With a month to go until the launch of Sony’s 4K gaming machine, there is now a clear picture of which titles will be available from 12 November (at least for those lucky enough to successfully pre-order a console) and what’s in store over the coming year. If you’ve missed all the hype so far, here’s everything we know about the PS5 software line-up, from day one to 2021.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games)
Insomniac’s Spider-Man follow-up is a more focused (ie shorter) adventure with Morales finding his feet as a debutant webslinger while diffusing a battle between a tech company and a criminal organisation. Set to feature haptic feedback via the DualSense controller as well as support for the PS5’s 3D audio engine, this will be a key draw for early adopters.
Astro’s Playroom (Japan Studio)
Installed free on every PS5, this cute platformer is a followup to the well-received PSVR title Astro Bot Rescue Mission. Like The Playroom, which came pre-loaded on PlayStation 4 to introduce the Dualshock 4 and PlayStation Camera, it’s designed to get players acquainted with capabilities of the PS5 and its DualSense controller.
Demon’s Souls (Bluepoint Games/Japan Studio)
The long-awaited remake of From Software’s masterful action role-playing adventure – the cult forerunner of the legendary Dark Souls series. It’s been rebuilt from the blood-splattered ground up by specialist developer Bluepoint Games, with vibrant visuals, dynamic lighting and the promise of new weapons and features.
Destruction AllStars (Lucid Games/XDEV)
Remember Destruction Derby, the early smash and crash racer on the original PlayStation? Well, Destruction Allstars is perhaps its spiritual successor, a combined vehicle and on-foot arena combat game developed by ex-staff from two legendary UK studios: Psygnosis and Project Gotham developer, Bizarre Creations. Definitely one for Rocket League fans.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital/XDEV)
A welcome new jaunt for the lovable hero of Sony’s LittleBigPlanet series, this is a 3D platforming adventure set in an open world and allowing up to four players to explore together. It’s another title set to make the most of the DualSense controller as players interact with the quaint handicraft environments.
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition (Capcom)
The stylish supernatural brawler returns with higher frame rates and support for real-time ray-tracing. Capcom has also added hybrid demon-human warrior Vergil as a playable character as well as some wild new game modes to take advantage of the machine’s ability to chuck a LOT of monsters around the screen at once.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
The latest in Ubisoft’s series of time-spanning open world adventures has Viking raider Eivor, storming through ninth century England, slaying locals and building settlements. Certain to be a graphic showcase for the new consoles.
The Pathless (Giant Squid/Annapurna)
From the makers of ethereal subaquatic adventure Abzu comes another mystical quest, this time following a hunter and their eagle, tracking down cursed spirits on an enchanted island.
Fortnite (Epic Games)
The battle royale mega-seller needs no introduction, and was always a likely next-gen launch title – but developer Epic Games is putting in the effort, with support for ray-tracing and faster frame rates. Players also get to bring their characters and progression across from previous versions.
Observer: System Redux (Bloober Team)
Originally released in 2017, this dark cyberpunk thriller has been giving a full next-gen overhaul by developer Bloober Team, adding 4K textures, HDR lighting and, yes, ray-tracing. Featuring the late Rutger Hauer as dishevelled protagonist Daniel Lazarski, it could be the cult hit of the launch period.
Described by Gearbox as a “first-of-its-kind, looter-slasher, melee action-RPG”, Godfall has you playing a mythical warrior, bludgeoning enemies and earning new gear in the process. The focus is on stylish offensive play and a co-op mode will let friends take on the bloodshed together.
Just Dance 2021 (Ubisoft)
With 40 new tracks including songs from Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish and Camila Cabello, Ubisoft’s hyperactive, super-accessible dancing sim will get a PS5 version for launch, but there’s no word on any enhanced features.
Dirt 5 (Codemasters)
The offroad racing sim will get an enhanced version on PlayStation 5, including the option to play at a scorching 120 frames-per-second. The update will be free to those who buy the PS4 version in October.
Fifa 21 (Electronic Arts)
Promising a new dynamic attacking system, deeper career mode and an expanded volta football mode, Fifa 21 comes with a free upgrade to next-gen if you buy it on current consoles. Expect enhanced visuals, faster loading times and enhanced player models and animations.
Bugsnax (Young Horses)
The unexpected meme-friendly hit of Sony’s Future of Gaming event in June, Bugsnax is an offbeat adventure in which players explore an island teeming with collectible insects that also make delicious snacks – sort of like gourmet Pokemon. Created by the makers of cult hit Octodad, it’ll be one of the more idiosyncratic offerings on the launch menu.
Marvel’s Avengers (Square Enix)
Released on current platforms in August, Square Enix’s action role-playing punch-’em-up is getting a next-gen makeover, which will be free to download for owners of the original game. The developer is promising faster load times, boosted resolution and improved textures and armour destruction, and cross-platform co-op play will let you team up with friends on Xbox One.
Upcoming PS5 exclusives
Beyond launch day, Sony has teased four major first-party projects: a new God of War adventure, Horizon: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. Major third party exclusives coming over the next year include: Final Fantasy XVI; the picturesque narrative adventure Project Athia from Square Enix; roguelike third-person shooter Returnal from genre specialist, Housemarque Games; trippy multiplayer assassination quest, Deathloop; and first-person paranormal scare-fest, Ghostwire: Tokyo from Evil Within developer Tango Gameworks.
Upcoming multiplatform titles
Also coming to the PS5 in the near and distant future are (deep breath): Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Far Cry 6, Dragon Age 4, Watchdogs: Legion, Resident Evil Village, Cyberpunk 2077, Hitman 3, Hogwarts Legacy, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Riders Republic, Graven, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and Little Nightmares 2 among many others.
Playstation 5 is fully compatible with most PS4 games whether they’re discs or digital downloads. Games should benefit from higher frame rates and resolutions. Also, subscribers to the Playstation Plus service who buy a PS5 will get instant access to the PlayStation Plus Collection, a curated selection of PS4 titles such as God of War and Persona 5. As for older titles, PS5 is not currently compatible with Playstation 1, 2 or 3 games, but retro titles made available on the PlayStation Now streaming service should work on PS5.