PlayStation Fans Anticipate a New State of Play Event This Week

Sony has been relatively quiet about its upcoming games for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles, but that could change soon. A new rumor suggests that the company will hold another State of Play event this week, showcasing some of the most anticipated titles for 2024.

State of Play is a video presentation series that Sony uses to announce and showcase new games, updates, and features for its PlayStation platforms. The format is similar to Nintendo’s Direct and Microsoft’s Inside Xbox, where viewers can watch the stream live or catch up later on YouTube or other platforms.

PlayStation Fans Anticipate a New State of Play Event This Week
PlayStation Fans Anticipate a New State of Play Event This Week

The last State of Play event was held in September 2023, where Sony revealed some of the biggest games coming to the PS5, such as Baby Steps, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, and more. Since then, Sony has released some of its winter lineup, such as Horizon Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok, but fans are eager to know more about what’s next for the PlayStation brand.

What to Expect from the Rumored State of Play?

The rumor of a new State of Play event this week comes from Shpeshal Nick, the co-founder of Xbox Era, who has a reliable track record of leaking PlayStation news. He tweeted on January 28, 2024, that “On the 31st (roughly), Ronins will Rise, we’ll die stranded, have a rebirth and Kojima will fulfil his dream. Sonic will live in the shadow of his generation while the hills will remain silent until the dawn when you’ll need to catch the metro. Just don’t be a Judas about it.”

This cryptic message hints at several games that could be featured in the State of Play, such as:

  • Rise of the Ronin, a samurai action RPG from Team Ninja, the developers of Nioh 2, set in industrial-era Japan. The game is scheduled to launch on March 22, 2024, for the PS5.
  • Death Stranding 2, the sequel to Hideo Kojima’s acclaimed adventure game that blends sci-fi, horror, and social commentary. The game was rumored to be announced at The Game Awards 2023, but did not appear. Fans are hoping to see more of Kojima’s vision and how he will expand the gameplay and story of the original game.
  • Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, the second part of the remake of the classic JRPG that follows Cloud and his allies as they continue their fight against the Shinra corporation and the mysterious Sephiroth. The game is expected to cover the events of the original game from leaving Midgar to the end of disc one, and introduce new characters, locations, and gameplay elements.
  • A Sonic game, possibly a remaster of Sonic Generations, the 2011 game that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the blue hedgehog by featuring levels and gameplay styles from different eras of the franchise. Sonic fans are also hoping for a new game that will mark the 30th anniversary of the character, which is in 2024.
  • Silent Hill 2, the long-awaited revival of the horror series that has been dormant since 2012. The game is rumored to be developed by Konami in collaboration with Sony and some of the original creators of the series, such as Keiichiro Toyama and Akira Yamaoka. The game is expected to be a reboot of the series that will appeal to both old and new fans of the genre.
  • Until Dawn Remaster, a remastered version of the 2015 game that put players in the shoes of eight teenagers who are trapped in a remote cabin with a killer on the loose. The game is known for its branching narrative, where the choices and actions of the players determine the fate of the characters and the outcome of the story. The remaster could improve the graphics, performance, and features of the game for the PS5.
  • A new Metro game, the next installment in the post-apocalyptic shooter series based on the novels by Dmitry Glukhovsky. The game could follow the events of Metro Exodus, the 2019 game that took the protagonist Artyom and his companions on a journey across Russia in search of a new home. The game could also explore new locations, enemies, and gameplay mechanics for the series.
  • Judas, the codename for the new game from Ken Levine, the creator of BioShock and BioShock Infinite. The game is said to be a sci-fi immersive sim that will feature a branching narrative, dynamic environments, and a small-scale open world. The game is being developed by Ghost Story Games, a new studio founded by Levine and some of his former colleagues at Irrational Games.

When and Where to Watch the State of Play?

The rumored State of Play event is expected to take place on January 31, 2024, which is a Wednesday, but the date could change depending on Sony’s plans. The event could be announced a few days or hours before it goes live, as Sony usually does with its State of Play presentations.

The event will likely be streamed on Sony’s official YouTube and Twitch channels, as well as on its PlayStation Blog and social media accounts. The event could last for around 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the number and length of the trailers and announcements.

PlayStation fans are advised to take this rumor with a grain of salt, as Sony has not confirmed or denied anything yet. However, given the credibility of the source and the timing of the event, there is a good chance that a State of Play is happening soon. If so, fans can look forward to seeing some of the most exciting games coming to the PS5 and PS4 in 2024.

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