There was a lot packed into a short amount of time in the Sony PlayStation 5 showcase, including that long awaited release date and the prices for the next generation of PlayStation gaming. Let’s have a look at five of the most exciting reveals that we got from today’s PlayStation 5 showcase.
Final Fantasy XVI
This reveal wasn’t too surprising as it had been rumoured beforehand. However, the next instalment in the epic Final Fantasy franchise looks to be returning to its roots with a fantasy setting, British accents included. Honestly, I can’t tell you how happy I was to hear my own accent coming from Final Fantasy characters. The trailer was relatively vague, not giving too much away but keeping familiar elements such as chocobos and mother crystals. The game is going to be a PlayStation exclusive for Sony, despite the gameplay that was shown being taken from a PC emulating a PlayStation 5.
Final Fantasy XVI doesn’t have a release date.
The long rumoured and long awaited Harry Potter RPG finally made an appearance at the PlayStation 5 showcase. The game will be set in Hogwarts in the late 1800’s- setting it apart from the Harry Potter series. There may be some crossover with the Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them series due to it only being a few decades after this time period but hopefully the game will not be too reliant on its source material. The trailer that we got had narration from a Dumbledore like figure (Dumbledore would be around in this time period but he would still be quite young, so maybe this could be him?) as he sets the stage of the games foundations. Making friends, learning and growing your magical abilities and taming various creatures all look set to be a part of this RPG which is super exciting. As a Harry Potter fan for the last twenty years or so, this is the kind of game I have been waiting for for a long time. I’m really crossing my fingers that it will be able to live up to expectation and give gamers the true Hogwarts experience. Despite the rather negative attention that J.K Rowling has gotten as of late, let’s hope that her globally beloved creations can translate well to a role playing game.
Hogwarts Legacy is due for next gen release in 2021 from Portkey Games and WB Games.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
A gameplay demo for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was one of the highlights of the showcase. The game- set in Harlem a year after the events of the first game- will have players taking on the role of Miles Morales, who was introduced in 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. His gameplay has a similar style to Peter Parker’s from the first game but there are definitely elements that seem to be individual to Miles, such as a rechargeable stealth camouflage device that allows Miles to briefly become invisible. There are still quick time events too which are shown off in a cinematic set piece that includes Miles holding a bridge together with his webbing, fighting a villain known as Tinkerer and saving civilians. Miles Morales has big shoes to fill following the success of the 2018 game but this demo showed that it is certainly on the right track. The game will be coming to the PlayStation 4 too, as revealed in a blog post from Insomniac.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be coming to the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 4 this holiday season from Insomniac Games.
The PlayStation Plus Collection
One of the coolest reveals from the showcase was The PlayStation Plus Collection. This collection will be a downloadable compilation of some of the most well-known, well received and well-loved PlayStation 4 games for those with the PlayStation Plus service. The games will be available to download and play immediately from launch. Here are the awesome titles you will be able to play with PlayStation Plus for PS5:
Batman: Arkham Knight
Detroit: Become Human
Final Fantasy XV
God of War
Infamous: Second Son
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us: Remastered
Monster Hunter World
Mortal Kombat X
Ratchet and Clank
Resident Evil: Biohazard
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
God of War: Ragnorak
The last teaser of the showcase was the most exciting: the sequel to 2018’s fantastic God of War game. The teaser trailer is incredibly brief but chilling in more ways than one. As the incredible theme from the 2018 game plays (one of gaming’s best soundtracks in my humble opinion), we hear Kratos say “The time grows near” as the God of War logo frostily appears on screen with snow flurrying in the background. Kratos then says “you must prepare yourself” as the words “Ragnarok is Coming” appears. We then get a date: 2021. There is a teaser at the end of the first game of a battle between Kratos and Thor (the Norse legend/ God of Thunder Thor rather than Marvel’s iteration of the character) and the Ragnorak title only emphasises this. Kratos is likely talking to his son Atreus in the teasers dialogue (whose real name was revealed to be Loki- as in the Norse God of Mischief- at the end of the first game). Atreus is probably older and more experienced in the next game, so perhaps Kratos is training him up to fight the Norse gods himself. Little is known about the sequel but this is definitely one to watch.
God of War: Ragnorak will be released in 2021 for the PlayStation 5 by Santa Monica Studios.
The big reveal of pricing and release dates came at the end of the showcase. The PlayStation 5 will be released on November 12th in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. Unfortunately, my fellow Brits and the rest of the world will have to wait until November 19th. Or if you’re like me, wait until you sell a kidney as the console is expectedly pricey. The console will come in a physical edition and a digital edition, much like the Xbox Series X. The physical PS5 will be $499.99- or £449.99- and the digital version of the console will be $399.99- or £359.99. The wait for next gen is almost over so there are plenty of exciting times in gaming to come over the next few months. There were more interesting announcements from the showcase too, such as new trailers and reveals for Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach,Resident Evil: Village, Deathloop, Oddworld: Soulstorm and the Demon Soul’s Remake as well as gameplay for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition and Fortnite for next gen. Stay tuned for more.