PlayStation State of Play: Breakdown

Today PlayStation had their State of Play, a new way for Sony to announce games and hardware to their customers. This is their second time around using this format and expect it to stay. As they made the announcement late last year in a statement to Gameinformer, that PlayStation wouldn’t be attending E3 in 2019. So how did PlayStation do this time around? You can watch the catch up, but I’ve broken down what was shown during the event.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
We started strong with some footage of Monster Hunter World’s big DLC update Iceborne. This looks to add a new area with a brand new campaign building off of the base game’s. There was plenty shown off from the environment to new gear. like a new attachment to the Slinger that allows hunters to grapple straight onto a monster to attack and a new Palico tool that allows them to possible revive fallen hunters. The big highlight was getting to see some of the new monsters we would be fighting during our time in this seemingly winter wonderland. Two of the monsters do seem to be based off of current monsters Anjanath and Jyuratodus, but their looks and attacks are different enough that it shouldn’t feel like fighting the same monsters. The final new monster at the end seems to be a new Elder Dragon named Valkhana. Iceborne also got a release date for console(sorry PC players your gonna have to wait awhile) for the 6th of September 2019. So keep an eye out for that come September.

Riverbond
This little dungeon crawler comes from studio Cococucumber and is a hack-and-slash adventure with a destructible world. It has up to 4 player drop-in/drop-out co-op and is delightfully colourful with a voxel art style. They also announced eight crossover skins for those that like to dress up and cause some destruction. The included skins are Planet of the Eyes from
Robot 05, Demelza from knights and Bikes, Lover Mu from lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Jaun from Guacamelee!, The Kid from Bastion, Raz from Psychonauts, Shovel Knight from Shovel Knight and Bullet Kin from Enter the Gungeon. looks like a good bit of co-op fun for those interested, Riverbond will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this summer.

Predator: Hunting Grounds
A new predator game in collaboration between FOX and IllFonic. If the name IllFonic sounds similar they are the team behind Friday the 13th: The Game. This should set some exceptions for Hunting Grounds, as Friday the 13th had some fantastic fan-service for fans of the movies. Hunting grounds will also be online multiplayer but will be a asymmetrical shooter with a team of specialists against the Predator. No set date for hunting Grounds but expect it to come sometime in 2020.

MediEvil
This is the one game we knew was going to be part of the stream and luckily for fans it seems that the remake is keeping all the heart but giving it a updated look. The game looks as wacky as it did on the PlayStation one, the cut scenes in particular have a nice touch of added character the PS1 was missing. For those that can’t wait to play MediEvil in all it’s glory again you only have to wait till October 25th, seems like a missed opportunity to not have it release on Halloween.

AWAY the survival series
Time to slow it down a bit before the big finish. AWAY is a journey in the life of a sugar glider as it navigates the wild. You’ll have to make do against cataclysmic storms and the dangers of the forest as you don’t know what lies ahead. The world seems to be filled with all types of life and it does pique my interests as I do enjoy a game that slows everything down every now and then. AWAY is coming to PS4 and Steam with no set date for release.

Final Fantasy VII Remake
The big finale for PlayStation and it is a title we haven’t heard anything about in quite some time. Not a whole lot that is new here, some more cut scenes and combat which seems to be that same as last time we saw it. It is still good to see that work on the game is happening. I couldn’t help myself from being absorbed by how spectacular the game looks, I can only hope it plays as well as it looks. Luckily it didn’t end just there, we got the promise of more to come in June. Which would be E3 and with Square Enix taking Sony’s old time slot for the event, I expect to be wow’d by the company this year.

That was everything from the State of Play, I can only hope we get more that are longer or focus on a singular title. Sony still has some games to come out and we still have to wait for the reveal of the next generation console. So PlayStation shouldn’t run out of announcements anytime soon, we just got to wait, which is the worst part.

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