Sony to announce ‘strong lineup of PS5 games’ soon
For impatient PlayStation fans, the slow drip of information on the PS5 has been excruciating. We’ve seen the new DualSense controller, but we haven’t seen the console itself. We’ve gotten a detailed overview of the hardware architecture, but we’ve yet to see a real game running on the system. (Epic did show off a very impressive Unreal Engine 5 tech demo on a PS5 dev kit, though.) Thankfully, evidence is mounting that the wait to see actual PlayStation 5 games is very nearly over.
The latest sign that a software reveal is just around the corner comes from Bloomberg’s Takashi Mochizuki, who spoke with Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida about the company’s strategy. While much of the conversation concerned Sony’s financial arm, Yoshida did offer one specific comment about the PlayStation 5: “We will soon be announcing a strong lineup of PS5 games.”
How soon? Well, this comment meshes nicely with rumors we’ve been hearing of an early June reveal event. Most recently VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb reported that Sony planned to show off a roster of next-gen games—a mix of both first- and third-party titles—on June 4th, though the exact date is now uncertain. The report claims this will be followed by a second broadcast in August with more PS5 titles, under Sony’s State of Play branding.
As for what games might be part of this reveal? We’ve heard plenty of rumblings about sequels to Horizon Zero Dawn, 2018’s God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, any one of which would be the sort of major title you might expect Sony to roll out to build hype for a new console launch—even if they might not be ready on day one.
Based on how Sony handled the PlayStation 4’s early days, it might not be unreasonable to expect upgraded versions of its late-gen titles, like The Last of Us Part II or Ghost of Tsushima, to come to the PS5, either. Still, given that neither of those games will be out by early June, Sony might not want to promote any ports of that sort until the August event . (Perhaps we’ll see an upgrade program that lets you get enhanced PS5 versions of select titles you buy on PS4, similar to Microsoft’s plans.)
For now, though, that’s all speculation. What’s certain is that we’ll have a much more concrete idea of the games that are coming to PlayStation 5, and how impressive they’ll look, in the near future.