PlayStation 5 Event Predictions (Updated)
After months of speculation and countless rumours we now know when Sony’s PlayStation event will take place to showcase what we will be playing on their next gen console when it launches later this year.
As outlined earlier this week, a number of industry insiders started to predict that we would be getting a PlayStation event on June 3rd. Turns out they were nearly right. Sony announced via a blog post and across their social media platforms on Friday that we will be getting a digital event focused on PlayStation games on Thursday June 4th at 1pm PDT / 9pm BST / 10pm CEST.
[UPDATE] Due to Sony being respectful of the more important voices that needed to be heard in relation to the Black Lives Matter protests the event will now take place Thursday June 11th at 1pm PDT / 9pm BST / 10pm CEST.
Sony stated in their blog post that the digital event will last for ‘a bit more than an hour’ and will ‘give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday’.
Something that adds to the anticipation of this event is that Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO, Jim Ryan recently spoke to GamesIndustry.biz and addressed the exclusives on the PS5. Ryan said:
‘”We have always said that we believe in generations. We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include. And that, in our view, people should make games that can make the most of those features.”
This to some degree goes against what Xbox is doing with the Series X where they have said that any first-party Xbox titles will be playable on both the Xbox One and Series X for at least a year after launch.
With this in mind and the fact we don’t know of any first-party PlayStation titles past Ghost of Tsushima in July, we can surely expect to see some brand new PS5 exclusives from Sony making their debut at this June 4th event. To accompany this, I would also expect a number of third-party game reveals however many of these could see cross generation releases to help capitalise on the PS4’s massive install base.
So what could these first-party and third-party games be that will showcase the PlayStation 5 in all its glory? Here are some that I feel are most likely.
Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel
Guerrilla Games established themselves among Sony’s elite with their release of Horizon Zero Dawn in 2017 and fans have clamoured for what’s next ever since. Having previously worked on the Killzone games, Guerrilla is no stranger to console releases having released Killzone Shadow Fall alongside the PlayStation 4 in 2013.
With Horizon Zero Dawn though, Guerrilla took their studio in a bold new direction with their hugely successful open world title and with the launch of the PlayStation 5 coming 3 ½ years after the original, it seems likely that a sequel could be positioned as PlayStation 5’s big first-party title at launch.
Gran Turismo has been a PlayStation staple since the original PlayStation so it only makes sense we could see the next instalment at the release of the PS5, especially as racing games are typically used to showcase new hardware. Gran Turismo 6 saw its release back in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Gran Turismo Sport had its initial release, and has subsequently seen constant updates, in 2017 so it feels right that a new entry in the series could be inbound.
What form this game could take is up for debate though. Will Polyphony Digital return to a more complete package upon release or take a ‘games as service’ direction again as they did with Gran Turismo Sport? Something that I think is undeniable is that this game, whenever it is released, will look absolutely stunning and be a highlight for what the PlayStation 5 is capable of.
Ratchet and Clank
PlayStation console launches typically feature games that appeal to a broad audience, with Knack filling this void at the launch of the PS4. Insomniac however have long been linked with PlayStation, even being acquired by Sony last year to become a first party studio after the massive success of Spider-Man in 2018. Among their catalogue is the hugely popular Ratchet and Clank series which could be the perfect ‘family’ game to launch alongside the PlayStation 5.
Sony obviously saw massive potential with Insomniac to be willing to bring them onboard with their first-party studios and so it seems likely that this wouldn’t purely be based upon Spider-Man alone. Insomniac also has a number of teams alongside the one that developed Spider-Man so they could very well have been working on a follow up to 2016’s Ratchet and Clank ready for a holiday 2020 launch.
Call Of Duty 2020
With Call Of Duty having a marketing deal with PlayStation, and the fact we normally have the next instalment revealed by now, it is fair to assume that we could be seeing the debut look at this years Call Of Duty during Sony’s PlayStation stream.
What will this years COD be? Well the most prominent rumours at the minute point towards another entry in the Black Ops series, apparently titled Cold War. While this will not be a PlayStation 5 exclusive and likely not even a next gen exclusive, I would expect any reveal to showcase why this game is best played on next gen hardware in order to help Sony push forward its marketing for the PlayStation 5 in the lead up to launch.
