Whisper it, but the eight generation of consoles might have two of the best launch line-ups we’ve ever seen. Thanks to the consumer-friendly ability to upgrade to next-gen games from the last-gen all for free, as well as the general strength of what we have coming up, the PS5‘s launch games are looking tantalising.
The launch line-up really can be make or break for a new console. Without Halo, would the original Xbox have reached such success? Similarly, if Stadia had launched with exclusives from big names, would it have been more than a footnote in gaming history? Unlikely, but you never know.
The PlayStation 5 is certainly looking strong for launch day, it featuring next-gen ports as well as some indie weirdness to provide the variety. Hey, there’s still time for them to announce Knack III. That might be the killer app.
One thing to note, though: while we have quite a few games pencilled in for the Holiday 2020 window to coincide with the console’s release, we don’t know yet the PS5’s exact release date. That means that not all of these games are likely to land alongside the console, but it’s a good guess to suggest that most of them will either be there on launch day or not far behind.
Here are the expected PlayStation 5 launch games, which we will be adding to and updating the closer we get to the date.
PS5 Launch Games
|Fortnite (Confirmed)||Epic Games||Epic Games||Holiday 2020|
|Rainbow Six Siege (Confirmed)||Ubisoft||Ubisoft||Holiday 2020|
|Marvel’s Avengers (Confirmed)||Crystal Dynamics||Square Enix||Holiday 2020|
|Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Confirmed)||Insomniac Games||PlayStation Studios||Holiday 2020|
|Astro’s Playroom (Confirmed)||Japan Studio/Asobi||PlayStation Studios||Holiday 2020|
|Godfall||Counterplay Games||Gearbox Software||Holiday 2020|
|Outriders||People Can Fly||Square Enix||Holiday 2020|
|Assassin’s Creed Valhalla||Ubisoft Montreal||Ubisoft||Holiday 2020|
|Jett: The Far Shore||Superbrothers/Pine Scented||Superbrothers/Pine Scented||Holiday 2020|
|NBA 2K21||2K Sports||2K||Holiday 2020|
|Bugsnax||Young Horses||Young Horses||Holiday 2020|
|Planet Coaster||Frontier Developments||Frontier Developments||Holiday 2020|
|Madden NFL 21||EA Sports||EA||Holiday 2020|
|FIFA 21||EA Sports||EA||Holiday 2020|
|Call of Duty 2020||TBC||Activision||Holiday 2020|
We’re still months away from the release of the PlayStation 5 at this time of writing, and while the current worldwide situation may impact just how many more games will be available for launch day, expect more to be announced all the same.
A port that is sure to just print money, Fortnite will shift console units like little else with the game’s younger players likely badgering their parents into it for higher frames and better visuals. Based on how the PS4 seems to chug with the more experimental stuff the game is trying the older and more complex it gets, the PS5 version could be a shot in the arm. Not like it needs it, though.
Rainbow Six Siege (Confirmed)
Little is really known about Siege on PS5, whether the PS4 version will simply be compatible with the PS5 or whether a whole new version will be released. What we do know for certain is that Ubisoft’s brilliant 5v5 tactical shooter will be available on the console from day one. Better get your corner-peeking fingers ready.
Marvel’s Avengers (Confirmed)
The jury is still a little out on this live service Marvel adaptation with early verdicts so far being somewhat mixed based on the gameplay we’ve seen. It might not be as eye catching as the Spider-Man adaptations, though Marvel’s Avengers will no doubt benefit from the additional performance provided by the PlayStation 5 on launch day.
Astro’s Playroom (Confirmed)
Astro’s Playroom will be a pack-in title for the PlayStation 5, meaning that, much like The Playroom on the PS4, it will be completely free. The game will take full advantage of the PS5’s new DualSense controller, much like Astro Bot Rescue Mission made full use of the PSVR. A sequel to that game would be killer, but we will take this for now.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Confirmed)
One of the more confusing reveals from the PS5 games event, Miles Morales will be a standalone experience in the same vein as inFamous: First Light that follows on from the events of the previous game. Spider-Man has been used as a benchmark for the power of the PlayStation 5, so expect Miles Morales to show just what the big white beast is capable of.
Godfall is an ARPG that looks like it might not reinvent the wheel, but still offer plenty of fun. One of the first games announced for the PlayStation 5, Godfall is a class-based “looter slasher” with aspirations to become one of the biggest new live service games on the PlayStation 5. With you trying to prevent an apocalypse in a high fantasy, let’s wait and see for a bit more from Godfall.
People Can Fly return with an interesting game that some people are calling a third-person Destiny, even if they aren’t that alike. For one, Outriders will reportedly be a complete game from day one, and also looks a tonne more chaotic with more focus on powers. Outriders was set to launch this summer, but was pushed back to winter to likely coincide with the release of the PlayStation 5.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The latest in the nu-Creed series, Valhalla will follow you and your viking pals as you ransack England while making it a place to call home. While not quite as large as Odyssey, Valhalla will feature the ability to essentially build up your own village, as well as to indulge in viking rap battles. That’s a system seller right there.
Absolutely one of the most interesting new IPs revealed at the PS5 games event, Deathloop will be a timed PlayStation 5 console exclusive that is Groundhog Day with assassins. Developed by Arkane, the brilliant minds behind the Dishonored series, Deathloop is a wonderfully stylised multiplayer and single-player FPS that we have our eye on. It looks like absolute chaos and we can’t wait.
Jett: The Far Shore
It seems like any mellow game with lo-fi aspirations is regarding as being Journey-esque these days, but Jett: The Far Shore looks far more experimental than Thatgamecompany’s masterpiece. It’s described as “a new cinematic action adventure game that invites you on an interstellar trip to carve out a future for a people haunted by oblivion”. Sounds like a game that might mash your brain, then, but in a good, Interstellar kind of way.
We’re talkin’ ’bout Bugsnax. There’s a temptation to write just a bunch of confused screaming here, such was the weirdness of Bugsnax’s reveal. Coming from the not-okay minds behind Octodad, Bugsnax tasks you with cataloguing bugs on Snaktooth Island while hunting down your lost friend. There’s already a cult of Bugsnax brewing, so this might become much bigger than anyone realises.
Despite being on PC for years now, the brilliant Planet Coaster is only just coming to consoles, it actually being pushed back from its current-gen release to fall in the next-gen window. You build up your theme park bit-by-bit, creating a wonderland of excitement that would make Alton Towers worried. Or you can just create an absolute nightmare for your visitors that they cannot escape from.
Call of Duty 2020
Though Activision has been very quiet on the details of this year’s Call of Duty so far, there is almost no chance that they will miss out on that new console smell and not release something for the PlayStation 5. Call of Duty: Ghosts was a launch game for the PlayStation 4, and with the only requirement being to make something coherent instead, whatever they release on the PS4 should do just fine.
All The Sports Games
Let’s just bundle these as one. The PlayStation 5 is bound to have a whole host of new sports games for launch day, which will no doubt be technically more impressive but mechanically uninspired due to their annualised nature as well as cross-generational development. Expect very detailed sweat with Madden, FIFA, and the rest.
So, there you have it, just a few of the games we know are definitely coming to the PlayStation 5 from the very first day. It’s going to be very interesting between now and then to see what more will be added, or what may even be delayed further. Until then, though, expect more news and announcements than you could possibly handle.
The PlayStation 5 launches Holiday 2020 with disc and digital versions. No prices revealed so far.
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