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PS5 State of Play: Predictions, start times and how to watch Sony's event

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Sony is gearing up for yet another PS5 State of Play this week, and the company has already dropped a few hints as to what to expect from the big event.

Taking place on Thursday, July 8, the star of the show this time around is the hugely anticipated time-bending Death Loop. According to Sony's blog, we'll get a nine-minute "reality warping tour of Blackreef Island" and more. Find out how to watch this week's PS5 State of Play event, when it's kicking off, and what to expect below.

How to watch PS5 State of Play

Sony's July State of Play event will kick off on Thursday, July 8 at 5pm ET / 11pm CT / 2pm PT / 9pm GMT.

As usual, you can catch it on PlayStation's Twitch and YouTube channels. The video above is the official live stream of the event. 

What to expect at PS5 State of Play

The State of Play showcase is giving us an extended gameplay sequence of Bethesda's Death Loop, which will hopefully give us a better idea of the different time loops, déjà vu, and the weird island rules.

The nine-minute reveal will show off main protagonist Colt's different abilities in a stealth sequence across rooftops and show off what it's like to go in "guns blazing."

During the roughly 30-minute presentation, we'll also get indie and third-party updates. This could give us more information on the previously announced indie games when the PS5 was first announced, including Goodbye Volcano High, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Little Devil Inside, Solar Ash, and more.

The blog points out we won't see any news on the next God of War, Horizon Forbidden West, or the next generation PSVR 2. This doesn't come as a surprise with the recent announcement of the next God of War being delayed until 2022.

PS5-exclusive Deathloop has seen two delays since its first announcement, now being pushed back to September 14. Thankfully, that's not too far off.

Arkane Studios' game director Dinga Bakaba gave a sneak peek at what to expect. In Deathloop, an assassin named Colt has a mission to eliminate seven highly dangerous targets on a mysterious island. Every time he dies, he's sent back to square one because of the time loop he's stuck in, hence the name of the game. This means there's plenty of planning to do in order to get out alive, but according to Bakaba, not everything will always go as planned.

Every once in a while, a target may experience déjà vu, meaning they'll sense something off about doing a certain action that made them end up dead during the last loop. Colt will have to plan new ways to eliminate targets if players eliminate a target the same way enough times.

During the last State of Play, Sony gave us a better look at Horizon Forbidden West. We finally got to see Aloy in action, and even briefly explore a vast underwater with some exclusive gameplay.

While we wait, you can find out the best PS5 games to play right now, and check out our review of exclusives Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Returnal.