If you ignored the Sony Playstation State Of Play this afternoon — and given how the last few have gone, I don’t blame you — you missed some big announcements and massive trailers. Isn’t that always the way? But have no fear, we’ve corralled them all into one handy, condensed page that is way faster to skim than that whole 41-minute video would’ve been.
There’s a new roguelite platformer, Scourgebringer, that just arrived on Playstation 4 and Vita…yes, we said Vita. You might have heard Sony had plans to shut down the digital market, but they changed their mind a week later. They probably held off the handheld’s execution date so this specific game could be released on it properly. “Oh right, ScourgeBringer.”
The Funimation app is the only app of its kind for gaming platforms (meaning it’s the only one dedicated to anime). Its navigation menus work well on dedicated streaming devices like Roku, but can be clumsy to work with on consoles like Playstation 4. Funimation has been listening to users’ comments, and as of today is rolling out an updated version of its app for Playstation consoles (yes, 5 is included too).
Developer Monochrome and Publisher Hatinh Interactive have announced Tandem: A Tale of Shadows, a puzzle platformer with a Verne-inspired story and Burton-inspired visuals.
The 3D action game Bleach: Brave Souls has been around for a while on PC and mobile, but it’s about to cross over to consoles with a version for Playstation 4, now in development. Details are light, but the PS4 version is expected to be the same game as what’s on the other platforms (and free to download).
Everyone knows the truth now: the PS4 version of Cyberpunk 2077 is a buggy mess and the XBox One version isn’t running so well either. One month ago folks were begging to play the game for just a minute; now they want refunds. Today Sony took the unprecedented step of removing Cyberpunk from the PS Store and doing just that. Microsoft and other merchants soon followed. As of this writing most major retailers are allowing you to return a physical opened copy, something they almost never allow in any other instance.
Why should you be interested in the upcoming tactical strategy game 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim? Because of the name on the box: Vanillaware. And if that brand doesn’t ring any bells, the words “Odin Sphere” or “Dragon’s Crown” should.
Sony’s most recent State Of Play broadcast started out with a new extensive look at Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. Toys For Bob has deliberately labeled this installment #4 because they have the lofty goals of matching Naughty Dog’s work on the original trilogy, where past developers with their own sequel ideas have failed. We’ll see if they can live up to that promise!
Last fall, publisher Good Shepherd Entertainment and developer Bithell Games published John Wick Hex on PC. It was the long-overdue debut of Mr. Wick in a video game, and he’s now crossed over to consoles with a PS4 release. Other consoles don’t have the game yet, but their turn is probably coming.
The stories started spreading yesterday….somehow, footage of a remastered edition of Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 was showing up all over YouTube. It wasn’t just one user, or one video…many folks seemed to have access to it. There had definitely been a leak, and now the game’s existence was undeniable, but when would it be officially revealed?
Remember back at the dawn of the new year when footage from what was definitely a Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo started appearing? We’re still not certain how those people obtained early access to it, but now they’re not alone. The demo became accessible on the Playstation Store Monday morning.
The XBox One has an open-world pirate MMO called Sea of Thieves….which the Playstation 4 will never have, as it was developed by a company within Microsoft. PS4 devotees who crave swashes to buckle will have to make do with Tempest, an open-world game with similar themes and settings….it was released on the system today.