At long last we have the PlayStation 5's release date, price, and teases for the next God of War and Final Fantasy XVI.
Sony’s second PS5 showcase gave us most of the answers we didn’t get the first time around, including that the next-gen console will be out November 12 and cost $500. Today’s 40-minute long event also gave us a better idea of the rest of the PS5's launch lineup as well as some big teases for upcoming games. It’s a good thing too, because these consoles are now less than two months away.
Here’s the full breakdown of what we saw at Sony’s event today:
Square Enix revealed the latest game in the JRPG series with a trailer that showed both story and gameplay. There were crystals, there was Bahamut, and lots of people speaking with English accents. The game looks like a return to the series’ more traditional, medieval roots, rather than the more modern and fantastical settings of Final Fantasy XIII and XV. But the kicker is that what was shown was running on a PC rather than a PS5, so who knows when Final Fantasy XVI will actually come out.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales continues to look real good (and is coming to PS4 also).
We got our first real glimpse of gameplay for Insomniac’s next Spider-Man and it looks very familiar, but in a good way. Miles Morales’ take on the web-slinger has some flashy new powers, but otherwise appears to follow the tried-and-true path of its predecessor. Not included in the event but announced separately was the fact that Miles Morales is also coming to PS4. What we didn’t get was a precise release date. The game is still only slated for “Holiday 2020.”
Update - 5:25 p.m. ET, 9/16/20: In a separate blog post, Sony announced that Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be a PS5 launch game and cost $50.
The role-playing game, which has been rumored for some time following leaks back in 2018, looks like it will let players live out their long-held wizarding fantasies by enrolling in Hogwarts, taking classes, and doing homework. It’s also coming to current and next-gen platforms. Here’s the full list (deep breath): PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.
Activision showed a mission from this year’s Call of Duty campaign. The publisher also announced that an alpha for the game’s multiplayer will be available only on PS4 starting 9/18.
Teased back at the first event, VILLAGE: Resident Evil, AKA Resident Evil 8, got a new story trailer and it continues to look more like Silent Hill meets The Witch than a modern Resident Evil game, and hey, I’m not complaining.
And man do I wish it was still a PS5 launch game. After being delayed earlier this summer, the PS5 console exclusive now has a new release window of “Q2 2021.”
It’ll be available digitally when the PS5 launches.
It’ll only be a timed-console exclusive on PS5 but was not announced as a launch game. It’s also coming to PC.
Update - 5:25 p.m. ET, 9/16/20: Good news! Sony also announced separately outside of the event that Demon’s Souls will indeed be a PS5 launch game. The bad news is that it will cost $70.
Update - 6:34 p.m. ET, 9/16/20: A spokesperson for Sony tells Kotaku that it’s original gameplay trailer for Demon’s Souls announcing it was coming to PC and eventually “other consoles,” was a mistake. The rep attributed the incorrect information to “human error” and said Demon’s Souls would be exclusive to PS5.
A bunch of PS4 console exclusives like God of War, The Last of Us Remastered, and Detroit: Become Human will be available on PS5 at launch for free to paying PS Plus subscribers.
Wow. PS5 will be the same price as Xbox Series X, while the PS5 digital-only will be even less, priced at $400. The Series S is only $300, but it’s also specced lower than the Series X, while the PS5 all-digital appears to be entirely the same as the regular PS5, just without the optical drive. Both versions of the next-gen console will be out November 12 in places like the U.S., Japan, and Canada, and November 19 for the rest of the world.
I’m not at all surprised that a new God of War is in the works. I am shocked that it’s apparently right around the corner. We don’t know if it will be a full-fledged sequel or more of a standalone spin-off like Miles Morales, but it’s coming in 2021.