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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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Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on PS5 is digital only, won’t feature cross-save

The upgrade path for the Marvel’s Spider-Man remaster on PlayStation 5 is nearly as messy as Control’s.

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The upgrade path for the Marvel’s Spider-Man remaster on PlayStation 5 is nearly as messy as Control’s.

Next-gen remasters like the PS5 Remaster of Marvel’s Spider-Man are becoming a complicated business. We’ve already seen controversy spring up over limited eligibility in accessing the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 “free upgrade” of Remedy’s Control.

After a session responding to queries on Twitter, Insomniac has confirmed some of the limitations of the PS5 version of their acclaimed game.

On free upgrades to the original for PS4 players…

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered likely has no free upgrade for PS4 owners, since physical media for the former version will play the original via backwards compatibility and it has its own trophy list.

On cross-generational saves…

Insomniac confirmed that there will be no cross-gen saves for the remaster.

On a physical release for the Miles Morales: Ultimate Edition…

The remaster will be digital-only and currently the only way to get your hands on it will be to get the pricier PS5-only Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales: Ultimate Edition for £70. No other route or upgrade for now.

Where you will get a free upgrade…

The yet to be released Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales will allow for a free upgrade to a PS5 version. However, since the Ultimate Edition isn’t available for PS4, there’s currently no way to access Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered without (re)purchasing Spider-Man Miles Morales on PS5.

It’s a fair number of caveats, then, but unlike the Control next-gen version – which will be replicating the existing PC version – the Spider-Man remaster is a more significant endeavour.

“The remaster for the PS5 is no simple up-res,” details the Playstation Blog. “Many of the game’s art assets have been completely updated to take advantage of the PS5 console’s horsepower. You’ll see better-looking characters with improved skin, eyes, hair, and facial animation (including our new, next-generation Peter Parker).”

“You’ll also see ray-traced reflections and ambient shadows, improved lighting, more pedestrians and vehicles stretching further into the distance, and the same optional performance mode offered on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, allowing you to finally play the game at a targeted 60FPS frame rate. We’ll be supporting near-instant loading, 3D audio, and the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback. Lastly, we’re adding three amazing new Spider-Man suits, new photo mode features, and even new trophies for those of you looking to Platinum the game all over again.”

That kind of overhaul does help to justify the lack of a free upgrade. Still, it’s hard to see how Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered isn’t going to spark something similar to Control’s controversy with limited access and the above limitations. It’s just another chapter in the increasingly confusing saga of next-gen upgrade announcements.

Ray-traced reflections, though? That should make for some pretty puddles.


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Save up to 85% in four new Xbox One video game sales

This week’s Xbox One Deals with Gold and Spotlight sales are joined by discounts on video games from Activision.

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This week’s Xbox One Deals with Gold and Spotlight sales are joined by discounts on games from Rockstar and Capcom.

If you didn’t manage to pick up an Xbox Series X pre-order, console yourself with some discounts on a range of excellent Xbox One titles.

This week’s Deals with Gold includes cuts on some recent(ish) AAA games like Kingdom Hearts Ⅲ Re Mind, and Devil May Cry 4. The remaster of Final Fantasy VIII is also a favourite in the Thumbsticks office.

Publisher Rockstar is also offering decent savings on titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Grand Theft Auto V, and L.A. Noire. And Capcom has slashed up to 75% off games from the Resident Evil franchise.

A 25% reduction on the bill for Untitled Goose Game is our pick from this week’s Spotlight selection.

This week’s Xbox One deals are available until September 28, 2020. Here’s a quick rundown of the best bargains on offer. Each game is available from the Xbox digital games store and Microsoft web store.

Xbox One Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise – 75% off
  • Almost There: The Platformer – 85% off
  • Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition – 70% off
  • Devil May Cry 5 – 20% off
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection – 50% off
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered – 50% off
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster – 50% off
  • Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age – 50% off
  • GreedFall – 75% off
  • Headspun – 33% off
  • Hover – 67% off
  • Hunt: Showdown – 60% off
  • Kingdom Hearts Ⅲ Re Mind – 25% off
  • Monster Energy Supercross 2 – Special Edition – 75% off
  • MudRunner – American Wilds Edition – 70% off
  • Othercide – 25% off
  • Romancing SaGa 2 – 50% off
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – 85% off
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane – 65% off
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima – 50% off
  • XenoRaptor – 40% off

Xbox One Spotlight Highlights

  • Crashbots – 60% off
  • Crimson Keep – 75% off
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – FighterZ Edition – 85% off
  • Ikaruga – 50% off
  • Metaloid: Origin – 30% off
  • Minesweeper Genius – 67% off
  • Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath – 40% off
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 – 40% off
  • Radiant Silvergun – 50% off
  • SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell – 70% off
  • Storm Boy – 80% off
  • Stranded Sails – Explorers Of The Cursed Islands – 40% off
  • Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition – 80% off
  • Tumblestone – 85% off
  • Uncanny Valley – 80% off
  • Untitled Goose Game – 25% off
  • Yet Another Zombie Defense HD – 75% off

Rockstar Publisher Sale Highlights

  • Bully Scholarship Edition – 60% off
  • Grand Theft Auto IV – 65% off
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition – 50% off
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition & Great White Shark Card Bundle – 35% off
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – 33% off
  • L.A. Noire – 50% off
  • Red Dead Redemption – 67% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – 50% off
  • Rockstar Table Tennis – 60% off

Resident Evil Franchise Sale Highlights

  • Resident Evil – 75% off
  • Resident Evil 0 – 75% off
  • Resident Evil 2 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 3 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 4 – 60% off
  • Resident Evil 5 – 60% off
  • Resident Evil 6 – 60% off
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard – 50% off
  • Resident Evil Revelations – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2 Bundle – 60% off

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Doom Eternal on Nintendo Switch is still coming

Panic Button Games’ port of id software’s acclaimed demon shooter is still coming to Nintendo Switch.

