We saw the PlayStation 5 for the first time today at Sony's much-hyped "Future of Gaming" event, and while it didn't quite land the knockout blow some were expecting, it was still very strong. From Spider-Man: Miles Morales to Horizon Fobidden West, Sony didn't disappoint when it came to the full breadth of its upcoming game lineup.
It was capped off with the full PlayStation 5 in all of its futuristic glory. Where Microsoft is putting out a box that resembles a mini-desktop, Sony seems bent on creating a console that wouldn't be out of place in Portal.
Besides that, there were a ton of announcements during today's event. Here's everything that was shown.
Grant Theft Auto 5 Coming to PS5 in 2021
Grand Theft Auto 5 is set to dominate consoles for an unprecedented third generation, as Sony confirmed that one of the biggest selling games of all time will be coming to PlayStation 5. It will be "expanded and enhanced" according to Rockstar, which is good news for fans hungering for more content, with a standalone version of GTA Online available free for the first few months at launch. If the recent run on free copies of GTA 5 for PC is any indication, a next-gen console version will go over well.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales Will be Out in Holiday 2020
The sequel to 2018's extremely popular Spider-Man will be out this year, and it will star the Miles Morales—the hero of the equally beloved Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Our resident comics nut Mike Williams is going absolutely nuts right now. If it's anywhere near as good as the first game, it'll be a really strong early exclusive for PS5.
Gran Turismo 7 Will be a Major PS5 Tech Showcase
Sony's favorite tech showcase was among the early run of games officially confirmed for PS5. It will be the first new entry in the long-running racing series since 2017, and will apparently feature a racing hub called "GT Town." It's also bringing back GT Simulation Mode, which will take advantage of the haptic responses in the DualSense Controller. No release date yet, but given the franchise's history, expect it to be a while.
Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Brings Insomniac's Classic Series to PS5
After an extended absence, the much-loved PlayStation 2 standby is headed to PS5. Entitled Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, it will feature all of the PS5's major bells and whistles: ray-traced reflections for Clank, large alien worlds filled with more creatures than ever, and "enhanced feedback from DualSense." It also has a brand new character reminiscent of Krystal from Star Fox Adventures. Furries rejoice.
Square Enix Shows Off Luminous Studios' New Game
Luminous Studios' mysterious game was shown off for the first time at today's PS5 event. Titled Project Athia, it shows a lady in a billowing cape hopping from stone to stone, culminating in the appearance of a rather large dragon. It's being touted as a PlayStation 5 exclusive, which is another nice feather in Sony's cap.
Project Athia has been in development for quite some time now. Originally helmed by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, it has managed to remain in development despite Tabata's abrupt departure in 2018. Star Wars writer and Animal Crossing talk show host Gary Whitta is among those confirmed to be attached to the project, but don't expect it to be out anytime soon.
New Games From Annapurna, Ember Lab, and More
Several smaller games were also shown during today's stream. Here's a quick rundown:
- Annapurna Interactive showed off a rather beautiful-looking new game starring a stray cat titled Stray. The cat wanders through a cyberpunk market that recalls Blade Runner. It's out 2021.
- Then there's Goodbye Volcano High. It features... dinosaurs or dragons or something... who are apparently graduating from high school. Or maybe dying. It's described as a "cinematic narrative adventure about love, change, and the end of an era." It's out 2021.
- Oddworld: Soulstorm has been confirmed for PlayStation 5. It'll also be out on PC and PS4. Described as the second game in the quintology, its legacy goes all the way back to the original PlayStation. "We are using the power of PS5 to push Oddworld: Soulstorm toward a cinematic visual and storytelling leap over our previous titles. The game's scope and scale are larger than we've tackled before," said co-founder Lorne Lanning during the presentation. 3D audio are among its promised enhancements.
- A new game by the creators of Superbrother: Sword & Sworcery EP is coming to PS5 this year. Titled Jett: The Far Shore, it features a beautiful shot of explorers in space. "Carve out a future for a people, haunted by oblivion, propelled by dreams," it says. We didn't get much more than a teaser though.
- Gearbox revealed the first ever gameplay trailer for Godfall, an upcoming action-RPG by Counterplay Games. It was first shown at The Game Awards last year, and will be out later this year.
- The creators of Hyper Light Drifter are back with Solar Ash. A shadowy creature in a pink cloak gets banished to a twisting, turning void with strange creatures. Published by Annapurna, it's described as a "journey through a surreal, vivid and highly stylized world filled with mystery, wild high-speed traversal, endearing characters, and massive enemy encounters." Like so many other games, it's out around 2021 on PS5 and PC.
- The hero of the acclaimed VR platformer Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is back with Astro's Playroom. Not much is known about this follow-up, but it looks like it's ditching VR for a more conventional format this time, but will remain a 3D platformer.
- Lucid Games announced Destruction Allstars, which can be best described as Twisted Metal meets Rocket League. You can careen off ramps, run around on foot, and generally wreak all sorts of havoc. It'll be a PS5 exclusive.
- One of my personal favorites from the stream was Little Devil Inside, an indie that has been in development for quite a long time at this point. At one point it was scheduled for release on Wii U way back on 2016, but now it's coming to PS5, having apparently skipped a generation. No matter, its sharp art style can fit any console.
