Taking stock of State of Play- The New Indian Express


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KOCHI: I love the fact that video game announcements are a big event now and millions of people are watching a series of trailers together online. But State of Play, held last week, had a single game that overshadowed nearly all others on the list: God of War: Ragnarok.

We finally have visible reason to believe and look forward to the game coming out in November.
Kratos and his angrier son aside, I’m starting to think historical Japan seems to be the theme of this era. Personally, I’m really looking forward to ‘Rise of the Ronin’. The trailer for the PS5-exclusive RPG was also shown at State of Play.

Well, the event was relatively small – but there were two other games I’m looking forward to next year. One of them is Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. An improved version of the game is set to be released on the virtual reality PSVR2. I also liked the Pacific Drive trailer, which shows some interesting car action in a dystopian world.

My review of the trailers at State of Play is now interrupted by another event from last week – the Tokyo Game Show. The Tokyo Game Show is an annual event with a focus on games developed in Japan and an occasional focus on international game developers. The Tokyo Game Show is more than just a presentation of trailers. But I only saw the trailers online — and that was exciting enough.

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In contrast to the State of Play, the TGS extends over game consoles. This was highlighted in the gameplay of Wuthering Waves, a story-driven open-world game being released for PC and mobile. This might be the least interesting game announcement for others considering TGS also presented Street Fighter 6. Yakuza, Sonic Frontiers and other games from well-known developers like Capcom, Square Enix, Konami etc.

Interestingly, though, it felt like the biggest news hitting social media players wasn’t actually a planned announcement. It was the GTA 6 footage leak in development. The leak reached a wider audience with its first female protagonist. Take 2 Interactive, which owns Rockstar, took a hit after the leak as its shares plunged 6 percent.

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