PS5 is just around the corner, rumored to be released in Holiday 2020. This is Sony’s next-gen console, said to handle 4K gaming, Ray-tracing, and maybe even 8K in the future.
Seeing what it’s capable of, you’re definitely excited for all the upcoming games this Holiday 2020 and beyond.
In this article, we covered the upcoming open-world games for PS5. We’ll also include some insights on what to expect from PS4 games coming over to PS5.
What we know so far about PS5…
As it’s nearing its release date, more and more information about the PS5 console are being made available in public. So before we head straight to the list of open-world games for PS5, let’s cover some of the most exciting facts and details about PS5 that you may not know about yet.
“Oh dang! It’s that soon already?”
Sony said it’s coming out on November 20, 2020. This means it’s just less than three months from now! Well, at least at the time of this writing. Either way, you should
One of the most asked questions about the PS5 console is the price. According to analysts and predictions, the PS5 was expected to be launched for $499 / £449 / AU$749.
After Sony’s official announcement, the rumors turned out to be accurate, since the PS5 consoles cost $499 in the United States.
If we compare this with the PS4 and PS3 launched price, it’s more expensive than the PS4 launch price ($399 / £350 / AU $ 599) and cheaper than the PS3 launch price ($599 / £425).
On June 11, 2020, the design (image below) of the PS5 was finally released. And Sony didn’t just reveal the looks of the product but also announced that there would be two PS5 consoles: the standard edition one with a 4K Blue-Ray disc drive, and the slim version, which is the same as the Digital Edition but it doesn’t come with any disc drive.
Both consoles use a USB-C charging cable and use an HD camera, along with the new PS5 wireless headset and media remote. It’s different from the design of the PS4, but how hot it can get is still a mystery we are yet to uncover.
In terms of specs, this obviously performs way better than the PS4. To make comparison easier, refer to the table below:
|PlayStation 4||PlayStation 5|
|CPU||1.6GHz 8-Core AMD Jaguar||AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)|
|GPU||1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)|
|GPU Architecture||AMD Radeon||Custom RDNA 2|
|Memory Interface||8GB GDDR5||16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit|
|Internal Storage||500GB HDD||Custom 825GB SSD|
|IO throughput||~50-100MB/s||5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)|
|Expandable storage||Internal HDD Slot||NVMe SSD slot|
|External storage||USB HDD Support||USB HDD support (PS4 games only)|
|Optical drive||Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray drive|
Apart from the obvious (faster CPU and GPU and more RAM), one notable jump from the PS4 is the SSD storage device that we see now in the PS5. Using an SSD can significantly boost loading times, and should give you a snappier response overall.
PS5 DualSense Controller
I bet you expected the controller to be called DualShock 5, but no. Instead, Sony is calling their new gamepad the DualSense PS5.
To match the color of the console, Sony decided to get rid of the colored four face buttons. However, you can still see the Triangle, Circle, Square, and Cross (or X if that doesn’t sound right) on the controllers. You’ll also find the lightbar on the sides of the central touchpad.
One notable upgrade is the L2 and R2 shoulder buttons, which are said to be adaptive. These adaptive buttons will provide players a more immersive feel as it reflects the tension of their actions now. Specifically, this can be felt when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow. Developers were said to have programmed the resistance of the triggers to stimulate the player’s actions accurately.
Another thing that most of you will be happy about is the included microphone built into the controller. This allows gamers to ditch headphones with microphones completely, and focus on getting better headphones specifically intended to further their immersion experience when playing their favorite games.
Finally, the “Share” button is replaced with a “Create” button. Apart from its intended purposes, which is to share your success and stories in the game, Sony is still teasing more functions about the button. We’re still sitting on the edge of our chairs, waiting for more news about this button.
While Sony did confirm you can still use your old DualShock 4 controllers on the PS5 console, it’ll only be limited to support PS4 games.
