The big news of the PS5 event on September 16, of course, pertained to the console. Namely the big reveal of its price ($499 and $399 for the Digital-Edition), release date (12 November) and pre-order starting date (17 September).
But amid this hotly awaited news, we received an array of trailers and news regarding upcoming games; let’s dive into what we saw!
Final Fantasy 16 Announcement
Although rumours had been spreading for the next instalment in the landmark series for a while, this was its official full reveal presenting both a cinematic and gameplay trailers. Titled Final Fantasy 16: Awakening this iteration of the franchise ditches the sci-fi open road of 15 instead taking on a Game of Thrones-cum-Dark Souls aesthetic.
Hogwarts Legacy announcement
7 years since the last Harry Potter console title, the news of a new Harry Potter title will delight fans. The brand-new RPG is set in the 1800s received an exciting cinematic framing the game’s world as one exploring “the wizards that came before”, it’s set to release in 2021.
God of War: Ragnarok Reveal
Sony Santa Monica revealed the sequel to their 2018 PS4-classic God of War. Although the trailer was little more than a tease, they revealed that the game will be coming sometime in 2021.
Marvel’s Spider Man: Miles Morales Gameplay
A new trailer for Insomniac and Sony’s upcoming title Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, one of the next generation console’s launch titles, showed off both the cinematic and gameplay capabilities of next gen.
Demon’s Souls remake gameplay
From Software Fans got a sneak-peak into the game’s gameplay, which appears to be a graphically rich and weighty recreation by Bluepoint Games. It also came as a surprise to audiences that the trailer sported the line “also available on PC”. However, hours later Sony quickly retracted the statement, so it appears it will remain a PS5 exclusive.
Resident Evil Village trailer
Yet another trailer for Capcom and Sony’s next instalment in the Resident Evil franchise provided some much-needed background for the titular village and its inhabitants. And, building on previous instalment, its first-person perspective looks terrifying.
In a brand-new gameplay trailer, the lore and stylistic upgrades for Oddworld: Soulstorm became clear, delighting Abe fans.
Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
While DMC 5 was released in 2019, a Special Edition of the game has been added to the list of PS5 launch titles, which will take advantage of the upgraded hardware to bring the title into next-gen. Not only this but the new edition will include a new turbo mod, allowing you to experience the frantic chaos at 1.2x its usual speed.
Deathloop Release Window
Arkane announced that their upcoming action-adventure title Deathloop would be released spring 2021, while also revealing a new gameplay trailer.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach
Our first look at the new entry in the iconic horror series built a lot of atmosphere. However, gameplay and the release date are yet to be revealed. But what is clear is that Security Breach will come to PS4 and PS5 as a timed console exclusive, releasing on other platforms three months later.
Fortnite on PS5
Sony also announced that Fortnite will be optimised and playable on their next-gen console on launch day.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
The showcase’s inclusion of Black Ops Cold War may be a slight outlier given it will release on current-gen consoles on November 13, but we were given a look at the title’s gameplay. More importantly for PS4 players, was the reveal of a free alpha available for PS4 players which is to start Friday 18 September.
PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5
Beyond the announcement of and updates on new titles Sony revealed the PlayStation Plus Collection for the PS5, which will see PlayStation Plus subscribers gain access to an array of downloadable PS4 classics for the PS5 from launch day.
Currently the collection will include the games listed below, with the potential for more to be added down the line:
- God of War
- The Last of Us: Remastered
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Battlefield 1
- Monster Hunter World
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy XV
- The Last Guardian
- Ratchet and Clank
- Infamous: Second Son
- Days Gone
- Detroit: Become Human
- Batman Arkham Knight
- Mortal Kombat X
- Persona 5
- Until Dawn
- Resident Evil: Biohazard
Take a quick look at the games arriving at or around the launch of PS5
- Aragami 2
- Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (November 13, 2020)
- Control: Ultimate Edition
- Dirt 5
- Immortals: Fenyx Rising (December 3, 2020)
- Madden NFL 21
- Marvel’s Avengers
- NBA 2K21
- Oddworld: Soulstorm
- Overcooked: All You Can Eat
- Planet Coaster: Console Edition
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Watch Dogs Legion
- WRC 9
It has been clear for a long time that the PlayStation 5 will remain true to the company’s slogan ‘for the players’, but this event has solidified that thought even further with the array of exciting titles available for the new console growing even longer.