Nearly three months after laying out some of the PlayStation 5’s technological underpinnings, Sony today offered a first extended look at actual games running on the upcoming hardware during a live event.
The event started off with a glimpse of an “expanded and enhcanced” version of Grand Theft Auto V, which is coming to the PlayStation 5 in 2021, in case you need an excuse to buy the game again. PlayStation 5 owners will also get GTA Online free at launch in 2021, while PS4 owners of GTAV will get $1 million in monthly online GTA Cash every month until the PS5 version launches.
A follow-up to last year’s Spider-Man featuring Miles Morales will be hitting the PS5 in Holiday 2020. “A hero is just someone who doesn’t give up,” an unseen narrator says over the footage. “Your dad said that. He was right. Now it’s your turn. Go be a hero Miles”
Though the footage shown is tagged with a “captured on PS5,” (and a “”Be greater, be yourself” slogan), it’s unclear if it will also be available on older PS4 systems.
Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamauchi says a new PlayStation 5 Gran Turismo “should make fans very happy, especially with campaign mode.” The game looks very much like a graphically enhanced edition of the racing simulation we’ve known and loved for decades.
Ratchet and Clank are back for more madcap run and gun mayhem in Rift Apart, a game that seems focused on warping quickly between dimensions that are randomly collapsing in on one another. The trailer shows the duo riding dragons, facing pirates, sliding down futuristic buildings, and more. And one dimension even features a female member of Ratchet’s species, which is sure to satisfy a particular type of fan.
Square Enix and Luminous Productions are designing Project Athia “exclusively for PlayStation 5.” It’s sold as a game “where resolve will be tested, truths will be questioned, and decotions will be doubted, she will rise.” The “she” here is a woman with a flowing cape and the ability to jump really quickly and far between some exquisite rocky ledges amid giant, fire-breathing dragons.
Annapurna’s <em>Stray</em> seems to be the story of a cat stuck in a city fiulled with humanoid robots. Look for it in 2021.
Housemarque and PlayStation Studios are working on <em>Returnal</em>, a new PS4 exclusive franchise focused on reliving an endless cycle of death amid a crash on an alien planet. “Each time I awake this planet seems somehow different,” the protagonist says, suggesting something of a roguelike randomization element. “Even death is no escape… “My only hope is to break the cycle before the cycle breaks me.”
LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy will star in <em>A Big Adventure</em> on the PS5. An isometric platformer that’s very reminiscent of <em>Super Lucky’s Tale</em> at a glance, the trailer shows off family-friendly, four-player simultaneous action.
<em>Destruction Allstars</em> looks to be a <em>Rocket League</em> style arcade driving competition, but with a focus more on destruction and explosions than hitting a ball around. Colorful, <em>Overwatch</em> style characters can also leave their cars for melee combat and rocket jumps.
The developers at Ember Lab promise that Kena: Bridge of Spirits features “themes of personal growth and redemption.” The action adventure gameplay looks to involve guiding small fuzzy creatures to help solve puzzles and attack enemies, along with a magical staff that can bring new growth back to destroyed land.
A fully 2D animated trailer follows bird-like creatures dealing with self-doubt and big drama in <em>Goodbye Volcano High</em>. “Sometimes I feel like I’m just on the edge of great things,” the narrator says. “Something’s holding me back. Maybe it’s just nerves. Maybe it’s the fear I’ll never be as good as what I imagine… But if we’ve got nothing else to lose, might as well jump.” Look for it in 2021.
Lorne Lanning is returning to the world of Oddworld for Soulstorm, game he says he’s been “dying to make,” where “Rescuing is rewarding, dying is devastatingly hilarious.” Abe is back, after having led his race out of slavery. but now, “you may have escaped, but the fate of your entire people depends on you.” Brief glimpses of gameplay show intense 2D platforming, large explosions, and apparent control of multiple characters at once.
<em>Ghostwire Tokyo</em> will let players “see hear and feel the charm of Tokyo in a way you’ve never experienced before,” according to its creator. A supernatural thriller with ghostly, faceless enemies, and lots of magical effects emanating from a pair of hands in a first-person perspective. It’s coming in 2021.
This story is coverage of breaking news and will be updated with additional information. Sam Machkovech contributed to this report.