• Alberto Mezzalira

Sony’s July 2021 State of Play - Recap

Sony held its July 2021 State of Play live stream, here’s all you need to know in case you missed it!


The showcase focused mostly around third-parties and considering Sony skipped E3 2021 last month, the event was quite anonymous. Arkane Studios and Bethesda’s Deathloop became the star of the night amongst other indie and third-party titles. Sony had already declared that games such as Horizon: Forbidden West or Santa Monica's God of War sequel would not have been showed during the event.


Considering Horizon: Forbidden West got its own dedicated State of Play event not long ago, it’s possible the God of War sequel will receive one as well down the line.

However, let’shave a look at everything that appeared at the July 2021 State of Play!


Moss

Polyarc’s Moss is a VR puzzle-adventure game released in 2018 that caught many players' attentions thanks to its protagonist, Quill, and storybook world. The newly revealed sequel, Moss: Book 2, it was the first trailer at Sony’s State of Play event. In Book 2 Quill explores the hexed castle of the Arcane, and aims to stop a tyrannical ruler who wants to unmake the world. The trailer shows her exploring to various environments and collecting new items to aid in this quest, including a large hammer.


Arcadegeddon

Best known for titles based on existing horror IPs including Friday the 13th: The Game and Predator: Hunting Grounds, Developer Illfonic presented its next game, a “flashy multiplayer shooter” named Arcadegeddon. Featuring alien-looking characters, play solo or in co-opbattles to take on hordes of enemies in a futuristic world with a “90s punk rock” vibe that looks like Velan Studios’ Knockout City. The game is available in Early Access starting today.


Tribes of Midgard

The game debuted during E3 2021's Summer Game Fest, and will launch on PC, PS4, and PS5 later this month. The trailer shows free Season updates that developer Norsfell is developing, and details the classes, loot, and new boss coming with a questline in Season 1: The Wolf Saga - which will begin right at launch.


F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch

An action-packed metroidvania starring a rabbit in a suit that gives him massive fists which can transform into helicopter blades, drills, and more, will be released on September 7, 2021 on PS4 and PS5. The game looks packed with anthropomorphic characters living in a gritty 2D world; it can be pre-ordered now for exclusive bonus content.


Hunter's Arena: Legends

Developed and published by Mantisco, this 30-player battle royale game is focused around martial arts and swordplay as hunters and demons fight each other. However, the thing that stands out most about this trailer is that it will be a free PS Plus game for August 2021, available between August 3 and September 6.


Sifu

The PlayStation-exclusive and heavily stylized kung-fu action game reminiscent of the John Wick film franchise, unfortunately came with some bad news. Sifu is being delayed from 2021 to “early 2022,” with no more distinct window is given. Luckily, the trailer should still provide a fix of action as the protagonist brawls his way through a neon-tinted club.


JETT: The Far Shore

After being announced in June 2020, Superbrothers’ new game was delayed last September. Its newest trailer debuted during the July State of Play event does not confirm a release date, but it offers interested players a lot of sweeping environmental shots to look at for the moment.


Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles

One of the mot popular recent Shonen manga, is finally getting a video game, with CyberConnect2’s Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles coming out on October 15, 2021 thanks to publisher Sega. Fans got a look at one of the adventure mode missions played on PS5, taking them through Tsuzumi Mansion to hunt and kill demons as various characters.


Lost Judgment

Sequel to the Yakuza spin-off Judgment released in 2018, the game was announced in May after a handful of leaks. It will be releasing this September for last and next-gen consoles. The new trailer provides a hearty look at various mechanics players can expect. The game is chock full of hijinks that Yakuza fans will expect, from running along walls to playing Dance, Revolution-styled minigames or attacking foes with a Shiba that growls like a lion. However, more serious crime investigation will give a perfect balance to theadventure.


Death Stranding: Director's Cut

Sony has announced both Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding will receive Director’s Cut releases on PlayStation 5, and the latter was given a full showcase for why it is “the definitive experience” with a new trailer. Beyond showing cutscenes remastered for the next-gen console, the trailer confirms that Kojima Productions will include new battles, combat mechanics, story missions, a firing range to practice gunplay, and much more. Overall, it makes a good case for why players may want to jump into Hideo Kojima’s first solo project since leaving Konami all over again.


Deathloop

A nine-minute gameplay walkthrough for Deathloop closed out the State of Play presentation. Plenty of footage has been shown, and this extended demo shows protagonist Colt Vahn trying to kill one of his targets, Aleksis “The Wolf” Dorsey. Players got a closer look at how they’ll be able to use hearsay to track down their marks more efficiently, and how primary antagonist Julianna Blake can appear mid-loop to cause trouble.