Playstation has had it rough this quarter. First they were going to have a large reveal during the Spring to show off new games and hardware, but COVID-19 made sure that didn’t happen. Then, after pushing their event to early June, Sony decided to once again push back even further in recognition of the large-scale social movements taking place around the world. Great move, but I can imagine it was a tough one for Sony. Today we FINALLY got our first look at what the Playstation 5 is and what players can look forward to in the next generation opposite of Microsoft. There’s a mountain of new trailers and information so let’s dive in!
Grand Theft Auto V
I am both shocked and exceedingly not shocked to see Sony lead off their conference with a next-gen update of a 7 year old game. GTAV still, somehow, continues to be a top seller every quarter with millions of sales and millions more in microtransactions. Don’t expect this to change any time soon. While Sony didn’t explicitly say so, I’d hope that all progress from current gen carries over to the new game. Also, owners of GTA Online will get free access day 1. The final tagline, “Expanded and Enhanced” likely means new content is coming with the update as well.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Spider-Man is back with more swag and personality than ever. Fans of the movie Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse should be swinging from the rooftops at this one. Everything that fans loved about the series reboot from 2018 with next-generation power and graphics. Speaking to The Telegraph, Sony says that this is actually NOT a sequel but an “expansion and enhancement to the original game”. Nothing about the trailer communicates this, according to Jason Schreier at Bloomberg, expect a standalone title, albeit much smaller than a full release. Either way you spin it, this is going to be pretty cool. Coming Holiday 2020.
Gran Turismo 7
Turns out Forza isn’t the only thing racing fans have to look forward to. Gran Turismo, the slick, realistic racing simulator is here with some absolutely bonkers graphics. I can’t speak to racing games too much myself, but this trailer did incredible work with lighting, ray tracing, and resolution. Game looks beautiful.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The dynamic duo are back! With an interdimensional adventure spanning cities, forests, and interplanetary pirates, fans young and old have what looks like an extremely exciting time ahead. But what happens when you meet another Ratchet from an alternate universe? I can’t wait to check it out!
A new IP set in a mysterious magical world. Dark monsters and powerful abilities, this one looks really interesting. Needless to say, the lava-bellied dragon at the end of the trailer has me aching to learn more. Only on PS5.
Finally we get the answer to the question, “What is it like to be the only biological being in a city inhabited by robots? And what if that being is a cat?” Stray looks like a walking simulator of sorts, but as a feline protagonist you explore the highs and lows of a futuristic robotic society that seems to still be struggling with the familiar problem of the haves and the have-nots. Definitely not what I expected to see today, but still very cool.
This one. Wow. If I had to describe it, I’d be if you were to mix Edge of Tomorrow, Recore, and the movie Alien all into one nightmare sci-fi Groundhogs Day. It looks like there’s a mix of third-person combat, first-person exploration, and a smattering of creepy extra-terrestrial nonsense going on here. I am in!
SackBoy: The Big Adventure
Probably the most Mario game I’ve seen outside of the Nintendo ecosystem. Sackboy looks like loads of fun with both single-player platforming and puzzle solving in addition to multiplayer team-ups. A winner for those looking for more family-focused games.
Have you ever been sitting, enjoying a nice game of Rocket League and thought, “Wow, I really wish I could absolutely demolish the other cars?” Now is your chance! Mixed with Bleeding Edge style heroes and personality, Destruction Allstars has one goal: Explosions!
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Okay I know I mentioned Recore earlier, but this one really gives me those vibes. Except now, it feels like it’s brimming with Breath of the Wild magic and the absolute cutest little fluffy creatures. I’m usually more for the hardcore stuff, but this looks exceedingly well done.
Goodbye Volcano High
A bit more of an indie-style experience, Goodbye Volcano High seems to focus more on the intricacies of high school relationships through the lens of a world full of dragons. The style seems to lean a bit towards anime but not quite? Not sure how else to describe this one. Those looking for a more story-focused experience might find what they’re looking for here.
Never have I ever seen a more intense trailer for a side scrolling game. Fire, bullets, explosions, vulgarity, violence. This game looks far more intense than it has any right to be. Not normally my genre, but wow.
