By Paul “Tru1P” Holston | @Tru1P | 11:15 PM EST, Weds. March 27, 2019
The inaugural episode of PlayStation’s State of Play live stream only lasted close to 20 minutes total.
That was enough for viewers and avid PlayStation fans to determine whether or not they would tune in to future episodes on the newly streaming presentation that PlayStation began rolling out on Monday, March 25.
After announcing last November that they would not be participating in the E3 2019 expo for the first time in the show’s 24-year history, both the fans and the gaming industry alike were left wondering how Sony Interactive Entertainment would replace the norm of their annual press conference through this new approach. Sony is the second major gaming company to pull out of E3 after Nintendo first pulled out back in 2013.
The biggest announcement from the first State of Play episode was none other than the arrival of “Marvel’s Iron Man VR” coming to PlayStation VR (Virtual Reality) this year. This was the first announcement kicking off the State of Play debut, where according to Ryan Payton, director of Camouflaj, expressed through the Playstation Blog that the game had been built over a two-year period.
Payton stated that in leveraging the strengths of VR, the company focused on making flying, shooting and Super Hero-like actions feel both natural and powerful on PlayStation VR.
“When you get your hands on the game later this year, I hope that you, like those on the team who have played early development versions of the game, take off your PS VR headset, smile, and say, “Wow… I feel like Iron Man!,” said Payton via Playstation Blog.
The focused storyline of the game revolves around the main character Iron Man, also known as Tony Stark, confronting the ghosts of his past and fighting the powerful forces and villains who seek to stop him by any means necessary. By incorporating the VR function, the game hopes to allow players to immerse themselves into the world of Tony Stark while fighting to defeat enemies in the form of Iron Man. This could possibility be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, but nothing has been confirmed.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 25, 2019
Alongside Iron Man, over 10 other VR games were highlighted throughout the first episode of State Of Play, all slated for releases through Spring and Summer 2019. Titles include “No Man’s Sky Beyond,” “PS VR Blockbuster Blood & Truth,” “Skyworld,” “Falcon Age,” “Ghost Giant,” “Table of Tales,” “Everybody’s Golf VR,” “Trevor Saves The Universe,”“Mini-Mech Mayhem,” “Vacation Simulator,” “Golem,” and “Luna,” as well as “Five Nights at Freddy VR.”
Mortal Kombat 11 also got its shine at the conclusion of the live stream event, as a new trailer debuted showing the nostalgic characteristics of the series with a “Past Meets Present” theme. Loved characters including Johnny Cage, Jax, Liu Kang, Kung Lao and more meshed together before catching up to the modern era into a whole new and evolved combat fighting system, as well as graphics.
“Distinguishing the ‘past’ and ‘present’ versions of each character was a matter of building on our work in Mortal Kombat X and refining it,” said Dominic Ciancolo, Story and VO Director of NetherRealm Studios via Playstation Blog. “By sharpening the ‘present’ characterizations, the depiction of each version of the characters is brought more sharply into focus.” Mortal Kombat 11 Beta Version went live on Thursday, March 27, with still a slated release date of Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
With the heavy presence of VR being the primary focus of the first episode of PlayStation’s State of Play, how will the future episodes hold up to this surprising lack of excitement from its debut? Will PlayStation tease the possibility of a future PlayStation 5 release date? Will companies behind games such as “Last Of Us,” “God Of War,” or even the Grand Theft Auto series give fans a confirmation of sequels and next series games? Only time will tell, as future episodes of PlayStation’s State of Play are forthcoming.
If you didn’t get a chance to watch live, see below the link of the first episode of PlayStation’s State of Play (ENGLISH):
Paul “Tru1P” Holston is a multimedia journalist, photographer, and content creator residing in Washington, D.C. He is an administrator for The Cookout and a down-to-Earth Gamer with a passion on the intersections of Video Games, Race, and Culture. You can find him streaming at twitch.tv/Tru1P.