- We got our first teaser of NBA 2K for PlayStation 5, courtesy of Zion Williamson. It was Zion dribbling the ball, pulling layups, and driving to the basket in a court filled with shadows and rays of light. Zion is covered with realistic sweat, but his eyes look strangely artificial. Still, it's an impressive looking game, it will be out this year on PlayStation 5 and every other platform under the sun, including Nintendo Switch.
- The creators of Octodad are making a game set on an island with muppet-like monsters. Titled Bugsnax, it's a "whimsical, narrative-driven adventure game" that "will have you investigate the mysterious Snaktooth Island, home of the legendary half-bug half-snack creatures: the titular Bugsnax (noun, plural)." It'll be out on PS5, PS4, and Epic Games Store later this year.
- Another really exciting indie is Kena: Bridge of Spirits, which might have been one of the best-looking games of the showcase. Seriously, its art style is tops. It looks to be a cute action-adventure game with a bit of a Miyazaki vibe. Details are scant at the moment, but the trailer certainly looks promising. It's being developed by Ember Lab.
- Resident Evil 8: Village wasn't the only Capcom game that was shown during today's event. Capcom also revealed Pragmata, a stylized sci-fi game featuring what seems to be an astronaut and young girl who get blown out of a colony. It's out in 2022.
Returnal is a New Housemarque Game That's More Ambitious Than Usual
Housemarque, the studio behind Super Stardust Dela and Resogun is leaving arcade shooters behind as it heads to PS5. Its newest project is Returnal, a sci-fi horror game in which a woman "hopes to break the cycle, before the cycle breaks me." It's a surreal and ambitious third-person shooter with a bit of an Edge of Tomorrow vibe to it, and it actually looks pretty good. No release date yet.
LittleBigPlanet Returns With Sackboy: A Big Adventure
LittleBigPlanet returns with Sackboy: A Big Adventure, a whimsical new 3D platformer from Sumo Digital, in place of Media Molecule. Sony pushed LBP hard during the PS3 era, but its familiar mascot has been conspicuously absent since debuting on PS4 way back in 2014. The series' brand of chaotic creativity should go over well with the Twitch community, assuming it doesn't abandon the level design tools that made it famous.
Ghostwire: Tokyo Will be a PS5 Exclusive
Ghostwire: Tokyo received an extended trailer at today's PS5 event, with Shinji Mikami confirming that it would be coming to Sony's new console. In introducing the trailer, Mikami said, "We hope that you can feel the threat and beauty hidden in this mysterious and supernatural Tokyo." It was first announced during Bethesda's E3 2019 conference, and will be out 2021.
So Will Deathloop
Another game that was revealed during Bethesda's E3 2019 presser, Deathloop, was confirmed to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive. Developed by Arkane, the studio behind Dishonored, it's a shooter in which the main character must take out eight targets before midnight, but is also being hunted themselves. Luckily for them, they reset back to the previous day each morning, retaining all of their knowledge in the process. Deathloop has an incredibly stylish Hitchcock vibe, and is easily one of the coolest-looking games to come out of today's stream.
Hitman 3 Will Wrap Up the Trilogy Next Year
Agent 47 will be back sooner than you think. IO Interactive confirms that Hitman 3 is heading to PlayStation 5, and will be out in just six months. It's being touted as the conclusion for the "Assasination Trilogy," with Agent 47 pursuing his "most intimate" contract yet.
We rather liked the original Hitman, ranking it among the Top 10 games of the past decade. It'll be out January 2021.
Demon's Souls Remaster by Bluepoint Confirmed
We've known that Demon's Souls is getting a full-blown remake for some time now, and it was finally confirmed at today's PS5 event. It wasn't much more than a teaser, but it provided a pretty solid glimpse of what to expect: stunning landscapes, beautifully rendered bosses, and lots and lots of death. The trailer description says it will also have a new "Fractured Mode," as well as two graphic modes: one for fidelity, one for frame rate. Bluepoint has an amazing track records with remakes, so it's going to be very interesting to see what it can do with the famously janky series.
Resident Evil 8: Village Continues Resident Evil 7's Creepy First-Person Horror
Resident Evil 8: Village was announced at today's stream, bringing with it the same creepy horror vibe that characterized its predecessor. It seems to once again star Ethan Winter, who just can't seem to avoid terrifying locations. Chris Redfield is back, too. It'll be out in 2021 on PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Horizon Forbidden West is PS5's Marquee Exclusive
This is the big one for a lot of people. Sony confirmed Horizon Forbidden West is in development, and will send its heroine Aloy west across a post-apocalyptic America crawling with robot dinosaurs. She's out to stop a blight destroying the world, and in so doing will ascend snowy mountains, meet robot turtles, and fight robo-mammoths. It's reportedly part of a planned trilogy by Guerrilla Games, and the first game is even headed to Steam this summer.
PlayStation 5 Officially Revealed
To conclude the event, the PS5 was officially revealed in all its curvy, sci-fi glory, leading to lots of cheeky comparisons to 4G routers. Sony confirmed that there will be two SKUs—a disc-based and a digital version—and that it will also be supporting it with an HD camera. No bombshells here, but it certainly serves as an interesting counterpoint to the more conventional Xbox Series X.
And that's the full recap. By most measures, it was a terrific presentation. It may have fallen just short of the greatness of the E3 2015 presentation, the legendary event that saw the reveal of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, but it still brought a huge number of games to the table. Suffice it to say, it's going to be a busy couple of years. Stay tuned to USgamer as we continue to barrel toward the next generation of consoles.