June 20, 2024


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PlayStation State of Play shows Street Fighter 6, Final Fantasy XVI, Resident Evil 4 and more


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In a 30-minute broadcast on Thursday, Sony ran through a number of third-party games coming to PlayStation consoles, including “Street Fighter 6,” “Resident Evil 4,” and “Final Fantasy XVI,” as well as a few upcoming titles for the PS VR2 which still doesn’t have a release date.

For the first announcement of the PlayStation showcase, Capcom debuted a trailer for a remake of “Resident Evil 4,” the survival horror game which was originally released for the GameCube in 2005. In the game, you play as Leon Kennedy, tasked with rescuing the U.S. president’s daughter from a cult in a rural part of Spain. The trailer mainly consisted of a series of scene-setting cinematics. Capcom plans to release the remake for PS5 on March 24, 2023.

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At the end of the trailer, Sony noted that Capcom is also developing Resident Evil titles for the upcoming PS V2 and showcased footage of “Resident Evil Village” for the virtual reality headset. Sony has not published a release date or price tag for the PS VR2 yet. The first PlayStation VR headset sold for $400 when Sony released the device in 2016.

After all the Resident Evil updates, Sony followed up with a series of other upcoming PS VR2 titles. “No Man’s Sky,” the sprawling procedurally generated space-exploration game, is coming to the virtual reality headset. The short trailer did not mention a date for the update.

Guerrilla Games revealed a bit more of “Horizon Call of the Mountain,” a spinoff of the original Horizon franchise coming exclusively to PS VR2. In the trailer, the protagonist floats down a river before their canoe is capsized by one of the world’s many mechanical monsters. By then, it’s clear you’re not playing as Aloy, the franchise’s main protagonist, but instead some unnamed character who is tasked with finding out why the robots are attacking — again.

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After that, Insomniac Games announced that “Spider-Man,” their acclaimed web-slinging adventure, which first released in 2018, is coming to PC.

“Stray,” a game in which players control a kitten exploring a decrepit, post-apocalyptic landscape, is expected to come to PS5 and PS4 on July 19.

Sony then showcased three games, including survival horror game “The Callisto Protocol,” cell-shaded skating shooter titled “Rollerdrome” and the action game dating sim mash-up, “Eternights.”

Capcom came back later in the show, debuting a trailer for “Street Fighter 6” on Thursday, based in the game’s Metro City, with what appeared to be an open-world allowing players to explore the New York City-inspired metropolis. The game is expected to be released in 2023.

Indie darling “Tunic” comes to PS5 and PS5 on Sept. 27. “Season: A letter to the future,” another indie game, follows a traveler biking across bridges, exploring forests and walking through purple fields of grass to record, photograph and understand the wider world. The game is coming to PS5 and PS4 this fall.

To close out the PlayStation showcase, Square Enix debuted a trailer for “Final Fantasy XVI,” a medieval epic depicting a world in a cataclysmic war for survival. The trailer quickly cuts through short scenes of titans raining fire down on their enemies in massive, destructive battles as a court of characters discuss the ongoing strife.

Before the trailer started, Naoki Yoshia, a producer for Final Fantasy XVI, provided a brief message for fans of the Final Fantasy franchise. “Though the world finds itself in turmoil, we’ll continue to focus on what we do best — making games,” Yoshia said. “For if, through entertainment, we can provide people with something they can truly enjoy, maybe we can bring a little happiness to these hard times.”

Sony’s start-of-summer broadcast is the first in a two-week series of prepared announcements and premieres orchestrated by publishers to build hype around their upcoming titles. The news conferences continue next week with the Summer Game Fest on Thursday, June 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Alyse Stanley and Mikhail Klimentov contributed to this report.


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