Making its first appearance since E3 of last year, Ghostwire looks incredible. Like a bleak and stylized mix of Bioshock Infinite and the devilish movie Constantine, Ghostwire gives you a first-person look into the paranormal side of Tokyo. Coming out 2021.
Jett: The Far Shore
This intense exploration game looks greatly influenced by the recent Outer Wilds. It’s a bit difficult to describe what gameplay might look like but the goal seems clear. Leave your planet in search of a new beginning. Coming this Fall.
I originally thought this would be the next Souls-like game for Playstation 5, but after this trailer, I honestly think it’s going to feel a lot more like a Devil May Cry experience in a gothic world. Crazy cool armor, magic-y abilities, cool weapons to unlock. Yeah, this’ll be dope.
From the creators of Hyper Light Drifter comes a new interstellar adventure. No longer under the constraints of two dimensions, this looks to be an exceedingly interesting animation style with a deep and dark story.
Agent 47 is back with a high-style return to the game of assassination. It’s tough to tell what kind of narrative we’re looking at here, but if history is any indication, players can look forward to a playground of death for every level. This one likely won’t disappoint.
It’s great to see AstroBot back on to consoles outside of VR. This one has more tones of the Mario and Luigi genre and will be sure to bring laughs and challenges to players of all ages.
Little Devil Inside
There are so many things happening in this trailer! Cave diving, bear hunting, bathroom going? All in a low-poly art style with fantasy roots and industrial set pieces? Wow that’s a lot of things. Color me intrigued!
Opening with Zion Williams was a nice touch, but in the end, 2k is pretty much 2k . Happy for the people who love the franchise, but there was never any doubt that we’d see a 2k game here. Yay basketball!
It’s like if foods were pokemon? And we ate them? Sometimes I really worry about the people making games. Looks like everything living here is made of food, but when you eat that food, you become it. Deeply disturbing…
Praise the Sun! (I know, wrong game) Demon Souls has returned. The one that started it all. As a player who began my Souls-borne journey with Dark Souls, the spiritual successor, this is extremely exciting for me. I can’t wait to go back and see the game that inspired an entire genre. Remastered in full 4k, this is going to be a blast!
Finally, the developers of Dishonored have returned. We were first introduced to Deathloop at the Bethesda show during E3 of last year. Players will inhabit rival assassins on a time-looped island full of secrets. The trailer showed off some excellent gameplay. If you’re looking for huge levels that allow for both stealth or action, be ready to dive in head first.
Resident Evil 8: Village
Kind of surprising to see that it took Sony until the last few trailers to show off something scary. All is forgiven, though, as Resident Evil has returned! With a medieval-esque tale of werewolves, darkness, and blood, RE8 looks to be at top form. Fans of horror will not be disappointed.
When a trailer opens up with a man in a full on space suit walking through an abandoned Time’s Square, you pay attention. All the sudden, the sky “breaks” and now we’re flying through space? Okay yeah, I’m here for it.
Horizon 2: Forbidden West
The prodigal daughter has returned! One of the great games of Playstation 4 finally gets a sequel in a new open world, future-but-also-not-so-futuristic adventure. Aloy returns to face a new, greater threat. Horizon takes a huge leap forward here in new environments, new abilities, and some intensely cool new robots to battle. Keep your eyes peeled, friends. This one’s going to sell some serious consoles.
The show wrapped up with the final reveal of the console itself. Absolutely oozing with high-concept futuristic vibes, the PS5 seems to be the polar opposite of the refrigerator-like Xbox Series X in terms of design philosophy. With sleek curves and two-toned design, I can’t help but feel like the console was sent back to us from the year 2100! It will come in two versions for now, standard, and digital only. Sony and Microsoft still seem to be playing a deadly game of chicken when it comes to announcing price points so we’re STILL waiting on that information.
Overall this was an incredible showing of new games for all different audiences. I’m excited for the AAA games. I’m excited for the more family-focused games. There was sci-fi, medieval, playful, intense, and everything in between. How did you enjoy the show? Comment below with your favorite trailer and what’s got you most excited!