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A Deathloop deep dive (and everything else at Sony’s latest State of Play)

Another PlayStation State of Play highlights Sony’s love for Indies, and some slick new Deathloop gameplay.

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PlayStation State of Play - July 2021
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Another PlayStation State of Play highlights Sony’s love for indies, and some slick new Deathloop gameplay.

Sony’s State of Play conferences have become a semi-regular wee treat for PlayStation fans, with short gameplay snippets of a wide variety of titles. The latest showed off a whole bunch of indie titles and gave us our first extended look at gameplay from Deathloop from Arkane Studios, the PlayStation exclusive published by Bethesda/Xbox.

While Deathloop’s gameplay didn’t really show anything new, we got a better understanding of the game’s tone – and that apparently means a lot of saxophone. While there is a lot to recognise from some of Arkane’s previous titles, a far more chaotic take on action and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour seem to be where Deathloop differs.

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We also got another tease of the multiplayer segment of the game, with the player-controlled Juliana infiltrating another player’s loop. How these infiltrations will play out for those taking on the role of Juliana is yet to be seen. With the game’s puzzle-like nature, however, it makes sense that Arkane and Sony want to keep their cards close to their chest.

Besides Deathloop, the pretentiously titled director’s cut of Death Stranding showed off what to expect from the upgraded PS5 version of the game. To be honest, there was more here than I was expecting?

Death Stranding Director’s Cut will arrive on September 24 with new story missions, new battles, new weapons, upgraded combat mechanics, new delivery mechanics, a firing range, and even a racing circuit. Sure, why not?

Opening up the event was the announcement of Moss: Book II, the cute VR sequel where you must save the land with the help of your mouse companion. We got another look at the jam-packed Yakuza spin-off Lost Judgment, and another snippet of blended battle royale fighting game Hunter’s Arena Legends, which will arrive as a PS Plus game next month.

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On top of the larger games, we also saw some anticipated indie titles. Fighting game Sifu was sadly pushed back to 2022. Jett showcased its unique “laid back” space exploration adventure, where players will explore a beautiful alien planet, as well as the thoughts and dreams of the interstellar travelling protagonist. Side-scrolling epic F.I.S.T Forged in Shadow Torch looked decidedly epic, and Tribes of Midgard detailed the new content coming to the game with the launch of Season 1 later this month.

However, one of the standouts had to be vibrant and varied third-person shooter Arcadegeddon, which features fast-paced combat and a whole bunch of fun looking game modes.

If you’d rather skim through the games showcased during last night’s State of Play, here’s a handy list.

PlayStation – State of Play – July 8, 2021

  • Moss: Book II – Coming soon to PSVR
  • Arcadegeddon – Early Access available now/ full game coming 2022
  • Tribes of Midgard Season 1 – Coming July 27, 2021
  • F.I.S.T Forged In Shadow Torch – Coming September 7, 2021
  • Hunters Arena Legends – Coming to PS Plus starting August 3, 2021
  • Sifu – Coming 2022
  • Jett: The Far Shore – Coming 2021
  • Demon Slayer The Hinokami Chronicles – Coming October 15, 2021
  • Lost Judgment – Coming September 24, 2021
  • Death Stranding Director’s Cut – Coming September 24, 2021
  • Deathloop – Coming September 14 2021

And here’s the full video, should you want to watch it all back for yourself.


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