Getting out ahead of not-E3
Sony has announced a summer showcase, and it’s airing a bit before the usual festivities. A new Sony State of Play is airing on June 2.
The show will start at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT, airing on Twitch and YouTube.
As for content, Sony says it will have nearly 30 minutes of announcements and updates from the world of PlayStation. This includes reveals from third-party partners, and a look at several in-development games for PlayStation VR 2.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) May 27, 2022
Kicking off the summer
This June 2 showcase is a full week before Summer Game Fest Live on June 9, which kicks off a full weekend of showcases and streams. With no E3 this year, there’s not necessarily reason to stick to a schedule or window—and it’s not like Sony always did, anyways.
Xbox and Bethesda are hosting their joint press conference on June 12, and many other showcases have been gradually moving into that weekend as well. Still absent is Nintendo; no Direct has been announced as of this writing, though without a physical show, Nintendo could easily announce a stream just a few days in advance rather than weeks.
Still, it looks like we’re in for a summer of gaming news either way, and Sony is getting a head start.
What’s in a State?
As for speculation for what we could see? Well, Sony does highlight both VR and third-party content. At “nearly” 30 minutes, it won’t be a massive presentation or anything. But especially in an online format, it’s easy to blast through a bunch of trailers and announcements.
One reasonable guess is seeing Square Enix here. The company has teased that both Final Fantasy XVI and the Final Fantasy VII franchise are due for news soon. And the last Sony State of Play in March 2022 showed off two different Square Enix games, Valkyrie Elysium and The DioField Chronicle.
Hopes will also be high for common pairings with PlayStation like Street Fighter, or even a first-party update on big games like God of War: Ragnarok. Either way, Sony’s going to show us what it’s planning for the future next week.