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Here are the Biggest Reveals from Sony State of Play 2023

Sony’s State of Play 2023 has been wrapped up and gamers can’t stop chattering about what’s coming and what’s not. The semi-regular event reveals gameplay trailers for upcoming titles on PlayStation consoles and VR. The tech giant often becomes a target of criticism online for not offering what the majority of the players desire. However, this time it looks like it has made some effort.

Unfortunately, the event did not reveal Spiderman 2, Kingdom Hearts 4, or Final Fantasy 16 but there is still something for everyone. Here are 7 games PS lovers will be most excited for.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Rocksteady is back with another action-packed ride after the Arkham series and Gotham Knights. While being set in the same universe, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is nothing like the developer’s previous games.

State of Play 2023 revealed that it will mainly be a co-op shooter, with some brawler elements. Gamers can play it solo, but it’s clear that the game is made to be enjoyed by a group of friends. Those who can’t find any friends to play with will have to team up with bots. The game features loot, gear sets, and a gear score that dictates overall power.

Each of the four villains the player controls has unique roles and abilities in battles. Like other games of the same genre, players can upgrade the character’s weapons and customise their looks. There are also numerous cosmetic items which players can get after purchasing Battle Pass. The studio has also promised some post-launch content after its release on 26 May 2023. Besides PS5, it will be available on PC, and Xbox Series X/S. Currently, there’s no news about a PS4 version.

Resident Evil 4 Remake

Capcom has announced the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Resident Evil 4 remake, set to launch on March 24, 2023, for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S. During a State of Play presentation, the game developer showcased new gameplay footage featuring Krauser, as well as bosses and late-game moments. While the trailer may contain spoilers, fans can check it out to get a closer look at what’s in store.

Capcom also confirmed the return of The Mercenaries challenge mode as free post-launch DLC. Moreover, pre-orders for the game’s Deluxe Edition will reward players with additional in-game content like costumes, weapons, and a treasure map.

Moreover, those who pre-order the Deluxe Edition will receive the Attaché Case: Classic and Special Charm: Green Herb items. Capcom did not specify the exact release date for the special demo but mentioned it would be available soon.

Street Fighter 6

During the PlayStation State of Play show, three new characters for Street Fighter 6 were unveiled. Along with Street Fighter veterans Zangief and Cammy, a new character named Lily was introduced, completing the launch roster for the game.

Lily is a member of the Thunderfoot tribe, the same tribe as T. Hawk, and possesses a great power despite her small size. She wields two war clubs for both attacking and tapping into nature’s power. Her moveset includes Condor Dive, Condor Spire, and Tomahawk Buster, and her unique move is Condor Wind, which provides her with one Windclad stock to enhance her other moves. Her Level 1 Super Art Breezing Hawk move involves spinning around enemies while attacking them with her war clubs, while her Level 3 Super Art Raging Typhoon is a spinning throw that slams her opponent into the ground twice.

Zangief will feature his classic moveset along with a new Tundra Storm move, while Cammy’s moveset from previous appearances has been refined for Street Fighter 6. These three new characters will join the already revealed launch roster, which includes Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke, Jamie, Guile, Kimberly, Juri, Ken, Blanka, Dhalsim, E. Honda, Dee Jay, Manon, Marisa, and JP

Baldur’s Gate 3

During Sony State of Play 2023, Larian Studios announced that Baldur’s Gate 3 will release on August 31 on PS5. The release date was accompanied by a new trailer that showcased various character classes, split-screen multiplayer, and battles.

The trailer also confirmed that J.K. Simmons will be playing the role of the antagonist General Ketheric Thorm, who has complex ambitions and motivations. Director Swen Vincke spoke about the choice to cast J.K. Simmons, stating that he was able to deliver the kind of nuanced performance they were looking for.

Larian Studios also confirmed split-screen co-op and controller support, along with Baldur’s Gate 3 Deluxe Edition and Collector’s Edition. Baldur’s Gate 3 is the follow-up to BioWare’s classic RPGs from the 90s and is being developed by the team behind the Divinity: Original Sin series.

The Foglands

Developed by Well Told Entertainment, The Foglands will be available exclusively for the PSVR2. The show revealed a fun-filled trailer but did not confirm a release date.

The game’s story is set in a world where toxic fog blankets the land, forcing survivors to live underground. Players assume the role of a Runner, a tough survivor who ventures topside to scavenge for their community. However, on the first mission, things go wrong, and the player dies. But instead of ending the story, the player strikes a deal with a mysterious figure known as The Stranger, who grants them the power to loop and relive the moment they died, enabling them to stop a dangerous creature heading for their home.

The Foglands has roguelike gameplay to keep players constantly engaged, offering emergent gameplay scenarios and cunning strategies to defeat supernatural enemies. The game’s visuals feature a dark, pulpy atmosphere with a varied colour palette and thick line work on character models that resemble graphic novel illustrations.

The trailer also hints at the use of tarot cards by The Stranger, which could grant players boons or debuffs during each run, making every game fresh and challenging.

Green Hell VR

The popular survival game, Green Hell, is also coming to PlayStation’s VR2 along with the PS5 console. Although the reveal trailer did not show much, Green Hell VR already has a PC version, so the console version is likely to be similar, with added Sense features.

The PlayStation Blog post mentions haptic feedback and headset feedback to provide players with a more immersive experience in the game’s hostile world. The PSVR 2’s standout feature, 3D Audio, is another welcome addition to the game. VR developers aimed to create the most precise and faithful representation of the jungle’s sounds using the combined capabilities of the PSVR 2 and Wwise.

Humanity

During Sony’s State Of Play event, Enhance, the studio behind Tetris Effect and Rez Infinite, unveiled a new trailer for their upcoming game, Humanity. The game will be available on PS4, PS5 (with PlayStation VR 2 support), and PC. The trailer showcases a Shiba Inu ghost dog, which the player controls, leading groups of humans through obstacle courses, battles, and other challenges while facing off against an enemy group known as “The Others.”

Humanity boasts over 90 story missions, including boss battles, and a stage creator mode for players to create their own content. Additionally, players will have access to a library of user-made stages to test their skills.

A demo for the game is now available on all three platforms until March 6, and the game is set to release in May for PS4, PS5, and PC via Steam. Enhance originally revealed Humanity in 2019, and the game was originally set for a 2020 release.

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