Sony has announced it'll be hosting a State of Play livestream this coming Thursday, 13th April 2023. Starting at 10pm BST / 2pm PT / 5pm ET, the show will be all about Final Fantasy XVI. No other PS5 games will feature during the event.
The big show will provide a deep dive into the RPG's setting, battle system, and Eikons. "We’re happy to announce this week’s State of Play will dive into all this and more, so tune in live on Twitch or YouTube April 13 at 2pm PT / 5pm ET / 11pm CEST, then get ready for Final Fantasy XVI’s PS5 launch on June 22," the PlayStation Blog reads. A tweet states there'll be "more than 20 minutes" of new gameplay, so maybe set aside roughly half an hour for the full show.
Will you be tuning in for the State of Play on Thursday? Let us know in the comments below.
I appreciate the effort Sony and Square Enix, but I've seen more than enough. Feel like I've had plenty of things spoiled already!
I'll be watching!
I Want a showcase not a state of play. Give us a show that 1hour+.
@ShogunRok I understand that I do want to know rpg elements in the game that all I really want to know.
We’ve seen enough of this game already - we need to see NEW games! 😵💫
@ShogunRok agreed. It's quite ironic.
I won’t be watching!! u know spoilers and such
Im already sold and preordered. Waiting on that Showcase
Acquisition confirmed in all but name then.
This showcase feels particularly redundant compared to other marketing cycles. I can't imagine anyone interested in watching a State of Play isn't already interested in Final Fantasy 16. So it basically just splits the demographic into those who want to see more and those who have seen enough. I doubt it's gonna catch the attention of anyone not already in the know
Game of the year incoming?
@itsfoz lol one day it will be announced.
I just don't really find myself interested in this one. Probably because of square's business practices lately. Just has me concerned the game will suffer from it in some way.
I already bought this game in my mind. Show us ps studios games!!!
It’s the only game with a release date!!! We get it!!! It’s already sold!!!
That's not the Playstation showcase!
In all seriousness, looking forward to seeing more.
@Slayer25c That's fair, a bit more info on the systematic things might be good.
On my birthday too. Give us the goods Square!
I Want to see the new games a showcase will show I have ff16 preordered.
They've already sold me on this, I'm pre ordered up and everything, might actually not watch much of it just to not see anymore.
I find the timing curious, 2 months away to do a big blowout on the game is a little early, or is it because they finally have a showcase in June and want to get this done before anything overshadows it!
@JSnow2 Why wait till June when they can just do it next month?
For crying out loud just give us a showcase already
I don't need to see more or be sold on the game. I'm already buying it day 1, but I guess I do appreciate how much they are putting behind the game. I would think doing this next month would make more sense instead of doing this almost two months ahead of release. Oh well, I won't be watching.
Pass...I won't be tuning into this one. So sick of FF being shoved down our throats. Let's see something new for God's sake.
@Americansamurai1 showcase probably in may or June
@XenonKnight preordered a game that got released 7 years ago, awesome
Lmfao well here we have another marketing deal committed showcase. We have seen and heard so much about this game already. Although I do think Square has yet to prove this is in any way an rpg, and I do think they claimed they were going to show rpg mechanics and explorstion at some point. So hopefully something beyond dmc combat and gimmicky godzilla battles would be nice to see. As I think this game still has a lot of skepticism from FF fans when you cut through the marketing hype fervor.
However Sony really needs to take time and reach out to fans on a first party front. This marketing deal only style of showcasing is getting old. Especially when it's largely all we have heard from Sony in 2, years.
@Slayer25c let's hope so
@Skeletor85 ff16 preordered.
@XenonKnight the showcase? I would guess a few reasons, don't overshadow exclusive FF16, stay out of Zelda Tears of the Kingdoms way, and mid Summer is usually when the big shows happen.
There's also a fair chance FF7 Rebirth is part whatever big event they might do so they're gonna have a lot of FF to showcase.
I just can’t get myself excited about FF16. I don’t know what it is about it that gives “meh” vibes.
