has been curiously quiet about its next one…until now. The next State of Play is set for September 24, and armed with the knowledge of what Sony could show off, we’re expecting quite the show.So, here are our best guesses about what will, and what won’t, be part of the third State of Play.
Will We Get PS5 News at State of Play?
This question is, sadly, easy to answer — no. Sony’s PlayStation Blog post detailing the State of Play definitively states: “Don’t expect any updates related to our next-gen plans in this episode.”
So we won’t be getting Sony’s official first teaser video for the PS5, a name reveal (…if it’s not “PlayStation 5” I will finally, actually write a Kingdom Hearts parody of Hamilton), or any sort of launch details about the PS5.
Though, of course, if you’re like IGN’s own Adam Bankhurst, who thinks the five stragglers making up the State of Play date announcement are in fact a tease at PS5 actually being revealed, well, I hope that you’re not too disappointed come September 24.
Will We Get Death Stranding News at State of Play?
Unless Sony decides to do another State of Play so close to this one, let’s assume this presentation is its last big publicity push for PS4’s fall 2019 slate. And given that Death Stranding is the most prominent PS4 exclusive coming before the end of the year, it would be crazy for Sony not to include one final trailer or teaser in the State of Play.
Yes, we got over an hour of Death Stranding gameplay from TGS 2019, including a long, in-depth gameplay session and a look inside protagonist Sam Bridges’ room, but Sony would be remiss to not at least shout out this marquee game in its most mainstream presentation of the season. After so many mysterious, cinematic trailers leading up to Death Stranding, it would be a shame to not have at least one last (typically opaque) look at Kojima’s latest creation before its release.
Will We Get The Last of Us Part 2 News at State of Play?
This one is interesting. We know that a media event for The Last of Us Part 2 will be held on September 24, the same day as this State of Play. Short of Sony announcing things directly from that event, I’m inclined to say we likely won’t see anything substantial from the highly anticipated Naughty Dog sequel.But, there’s still a chance for Sony to involve The Last of Us Part 2 in its State of Play. Two days after the State of Play and The Last of Us Part 2 media event is Outbreak Day, the in-universe day on which the cordyceps virus really broke out and caused the apocalyptic nightmare we’re so familiar with from the first game. Naughty Dog and Sony have typically celebrated the day with new merch and art. But, given that this could very well be the last Outbreak Day before The Last of Us Part 2 releases – if rumors of an early 2020 release hold true – then it would seem crazy not to mark the day with some new teaser from the sequel.
Will We Get Ghost of Tsushima News at State of Play?
I doubt it. Sony actually has quite a bit left to promote through the end of 2019. And even if both The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima are coming out in 2020, rumors and general sentiment seem to imply TLOU2 will be the first out the door. Assuming Ghost of Tsushima is later on in the year, I don’t think Sony will start hyping it so early on.
What Other Sony First-Party Games for PS4 Will We Hear About?
While Death Stranding has, understandably, dominated this year’s second half or PlayStation, it’s not the only PS4-exclusive debuting this year.
The smaller-scale but wonderfully charming Concrete Genie is debuting on PS4 on October 8. From Sony first-party team Pixelopus, I previewed Concrete Genie’s opening hour recently and found it to be a serene, unique, and intriguing experience that I’m looking forward to playing fully in just a few weeks.And, in partnership with developers Other Ocean, Sony is releasing a remake of the PS1 favorite MediEvil on October 25, just ahead of Halloween.
Sony is also no stranger to publishing partnerships, like with the quite fun Predator: Hunting Grounds coming next year. So whether PlayStation decides to tease that game again, or reveal another partnered exclusive (maybe we’ll finally find out what Bluepoint Games is working on?), it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sony shore up its exclusive lineup for early 2020, too.
What PSVR News Will We Get?
The first State of Play prominently featured PlayStation VR’s upcoming game slate. With almost all of those games now out (and many of them like Falcon Age and Blood & Truth very fun to play), Sony would do well to highlight a couple more PSVR games.
There is, of course, Marvel’s Iron Man VR, which opened the very first State of Play. It’s still set for a 2019 release but has no exact release date. So I would expect a trailer here confirming its launch date (I’d wager mid-October or mid-November), especially since I found Iron Man VR fun to play when we previewed it earlier this year.Rock Band developer Harmonix’s VR title Audica was also recently confirmed for PSVR, and the long-gestating Golem could finally come out soon, so both are potential candidates for a State of Play tease.
But with such a relatively light lineup coming up, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony confirms a few more PSVR games while simultaneously not turning the State of Play into a PSVR-only showcase, given that many criticized the first State of Play for being just that.
What Third-Party News Will We Get?
PlayStation is no stranger to relying on third-parties for bolstering its PS4 lineup, particularly in the fall and holiday seasons; Sony and Activision’s continued Call of Duty partnership with Modern Warfare makes that upcoming multiplayer shooter feel like a lock.
And since E3, EA has been surprisingly quiet about a marquee title, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. A trailer giving us a new look at such an anticipated game (attached to such a beloved brand) similarly feels like a no-brainer.
Any Brand New Games?
Yes. The PS Blog post says the State of Play will include “new game reveals.” These could be anything, but personally I’d love to see whatever Bluepoint Games, the developers behind the Shadow of the Colossus PS4 remake, have been up to since.
And, with Insomniac Games officially now part of the PlayStation first-party fold, I am crossing my fingers for a new Ratchet & Clank game. (Yes, of course, I want more Spider-Man games, and those feel like a given, but I don’t think this is the State of Play where we’ll see Spidey 2 announced just yet.)
With so much on the horizon, PlayStation should have no trouble filling the 20 minute State of Play with games we all can’t wait to play in the next few months. Even if that means a proper PS5 reveal is still yet to come.
What do you think Sony will include in the third State of Play? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to stay tuned for IGN’s comprehensive State of Play coverage, as well as for our weekly PlayStation deep dives on Podcast Beyond.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior News Editor, host of Beyond!, and is upset he will be busy