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PS5 Future of Gaming Event: Everything announced

With its PS5 Future of Gaming presentation, Sony gave us our first look at its next generation games.

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With its PS5 Future of Gaming presentation, Sony gave us our first look at its next generation games.

Today, in a pre-taped presentation that could give most E3 conferences a run for their money, Sony showed us its plans for the PS5. The Future of Gaming event had big AAA sequels, new indie IP and everything in between. Here’s everything we know about the 26 games releasing during PS5’s launch window.

Horizon Forbidden West — The medium-amount-of-time-awaited follow-up to Horizon Zero Dawn was a highlight of Thursday’s show. Aloy is back, and heading into the American west. The trailer didn’t give the clearest indication of how gameplay will change in this entry, but it’s nice to know, for sure, that the sequel is coming. Though, fans who anticipated a holiday launch may be disappointed. Sony didn’t reveal a release date for Guerrilla’s next open-world RPG.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales — It’s not yet clear if Insomniac’s next Spider-Man game is a full sequel or an Uncharted: The Lost Legacy-style spin-off. But, what is clear is that we’re getting more Spider-Man (with a Black lead!) this holiday season.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart — Turns out, Insomniac is developing (at least) two games right now. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, the first entry in the series since 2016’s movie adaptation/remake Ratchet and Clank, is coming to PS5. The interdimensional adventure will give Ratchet even better looking fur, introduce a lady Lombax and bounce ray-tracing particles off Clank’s face.

The PS5 — Of course, Sony’s next-gen console wasn’t announced during the Future of Gaming event. But, we did get our first look at the hardware: a curvaceous white-and-blue tower that can come with or without a disc drive. No price point yet, and still no exact launch date.

Astro’s Playroom — Per GameSpot, this 3D platformer will come preloaded on the PS5. Featuring the playful mascot from PSVR game Astro Bot Rescue Mission, this could be a bite-sized spin-off or a full-length follow-up. We don’t even know if it includes VR support yet.

Goodbye Volcano High — The new game from KO_OP, which casts players as a non-binary dinosaur named Fang, looks cool as hell. Dinosaurs? In high school? Sign us up!

Demon’s Souls remake — This one had been rumored for a long time and the rumors are true. Bluepoint Games (of Shadow of the Colossus remake fame) is remastering/remaking/unclear From Software’s classic action RPG for the PS5.

Bugsnax — They’re part bug, they’re part snack: they’re Bugsnax. The next game from the folks behind Octodad: Dadliest Catch looks creepy, crawly and tasty! It’s coming to PS5, PS4 and the Epic Games Store (check out this week’s free games while you’re here) this holiday season.

Hitman III — IOI’s next stealth game isn’t a PS5 exclusive, but the return of Agent 47 is exciting nonetheless. Touted as the final chapter of the World of Assassination Trilogy (which began with 2016’s Hitman), Hitman III will put the piano wire around our necks in January 2021.

Resident Evil VillageResident Evil VII’s Ethan is back for another first-person horror game. In addition to the return of the most boring man alive, this entry boasts werewolves, witches, a European castle and Chris Redfield going heel. Our brains would be melting if it hadn’t all leaked earlier this year. With Resident Evil VII, Resident Evil 2 Remake, and Resident Evil 3 Remake, Capcom has absolutely earned our trust for this wild outing. Hopefully it can meet the high bar that recent entries in the now annualized (?) series have set. Village is out in early 2021.

Resident Evil Village

Solar Ash — We don’t know much about Solar Ash, Heart Machine’s follow-up to Hyper Light Drifter. But, we do know that the third-person game shares a similar colour palette with the studio’s 2016 debut and will arrive in 2021.

Gran Turismo 7 — Sony’s car series is back, baby! The cars will look extra nice on the new hardware when GT7 launches on PS5 in 2021.

NBA 2K21 — 2K’s annual sports franchise is back, baby! The basketball players will look extra nice on the new hardware when NBA 2K21 launches on PS5 this fall.

Sackboy: A Big AdventureLittle Big Planet 3 developer Sumo Digital is bringing the series’ mascot back for a new 2.5D platformer. We don’t know much about Sackboy: A Big Adventure, but it will bring back the arts-and-crafts aesthetic of past games. No indication yet of if it will incorporate any of the LBP series’ creation tools.

Oddworld: Soulstorm —  Oddworld: Soulstorm, the second game of a planned quintology, will launch on PS5, PS4 and PC.

Deathloop — During The Future of Gaming event, we got our first substantial look at Deathloop. Bethesda showed off a cinematic trailer at E3 2019. But, now that we’ve seen the PS5 exclusive in action, we know that the next game from Dishonored 2 developer Arkane Lyon will boast first-person shooting, a stylish setting and a pair of assassins trying to kill each other. As the player, your goal is to take out eight targets and escape the “Deathloop” before the other assassin, controlled by AI or another player, take you out.

Ghostwire: Tokyo — First revealed with a cinematic trailer at E3 2019 (also on Bethesda’s stage), the next game from Tango Gameworks looks to mix BioShock-like powers with a near future Tokyo setting. Expect it in 2021.

GhostWire Tokyo

Project Athia — We don’t know much about this PS5 exclusive from Square Enix and Luminous Productions. But, we do know that Rogue One writer and Animal Talking host Gary Whitta is involved in a leadership capacity.

Destruction All-Stars — Developed by Lucid Games, this PS5 game will feature a multicultural cast engaging in vehicular and on-foot demolition derbies.

Pragmata — This sci-fi project from Capcom, featuring Death Stranding-esque exosuits and a holographic cat, will arrive in 2022.

Godfall — Developed by Counterplay Games and published by Gearbox, this “loot slasher” will come to PS5 this holiday season.

Grand Theft Auto 5Grand Theft Auto 5 is getting updated and expanded for PS5 in 2021. This was the first thing Sony showed at the beginning of its presentation, but we’re not giving it much space here because this game is seven years old.

Returnal — The next game from Housemarque looks like a major departure from the studio’s recent arcade-y work. The name isn’t great, but this may be the first game of this scale to star a middle-aged woman? That’s pretty cool.

Stray — In 2021, become a stray cat in a world full of robots. This adventure game is being developed by BlueTwelve and published by Annapurna Interactive.

Jett: The Far Shore — Coming holiday 2020, Jett: The Far Shore is the next game from Superbrothers, co-creators of Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP.

Little Devil Inside — A posh man is comfortable at home. A scrappy adventure roughs it in the wild. We don’t know too much about Little Devil Inside, but the art style grabbed our attention.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits — A third-person action-adventure game with Pikmin-like creatures, Ember Lab’s debut game looks almost as good as their short films.


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