Like Call Of Duty this one seems like a reasonable bet especially as it was the first officially announced PlayStation 5 game back at The Game Awards. Since that reveal Godfall has been quiet so it would make sense that they have been waiting for any official PlayStation 5 event in order to debut more information and kickstart their marketing campaign in the build-up to release.
With the debut giving a cinematic look at the style of game Godfall will present it’s likely that any new trailer will give a better look at gameplay and what players will be doing on a minute to minute basis.
Now wouldn’t this just be the perfect announcement. Crash Bandicoot\ became a cultural icon back on the original PlayStation and, although it has since gone multi-platform, it has remained synonymous with the platform ever since. While remaining quiet for several years the Bandicoot made its triumphant return in 2017 with the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy which saw the original three games remastered in glorious HD. As you would expect for such a beloved character, these games sold incredibly well as did the remastered 2019 Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled and since their releases rumours have persisted that Activision is developing a brand-new Crash Bandicoot title.
If a new Crash game is indeed in development, then there surely is no better place to reveal it than at a PlayStation event. It’s doubtful it will be a PlayStation exclusive but we could very see Sony agree limited time exclusivity rights, as they did for the initial release of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, as the they surely understand how much fans relate Crash to their platforms even today.
Bluepoint‘s New Game
Bluepoint games have worked alongside Sony for many years now, specialising in porting and remastering games for PlayStation platforms. Arguably their most notable work came in 2018 when they masterfully recreated the beloved Shadow of the Colossus from the ground up with stunning visuals. Since then they have confirmed they have been working with PS5 dev kits and are apparently working on their biggest game to date. This mysterious game seemingly has been intertwined with the PlayStation 5 with fans speculating that it will make its debut at the release of Sony’s next-gen console to showcase what the hardware is capable of.
Numerous rumours have circulated over what this game could be. With Bluepoint iconic for incredible remakes, classic titles such as Metal Gear have been thrown around but the general consensus right now is that it will be a remake of Demon Souls, the 2009 game developed by FromSoftware. At this point I would be shocked if we at don’t get at least a teaser at PlayStations event.
Housemarque‘s New Game
Housemarque made a splash with Super Stardust HD and then again at the launch of the PS4 with Resogun. After several more releases including Matterfall, it was revealed in January that all other games were put on hold to work on their most ambitious game to date that had been in pre-production for three years at that point.
With resources fully committed to this new title they could very well have made that move to prepare for the PlayStation 5 and therefore could be looking to reveal said game at PlayStations event.
With Insomniacs Spider-Man releasing in 2018 its very unlikely that we will see a sequel release alongside the PlayStation 5 but there is no doubt that it is in active development especially after Sony acquired the studio last year.
The ending of Spider-Man set up a number of story lines a sequel could pursue and Sony will likely want to give fans a tease of what’s to come further down the line of the PS5’s life cycle beyond the initial launch window releases.
Spider-Man has also been used internally to showcase the PlayStation 5’s impressive SSD so we could potentially see that game receive performance improvements on the PS5.
God Of War Sequel
Arguably the new pinnacle of PlayStation exclusives, 2018’s God Of War took a franchise out of time and transformed it into one of the greatest games of all time. While we are unlikely to see a see a sequel soon, PlayStation will surely want to capitalise upon its monumental success with a teaser to at least confirm to fans that we will be seeing Kratos wield his axe once more.
PlayStation got into a solid routine of announcing their major first-party titles a couple of years before their release and I can’t see them straying too far from this especially after such a successful generation for them. The exception to this would be any major first party titles they have planned for the launch window as they will have saved revealing these for the reveal of the console itself.
With the presentation to last over an hour we could very well see at least something from all of these games as well as other especially if Sony wants to make a significant statement in the next gen build up. Based on what was said in the blog post it is still very much unknown if we will see the console itself with this event specifically focused on games however at this point I am expecting to get the reveal of the design even if it is a ‘one more thing’ promotional video to finish off the event with a promise of more details to follow in future presentations.
What are you hoping to see from PlayStation on Thursday? Are you excited to get a PS5 at launch? Let me know in the comments and be sure to check back for all the PlayStation 5 event details after it has aired.