PS5 4K trailer round-up: Every game revealed
In the wee hours of Friday 12 June 2020, Sony finally revealed the PlayStation 5 (PS5) hardware, as well as a few peripherals, and over twenty-five brand spanking new games for the upcoming next-generation console.
In a refreshing twist for these types of events, Sony actually focused on gameplay for the most part, rather than flashy cinematics and tech demos. While the live stream itself was capped at 1080p HD, Sony PlayStation has released 4K trailers for most of the games showcased during the stream.
We’ve put all the 4K PS5 trailers we could find in one place.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
After a slow start with Rockstar’s GTA V PS5 announcement (that’s three console generations now), PlayStation kicked things off with the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s Spider-Man , this time starring Into The Spider-Verse’s Miles Morales. When Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 was first announced, the Miles Morales tease had fans eager to step into the younger Spidey’s web-slinging kicks, but ultimately he played a more pedestrian role in some hacking sequences that slowed the game’s high-octane action to a crawl.
We’re looking forward to donning Morales’ black-and-red suit for an all-new adventure.
Gran Turismo 7
After the PlayStation 4’s VR-compatible GT Sport, we’re getting another numbered entry to the Gran Turismo series. You know the drill. Cars go fast and look good.
Starting the stream with a game from 2013 was an odd choice, but you can’t argue with GTA V Online’s enduring popularity. There’s no doubt this will continue to be a best-seller when the game releases on PS5.
For the first three months of the PS5, a standalone version of GTA V Online will be free, exclusively on the new console.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Insomniac’s second showing during the live stream was a return for the family-friendly Ratchet and Clank universe with Rift Apart.
Insomniac didn’t lose any sleep coming up with that pun, but it was a nice opportunity to demonstrate the console’s ray tracing with light reflections from Clank’s metallic sheen.
This mysterious Square Enix title smacks of Dark Souls or Dragon’s Dogma, but the trailer notes describe it as a “thrilling story-led adventure”. We’re looking forward to learning more about it.
There was one trailer that came out on top from the PS5 live stream, and that was for the “third-person cat adventure” Stray. At the end of the trailer, the little backpack-wearing purrtagonist gives a meow followed by a peaceful pur, beckoning a Cheshire Cat grin on my face, and a meow in response from my own furry friend, Sooty.
The trailer for this sci-fi action horror had a soundtrack with strong Annihilation vibes, hulking alien enemies, and combat reminiscent of the Mass Effect series. We’re looking forward to seeing how that combo plays, even if the title could have used more time in the oven.
The reveal announced Returnal as a new franchise from Housemarque (Alienation, Stormdivers) so Sony seems to have high hopes for its future.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
PlayStation’s cuddly mascot is coming back in an all-new platforming adventure. There’s no Little Big Planet in the title, which likely signifies its jump from sandbox to a more traditional 3D platformer experience.
Behind Stray, this was the second most exciting reveal during the live stream. Destruction AllStars seems to combine the chaotic, crash-happy circuit driving of Twisted Metal, with a roster of playable heroes, and on-foot gameplay, and crazy co-op and competitive potential.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Although it feels like we’ve seen this trailer a million times before (and a few times in this stream alone), Kena: Bridge of Spirits looks like a third-person adventure with bow and staff-based combat that takes inspiration from Studio Ghibli films (particularly Spirited Away).
Goodbye Volcano High
Goodbye Volcano High was a nice change of pace. It looks like a High School teen drama set in a furry (or scaly?) universe inhabited by humanoid dinosaurs. Despite the offbeat setting, the trailer was evocative of other heartbreaking narratives like Life is Strange.
Abe is back, baby. Oddworld: Soulstorm has been teased for the longest time but now we have confirmation that it will be coming to the PS5 and a closer look at its more action-heavy gameplay. The trailer waxes lyrical on our old friend Abe’s new quest to take down those who oppress his Modokun brethren, rather than running away.
There’s also a karma (or Quarma?) system, which is going to be a tough gig considering the Mudokons’ Lemmings-like attraction to death.
Although E3 2019’s biggest treasure, concept artist Ikumi Nakamara, has left the team at Tango Gameworks, fans of the developer’s absurd horror antics will be pleased to know we finally saw some gameplay from Ghostwire: Tokyo during the PS5 live stream. And we’ll admit, it wasn’t what we expected, but a very pleasant surprise nonetheless.
