State of Play July 2021 Round Up

Sony recently broadcast its State of Play July 2021 livestream. The livestream was a showcase of new trailers, announcements, and updates “from the world of PlayStation”, as Sony puts it.

In this article, we are going to do a quick round up of some of the games showcased at the event. 

There are some really interesting titles in the mix, so let’s jump right in.

Moss: Book II

Moss: Book II is the sequel to the acclaimed PlayStation VR game, Moss. It stars a little mouse-like character named Quill.

The sequel will pick up the story where it left off but will be accessible to new players as well. It will reportedly add new environments, puzzles, and new ways to interact with the world around Quill.

You can check out the trailer for this game here.


Arcadegeddon is a flashy and chaotic loot-based shooter being developed by IllFonic, the makers of Friday the 13th and Predator: Hunting Grounds.

The game has a vibrant and colorful design aesthetic while promising gameplay that is something of a PvP and PvE hybrid. According to the developers, the game will involve the player and up to 3 other friends teaming up to take on hordes of enemies in procedurally generated rooms. The PvP part comes from the fact that the players are in competition for the higher score, which will result in a higher reward.

You can check out the trailer for the game here.

Tribes of Midgard

Tribes of Midgard is a co-op 10-player action RPG that focuses more on cooperation than competition. 

The game has players taking on the role of Einherjar, a powerful warrior revived by the Norse God Odin to prevent Ragnarok. The gameplay involves the players fighting enemies and upgrading a town as they guard a special tree in the middle. With a full party size of 10 players, this should be quite interesting.

You can check out the trailer for the game here.

F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch

F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch is a 2D Metroidvania style action game that takes place in a world of animals that have been invaded by machines. The game got a new trailer and a release date, 7 September.

The game stars a rabbit called Rayton who has to come out of hiding to save his friends from the machines that have taken over his city. The game will feature large 2D environments to explore and a variety of weapons and abilities to master.

You can check out the trailer for this game here.

Hunter’s Arena: Legends

Hunter’s Arena: Legends is a 30-player combat-based battle royale game set in ancient Asia. The players take on the roles of hunters who must take down demons and rival hunters.

The game was initially released in 2020 but is now coming to the PS4 and PS5. The game will be available for free in August as part of the PS Plus subscription. The game features 17 different hunters to choose from.

You can check out the trailer for this game here.


Another bit of news we learned is that the martials-based action game called Sifu has been pushed back to 2022.

The game is being developed by Sloclap and features a mechanic where if the player character dies, they come back to life, slightly older. Players must navigate this mechanic as they make their way through this action-packed revenge tale.

You can check out the trailer for the game here.

Jett: The Far Shore

Jett: The Far Shore is a calming and environmental exploration game where you explore an alien world.

The game is being released in 2021 and is being developed by Superbrothers in partnership with Pine Scented. The trailer looks to be a more quiet and respectful iteration of the exploration genre, which usually prompts players to harvest as much resources as they can from any new place they go to.

You can check out the trailer for the game here.

Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) – The Hinokami Chronicles

We also got to learn about a game based on the hit anime, Demon Slayer. The game follows the story of the anime, along with some extra content.

The player can go through the story of the manga from the start up to the Mugen Train arc. They can experience a lot of the scenes and the fights for themselves. Additionally, the Tsuzumi Mansion mode lets you use characters other than protagonist Tanjiro.

The game is set to be released on 15 October 2021 and you can see the trailer here.

Pre-order your copy of the game:

Lost Judgment

Lost Judgment is a Yazuka spin-off that retains the real time combat the main series has since moved on from. It is a murder mystery thriller set in Japan.

The story involves the main character Takayuki Yagami being called on to solve an impossible case where two crimes were committed at once. The story unveils vast criminal networks, corruption of the state, and more.

You can watch the trailer of the game here.

Death Stranding – Director’s Cut

So Death Stranding is getting a Director’s Cut. This is apparently the definitive edition of the game.

The game is a genre-defying open world experience starring Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, and much, much more. The director’s cut introduces new weapons, equipment, a variety of new game modes, expanded storylines, and more.

You can check out the trailer for the game here.

Pre-order your copy of the game here.


Last but certainly not least, we have Bethesda’s time looping first person shooter, Deathloop. The State of Play featured 9 minutes of gameplay.

Deathloop is one of the new PS5 exclusives launching this year. The game is being developed by Arkane and is being published by Bethesda. It is worth noting that this trailer revealed that the exclusivity for PS5 will only be for 1 year and the game will arrive on “other consoles” after the time is up.

You can check out the 9 minute gameplay trailer here.

Pre-order your copy of the game below.


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