My hype for this is already the highest it can be and is my most wanted game this year above Zelda TOTK. But I also want to experience what the game has to offer and find things out for myself so I will most likely avoid this state of play.
@JSnow2 It's ben too long since the last one.
@itsfoz did Sony acquire WB as well cuz Suicide Squad was the focus of the previous State of Play? You people are so silly lmao
@GamingFan4Lyf Then there's other games for you.
@nessisonett great avatar! David Lynch films are the best!
I'm really excited for FFXVI but don't feel that excited for a State of Play for it when we've seen so much of the game the last few months. I'd rather have a State of Play showing Stellar Blade, Spider-Man 2 or anything else
Can't wait for this
@Sam_ATLUS That would more of a showcase.
Did it need its own state of play this late? Not really especially as the pax footage already showed plenty of gameplay. But sure as hell wouldve been the most hype part if it had just been a regular sop with multiple games
I'm ready to savor the whole 20+ minutes and hope they end it with a demo announcement
Can’t wait for the (probably) demo! Hope it’s the early part of the game with a transferable save.
But seriously I bought the game a while ago already…
I think I'm with the "I've seen enough" crowd. I'm already sold so I don't think I'll tune into this one.
But seriously where is that showcase? 😂
I'll watch. I usually forget this kinda stuff by the time the game comes out.
A state of play with "no alarms and no surprises" .....please.
I think this would be received better if Sony just added an extra line or two saying “we know your waiting for information on other PlayStation games we will have something for you in the coming months” if people knew there was definitely a showcase soon think it would go a long way to help there poor communication recently
The first (and only) FF game I tried (XIII) I didn’t enjoy at all. I don’t think it’s for me so I haven’t bothered with any of the others.
Please tell me it pays more than homage to the 80s/90s Final Fantasy games! If it doesn't, just lie to me and tell me it does.
Go on please show us all the live service games you've spent half your gaming budget on.But seriously not really impressed by the current incarnation of sony!
Not gonna watch I'm beyond excited for this game it's my most anticipated of the year so I wanna go in as blind as possible
@mrtennis1990 no, that would be Starfield.
I hope they announce a general State of Play so you all can stop complaining 😂 But I also don’t need this showcase because I will buy the game for sure.
Just because the focus is on FFXVI. I’ll be looking forward to it. Hopefully we will get a Giant Showcase late this month or middle of May
Personally I love the perceived lack of communication from Sony.
We know they're always working on something. Then every so often, out of the blue they announce a state of play is two days away.
Fair enough there probably won't be anything new here other than some fresh gameplay, but in an industry where people make a living data mining and spoiling announcements I hope Sony remain as tight-lipped as they can and that they continue to drop the surprises and the State of Plays when they're ready.
As for FF XVI, I'm excited to watch this SoP but I don't need to see more.
I've already ordered it 🤤
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@ROTTIEMAN16 Well, don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you....
I won't be watching it then.
Because FFXVI is by far and away the game I'm most excited for this year (and in years, honestly), and I want to go into the experience as pure and innocent as possible.
@XenonKnight you mean the one that is rumored in 2 months?
I pre-ordered the game. I don't want to watch this State of Play because I really want a fresh experience; however, I'll not resist.
I'm already sold on the game, so I will pass on this one. Hopefully it goes well.
PS5 Userbase - "Hey Sony. Show me why I bought a PS5. Bring out the big guns with your incredible fist party. It's time."
Sony - "Hmm... How about a show only about our third party partnership with Square in FF16? You like FF16... right?"
@twitchtvpat Yes bring it on sooner I want to see new ps5 games.
@XenonKnight trust me we all do , and its coming
With knowing how much Square spoils their games, I'm going to skip this. I'm already sold! I still can't believe how much they spoiled in the last FF7R trailer.
I was fairly hyped until I saw it was just a one game showcase, so maybe the show could end with a tease and date for the next actual showcase/state of play 😁
@twitchtvpat Not soon enough. I'm a very impatient person.