Here are the Best Open-World PS5 Games to Anticipate in 2020
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
What is the Game About?
High-quality Nordic landscapes
Explore Viking realms
Know your Norse mythology up close
Grow as a stealthy assassin or a barbaric one
Ubisoft is back at it again. This time, we’ll be traveling back in time in 873 AD in the Scandanavian territories, going all Viking. Set to be released on November 17, 2020, the Assassin’s Creed franchise finally made the jump to PS5.
Since the PS5 is set to be released on November 20, 2020, Assassin’s Creed fans will have to wait for another three days before they can start axing their way into the Scandanavian parts.
You’ll be playing as Eivor (can be played both Male and Female), a fierce Viking warrior set on a journey from Norway to England. Teasers have revealed how you’ll be trekking some of the best mountains, snow-capped landscapes. And since Assassin’s Creed is known to feature some of the best historical places, roaming around this open-world in stunning 4K quality with RTX on is surely something you should be excited about.
You’ll be doing plenty of raids as you grow your settlement and build your political power in this game. It’s the dark age open-world with a complex battle system that allows you to wield two weapons (or shields) of your choice. Regardless of your preference, you will be able to smack your enemy’s head, crush their bones, or ram them against the door (or wall).
Like the mercenary system in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you’ll also be tracked by some of the notorious mercenaries around the world as you progress your story in the game.
Among the most notable features teased in their trailers is the not-so-hidden-blade. It was originally hidden in the previous Assassin’s Creed franchise, but Eivor thought it’s too good to hide away, which is why the blade isn’t hidden at all (as seen in trailers).
The skill system is also complex this time around, and it can be developed depending on how you play the game. The game still revolves around the RPG mechanics, so you’ll have to spend your skill points wisely. Considering how hand-to-hand combat plays a crucial role in this time period, it’s going to be hard to go full-blown assassin. But whether you want to go pure barbaric– or pure assassin, is still your choice.
This time period is also set just a couple hundred years before the time when the first Assassin’s Creed franchise took place in Masyaf. So, chances are, we might get to learn more about Altair somewhere in the game. If you’re excited, I am, too.
What is the Game About?
It’s from CD Projekt Red
Just two days after the release of the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and you’ll definitely see yourself in the future– in 2077!
Set to be released on November 19, 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 will finally hit the ground. It’s hotly-anticipated by gamers around the world since it was first teased back in January of 2013. After John Wick’s “you’re breathtaking” scene, the gaming community is hyped even more.
This open-world game is set in a futuristic, dystopian California, offering RPG mechanics that allow the players to choose from eight different “classes” or operatives officially called “Edgerunners” that serve the society in Night City.
Take control of your character and customize it as you see fit. But don’t make rash decisions, or you might not like the outcome later down the line. Similar to most open-world RPG games, there are consequences to your choices and decisions in the game, and there are various alternate endings you may or may not want.
The game was initially intended to be released initially in April 2020 but was then moved to September 2020 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Unfortunately, developers had to move the release date to an even later date as developers of Cyberpunk 2077 “are thinking about the next generation”.
Even though there were no official statements or announcements made, considering everything, as well as the release date, just tells us that we’re definitely getting the much-awaited game on PS5– offering significantly better graphical output, effects, better framerates, and possibly 4K resolution gaming.
Interestingly enough, the game size is not going to be much bigger than The Witcher 3. However, what CD Projekt Red did with CyberPunk 2077 is focused instead on the game’s density.
This means Night City will be lively and active around the clock instead of traveling across barren land. Since it’s an open-world, we might get to see a new approach to how open-world games should be played.
With the hardware PS5 is packed with, the potential that this game has promised us will surely make Cyberpunk 2077 look and run great.
Skull & Bones
What is the Game About?
It’s boats and cannons
It focuses on naval combat
You can be the ultimate pirate
Another game from Ubisoft that strongly resembles naval combat in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. Seeing how many people liked the idea of naval warfare, Ubisoft developed a new IP (Intellectual Property) game called Skull & Bones.
