PlayStation August State of Play Recap: Spelunky 2 Gets a Release Date, Hitman's Coming to VR, and More

PlayStation August State of Play Recap: Spelunky 2 Gets a Release Date, Hitman's Coming to VR, and More

Today's State of Play was packed with new trailers.

Today marked another State of Play for PlayStation, Sony Interactive Entertainment's semi-regular, Nintendo Direct-like streams. Ahead of the showcase, Sony warned that there would be no PlayStation 5 hardware news-so no price, no release date, none of that nonsense. However, we did learn more about games coming to both PS4 and PS5 later this year, and beyond.

Here's all the trailers from today's State of Play.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Is Getting a Cool New "Inverted" Mode, Plus More Details

A new extended gameplay trailer today gave viewers a deeper look inside Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, the first new Crash game in over a decade. From developers Toys For Bob, the new trailer unveiled a few new details today. For one, it's going to have cosmetic skins that are earnable in-game, with no microtransactions at that.

Players will also be able to play the whole game as Coco if they want to, and to account for that, she plays a bigger role in the story. In addition to Neo Cortex as a sometimes-playable character, the developer also revealed that Dingodile will also get his own sections as well. In the most exciting news about Crash 4 revealed today though, Toys For Bob revealed that in collaboration with developers Beenox, it's creating a new "inverted mode," which not only shifts the perspective of the level, but renders them in a new art style. The trailer teases a neon-soaked level, one wherein smashing boxes splashes paint all over its white environment (The Unfinished Swan-style), and one that reworks the frame rate and color palette to operate like an "old timey movie." Crash 4 is out Oct. 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Hitman 1-3 Are Coming to VR

Today's new Hitman 3 trailer wasn't just a cinematic trailer like last time. Instead, it revealed that Hitman 3 will be fully playable in PlayStation VR. And not just Hitman 3, but the entire trilogy. The trailer just showed Agent 47 entering a party-seemingly Hitman 3's new Dubai level-before pulling out his signature fiber wire to choke his victim out. It's an exciting addition, but honestly, I don't know how I'll feel leaving a pile of bodies in a bathroom in first-person VR. It's due for release in January 2021.

Braid's Getting a Shiny Anniversary Edition

Braid has been fully hand repainted for modern consoles. Releasing in 2021, the Braid Anniversary Edition isn't just a simple reskin with new art. Its developers note in the video that it will have the most detailed game commentary options "ever," ranging from programming to art insight. Considering Braid released in 2008, it will be interesting hearing how the developers tackled refreshing it for next-gen consoles. Here's to hoping we never hear about that water bottle ever again.

A Deeper Look Into Giant Squid's Follow-up To Abzu, The Pathless

Giant Squid's upcoming The Pathless has surprisingly not been shown off that much, despite its release aimed for later this year. The new game from Giant Squid, the developers behind Abzu, isn't another Journey-like. Instead, it's an open-world adventure, with some timing-based archery shenanigans and stealth action. It looks pretty neat. The new footage shown in today's trailer was captured on PS5.

Spelunky 2 Is Out Pretty Dang Soon!

It's been years since Spelunky 2 was announced with nothing more than some art. Today, we learned that Spelunky 2 is out very, very soon. But first, main developer Derek Yu led viewers through what's changed with the roguelike for the sequel. Yu narrates that the world of Spelunky 2 will feel "a lot more full," with hidden pathways and even branching paths as players navigate the caves. Shopping experiences have also changed in a big way, with the trailer teasing shopkeepers pulling out a gun on you, and other surprises. Characters you meet along the journey will either help you, or get in your way.

Considering how Spelunky's very much become a classic game in the roguelike canon, fans are appropriately excited for the sequel. It will even have online multiplayer this time! The good news is we don't have to wait long for it: It's out on Sept. 15 for PlayStation 4.

Genshin Impact is Out This Autumn

Genshin Impact is an upcoming action-RPG from Chinese game studio MiHoYo. The trailer was short and snappy, with it showing anime-styled characters fighting and climbing across a beautiful landscape. It even evoked some light Breath of the Wild-like vibes. Genshin Impact is out on PS4 this fall.

Stylish Beat 'Em Up Aeon Must Die Revealed

Aeon Must Die is a beat 'em up with a unique art style that blends 2D and 3D. Watching the trailer, I initially thought it was a fighting game, but then it progressed to show more screen by screen movement, proving that just fighting was not the case. Aeon Must Die is coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2021.

2.5D Cyberpunk Action-Adventure Anno Mutationem Out This December

We've seen some glimpses at Anno Mutationem in the past, but today we got an even longer look at how its 2.5D action will play out. Set in a cyberpunk world, the game stars a woman with action finesse. The game is split up into exploration where you can interact with NPCs and the environment and high-intensity 2D battles, according to the PlayStation Blog. It's coming to PS4 and PC this December.

Talkin' 'Bout Bugsnax

Bugsnax has enamored the world, and today, we got our first look at how it plays. Bugsnax pins you as a journalist investigating bugsnax creatures on an island, and there, you seemingly help locals capture their favorite bugsnax to, uh, eat I guess? As you build up the town of Snaxburg, the town gets more populated. There's also an eerie teaser for something darker at the end of the trailer. What's going on in Bugsnax? We won't know until this holiday, when it launches on PS5.

Vader Immortal Is Out This Month

Vader Immortal is a new PlayStation VR game where players will be trying to "stop" Vader. Compared to other VR experiences, it looks like it's shaping up to be what one would expect from a VR Star Wars game-lots of lightsaber battles and force abilities. It's out later this month on Aug. 25.

Control's Alan Wake Crossover DLC Is Out Soon

The last Control DLC expansion, AWE, finally has a new trailer, and it looks appropriately creepy. The AWE expansion, centered around the universe of Alan Wake seemingly, is out Aug. 27 for PS4.

Auto Chess is Coming to PlayStation

Auto Chess still alive and kickin', even if you haven't maybe heard about it in a while. The PC sensation that started as a Dota 2 mod is hitting PlayStation this October.

The Pedestrian is Heading to PS4

Originally released on PC back in January of this year, a.k.a. about a decade ago, the indie platformer the Pedestrian is headed next to PS4 in January 2021. The platformer has a unique look to it, as you control a stick figure as they traverse across road signs in the real world.

Hood: Outlaws and Legends Revealed

There weren't many PS5 announcements today, but Sumo and Focus Home Interactive's Hood: Outlaws and Legends was one of the few. The new PvPvE action game showed a lot of hooded Assassin's Creed-like types assassinating one another, all in pursuit of some mysterious treasure chest. After the cinematic part of the trailer is done, it showed a brief look into how it actually plays. It's headed to both PS5 and PS4 in 2021, as well as Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.

Temtem's Coming to PS5

The PC Pokemon-like hit is venturing onto consoles-notably, the PS5. Temtem, for now, remains on Steam Early Access. Many have described it as a serious challenge, catering to the more hardcore fans of Pokemon battling and collecting. Temtem is hitting the console sometime in 2021.

New Godfall Gameplay Footage

The PlayStation 5-exclusive "looter-slasher" from Gearbox and Counterplay Games got an extended gameplay trailer today. It allows online co-op, though it does require a PlayStation Plus description, as noted in the fine print on the trailer. It won't have any microtransactions, and will have all its content on day one. The new trailer dives deep into its gameplay systems. It's out this Holiday on PS5.

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