N.i.c.e. final fantasy 16 already looks amazing.so a state of play is welcome.word up son
@Uncharted2007 I mean, a lot of people, myself included, still buy PlayStation first and foremost for JRPGs and Final Fantasy in particular. (Although, Kingdom Hearts is also a system-seller, especially with the females I know.) I literally bought a PS5 because I wanted to play FFVII Remake and I'd given up on it coming to Xbox — and I knew it'd be the same story with XVI.
I did recently pick up the new God of War because I was able to get a cheap used copy, but Horizon, Last of Us, etc: these are not the games that make me buy PlayStation.
This is one of those "please all of the people, all of the time" things. Although, I say that as someone who won't be watching as I don't want spoilers.
Don't worry, Spider-Man 2 will get it's blowout soon.
@FenIsMightier That's just it. I don't care about Marvel or DC products either. Wolverine has a chance but I really don't care about any other heroes than Ninja Turtles. Nothing Sony has announced has me excited. That's my problem.
Between FFXVI, Tears of the Kingdom, and Diablo IV I have no idea what I’m gonna do.
So IGN says they didn't know if there are other announcements. Did they actually announce its just a 20 minute deep dive of FF16?
@ItsBritneyB_tch depending on why you didn't like FF XIII you might like some of the others. There's a vocal contingent of people on the Internet who claim to be fans of this series that loudly loathe XIII.
@Jayslow this is nothing new, I believe the Western launch trailer for the original FF VII included a fairly major character death spoiler.
@GamingFan4Lyf Maybe it's the fact that it looks like God of War copied into a cheap edgelord FF theme pack and not a single RPG element has been shown so far with the promise of "later"? Just spitballing here maybe this time is the time.
HYPE MODE ACTIVATED!!! Let's see those promised RPG elements!!!
@ItsBritneyB_tch You did try the worst ff game ever that was least like an RPG. Though it did have some good combat.
Is it just me or is there kinda no need for this because of what we got at Pax east ?
@NEStalgia At this point it won't matter what they show. You've decided that this is the game you're going to hate no matter what. All you do in every thread about this game is gatekeep the term RPG and what it means to be Final Fantasy. Enough already bro, move on with your life and let other people be excited for it.
Oh and please don't type up some gish gallop 100 paragraph response because I won't read it.
@KundaliniRising333 No matter what they do you’ll complain though. Have frequent showcases and people will complain that there is too much filler and talking. That’s what we had for years with the Microsoft conferences. They’d hold one every few months and they’d be absolutely awful. Just give me a badass showcase full of hype titles once a year or so and we’re good. Also there’s a ton of games out this year already. With the limited time we adults have we should just keep ourselves busy with them and have some patience.
I hope they show other great games. I'm not interested in FF16. I'm still waiting for ff7 remake part 2. I might need to replay part 1 coz I forgot everything.
@ItsBritneyB_tch FF13 was also my first FF game. Was also my first rpg. And that's how I got into the genre. But every FF game is different. Has different combat and whatnot. I'd recommend trying FF7 remake. That's my favourite so far. If you don't like that, then maybe you won't like the others. Won't hurt to try.
@NEStalgia I think that's it - it just seems like just another story-driven third-person action game and not Final Fantasy. Maybe this Showcase will help change my opinion.
@dancingstar93 oof after reading your comment, now I'm expecting a major character to die. I didn't play the original. I only played the remake.
@FenIsMightier PC will have all those games that you mentioned. Just no Nintendo games. So would it not be better to get a pc?
@CutchuSlow I've got an okay PC (5600X, 32GB, 3070) and it's not really worth the hassle. I find the only thing I play on it is Final Fantasy XIV. And a Series X and PS5 was still cheaper than my total build (and is still cheaper than a 4080 on its own).
Besides, the PC doesn't get everything. 13 Sentinels isn't there, for example.
Have it pre ordered. Looking forward to this. But I'd love an Indie state of play or 1st party instead.
Where is Little Devil Inside?
