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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 11:59am 12/06/20 | Comments
Sony has lifted the lid and raised the curtain on the PlayStation 5 with a massive showcase for the games coming to the next-gen platform.

Early on July 12 (for us in Australia that is) Sony streamed its first official PlayStation 5 showcase dubbed ‘The Future of Games’. And although we got our first look at the console proper, as seen below, the E3-style event was stacked with game announcements, trailers, and reveals. On the hardware front, even though we didn’t get an official date or pricing, we now know that two PlayStation 5 models are coming -- one with an optical 4K UHD drive and one without aptly called PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.


As per the introduction, Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan noted that all that was shown was a taste of actual PlayStation 5 games in motion. So even though most of the footage arrived in trailer form, they were made up of gameplay or real-time cinematics. For the most part. This impressive batch of games will take advantage of the super-fast storage of the PS5 in addition to next-gen visual effects like real-time ray-tracing and 3D audio. Those reflections in Gran Turismo 7 are no doubt ray-traced.

“With PlayStation 5, we are making a significant leap to deliver a truly new generation of transformative play experiences that will redefine expectations for what games can be,” said Jim Ryan. “Worlds will be richer and more beautiful, they’ll captivate your senses in ways you didn’t think possible, and you’ll be able to experience them much more seamlessly, with lightning fast loading. Today’s showcase is just a glimpse of what’s to come in the next generation, and we want to thank our community for taking this journey to PS5’s launch with us.”

With that out of the way let's take a chronological look at what was shown - with all footage in ultra high-def 4K.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales





From Insomniac Games, this follow-up to 2018’s stellar Marvel’s Spider-Man lives up to its title by putting players in the web-slinging shoes of one Miles Morales. As per the trailer we get to see the same wonderful city-scape of the first game, but with the detail cranked all the way up to take advantage of PlayStation 5 hardware. As to the extent of just how big this game will be, that remains to be seen, mainly because this is shaping up to be a launch title for the console with a tentative ‘Holiday 2020’ release window. And the first game is only two years old. Will it be the same layout and underlying tech -- but now in winter form? Who knows. Not a lot of gameplay footage here unfortunately. We would have loved to see how the super-fast SSD of the PS5 changes the simple act of swinging through a bustling city from up high, which was pure joy the first time around.

Gran Turismo 7




Gran Turismo 7 builds on 22 years of experience to bring you the best features from the history of the franchise. Whether you’re a competitive racer, collector, fine-tuning builder, livery designer, photographer or arcade fan – ignite your personal passion for cars with features inspired by the past, present and future of Gran Turismo.

Microsoft has Forza, Sony has Gran Turismo. In the world of realistic racing sims these are the two biggest franchises, and the arrival of next-gen consoles means we get even more shiny car detail and impressive looking tracks. In this announcement trailer for Gran Turismo 7 (based on the series’ history who knows when it’ll actually get released) we do get to see the more open, online, and social side of the series that has emerged in recent years. But, we also get to see what can only be a hefty dose of ray-traced reflections. Very cool. It looks slick, and with developer Polyphony Digital’s perfectionist streak, this is shaping up to be the most impressive entry in the series to date in terms of pure high-def simulation.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart





The long-running action-adventure series from Insomniac is back with Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and this is one title that looks to be taking full advantage of the new SSD storage. As per its title players will be able to seamlessly and instantaneously shift and travel to different detailed worlds in an via a portal system. The effect is impressive and a showcase for the sort of detail we can expect to see in next-gen games going forward. Especially for those experiences built from the ground-up to take advantage of PS5 hardware. With Insomniac now a first-party Sony studio, and a new Spider-Man adventure coming at launch, it’s certainly hitting the ground running when it comes to the PlayStation 5.

Project Athia




Designed for PS5, PROJECT ATHIA will harness the full power of the console and demonstrates Luminous Productions’ philosophy to provide a gaming experience like never before, fusing together the latest technology with art. PROJECT ATHIA will transport players to a world filled with beauty and dismay as they set upon a thrilling story-led, action-packed adventure which can be twisted, tempestuous and forbidding.

File this one under the teaser trailer meets tech-demo category, even the title for Square Enix and Luminous Productions’ new IP is a “working title”. Developed and designed simultaneously for PlayStation 5 and PC, Project Athia looks to be running on the same tech that powered the latest Final Fasntasy - albeit this time in the form of a very stylish third-person action-adventure where you take control of a heroine that has super powers. Or magical abilities. Again, this is a teaser trailer.

Stray




A little cat in a futuristic walled city, devoid of life, befriends a sentient drone. The cat must find its way home, and perhaps help the city along the way.

The premise is simple and very cool - take control of a cat in a futuristic cyberpunk city. The trailer doesn’t really convey how it will actually play and what sort of freedom you’ll have when exploring, but the art style is gorgeous and the visuals are certainly next-gen when it comes to pure detail. A fine indie teaser from Annapurna and Blue Twelve Studio -- we’re all in for Alley Cat 3000.

Returnal




Returnal combines action with roguelike gameplay into a third-person shooter where players fight to survive a hostile planet that changes with every death. Players can switch instinctively between firing modes by using a single adaptive trigger and can get right back into the action after dying. PS5's immersive 3D audio brings the alien world to life around the player, helping players navigate the intense positional combat.

