Sony’s State of Play released its third installment today, announcing a bunch of info on upcoming titles for the PlayStation. Let’s take a look at what we can expect in the next few months from Sony and the PlayStation.
An odd looking title, Humanity is a game coming to the PlayStation 4 from Enhance Games and THA Ltd. The teaser shows groups of people engaging in a battle of some kind and as Humanity will have optional VR support, perhaps the player will be forming teams and fighting other players. Not much else is known currently about the game but it is expected to release in 2020 so we will likely get more information in the New Year.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
A new trailer was released for the next instalment in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. A soft reboot of the Modern Warfare series, the trailer shows some of the story of the game including some of the conflict that will be the main feature of the campaign. A young version of Captain Price returns to the game, though it has already been suggested that it is not the Captain Price that we know from the other games but instead a version of him from an alternative narrative where other Modern Warfare events did not happen. The story looks interesting from what is shown in the trailer but it is yet to be seen as to whether it will be as controversial and memorable as the classic Modern Warfare games. Only time will tell.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be released on October 25th, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows.
Another weird and wonderful game given an update in State of Play is Wattam, a title from Keita Takahashi (Katamari Damacy) and publishers Annapurna Interactive (Journey, Donut County). The game is set around the concept of friendship and can be played either solo or cooperatively. The trailer shows a bright and colourful world full of random inhabitants such as flowers, noses and even a group of what looks like the poop emoji in a variety of pretty colours. It feels weird even writing that sentence. The tone is very reminiscent of the Katamari games and with various elements to play around with such as puzzles and mini games, I’m certain that Wattam will definitely be an interesting and slightly bizarre experience.
Wattam is due for release in December, 2019 for the PlayStation 4 and Windows.
Arise: A Simple Story
Arise: A Simple Story — a game from Techland and Piccolo Studios — particularly caught my attention during State of Play. I am a huge fan of story based games and Arise looks to be a sweet, sombre and — as the title says — simple story based game. The PlayStation blog gives a synopsis of the game, explaining the story begins with an ending as the player wakes up in limbo after their death. They must then embark on a journey through their past life and explore all their memories, good and bad. The game is sure to be an emotional one and I’m looking forward to seeing more of this title.
Arise: A Simple Story is coming soon to the PlayStation 4.
PS VR Games
A wealth of PlayStation VR games were also announced which I’ll list here.
LA Noire: The VR Case Files: Available now.
Gorn: Winter 2019
Espire 1: VR Operative: September 2019
Stardust Odyssey: Winter 2019
After the Fall: 2020
Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash!: Autumn 2019
There was also confirmation that a demo for the upcoming remake of the 1998 PlayStation One classic MediEvil is available right now on the PlayStation Store. Head over there to download it and get a glimpse of the game before the official release on October 25th, 2019.
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
The latest installment in the infamous turn-based strategy title will be coming to the PlayStation 4 this November in another announcement from earlier today. The title will be brought to the console by 2K Games, having not appeared on either the PlayStation or the Xbox in over ten years.
Civilization VI will release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 22nd, 2019.
Death Stranding PS4 Pro
A super cool limited edition Death Stranding themed PlayStation 4 Pro was the next announcement from State of Play. The bundle includes a white and black 1TB PS4 Pro with creepy hand prints staining the side. It will be released in a package alongside the game itself on November 8th. There is also a translucent orange DualShock4 controller to go with the console, reflecting the design of the BB pod from the game… minus the floating baby, of course.
Afterparty is an indie game from Night School Studio, developer of the acclaimed Oxenfree, which revolves around two friends trying to escape from hell after they die just before graduating college. Sounds cheerful right? Afterparty may sound like a depressing premise but the game looks far from it. Lola and Milo — the aforementioned dead friends — plan to escape the depths of the underworld by out-drinking the devil himself, partaking in party games and having dance-offs with the other inhabitants of hell. With drinking games, branching dialogue that changes the story and Dave Fennoy playing Satan, Afterparty looks like a fun-fuelled dark comedy and I love it. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
Afterparty will be released for the PlayStation 4 on October 29th, 2019.
October PS Plus Games
The free games for the PlayStation Plus in October were also announced. They will be MLB The Show 19 and The Last of Us Remastered so make sure to get them downloaded when they become available.
The Last of Us: Part II
This was the moment that a lot of us were waiting for in this State of Play. A brand new trailer and the long awaited release date for Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated sequel, The Last of Us: Part II. The trailer shows some game play and hints at a story centred on a quest for revenge for Ellie (played by Ashley Johnson). I think there is more to the story than the trailers are letting on and that some things are being purposely concealed, such as the suggestion that Dina — Ellie’s love interest — is murdered and her mission is purely based on vengeance. Whilst I wouldn’t be surprised if Dina was killed and this ignited Ellie’s furious temper, I believe there is more to it than that.
The trailer also shows Tommy, Joel’s brother from the previous game, who is obviously still close to Ellie. We then get another moment we have been waiting for since the first trailer for the game way back in 2016: we see Joel. He looks a lot older and grizzled — clearly having been through a lot since we saw him last — but it’s still Joel with Troy Baker returning to the role. The biggest feature from this announcement though is the release date for the game, which has been up in the air for years now. Thankfully, we don’t have much longer to wait for the game.
The Last of Us: Part II will be released on February 21st, 2020. For more information on the various editions available, check out Neil Druckmann’s entry on the PlayStation Blog.