It has been over a month since E3 was held and Sony has finally come out from the shadows to announce the Sony State of Play on July 8 at 2-2:30 pm PST.
The announcement was made on Sony’s official blog and will focus on the Bethesda title Deathloop, indie games, and other third-party titles. There is no new information on which third-party titles will make an appearance at the State of Play, so it really could be anything.
For those who may have forgotten, Deathloop is an upcoming action game being developed by Arkane Studios (developers of the Dishonored series and the recent Wolfenstein games) that will be published by Bethesda. Players will take on the role of an assassin named Colt who is tasked to kill eight targets, and if he fails, he’s thrown back in time to do it again until he succeeds.
The new State of Play will dedicate nine minutes to Deathloop and give an extended look at gameplay. The blog post states that players will “see Colt use his abilities to stealthily skulk across rooftops… or go in guns blazing.”
Deathloop has had a bit of a rough development cycle as it has been delayed twice. The game was originally supposed to release around November or December 2020 around the launch window of the PS5. Arkane Studios then delayed the game until May 21, 2021, but then it got delayed again to September 14 being the current date.
— DEATHLOOP (@deathloop) April 8, 2021
The reason for the delay could be because the studio doesn’t want to overwork its employees. As seen in the statement above, game director Dinga Bakaba and art director Sebastien Mitton said they are “committed to quality and preserving our team’s ambitions… while ensuring the health and safety of everyone at Arkane.”
Now, I’m speculating here, but that to me reads as the studio wanting their developers to stay healthy during development. Overwork and stress have been highly publicized issues for game developers.
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“Third-party titles” could refer to anything from Final Fantasy XVI to Battlefield 2042, but two games that will not make an appearance are God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon: Forbidden West. The blog posts specifically exclude these two titles, stating, “This showcase will not include updates on the next God of War, Horizon Forbidden West, or the next generation of PlayStation VR.”
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— ☆オードリーAudrey☆ (@aitaikimochi) July 6, 2021
This news will, for sure, disappoint fans of both series and those eagerly awaiting the PS5’s rendition of PlayStation VR; however, it does conclude by telling readers to “stay tuned” for future updates. So all may not be lost, plus, Horizon fans got a 19-minute showcase of the next entry back in late May.
PlayStation hasn’t said what indie games will make an appearance at the State of Play, but there is a lot to speculate on. Sony has been giving a lot of attention to indie games as of late from Kena: Bridge of Spirits to Little Devil Inside.
On a personal level there's a lot of indie games featured in previous PlayStation showcases I'm very excited for. Would love to see any of these get featured at the State of Play on Thursday
– Kena: Bridge of Spirits
– Little Devil Inside
– Season pic.twitter.com/sO4eXTDDTx
— Benji-Sales (@BenjiSales) July 6, 2021
I distinctly remember The Pathless being hyped up as a major launch title, and while fans and critics may say otherwise, Sony certainly believed in it.
Who knows what will make an appearance at the State of Play? I don’t think Final Fantasy XVI will be there. A game that big will not play second fiddle. What’re your guesses?