PS5 will be introducing an evolutionary leap in technological capability. When the PS4 and Xbox One launched gamers suffered a lot of cross-platform titles with not many of the traditional ‘New IP’ style games released for the new console generation until a couple of years later.
After that mis-step was repeated during Microsoft’s exclusive software-lacking launch of the Xbox One X (currently gaming’s most powerful console hardware), the digital entertainment giants are poised to get things right this time around. Sony in particular has ensured that developer kits have already been in the hands of their top-most exclusive AAA studios and have even been confirmed to have released a pre-dev kit and dev kit making headlines both times as third party studios leaked images and information.
We can now safely begin to paint the picture of what PlayStation 5’s launch lineup could be like, save for a few surprises expected to pack a punch at Sony’s replacement for E3 2020, which hopefully is huge!
Some of what gamers can expect with next-generation gameplay is higher refresh rates, shorter loading times, bigger open worlds, and more lifelike details everywhere. The amount of frames per second being drawn will have a much higher upper limit with even massive open world games as both processor, co-processor, and graphics processing parts will be upgraded exponentially over the previous hardware seen in video game consoles.
Recently launch titles which were rumored heavily last year have begun to become teased by Official PlayStation Magazine, journalists and their developer friends / anonymous sources, as well as confirmed by Sony themselves. Which PS5 game are you most looking forward to, if it turns out to be the real deal come November 2020?
- Assassin’s Creed 2020 Untitled (Ubisoft)
- Horizon Zero Dawn 2 (Guerrilla Games)
- The Last Of Us Part 2: Online Multiplayer (Naughty Dog, Standalone)
- Killzone 5 (Guerrilla Games, Online Multiplayer)
- Starfield (Bethesda Games)
- Resistance 4 (Insomniac Games)
- Cyberpunk 2077 (CDPR)
- Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Sony / Insomniac Games / Marvel)
- Call of Duty 2020 Untitled (Activision / Blizzard)
- Ghosts of Tsushima (Sucker Punch, Cross-Gen, Enhanced Version)
- Death Stranding (Kojima Productions, Cross-Gen, Enhanced Version)
- Dreams (Media Molecule, Cross-Gen, Enhanced Version)
- Splinter Cell 2020 Untitled (Ubisoft)**
The preceding list is host to alleged insider evidence and speculation, but only time will tell if these rumors come true. Some of these games may also release for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 with a much better version running on PS5 as to not upset loyal fanbase of the PS4 era. It has worked out well for the cross-gen release schedule seen during the PS3’s end of life period as well. This could continue for longer than last generation as well due to the common architecture shared by PS4 and PS5 as well.
The games listed in this launch lineup could also end up becoming spaced out over the launch period of the next-generation consoles in order to deliver new content over time. Sony had leaked large lists of suspicious and rumored titles such as Starhawk (the mech-jet hybrid sequel to Warhawk), SOCOM, Killzone 3, Resistance 3, Uncharted 3, and various other entries which ended up coming true in the long run. **One more secret sauce game that on good word is also in production at Ubisoft is Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege 2, but that title won’t be available at PS5 launch day, for sure!
One thing is for sure though, Sony is definitely willing to give games time in the oven to cook longer if necessary and so some of these we will need to keep our eyes peeled for breadcrumbs or hints while waiting to find out if the games we want for PS5 are still in development and on the path to full release.