PlayStation Studios has 25 upcoming PS5 titles, half are new IPs

Cal Jeffrey

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In context: One of my biggest complaints about the PlayStation 5, aside from its difficulty to obtain, is its total lack of must-have games. Not including bumps for older PS4 games like Borderlands 3 and No Man's Sky, the release lineup was lackluster. Fortunately, both situations are in the process of being corrected as we head into the second half of the year.

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan recently claimed that Sony is ramping up PS5 production that should "ameliorate" the supply shortfall by the second half of 2021. This is despite earlier warnings that the supply/demand imbalance would last into and through 2022. If Ryan is right and not just blowing smoke, gamers might be able to get their hands on a PS5 by Christmas without taking out a second mortgage.

As for PlayStation 5 games, PlayStation Studios head Herman Hulst told Wired that they have more than 25 titles they are currently working on, and about half are new IPs. This does not mean they are all going to be PS5 exclusives, but that's okay. We are past the point right now of needing console-selling games. What the PS5 needs is content, and that should be on the way.

Rogue-like Returnal just launched two weeks ago. Insomniac's Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart lands next month. Kena: Bridge of Spirits, a Zelda-like adventure from indy studio Ember Lab releases August 24. Gran Turismo 7 and Horizon Forbidden West still do not have solid release dates but are supposed to arrive in the first and second half of the year, respectively. And those are just the games we have known about since launch.

"There's an incredible amount of variety originating from different regions," Hulst said. "Big, small, different genres."

Hulst did not mention any of the upcoming titles by name. However, he did drop a couple of hints about some of the studios behind them. Industry veteran Jade Raymond's new development house Haven Studios is working on its next game. Indy developer Firewalk Studios are also onboard. It will be the developer's first title and is said to be a multiplayer.

In the meantime, PS4 titles play excellently on the new hardware, so there is time to work on that backlog of games I haven't touched. And of course, there are old favorites to fall back on as well.

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Thretosix

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Heh, all that still comes to mind is "Sony rushed the PS5 1 year early"...
Both consoles did really. Then there's also the pandemic to deal with. Neither wanted to let the other launch a year before the themselves. This holiday season looks like it will be pretty exciting.
 

m4a4

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Both consoles did really. Then there's also the pandemic to deal with. Neither wanted to let the other launch a year before the themselves. This holiday season looks like it will be pretty exciting.
Yeah (in terms of launch games), but XSX was a heck of a lot more solid at launch. Much more solid software (OS and features, like external storage support), had at least 1 expansion slot SSD you could buy and use...

Most of Sony's announcements towards the PS5 this past year just sound like "launch features to be excited for" (if you get what I mean), this being one of them.
 

dangh

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Yeah (in terms of launch games), but XSX was a heck of a lot more solid at launch. Much more solid software (OS and features, like external storage support), had at least 1 expansion slot SSD you could buy and use...

Most of Sony's announcements towards the PS5 this past year just sound like "launch features to be excited for" (if you get what I mean), this being one of them.
I kinda buying console to play games, and playstation delivers in this area for last number of years, so for me it's simple choice.
 

NeoMorpheus

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Funny how people see exclusives as buying point, when in my eyes is something that limits by choices.

That said, since people are so weird about having less options, I guess that MS will have to do the same with all the games they have and will come, especially from their Bethesda purchase that are currently available on other platforms.
 

Kosmoz

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Funny how people see exclusives as buying point, when in my eyes is something that limits by choices.
In a perfect world there would be no exclusives and everything would be on every platform, but we are not living in that world.

So considering that, you have 2 choices:1) you don't buy the console and thus not play the games (in protest of exclusives) or 2) you do and get to play those great games (and I don't care about Xbots that try to lament and lie about them not being great, PS4 generation proved how great the are - PS5 generation will be even better).

For me it's easy: I chose option 2, because I like the games more than the negative fact of exclusives. Simple.

PC + PS5 = the best of both worlds, it's been like this for years - this is why Xbox consoles were a non-factor, and still are. Now MS games, that I'm interested in, but so far I'm still waiting to be impressed...
 

NeoMorpheus

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In a perfect world there would be no exclusives and everything would be on every platform, but we are not living in that world.

So considering that, you have 2 choices:1) you don't buy the console and thus not play the games (in protest of exclusives) or 2) you do and get to play those great games (and I don't care about Xbots that try to lament and lie about them not being great, PS4 generation proved how great the are - PS5 generation will be even better).

For me it's easy: I chose option 2, because I like the games more than the negative fact of exclusives. Simple.

PC + PS5 = the best of both worlds, it's been like this for years - this is why Xbox consoles were a non-factor, and still are. Now MS games, that I'm interested in, but so far I'm still waiting to be impressed...
Nice response, but I will do what 99% of the internet people do and only point out the childish Xbots remark and in consequence, makes your response irrelevant.

Snarkkiness aside, I prefer to ignore those games, because I refuse to be forced into one platform.

Example, I bought a couple of games for my PC, but due to the Nvidia shenanigans of overcharging for the 20 series and then the current GPU drought, I am now playing on a Series X and its because I was able to get it at MSRP.

The games a purchased simply showed up on the Xbox and I continued playing.

If it was the case with a PS4 and PS5, well, if for whatever reason one of those broke and I wasnt able to get another one, I would simply be denied of playing the game at all.

In the end, you do you and continue the excuses to have less options and I go my way that needs at least 2 options for me to access my purchases.
 

McMurdeR

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Sony does tend to hit it's stride a couple of years in. Hopefully some good stuff to look forward to.