Covering all the games shown as part of Sony’s big E3-style PlayStation 5 showcase dubbed ‘The Future of Games’ from earlier today. Let’s get to it, and back to the high-def 4K footage.
JETT: The Far Shore
JETT: The Far Shore invites you on an interstellar trip to carve out a future for a people haunted by oblivion in this cinematic action adventure coming Holiday 2020 on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.
As per above this stylish sci-fi indie, that also features a rather impressive soundtrack, is also headed to PlayStation 4. This one comes from the creator behind Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP - the surprise indie hit - and looks to be similarly atmospheric and it’s due for release later this year.
First look PlayStation 5 gameplay of Godfall and the world of Aperion—a world on the precipice of ruin. You are the last of the Valorian knights, god-like warriors able to equip Valorplates, legendary armor sets that transform wielders into unstoppable masters of melee combat. Tear through foes as you climb through each of the elemental realms and challenge the mad god, Macros who awaits you at the top. Ascend in Godfall, the first-of-its-kind, looter-slasher, melee action-RPG.
Based on the description and the somewhat weird choice of music, Godfall has the feel of a Gearbox release. In that it’s presentation, in gameplay-trailer form, is in your face. With development being handled by Counterplay Games, the gameplay we see showcases fast-paced third-person combat with an emphasis on blocking and timing strikes. How the weapon and loot game factors remain to be seen, with Godfall due to release on PlayStation 5 and PC (via the Epic Games Store) later this year. As a trailer it didn’t quite grab our attention on the account of the action presented being entirely free of any context or explanation. That said, we’re always there to fire up a new action-RPG.
A journey through a surreal and vivid world filled with mystery, endearing characters, and massive enemy encounters across a vast open world.
Another game from Annapurna, this time from the creators of Hyper Light Drifter, comes Solar Ash. Another slice of stylish third-person sci-fi in a vibrant world that will be a “PlayStation Console Exclusive”. Meaning that it will also make its way to PC when it launches in 2021. Unlike the studio’s first well-received game, this is 3D as opposed to 2D - so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.
HITMAN 3 is the dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy and takes players around the world on a globetrotting adventure to sprawling sandbox locations. Agent 47 returns as a ruthless professional for the most important contracts of his entire career. Supported by his Agency handler, Diana Burnwood, 47 joins forces with his long-lost friend Lucas Grey. Their ultimate mission is to eliminate the partners of Providence, but they are forced to adapt as their hunt intensifies. When the dust settles, 47 and the world he inhabits will never be the same again.
Agent 47 is back, enough said really. And with IO Interactive at the helm, this is being treated as the conclusion to the modern-day Hitman saga. Although making its debut on the virtual PlayStation 5 stage - Hitman III is headed to all platforms. Those being, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC. Unlike the last episodic release the entire game will be available on day one in January 2021 - with players able to ‘import’ all locations from the first two games. Very cool. Word on exactly how that will work will be revealed in the coming months.
Astro and his crew lead you on a magical introduction through PS5 in this fun platformer that comes pre-loaded on PS5. Explore four worlds, each based on PS5’s console components. Each area showcases innovative gameplay that taps into the new features of the PS5's DualSense wireless controller.
Although it sounds like a playable tech-demo, the Astro stuff Sony released for PlayStation VR got rave reviews after it was viewed to be just that. So, there’s a chance that this experience designed to “showcase innovative gameplay that taps into the new features of the PS5” could provide the same high-quality experience. Best of all, Astro’s Playroom will come pre-loaded on all PlayStation 5 consoles. We're assuming that there will be a free download because odds are this will be a pretty quick uninstall for many once they start filling up the PS5’s 825GB total of hard-drive space.
Little Devil Inside
Little Devil Inside is a truly engaging 3D action adventure RPG game where you are thrown into a surreal but somewhat familiar setting with men, creatures and monsters to interact with, learn and hunt – survive and discover the world that exists beyond.
This looks charming and wonderful, so it’s great to see that Little Devil Inside is headed to the PlayStation 5. After finding success on Kickstarter this blend of survival and adventure has found a passionate audience where it has been in development for the past few years. The partnership with Sony will see it get a timed exclusive release on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 before it hits Xbox - though it will still be available on PC too. Release date is still TBC - though from what we can see in this new trailer, the game is shaping up very nicely.
NBA 2K21 is built from the ground up for PS5. Get ready for Next Gen graphics, load times, and power.
This clip of 19-year-old New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson getting his digital sweat on and driving up the lane for a sweet dunk is being billed as running on actual PlayStation 5 hardware. Of course the annual game will arrive on other platforms, but this little teaser at least highlights that the latest basketball jam from 2K will leverage all that next-gen power for next-gen detail. In the immortal words of C+C Music Factory, bball on the PS5 the PS5 is gonna make you sweat.
