PlayStation 5 Reveal Event Recap
Today Sony held a digital press conference to show off the first games that will be available for the PS5, and as a bonus, we finally got to see what the actual box looks like! Here we will break down every game revealed at the event and what information we have on each.
Grand Theft Auto V
We started off the conference with the announcement that Grand Theft Auto V will be on the PS5 with an enhanced and expanded version that will be free on PS5 in 2021.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
The first big new game announcement was a doozy as we finally got a look at the follow up to one of the best games of the last generation, Marvel’s Spider-Man with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. A direct sequel to the previous game with Miles stepping in as the main character. It also isn’t entirely clear if this is an expanded follow up to the previous game akin to Uncharted: Lost Legacy or if this will be a full-blown sequel. Either way, the game will release Holiday 2020 and is a PlayStation exclusive.
Gran Turismo 7
The venerable racing series returns to its home console as a Playstation exclusive but no release date has been shared yet. You can see the jaw-dropping visuals in the trailer below.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
It wouldn’t be a reveal of a new PlayStation console without a new Ratchet and Clank game! Rift Apart is an absolutely gorgeous looking game with amazing particle and destruction effects. During the game players will hope between dimensions, cleverly showing off the ridiculous fast SSD loading speeds as you traverse to completely different levels instantly. Something that would just not be possible on previous console generations. The trailer shows vehicle sections, on-foot sections, and a female Ratchet! Which is only the third Lombax we have ever seen in the series besides Ratchet. The PS5 is further shown off via Rift Apart by having ray tracing on Clank and the new haptic feedback will enhance the various wacky and wild weapons in the game. This was the best game to show off all the tech possible with the PS5.
Looking very much like the Unreal Engine 5 Demo we saw last month is a new IP called Project Athia from Square Enix that will be a PS5 exclusive.
A very interesting game about a backpack wearing cat in a world full of robots and no humans with a charming aesthetic.
We got a bit of info on the hardware of the PS5 as well, most of which we already knew, but is shown altogether here in a slick presentation trailer.
Heavily channeling Edge of Tomorrow is a new game from Housemaruqe called Returnal which sees a female astronaut caught on a hostile alien world who keeps respawning after death and is slowly losing her mind with each revival for some added Event Horizon vibes.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
I have literally not thought of Little Big Planet in years and now it is back with a platformer spinoff starring the titular Sackboy. It is a safe bet that this title will have some user-created elements as is the standard for the series.
Part Twisted Metal, part Destruction Debry, this car combat title features in and out of car action including parkour and free running elements. It appears to be a Battle Royale game, and if so, this will be the first one I will ever play because it just looks cool.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
From animation studio Ember Labs, Kena is a Pixar esque adventure with some light Pikmin puzzle elements that looks absolutely gorgeous.
Goodbye Volcano High
A quirky indie title with no gameplay shown, not much is known about Goodbye Volcano High but it definitely stands out from everything else shown today at the conference.
In what might be the best looking side-scrolling game ever made, the Oddworld series finally returns starring the series mascot Abe.
Industry legend Shinji Mikami finally shows off some more of his action horror adventure and although we don’t get to see much of what the game will actually play like, what we do see looks great. Graphically it is not the most impressive we have seen today, but it is able to hold attention with its fascinating looking gameplay that feels like a natural evolution of the action/horror hybrid type of game that Mikami started with Resident Evil 4, and even more so with The Evil Within.
JETT: The Far Shore
A very No Man’s Sky looking adventure in space that will release Holiday 2020.
Previously shown at E3 last year, Borderlands developer Gearbox Software shows off more of its hack and slash looter title Godfall. One part Devil May Cry, one part Borderlands, and with a bit of Destiny thrown in as well, this definitely isn’t the type of game I typically play. But with the focus on melee combat, it could very easily be my first step into the “looter” genre.
The creators of Hyper Light Drifter are back with a new Journey inspired game releasing in 2021.
IO Interactive is ending the trilogy that began in 2016 with the next entry in the legendary Hitman series. A brief snippet of gameplay in Dubai is shown, which is a perfect sandbox for Hitman’s “make your own murder” style of gameplay. I can’t wait to throw some poor schmuck off the gazillionth floor of a Dubai skyscraper.