The gameplay trailer positions Ghostwire: Tokyo as more of a first-person action-horror than we expected, and the player character’s arsenal of supernatural powers look fit to take on any ghouls the game throws at them.
JETT: The Far Shore
This trailer had a strong No Man’s Sky vibe, except maybe with an actual story. It’s hard to tell, the trailer didn’t give away much, and even the title was obfuscated to the point that we totally missed the JETT part when we first started writing this piece.
We’ve known about Gearbox Publishing’s Godfall for some time now; an action-heavy RPG and self-described “loot slasher” (so expect Destiny-like progression). The trailer showed off a fair chunk of gameplay, but not much else. Meh?
Heart Machine, the creators of the ever-popular Hyper Light Drifter, have a new gaming coming to PlayStation 5. It’s sporting super stylish animation, and gameplay that looks like a cross between Jet Set Radio Future and Gravity Rush.
Sony’s cutest PlayStation VR (PSVR) representative is returning next generation with Astro’s PlayRoom. The platformer seems pretty on par with what we got from the PSVR version, but the distinct lack of VR hardware demands more information on Sony’s plans for PSVR in the age of PS5.
IO games is bringing Agent 47 back for a third-round through Hitman’s rebooted timeline. The trailer showed off some gorgeous cinematics, but unfortunately we didn’t get any gameplay during the live stream. Thankfully, IO has uploaded a glimpse over on its own channel.
Little Devil Inside
Little Devil Inside was number three on our list of the most exciting announcements. There’s something incredibly appealing about the blend of cartoonish 3D animation, the Zelda-esque sense of adventure, and the dash of putty humour. The creatures and combat also look stunning. Colour us keen.
The trailer for Basketball: Again was, of course, the least surprising, but it did look phenomenal.
We nearly tuned out when the trailer for Bugsnax started. On first impression, it’s cutesy Viva Pinata style just didn’t seem like our cup of tea, but as the trailer continued, things got a lot weirder, and a little darker. And the theme song is going to be a real earworm.
Resident Evil VIII: Village
Hey, another Resident Evil game disguised as something else before the final title reveal. We’ve really enjoyed revisiting the third-person Resident Evil remakes, but we’re also pleased that they’ve stuck with first-person for the latest entry to the core series. Resident Evil VII’s protagonist Ethan Winters returns in this one, and we even get a new look at an aging Chris Redfield.
Here’s hoping it can be played in VR.
Demon’s Souls Remake
Yep, there’s another not-Bloodborne 2 remake coming to PlayStation 5. This time, it’s From Software’s Demon’s Souls. If you heard breathless whelp, followed by an anguished howl, that was every Bloodborne fan’s hopes and dreams being built up and shattered before their eyes.
Arkane Lyon (Dishonoured and Prey) are releasing a pulpy action game set on a supernatural island with a time-bendy twist, and Purge-ish aristocratic murder squads. You seem to play as one of two assassins: one trying to escape and/or destroy the island, and one trying to protect it. As the name suggests, Deathloop follows Edge of Tomorrow’s Live Die Repeat premise, and the game’s powers and abilities seem to take advantage of the island’s time warp.
Pragmata looks like a whack sci-fi adventure from Capcom. It’s kind of hard to decipher exactly what its deal is based on the trailer alone, but one thing we know is that it’s set in a nightmare future where the cats are mere projections and therefore cannot be pat. Chilling stuff.
Horizon Forbidden West
The title for Horizon Zero Dawn’s inevitable sequel has long been speculated – Horizon One Dawn? Horizon New Dawn? Horizon Zero Dusk? Now we’ve got our answer, and it’s thankfully nowhere near as bad as everyone expected. The straightforward Horizon Forbidden West tells us something about Aloy’s journey into uncharted territory. This entry seems to have more of a focus on saving the land’s natural fauna, while going up against the series’ iconic robo-dinosaurs.
Bonus PS5 trailers
This one didn’t feature PS5 live stream, but it did come through in the press release soon after. Sony must have been short on time, because this avian adventure from the creators of Abzu looks nothing short of wonderful.
Tribes of Midgard
Same goes for this isometric action game from Gearbox Publishing. Tribes of Midgard is a cel-shaded Norse adventure where the players take on the role of a Norse crew up against giants.