With how disappointed I was by the lacklustre offerings on display during Sony’s previous live-stream event, I really hope that tonight’s State Of Play stream can make up for it. PlayStation only officially announced this event yesterday. However, there has been rumours that this stream was coming for a while.
The date and time for the stream was confirmed via a PlayStation blog post. The show will go live at 2 PM Pacific / 5 PM Eastern / 11:00 PM CET and BST. There weren’t many details given regarding what we can expect to see other than the following:
“The show is clocking in around 20 minutes, give or take. With a special focus on highlighting great games coming from some of our beloved Japanese publishers. Though we’ll have a few updates from other developers located around the world too.”
The blog post also made it clear that PlayStation, “won’t have any updates on PlayStation VR2 titles or hardware in this broadcast.”
With all of that in mind, let’s go over some predictions of the trailers and reveals that we could possibly see during tonight’s stream.
Metal Gear Solid
Let’s just get this one out of the way first. An MGS Remake has been rumoured for some time now. The fact that Sony stated that their State Of Play stream will focus on Japanese games, along with the fact that multiple sites over the last few days have reported that Konami have sold one of their “very popular,” IPs to Sony has had us all wondering.
This claim has since proven to be false. Rather hilariously, the original claim can be traced back to a Twitter account with the title, “journalists don’t do research.” I guess that rang true, since this story was picked up and published by several major video game publications.
Whilst this did result in a brilliant piece of satire, it unfortunately means that the chances of us seeing an MGS remake announced tonight is highly unlikely. Not necessarily impossible, but unlikely.
With that said, just because the chances of one Konami franchise reboot being unveiled have been dashed, it doesn’t mean that we won’t see something Silent Hill related. I have previously covered the rumour which states that more than one Silent Hill game is allegedly in development, therefore it could make sense that it could get a reveal tonight.
Kojima Productions Next Game
Failing a Silent Hill reveal, we could instead learn what Kojima Productions is working on. It has been a couple of years since the baffling Death Stranding released. At the time of writing, we still haven’t a clue what the Japanese auteur is working on. If it is not something related to Silent Hill, then I would love to see him reveal whatever crazy idea he has for a brand new IP.
Resident Evil 4 Remake
This is the one that a lot of folks are waiting for. We have already had the brilliant Resident Evil 2 Remake, then we had the lacklustre Resident Evil 3 Remake. However, Resident Evil 4 is a stand out in the franchise amongst die-hard fans and casual gamer alike.
To see Resident Evil 4 remade in glorious 4K high definition, with binaural audio would be incredible. To see it revealed during tonight’s stream would be absolutely fantastic. Capcom are definitely working on it, the only question is whether they are ready to show it off during tonight’s show.
Other Japanese Titles
There is also a chance that we could see content from Final Fantasy 16. We could also learn about whatever Team ICO are working on. Shin Megami Tensei and Castlevania could also make appearances. Personally, I do not care too much about these respective franchises, (which is why I’ve lumped them all into the one entry,) but they would all fit the bill of games from Japanese publishers.
God Of War: Ragnarok
Getting away from Japanese games, there is a chance that we could get the reveal of God Of War: Ragnarok’s release date. The brief did say that; “we’ll have a few updates from other developers located around the world, too.” The game is said to be dropping at some point this year, possibly in the summer. It would be amazing to get a concrete time frame tonight.
In a previous article I did some speculating on what we could see at the previous State Of Play stream. I speculated that we could see some more from Hogwarts Legacy on October 27th 2021. We haven’t heard anything from the Harry Potter vehicle since it was officially revealed for the first time back in 2020.
Sadly, that previous State Of Play stream was a huge disappoint and showed nothing of significance whatsoever. Hopefully, tonight’s showing will be more substantial to make up for that previous let-down. There is still a chance that we could perhaps see a gameplay trailer for Hogwarts Legacy during tonight’s showing. Though due to the fact that the majority of the stream will be dedicated to Japanese games, I can see either this or God Of War: Ragnarok being shown; not both.
Bungie’s Next Game
We are getting into the realm of slim possibilities here. It is hard to deny that Sony’s acquisition of Bungie was one of the most significant Sony-related things to happen in recent memory. I even spent my last entry in the A Gander @ Gaming series speculating as to what Bungie could be developing for the Japanese platform holder.
With that said though, I doubted that we would see whatever this game is revealed this soon, even before we learned that tonight’s State Of Play stream will be focused on Japanese publishers. Now that we also have that caveat, I think that there is little to no chance that this will be included as a part of this stream. It would be pretty mind-blowing if it was though.
Sucker Punch Sequel
We learned very recently that there is a distinct possibility that Sucker Punch are developing sequels to three of their most popular franchises. Namely; Sly Cooper, Infamous and Ghost Of Tsushima. If Sucker Punch are indeed developing all three of these sequels, then they will likely want to start officially announcing them sooner rather than later.
With that said though, whilst Sucker Punch is a first party studio, it is not a Japanese-based one. I would assume that even if trailers for these games are ready to be shown, Sony probably won’t want to steal the spotlight away from their Japanese-published games. I think that it is far more likely that we will instead see at least one of these sequels unveiled in September at the 2022 PlayStation Showcase.
Other Third Party Games
There are a few other third party games which are either confirmed or heavily rumoured to be in development. These include; Assassin’s Creed Rift, Bioshock: Isolation and Mad Max 2. Whilst there is arguably a minuscule chance that they could be included in tonight’s State Of Play stream, I highly doubt it. If anything, I believe that there is a far greater chance we will see these titles at this year’s E3 event in the summer.
With all of that in mind, what do you expect to see in tonight’s State of Play stream? Are you staying up to watch it live or will you just catch the highlights tomorrow? Let us know in the comments section below and check back in with us tomorrow for a full recap on everything shown during the stream.
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