Best PS5 Exclusives: Confirmed and Rumored

The PS5 isn’t even here yet, but the list of the best PS5 exclusives games is already quite long. Kudos to Sony for knowing how to hype their latest-generation console up.

Not that the Sony PlayStation 5 needed any more hyping anyway, but still, thanks to the PlayStation 5 showcase, it’s become evident that the PlayStation 5 is positioned to become the console to beat, at least, as far as exclusive titles go, and, we’re still roughly around half a year away from the console’s estimated release date.

With that said, we’ve decided to round up some of the best PS5 exclusives, what they’re about, and when they’re expected to arrive.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Spider-Man’s been one of the most prominent figures across multiple generations of the PlayStation console since Sony acquired the rights to the character. As such, many half-expected spidey to come swinging his way into the PlayStation 5.

What many did not expect, however, was that it was going to be a launch title.

Easily one of the biggest exclusives confirmed for the PlayStation 5, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is actually more of an expansion than a new full release. But, before you get your pitchforks out, keep in mind that this is an “expansion” in the same sense that Bioshock Infinite, Burial at Sea and Blood and Wine were considered DLCs even though they felt like actual sequels.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales, as the title suggests, will prominently feature African-American Miles Morales as its central character, and will come with a number of enhancements to the core gameplay and graphics, taking full advantage of the superior hardware offered by the PlayStation 5.

Deathloop

The last time Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks got together, they gave us gamers one of the best first-person action-adventure franchises in Dishonored, which saw releases in 2012 with Dishonored and 2017 with Dishonored 2.

Nearly three years later, the duo is back with another first-person shooter that’s looking to shake things up once again.

A unique take on the genre, the timed-exclusive for the PlayStation 5 is set on a party island named Blackreef. Deathloop then puts players in the shoes of either a man on a mission in Cult who’s out to take down eight targets and anyone who stands in his way, or an assassin named Julianna, who’s hell-bent on taking Colt down, which she has proven capable of time and time again.

It’s a unique take set in an even more unique world where everyone is literally trying to kill you over and over again — you’re kind of stuck in a time-loop — that will have your blood pumping every step of the way.

Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo is a franchise that’s synonymous with the Sony PlayStation at this point. This is why the official confirmation of an actual Gran Turismo sequel was arguably the worst-kept secret of the entire PS5 showcase.

The first numbered release since Gran Turismo 6 seven years ago in 2013, Gran Turismo 7 will be our first look at just how far Polyphony Digital can push the newly-minted PS5 to its limits. Of course, we doubt that they’d be able to bring the new console down to its knees. Although, we would love for that to happen. Because, if it does, it wil lake for arguably the most realistic driving sim to-date.

Whether or not Gran Turismo 7 will be a glorified tech demo is not something we can say for sure just yet.

But, hey? If ever that happens, who’s complaining?

Horizon: Forbidden West

We’ve seen “half-sequels” and “glorified tech demo” sequels.

Now, it’s time for the actual sequel.

One of the biggest surprise hits in the last few years, if not the entire decade, Horizon: Forbidden West will take the beautiful but dangerous female lead, Alloy, across a post-post-apocalyptic America as she goes on to explore a world that’s been made even more beautiful and dangerous this time around.

If Horizon: Zero Dawn made us fall in love with how beautiful a world where nature married technology and won out, then Horizon: Forbidden West will make us want to marry such a world.

Arguably the most visually-captivating game of the PS5 showcase, the only problem we have with Horizon: Forbidden West is we don’t know when we’ll get our hands on it.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Who says platformers are dead?

True, the Ratchet and Clank franchise has seen better days. Its 2016 reboot for the PlayStation 4 wasn’t enough. Not to put the franchise back on the map. Nor was it enough to help the failed movie win audiences and critics alike. But, clearly, Sony and Insomniac Games saw enough of whatever it was that they wanted to see to make them want to bring the franchise back.

Hence, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a direct sequel and will showcase the full capabilities of the PlayStation 5.

In particular, the child-friendly platformer-shooter gave the perfect example of how the all-new SSD of the PlayStation 5 will be a huge game-changer. It didn’t bog down viewers with loading times. Instead, it treated viewers to a seamless transitioning of the duo from one delightfully detailed world to another.

Paired with some expected stellar gameplay, and who knows? Ratchet and Clank might finally be able to bring platformers back into the forefront of gaming.

Astro’s Playroom

Sony definitely made sure that the PlayStation 5 had a little bit of something for everybody.

Case in point, Astro’s Playroom.

Mind you, this cute 3D platformer doesn’t just cater to a particular audience. It’s literally for everybody. But, what belies the cutesy graphics of this former PlayStation VR game is a free technological demonstration of anything and everything that the PlayStation 5 is capable of, graphics and DualSense included.

