At last, Sony has thrown its big reveal party for the long-awaited Playstation 5. Gaming fans the world over have been eagerly anticipating news about the console for months (years?) and Sony has kept leading us down a long road of gradually trickled-down information. Since Microsoft revealed their pricing/release information, we’ve known it wouldn’t take long for Sony to follow suit.
That’s enough preamble. Let’s get to the good stuff!
Price and Release Date
Unlike the showcase, I won’t keep you waiting for this any longer.
Both the traditional Playstation 5, as well as the disc-less digital edition will release in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea on November 12th, 2020. The rest of the world will have to wait until November 19th, 2020. No word yet on how Kim Jong Un feels about having to wait longer than his neighbors to the south. According to the disclaimer at the bottom of the second image, China may have to wait longer as well.
Thankfully, we did get to see more than just some repetitive fluff in the 40+ minutes the showcase ran. In fact, Sony would come out of the gate big and fast, with plenty of game reveals to hold us over while leading us around on the teaser leash a little longer.
Here’s a rundown of the biggest reveals featured in the showcase:
Final Fantasy XVI
No, that’s not a typo. Final Fantasy XVI is in development.
Square-Enix is taking the franchise back to its medieval roots in their newest adventure. The crystals, a central plot device in the majority of Final Fantasy titles are making a return, as well as many of the classic tropes, enemies, and summons you come to expect. Everything except turn-based combat. That’s never coming back.
Square-enix put out a press release after the showcase, however, did not offer any further details:
Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for FINAL FANTASY XVI, but for FINAL FANTASY XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!Naoki Yoshida – Producer
The rest of it was just them patting themselves on the back, nothing special.
FFXVI will be a PS5 “console exclusive,” meaning that PC will be getting in on the party too (sorry Xbox).
Spider-Man: Miles Morales Gameplay
After bashing everyone’s heads in with the FFXVI reveal, fans were treated with a new look at gameplay from the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s Spider-Man.
Miles Morales’s electric and invisibility powers look to play a big role in his fighting style. The fight sequences were frantic and fast-paced. I can’t lie, this game looks like a lot of fun. The Tinkerer will be Miles’s arch-enemy this time around, as they go to war against a the Roxxon corporation for control of a newly developed energy source. The game is expected to be out shortly after the console launches, set for “holiday 2020.”
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
Call of Duty is going back to the 80’s with its newest chapter in the Black Ops series. Black Ops: Cold War is set in 1981, back when Reaganomics was foolishly thought of as a good thing, and it was still socially acceptable to listen to Air Supply.
We get to see a good chunk of gameplay, as a black ops team goes in to take out a drug lord. A firefight ensues as the team attempts to chase down an airplane.
Cold war is also set for a “holiday 2020” release date, and PS4 players will get early access to the mulitplayer alpha soon.
Resident Evil 8: Village
Resident Evil 8: Village is the next big reveal for Capcom, set for a “2021” release. Creepy visuals, deranged voices, and a chilling fable passed down from a mother to their child highlight this theatrical trailer.
The game appears to have taken plenty of notes from the success of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, except this time it looks like you’ll get to deal with a whole village of crazies, instead of just a house full of them. I don’t know— I haven’t touched a RE game in years, so let me know in the comments if I’m completely off.
New Perks for PS+ Subscribers
There is some big-time goodness coming for Playstation plus subscribers when they jump over to PS5.
Sony announced a whole library full of classic PS4 titles will be available for subscribers. Games featured in the teaser include Fallout 4 (a favorite of mine), Persona 5, God of War 4, Bloodbourne, Mortal Kombat X, Infamous: Second Son (PLEASE bring this series back!), and loads more.
All the titles in the new PS4 classics library will be available for download at launch. It appears these games will be permanently available, as opposed to the monthly rotation of games subscribers are used to.
Other Games Mentioned
- Hogwarts Legacy. The timing of this Wizarding adventure probably couldn’t be worse, considering all the crap J.K. Rowling is getting right now.
- Deatloop – What happens when Borderlands and Groundhog Day have a baby,
- Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition – Dante, Virgil, and Nero fight demons, and each other, duh.
- 5 Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach – Scary teddy bears, or something.
- Demon’s Souls – Reboot of the Dark Souls copycat, I think.
- Fortnite – Launch title, because of course it is.
- God of War: Ragnarok – Slated for “2021,” no other details or gameplay revealed. Just some cryptic runes and the tagline, “Ragnarok is coming.”
The future is looking bright for the next generation of consoles. Sony has priced their top-end console in line with the Xbox Series X. However Microsoft will have a 2-day headstart (longer outside of certain countries), and their digital-only console comes in cheaper at $299. It remains to see how this generation of the console wars will play out, with each side bringing their fair share of strengths and weaknesses with them. It should be fun to find out.
If you missed the showcase live and want to see all the fun you missed, check out the full presentation below.