Last August’s State of Play event revealed an impressive array of first-party and third-party titles for the PlayStation 5, so expectations were sky high for its follow-up as soon as it was announced Tuesday afternoon. Even though Sony announced it just three days prior, the company didn’t have any more to share about its next-gen PlayStation VR. But Sony’s 45-minute presentation featured a good number of announcements and particular announcements about games coming to the PlayStation 5. You can watch the first State of Play of 2021 here or read about the biggest stories that came out of it below.
The news from the 2021 State of Play was a blend of updates, upgrades, and new game reveals.
First up was Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, which is receiving a next-generation update that enables the game to run at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. The update also takes advantage of key features of the PlayStation 5, including the Dual Sense controller and 3D audio.
Housemarque shared a sneak peek at their game Returnal, showing off more combat, enemies, and the environment. The game arrives on April 30.
The 2021 State of Play showed off multiplayer gameplay in Knockout City showed off its multiplayer gameplay, which can best be described as dodgeball with a whole city as the arena. The game comes out on May 21.
A brief video showed off some spooky footage from Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Release, which is expected to launch later this year.
The developer of Oddworld: Soul Storm provided a lot of new details about the title, including how it stands out from previous games in the franchise. It received a release date of April 6th and the PS5 version will be free to all PlayStationPlus subscribers.
Sony announced Kena, an action-adventure that looks like a Disney animated film brought to life set in a lush forest environment. The game releases on August 24.
The last and biggest piece of news was a next-gen version of Final Fantasy VII Remake, confusingly titled (in typical Square Enix fashion) Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. The video spent a long time showing off the improvements of the PlayStation 5 version of the game, from graphic and performance upgrades to faster loading times quality of life updates. It even includes new content, an episode featuring the character Yuppie.
Shockingly, the update is free to owners of a PlayStation 4 copy of the game, which will make the millions of players who bought it very happy. Remake Intergrade arrives on June 10.
Sony was clever to end on such a happy note, which will certainly improve people’s feelings about a showcase that didn’t offer a lot of brand new announcements. Surprisingly, it didn’t even include any additional information about Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which is scheduled to release in just 4 months. The event certainly wasn’t as momentous as the previous State of Play, but it left viewers with quite a bit to look forward to in the coming months.