Apparently, Astro’s Playroom will make full use of the haptic feedback system found on the DualSense. In doing so, it’ll let players explore different environments whose designs are based on the components of the PlayStation 5.

Demon’s Souls

Bless your soul if you had the unfortunate luck to have played Demon’s Souls back on the PlayStation 3.

The precursor to the Dark Souls and Bloodborne franchise, Demon’s Souls is arguably more ruthless and unforgiving than the titles it spawned. But, we’d have to be lying if we didn’t scream in excitement when we saw that it was going to be released for the PlayStation 5. Not just a release, mind you, but a full-on remake from Bluepoint Games and Japan Studio.

Difficult, fun, bloody, and beautiful, Demon’s Souls will test the absolute limits of just how much anger-filled throws to the wall the all-new DualSense controller can take.

Project Athia

It takes a lot to stand out in a highlight reel full of sequels and known franchises, but that’s exactly what Project Athia did.

Maybe that’s what happens when you attach the name Square Enix to a game.

Or, maybe, just maybe, it’s just a gorgeous game.

Regardless of whether which is which, we know for sure that the makers of the Final Fantasy game will want a new franchise to bring to the western world come the PlayStation 5, and Project Athia is shaping up to be just that game.

Unfortunately, we don’t really know much about Project Athia  except that it’s a working title, and that the same team that worked on Final Fantasy XV is working on it.

If we’re to hazard a guess though, we should expect a beautiful open-world adventure where players will get a chance to meet all sorts of oddities and dangerous creatures, including, among others, a frickin dragon.

A large-scale action-adventure set in a large-scale world from the makers of Final Fantasy?

That just sounds about right.

Godfall

Yeah, so Godfall was one of the titles that we know would launch along with the PlayStation 5, but that didn’t really stop it from being one of the most hyped games at the PlayStation 5 showcase.

After all, what’s more fun than bashing and slashing your way through grotesque brutes of monsters than doing so in style?

A game that’s looking to be like Devil May Cry meets Borderlands, this looter-slasher will see players swap between those glorious armor sets known as Valorplates so that they can transform into unstoppable killing machines. The goal? To become powerful enough to kill Macros, who is an actual god.

Gods will definitely fall come Godfall’s release date this Holiday 2020.

Solar Ash

Platforming. Exploration. Action. Adventure.

These are four things that made Hyper Light Drifter such a big success for the indie game studio, Heart Machine.

Four years later, Alex Preston will look to use the same elements to create what’s looking to be like another award-winning title. But, the only difference is that this time around, it’s not going to be a 2D game. Instead, Solar Ash is a full-on 3D title. It will give gamers a whole new world to explore in the Ultravoid.

As of now, there’s not enough to go to make an educated guess as to what else to expect from Solar Ash.

However, even if that’s true, we do know enough to know that it’s a game that should end up becoming well worthy of the praise and hype.

Ghostwire: Tokyo

When it comes to horror titles (and PS exclusives), none are as well known as Shinji Mikami.

He is, after all, the man behind some of the most successful horror franchises ever. This includes, among others, Resident Evil and Dino Crisis. Although The Evil Within (and its sequels)fell a bit short of expectations, they delivered just enough in the horror department to prove that Shinji Mikami still has it.

Ghostwire: Tokyo, though, looks like it will be a return to form for him.

But, instead of being a pure horror title, Ghostwire: Tokyo will instead take many of the nightmarish creatures that populate Japanese folklore and blend it with supernatural abilities as players go on to investigate the sudden disappearance of every living soul in the city.

Goodbye Volcano High

Goodbye Volcano High threw a curveball during the PlayStation 5 showcase event.

Instead of wowing everybody with graphical fidelity, Goodbye Volcano High took a narrative approach to draw gamers in. Although a love story about teenager dinosaurs might not seem as interesting when you read it, after watching the trailer, you can’t help but feel intrigued by the idea of it all.

As it is, Goodbye Volcano High is looking to be the Life is Strange of next-gen consoles.

We can’t say for sure if it will succeed, but we do know that certain types of people in this world can’t help but get their hands on it.

Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty for the PlayStation 4 gave younger and older audiences alike a more modern take on the classic PlayStation title, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyssey.

Oddworld: Soulstorm will look to do the same for the PlayStation 5.

A remake of Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, the modern remake of the age-old platformer will see Abe continue his quest to upend the overlords who have long capitalized on the free labour of him and his fellow Mudokens.

The PS4 remake was certainly a breath of fresh air. It was a while since most gamers saw that kind of mix of gameplay between 2.5D platforming with resource management, as well as with environmental puzzles thrown in.

Look for more of the same with Oddworld: Soulstorm, with just about enough new features to make it feel like it belongs to modern times.

Stray

How’d you like to play as a cat?

That’s essentially the premise of the PS-exclusive title, Stray.