The game was initially announced at E3 2017 and has shown great promise. Unfortunately, the game had some ups and downs and got hit with plenty of delays through the development stage.
However, these delays may actually be beneficial rather than being a disappointment, as this allows the developers to shape the game to meet our expectations. Considering how this is a brand new IP in the gaming industry, I’d say it’s definitely understandable to hear some delays.
Since it’s rumored to be released in the Indian oceans in March 2021, we might get to see a PS5 exclusive. With all the new horsepower and hardware capabilities of the PS5 console, Ubisoft is likely to give us the best pirate game in history.
The game is intended to be played actively in the Indian oceans, so there’ll be plunder, thievery, cannons, ships, and resources to ensure you won’t fall short in ammo when facing some of the best pirates in the sea, or the game.
Ultimately, the game is packed with action and will surely immerse you deeper and deeper with 4K resolutions and RTX capability. For now, all we can do is wait until further news about the game becomes available.
If you’re into naval combat and have a knack for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’s naval mechanics, this will surely be a game worth waiting for.
Watch Dogs: Legion
What is the Game About?
Plenty of potential ways to tackle situations
Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is back at it again with the Watch Dogs Legion this time. Looking at the progress that developed from Watch Dogs 1 to Watch Dogs 2, we can say how the game just becomes a better version.
In the case of Watch Dogs Legion, it falls between being a serious game to somewhat borderline silly. Ubisoft announced its “play as anyone” game mechanic that allows you to build up your desired team lineup to save London from its dystopian totalitarian oppressor.
Similar to the previous Watch Dogs game franchise, you can still recruit anyone. However, in Watch Dogs: Legion, there is a much more apparent character perk that may or may not benefit your progress in the game.
Some of these character perks included arbitrary buffs that range significantly from having extra useful gadgets, additional melee damage, more health, and even roles that will dramatically make your missions a lot easier. From having a police or security guard to give your other team access to restricted areas, a lawyer who can help an arrested teammate release sooner, a hacker to eliminate door scanning and locks, to a paramedic that will help heal the injured ones faster.
Watch Dogs: Legion is an open-world representation of London, so you’ll see very familiar landmarks and buildings. It is set in the near future in post-Brexit London that has become a surveillance state. Apart from having limited liberty, citizens are also continuously monitored by a private security company called Albion, acting as the city’s law enforcement.
The game is set to be released on October 29, 2020, just a few days before Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s release on PS5. Interestingly enough, it’s unlikely to see Ubisoft release two big open-world games around the same time.
Regardless, Watch Dogs: Legion is said to be available in PS5 before the year ends. So, if you’re planning to get a PS5 this holiday season and you want to experience the game in 4K resolution with RTX features, a few weeks of wait will be worth it.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
What is the Game About?
Stellar combat graphics
NOT a standalone spin-off
Meet Miles as a young-adult
If you’ve played the original Spider-Man on PS4, you’ve probably played Miles Morales as a playable side character. And if you’ve seen the post-credits stinger– where a radioactive spider bit miles, you probably have a good idea that this game is coming.
After the success on PS4, Insomniac Games went straight ahead and continued the sequel. And just to clarify: no, this isn’t going to be a standalone spin-off that most of us were told. It’s a sequel to the original Spider-Man, well, sort of.
The post-credit was merely meant to be an Easter Egg, nothing more. However, Insomniac’s creative director, Bryan Intihan, insisted that this is a potential sequel. So, just like in the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, Peter Parker isn’t the only Spider-Man on Earth– or the universe. And it’s definitely going to be an updated version of the first game.
Set to be released on holiday 2020, you’ll be immersed even deeper than you already did in the previous Spider-Man (PS4). Seeing how the original Spider-Man became the best-selling exclusive on the PS4 platform, it just makes sense that the upcoming Spider-Man Miles Morales will be its highest-profile launch title for the forthcoming PS5 released.