From Housemarque we definitely got major Prey vibes from watching the Returnal trailer - even though the title itself sounds a little silly. In this sci-fi adventure you play an astronaut of sorts that crash-lands on a mysterious planet filled with stuff destined to make her stay a very weird and psychological Groundhog Day. The action we see looks a little bit like the most recent Mass Effect, in that it’s very fast-paced. But, it’s the whole ‘roguelike’ aspect that has piqued our interest - where no doubt abilities or something will carry over from one run to the next. That is, when you repeat the trauma of crash-landing on a strange alien world for the umpteenth time.

Sackboy A Big Adventure




Iconic PlayStation hero, Sackboy returns in an all-new 3D adventure with a deeply immersive and expressive control scheme. Players can go on this epic platforming journey solo-style, or they can team up with friends for collaborative, chaotic multiplayer fun.

From the workhorses at Sumo Digital (the same studio that worked on LittleBigPlanet 3) this looks like fun Nintendo-style platforming. With Sackboy finally starring in his (or their) own game. Same-screen co-op puts this firmly in the fun for the whole family camp and the bright and vibrant visuals look great - even if it has a ‘this looks like it could just as easily run on PlayStation 4’ vibe.

Destruction All Stars




Dominate the glittering global phenomenon of Destruction AllStars – the spectacular prime-time sport for dangerous drivers. Master the art of intense vehicle-based combat through timing, tactics and skills to cause colossal amounts of damage, destruction and devastation in vibrant arenas across the globe.

Destruction Derby goes next-gen in this stylish vehicle combat jam, with impressive physics in the form of vehicle damage, sparks flying, and even glimpses at characters hanging off the roofs of cars. This one comes from British studio Lucid Games which in the past has mostly handled porting duties on games like Goat simulator and a handful of mobile-only releases. So at this stage it’s hard to say if the stylish in-your-face look and feel will translate into a game you’d play at length.

Kena: Bridge of the Spirits




A story-driven action adventure with a stunning visual aesthetic combining exploration with fast-paced combat. Players find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their abilities and creating new ways to manipulate the environment. Kena: Bridge of Spirits seamlessly blends action and narrative into an unforgettable experience. Travel with Kena, a young Spirit Guide on a quest to uncover the mysterious story surrounding the demise of the village.

This looks beautiful, with impressive detail in the world and an art style that has a very animated-film vibe. Even when it comes to indie games (this one comes from Ember Lab) Sony knows how to present a lush detailed forest setting like nobody else. Seriously, we’d like to know where they get their grass tech. No release info was given other than the obvious word that it’s currently in the works for PlayStation 5.

Goodbye Volcano High




Goodbye Volcano High is a cinematic narrative adventure about love, change, and the end of an era. Guide Fang through their final year of high school as they try to make things right before time is up.

In development for PS5 and PC, Goodbye Volcano High is a 2D animated narrative adventure that seemingly takes place at Furry High. Which means it’ll find an audience. Featuring hand-drawn art, a fully-voiced narrative with branching paths, and what are described as “cinematic mini-games” - it’s expected to make its debut (see: graduate) sometime in 2021.

Oddworld Soulstorm




Witness Abe's horrifying conflict with a terrifying new machination in this fresh narrative adventure. Oddworld Soulstorm represents a big visual and cinematic leap aiming that breaks new ground for Oddworld. With intelligent new mechanics and twisted new devices which enable highly explosive deviousness. This is a dark parable that tells an epic tale of a volatile society pushed to its limits.

Abe’s back, and it’s fitting that the unlikely hero is returning to PlayStation 5 and the platform where he rose to fame. The multiplatform game is expected to hit the Epic Games Store on PC later this year, but as per the new trailer (debuting as part of the PS5 showcase) it will also take advantage of next-gen features. “Oddworld: Soulstorm’s scope and scale are larger than we have tackled before,” said developer Oddworld Inhabitants. “We plan to use PS5’s stunning graphic fidelity, mind-blowing 3D audio, and the DualSense controller to enhance our storytelling and artistic abilities to bring you closer to the game and to create an even deeper emotional Oddworld experience.” We’re definitely keen to hear the difference 3D audio makes, especially in a game from a series known for its wonderful sound design.

Ghostwire: Tokyo




Tokyo is overrun by deadly supernatural forces after 99% of the city's population vanished. Use a powerful arsenal of spectral abilities to fight the paranormal threat and unravel the mystery behind the mass disappearance. FACE THE UNKNOWN, discover the truth and save the city when GhostWire: Tokyo arrives in 2021, exclusively on PlayStation 5.

Yeah, you read that description right. Bethesda and Tango GameworksGhostwire: Tokyo will release exclusively on PlayStation 5 when it launches in 2021. After the teaser trailer from E3 last year this is our first-look at actual gameplay too, and it looks very cool and a lot more action-packed than the survival horror of The Evil Within. The game is also coming to PC - though this might come after the 12-month timed-exclusive period for the PS5 that is currently being reported. On that front the first-person action will take advantage of the console’s positional 3D audio - in addition to increased visual ghost-horsepower. “We’re particularly excited by the possibility of players experiencing our modern, yet Visitor-filled city with 3D sound,” Kenji Kimura, Game Director on Ghostwire: Tokyo said. “This version of Tokyo is not a version you’ve ever seen or heard before. In Ghostwire: Tokyo, you’ll hear and encounter sounds that you normally would not hear in the city in real life. Our hope is that with the 3D sound, you will feel compelled to seek out and identify what is causing those sounds you hear.”

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