Sony’s livestream event today surprised with the reveal of the console hardware and accessories, and while we now know what it looks like, for serious gamers it’s all about what games you’ll play – and there’s quite a few titles revealed.
Sony has firstly re-confirmed their partnership with Rockstar – developer behind the massively popular Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption series – announcing that GTA V Online would be coming free to the PS5. The game will be available to all PS5 owners via redemption during the first three months of the consoles launch. You will however need a Playstation Plus membership to play it.
PS4 owners get a bit of a bonus here, with Rockstar and Sony offering $1 million of in-game currency to players every month until the console is released.
Sony has announced a slew of new games, starting with Spiderman: Miles Morales.
This game looks awesome, though it appears to use the same game engine as the hugely popular original. The game features Miles Morales as opposed to Peter Parker who starred in the original game. The game will be released for ‘Holidays 2020’ and with Sony owning the studio now, it should be an exclusive title for PS5.
Next up is the ever popular Gran Turismo 7. There’s some great gameplay here, and according to the developer the campaign mode is something quite fun.
Older and younger gamers alike will be pleased to see the return of popular characters Ratchet and Clank in their latest title: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. The game is another open worlder according to the trailer, and seemingly captures a lot of the charm of its predecessors.
Next up is a new game from Final Fantasy developer Square Enix, announcing Project Athia. This thing looks and feels like a Final Fantasy game, but it’s not and just looks gorgeous. This one again appears to be a PS5 exclusive.
Big name titles have so far taken up a lot of the stage, but it appears indie titles are getting a go with Stray, an interesting looking game about a stray cat. The cat looks adorable, so it will likely worth a look when it launches in 2021.
Next up is a game right up my alley with what appears to be an open-world style, third person shooter: Returnal. The blurb for the game reads:
‘Returnal combines action with roguelike gameplay into a third-person shooter where players fight to survive a hostile planet that changes with every death. Players can switch instinctively between firing modes by using a single adaptive trigger and can get right back into the action after dying.’
Anyway, it looks REALLY good and launches in 2021, check out the trailer below:
It’s a Playstation, so it’s a great time to announce the return of Sackboy in a new game Sackboy: A Big Adventure. The LittleBigPlanet games are massively popular and the return of this adorable protaganist and its design your own level options is a great idea to cement the PS5 as a great console.
If you’ve ever partaken in a destruction derby event in a game and loved it, then Destruction Allstars is for you. It looks like high-end cars which can be equipped with weaponry in a futuristic arena just destroying the absolute hell out of each other – loads of fun to be had here.
Next up from Ember Labs is Kena: Bridge of Spirits. This game looks gorgeous with a really distinctive style. Not a lot of info on this game, but it looks awesome.
A story-driven action adventure with a stunning visual aesthetic combining exploration with fast-paced combat. Players find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their abilities and creating new ways to manipulate the environment. Kena: Bridge of Spirits seamlessly blends action and narrative into an unforgettable experience. Travel with Kena, a young Spirit Guide on a quest to uncover the mysterious story surrounding the demise of the village.
Not my cup of tea, but sure to be a lot of fans out there for the handdrawn animation style of Goodbye Volcano High. This one will be coming to both PS4 and PS5 in 2021.
Ok, now it’s getting exciting with a new Abe: Oddworld game announced. Called Oddworld Soulstorm this looks like another awesome platformer from the original developers and has that awesome visual style and voice work – Hello!
Next is an odd one: Ghostwire: Tokyo from developer Bethesda. The game was previously announced last year, but looks to be awesome with some really trippy visuals – I’ll be getting this one when it launches next year.
Next up is Jett: The Far Shore a game that appears to be about exploring space. The description gives a little more info saying ‘interstellar trip to carve out a future for a people haunted by oblivion in this cinematic action adventure’. This game will be coming to PS4 and PS5 by the ‘Holidays’.
Godfall is the next cab off the rank, an action RPG that looks pretty sweet.
The description reads:
In Godfall, Aperion is on the precipice of ruin. You are the last of the Valorian knights, god-like warriors able to equip Valorplates, legendary armor sets that transform wielders into unstoppable masters of melee combat. Players will tear through foes as they climb through some of the elemental realms and challenge the mad-god Macros who awaits you at the top.
Godfall will hit the PS5 (and PCs) this Christmas.
For those who like their game visuals a little surreal, Solar Ash from Annapurna should hit the spot. The game will launch on PS5 next year.
Agent 47 is back. Hitman III from IO Interactive is rolling out to the PS5 – and other platforms in early 2021. The game marks the end of a trilogy for the Hitman series, and it will be interesting to see how the ending plays out.
If you enjoyed Astro on the PS4, you’ll probably love Astro’s Playroom. The new game features Astro and his crew and will be pre-loaded on PS5 to ‘lead you on a magical introduction through PS5’ in a fun platformer.
Another interesting title coming is Little Devil Inside. The game shows little blocky characters fighting monsters – it’s cute and has a retro vibe to me.
Of course there will be sport on the new PS5 and Sony and 2K showed off the new NBA 2K21. The rendering for this game looks incredible with little details showing up in full living colour. Definitely worth a look at the trailer and if you’re an NBA fan you’ll be on this.
Next up is another indie title from the makers of Octodad: Dadliest Catch. The game is called Bugsnax and well, you’ll just have to watch the trailer.
The massively popular Demon Soul’s game is getting a remake and it looks great! Bluepoint games are doing the work on this one, and if you’re a Demon Soul’s fan, you’ll be all over this one.
Entirely rebuilt from the ground up and masterfully enhanced, this remake invites you to experience the unsettling story and ruthless combat of Demon’s Souls in unparalleled visual quality and incredible performance.
Yeah, I’m all over this next game about assassins stuck in a timeloop. Called Deathloop, it looks very promising.
The island of Blackreef. For most of its inhabitants, it’s a paradise. But for Colt, it’s an inescapable prison. Thanks to a mysterious timeloop, he’s reliving the same day, over and over, trying to find a way to break the endless cycle he’s trapped in. As Colt, you’ll have to take out eight targets – including your arch-nemesis Julianna Blake – if you ever want to escape. But remember: It’s a timeloop, so if at first you don’t succeed… die, die again.
This one is coming to PS5 and PC this Christmas, so it’s a definite on launch.
For fans of horror/suspense, the reveal of Resident Evil VIII: Village will be a welcome one. The title will presumably be launching on multiple platforms, but the quality of the trailer makes it looks very interesting.
Well, this one captured a lot of people’s attention. Pragmata from Capcom won’t be launching until 2022 – so you’ll have to wait a bit for this one.
There’s a little girl, a space suit/robot and it looks stunning. The development is ongoing but we’ll be sure to hear more about this one in the next year or two.
Lastly is a follow-up to the immensely popular Horizon: Zero Dawn. Coming to PS5, the game is called Horizon Forbidden West.
Horizon Forbidden West continues Aloy’s story as she moves west to a far-future America to brave a majestic, but dangerous frontier where she’ll face awe-inspiring machines and mysterious new threats.
Loads of games here, and with two consoles out this year, gamers are going to be spoilt for choice. For many it comes down to the games and exclusives as to which console they invest in each generation, so which is it for you? PS5 or Xbox One Series X?