Sony’s State of Play January 2024: Highlights and Impressions
| Johnathon Reyes
Sony’s State of Play January 2024
Sony kicked off the new year with a bang by hosting its first State of Play event of 2024, showcasing over 15 games coming to PS5 and PS VR2. The 40-minute livestream was packed with exciting announcements, extended looks, and release dates for some of the most anticipated titles of the year. Here are some of the highlights and impressions from the event.
Death Stranding 2: On the Beach
One of the biggest surprises of the show was the reveal of Death Stranding 2: On the Beach, the sequel to Hideo Kojima’s acclaimed 2019 game. The trailer featured Norman Reedus’ Sam Porter Bridges returning to a post-apocalyptic world where he faces a new threat called Drawbridge. The trailer also showed off some of the new gameplay mechanics, such as a chainsaw-guitar-hybrid weapon that shoots lightning, a jetpack, and a beach ball. The game will also star Lea Seydoux, Elle Fanning, Shioli Kutsuna, Troy Baker, and more. Death Stranding 2: On the Beach is expected to release in late 2024.
Rise of the Ronin
Another major highlight of the show was the deep dive on Rise of the Ronin, the upcoming action game from Team Ninja. The game is set in feudal Japan, where players take on the role of a ronin, a masterless samurai who seeks revenge against the warlord who killed his lord. The game features 1-on-1 sword combat with a parry system, a hub world of Yokohama, and a variety of weapons and skills to customize your character. Rise of the Ronin is slated for release on March 8, 2024.
We also got a closer look at Stellar Blade, the action game from developer Shift Up and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment. The game takes place on an apocalyptic Earth where a mysterious enemy has forced humans to flee to a colony. The main character Eve and her two companions, Adam and Lily, work to destroy mech-like enemies as well as hostile survivors. The game boasts stunning graphics, fast-paced combat, and a rich story. Stellar Blade will launch on April 26, 2024.
The State of Play also featured some other noteworthy announcements, such as:
- Until Dawn Remaster, a remastered version of the 2015 horror game from Ballistic Moon, coming to PS5 and PC later in 2024.
- Dragon’s Dogma II, the sequel to the 2012 action RPG from Capcom, coming in 2024.
- Sonic x Shadow Generations, a crossover game between Sonic and Shadow from Sonic Team, coming in 2024.
- Silent Hill: The Short Message, a new entry in the horror franchise from Konami, coming in 2024.
- Silent Hill 2 Remake, a remake of the 2001 classic from Konami, coming in 2024.
- Ghost Story, a new horror game from the creators of Bioshock, coming in 2024.
Sony’s State of Play January 2024 was a great way to start the year for PlayStation fans, as it showcased some of the most exciting games coming to PS5 and PS VR2. The event also demonstrated Sony’s commitment to delivering diverse and quality experiences for its players. Whether you’re into action, horror, RPG, or platformer, there’s something for everyone in the upcoming lineup of PlayStation games.