Sony announced earlier this week that they’ll be having a State of Play today, which they did. In the same announcement, they said that they’ll be featuring mostly Japanese publishers, and that’s exactly what we got. From these publishers, notable ones include Capcom and Bandai Namco, but the publisher that took the show was Square Enix. Here are all of the games featured in the March 2022 Sony State of Play.
The 12 Games Featured in Sony State of Play (March 2022)
The first game to appear during the State of Play is a new IP from Capcom: Exoprimal. The reveal trailer actually baited people into thinking we’re finally getting a modern Dino Crisis game, but that’s not the case. Instead, we’re getting a new game that feels very similar to that anyway. Imagine playing a game like Left 4 Dead or Back 4 Blood but instead of zombie hordes you’re shooting at a T-Rex and a bunch of angry Velociraptors. That’s the impression we’re getting from the trailer, and we’re all for that. Exoprimal is set to be released in 2023.
2. Ghostwire: Tokyo
Ghostwire: Tokyo got a brand-new trailer, showing off more of the protagonist’s fighting capabilities outside of the Shinto-based magic that he can cast. This new trailer is here to hype up the game’s release later this month. In case you’re interested in the game’s lore and want to dive in first before you head and play the game, you can check out the prelude visual novel game that’s free to play at the Sony Play Store.
3. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
The first game published by Square Enix to appear in this State of Play: another game that’s coming out this month. Team Ninja’s Nioh-like Stranger of Paradise received another trailer, and there was no shortage of – you guessed it – Chaos.
Forspoken has just been recently delayed, but that’s not to worry fans too much. The new IP will still definitely wow fans with its mesmerizing visuals and the gameplay that looks unique and refreshing. It just turned out that the game needs a little bit more time in the oven for more QA and polish, as they probably noticed some performance issues they still need to address. But getting a new trailer in spite of the delay is a good thing, as this means Forspoken has gone gold and the project is in safe hands – just need extra time for quality assurance.
5. Gundam Evolution
This is one of the games that came out of left field – we had no idea Bandai Namco was developing something like this. Gundam Evolution feels like a re-skinned Overwatch game and we’re not sure if that’s a good thing. The game already looks outdated given the power the consoles it’s supposed to be releasing to have, but we hope that the gameplay would more than make up for it. Gundam Evolution comes out later this year.
6. TMNT The Cowabunga Collection
We’ve been more focused on the upcoming (yet release date pending) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game that when we saw this trailer started playing, we honestly thought that was it. However, it turns out that we’re getting a collection of a retro classic collection of TMNT games throughout the years, including the arcade classic and the one from the original Game Boy. TMNT The Cowabunga Collection comes out sometime this 2022.
There is no shortage of games about kaiju, but we rarely get ones that actually match the prestige of the characters they represent. Gigabash aims to make a fighting brawler game featuring kaijus like Godzilla and Megazord squaring up with tokusatsu characters like Ultraman. If you’re a Japanese culture buff, then this game would be something you’d appreciate. Meanwhile, for everyone else who is a kid at heart and love seeing monsters create havoc together, this is also a good game to try out. Gigabash comes out sometime this 2022.
8. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R
This one came out as a pleasant surprise. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure gets another fighting game, the first since 2019’s Last Survivor. Just like the previous JoJo games, this one focuses on a specific chapter of the saga. All-Star Battle R focuses on Jolyne Cujoh, the protagonist of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s sixth part – the first to have a female lead. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R comes out this Fall 2022.
9. Trek to Yomi
It’s like Ghost of Tsushima if the default filter was Akira Kurosawa’s classic Japanese samurai film black-and-white coat. And if Ghost of Tsushima were played in 2D instead of 3D. Seemingly out of place in terms of context as this game is only one of two games here on this list not developed nor published by a Japanese company. But still, who would want to pass up a Devolver Digital game? Trek to Yomi is coming out this Spring 2022.
10. Returnal: Ascension Free Update
Another game not developed by a Japanese studio is Returnal, but Returnal is almost synonymous with the PS5, so why would Sony pass them up this time? Returnal will be getting a major update this March 22. In Returnal: Ascension, above all things, a co-op survival mode will be added, making the lonely looping experience less dreadful.
“Square Enix State of Play”
11. The Diofield Chronicle
Sony saved the big guns for the last two entries in Sony’s State of Play, and both of them comes from SquareEnix. The first one is Square Enix’s own take on the real-time tactical strategy RPG genre, the ones popularized in the West by games like Pillars of Eternity and Dragon Age. Diofield Chronicle is how Triangle Strategy would be like if it were played in the Western CRPG playstyle – all with the flair of Square Enix production but with the new and fresh Western gameplay. This one is worth keeping an eye on. The Diofield Chronicle comes out later this 2022.
12. Valkyrie Elysium
And finally, we’re seeing the revival of one of the biggest Square Enix IPs that hasn’t seen a new game in a while. The Valkyrie Profile series is a well-beloved title by fans, but the game’s turn-based systems might not be up to speed with today’s modern video game sensibilities. Hence, a reboot of the series, with the new title of Valkyrie Elysium, is in order. Featuring a refreshing new take at the Valkyrie Profile franchise, Square Enix does away with the turn-based gameplay with real-time fighting, while retaining Valkyrie’s beautiful aesthetic. What a way to celebrate Women’s Month – by featuring some of the most powerful women in video games.
And that’s the complete list of all 12 games that were featured in this month’s Square Enix – I mean, Sony State of Play. Look out for more articles and gaming news on these specific games as we move along in the coming months – as all of these games save for Exoprimal are set to be released sometime this year. What a year for Square Enix, and what a year for the PlayStation.