Sony has officially opened up 2022’s “E3 season” – and its newest State of Play has a lot to be excited about.
(Note that release windows refer to seasons in the southern hemisphere, i.e. Spring = Autumn.)
Resident Evil 4 Remake announced for 2023
Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 4 is finally revealed after years of rumours. Judging from the trailer, the game looks to have a darker and more grounded approach that’s more in line with previous two remakes, as opposed to the campier tone of the original.
The trailer also announced that “PlayStation VR2 content [is] also in development”. Presumably this means that RE4R will feature the ability to play the entire game in VR, but the wording leaves room for interpretation.
Resident Evil 4 Remake is set to launch on March 24, 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
The upcoming The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution (what a mouthful) is coming to both PS VR and PS VR2. The PS VR version is set to release in late 2022 while the PS VR2 version is set for 2023.
No Man’s Sky will support PS VR2. The original PS4 version of the game received an update for PS VR support in 2019, but developer Hello Games says it will leverage the improved hardware to “take that sense of immersion and believability up by several major notches.”
Lastly, Guerilla Games and Firesprite’s upcoming VR spin-off Horizon: Call of the Mountain received a new trailer that outlines its story premise and highlighted several VR-specific gameplay mechanics, mostly to do with climbing and archery.
Horizon: Forbidden West gets a feature-packed update
The Horizon sequel gets a surprise update that adds a number of new features. Several quality-of-life features are included, such as an improved Performance Mode, Transmog and Respec, as well as New Game+ and a new “Ultra Hard” difficulty mode.
Forbidden West’s version 1.14 update is out now on PS4 and PS5.
The Marvel’s Spider-Man games are coming to PC
Both of Insomniac’s Spider-Man titles are coming to PC later this year.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, a port of the PlayStation 5 version (which added ray tracing support, DualSense features and an updated character model for Peter Parker, amongst other things), is set to release on PC on August 12.
The PC port of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set to launch soon afterwards, in Spring 2022.
Stray is a day one launch for new PlayStation Plus tiers
A new trailer for Stray, the sci-fi action-adventure starring a cat, finally gives us a release date.
Stray will also launch simultaneously on the new higher tiers of PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Plus Extra and PlayStation Plus Deluxe (or Premium in countries with streaming support), which is set to roll out in Australia on June 22.
Stray is set to release on July 19 on PS4, PS5 and PC (Steam).
The Callisto Protocol set for December
A new trailer for action-horror title The Callisto Protocol has revealed first gameplay as well as a 2022 release date. Led by Dead Space creator Glen Schofield, it has been not-so-subtly positioned as a successor to the newly-revived Dead Space series, though with a larger focus on “immersive storytelling”.
The Callisto Protocol is due out on December 2 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series and PC.
Rollerdrome announced by the maker of OlliOlli
OlliOlli series developer Roll7 has announced itsnext title, a third-person action shooter that combines Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Max Payne and 1975 classic Rollerball.
Rollerdrome is set to launch on August 16 on PS5, PS4 and PC (Steam).
Studio Sai’s Eternights is a new action dating-sim hybrid, a “dating action game” according to its store pages.
Eternights is due out in Early 2023 on PS4, PS5 and PC (Steam, Epic).
First look at Street Fighter 6
A new trailer for Capcom’s Street Fighter 6 has revealed a brand new open-world adventure mode set in Metro City as well as the first look at this entry’s refreshed gameplay systems.
World Tour is a “single-player immersive story mode” where you control your own avatar in a larger open-world setting. Meanwhile, Battle Hub will act as a venue for standard online play.
SF6‘s new mechanicsare collectively dubbed the “Drive System”, where players manage their Drive Gauge to use five techniques that are “ripe with creativity”. This creativity extends to the visuals, now powered by RE Engine, where vibrant colour and a playful tone is a common refrain in the World Tour mode and standard gameplay.
Separate from the State of Play presentation, Capcom also outlined two new features for SF6. Modern Control Type (as opposed to Classic Control Type) is an optional, more accessible control method that simplifies the game for new players. Real Time Commentary will add the voices of well-known FGC commentators directly to the game, who will “narrate what is happening on screen just like a real tournament”.
But most importantly, the trailer also debuts an overhauled logo following its original announcement and subsequent backlash back in February. We all know what’s most important here.
Street Fighter 6 is due out in 2023 on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series and PC (Steam).
TUNIC is coming to PS4/PS5 in September
Finji’s acclaimed Zelda– and Fez-like, originally released in March for Xbox and PC, has been announced for PS4 and PS5 with a September 27 release date.
Season: A Letter to the Future re-appears
Scavengers Studio’s Season: A Letter to the Future has received a new trailer and release window. This is the game’s first appearance since its announcement at The Game Awards 2020 and subsequent reports of abusive management in early 2021, in which GamesIndustry.biz reported accusations of the studio’s “toxic work environment” that includes sexual harrassment and sexist conduct.
Season: A Letter to the Future is slated to launch Spring 2022 on PS5, PS4 and PC (Steam, EGS).
Final Fantasy XVI launches in mid-2023
The State of Play presentation concluded with a new trailer for Final Fantasy XVI, introduced by Producer Naoki Yoshida. Alongside new details on the game’s story and a better look at its fast-paced action gameplay, the trailer revealed a release window of Winter 2023.