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Every Game Showcased at the September 2022 State of Play

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Sony's September 2022 State of Play follows up a strong Nintendo Direct with its reveals and trailers, including a look at God of War Ragnarok.

p>It has been a stacked few days for video game news. The Ubisoft Forward event on September 10 offered a lot to anticipate, including multiple Assassin's Creed titles and the return of Rayman in Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. Then a Nintendo Direct and PlayStation State of Play were announced, each scheduled for today. Nintendo's event was packed with reveals like Fire Emblem Engage, an official teaser for Pikmin 4, and a release date for the now-titled Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Meanwhile, Sony was clear early on that its September 2022 showcase would feature titles from Japanese partners and developers around the world.

As a lead-up to Tokyo Game Show 2022, the 20-minute State of Play discussed 10 titles across PS4, PS5, and PS VR2. Though this event was smaller in scale, acclaimed developers like Bandai Namco, Koei Tecmo, and Ryu Ga Gotoku (RGG) Studio all had a presence, with a surprise new trailer for God of War Ragnarok thrown in to really get fans' blood pumping.

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Tekken 8

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First revealed with a teaser at EVO 2022, Tekken 8 is the next installment in Bandai Namco's popular fighting game franchise. Its September 2022 trailer features an extended bout between Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima. Kazama has to activate his devil powers to win, which cuts to a likely symbolic shot of a chain being broken to form the 8 in its title. However, all fans learn is they should "Stay Tuned" for news about the PS5 title coming off Mishima's recent appearance in Super Smash Bros.

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge - Enhanced Edition

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After the Tekken 8 cold open, Sony's first big PS VR2 game was Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge - Enhanced Edition, coming 2023. Tales from the Galaxy's Edge was released for Oculus (Meta) devices in 2020, letting players explore a world inspired by the titular Disneyland and Walt Disney World attraction. It has been rebuilt to take advantage of PS VR2 features like 3D audio and haptic feedback in the DualSense controller, boosting "immersion" as players meet characters like C-3PO and Yoda voiced by their original actors. This Enhanced Edition will include the original game's expansions.

Demeo

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Another PS5 and PS VR2 game in development is Demeo, a virtual reality dungeon-crawler by Resolution Games that launched in May 2021. The game advertises itself on capturing the "creativity and chaos of a tabletop RPG," and the PlayStation skew set to release in 2023 will be cross-platform compatible so that friends across devices can form a party to defeat the forces of evil. A PlayStation Blog post advertises the use of eye-tracking tech that will allow users to make menu selections "with little more than the blink of an eye."

Like a Dragon: Ishin!

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Like a Dragon: Ishin! is a remake of the 2014 spin-off by RGG Studio, part of its popular Yakuza franchise. This Sega-published game will be released outside of Japan for the first time in February 2023, giving fans across the globe an opportunity to see a fictionalized retelling of the story behind samurai Sakamoto Ryoma. Set in 1860s Kyo (based on Kyoto), Like a Dragon: Ishin! casts Yakuza characters like Kazuma Kiryu in major roles with four unique combat styles. The game is RGG Studio's first to utilize Unreal Engine 4, and more will be revealed in a September 14 livestream at 3:00 a.m. PT.

Hogwarts Legacy

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Hogwarts Legacy has been embroiled in controversy due to series' creator J.K. Rowling's transphobic comments and a Goblin rebellion storyline that has racist undercurrents as a result of the race's seemingly Jewish caricatures. Still, many are looking forward to exploring an open-world Hogwarts in Avalanche Software's upcoming title. The September 2022 State of Play details a PlayStation-exclusive quest called "The Haunted Hogsmeade Shop," and there will be an additional pre-order bonus for PS4 and PS5 owners. Hogwarts Legacy is currently set to release on February 10, 2023.

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Pacific Drive

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Sony followed Hogwarts Legacy by unveiling the debut title of Seattle, Washington-based Ironwood Studios: Pacific Drive. This unique first-person survival game puts a focus on driving, with players having to scavenge resources to maintain their car so that it can take them through the "Olympic Exclusion Zone." In Pacific Drive's alternate reality, the real-world Olympic Peninsula was taken by eminent domain in the 1950s, but experiments by the US government resulted in "severe radiation, environmental collapse, and supernatural horrors." Players will have to survive the "drive from hell" with roguelike elements reshuffling their environment when Pacific Drive releases for PS5 in 2023.

Synduality

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After a brief pit stop to discuss the PlayStation Stars loyalty program, viewers were introduced to a Bandai Namco anime mecha game called Synduality. Producer Yosuke Futami discusses the sci-fi game's setting of Amasia in a PlayStation Blog post, and details the game's impetus of a human teaming up with AI partner Magus to see if they can coexist and reclaim the world from climate disasters and "deformed creatures." Futami says this project emerged from a team hoping to break into the sci-fi genre with an innovative third-person shooter, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out in 2023.

Stellar Blade

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​​​​​Some may recognize Stellar Blade as the sci-fi/fantasy game Project Eve, a title by Korean developer Shift Up that has appeared at numerous showcases. The latest trailer for this PS5 console exclusive focuses on its narrative, with Eve working alongside members of Earth's last surviving city Xion (including the fittingly named Adam) to save the planet from demonic entities called NA:tives. The game has drawn comparisons to everything from Bayonetta and NieR: Automata to Dark Souls and Dead Space, so many will be excited to see it coming along with this State of Play trailer.

Rise of the Ronin

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Another PS5 exclusive unveiled at this event is the latest action RPG by Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja: Rise of the Ronin. This title is similar to Like a Dragon: Ishin!'s general premise, following a samurai in the 19th Century, but with a heavy focus on the Bakumatsu period where Japanese people dealt with invasions from western nations and a civil war between supporters and those opposed to the Tokugawa Shogunate. Team Ninja's open-world game is fittingly combat-focused for fans of series like Nioh, and has been in development for seven years according to director Fumihiko Yasuda. However, those interested in Rise of the Ronin will have to wait until 2024, after Team Ninja's Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty releases next year.

God of War Ragnarok

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Like Nintendo capped off its event with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Sony ​​​​​​ended its latest State of Play by dropping the official God of War Ragnarok story trailer before its November 9 release. Fans were already aware that the game takes place years after the series' acclaimed 2018 reboot, and a constant refrain is an older Atreus questioning what Kratos wants of him, even as he hopes to become stronger so that he can protect his father.

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Audiences were given a glimpse at various important beats that pull inspiration from the Norse mythological cataclysm, such as Atreus shooting the sun out of the sky and Kratos clashing with Thor. Various battle scenes are depicted across the nine realms, all of which will be visited in God of War Ragnarok. There appear to be some truly beautiful settings that take advantage of the PS4 and PS5 - though the State of Play also announced a limited-edition DualSense wireless controller for PS5 that will be available to pre-order starting September 27. Even in the face of a deadly fate, Kratos assures his son that, "We will make our own destiny," and fans don't have to wait much longer to see this epic narrative unfold.

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