Tonight sees Sony’s first State of Play stream of 2021 – think Nintendo Direct, but in PlayStation blue – set to be packed full of new game announcements for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, as well as catch ups and trailers for previously announced games. But… where can you watch it? When is it taking place? What games are most likely to appear? Keep reading for the skinny on what to expect later today.
When is the State of Play PlayStation reveal stream?
The State of Play Stream will be held tonight, 25th February, lasting around 30 minutes and starting at the following times.
- UK – 10PM GMT
- Europe – 11PM CET
- US East Coast – 5PM EST
- US West Coast – 2PM PST
Where can you watch the State of Play stream?
What will be in the State of Play?
Sony have outlined and hinted at what will be included in tonight’s State of Play event, promising “deep dives”, announcements and new trailers for 10 upcoming games for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. Some of these will be “updates on some of the third-party and indie titles you last saw in June’s PS5 showcase,” and they’ll be “focusing on great games set to come out in the months ahead.”
So, let’s look at what games that could mean. We’ve gone back to that June PS5 showcase and picked out all the relevant titles that are expected to release in 2021, from both indie developers and third party studios:
- Deathloop from Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks
- Ghostwire: Tokyo from Tango Gameworks / Bethesda Softworks
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits from Ember Labs
- Little Devil Inside from Neostream Interactive
- Oddworld: Soulstorm from Oddworld Inhabitants
- Resident Evil Village from Capcom
- Stray from BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna
- Solar Ash from Heart Machine / Annapurna
If the focus is on games coming out in the next few months, then Kena and Oddworld: Soulstorm are both expected in the first half of 2021, while Deathloop and Resident Evil Village have both been confirmed for May. That would be four of the ten games, leaving plenty of space for some other announcements.
But what of Sony’s first party games? We recently had plenty of news about Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which is set for release on 11th June, so we wouldn’t expect that game to pop up, but there’s MLB The Show 21 out on 20th April and Returnal set for 30th April, both of which could do with some time in the spotlight.
Will there be hardware announcements, like when we’ll see more PS5 stock?
In a word: no. Sony specifically say that there will not be any PlayStation hardware announcements or any business-focussed updates, which makes sense. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan kicked off a flurry of announcements earlier this week to talk about hardware and business news, including the PlayStation VR 2 announcement for some time after 2021 and reveal that Days Gone is coming to PC. In other words, this is just about games that you can get excited for on PlayStation consoles in the relatively near future.