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RE4 remake, Street Fighter 6, FF XVI highlight State of Play

One of PlayStation’s best showcases

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Sony PlayStation’s latest State of Play event came out swinging with the announcement of Resident Evil 4 remake. It then ended on a high note, revealing the release date of Final Fantasy XVI. But that’s not all. There were plenty of exciting announcements in between. Here’s a rundown:

Resident Evil 4

A Resident Evil 4 remake is coming to the PlayStation 5. The game catches players up with Leon Kennedy, six few years removed from the events in Resident Evil 2.

The game has been remade for the for the current generation of console. And if the trailer was anything to go by, it looks freakin’ awesome. Resident Evil 4 is scheduled to release on March 24, 2023 and will be available only on the PS5.

Street Fighter 6

Capcom is looking to bounce back after a less than stellar release of the Street Fighter 5. The trailer showcased the usual versus fighting we know and love. But it also showed some free roaming areas which feels new for the franchise.

Arcade Mode, online matches, Training Mode, and other staples are all present. New to this edition are the World Tour and Battle Hub modes. Street Fighter 6 will be available in 2023 on the PS5 and PS4.

Final Fantasy XVI

There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the next mainline Final Fantasy game. Now, rumors can be put to rest with the reveal of the combat trailer and a release date.

The trailer showed flashy, action combat involving expected characters. What’s eye-popping though is a battle involving Eikons (or Guardian Force, Summons, depending on where you’re coming from). It appears the game will feature actual battles between Ifrit, Bahamut, Shiva, and more instead of the usual single-attack cinematic.

Final Fantasy XVI will be available on the PS5 and is coming Summer 2023.

PS VR 2

PlayStation promised updates on their latest VR efforts and they did not disappoint. There are plenty of games to look forward to in the Horizon.

Horizon Call of the Mountain

 

Resident Evil Village

No Man’s Sky

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution

Other announcements

PlayStation’s push to PC is getting even more of a boost with the arrival of Marvel’s Spider-Man series. Both Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales are heading to PC with the former coming on August 12, 2022 and the latter in Fall 2022.

For news that should delight PS Plus Extra and Deluxe/Premium subscribers are getting the previously teased indie game Stray. In Stray, you walk around in the shoes, or rather, paws. The game will come to the PS5 and PS4 on July 19.

Other games announced:

Rollerdrome

The Callistro Protocol

Season: a Letter to the Future

Tunic

 

Eternights

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Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher: Raise your own Kaiju

Coming to the Nintendo Switch

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Players will soon be able to raise their own Ultra Kaiju and take them to battle as Bandai Namco has announced Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher for Nintendo Switch with a release date set later in 2022.

The title is a collaboration between Ultra Kaiju, the villain monster in Ultraman action programs, and the monster-breeding simulation game Monster Rancher which is fittingly celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Generate your Partner Kaiju

Just like Monster Rancher 1 and 2, the new title is a breeding simulation game, but this time, you’ll be raising Ultra Kaiju — like Alien Baltan, Zetton, or Gomora.

To generate your Partner Kaiju from the platform, simply follow these steps:

  1. Use the Song Search function to play songs that will generate a new Ultra Kaiju
  2. The Ultra Kaiju can also be generated using NFC-enabled devices or items such as transport ID cards
  3. The game reads your ID and card data using NFC and generates a Kaiju
  4. Different data produces different Kaiju, so you will never know what you’re going to get from over 200 choices

Raise your Ultra Kaiju for battles

Once generated, players will select from a range of actions like feeding them, training them, or sending them on an Errantry with rival Kaiju to raise them.

Your own Ultra Kaiju will be raised on a ranch. Once it has reached its potential, it will be time for tournaments where it will face off against rivals in powerful battles.

As the game is still based mainly on Monster Rancher, attacks will be available depending on the distance of the Kaiju and its opponent.

Using combinations and learning new moves via the Errantry will help your Kaiju dominate the arena.

