PlayStation State of Play February 2021: A Barrage of Indie Games, Updates, and More

Published 02/25/2021, 6:30 PM EST


PlayStation’s State of Play event is something gaming fans across the globe look forward to. It provides updates on the biggest titles coming to PlayStation, along with other exciting updates. However, it seems like this State of Play event failed to live up to the expectations set by its predecessor in terms of magnitude. Nevertheless, it still had some pretty decent announcements that may or may not excite the fans. Take a look at all the updates below.

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

The event provided an update on the 2020 title Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time’s PS5 upgrade Features. The game will have an enhanced immersive experience with the upgrade in terms of graphics quality, gameplay experience, and more. Additionally, it will also now run at native 4K 60FPS resolution on the PS5 that will deliver an experience like never before. While Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time was not PlayStation’s biggest hit of 2020, this update is still important for players still looking to play it for the first time.

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Returnal

The Returnal update was probably the most intriguing of the lot. The game looks hauntingly beautiful and the outer-space setting adds the ‘Alien-Isolation’ touch to it. The event showcased the game’s combat, which was quite fast-paced and required a lot of effort from the player.

The State of Play also showcased the various enemies and boss battles the game offers, which makes it even more interesting. Additionally, since players are stuck in a time-loop, the world will reset every time the player dies and resurrects. Enemy locations and the environment will be different after every death, which makes this game rather unique.

Returnal is all set to release on the PS5 and PS4 on April 30, 2021.

Knockout City

Knockout City is one of the many indie titles showcased at the event. The game is literally high-school Dodge ball with a twist. It features 1v1 and team game modes where players score points as they try to hit the other player with the ball. To make things interesting, there are different abilities that players can use to get an edge over the other player.

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SIFU

This is yet another indie game coming to PlayStation sometime during 2021. The State of Play revealed little about SIFU, but it felt like a martial-arts-based action-adventure game. More details will be revealed soon.

Solar Ash

Players finally got a closer look at the upcoming indie game Solar Ash’s gameplay. The game follows the story of a girl who enters a black hole in a bid to save her homeworld. Solar Ash is based entirely on movement, which makes it different from regular indie titles. The beautiful world, the fluid movements, and the immersive experience looked promising and it could be a success at launch.

5 Nights at Freddy’s

The highly anticipated horror title Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach also made an appearance at the event. The new trailer showcased the horrors players will face trying to get out of the hellhole they’re stuck in and the perils they will face along the way.

Oddworld: Soulstorm

Yet another indie title, ‘Oddworld: Soulstorm’, made its debut at the event. The game follows the story of a young rebel, chosen to lead the revolution against a powerful and evil corporation. The game’s unique play-style clubbed with the various ways players can use NPCs was definitely interesting and brought something different to the table. Oddworld: Soulstorm will release on April 6 and will be available to existing PS Plus members on the PS4 and PS5 at no additional cost.

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits

The State of Play also showcased a new trailer for Kena: Bridge of Spirits. While it didn’t showcase anything particularly different from what we already know, it was a great trailer nevertheless. The game is definitely amongst the most anticipated PlayStation titles of 2021 and will be available on August 24, 2021.

Deathloop

Arkane’s Deathloop is a unique piece of entertainment headed our way this year. The game’s brilliant art-style and story are definitely something to look forward to. This event showcased the title’s gameplay and story in a brand-new trailer with a tailor-made soundtrack. Take a look at it below.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade

Lastly, the event provided an update on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade title. The trailer showcased enhanced gameplay and graphics for the PS5. Additionally, the game will take advantage of the PS5’s SSD with lightning-fast loading times. Furthermore, it also has performance and optimization modes as options for players. The FF7 Remake Intergrade is all set to launch on the PS5 on June 10, 2021.

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These were all the announcements made during the PlayStation State of Play February 2021 event. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Akshay Patel is the Group Head of the eSports division at EssentiallySports. After having obtained his BBA degree, Akshay has been in the field of social media and content creation since 2018. He grew up playing Counter-Strike and has been hooked on gaming ever since.

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