Set in a world that’s somehow filled with neon lights where the human population has been thoroughly replaced with robots, you’ll play as a cat who’ll traverse an environment seemingly inspired by the aesthetics of the Blade Runner franchise.

Unfortunately, outside of purring, we don’t exactly know what Stray is all about.

Then again, the fact that it lets you play as a cat should be enough to draw in its fair share of players.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

You’d be forgiven if you mistook Kena: Bridge of Spirits for an animated film when you first saw the trailer.

We knew we did.

To no surprise, Kena: Bridge of Spirits comes from a studio with previous work in the cinematic animation industry. In particular, the developers, Ember Lab, once worked on an animated short based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask in 2016, which subsequently went viral.

As for what the game is all about, it supposedly revolves around exploration and adventure.

Players are tasked to find and grow a team of Rot, which are spirit companions, who can manipulate the environment, among many other things.

We don’t really know what kind of gameplay to expect from it. However, judging from what we’ve seen, exploration and puzzle-solving will likely play a prominent role in how the game is played.

JETT: The Far Shore

Expect audio to play heavily in our next entry, JETT: The Far Shore.

Developed by Canada-based studio, Superbrothers, it’s hard to picture out what JETT: The Far Shore is or what it will become. But, scntfc is involved, so we at least know that the audiovisual experience provided by JETT: The Far Shore is going to be quite memorable if not totally unique.

As for the game itself, gamers will take control of Mei, who is a Jett scout descending from a starship whose mission o explore the origins of interstellar transmission in a vast oceanic planet.

Charming might not seem like a word used to describe hard science fiction, yet that’s exactly the word fitting for JETT: The Far Shore. This is especially given its personality, and how it blends it well with a cinematic adventure that’s likely going to involve jumping from one planet to another in the name of exploration.

Destruction Allstars

If you’re old enough to remember Twisted Metal, then you know it was one of the best titles of its time.

Sure, it hasn’t exactly aged well, but that’s to be expected for a game that never really took itself seriously. But, hey, as long as there are gamers out there, there’s always a place for such games, which is exactly where Destruction Allstars come in.

Explosive, frenetic, and action-packed, Destruction Allstars is this generation’s Twisted Metal.

You can’t really describe it any more than that.

Returnal

The PlayStation 4 might be remembered as the winners of the recent console wars. However, many forget that, at launch, it certainly didn’t feel like the PlayStation 4 would have much success going forward.

Good titles at launch were far and few in between for the PlayStation 4.

Luckily, the few include Resogun from Housemarque.

While the PS5 launch lineup is looking to be a whole lot better, the Helsinki-based developers will look to have a standout title at launch once again with Returnal.

Unlike Resogun though, their latest title is a third-person shooter that’s definitely on the weird and unique side of things. Unlike others where you explore the same world over and over again, you’re forced to explore an ever-changing alien world filled with new creatures and new powers to learn.

As you find yourself delving deeper and deeper into your adventure, you’ll also find yourself losing more of your humanity.

Intrigued is definitely a fitting description of how we feel about Returnal.

Little Devil Inside

Have you ever seen the movie Up?

Yeah, well, Little Devil Inside kind of feels a lot like that movie. Albeit, a more twisted version.

We don’t know exactly what to make of Little Devil Inside just yet, but the trailer did offer a unique glimpse into what should be a cartoonish action RPG title that will definitely have you fooled and weirdly scared if not terrified at the same time.

Originally slated for a June 2016 release, Little Devil Inside will finally see the light of day on the PlayStation 5.

Just when exactly is the question, although it’s been confirmed to be timed-exclusive for the PlayStation 5 first before being made available to the PC and the PlayStation 4.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Who here misses Little Big Planet?

The puzzle-platformer was once a staple of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, among others. However, after the release of LittleBigPlanet 3, Media Molecule seems to have decided to move on to different things, which is a shame, because most people probably wouldn’t mind having more level-design creation titles to tinker around with.

Luckily, the franchise lives on in one of its most recognizable faces with Sackboy: A Big Adventure for the PlayStation 5.

A 3D platformer, which is a first in the franchise, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a self-explanatory title. It’ll see the titular Sackboy go out and explore the world on his own, and since this is still a LittleBigPlanet title, we can expect to have a lot of fun playing on our own and with friends alike.

Final Thoughts

With the way things are shaping up, it’s looking like both Sony and Microsoft are bringing their A-game.

Perhaps both of them have learned how important a good start to a console is by now.

No longer treating the launch window as the only reason to get gamers hyped up, Sony and Microsoft both arguably have fitted their respective consoles with their best lineup of launch titles ever. More importantly, they seem to have made sure that there’s a little bit of something for everybody this time around.

With that said, if you’ve ever needed any more of a reason to get the PlayStation 5 launch date, we’ve given you more than a dozen.

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