Sony’s latest PlayStation event has announced two new PS5 games and showcased a bunch of indie games, including Braid Anniversary Edition.
We’re really starting to miss E3. At least if that was a disappointment it was all over and done with after just a few days, but this endless stretch of underwhelming reveal events and next gen showcases is becoming increasingly unbearable.
To be fair to Sony, they did warn that this week’s new State of Play event wouldn’t have any major PlayStation 5 news, which it didn’t, but then you’ve got to wonder why they held it at all in that case.
The whole event almost seemed to be trolling fans for wanting more vital information and was largely focused on indie titles (although oddly the word ‘indie’ was never mentioned). You did get the first proper in-game footage of Bugsnax and Godfall though, so it wasn’t a complete loss.
All the games were third party and most had been announced before, although only a few, such as Crash Bandicoot 4 and Hitman 3 (which now has a VR mode), were big name titles.
There were a few new announcements though, such as Braid Anniversary Edition for next year and the reveal that Spelunky 2 (a PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive) is out on 15 September.
Despite the warning, around a third of the 40 minute showcase was dedicated to PlayStation 5 titles, including a lengthy look at open world archery game The Pathless, which seemed fairly intriguing but which you’d never guess was next gen just by looking at it.
Hood: Outlaws & Legends was a brand-new PlayStation 5 announcement from Focus Home Interactive and Sumo Digital and seems to be a very loose interpretation of the legend of Robin Hood. It was a bit hard to tell from the trailer but it seemed to be something like a multiplayer version of Thief, with teams of four players competing to steel loot and then, presumably, deciding whether to give it to the poor or take it for themselves. It’s out next sometime next year.
Pokémon clone Temtem was another surprise announcement for PlayStation 5, not least because the PC version is still in early access and far from finished. But then the console version isn’t due out until next year.
Finally, there was the first look at gameplay for Bugsnax and Godfall. Bugsnax has become something of an internet favourite thanks to its catchy theme tune and slightly sinister sense of humour. While it’s also heavily influenced by Pokémon it turns out the game is played from a first person view and you’re cast as a journalist trying to detail the various creatures that live on Snaktooth Island. We got a bit of an Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath vibe from all the weird traps and devices, which is very much a positive in our book. Bugsnax is a PlayStation 5 launch title and will be out this year.
Godfall is also a launch game and this was the first chance to get a good look at its graphics, which were looking fairly impressive, despite the generic setting and concept. It’s still being described as a ‘looter slasher’ and seems to be pitched as a cross between Destiny and Dark Souls. The developer once again emphasised that there are no microtransactions though and there certainly seems to be plenty of different weapons and a welcome promise of three-player co-op.
We don’t think anyone would accuse Godfall, or anything else so far, of being a killer app though and so we go back to waiting for some more substantial PlayStation 5 news and yet another livestream…
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