With E3 2022 confirmed dead (R.I.P E3), many gamers figured and prayed that we would still get our annual Summer megaton announcements from the industry's major publishers. All it took was a plucky Geoff Keighley and the power of streaming to give birth to Summer Game Fest, a new-ish all digital gaming event to rise from E3's ashes and take its place upon the iron throne. Over the next few weeks, expect to hear from all of gaming's big wigs (hopefully that includes Nintendo), with Sony surprisingly being first out of the gate. Their Summer State of Play just wrapped, and here are the 5 things that we loved about it:
RESIDENT EVIL 4 REMAKE FINALLY REVEALED
Arguably, gaming's worst kept secret was finally brought to light. The State of Play kicked off with an announcement that one of the greatest games of all time would be getting a modern remake. Resident Evil 4 remake is on its way (March 24, 2023, in fact), where Capcom is looking to reimagine the "storyline of the game while keeping the essence of its direction, modernizing the graphics and updating the controls to a modern standard."
THE CALLISTO PROTOCOL'S IMPRESSIVE GAMEPLAY TRAILER
I must admit, when this trailer began, my heart and body were screaming, 'Dead Space Remake!' Luckily, it seems that my instincts weren't far off as this new IP, The Callisto Protocol is being made by devs from the original Dead Space team. The two games may share some similar charms, but based on this impressive gameplay trailer, The Callisto Protocol will blaze its own terrifying path into gamers' hearts.
STRAY LEAD THE WAY FOR AN IMPRESSIVE GROUP OF INDIES
Playing a game as a cat is unique enough, but playing as a cat in a desolate cyberpunk city that is home to sentient robots, is a whole other ball park. These types of shows always give love to the indies, and while all of them that were shown impressed, it was Stray that stood out in my eyes. Even better, it is coming July 19, so not far to go before we get our hands on it.
STREET FIGHTER 6 BROUGHT THE VIBES
Resident Evil wasn't the only Capcom IP that was getting its time in the limelight. The eagerly anticipated new entry in the long-running street fighter series was given a much-extended trailer where we saw gameplay, new faces and returning characters with new looks. We were even introduced to Metro city, a surprising urban city for what seems to be your own created character to traverse and take on NPCs. Also, the game pulled back no punches when it came to the graphics and art direction. I can't wait to see more before it releases next year.
final fantasy 16 makes its grand return
After almost two years of radio silence, we were finally treated to a new Final Fantasy 16 trailer. This new "Dominance" trailer was all about the various summons of the series past strutting their stuff. We saw the likes of Phoenix, Titan, Garuda, Ramuh, Shiva, Odin, Bahamut, and Ifrit all in their destructive glory, giving us a glimpse of what to come when the game releases next year summer.
All in all, it was a pretty decent State of play and kick-off to the not E3 summer of festivities. My only issue I was left a bit mystified (apart from that one Horizon PSVR2 game) at the total lack of any first-party showing. I mean, come on Sony, how you gonna do my bro Kratos like that? Here's hoping Ragnarok makes an appearance at the Summer game fest showing.
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