And here, we, go!

Well, that State of Play was pretty good, eh?

Usually the smaller of Sony’s gaming events, State of Play is (despite much over-hyping and speculation from fans) generally used as a bit of a catch-up show. A low-key update on some previously announced games and a couple of reveals of some smaller ones. But this one was a bit different, and surprisingly full of goodies to chew on. Even more surprising considering the amount of big reveal events coming up in the not-E3 celebrations over the next week or so that these titles could have been shown at.

Indeed, the show kicked off with something that could have opened any typical E3 event; the Resident Evil 4 remake. Series traditionalists won’t agree (and will be disappointed that it isn’t Code Veronica getting the remake treatment), but Resident Evil 4 is the best game in the series for me. The Res 2 remake team are reportedly on this one, and it looks as though Capcom will be putting their full weight behind it. It’ll be interesting to find out exactly what “reimagined” means, but we can worry about that later. After much speculation, REM4KE is real, and it looks GOOD.

This was followed by the news that the game will include some kind of VR content for PSVR2, and that Resident Evil: Village would also be making its way to the platform. Anybody who played the utterly terrifying Res 7 VR will either be counting down the days to that one, or will know to stay the hell away from it. I’m not embarrassed to say that I’m in the latter camp.

There was the announcement that the still-evolving No Man’s Sky would be getting a PSVR2 outing, and a rather lovely trailer for Horizon: Call of the Mountain – a PSVR2 exclusive that should hopefully showcase exactly what Sony’s new headset is capable of.

There was confirmation that Spider-Man is the latest PlayStation first-party title heading to PC, a new trailer and a July 19th release date for delightful looking cat-em-up Stray, and a trailer for new horror game The Callisto Protocol – looking as much like a Dead Space remake as the Dead Space remake – which is to say it looks both brilliant and horrifying at the same time. There was arena battler Rollerdrome from Roll7, the horribly named Eternights (where “action games and dating sims collide”), a substantial look at Street Fighter VI, confirmation that Tunic is coming to PlayStation, and finally a decent amount of footage from Final Fantasy XVI.

Sony packed a lot into 30 minutes, and it was good stuff. There were fears that this summer was going to be a slow one in comparison to some of E3s past. But the fact that Sony’s kind-of kick-off show has generated such noise bodes well for what’s to come over the next couple of weeks.

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