In 2019, Sony introduced State of Play, a series of pre-recorded Nintendo Direct-style broadcasts highlighting upcoming first- and third-party PlayStation games. The series of videos started just a few months after Sony announced bow out of E3 2019 – the decision has been made every year since – and represents Sony’s shift to a more controlled, consistent and cost-effective way to engage its audience.
With State of Play approaching its third anniversary, we take a look back at the show’s history so far. Below, we’ve recorded every State of Play (and PlayStation Showcase, essentially a larger-scale Play State), highlighting the biggest announcements from each event to give you a better idea on what to expect from future shows in Sony’s post-E3 world.
Note: This article will be updated with new information after March 9 Play status.
History of PlayStation’s play state
Iron Man VR to be Biggest announcement from Sony’s first State of Play, which aired on March 25, 2019. This is one of a number of PSVR titles shown that day, along with the previously announced installment. Blood & Truth, has received the release date. Unsurprisingly, Sony’s first broadcast was one of the least bombastic, although it also had new story trailer for Bend Studio’s upcoming open-world zombie game Day by day.
- Number of days between shows: 45
- Running time: 21:26
Final Fantasy 7 remake is the highlight of Sony’s second State of Play. The FF7R reappears provided our first major look at the remake in four years, and solidified Sony’s newly created broadcasts as potential must-see events. Predator: Hunting GroundAsymmetrical multiplayer game exclusively licensed on consoles, also disclosure throughout the show, as well as release date because the MediEvil2019 remake of Sony’s PS1 hack-and-slash adventure.
- Number of days between shows: 138
- Running time: 21:42
The Last of Us Part 2 get three minutes intro video in Sony’s third State of Play, giving us a deeper look at Ellie’s story, showing more of its brutal fighting and teasing returning characters to Tommy and Joel. Most importantly, it revealed the February 2020 release date of the sequel, although that will ultimately be push to june.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare showed its still impressive image in a new campaign trailerwhile Tetris Effect developer Enhance announced a new puzzle game called Mankind. The promising trailer ended with a 2020 release date, although Humanity has now launched at some point this year.
- Number of days between shows: 77
- Run time: 22:44
Sucker Punch closed the Final Play State of 2019 with a short cutscene from Ghost of Tsushima’s Beautiful open world. Sony also showcased more of its innovative tools/games Dreamswas given a new trailer and a Valentine’s Day 2020 release date. On the third-party front, Capcom confirmed rumors then Resident Evil 3 remake along with its forgettable multiplayer companion Resident Evil Resistance.
- Number of days between shows: 156
- Running time: 18:40
This 156-day gap is the longest Sony has experienced between broadcasts since the start of State of Play. During the first show of 2020, Sony focused only on Ghost of Tsushima, detailing the open world, combat, photo mode, and more ahead of its July 2020 release.
- Number of days between shows: 13
- Running time: 23:34
Sony followed the longest ever gap between booths with the shortest; just 13 days after Ghost of Tsushima State of Play, Sony aired another broadcast dedicated to The Last of Us Part 2in which we learned more about the map, enemies, factions and combat of the sequel.
- Number of days between shows: 15
- Running time: 1:14:25
Two weeks later, Sony is back with a great broadcast – undeniably the biggest and best broadcast to date. Broadcasting as an alternative to the E3 conference, Sony’s June 2020 rollout is the most notable of PlayStation 5 disclosure.
In addition to introducing its next-generation console, Sony revealed what turned out to be nearly their entire first-party lineup in late 2020 – early 2022: Astro’s Playroom, the soul of the devil, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Destroy AllStars, Profit, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Forbidden Horizon in the Westand Gran Turismo 7.
Sony also made room for its partners, leaving showtime to Capcom to reveal Resident Evil Village and Pragmata; Athia Project Announcement Square (Forspoken); IO to reveal Hitman 3; and various indie developers to showcase their upcoming projects, including Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Bugsnax, Solar ashand more.
