Tonight’s the night: Sony’s ‘The Future of Gaming’ event is upon us; a stream of trailers giving us our first glimpse of what to expect from PlayStation 5.
We’ve rounded up all the announcements below, in bitesize chunks. Read our thoughts, and check out the video yourself at the bottom. We’ll have more in-depth thoughts of some of the announcements tomorrow.
First up, we get a showreel with some of the PlayStation 4’s highlights. Damn, it has been a good generation, hasn’t it? It’s going to take some beating.
GTA5 – Yep, it’s now almost two generations old, but an “expanded and enhanced” version of Grand Theft Auto 5 is coming to PS5 in 2021. So you can buy it on yet another format. Cool?
Spider-Man – With Miles Morales at the helm? This we like. It’s only a glimpse – set for release ‘holiday 2020’. Whether it’s a new game or an expansion is unclear. It’s simply titled Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Gran Turismo 7 – finally. It looks stunning, as you’d expect. No release date, though.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart – It looks similar to PS4’s Ratchet and Clank, but with much more detail. Beautiful visuals and Pixar-quality animations. Big news: Clank has Ray Tracing. Ooh. No release date.
Project Athia – whether that’s a working title or not, but this is a project coming from Square Enix, ‘designed exclusively for PlayStation 5’. It’s a third-person action game with a female protagonist, using magical powers. That’s literally all we have, but it looks exciting.
Stray – Robots and cats with backpacks? I’m there. This is a gorgeous-looking title from Annapurna Interactive, and I’m there. Looks like you play as the cat. What more could you want? It’s coming in 2021.
Some PS5 features – all of which we’ve seen before:
- 4K blu-ray
- Ultra high speed SSD
- Ray tracing
- Haptic feedback in the controller
- Adaptive triggers
- USB port (I should hope so)
- Built-in speakers and microphone in the controller
- 3D audio
Returnal – Something new from Housemarque (the team behind Alienation and Resogun). Unsurprisingly, it has a sci-fi slant; there’s a horror/Alien vibe to it. Looks to be a third person shooter – could it be Alienation, but over the shoulder? We’re here for it.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure – Being developed by Sumo Digital, Sackboy is back! It’s very much Little Big Planet in all but name, but presumably without the design elements. Looks like a fun 3D platformer, with a heavy lean into multiplayer. No release date just yet.
Destruction All-Stars – A crazy-looking car combat game. Over the top characters, a weaponised arena; looks like Rocket League meets Overwatch meets Destruction Derby.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits – A beautiful-looking game from indie developer Ember Lab. Looks to be a third person adventure set in an Eastern-inspired world. There’s more than a hint of Zelda.
Goodbye Volcano High – A hand-drawn anime 2D teenage drama, where high school students are dinosaurs. Hmm. It doesn’t give much away, but it’s enough to pique our interests. Coming in 2021.
Oddworld: Soulstorm – Abe’s making a comeback. Very much in the vein of past Oddworld games. No release date yet..
Ghostwire: Tokyo – Here’s a game announced during E3 2019, but this time it’s our first gameplay glimpse. It still looks great. Very weird; multiple dimensions merging into one. Lots of action! Coming 2021.
JET: The Far Shore – A very vague trailer showed a spacecraft leaving the planet, with many years passing. Look, I can’t tell you much more than that, okay?
Godfall – a third-person action game all about melee combat, getting new gear, and generally being a badass warrior. Looks like fun. Coming to PS5 ‘holiday 2020’, so potentially a launch trailer.
Solar Ash – From the developer of Hyper Light Drifter. This has a very similar visual style, but is a third-person action-adventure. It’s a short trailer, but certainly looks interesting. Coming in 2021.
Hitman 3 – Agent 47 is back! It’s the final game in the current Hitman trilogy, and it looks fantastic. Bigger and better than Hitman 2, as you’d expect. Still as few follicles. Coming January 2021.
Astro’s Playroom – remember the little robot that lived inside your PS4 controller? Sure you do. He’s back with another game, which looks suitably fun.
Little Devil Inside – An enchanting-looking adventure with a beautiful art style. It looks very weird and wonderful, with dragons, knights, monsters… and an old man having a poo? No, really. No release date, but this is one to watch; it looks great.
NBA 2K21 – 2K’s basketball franchise returns, with more realistic visuals than ever. And some very realistic looking Nike trainers. Coming ‘fall 2020’.
Bugsnax – Strawberries with goggly eyes? Honestly, that’s enough to grab our attention. It looks rather crazy, but a lot of fun. Monsters, bugs, and snacks, all rolled into one. Coming holiday 2020.
Demon’s Souls – Yes, it’s a remake! Demons and swords like you’ve never seen them before. No release date, and the trailer was very vague – but it looks fantastic.
This is Deathloop – From Arkane Studios, here’s another one that was originally announced during E3. It’s a first person action adventure set in a 50s-inspired world. It looks a lot of fun.
Village: Resident Evil – Or Resident Evil VIII, if you prefer. It looks far removed from the early Resident Evil games; following in the vein of Resi VII, but leaning even further into traditional horror. It looks excellent, but we’ll have to wait until 2021 for more.
Pragmata: A digital cat, a spaceman, an exploding city, and… the moon? Not sure how it all fits together, but we’re intrigued. It’s from Capcom, and it’s coming in 2022, apparently.
Horizon: Forbidden West – It’s the long-awaited Horizon Zero Dawn sequel! We’re back in control of Aloy – and it looks even better than ever. This time, we’ll be diving underwater, finding new secrets, exploring more of the ‘old world’ and coming up against more dangers than ever. Count us in. No release date, though.
And: what we’ve all been waiting for – we’ve finally got to see what the actual console looks like, It’s duo-colour, like the controller. With curved edges, it looks like it’s designed to only stand up. This generation is going to be a nightmare in terms of where to put your consoles in your TV unit.
There are two models of PS5 – a standard edition, and a digital edition. The digital edition has no disc drive, much like the Xbox One S all Digital. They both look the same, minus the missing disc drive. No pricing, though.
And that’s a wrap. Watch the stream below, and be sure to pay us a visit tomorrow, when we’ll have more detail about all the announcements.