The first State of Play for 2024 from PlayStation is in the bag, with the publisher showing plenty of upcoming titles in its 40-minute duration. We got extended looks at Rise of the Ronin and Stellar Blade, a new trailer for Death Stranding 2 (as well as the official title) and Kevin Levine’s Judas, and a surprise game announcement from Hideo Kojima.
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PlayStation State of Play Jan 2024
If you missed watching the event live (you know because it was streamed at 2am in the UAE), here’s a quick rundown of all the big announcements and trailers for PlayStation State of Play Jan 2024:
Death Stranding Gets an Official Title
Kojima Productions shared a lengthy trailer for Death Stranding 2, which is now officially titled Death Stranding 2: On the Beach. The trailer, which is over 9 minutes long, is as odd and crazy as a Kojima game can be. Norman Reedus’ Sam Porter returns and is now seemingly facing off against a new group called Drawbridge, as well as a new villain who wields a chainsaw-guitar-hybrid weapon. Yeah, no clue, but all we know is that the game looks fantastic. When will it be released, though? We have yet to find out.
Hideo Kojima is Making a New IP for PlayStation
Famed developer Hideo Kojima is returning to the action espionage genre with a new IP he is developing exclusively for the PlayStation. The announcement video didn’t show any gameplay clips, but the production is expected to begin “in earnest” after Death Stranding 2 is wrapped up.
According to Kojima, the game will be a “completely new Action Espionage” for the next generation”, and it will boast “cutting-edge technology and the best talents from around the world, both from film and video games.” The game will blur the “boundaries between film and games, offering near life-like graphics and a new take on interaction entertainment.
Judas Gets a New Trailer, No Release Date
BioShock maker Ken Levine shared a new look for his upcoming title, Judas. The trailer highlights some of the story elements present in the game and also provides brief glimpses of the high-octane action fans can expect from it, which, dare we say, looks very similar to BioShock. Unfortunately, no release date was announced.
Stellar Blade Release Date Announced
We finally have a release date for Stellar Blade, Shift Up’s gorgeous new action hack-n-slash: April 26, 2024 for the PS5. The game takes place on an apocalyptic world where the main protagonist, Eve, along with her two companions, must try and save the planet by destroying mech-like enemies as well as hostile survivors.
Sonic x Shadow Generations Revealed
After tasting success with the last few releases, SEGA isn’t stopping with new Sonic games. During the PlayStation State of Play, the publisher revealed Sonic x Shadow Generation, a remaster of 2011’s Sonic Generations. The game will feature enhanced visuals as well as new content. The game is set to release this Autumn for the PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch platforms.
Silent Hill 2 Remake Finally Gets a Trailer
The Bloober Team developed Silent Hill 2 Remake received its first trailer at the PlayStation State of Play presentation, showcasing the game’s newly done environments, monsters and combat. No release date was announced.
Konami also revealed Silent Hill: The Short Message, a free-to-play spin-off set in modern-day Germany. It casts you as Anita, and you explore the location known as The Villa from a first-person perspective. The game is available to download on the PS5.
Metro Awakening VR Announced
4A Games is bringing its popular first-person shooter to virtual reality, with Metro Awakening VR, which will be available exclusively on the PlayStation VR2 in 2024. The game takes place before the events of Metro 2033, and puts players in the shoes of a doctor searching for his wife.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.