Sony unveils its winter line-up of games at State of Play September 2022

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Sony’s State of Play event cued up various big announcements for gamers.  (Joe Giddens/PA)
Sony’s State of Play event cued up various big announcements for gamers. (Joe Giddens/PA)

Sony has excited PlayStation fans by confirming a mixture of promising-looking titles from developers based all over the world. This was a slight surprise because Sony had said it would focus on Japanese developers in the run-up to this week’s Tokyo Game Show.

The highlight, undoubtedly, was a new trailer for the eagerly awaited God of War: Ragnorak. It not only promises an intriguing storyline and a beautifully realised world, but really shows off the power of the PS5 to deliver jaw-dropping visuals.

We also got a sneak peek of a limited-edition accessory that’ll join God of War: Ragnorak on store shelves this November — a DualSense gamepad in stylish white and blue.

Good news, Tekken fans — the eighth instalment is on the way, the first since 2015. The PS5 trailer shows familiar faces Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima battling it out in the rain

Also from Namco Bandai, comes Synduality. This third-person mech shooter is set “in a future where humans and AI must find a way to work together”, and is coming in 2023.

Pacific Drive looks fascinating: a driving game that doesn’t involve racing, but survival. As the description says, you’ll “travel deep into the Olympic Exclusion Zone — a surreal and mysterious place that’s been abandoned for decades.” It’s also coming next year.

There were also a couple of “PS5 console exclusives” — the odd phrasing suggesting that they might come to PC via Steam, like some other recent Sony properties, but not the PS4 nor Xbox.

First up was Stellar Blade — something originally announced in 2019 with the codename “Project Eve”. It looks like an action-adventure in the mould of Bayonetta or Devil May Cry, and is coming next year.

Then there was Rise of the Ronin — an action-RPG set in mid-19th-century Japan. A bit longer to wait for this one, as it’ll arrive in 2024.

Sega was also on hand to show a trailer of the Yakuza spin-off Like a Dragon: Ishin. It’s not a new game, but has previously only been available in Japan, and will be coming to Europe in February 2023.

Next up, Warner Bros with a look at the upcoming Harry Potter game, Hogwarts Legacy. PlayStation players will get an exclusive quest set in a mysteriously mind-bending haunted shop as shown below. The game is coming on February 10, 2023.

While we didn’t get any more information about the PS VR2 hardware or its pricing, we did see a couple of titles that’ll be ported to it when it arrives. Both are available to play on other headsets, but it’s nice to see them on Sony hardware all the same.

First up is Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge Enhanced Edition.

And then there’s Demeo, which combines a tabletop RPG with virtual reality so you can see animated battles played out on the table as you and your friends dungeon crawl.

Finally, Grace Chen, PlayStation’s vice president of global marketing, introduced PlayStation Stars — Sony’s new loyalty program. “As a member, you can complete various activities to earn points that can be redeemed for rewards,” she explained.

It’s not clear if these “rewards” will extend to discounts on games, as Sony seemed keener to push “digital collectables” — kind of virtual statues of game characters and Sony hardware through the ages.

We’ll find out soon enough — it’s coming to some Asian regions in late September, and will come to the US and Europe in the weeks that follow. Make of that what you will.