The Sony State of Play August 2020 live stream didn’t disappoint. The latest virtual event gave us a good look at a whole bunch of upcoming PS4, PS5 and PSVR games that are launching over the next few months and into 2021. The stream didn’t answer our burning questions regarding the PS5’s pricing or release date but did showcase a really great mix of games—far better than what we’d expected.
These were the 9 biggest announcements from the Sony State of Play August 2020, along with trailers for your viewing pleasure:
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Fresh Details
The Sony State of Play August 2020 live stream opened with a lengthy look at Crash Bandicoot’s upcoming outing. The footage revealed a new playable character in the form of the villainous Dingodile, and dozens of outfits that can be earned by completing in-game challenges.
The stream then showed off N. Verted mode which makes all of the game’s levels replayable with a new art style and challenges with additional rewards for completionists.
Release date: October 2, 2020
Hitman 3 Scores VR Support
We already knew that everyone’s favourite bald assassin was setting out on a new mission early next year. What came as a welcome surprise was the fact that his latest outing will include support for PlayStation VR headsets.
As Hitman 3 integrates all the locations, missions and challenges from the previous two Hitman games, the entire trilogy will be playable in virtual reality. It’s worth mentioning that Sony is yet to discuss the PS5’s VR compatibility, so we’re unsure if it’s just the PS4 Hitman 3 that will support VR or if it’s the version on both consoles.
Release date: January 2021
Godfall Gameplay on PS5
Godfall is a brutal action RPG coming to the PlayStation 5 this year, and we saw nine minutes of new footage running on the highly-anticipated console. The new trailer showcased two of the varied weapons types: the fast and ferocious dual blades look great for racking up combos and battling larger groups of enemies. The other weapon was the long sword which offers a more balanced approach to combat.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about Godfall, so expect to see much more in the coming months.
Release date: Holiday 2020
Star Wars: Vader Immortal Coming to PSVR
Step inside a galaxy far, far away with Vader Immortal. You are a smuggler operating near Mustafar, the fiery world Darth Vader calls home. Pulled out of hyperspace, you find yourself uncovering an ancient mystery at the behest of the Sith Lord himself.
Vader Immortal had previously launched on PC in an episodic format. PSVR owners can experience the complete game with all episodes bundled when it arrives later this month.
Release date: August 25, 2020
Hood: Outlaws and Legends Revealed for PS4, PS5
Imagine what Assassin’s Creed might be like if it was a competitive multiplayer game. That’s the impressions we got from the reveal trailer to Hood. Two teams of outlaws compete against one another in a series of heists with AI guards providing additional challenges.
The game’s world is described as a gritty reimagining of the Robin Hood legend with players using a combination of combat and stealth to steal and fight back against the authoritarian state.
Release date: 2021
Control and Alan Wake Crossover Arriving this Month
Control was one of, if not the best game of 2019 and now it’s scoring new DLC that crosses over with cult classic Alan Wake. The new DLC is titled AWE which stands for Altered World Event. Your protagonist and newly appoint FBC Director Jesse Faden explores a new mystery that leads her to the town of Bright Falls. This just so happens to be the town that serves as the backdrop for Alan Wake.
The Control AWE expansion launches later this month to mark the game’s first birthday. Alan Wake originally launched way back in 2010.
Release date: August 27, 2020
Pokémon-Inspired Temtem is Coming to PS5
Temtem is the massively multiplayer creature-collector where players can catch every creature, challenge other tamers, customise their house and even join a friend’s adventure in a full co-op experience—so a little like Pokémon but online and without the brand recognition. Still looks fun though.
This one launched on PC early this year and during the State of Play, it was revealed that it will find a new home on PS5, along with XBX and Switch ports sometime in 2021.
Release date: 2021
Bugsnax Gameplay Revealed
Bugsnax proves that not every game has to be violent. In this first-person adventure game, you play as a journalist who must solve puzzles, photograph and trap food-themed critters for some currently unknown purpose. The title suggests to eat, but we’ll have to wait and see when this comedic game launches later this year for PS4 and PS5.
Release date: Holiday 2020
Spelunky 2 Finally Has a Release Date
The original Spelunky launched way back in 2008, and now after a 12-year break, we’re only weeks away from playing the sequel. Spelunky 2 expands the original cave-diving, treasure-hunting premise by adding online multiplayer, rideable animals and crazy new locations like outer space.
Release date: September 25, 2020