10 things we learned from the PlayStation 5 reveal event

Horizon Forbidden West. Via Guerrilla Games.
Horizon Forbidden West. Via Guerrilla Games. /

Sony has officially revealed our first look at the upcoming PlayStation 5 and its slate of games.

For the last few months, Sony has been teasing hints about its upcoming console — the PlayStation 5 — without any major, groundbreaking reveals. In April, Sony revealed the PS5’s new controller, and while there have been a sliver of reveals since, the company has been tight lipped about the whole affair.

However, on Thursday, Sony blew the doors off with its official PlayStation 5 reveal, not only of the official design for the console, but with all the games it revealed over the course of its hour long conference. Anticipated sequels were announced, alongside some remakes of old classics and new IPs that are sure to become Sony staples in time.

It was a breathtaking reveal, with a breakneck pace and nonstop announcements, and there was a lot of ground covered by Sony during the live stream. Here are the top 10 things we learned about the PlayStation 5 after Thursday’s reveal.

PlayStation 5: 10 takeaways we learned from Sony’s reveal livestream

PlayStation 5 box has been unveiled

The major reveal for Sony came at the end of the hour-long livestream, where the look of the PlayStation 5 was finally revealed to the world. In going along with the black and white design for the controller, the PS5 will be a primarily white-based console, with a white exterior and a black inner shell with a prominent V shape to signify the console’s fifth iteration.

The PlayStation 5, despite Sony showing mostly vertical looks at the console, can be laid flat like it has been in the past, so you can breathe a sigh of relief, folks.

Overall, the wavy look is a radical departure from Sony’s basic black console design from generations past. It’s absolutely a risk in terms of design, but one that feels right for Sony to make given the groundbreaking game generation we’re about to enter.

And of course, the memes were flowing hard and fast after the reveal of the console.

Though the price point and release date for the PS5 has yet to be announced, the design of the box will no doubt tide fans over for a little while.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a PS5 launch title

Sony kicked off their press conference with an absolute knockout of a reveal, as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will officially be on the PS5 at launch this holiday season. The game will be a spinoff of Marvel’s Spider-Man — which released in 2018 to high praise from Insomniac Games — and will follow the adventures of Miles Morales, who played a slight role in the first game.

While the reveal trailer was light on details such as the game’s plot or overall gameplay, it’s fair to assume that the game will feel very similar to the 2018 game that debuted on the PlayStation 4. Given the game is set to release by year’s end, we are no doubt set to find out more about Miles’ Spider-Man adventure in the months to come.

And of course, the game looks absolutely stunning.

Horizon Forbidden West is the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel we’ve been waiting for

It was almost assured that we’d be getting a sequel to the critically acclaimed Horizon Zero Dawn from Guerrilla Games sometime soon. As one of Sony’s newest IPs from 2017, the game was a massive hit for the company, selling over 10 million copies during its lifetime, and was ripe pickings for the start of a new franchise.

Fans got their wish on Thursday, with the reveal of Horizon Forbidden West, a game which sees protagonist Aloy venture out west to face new threats in this post-apocalyptic tale.

While there is no date given for Horizon Forbidden West‘s release as of yet, the nearly four minute long announcement trailer has more than enough details for fans to talk about for the time being.

Backpack Cat steals the show

Even though Sony’s AAA reveals grabbed the most attention during the live show, one fuzzy friend made an impression on us all. Introduced during the reveal of Stray, this backpack cat gained lots of attention for being one cute animal.

Stray seems to be centered around a futuristic human-less society of robots, and also backpack wearing cats. Of course, the internet had a field day with it, as expected.

Backpack cat is best cat.

Hitman 3 heads to PlayStation 5

IO Interactive is heading back to the Hitman series, with the third game in its most recent iteration set to take the stage in January 2021. Hitman 3 will cap off the trilogy of games that started back in 2016, following the assassination adventures of Agent 47 across the globe.

Interestingly enough, Sony revealed that players will be able to play the entire trilogy of games inside Hitman 3, allowing players to carry over progression and locations from the first two games. Hitman 3 will release on the PlayStation 4 in early 2021.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart brings fan favorites to a new generation

The last Ratchet & Clank release came as a reimagining of the first game in 2016 for the PlayStation 4. With Insomniac Games’ announcement of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on Thursday, the franchise will take the plunge to the next generation of consoles.

Between this and the new Spider-Man title, Insomniac Games pulled double duty in this event and did not disappoint in the slightest.

Ghostwire: Tokyo gets a gameplay reveal and a release window

After Tango Gameworks gave us a breathtaking trailer for Ghostwire: Tokyo at E3 2019, it was hard to say what direction the game would take. When creative director Ikumi Nakamura suddenly left the company in September of last year, fans were afraid to find out just what became of the game.

Fortunately, Thursday’s event game us a gameplay reveal for Ghostwire: Tokyo, bringing us into the world of a first person action game with lots of urban horror elements.

It’s certainly not what people expected when the game was first revealed, but fans will no doubt find out more about Ghostwire: Tokyo before the game launches in exclusively on the PS5 in 2021.

Deathloop storms onto the scene with style

Arkane Studios, the developers of the acclaimed Dishonored series, have wowed once again with the gameplay reveal of Deathloop, a game originally teased at E3 2019.

Deathloop promises to be an immersive first person shooter with time travel story shenanigans thrown into the mix. The game also promises to have a multiplayer element to it, in the form of a rival that looks to take you out before you take out your targets. It sounds like an incredibly innovative take on the first person shooter genre, and fans will have the chance to play it this holiday season as a PlayStation 5 launch title.

Resident Evil 8 brings the horror

The long-running Resident Evil series will get its latest installment in Resident Evil Village, a first-person horror game set in a mysterious village. Though the Resident Evil series has been remaking some of its previous games in recent years, this is the latest numbered title in the franchise since Resident Evil 7 in 2017.

Ethan Winters, protagonist of Resident Evil 7, makes his return as does Chris Redfield, one of the series most recognizable icons. Also, werewolves feature in this latest game from Capcom, which will release in 2021.

Demon’s Souls gets the remake fans were hoping for

Fans of the Dark Souls and Bloodborne games have been clamoring for a remake or remaster of Demon’s Souls for years. The game, which predated Dark Souls and helped pave the way for that franchise’s success, has been stuck on the PlayStation 3 since its release in 2009.

No longer, however, thanks to Bluepoint Games’ upcoming remake of Demon’s Souls, which will be playable only on the PlayStation 5.

While Demon’s Souls has no official release date, Bluepoint Games previously worked on the top quality Shadow of The Colossus remake, which came out in 2018. Fans can rest assured that their niche game will get a new life on the PlayStation 5.

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