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Everything Revealed at PlayStation’s First State of Play Presentation

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PlayStation’s take on the Nintendo Direct formula, State of Play, had its debut earlier today and release dates were the focus.

Most of the 20-minute video covered PlayStation VR titles scheduled for the near future. Iron Man VR kicked everything off and was followed by some PlayStation-exclusive content for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

Next, Sony revealed that No Man’s Sky’s ‘Beyond’ update will come bundled with PlayStation VR compatibility, and VR title Blood and Truth locked a release date down to May 28.

Stories Untold developer No Code Studios showed off a bit more of its next game, Observation, and gave it a release date of May 21.

Adding to the slew of VR announcements came the news that horror point-and-click Five Nights at Freddy’s is getting a fleshed out PlayStation VR release and that the art-driven Concrete Genie is also getting some form of VR compatibility when it launches this Autumn.

Other VR release dates revealed during the presentation included the following:

  • Mini-Mech Mayhem – June 18
  • Jupiter & Mars – April 22
  • Falcon Age – April 21
  • Trover Saves the Universe – May 31
  • Everybody’s Gold – May 21
  • Table of Tales – April 16
  • Vacation Simulator – June 18

Topping off the packed show was some new footage of next month’s Days Gone and character reveals for Mortal Kombat 11. Series veterans Jax, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao will all join the roster when Mortal Kombat 11 launches later next month.

For further details on each of the titles, be sure to check out the full presentation embedded below.

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Judgment Producer: Friendship System Makes Yagami “A Much More Deeper Character”

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Judgment producer Kazuki Hosokawa has discussed new introduction of the friendship system and its effect on creating Yagami’s deeper character.

Judgment shares a lot with the Yakuza series, and, as it turns out, both games were in development at the same time. Players will go back to the streets of Kamurocho, but this time as a dynamic detective named Takayuki Yagami in a new courtroom-thriller narrative. Players will have to subtly follow suspects and search crime scenes for evidence. Judgment will suit Yakuza fans, but casual players should not miss it.

In an interview with Twinfinite, Hosokawa shares more details about the introduction of the friendship system, and the effect on Yagami’s personality.

When asked about why he chose to develop the friendship system, Hosokawa explained the main reason is to reinforce Yagami’s character.

The friendship event actually developed when we were thinking about how to solidify the character of Yagami… Interacting with the townspeople that are also living in Kamurocho gives Yagami a much more deeper character.”

Hosokawa is significantly trying to focus on depth of character for Yagami. His aim appears to be to create a fully dimensional protagonist who draws players into the story. Therefore, using aspects like a home neighbourhood and friendship events help to create simple everyday examples of relationship and character building.

Whilst Hosokawa is predominantly used to making games for PlayStation, he indicated that Rya Ga Gotoku Studio is considering making internal preparations enabling easier switching to the PlayStation 5 for future developments.

“We are definitely thinking as a studio and considering the changes in the platforms… we want to utilize these new specifications whenever we are developing anything new.”

However Hosokawa also did not rule out the possibility of cross-platforming Judgment by porting the title to other platforms.

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