Looking very Mario Sunshine, this Sony-branded platformer definitely has something to do with the console itself, as the titular Astro can be seen with a PS5 controller. Is it some expansion of the PlayStation Home? Only time will tell.
Little Devil Inside
With a unique claymation art style, this game is very interesting considering we don’t know much about it. It appears that the sword-wielding hero is inside the old man’s body in some sort of high fantasy Osmosis Jones.
It’s basketball. Its got baskets. Also balls. Whoo.
The creators of Octodad are back with another quirky title taking place on the ‘island of bug snacks’ where the local wildlife is based on food. That can also apparently combine like a food Megazord to strike back at those that would make it lunch.
The long-awaited and heavily rumoured remake of the first game in the now legendary Dark Souls series is finally revealed with some absolutely breathtaking visuals.
Another game that was announced at E3 last year that we finally get to see some gameplay of. Sporting a Grindhouse aesthetic that I love the game is about an island of assassins after one man that once he dies, is respawned on the island in an endless loop. Another loop-based game like Reutnal, but tonally they couldn’t be more different. This seems more Happy Death Day than Edge of Tomorrow with how it handles the eternal life and death loop. The main character has 8 targets to hunt down and break the loop. We have no idea how he got into this situation, but we do know that another assassin is on the island that players will also be able to control. Players can utilize stealth takedowns, time powers, and warping to quickly traverse areas.
Resident Evil Village
Easily my favorite announcement of the show, it looks like all those rumors were true. Resident Evil is back with a direct follow up to Resident Evil 7 that sees that game’s protagonist Ethan, thrown into another bioweapon induced nightmare. Taking place 7 years after the events of Resident Evil 7, Ethan and his wife Mia are trying to live their life in a quiet mountain village and put their trauma behind them. But that is violently interrupted by Chris Redfield, who briefly showed up at the end of Resident Evil 7, and Ethan is once again thrown into a harrowing adventure with new monsters and creatures, including what can only be described as werewolves. The game releases in 2021 and I couldn’t be more excited.
Taking place in a post-apocalyptic, MC Escher hellscape, I honestly thought this was some sort of Death Stranding follow up. The game features a holographic cat, what appears to be an AI/hologram girl, and some other weirdness going on. The game is developed by Capcom and has the, so far, furthest release date for a PS5 game that we know of, landing sometime in 2022.
Horizon: Forbidden West
This is easily the best looking next-gen game we have seen so far, and Alloy might be the best looking character model I have ever seen. Showing off new robot monsters, new human enemies, and… is that Lance Reddick? We now have an official title and I couldn’t be more excited for a return to the world of Horizon. I can’t wait for a Horizon game to be better than a Breath of the Wild game yet again.
Saving the biggest news for last, we finally got a look at what the actual box of the PS5 will look like. We also got to see that there will be a “Digital Edition” PS5 that will, presumably, be a disc-less digital-only console to match Microsoft’s. This Digital Edition should be cheaper than the “main” PS5 and hopefully won’t sacrifice power because of it. I personally love the ridiculous, over the top design of it. It looks like the Tower of Sauron and I am here for it. Let’s get goofier with hardware designs. We have enough black and white boxes already. The PS5 set will come with a controller charging station, an HD camera, a pair of Pulse 3D wireless headphones, and a media remote.
The only information we don’t have is a price and a firm release date for the PS5. I didn’t expect we would get that information so soon but I would expect that we might see that info at Gamescom’s digital event on August 27th. We also didn’t hear anything about possible backwards compatibility beyond the PlayStation 4. Microsoft is going all-in with backwards compatibility all the way back to the original Xbox. Based on Sony’s statements regarding this conversation and lack of information today, I have a strong feeling that Sony is not putting the focus into that aspect of that console that most people are hoping for. I hope I am wrong, I would like to see backwards compatibility all the way to the PS1 like anyone else, but I am not getting my hopes up.
Having said all that though, “Holiday 2020” is only 6 months away at the absolute latest, and there is no way Sony doesn’t want this console available for Christmas shopping.