feature 4K 60fps gameplay, 3D audio, faster loading times and reactive triggers on PlayStation 5.

Then we got another look at Housemarque’s Returnal, this time with a focus on the gameplay. This one has my attention, seriously.

Knockout City came out to play, and I am interested to see if this can be the next breakout multiplayer game, following in Rocket League’s footsteps.

Next, Absolver developer Sloclap brought some martial arts action with the reveal of Sifu. It looks like you get older every time you die, going from a young martial artist hopeful and eventually getting white locks and a gorgeous beard.

If you had been hoping for a closer look at Solar Ash, Heart Machine gave a first look at the gameplay. It looks like a load of fun, with a focus on flow and movement as you explore this strange space inside a black hole.

Want more Five Nights at Freddy’s? Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach is due this year on PS4 and PS5.

The long wait for Oddworld Soulstorm is nearly over! The game will launch on 6 April and will be part of PlayStation Plus for PS5. I can’t wait to go adventure with Abe again.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits continues to be the game to watch. It launches on 24 August, so I guess we will be watching this trailer quite a few times between now and then.

Deathloop is back to show us the about the two assassins in a closed loop, with one trying to escape and the other sent to make sure that doesn’t happen. There is no release date still.

The show closed with a look at Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, which is a massive mouthful for the PS4 to PS5 upgrade that will offer better graphics and an extra chapter, because you know things are going crazy when you suddenly introduce Yuffie this early. Yeah, I am totally replaying this when it arrives on 10 June 2021.

Here is the whole show if you just want to watch a single video:

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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