If you haven’t played the original PS4 one, fret not, as Insomniac said, it’s going to be bundled with a remastered version of the original game, one that’s able to take full advantage of the new hardware featured in PS5.
It’s just surprising to see that Insomniac already made a “sequel” to their original game in only 2 years. Since they clearly indicated that this is not a full standalone-game but rather an “upgraded” version of the original open-world Spider-Man, chances are we’ll almost certainly see the same incarnation of the New York City from the original one– just an upgraded one.
Far Cry 6
What is the Game About?
A New Far Cry sequel
4K graphics is stunning
Lifelike actions is phenomenal
Far Cry 6 is just about as ready as it could be. Following the success of the previous Far Cry games, FC 6 (Far Cry 6) is inspired by today’s Cuba set to take place on the fictional island in the Caribbean, called Yara.
Since real-life Cuba heavily inspires it, expect to see features ranging from urban cities to dense jungles. With the 4K capability of the new PS5 hardware, you’ll be treated with phenomenal graphics and visuals. Moreover, it’s also said that it also supports HDR exclusively on newer consoles.
Ubisoft may have responded and confirmed that this will be available in 4K resolution, but whether or not this will take advantage of the RTX technology is still unknown. As far as the story goes, we’re always on the edge of knowing exactly what this is about. But we do know that it’s going to be in a gruesome war.
From what we’ve seen from the motion-picture, there are some top-notch lifelike motion captures going on, especially with Giancarlo Esposito as the villain, Anton Castillo. But we can’t really say how it will look like in-game until the official gameplay is released.
According to Ubisoft, Far Cry 6 will be released on February 18, 2021. So, expect to see more news and more accurate details of the game’s new mechanics and story. If there’s one thing that’s certain so far, it’s the fact that this holds premium-tier visuals that will certainly put you in awe as you explore and stay alive.
Do note that the game will also be available for PS4, PC, Stadia, Xbox One, and the upcoming Xbox Series X, which will also hit the markets this holiday 2020.
What is the Game About?
It’s Bethesda’s new IP
It’s a Sci-Fi RPG
It was at E3 2018 when Bethesda confirmed they were working on Starfield after Fallout 76. On E3 2019, Bethesda then confirmed that they’d be focused primarily on revealing bits of information about the game. That’s why we’ve been looking at different sources to give you the latest news and updates about this new IP.
Since then, we’ve barely heard anything from them or how the progress of this new IP is going. But they did confirm that this new work will be released on next-gen platforms and not on the current-gen platforms, which means we’ll be seeing these soon on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Moreover, Bethesda confirmed that this is going to be out before the most anticipated Elder Scrolls 6. Meaning, we’re not going to hear anything about the Elder Scrolls 6 until this gets released. Even so, we’ve been keen on knowing more about the game, which is why we’ll talk about what we know so far about the game.
Similar to the likes of EVE Online, there’s a high chance that this game will be an open-world game like most of the games they’ve released in the past, specifically, the Fallout series, The Elder Scrolls series, and others. Seeing how successful these games have turned out, I won’t be surprised that this will also be a hit in the future.
However, Bethesda has yet to confirm that this game will follow the RPG footsteps of the games mentioned above, especially since this is clearly a new IP they’re working on. Even though Bethesda confirmed this is already in the works, they also confirmed that their production is “somewhat” affected by developing The Elder Scrolls 6.
If we’re going to look at the trailer, there’s nothing we can really come up with except the fact that this will happen in space. It may still be early to get them to talk about a release date, but we’re glad to know that Howard did confirm that some parts of the game are fully operational.
Whether or not this is going to be a PS5 exclusive is far from reality even though they aren’t shy about how this is very much a next-generation game. If we’re to take Howard’s words, where he mentioned that releasing the game on the PS4 and Xbox One “is not a priority right now”, we can tell this can be available on the PS4– just not as graphically stunning as it would be on the next-gen platforms.
