Although the year may be drawing to a close, Sony’s most recent State of Play broadcast has revealed several new titles to look forward to in the next two months and beyond. Action RPGs, isometric adventures (those are all the rage following the massive success of Hades), and a Mario Kart look-alike are in the pipeline for both PS4 and PS5.
The JRPG genre has seen a bit of a resurgence in this generation alongside “boomer” shooters and games with an isometric perspective, and tri-Ace’s beloved Star Ocean franchise is next in line for a current release. Star Ocean: The Divine Force revealed for PS4 and PS5 with a TBA 2022 release date.
For those of us patiently waiting for King of Fighters XV to drop next year following numerous delays– you don’t have to wait until next February to get a taste of SNK’s latest. During the broadcast, Sony announced an Open Beta Test program for both PS4 and PS5 owners. It’ll run from November 19 to November 22 and feature online and offline functionality.
Little Devil Inside, which started life on Kickstarter back in 2015, received a new gameplay trailer. This Action/Adventure RPG has a beautiful surreal aesthetic that stands out from all sprite-based projects from smaller development teams. The crew at Neostream Interactive has indeed taken pride in this, as you can see from the Kickstarter page details. It’s slated for a TBA 2022 release and will be a cross-platform release for PS4/PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PC, and (surprisingly) even Mac. That being said, it’ll be a timed exclusive for Sony consoles– hence the strong showing during this State of Play.
Released this summer for PC and the Xbox family, the highly acclaimed Death’s Door will finally be making its way to PS4 and PS5 on November 23. It’ll also be on Nintendo Switch on the same date.
If there were one thing I wasn’t expecting out of the broadcast, it would have to be a cutesy kart racer for the PS4. As it stands, there hasn’t been anything on the platform that could rival the experience of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe save for CTR Nitro-Fueled and Team Sonic Racing. Kart Rider Drift is shaping up to be the MK8 alternative this generation of Sony consoles sorely needs. This most recent reveal trailer shows off some tracks and a multitude of customization options for the characters and the karts. Although it’s not coming out until sometime in 2022, fortunately, a Closed Beta is coming up that you can sign up for here. Although the game will be using a Free To Play model bugs me, it seems like there’s some decent production value here. The presentation has some serious Modnation Racers and Bomberman vibes, and that’s always a good thing in my book.