Managed Expectations

I don’t really understand what people were expecting from this State of Play. PlayStation clearly told us what to expect, and I believe they completely delivered. Were there any megaton announcements? Probably not if you were looking for the big hitters to announce games, but that’s not what this event was for. It gave us a good look of games that are still coming out for PS4 and even showed next generation footage.

It’s All About the Games

PlayStation finally understands that we don’t want to hear about their sales numbers in a presentation. It’s all about showing us what’s coming. This State of Play showed us 16 games, and they weren’t just trailers. They gave us developer commentary and extended footage into multiple games. It was much more than “in-game footage”, we got to see how these games will play.

Diversification

The best part of the State of Play, in my opinion, was how diverse the selection was. I’m not going to play all of the games shown, but there were several that I’m interested in. These games are severely different from each other and that’s exciting. I love all types of games and I can’t wait to get my hands on Genshin Impact, Hitman VR, Vader Immortal, and the AWE expansion for Control.

3 Platforms covered

This State of Play had a little bit of everything for owners of any current gen platform. I do wish there were more VR related announcements, but Hitman and Vader Immortal are two important games for the platform. Other than that, there was a good mixture of PS4 and PS5 games that not only got me excited for the new system, but also got me excited for the system I currently own.

All in all, I thought this was a solid showing by PlayStation. I’m really excited for a lot of these games, and I have no idea when I’ll find the time to play them. You can see all the games shown below and when their tentative release dates are. Just for fun, I ranked them in order of my excitement. Let us know what you are most excited for and what you thought about the State of Play in comments.

  1. Control AWE Expansion: August 27th
  2. The Pathless: 2020
  3. Vader Immortal: August 25th
  4. Hitman 3 (VR Mode): January 2021
  5. Genshin Impact: Fall 2020
  6. Godfall: Holiday 2020
  7. Temtem: 2021
  8. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time: October 2nd
  9. The Pedestrian: January 2021
  10. Bugsnax: Holiday 2020
  11. Spelunky 2: September 15th
  12. Braid Anniversary Edition: 2021
  13. ANNO: Mutationem: December 2020
  14. Aeon Must Die: 2021
  15. Hood: Outlaws & Legends: 2021
  16. Auto Chess: October 4th