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Doom Eternal on Nintendo Switch is “very close” according to its developer.

Panic Button Games’ port of id Software’s acclaimed demon shooter is still coming, and work on it is almost done. The news comes via Digital Foundry’s interview with the game’s executive producer Marty Stratton for PAX x EGX.

“I know people are anxious,” said Stratton.

In an interview with Eurogamer in 2018, the studio expressed their desire to launch alongside all other platforms. This faced complications, not least the global pandemic.

“We’re trying to make it the best version of the game it possibly can be. So we’ve been working with Panic Button, they’re also – like everybody – work from home, so it’s taking a little bit longer to get there…we want it to be everything it possibly can be. It’s very close, and we’re trying to be very uncompromising with what it needs to be, because there’s a high demand for it.”

“We will be talking about it again, in the not-to-distant future. It is close, but I can’t say exactly how close.”

Panic Button are responsible for many high-quality Switch ports including Doom 2016, Rocket League, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Like these, the Doom Eternal port will aim for 30 fps and should hopefully see a return of gyro/motion controls.

It remains to be seen whether the Switch will bundle in DLC as was done for the Doom 2016 port, since the recently revealed first campaign expansion, The Ancient Gods – Part One, is both more substantial and a standalone release.

The expansion is due 20th October, 2020 and it sounds like we aren’t too far off hearing a release date for the Switch port.

Our editor, Tom Baines, wasn’t too enamoured with the sequel, calling it ‘technically solid, blistering in parts, but lacking in soul.’


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Here’s a recap of the latest My Nintendo rewards

Looking to spend your earned My Nintendo Gold and Platinum points? Here’s a quick round of the latest rewards on offer.

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Looking to spend your earned My Nintendo Gold and Platinum points? Here’s a quick round of the latest rewards on offer.

With Nintendo officially confirming that production on the Nintendo 3DS ended earlier this year, it’s no surprise to see the latest batch of My Nintendo rewards pivot towards physical goods.

Here’s a quick roundup of what’s newly available in Europe and North America.

My Nintendo Rewards – Europe

Super NES Controller for Nintendo Switch

This super cool replica of the iconic SNES controller is perfect for playing the Switch’s library of retro games. Upcoming additions include Donkey Kong Country 2 and Mario’s Super Picross. This wireless controller comes with a USB charging cable and is exclusively available to My Nintendo members. It’s priced at £26.99.

Splatoon 2 Summer Postcard Set

This set of eight Splatoon 2-themed postcards are available in exchange for 400 Platinum Points, plus postage and packing. The postcards measure 10 x 14.8 cm and are printed on 300g/m² card with a matte finish.

Splatoon 2 Splatfest Keychain Set and Splatfest T-shirts

This range of Splatoon 2 tees and keychains feature Mario’s Super Mushroom and Super Star power-ups, both of which are the subjects of an upcoming Splatfest held in honour of the plumber’s 35th Anniversary. The t-shirts cost at £22.99 in the UK and the keychains are 100 Platinum Points.

The rather nice Animal Crossing: New Horizons Reusable Bag also remains available in exchange for 400 Platinum Points.

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My Nintendo Rewards – North America

Nintendo-themed Lunchable packages

Until Dec. 31, famous Nintendo characters are appearing on packs of Lunchables. Inside each box is a code that can be redeemed online for the chance to win a Nintendo Switch prize pack or 100 My Nintendo Platinum Points.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition rewards

New rewards based on Nintendo’s remastered RPG Xenoblade Chronicles include a Phone Ring Holder based on the Monado and a set of three sticker sheets. They cost 400 and 300 Platinum Points, respectively.

Splatoon 2 Summer Postcard Set

This is the same postcard set issued in Europe, and it’s also priced at 400 Platinum Points.

Super Mario Desktop Wallpapers

A series of four Super Mario Bros-themed wallpapers are available depicting the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros 2, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars. They cost 50 Platinum Points each.


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Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders are now open

Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders are open right now, but will there be an excess of units available?

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Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders are open right now, but will there be an excess of units available?

Good morning everyone. Here’s a public service announcement for our UK readers (at the time of publication) and our North American readers a little later.

Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders open today to 8 am at a variety of online retailers around the globe.

Here’s a list of Xbox Series X and Series S pre-order retailers confirmed by Microsoft, but it won’t hurt to check other stores if it looks like demand is outstripping supply.

Hopefully, the issues experienced with the PlayStation 5 pre-order rollout won’t be repeated. Microsoft has reportedly taken steps to avoid that situation by warning retailers that their allocation of consoles will be reduced if they break the street date and time.

Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders

UK – 8AM BST

United States – 8AM PT

Canada – 8AM PT

Good luck!


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