- Number of days between shows: 56
- Run time: 42:37
Sony followed up the June boom with a much better broadcast in August. Highlights include a New Bugsnax intro videooverview God come down game and a similar preview intro video because the The road has no way.
- Number of days between shows: 41
- Running time: 47:54
Ahead of the PlayStation 5 release, Sony aired another console-specific showcase, culminating in the announcement of PS5 price and release date. In terms of the game, Final Fantasy 16 announced as a PS5 exclusive, the Harry Potter role-playing game Hogwarts Legacy was revealed, and God of War: Ragnarok teased for the first time.
- Number of days between shows: 52
- Running time: 12:13
The last State of Play of 2020 has a single focus: Bluepoint’s the soul of the devil remake for PS5. Aired a few days before the remake’s release, the 12-minute broadcast features new features PS5 games and a presentation by creative director Gavin Moore.
- Number of days between shows: 110
- Running time: 31:53
The first of six Sony stores to show in 2021 has disclosure belong to Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade for PS5, as well as Intermission Yuffie DLC. Recent release Sifu was also revealed in this Play State, while Kena: Bridge of Spirits received August 2021 release date.
- Number of days between shows: 63
- Running time: 22:28
One of Sony’s other smaller broadcasts arrives in April 2021, when the company shows 16 minutes Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart style play. While Rift Apart was the focal point, two other games appeared: Subnautica: Under Zero there’s a new gameplay trailer and Between us was announced for the PlayStation console.
- Number of days between shows: 28
- Running time: 19:11
The state of play for May 2021 is dedicated to Forbidden Horizon in the West. During the live stream, developer Guerilla Games revealed key details about the sequel’s plot, setting, weapons, abilities, and more, showcasing a massive amount of gameplay in battle. against Tremortusk.
- Number of days between shows: 42
- Run time: 31:44
Sony returned to the digital scene two months later with a modest State of Play focusing on a Deathloop style play intro video. Moss: Book 2 was also announced for PSVR, while Death Stranding Director’s Cut was given a release date of September 2021.
- Number of days between shows: 63
- Running time: 42:01
Sony’s best and biggest show of 2021 aired on September 9. After a recommendation a year earlier, God of War: Ragnarok was officially revealed by game trailer starring Kratos and Atreus. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was announced, as well as another Insomniac-Marvel collaboration based on Wolverine. Meanwhile, the biggest third-party reveal was that of Aspyr Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remakeannounced as a PS5 console exclusive.
God of War: Ragnarok Trailer Trailer Screenshot – PlayStation Showcase 2021
- Number of days between shows: 48
- Running time: 22:33
The third-party focused State of Play airs next month, giving us a fresh look at The little devil insidefree of charge Bugsnax DLCand latest Five nights at Freddy’s. The next entry in Square Enix’s long-running action RPG series Star Ocean was also announced with a 2022 release window.
- Number of days between shows: 100
Sony started its 2022 program with a Gran Turismo 7 Play status. The entire show is dedicated to the racers; it’s an in-depth introduction to GT7 with 30 minutes of PS5 play.
- Number of days between shows: 35
Today’s 20-minute State of Play will feature “eye-catching new revelations and updates” for PS5 and PS4 games, with a “special focus” on games from Japanese publishers, according to a report. Sony. The second quote has led some to speculate that we’ll see more from Square Enix and Final Fantasy 16, though nothing has been confirmed yet. It’s also possible we’ll hear more about Sony’s rumored Game Pass competitor, Project Spartacus.
Regardless of what’s announced, we’ll update this article after the show with all of Sony’s biggest revelations.
How often does the Sony Air play on PlayStation?
As of 2019, the time between State of Play broadcasts has ranged from 13 days to 156 – that is, from two weeks to five months. On average, Sony broadcasts a new State of Play every 64 days (~two months), although that’s by no means its standard cadence. However, that number may be more valuable for measuring Sony’s target number of broadcasts per year: After its first year of four Broadcast Statuses, Sony aired six events in both 2020 and 2021 – three in the first half and three in the rear. If Sony follows this formula, we can expect the next State of Play before the end of June.
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