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NieR: Automata is coming to Nintendo Switch

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Post-apocalyptic RPG NieR: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition is coming to the Asia region on October 6, headlining a series of title announcements from video game giant Square Enix at Nintendo Direct Mini.

Players from the region will soon enjoy the action RPG, which has 6.5 million units shipped worldwide since its 2017 release, on Nintendo Switch.

Assuming the role of androids 2B, 9S and A2, players will have to reclaim the world from machine life-forms and uncover truths about humanity. Free DLCs with additional content and challenges will also be available for free download.

NieR: Automata

Aside from NieR: Automata, three more Square Enix games are going to be released later in the year.

LIVE A LIVE

LIVE A LIVE, a classic RPG game, is reborn into HD-2D and scheduled for release on July 22. 

A demo version has already been made available for Chapters 1 to 3, and players may be able to carry over their saved data into the full game.

The game features seven time periods, seven protagonists, and seven gameplay variations which players may choose to play in whatever.

Each has unique elements and engaging battles along with interesting narratives. Completing all seven will unlock an eighth — the Middle Ages — where more adventures await.

Harvestella

Brand-new farming life simulation RPG with a dark twist Harvestella will follow on November 4, with a PC edition (Steam) to be released on November 5.

Harvestella is set in a vibrant and colorful world where giant crystals, Seaslight, create a smooth transition from season to season.

Players will grow crops, use ingredients to cook and craft items, visit different towns, interact with townsfolk, go fishing, and more.

However, abnormalities suddenly appear and a fifth season, the Quietus or “season of death” wreak havoc wherein crops cannot grow and people cannot go outside.

This is where the challenge begins, and players can from various Jobs, such as Fighter, Shadow Walker, and Mage, and venture into dungeons to uncover the truth behind the calamity.

Dragon Quest Treasures

Lastly, another new RPG, treasure-hunting adventure game Dragon Quest Treasures will launch worldwide on December 9.

It will be a completely new spin off from the Dragon Quest series, and will explore the childhood escapades of Erik and Mia, who first appeared in Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

Players will take control of Erik and Mia, as they explore a treasure hunter’s paradise. Players may recruit monsters which shall aid them in hiding loot strategically and even battling other treasure hunters.

Collecting treasure will allow players to increase their vault value, expand their home base, and add to their brigade of friendly monsters.

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Tencent’s Tower of Fantasy aims to rival Genshin Impact

New mobile open-world action RPG

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Upcoming open-world action RPG Tower of Fantasy (Level Infinite/Hotta Studio) is now open for pre-registration, with lots of rewards in store for users.

It is set for global release in Q3 2022 for PC and mobile. The title may now be added to Steam and Epic store wish lists.

The game’s developers will unlock different rewards for users as the number of pre-registered players increase.

The more people sign up for, the more luxurious the rewards issued at the launch will be. They are divided into the following tiers:

  • 500K players: Astra Frame X1, Black Nucleus X2, Wholegrain Bread X10, Gold X 2888
  • 1 million players: Limited Title X1, Black Nucleus X3, Fried Chicken X10, Weapon Battery III X4
  • 1.5 million players: Gold Nucleus X3, Avatar: Zeke X1, Sizzling Meat X10, Gold X3888
  • 2 million players: Jetpack Paint: Orion X1, Gold Nucleus X3, Crispy Grilled Fish X10, Weapon battery III X4
  • 2.5 million players: Outfit: Star Sand X1, Gold Nucleus X4, Nut Tea X10, Gold X6888.

Tower of Fantasy

Tower of Fantasy includes an in-depth character creation system and multiplayer Boss Battles. Users are allowed to explore the vast sci-fi themed world of Aida.

The open-world action RPG is set to rival Genshin Impact, which as of March 2022 has anywhere between one to three million monthly active users.

miHoYo’s successful video game garnered 23 million downloads within its opening week in 2020.

While this might be tough to replicate, such pre-launch gimmick boosts Tower of Fantasy’s anticipation for a generally positive and warm reception when it releases officially.

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