Bomb Rush Cyberfunk?
Nice, can't wait 😃
Already sold on Ff16 it looks amazing and yes I will grab it 100%. I don't think this necessary personally. I tell you what tho...a showcase is absolutely NECESSARY and I mean a 1hr+ showcase revealing first party games all things playstation
@KaijuKaiser No, not necessarily. I've said all along it doesn't necessarily look like a bad game, my problem isn't the game itself is that they're calling a spinoff a mainline game. I don't like being manipulated and lied to. It looks like a pretty good spinoff game. Just don't tell me the cow is a cat.
@GamingFan4Lyf Exactly. I call it Dante of War: A Final Fantasy Story. Unless they surprise us with rpg reveals and they've just been trolling this whole time, it's just an action adventure narrative game after all
@CutchuSlow The remake is sort of an alternate timeline story. A major character did die in the original, it was a pivotal moment in gaming because major characters in video games don't die. But the remake, it may not happen, or another character might, it's going to be different events in the remakes timeline so none of us know this time!
I imagine we'll see a demo.
Also, does anyone think we may see a FFXVI PS5 Console?? 🤔
Sony does the bare minimum nowadays.
I'm already gonna buy it, I don't need this, but I appreciate the gesture
Yawn. Hard pass for me.
I'll give it a look since I'm still on the fence (but with one foot in).
Another state of play for a game I don't need any more convincing for? Wasted opportunity. The developer should just release a 5-10 minute gameplay overview trailer if they feel the need.
Please no acquisition unless the deal includes multiplatform releases. Why should I be happier if another camp gets less?
For those disappointed it's not a Playstation Showcase, a showcase is probably after May 22nd (EC decision day). Sony's share price will no doubt plummet if both the CMA and EC approve the Activision acquisition so in the outcome that does happen, the showcase would probably act to make share prices rebound.
I'll try and not watch it as i've had it pre ordered since it was first available.
Can see this being a GOTY contender.
I want to watch but don't think I will. Want to explore into the game myself without seeing any more. Question is, will I be able to avoid watching
Not going to watch. I know enough about the game to get it day 1 and I want to go in knowing as little as possible.
Probably skip. I'm sure FF16 will be a good game but I'm not super interested. I'm more interested in Rebirth. Plus that time is 100% SF6 time for me.
Whilst I'll concede that those of us who read these articles and are invested enough to comment here might not need any more convincing, I'm not sure SOP's are primarily aimed at us, and I imagine this might get the excitement levels rising for people who are not absorbing news 24/7.
I was watching happy console gamer last night, and though he cant wait for FF16 he commented that the hype levels among the 'less invested' are not as high as he thought they had been for previous main releases in the series. He's correct, and having things like this SOP will help that.
I'm happy to watch, but as I'm one of those who absorb this stuff all day long, I already know I want it bad
Who still needs convincing? That's one of the few games I DON'T wanna hear from anymore xD
@CutchuSlow Apologies. With it being a ~25 year old game and so successful & influential, somehow avoiding the plot spoiler in question while having an interest in the series is something of an achievement. I will also add that while Remake is nominally an alternate-timeline retelling of the first four or 5 hours of the 1997 game, there are things in there that only make sense if you've completed the OG FFVII up to the post-credits scene.
Let's be real here we won't be getting any bigger showcases until the summer - it's too early to be showing off Fall 23 or 2024 games and summer is the blowout season. If we are really lucky we might get an indie showcase as there are some strong PlayStation indie titles coming out this summer like Enternights.
I feel like that presentation by Yoshi-P during PAX East already gave enough about FFXVI. I don't mind getting more from this SoP though. Only hoping a demo gets announced after this
@dancingstar93 no worries. I'll probably forget by the time the 2 parts are out. And yeah, I usually try to avoid spoilers for games I'm interested in.
I’ll be watching, never been a fan of surprises so I enjoy these kinds of videos. I’m already sold on the game, but I wouldn’t be adverse to more hype 🔥
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