Square Enix dominates with a slate of new reveals and trailers
Missed today’s State of Play March 2022 stream? Not to worry, here’s everything that you need to know from this morning’s special presentation!
Capcom channels Dino Crisis in Exoprimal, coming in 2023
Capcom announced its own very on-brand take on Bioware’s Anthem, but this time the apocalypse involves portals dumping dinosaur hordes into the year 2040.
According to the official website, Exoprimal is “an online, team-based action game” with “Dino Survival” as its main game mode, where “two teams of five players compete in a variety of PvE and PvP missions”. Gameplay will pivot around the classic trinity of Assault (DPS), Tank and Support.
Exoprimal is set to release on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S in 2023.
We got another look at Ghostwire Tokyo ahead of its release in two weeks
Sharing a release date with Kirby and the Forgotten Land (which feels oddly appropriate to how horrifying Mouthful Mode is), first-person ghost blaster Ghostwire Tokyo will be launching on March 25 on PC and PS5.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin has a playable demo and a new trailer
Ahead of its launch next week, Square Enix released a new Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin trailer as well as a third demo on consoles. Unlike previous demos, players will be able to transfer their save data to the full game when it releases on March 18.
Stranger of Paradise will release on PS4, PS5, Xbox consoles and PC (Epic Game Store).
Forspoken‘s finally got a release date
A new gameplay-heavy trailer highlights the game’s heavy Soul Sacrifice x inFamous vibes (or is that just me?) – as well as the recently-announced new release date of October 11, delayed from its original date in May.
Forspoken will launch on PC and PS5.
Gundam Evolution is Valorant but with mechs
Developer Bandai Namco Online announced that its upcoming 6v6 free-to-play FPS based on the Mobile Suit Gundam series, Gundam Evolution, is is getting an international release.
Originally announced in July last year on PC, Gundam Evolution is a team-based hero shooter launching with at least three team-based modes: Point Capture, Domination and Destruction. 12 mobile suit units will be available to start, with more purchasable through both in-game and real-world currency.
With a closed network PC test running in April and an undated test on consoles, Gundam Evolution is set to release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S later this year.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection rounds up classic TMNT games
The Cowabunga Collection collects 13 classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles titles that were originally released on Arcade, NES, SNES, SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis), and GameBoy platforms. The collection adds quality-of-life features like Save Anytime, Rewind and Button Mapping, online play for four of the games, and even includes 11 Japanese regional releases.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection is set to launch this year on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Passion Republic appeals to Power Stone fans with a new Gigabash trailer
Based on this short trailer for the kaiju-themed multiplayer brawler, Passion Republic Games’ Gigabash looks to (finally!) carry on the long-dormant Power Stone legacy.
Coming to PC, PS4, and PS5; Gigabash is set to launch in early 2022.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R gets the remaster treatment
One of the more unexpected reveals of the show was JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R. A remaster of All Star Battle, which was locked to PS3 hardware despite launching internationally in 2014, All Star Battle R is set to include 50 playable characters (the original topped out at 41, meaning nine more characters will be added to the roster) in addition to updated gameplay and visuals.
According to publisher Bandai Namco’s website, All Star Battle R will “overhaul” the original gameplay and make “adjustments to the fighting tempo and the addition of hit stops and jump dashes”; while new audio recordings and updated graphics (most notably the colour palettes of certain characters) will align the game closer to the series’ anime adaptations.
All Star Battle R is set to release in Early Fall 2022 (Spring in Australia) for PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox consoles and PC.
Cinematic sidescroller Trek to Yomi looks positively supernatural in its latest trailer
Compared to previous trailers, there’s a bigger focus on the more surreal and supernatural imagery seen throughout the historical black-and-white samurai tale. Furthermore, it also highlights the game’s Japanese voice actors who make up its primary cast.
Trek to Yomi is set to release later in Spring (Autumn for those in Australia) later this year on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Co-op comes to Housemarque’s Returnal
Launched in May last year to critical acclaim, developer Housemarque continues to update and improve on its 3D bullet hell roguelike Returnal with the free “Ascension” update.
Ascension adds two major features to the PS5 exclusive: a new co-op mode that lets you play through the original game with another player and a single-player survival mode called “Tower of Sisyphus” that’s described as “an ascending gauntlet of increasingly dangerous phases” (but unfortunately does not support the newly-added co-op mode).
Returnal’s 3.0 update is set to go live on March 22.
Square Enix and Lancarse channel Final Fantasy Tactics with The DioField Chronicle
No, it’s not Final Fantasy Tactics but it sure looks like it. The DioField Chronicle is a brand new 3D strategy RPG that uses a “Real-Time Tactical Battle” system combined with free movement and mouse-like point-and-click controls. It’s co-developed by Square Enix and Lancarse, which worked on Monark, Persona Q2, and 2014 tactical RPG Lost Dimension.
Set to launch in 2022, The DioField Chronicle is heading to PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
JRPG fans rejoice, Valkyrie Elysium is coming
The Valkyrie Profile series has officially been revived with a new action-RPG follow-up called Valkyrie Elysium. According to Square Enix’s official press release, this new entry “draws on the richness of Norse mythology to present an original story set in a world on the brink of destruction, full of danger and fast-paced action combat.”
Soleil Ltd. is developing the game with music from Motoi Sakuraba and character designs by Yuya Nagai. Valkyrie Elysium is set to launch later this year on PC, PS4, and PS5.
There you have it, folks. A very meaty State of Play with a Japan-led slew of new cross-generation titles. What was your favourite announcement? Please let me know in the comments section below.