State of Play and Nintendo Direct Incoming Soon: What to Expect from the Two Big Events

If you are a fan of video games, you are probably looking forward to two big events that are happening soon: PlayStation’s State of Play and Nintendo’s Direct. These are online presentations where the two gaming giants showcase their upcoming games, announcements, and reveals to their loyal fans and potential customers.

Both events are scheduled for Tuesday, September 13th, 2022, but at different times. Play Station’s State of Play will start at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST / 10 PM CEST, while Nintendo’s Direct will start at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET / 11 PM BST / 12 AM CEST . You can watch both events live on YouTube, Twitch, or their official websites.

But what can you expect from these two events? What games, updates, and surprises will they reveal? And which one are you more excited about? In this article, we will give you a brief overview of what to expect from PlayStation’s State of Play and Nintendo’s Direct, and compare and contrast the two events. Let’s get started!

PlayStation’s State of Play: Games, Updates, and Surprises

PlayStation has announced that its State of Play event will last for about 40 minutes, and will focus on games from PlayStation Studios and third-party developers, both from Japan and globally. The event will feature updates on previously announced games, as well as some new reveals. Here are some of the games, updates, and surprises that PlayStation might showcase during its State of Play event:

God of War Ragnarok: The Highly Anticipated Sequel to the Norse Mythology Adventure

One of the most anticipated games for PlayStation fans is God of War Ragnarok, the sequel to the critically acclaimed God of War (2018), which reimagined the Greek mythology-based series in a Norse setting. The game follows the adventures of Kratos, the former God of War, and his son Atreus, as they explore the realms of Norse mythology and face the wrath of the gods.

God of War Ragnarok was first teased in 2020, and was originally planned to release in 2021, but was later delayed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The game is expected to be one of the last major exclusives for the PlayStation 4, as well as a showcase title for the PlayStation 5. The game will feature improved graphics, performance, and loading times on the PS5, as well as support for 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.

PlayStation has already revealed a teaser trailer for God of War Ragnarok during its PlayStation Showcase event in September 2021. The trailer showed some gameplay footage, story details, characters, and locations from the game. Some of the highlights include:

  • Kratos and Atreus traveling to new realms, such as Asgard, Vanaheim, and Svartalfheim.
  • Kratos wielding his signature Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos, as well as a new shield that can be thrown like a boomerang.
  • Atreus using his bow and arrow, as well as his ability to summon spectral animals.
  • New enemies and bosses, such as trolls, wolves, dragons, giants, and gods.
  • New allies and characters, such as Tyr, the Norse god of war; Angrboda, a mysterious giantess; and Durlin, a friendly dwarf.
  • The return of Mimir, the talking head who serves as a guide and companion for Kratos and Atreus.
  • The confrontation with Thor, the god of thunder and the main antagonist of the game.

God of War Ragnarok is expected to be one of the biggest highlights of PlayStation’s State of Play event, and fans are eager to see more gameplay footage, story details, and release date information from the game.

Final Fantasy 16: The Next Installment in the Legendary JRPG Series

Another highly anticipated game for PlayStation fans is Final Fantasy 16, the next installment in the legendary JRPG series from Square Enix. The game is set in a dark fantasy world called Valisthea, where crystals are the source of power and magic. The game follows the story of Clive Rosfield, a young knight who becomes the protector of his younger brother Joshua, who possesses the power of the Phoenix, one of the dominant crystals in Valisthea.

Final Fantasy 16 was first announced in September 2020 during a PlayStation Showcase event, and was revealed to be a PlayStation console exclusive. The game is expected to release in 2022 for both PS4 and PS5. The game will feature enhanced graphics, performance, and loading times on the PS5, as well as support for 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.

PlayStation has already revealed a teaser trailer for Final Fantasy 16 during its PlayStation Showcase event in September 2020. The trailer showed some gameplay footage, story details, characters, and locations from the game. Some of the highlights include:

  • Clive and Joshua’s relationship as brothers and their roles as the Phoenix’s protector and vessel.
  • The conflict between the six nations of Valisthea, each ruled by a dominant crystal.
  • The appearance of other iconic summons from the Final Fantasy series, such as Ifrit, Shiva, Titan, and Bahamut.
  • The action-oriented combat system, which allows Clive to use swords, daggers, magic, and summons in real-time battles.
  • The dark and mature tone of the game, which features blood, violence, and tragedy.

Final Fantasy 16 is expected to be another big highlight of PlayStation’s State of Play event, and fans are eager to see more gameplay footage, story details, and release date information from the game.

Other Games and Updates: Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Deathloop, and More

Besides God of War Ragnarok and Final Fantasy 16, PlayStation might also showcase other games and updates during its State of Play event, such as:

  • Horizon Forbidden West: The sequel to the acclaimed open-world action-adventure game Horizon Zero Dawn (2017), which follows the heroine Aloy as she explores a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by robotic creatures. The game is expected to release in February 2022 for PS4 and PS5.
  • Gran Turismo 7: The next installment in the popular racing simulation game series Gran Turismo, which features realistic graphics, physics, and gameplay. The game is expected to release in March 2022 for PS4 and PS5.
  • Deathloop: The new first-person shooter game from Arkane Studios, the creators of Dishonored and Prey, which revolves around an assassin who is stuck in a time loop and has to kill eight targets before midnight. The game is expected to release on September 14th, 2021 for PS5 and PC.
  • Ghostwire Tokyo: The new action-adventure game from Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within series, which involves fighting paranormal enemies in a haunted version of Tokyo. The game is expected to release in early 2022 for PS5 and PC.
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits: The new action-adventure game from Ember Lab, a small indie studio that previously made animated shorts and commercials, which features a young spirit guide who helps lost souls find their way. The game is expected to release on September 21st, 2021 for PS4, PS5, and PC.

These are just some of the games and updates that PlayStation might showcase during its State of Play event, but there could be more surprises and reveals that we don’t know about yet. PlayStation fans should definitely tune in to the event to find out more.

Nintendo’s Direct: Games, Announcements, and Reveals

Nintendo has announced that its Direct event will last for about 40 minutes, and will focus on games launching this winter for the Nintendo Switch. The event will feature games from Nintendo and its partners, both from Japan and globally. Here are some of the games, announcements, and reveals that Nintendo might showcase during its Direct event:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2: The Sequel to the Masterpiece Open-World Adventure

One of the most anticipated games for Nintendo fans is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, the sequel to the masterpiece open-world adventure that was released in 2017 for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U. The game follows the adventures of Link, the hero of Hyrule, and Zelda, the princess of Hyrule, as they explore a vast and mysterious world full of secrets, dangers, and wonders.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 was first teased in June 2019 during a Nintendo Direct event, and was later confirmed to be in development by Nintendo. The game is expected to release in 2022 for the Nintendo Switch. The game will feature improved graphics, performance, and loading times on the Switch, as well as support for HD rumble and motion controls.

Nintendo has already revealed a teaser trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 during its E3 2021 presentation in June 2021. The trailer showed some gameplay footage, story details, characters, and locations from the game. Some of the highlights include:

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