Gaming News: PlayStation 5 Showcase Recap

Sony has announced more details about the upcoming release of the PlayStation 5.

Revealing the details in an online presentation, Sony also gave fans a look at some of the titles that are in development for the next-gen console.

First up was the announcement of Final Fantasy XVI. Featuring a medieval setting, fans got a tease of the story and characters that will be in the next instalment of the long-running franchise.

The announcement did cause some confusion among fans, as the closing card stated that while the game would be a PS5 console exclusive, a PC release was also planned. Since the presentation, however, Square Enix has released a statement stating, “We have no further information on if Final Fantasy XVI will be released on platforms other than the PS5.”

Next up was a more in-depth look at Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Set around a year after the previous Spider-Man game, the new story will see Miles will find himself in the middle of a conflict between Roxxon and a faction known as the Underground, led by The Tinkerer.

While Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be launching on PlayStation 5, it was also confirmed after the presentation that the game will also be launching in PlayStation 4 as well and that the Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 5 will include a voucher for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is currently scheduled for a Holiday 2020 release.

Along with the in-depth previews, the showcase also featured a number of teaser trailers and reveals:

  • Hogwarts Legacy will put players in the Wizarding World in a new story set 200 years before the book series and will launch in 2021,
  • A new trailer for Resident Evil Village gave fans a preview of the game’s setting and overall story,
  • Deathloop is an action shooter where players must eliminate eight different targets in order to break a recurring time loop and free themselves coming on Q2 2021,
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition will be a digital launch release for the PlayStation 5,
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm brings a new adventure for Abe and is now scheduled to release later this year,
  • A new Five Nights At Freddy’s title, Security Breach, was revealed with an atmospheric cinematic trailer,
  • Several titles from the PlayStation 4 library, including God of War, Detroit Become Human, Uncharted 4 and Days Gone, will be part of a PlayStation Plus Collection for those with an active PS Plus account to download and play on PlayStation 5.
  • Fortnite will release a PlayStation 5 edition, powered by Unreal Engine 4, soon after launch.

Up next was a look at the campaign for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Featuring gameplay from the opening mission – Nowhere Left to Run – the gameplay trailer took fans to an airfield in Turkey to eliminate a target.

There was also an update about the game’s multiplayer. Players on PlayStation 4 will have access to an exclusive Alpha test of the mode – including the Create-a-Class system – from September 18-20.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is currently set to release on November 13.

Next was a look at the gameplay of the Demon’s Souls remake. Taking players through a fortress style location, players got a glimpse of how the 2009 game will run on PlayStation 5, with the game’s combat system showcased in both travelling combat and a challenging boss fight before revealing a new cinematic trailer.

Demon’s Souls is currently scheduled for a release as a PlayStation exclusive in November 2020.

Then came the most anticipated announcement of the showcase – the release date and pricing of the PlayStation 5 itself.

Rumours of a staggered release proved to be true as Sony announced that the consoles – digital/disc and digital-only – will be released on November 12 in Japan, United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea followed by the rest of the world on November 19.

Pricing details for PlayStation 5

As for pricing, the digital-only PlayStation 5 will be $399.99/€399.99/£359.99/39,980¥ while the digital/disc console will be priced at $499.99/€499.99/£449.99/49,980¥.

As a final surprise, there was a teaser trailer to reveal that God of War: Ragnarök is currently in development and will be released sometime in 2021.

The PlayStation 5 will be released on November 12 in select countries and November 19 globally. Pre-orders are available now via select retailers. Watch the showcase in full below.

Words by Megan Roxburgh

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