The very first episode of Sony's State of Play livestream showcase just wrapped, and it was largely focused on Sony's upcoming PSVR titles. That's not to say there weren't any standard PS4 games, but if you were expecting some news about Sony's biggest upcoming games (like Last of Us 2!), you'd be somewhat disappointed.
If you're a PSVR enthusiast, or someone like me who's looking for something new to play in virtual reality after Tetris Effect, then this State of Play had you covered. Here are the biggest announcements from today's first ever PlayStation livestream.
Marvel's Iron Man VR
This is not Square Enix's Avengers game from Crystal Dynamics. Rather, Marvel's Iron Man VR is a new game from RÉPUBLIQUE developer Camouflaj where players don the Iron Man armor and blast bad guys away as Tony Stark. Iron Man VR supports the PlayStation Move Controllers, which are used to point your hands and blast lasers from your palms, just like the real Iron Man. The VR action game is slated for a 2019 release.
No Man's Sky Beyond VR
No Man's Sky Beyond is the next major content update for Hello Games' No Man's Sky. While the studio already announced a major online overhaul for Beyond, today's State of Play livestream revealed the next major feature: full VR support. Hello Games says all the content in No Man's Sky, including content from NEXT and Beyond, will be fully playable in VR when the update lands this summer.
Blood and Truth
Sony London's Blood and Truth VR game has been kicking around for some years now, but it finally has a release date. The first-person shooter/crime thriller will be coming exclusively to PSVR on May 28. In it, you'll play a character waging a fight against the gangs of London. Sony London is boasting a strong focus on the single-player campaign and immersive movement for this one, and pre-orders are already available.
The next game from the developers of Stories Untold, Observation is a first-person narrative adventure where players take the role of a sentient space station. The premise is very 2001: A Space Odyssey, but given the pedigree it seems like a mistake to boil down Observation like that. All I know is the atmosphere is suitably creepy, and it looks visually stunning. Obvservation is coming to PS4 and PS4 Pro on May 21.
Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted
This one elicited a resounding "nope!" from the staff here at USG. Developed by Steel Wool Studios, Five Nights at Freddy's VR is a collection of the most terrifying levels across the Five Nights at Freddy's series remade in virtual reality. Basically, what if the jump scares in FNAF were more immersive and in-your-face? We expect this to be popular with YouTubers and fans, but people with weak hearts might want to pass on this one.
Developed by PixelOpus, Concrete Genie was announced way back at Paris Games Week 2017. The players control Ash using the DualShock 4's motion controllers to help paint a magical world. The new trailer premiered at today's State of Play offers a little more story details and announced a slight delay to fall 2019.
Next Wave of VR Games
There were also a bunch of different VR games Sony previously announced including: Mini Mech Mayhem, Jupiter and Mars, Falcon Age, Trover Saves the Universe, Everybody's Golf, Table of Tales, and Vacation Simulator scheduled to release through the spring and summer. You can check out the new clips and release dates in the highlight reel above.
Days Gone, Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled, Mortal Kombat 11
As far as non-VR games go, PlayStation released new trailers for the upcoming Days Gone, as well as Crash Team Racing and Mortal Kombat 11. You can read our most recent preview of Days Gone here, while NetherRealms Studio announced that Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Major Jackxon "Jax" Briggs are the latest characters to join the Mortal Kombat 11 roster.
The inaugural episode of PlayStation's State of Play livestream was mostly VR-focused, and as such didn't have any details for upcoming games like Death Stranding or The Last of Us 2. But Sony says that this is just one of many livestreams throughout the year, so hopefully we'll be seeing some console news soon.