At 9pm last night, we got the first State of Play livestream from Sony: what will be the first of a new series of regular streams about upcoming PlayStation software. It lasted around 20 minutes, and largely consisted of quickfire announcement for PlayStation VR games, as well as some new trailers for already known upcoming games.
You can watch the stream for yourself above, but here's a quick rundown of everything that was announced:
- Marvel's Iron Man VR is a PSVR game about flying around and shooting down enemies as Tony Stark. You'll be able to upgrade your suit between missions, but the trailer implies it'll be a flight combat only experience. It's due out later this year.
- Five Nights at Freddy's VR is a PSVR game coming this Spring, where players can experience levels from the original game, plus new levels designed just for VR.
- When No Man's Sky Beyond arrives this summer, it will include VR support.
- Blood and Truth got a new trailer and a May 28th release date. A VR game from the same studio that created London Heist, it seems to follow a similar gangster crime movie theme.
- Beyond that, we got a lengthy sizzle reel for upcoming PSVR games, including a number of release date drops.
- We also got the news that neon graffiti adventure game Concrete Genie is getting a VR mode.
- Finally moving past the VR news, we got a new trailer for Observation, a game where you play as the AI on space station, as things seemingly start to go wrong around you. It has a cool creepy tone, and is releasing on PS4 and PC on 21st May 2019.
- We got a new trailer for Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled, in which we learned that the game will feature retro style polygonal character models for some of the playable characters.
- We got a new trailer for Days Gone. It showed off some new story information, but really it was just to remind people it's releasing soon. We didn't learn anything terribly new from the trailer.
- Lastly, we closed out the presentation with a trailer for Mortal Kombat 11, where characters fight past versions of themselves, and the news that Jax, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao will be part of the roster at launch.
While the 20 minute presentation lacked a big killer announcement to get people talking, it was reasonably well paced – or at least better paced than Sony's E3 2018 press conference. It focused on dropping news and footage, rather than lengthy conversations or interludes. The disembodied and overly polished woman's voice presenting the livestream felt like a poor call – it certainly felt like a corporate voice rather than any individual – but for a first livestream it wasn't a bad outing at all. If this format is worked on, it could well end up a decent Nintendo Direct competitor.