This week saw the last PlayStation State of Play livestream of 2019, and oh my what a livestream it was.
There was no news on the PS5 to be had, as was previously confirmed by Sony, but the 20 minute-long stream bought with it a mix of announcements and reveals from first and third party studios including AAA projects, indie titles, and VR.
Things kicked off with the news that House House’s Untitled Goose Game will be coming to PlayStation 4. The surprise announcement got even more surprising when it was given a release date of December 17th 2019. Next on the menu was Spellbreak, a spell-slinging battle royale style game. Details were sparse but a closed beta is planned for Spring 2020.
Dreams, the wonderfully eccentric build-your-own-game game from Media Molecule, got a release date of 14th February 2020. The sheer scale of what you can build with Dreams is staggering, and has the potential to fundamentally change the games industry as we know it. If you have even one creative bone in your body, this title is definitely worth a look.
Following on was Superliminal, an interesting-looking game that plays around with the concept of perspective. Watch the stream and you’ll see what I mean. We also got a look at Paper Beast, a VR game that looks to be in the same vein as titles like Journey and Abzu. Paper Beast describes itself as a “unique VR odyssey” and will be out sometime in the first quarter of 2020.
The long-awaited DLC for Kingdom Hearts III, Re: Mind, got a new trailer during the livestream too. In usual Kingdom Hearts fashion we got lots of juicy combat footage and the usual serving of enigmatic dialogue on the side. We also got a release date. Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind will be available to download 23rd January 2020, preorders are available now.
Next up was Predator: Hunting Grounds. The asymmetrical shooter is looking pretty good, leaning heavily on the themes and narrative of the classic 1987 movie. The game is set to release on 24th April 2020, but if you preorder now you’ll get some exclusive goodies. We also got a look at a new title from Platinum Games called Babylon’s Fall. The game looks to blend science fiction with a medieval setting and Platinum’s signature brand of fast-paced, bonkers combat.
By far the biggest announcement of the whole stream was Resident Evil 3. After recent leaks the entire Resi fan base has been aquiver with excitement and now we finally get the official confirmation we’ve all been craving. The Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake is a real thing that’s really happening and oh my does it look good! Borrowing heavily from the immensely successful RE2 Remake, RE3 puts players in the role of Jill Valentine, a survivor of the Mansion Incident (Resi 1), as she struggles to escape an infected Racoon City, and survive long enough to expose the Umbrella Corp behind it. To make matters better, Project Resistance – now officially titled Resident Evil: Resistance, will be shipped along with it. Both titles will be available from April 3rd 2020 and I, for one, cannot wait.
The State of Play livestream finished up with a special message from Ken Kutaragi, the man responsible for the original PlayStation, in honour of PlayStation’s 25th Anniversary. We also got teased with a snippet of new footage from the long-awaited Ghost of Tsushima, with a larger showing promised at this year’s Game Awards.