In addition to a Nintendo Direct, Sony held a special Sept. 2023 State of Play. This event mostly showcased third party titles, though there were some big reveals with things like a new Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 trailer.
PlayStation State of Play – Sept. 2023
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth – Release Date
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth releases on Feb. 29, 2024.
Resident Evil 4 Separate Ways DLC
Resident Evil 4 Separate Ways releases Sept. 21 with a free update that adds Ada Wong and Albert Wesker to Mercenaries. Sometime this Winter VR mode will be added for free.
Separate Ways tells the story of Ada Wong and her parallel journey through the events of Resident Evil 4, filling in unanswered questions from the main story. The full story will be revealed as you view both sides of events from both Ada and Leon’s viewpoints.
Before Leon S. Kennedy had even set foot in that cursed village, she was there. Her mission? The retrieval of the cult’s darkest secret—the Amber.
Now Ada must deal with an unknown threat that is devouring her from within, an accomplice with a dark past and ulterior motives, and a chance reunion with the man she least expected—Leon S. Kennedy.
Why did she accept this mission? And what path will she make for herself in the shadow of Leon’s investigation into the abduction of the president’s daughter?
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 – Expanded Marvel’s New York Trailer
In the video above, Creative Director Bryan Intihar provides a deep dive into our expanded Marvel’s New York, including the ways we’ve evolved the game since we last masked up and played as our Spider-Men. New locations, updated exploration, exhilarating traversal, near-instant switching between heroes, a rogue’s gallery of villains, new abilities and gadgets, and brand-new Suit Styles are just some of the ways we’re upping the game this time around.
So, what’s new?
In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, we’re nearly doubling the size of Marvel’s New York. Expanding beyond the East River, you’ll swing and soar over iconic landmarks across Queens and Brooklyn – complete with story missions, side quests, and city activities! This expansion also means even faster traversal options such as the Web Wings, which can be combined with traditional web swinging to move at exhilarating speeds.
Players will also be able to switch between Peter Parker and Miles Morales in the open world, near-instantly thanks to the power of the PlayStation 5. Both Spider Heroes are important characters to the grand story we’re telling in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, and each will have their own separate side stories to uncover throughout the city. Help students at Brooklyn Visions as Miles Morales or accept new requests for aid as Peter Parker via the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man app – you can even choose to tackle certain activities as either Spider-Man!
Kraven the Hunter and the monstrous Venom join our roster of villains and will strain our heroes, their relationships, and the place they call home. However, they’re not the only two villains causing trouble in the city. We won’t spoil it for you – but our Spideys will need to, ahem, #BeGreaterTogether, to stop them using many new skills, gadgets, and abilities!
In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, we’ve layered on a new set of abilities and skills for our heroes: Pete’s new Symbiote powers and Spider-Arms are aggressive and relentless; meanwhile, Miles brings an electrifying and thunderous quality to his bioelectric venom power, as well as Evolved venom abilities. Mix, match, and deploy these abilities with ease using a streamlined control scheme and combo them in fights in all-new Spidey style!
Speaking of style, let’s talk suits! Featuring 65 suits, which include new original designs and fan favorites from films and comics, players will have an expansive wardrobe of costumes to equip in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. We’re also delighted to announce Suit Styles, an all-new feature that unlocks alternate color shaders for some suits, which provide over 200 ways for you to outfit your Spider-hero!
Honkai: Star Rail PlayStation Release Date
Releases Oct. 11 for PlayStation 5.
Tales of Arise – Beyond the Dawn Announced
This is the first DLC in the Tales of series that is a direct continuation of the main story in this scale. We will discuss what players can expect from the storyline and why we made the decision to create it.
(*This article contains spoilers for the main Arise story. Please be warned.)
An expansion that aims to satisfy
Take your first look at the game below:
In this title, you can experience a new story and adventure set in the world after the union of two worlds. You can enjoy the story of a new encounter with a girl named Nazamil and experience the reunion of Alphen and his parties to confront the fierce destiny she has followed.
The new character Nazamil is a girl of both Dahnan and Renan blood and is the daughter of a Lord who stood in the way of the player in the main story of Arise (we’ll keep it a secret which Lord’s child she is until you play). We hope you will speculate and discuss the details you see in the trailer and wonder whether her peculiarity will be accepted by people in the new united world, or whether she will suffer a harsh fate.
The new storyline is enormous, and I spent more than 20 hours immersed in this new narrative experience during the test play, taking my time to re-explore the new world that has been merged into one. Our goal with this title, and one thing we were sure of during the test play – is that for players, this new experience would be similar the feeling you get when you watch a movie and it turns out to be a good one.
