PlayStation just wrapped up their first ever State of Play games showcase. It was a short, tightly-edited Nintendo Direct-style livestream. State of Play's debut episode wasn't a thriller, but did contain some nice surprises and release dates, with PlayStation VR a big focus of the roughly twenty-minute video.
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Iron Man VR announced, exclusive to PlayStation
Marvel and PlayStation announced Iron Man VR which will see players flying through the skies as Tony Stark's alter ego. Based on the trailer, the game looks to be a relatively simple first-person shooter, with you blasting robot enemies out of the sky. However, Iron Man VR will be a "fully featured" game according to Camoflaj Director Ryan Payton, writing on the PlayStation Blog. Payton speaks about the story of Iron Man VR, saying:
"With our game, we wanted to tell more than just an origin story. In Marvel’s Iron Man VR the player, who plays as the genius inventor Tony Stark, confronts ghosts from his past—powerful forces who seek to ruin him and everything he stands for. By fully embracing the magic of PlayStation VR, players will come face-to-face with iconic allies and Super Villains as they jet around the globe on a heroic mission to save not only Stark Industries, but the world itself. We cannot wait to share more about how we are telling an original Iron Man story in a way that only virtual reality allows."
Iron Man VR is tabled for 2019 on PSVR. Marvel Games seem really serious about breaking into video games in a big, and consistent way.
VR comes to No Man's Sky with Beyond update
This summer's No Man's Sky Beyond update that will be bringing three big updates to the game, including No Man's Sky Online, will also be letting players explore the galaxies with PSVR. The entire game will be playable in VR, so that means space flight, traversing planets on foot, mining, base-building, and so on.
Sean Murray, Co-founder of Hello Games, has confirmed on Twitter that "No Man's Sky Virtual Reality is not a separate mode. Anything that is possible in NEXT or any other update is ready and waiting in VR."
The Beyond update will be free, so that means owners of No Man's Sky will have to pay nothing for VR space exploration when it releases in the summer on PSVR and Steam VR. Exciting stuff!
London Studio's VR shooter, Blood and Truth gets a release date!
The new trailer for Blood and Truth sheds some light on the game's story, you play as Ryan Marks and he is very British and is going to shoot things. In all seriousness, Blood and Truth looks very promising, with some great looking VR gun-play and set-pieces. The shooter will be releasing on May 28th 2019. Keep an eye on this one.
VR space thriller Observation announced for May 21st
Stories Untold developer No Code has announced Observation, a VR space thriller that sees the player seemingly control cameras around a space station while spooky events unfold. "You aren't on the station. You are the station" is the message from the trailer. Observation has a very intriguing concept and looks pretty terrifying, with some experienced developers behind the project, this looks like it could be a winner. May 21st can't come soon enough.
Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted announced
The first VR Five Nights at Freddy's has been announced for PSVR, featuring levels from the original games and new levels built from the ground up. The trailer was terrifying in itself, and the series seems a perfect fit for virtual reality. The game from Steel Wool Studios will be releasing sometime in Spring on PSVR. I've still got chills...
The Extra Stuff Round Up
- Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled received a new trailer showing off retro character skins that will bring major nostalgia for fans of the 1999 racer. The skins for Crash, Coco, and Cortex, along with retro karts and a retro track are exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version of the game. Retro polygonal character models in modern games are great and should be in every game; I will not accept any other opinion on the matter. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled is still releasing on June 21st on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
- ReadySet Heroes, a new dungeon crawler was announced by PlayStation, developed by Robot Entertainment. PlayStation says the game "taps into classic couch multiplayer action featuring fast-paced, dungeon crawling! Team up with a friend and battle through a random dungeon filled with monsters and traps. Collect tons of loot to power up your character and fight in a winner-take-all arena brawl!". ReadySet Heroes got a fun announcement trailer and is coming in 2019.
- The next wave of PSVR titles for Spring and Summer 2019 received a montage trailer that revealed new footage and some release dates. Standout titles include Falcon Age, Jupiter and Mars, and Vacation Simulator. Watch the montage trailer right here.
- Concrete Genie was given a lengthy new trailer that showed snippets of new gameplay footage. The graffiti artist, bully-battling game looks as fantastic as ever and is scheduled for Autumn 2019. I highly recommend taking a look at the wonderful new trailer for the PlayStation 4 exclusive. Oh, and a PSVR mode announcement for the game was snuck in right at the end of the trailer.
- Days Gone also got a brand new story trailer that was pretty exciting. PlayStation's next big exclusive is right around the corner on April 26th and this trailer served to build excitement in the run-up to launch. Bend Studio look to have crafted a fun, and expansive open world with a decent, if a little heavy-handed, narrative.
- Mortal Kombat 11 wrapped up the first State of Play with an epic, Ice Cube-infused, and very bloody trailer. The trailer showed off some new story elements, and some wonderfully brutal fatalities. Watch this trailer even if you have no interest in Mortal Kombat, it's very good. Mortal Kombat 11 release on April 23rd.
You can watch the State of Play stream in its entirety right here.
PlayStation's first State of Play games showcase was a great success, it was a rapid fire collection of announcements and trailers, with some great surprises. You can't ask more than that.
The showcase was also a staggering commitment to the future of PSVR and virtual reality as a platform, PlayStation do not appear to be backing out of the VR race any time soon.
Let's hope the next episode of State of Play isn't too far away. We'll be here to give you all the details on every episode from here on out!