It seems the various gaming events of June 2022 have begun to slow down. Fans have been treated to brand new reveals and trailers at a third-party/PSVR2 State of Play, Summer Game Fest, Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, Capcom Showcase, Assassin’s Creed anniversary event, Dragon’s Dogma anniversary event, and Final Fantasy 7 anniversary event. It’s no doubt been a busy month.
However, while the ride has slowed down, it may not be over quite yet. Many have been hoping for a Nintendo Direct and a first-party State of Play event to finish off the month, and it seems that could be happening. Nintendo has announced a new Direct for June 22, focused entirely on Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and rumor has it Sony is planning a State of Play event for next week.
This information comes way of known insider Tom Henderson; however, it should be clear that this is more of a piecing together of known information than a report. Henderson believes a State of Play could happen next week for a couple of reasons. First, Sony is expected to show off new hardware soon, including a PS5 Pro controller, and a State of Play could be a fine stage for that.
Secondly, the Gran Turismo producer recently stated an update on the new game is coming “next week,” but Henderson notes he said this on a Sunday. This muddies up whether he means June 20-24 or June 27-July 1, but the most likely answer is the latter. All of this bodes well, but there’s one more piece of key information that really drives this rumor home.
Finally, Henderson also points to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and his report that God of War: Ragnarok is planned to release in November. Two of his sources also claim the announcement of that date would come later this month. Now, it could be that Sony just releases three semi-related updates on first-party titles and hardware over the coming days/weeks, but Henderson is right that this smells like a State of Play event happening soon.
As it stands, God of War: Ragnarok is one of the most anticipated games of the fall. It’s the final chapter in Kratos’ Norse saga, and fans are expecting a big, epic ending. It would make sense to announce this at a first-party State of Play, since it’s Sony’s biggest game schedule for the fall, but for now, fans should treat this as a rumor and take it with a grain of salt. There’s only a little time left in the month for this to be proven right or wrong, nonetheless.
Source: Tom Henderson, Bloomberg