Since the release of Arise, we have received many requests from people who have enjoyed the main story for a continuation of the story and the development team has had in-depth discussions and deliberations on what kind of significance and appeal would be necessary if we were to seriously go beyond the original story. It was also a way for us to reflect on what Arise was for us.
Now, let’s go beyond the dawn of time. We are looking forward to this opportunity to join more people in the world of Tales of Arise once again on November 9.
Helldivers 2 – Bile Titan Liberation Gameplay
Bile Titan takedown mission in progress. This gameplay is classified. Join Johan Pilestedt and the Arrowhead Game Studio in a closer look at Helldivers 2 mission gameplay. Watch them take on a deadly Bile Titan using only their bare highly powered weaponry. This is only the beginning of our war against the enemies of Managed Democracy. Join the Helldivers and fight for freedom with friends across a hostile galaxy in this fast, frantic third-person co-op shooter. Available Feb. 8, 2024 on PS5 and Steam!
Ghostrunner 2 – Demo Trailer
Today during the PlayStation State of Play, 505 Games and One More Level stealth-dropped a demo of Ghostrunner 2, available today on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Steam and the Epic Games Store ahead of the game’s launch on Oct. 26. Players who pre-order the Brutal Edition can play on Oct. 24 with up to 48-hours of early access.
- In today’s demo, players will face wicked cultists led by a terrifying threat in battles that take place inside the sinister Dharma Tower and deal death at high speed by hopping on protagonist Jack’s motorcycle
- Newcomers and returning fans can brush up on the first game’s events with the Previously on Ghostrunner video that recaps key plot points
- Preorder Ghostrunner 2 physically or digitally and get the Traditional Katana Pack including two sword skins and two hand skins. Get up to 48-hours of early access with the Brutal Edition
Foamstars – Open Beta Part Announcement
“FOAMSTARS OPEN BETA PARTY” weekend schedule:
Friday, September 29 @ 6pm PDT – Sunday, October 1 @ 11.59pm PDT
How to join the beta:
Download the “FOAMSTARS OPEN BETA PARTY” game software via the PlayStation Store and launch the game on a PlayStation 5 console during the event period to participate for free. A PlayStation Plus subscription is not required to join the open beta.
More about the “FOAMSTARS OPEN BETA PARTY”:
FOAMSTARS puts players in the vibrant world of Bath Vegas, a gorgeous and bubbly metropolis, and the setting for the world’s biggest foam party! FOAMSTARS blasts players into the ultimate, over-the-top online shooter, that pits teams of up to 4 against each other in an easily accessible gameplay experience using foam! Prepare to experience a fraction of what FOAMSTARS has to offer, while simultaneously testing the capabilities of our servers ahead of the game’s upcoming launch in 2024.
In the upcoming “FOAMSTARS OPEN BETA PARTY”, players will experience two different 4-v-4 game modes and choose from eight diverse and vibrant characters, each with their own play style, specialist weapons, and unique game-changing skills. With foam as each challenger’s weapon of choice, players must master the game’s foam traversal and construction mechanics to build, block and overpower their competitors to achieve victory.
The playable characters are:
Soa, ΔGITO, Tonix, Jet Justice, Mel T, The Baristador, Rave Breaker, and Pen Gwyn.
The two game modes are:
- “SMASH THE STAR”: Compete in a frantic battle where the winning strategy changes as the match progresses. In “SMASH THE STAR”, each team must battle it out to secure seven knockouts on the opposing team. Once this is achieved, the best player is chosen to be the “Star Player” and becomes the key to victory! To win the match, teams must defeat the opposing team’s “Star Player” while also protecting their own!
- “HAPPY BATH SURVIVAL”: A battle between two teams comprised of two “infield” players and two “outfield” players. Victory is earned by defeating both opponent “infield” players, while “outfield” players support and provide defense for their teammates!
Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord – Gameplay Trailer
Are you ready to save the city of San Francisco from the Ghost Lord? Grab your friends and squad up in this cooperative multiplayer adventure, made exclusively for VR – available October 26, 2023!
Gear up with the latest Ghostbustin’ gadgets from remote turrets to ghost decoys. Take on a variety of missions, like collecting dark PKE or closing interdimensional portals. You’ll need to work together to solve puzzles, trap ghosts, and stop the March of the Malevolent.
There’s nothing like bustin’ with friends, but even if you’re playing solo you can take on the Ghost Lord by yourself with the help of a ghostly companion. Looking to make the most of your experience? Preorder Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord – Full Containment Edition now to get the game plus six months of upcoming DLC and bonus content at a discounted price.
From Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR) and the award-winning VR game developer, nDreams.