Was the first-ever Playstation State Of Play worth the hype? In a word, nope.
The entire presentation was less than 20 minutes long, had no hosts, breezed through the announcements and held barely any surprises. The list we compiled below, in release date order, is much shorter than the typical list we get from a Nintendo Direct, which says it all. The State of Play needs some improvements if it’s going to become a regular thing.
April 23, 2019 — Mortal Kombat 11
Another one we already knew about, but at least we got a new trailer for it.
April 26, 2019 — Days Gone
This would-be Last Of Us has been a special guest of several E3s. It won’t be coming back this year, partly because it will be a finished product next month, and partly because Sony is skipping their E3 presentation.
May 21, 2019 — Observation
Its trailer was various shots of an Alien-looking space station. The trailer stated that we were, in fact, the space station itself, and if that’s not a figure of speech it could mean we don’t control the characters directly.
June 21, 2019 — Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
We already knew it was on the way, but it’s nice to see it again.
Spring 2019 — Five Nights At Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted (PS VR)
FNAF has had its day in the sun already, but you decide if VR is enough to justify one more go.
Vaguely 2019 — Ready Set Heroes
Fall 2019 — Concrete Genie
The most interesting of the unannounced games, Concrete Genie uses a unique art style to tell the story of a teenage boy with the power to make his graffiti come to life.
The majority of announcements were made for Playstation VR. In the past Sony has had a bad habit of dropping peripherals like this under the sofa and pretending they were never launched. When the Vita was this old it had already been abandoned. Hopefully this suggests a change in strategy.
April 9, 2019 — Falcon Age
April 16, 2019 — Table of Tales
April 22, 2019 — Jupiter & Mars
May 21, 2019 — Everybody’s Golf VR
May 28, 2019 — Blood & Truth
May 31, 2019 — Trover Saves The Universe
June 18, 2019 — Vacation Simulator
June 18, 2019 — Mini-Mech Mayhem
Summer 2019 — No Man’s Sky: Beyond
A special edition of No Man’s Sky (which we hear is much better these days) that supports PS VR.
Vaguely 2019 — Iron Man VR
The State of Play opened with footage from this newly announced game.
That’s all the news they gave. If you were hoping for more on Dreams, or The Last Of Us 2….sorry, folks.