This just in, never thought we’d be seeing the day any time soon but Sony has officially announced the PS5 a couple of months ago. While the last press conference about its internals didn’t catch the hype as it was supposed to, this time they chose another route. They start off by announcing the games and the gameplay that goes along with it.
GTA 5; 2021
We first saw a familiar sight, GTA V. While the game is old, it certainly has aged well and stands tall with current generation triple-A titles. As seen on Sony’s stream, the company announced that GTA V would be available on the PS5. In fact, at launch, PS5 owners would get access to GTA Online for free! The PS5 would be coming out sometime in 2021 so that’s when we’ll see it. Those who pre-order the console, when it does start, they would get 1 million in-game cash every month as well.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales; Holiday 2020
The next big thing was the Spiderman game. We saw that the last Spiderman title was a huge hit for the PS4. The new dynamics, the beautiful landscape, the game was vast. This game is that and much more. From the first look at the game, the detail was exquisite. Not to mention, they have based the title on the story of Mile Morales (Into the Spider-Verse anyone?). While the company didn’t really show any proper gameplay, the initial look seemed quite amazing and something both gamers and Spiderman fans would love to get their hands on.
Gran Turismo 7; Release TBA
Gran Turismo 7 was another title that we saw during the event. This last one was the Gran Turismo Sport and to be honest, it failed to make its mark when on the other side of the camp, it had to compete with Forza. The Gran Turismo 7 displayed amazing graphics, details and controls. For a simulator, it did seem quite familiar, but with a little panache, if you would. There was a plethora of vintage and modern cards show, including pitstop animations but we won’t know for sure till we see the entire gameplay.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart; Release TBA
Ratchet and Clank, just like the Crash Bandicoot series, is a trademark Sony title. There have been some amazing titles for the series and this time, for the PS5, there comes another. The Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart features a multi-dimensional story (quite literally). The adventure takes both our favourite characters across different dimensions through these vortexes. The game showcased “Ray Tracing“, a feature for the next-generation consoles. It made the character’s reflection in Clank possible. Additionally, for the sake of the story, there was a different dimensional Ratchet who was a girl. Yeah. The game takes advantage of the console’s new features as well. Such as the Dual Sense Controller. It showed that users would, according to the gameplay, get haptic feedback on the controllers to give a more immersed experience.
Project Athia; Release TBA
This is a new game from Square Enix and not much was shown in the event. We did get to see some insane parkour in a lush environment in the teaser. This seems to be a new IP and we can’t wait to try it out.
Seems like it’s set in a post-apocalyptic world without humans and the world is inhabited by robots with pet cats?
Returnal; Release TBA
Developed by Housemarque the game follows a journey of an Astronaut (or a space patroller?) who crashed into a bizarre alien planet. It looks like a psychic horror game with a really dark theme that revolves around how the player dies and how the planet always changes anytime the player wakes up (resurrects?). It will also be a PS5 exclusive
Sackboy A Big Adventure; Release TBA
It is an adventure platformer developed by SUMO digital that takes place in a beautiful world full of friends and foes. According to the announcement trailer, the game has an emphasis on platforming, solving intricate puzzles, and fighting the enemies with their companions (co-op possibly). It will be a PS5 exclusive.
Destruction AllStars; Release TBA
It is another PS5 exclusive. An arcade racing game where players have to literally destroy anything that lies between them and the finishing line. According to the reveal trailer, the game features car combat as well as arcade “beat them up” fighting (like the street of rage games).
Kena: Bridge of Spirits; Release TBA
It looks like a semi-open world game that emphasizes on the level design. It follows the story of a young girl who aims to help “troubled spirits” wandering in the world.
Goodbye Volcano High; 2021
It may be another game that focuses mainly on the storytelling aspect rather than the gameplay. The animated graphics of the game, however, looks gorgeous. KO-OP is developing it.
Oddworld: Soulstorm; Release TBA
It is a new entry in the long-running Oddworld franchise. It takes a runaway slave to a journey that will determine the future of its entire race. Like the other games in the franchise, it will also be an action-adventure platformer with an emphasis on shooting.
GhostWire: Tokyo; Release TBA
It is one of the most hyped games from Bethesda other than the next Elder Scrolls. It was revealed by Bethesda during their Bethesda Showcase last year during E3. As the name suggests, the game is based in Tokyo. According to the gameplay reveal trailer, it looks like only the protagonist can see the supposedly bad guys called “The Unknown”. The players must defeat these unknowns and save the Megacity.
Jett the Far Shore; Holiday 2020
This game is from Superbrothers, the studio best known for Sword & Sworcery. Again, we don’t get much from the trailer, but it does seem exploration is key here. It does feature a unique art style like most indie games. This is certainly a title to look out for.
Godfall; Holiday 2020
Godfall is one of Gearbox’s big-budget releases going in the next-gen. It’s an action-RPG co-op game taking place in a fantasy setting. Players will be able to choose classes and the game will apparently have a big emphasis on loot. Honestly, this is a tried and tested genre and we will need to see how Godfall manages to set itself apart.
Solar Ash Kingdom; 2021
This is one of my most anticipated games and for good reason. Solar Ash Kingdom is the second game from Heart Machine, who are also the creators behind the critically acclaimed Hyper Light Drifter title. This game is apparently set in the same universe as Hyper Light Drifter, also sharing a very similar art style. It’s set to launch sometime in 2021.
Hitman 3; January 2021
Hitman 2016 took a dramatic creative turn taking the series from a linear setting to a more open sandbox assassination experience. The change definitely was for the better and it seems Hitman 3 is going to massively build on top of that. Agent 47 is going to return and this entry will conclude the World of Assassination trilogy.
Astro’s Playroom; Holiday 2020
Okay, so this game will apparently come pre-loaded with the PS5 and for good reason. Astro’s Playroom is a light-hearted platformer where players will get to explore four worlds and each world will showcase a unique feature of the new DualSense wireless controller.
Little Devil Inside; Release Date TBA
This is an action-adventure RPG with survival elements set in an atmospheric, semi-open world. The art style again looks great and the gameplay looks well polished, definitely looking forward to this one.
NBA 2K21; Fall 2020
The staple game for basketball fans all around the world, NBA 2K21 is set for release later this year.
Bugsnax; Holiday 2020
This is a light-hearted first-person adventure game from Young Horses. The developers have worked hard to integrate features from the new DualShock controllers, players will get to experience dynamic feedback as vibration tones change with the terrain underfoot.
Demon’s Souls, Release TBA
Demon’s Souls is one of the earliest games from FromSoftware, the game that started the whole Dark Soul genre. It is completely being built from the ground up and will feature beautiful shadow effects and ray tracing. Player will also be able to choose between high fidelity and frame rate.
Deathloop; Release TBA
Honestly, the game looks very similar to dishonored in mechanic and that’s actually great. The protagonist here is in some kind of a loop where he tries to escape, but on death, it repeats all over again. Very interesting concept, although no release date as of yet.
Resident Evil 8 – Village; 2021
The classic horror series makes a return…..
Another AAA entry from Capcom. The trailer looks interesting but doesn’t give a lot of information on the setting, other than that you are on the moon for some reason???
Horizon Forbidden West; Release TBA
Unarguably the biggest announcement from the PS5 event. The game continues Aloy’s story as she moves west to a far-future America. No word on a release date yet.