Online gaming showcases continue to excite fans, with Sony’s State of Play following events from Nintendo and Blizzard in previous weeks. During the stream, Sony revealed upcoming new titles, fan favorites coming to Playstation 5, and more. Today, we’re taking a look back to see which announcements hit a high note and created significant impact among audiences.
Spiketrap data revealed that before the event started, conversations mostly focused on speculating which games would get talked about during State of Play, leading to a modestly positive overall sentiment score of 67.
Reactions During the Event
People seemed pretty happy with their initial reactions to the State of Play announcements and gameplay reveals, as the overall sentiment score climbed to 91 and the impact sentiment score to 96, with most of the conversation taking place on Twitter.
The indie title Solar Ash accounted for nearly half of the conversation volume during the gameplay reveal, and reactions were overall quite positive with a high 98 sentiment score. Conversations mainly focused on interest around the game’s eye-catching and stylized design, as well as comparisons to games it reminded viewers of, such as Shadow of the Colossus and The Pathless.
Reactions to the sci-fi third-person shooter Returnal took the second place spot in conversation volume, and also received very positive reactions as it earned a high 97 sentiment score. Chatter among viewers mostly revolved around the game’s unique gameplay, which involves the environment changing in various ways every time the player’s character dies in combat.
The martial arts title SiFu also got people buzzing and garnered very high sentiment score, as folks praised its artistic style and discussed the Kung Fu aspect of the fighting in the game.
Conversations Following the Event
Overall sentiment after State of Play was pretty positive with a 74 score, as people continued to talk about the upcoming titles. Community safety rating also did not shift much after the stream, ending at a better than average B- by the end of the day.
Although a majority of the conversations surrounding the individual game announcements were quite positive, a number of viewers were slightly underwhelmed with the event as a whole, saying it did not provide much news they didn’t already know about. Others were also a bit disappointed that no PS Now announcements for March were covered. On the flip side, people also discussed the event in comparison to the recent Nintendo Direct and BlizzConline, and expressed that State of Play was better, with some even calling it a “masterpiece.”
The hottest topic of conversation following the event was for Final Fantasy VII Remake Integrade and its upcoming improvements for PS5 with the addition of a photo mode feature, which garnered 26% of conversation share and a very positive sentiment score (89). Audiences were especially stoked about the feature, as players said they’ve been waiting to use photo mode in-game for a long time, while a different group discussed the graphic improvements they were looking forward to, including loading times and frame rates.
Another lively discussion stemmed from the Final Fantasy VII Remake Integrade news and focused on Yuffie’s episode, receiving a slightly lower conversation sentiment score (84). While some folks were excited to see one of their favorite Final Fantasy characters in the beautiful game, others were a bit disappointed about the episode’s exclusivity to PS5, as they still haven’t gotten their hands on the highly in-demand console.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach was also a popular topic after the stream, as conversation sentiment around the title reached 78. While a number of viewers appreciated the game’s “cool” and “advanced” graphics, others were not as impressed and dubbed them “kiddie” graphics, suggesting that they might dampen the spooky factor of the horror title a bit.
Meanwhile, Kena: Bridge of Spirits earned a high conversation sentiment score (81), as audiences expressed it was their most anticipated title and that it even made the entire State of Play worth watching from beginning to end.