My best guess based on the docs:
Add an event handler to this event to receive a notification that the play mode state has changed
Note the use of past tense - this event promises to notify you only after the state has changed. It's not a
But clearly your static constructor is getting called earlier, thanks to the
Note that static constructors with this attribute are called when Unity starts and when Run is pressed. In this second case the Unity runtime is intialised and this is treated as a Load.
So it looks like, rather than registering to handle the event after the editor finishes starting playmode (which apparently includes calling
Start() for all
MonoBehaviours in the open scenes), you could act immediately in the static constructor.
Since this constructor also fires when the editor loads, you might need to check:
Is editor either currently in play mode, or about to switch to it? (Read Only)
This will return true when editor will switch to play mode after finishing some tasks (e.g. after scripts will be recompiled).
to verify whether this initialization is due to the editor loading or a play mode switch.
Give that a shot, and let us know if that helps you get your needed actions in before