PlayStation State of Play PS4/PS5 showcase: New games, updates, more

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OK, folks, this is it. Sony’s next State of Play showcase event is set for today with new PlayStation games and deep dives into some titles we already know about. Today’s presentation marks the first State of Play for 2021 and is expected to feature 30 straight minutes of games. After seeing an impressive Nintendo Direct last week, it’s now Sony’s turn to give us an idea about what to expect on PlayStation over the next year or so. New PlayStation games, updates on third-party titles, and more will be included and the whole thing kicks off at 5 p.m ET. Head below for more details. 

State of Play – New PlayStation games and more

Today’s State of Play showcase event will clock in at about 30 minutes and will feature wall-to-wall games. Sony has specifically tempered expectations on the hardware front stating that “there won’t be PlayStation hardware or business-focused updates in this show. We’re focusing on great games set to come out in the months ahead.”

While we recently got a fresh update on next-generation PS VR, not mention the relaunch of its Play at Home initiative, it’s all about the games today. We are expecting to see as of yet unannounced new PlayStation games as well as “updates on some of the third-party and indie titles you last saw in June’s PS5 showcase.” More specifically, today’s broadcast will “serve up new updates and deep dives for 10 games coming to PS4 and PS5.”

On top of some hopefully completely new PlayStation games, there’s a great chance we are going to see updates for Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart and the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel, Horizon Forbidden West — both of which were shown off during the massive June PS5 showcase last year. We are also hoping to see more from Square Enix’s mysterious Project Athia as well as smaller and indie titles like Kena: Bridge of Spirits and even Ghostwire: Tokyo

This post will be updated as announcements are made during today’s presentation…All of the full resolution trailers will be found here as they come available as well…

Crash Bandicoot 4 on PS5:

First up out of the gate, we are getting a look at some Crash Bandicoot 4 updates on PlayStation 5. Those include 4K at 60FPS, adaptive triggers, 3D audio (compatible headset required), PS4 to PS5 save transfers, and much more are on the docket. Its coming March 12, 2021. 

Toys For Bob dives into the enhanced features of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time on PlayStation 5! The PS5 version of the game is available on March 12, the PS4 version is available now. If you own the PS4 version of the game, an upgrade option is available at no cost. To upgrade the PlayStation 4 disc version of the game to the digital PS5 version, you’ll need a PS5 console with a disc drive. Owners of a PS4 disc copy must insert it into the PS5 every time they want to download or play the PS5 digital version.

More Returnal details:

Next up, we got a fresh look at Returnal: Story details, new gameplay footage, and more. “Death is only the beginning.” Every time you die and restart, the world will change with new enemies, placements, and numbers. More details inbound shortly…It releases on April 30, 2021. 

In this world, everything changes. Join ASTRA Scout Selene and survive the shifting landscape of Atropos. Returnal launches 30th April for PS5.

Knockout City:

Releases on May 21, 2021. More details and trailer coming soon.

Team up, define your style, and take on rival Crews in lightning-fast dodgeball matches all over the city, from the Concussion Yard to the just-announced Back Alley Brawl. Got skills? Good, you’ll need ‘em if you wanna win! Show off your moves and use Special Balls like the Sniper Ball to get an edge on your opponents and claim the win. For you brave brawlers out there, the introduction of Face Off mode lets you prove you’ve got the stuff one on one.


This is a brand new PS5 game from the team at Sloclap releasing later this year. More details and trailer coming soon.

Sifu is the new game of Sloclap, the independent studio behind Absolver. A third person action game featuring intense hand-to-hand combat, it puts you in control of a young Kung-Fu student on his path of revenge throughout the city. Coming out on Playstation in 2021.

Solar Ash:

Solar Clash is the new game from the team behind the brilliant Hyper Light Drifter. Today we are getting a much better look at the fluid combat system and gameplay. It releases later this year on PS4 and PS5.

Journey through a surreal, vivid and highly stylized world filled with mystery, wild high-speed traversal, and massive enemy encounters. Can you save your home from the Ultravoid? 

Five Night’s at Freddy’s Security Breach:

A glimpse of FNAF: Security Breach.

More Oddworld Soulstorm:

Releases April 6, 2021 with FREE PS5 upgrades.

Get to know Oddworld: Soulstorm a little better in our latest feature in which we highlight just some of the things you can expect this spring when it arrives on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Kena Bridge of Spirits:

Releases August 24, 2021

A story-driven action adventure with a stunning visual aesthetic combining exploration with fast-paced combat. Players find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their abilities and creating new ways to manipulate the environment. Kena: Bridge of Spirits seamlessly blends action and narrative into an unforgettable experience. Travel with Kena, a young Spirit Guide on a quest to uncover the mysterious story surrounding the demise of the village.


Developed by the folks at Arkane (Dishonored, etc.), Deathloop is getting a new trailer today. 

24 hours. 8 Targets. 1 Rival Assassin. Trapped in a time loop, Colt has been experiencing déjà vu for as long as he can remember, which actually isn’t very long because he has amnesia and only really remembers his recent past. That might explain all the déjà vu, honestly. Every time the day loops it’s a struggle to remember everything so he can use the knowledge he has to push himself forward and, hopefully, off the island of Blackreef. Colt sets his sights on a new target – the Visionary, “Ramblin’” Frank Spicer – in the latest DEATHLOOP trailer.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade:

Available June 10, 2021 + PlayStation 5 upgrade on the way! New difficulty settings and visual adjustments, plus Photo Mode. And a brand new episode starring Yuffie is on the way as well. 

Experience the city of Midgar like never before, with improved textures, lighting and atmospheric fog. Switch between the game modes “Graphics mode” which prioritises 4K high-resolution graphics, and “Performance mode” which prioritises smooth action at 60 frames per second and capture and share your favourite moments of this timeless adventure with a fully customisable Photo Mode. Enjoy immersive battles by using the DualSense PS5 controller with its hapic feedback integration.

In the brand new episode featuring Yuffie, play as ninja Yuffie Kisaragi as she infiltrates the shadowy Shinra corporation to steal a powerful Materia and restore glory to her homeland. Play alongside new characters and enjoy an expanded gameplay experience featuring multiple new combat and gameplay additions. This adventure brings new perspective to the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE story that cannot be missed.

When does today’s State of Play showcase start? The whole thing is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT), and Sony is rarely late with these presentations. We will be updating this post as the announcements happen so be sure to head back here at 5 p.m. ET.

Where can I watch the State of Play showcase? Well, you can watch the whole thing right here on this post, directly on Sony’s PlayStation YouTube channel, or on its Twitch page

In the meantime, hit up this morning’s game deals roundup and go score your February PlayStation Plus FREE games. Then check out this ongoing deal on PlayStation Plus memberships, all of the details on PS5 virtual reality, and the freebies coming as part of the new Play at Home program launch. 

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