The PlayStation 5 is scheduled to arrive this holiday season, and with a new console generation come several flashy games designed to show off its technical power. Higher resolutions, higher frame rates, and more immersive detail await players on the PS5.
Without E3 2020 to announce projects, Sony has found opportunities to reveal first-party games, and third-party publishers have been holding their own events to do the same. Several games have been confirmed so far, while others are mere rumors awaiting official confirmation. Digital Trends rounded both up for a list of the best rumored and announced PS5 games. This list will continue to be updated as more information gets released in the coming months, as we slowly approach the start of a new generation of gaming.
One of the first games confirmed for PS5, Godfall is a third-person action role-playing game with a focus on hack-and-slash combat and loot. It can be viewed almost like a melee-focused Destiny, with a science-fiction and fantasy aesthetic to match. Studio Counterplay Games includes developers from major series like Ratchet & Clank, God of War, Gears of War, Halo, Battlefield, Call of Duty, and BioShock, so it’s no slouch when it comes to polish and spectacle. The game is planned for a holiday launch and will also release on PC.
Developed by Bulletstorm studio People Can Fly, Outriders is a cooperative shooter with role-playing elements that offer impressive customization options. The studio is no stranger to high-octane action, and four different classes let players team up with their friends and combine skills to take on the game’s toughest challenges. The game features a dark and mysterious story as well as powerful monsters that would fit right into a
Watch Dogs: Legion
One of Ubisoft’s confirmed cross-generational titles, Watch Dogs: Legion is one of the most ambitious open-world games ever created. Every non-player character in the game’s dystopic version of London can be recruited and turned into a playable character, complete with their own unique story as well as abilities and missions. There is no main protagonist, with the story unfolding using any character players have recruited, and once they die, they are gone forever. Hacking and stealth are still crucial, and there are even options for completing missions non-lethally. It’s the only game that lets players control a squad of hacking grandmothers, as well, which is enough to warrant a purchase on its own.
Bethesda Game Studios’ next major project is a new franchise — its first in two decades. Bethesda has revealed just as little about the game as it has The Elder Scrolls VI but it will involve outer space. A teaser shown at E3 2018 included a satellite floating near a black hole. Bethesda has also confirmed that Starfield will be a single-player game, building on the studio’s tradition in keeping most of its games to only one person. Bethesda hasn’t decided yet if there will be any sort of online connectivity.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is one of the few games confirmed for a PS5 release. In development at German studio Daedalic Entertainment, the game occurs before the events of the titular books and will focus on Gollum and the ongoing conflict in his head. It will be an action-adventure game with stealth elements, and Gollum won’t look like he does in the Peter Jackson movies. It also won’t be going for a hyper-realistic art style, unlike the recent Mordor games from Warner Bros.
Dying Light 2
A narrative-heavy sequel written by acclaimed role-playing scribe Chris Avellone, Dying Light 2 will be coming to PS5. The game builds on the parkour and intense combat of the original game, but with much more focus placed on the world and how it changes based on players’ actions. There are factions and several moving parts to keep track of, making for a more engrossing and immersive open-world zombie game than Techland has made before. The entire game is also playable in four-player cooperative mode, and players can join each other’s’ worlds to see how they differ from each other.
Epic Games recently confirmed that, not only will Fortnite appear on the PlayStation 5, but it will run on the brand-new Unreal Engine 5. In typically Fortnite fashion, we can probably expect a spectacular launch event when it finally enters the next generation of gaming.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Although it’s not called Ragnarok, rumors about this installment in the Assassin’s Creed saga had been swirling for months. Ubisoft finally spilled the beans during an Xbox Series X gameplay presentation, showing off the beautiful new graphics and announcing that it will be available on both current-gen and next-gen consoles. We’ve yet to see it in action on a PS5, but we do know that it will be available on the console — and might even be a launch title.
The off-road racing game makes a triumphant return later this year, as it brings the chaos to the PlayStation 5. We still don’t know much about it, but an early glimpse showed off all the adrenaline-pumping action the series is known for — and fans don’t have to wait much longer before they can experience some next-generation racing on the PlayStation 5 later this year.
While the developers say that everything is going well with Quantum Error, it’s still up in the air whether it will be a launch title. The ‘cosmic horror shooter’ is hoping to prove that zombies never go out of style and features one of the most robust physics systems the industry has seen.
Bandai Namco hasn’t provided a release date yet, but — since pre-orders are already available — we have to imagine this one will be ready near the PlayStation 5’s launch date. The game takes place far in the future, and people have found a way to unlock psionic powers that lay dormant in their genetic makeup. It’s another title that has only been teased so far, and there’s a lot we’ve yet to discover about this interesting new RPG.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
It’s been 16 long years since we last walked the vampire-ridden streets of Bloodlines, and we can’t wait to see how much as changed during that time. Recent footage of the game displayed more chaos, a grittier Seattle locale, and a deep, branching storyline.
Rainbow Six Siege
The best tactical shooter this side of Counter-Strike is confirmed to be releasing on the PlayStation 5. Better yet, crossplay will be fully supported across current and next-gen platforms, and so will cross-generation progression. And — if you happen to own the physical version on PlayStation 4 — that same disc will work with the PS5. We still haven’t seen any gameplay footage of the popular game running on the PlayStation 5, but we have to imagine it will be a big step up from what’s currently available. Rainbow Six Siege isn’t an ugly game by any stretch of the imagination, but it has been on the market for five years now — and that’s a long time in video game years.
The Elder Scrolls VI
A game that is probably still several years away, Bethesda officially confirmed The Elder Scrolls VI at E3 2018, and has said essentially nothing about the game since then. It isn’t Bethesda Game Studios’ next project — more on that in a moment — but it will likely be a full-fledged single-player role-playing game like the series is known for. New technology should help to give it a new dose of life, especially compared to 2011’s aging Skyrim, and gaming grandmother Shirley Curry will appear as a character in the game. It could be a few years away or nearly a decade, and Bethesda has never been one to rush its flagship games out before they’re ready.
Horizon: Zero Dawn sequel
Horizon: Zero Dawn has sold more than 10 million copies, making a sequel all but inevitable, and with no game announced on PS4, it’s likely coming to PS5. Job postings from studio Guerilla Games strongly hint that it’s hiring for the project, and its critical and commercial success has cemented it as one of Sony’s key first-party series. Despite the original game coming to PC later this year, it’s very unlikely Sony would release the sequel on PC at the same time as PS5, but the cliffhanger ending to the game’s story needs a resolution.
Demon’s Souls Remastered
Bluepoint Games — the studio behind remakes and remasters like Shadow of the Colossus and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection — is working on another remake for PS5. It has not confirmed the game yet, but the studio has hinted that it’s working on a Demon’s Souls remake. The game was first released on PS3 and was published by Sony. Unlike the Dark Souls trilogy, it never came to other systems, but it was Demon’s Souls that set the basic template other Souls-like games would follow. It’s difficult, arguably more difficult than its successors, but hardcore players are more than willing to tackle that level of challenge.
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