From the creators of the strange but fun Octodad comes the follow-up, another slice of weirdness called Bugsnax - where living food gets eaten by the sort of creatures you might find in a Rare game. This one is headed to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 later this year.
From JAPAN Studio and Bluepoint Games comes a remake of the PlayStation classic, Demon’s Souls. Entirely rebuilt from the ground up and masterfully enhanced, this remake invites you to experience the unsettling story and ruthless combat of Demon’s Souls in unparalleled visual quality and incredible performance.
Originally released for the PlayStation 3 back in 2009, FromSoftware Demon's Souls was the game that came before Dark Souls and kicked off the whole Soulsborne thing. Challenging, rewarding, and visually impressive hard action-RPGs. And now the team behind the impressive Shadow of the Colossus remake, Bluepoint Games, is working on a Demon's Souls remake. Making this the first high-profile and impressive looking remake for PlayStation 5. ‘The Future of Gaming’ was always going to take a good look at the past.
The island of Blackreef. For most of its inhabitants, it’s a paradise. But for Colt, it’s an inescapable prison. Thanks to a mysterious timeloop, he’s reliving the same day, over and over, trying to find a way to break the endless cycle he’s trapped in. As Colt, you’ll have to take out eight targets – including your arch-nemesis Julianna Blake – if you ever want to escape. But remember: It’s a timeloop, so if at first you don’t succeed… die, die again.
From Arkane Studios and the team behind the excellent Dishonored franchise comes Deathloop - a stylish and narrative-filled multiplayer shooter. The trailer gave us our first taste of actual gameplay too, and it more than lives up to the premise and teaser we got last year. Part No One Lives Forever, part Dishonroed, and very much its own thing the action, animation, and, well, everything looks great. But, like Ghostwire: Tokyo, this Bethesda next-gen release will be a timed-exclusive for the PlayStation 5.
Resident Evil Village
In the debut cinematic trailer released today, Capcom revealed a glimpse of the evocative new setting and storyline of Resident Evil Village. Set a few years after the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard, the all-new storyline begins with Ethan and his wife Mia living peacefully in a new location, free from their past nightmares. Just as they are building their new life together, tragedy befalls them once again. Chris Redfield, the legendary hero from the Resident Evil series who made a brief appearance in Resident Evil 7 biohazard, is reacquainted with the couple and horribly disrupts their life, leaving Ethan devastated and thrown into an entirely new nightmare.
After a couple of impressive remakes, it’s official - Resident Evil 8 is coming in 2021. Or, as it will be called -- Resident Evil Village. This direct sequel to the series-departure Resident Evil VII will retain the same first-person view of that but re-introduce some of the classic RE setpieces of castles and other potentially spooky locations. Plus Chris Redfield. Okay, so maybe spooky is the wrong word as this will probably be as gory and intense as anything we’ve seen to date. Running on Capcom’s RE Engine it looks incredible too - with the sort of detail you’d expect after the visually stunning Resident Evil 2 remake.
Pragmata is an action adventure title that depicts a near-future dystopian world on the moon through a deeply profound story and setting. The game will take full advantage of next-generation platform features, and as Capcom's first completely new IP made for dedicated video game consoles in four years.
Capcom wasn’t done after the long-awaited slice of Resident Evil 8 action, it also had a brand-new IP ready in the wings called Pragmata. Which admittedly, fills the Kojima-sized gap of sci-fi strangeness and impressive shots where we don’t really know what’s happening. Case in point, the final lunar shot of a person in a suit or robot-thing standing with a small child (who’s wearing what can only be described as not-ready-for-space clothing) looking at Earth. Capcom has big plans for this too as in the press release it states that it “aims to establish Pragmata as one of its core brands” when it launches in 2022. The press release also notes that both this and Resident Evil Village will be headed to Xbox Series X and PC too.
Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Forbidden West continues Aloy’s story as she moves west to a far-future America to brave a majestic, but dangerous frontier where she’ll face awe-inspiring machines and mysterious new threats.
Closing out Sony’s big PlayStation 5 games showcase was an extended trailer for the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn -- Horizon Forbidden West. Outside of continuing the trend of somewhat convoluted titles, what we see here is pure next-gen. Stunning environments, incredible character detail, and the sort of visual effects that put the graphics on par with modern-day computer animation. Of course the art direction, use of colour, and framing all play into it -- but this is the sort of thing you need to see when it comes to next-gen hardware. Truly evocative native-4K visuals that feel like they could only run on a next-gen piece of kit. The only downside is that the trailer doesn’t end with a ‘Holiday 2020’ tag -- which means this will most likely arrive sometime in 2021.