A game that’s over ten years in the making is not something anybody should develop carelessly. But a game being developed for over a decade has got to be one of the best things we could experience, especially with what the PS5 platform is capable of.
Little Devil Inside
What is the Game About?
3D RPG action-packed
The game was first launched in April 2015 and was finally revealed during their June 11 reveal event. The game in question was developed by South Korean based company Neostream, which started as a multimedia company providing design and production services to various clients worldwide.
This 3D action-adventure RPG will test your capabilities as an explorer and as a fighter. There will be plenty of places you’ll be traveling to, but the main idea of the game is for you to research unusual incidents in unknown parts of the game’s world.
You’ll also be assigned to retrieve various artifacts and research samples in this game– but it’s not going to be a walk in the park. You see, these items are located in areas that need the right things for you to survive in the harsh conditions.
Moreover, you’ll be facing monsters inside dungeons, so it pays for players to carefully plan and prepare for the journey ahead to achieve a relatively smooth expedition into the unknown. Gears and other equipment are also something you’ll need to make as well to take on hazardous weather conditions and other unexpected events.
In this game, you’ll be facing various weather conditions, unexpected events in the form of sandstorms, thin ice, or hostile indigenous tribes that can easily take you down if you’re not prepared.
Like most RPGs, your character will grow stronger as you progress into the story. But this still doesn’t remove the fact that your character will always be susceptible to life-threatening sources like diseases and cuts.
If you’ve checked the trailer, you’ll see one scene where the character is fleeing with spikes from his arms, which is later he covers with bandages in the next scene. These mechanics in the game haven’t been confirmed yet, but to be honest, these small details add more immersion in the game and a totally new layer of healing mechanics.
The game also features a hack and slash movement, but also offer plenty of other tactics such as flailing, sliding, riding, jumping, shivering, and decapitating. There are even explosions there. And taking into account all of these movements, you can quickly tell that players will be able to finish each boss or mission how they want it to be.
Note that the game is going to be on PS5, and the graphics will definitely look sharp and detailed with the new hardware. Even though the characters and the environments are modeled in a more minimalist style, they still look gorgeous. Factor in the dynamic lighting, the ambient fog, and the sense of loneliness as you pave your way into the unknown, and this will definitely be something worth waiting for.
As per its release date, we’re yet to hear something from the devs, even an approximate. It was originally set to be released during the 2016 era consoles, but it’s been over four years now, and we’re now entering the PS5 era, so it’s likely we’ll hear about its release date before 2020 ends.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
What is the Game About?
Kena: Bridge of Spirits was among the many other games that were unveiled during the PS5 event that happened in June 2020. It’s hard to fathom that this game was developed by a smaller development team, Ember Lab.
Based on the trailer, you can tell that the game has a very similar feel to The Legend of Zelda and the Horizon: Zero Dawn. But what other things does the game have to offer?
Judging by the trailer, you could tell you’re on a journey to uncover the power you have yet not known about. Joining you in your journey are wandering spirits that you’ll have to find and save from being trapped in the surrounding forest or abandoned villages.
These black puffballs (at least they look like it to me) are called Rot, which plays an integral role in maintaining balance in the forest. Whenever there are dead people and elements in the forest, they decompose these and make them rot. Due to their sheer numbers in the trailer, I think it’s safe to assume that you don’t need to save all of them to progress into the storyline.
We could also assume that they will aid Kena through her adventures and possibly give her hints to the puzzles or help her become stronger as she fights her way to find the boss. Ultimately, the game has some element of the Avatar: The Last Airbender, where Kena has to tap into the Spirit Realm to understand her powers more and help the forest.
The enemies you’ll be facing in the game aren’t entirely corrupted at all as they’re still spirits like the Rots– just transformed into evil spirits by a mysterious curse.
The game’s elegant movement mechanics make the game look relaxing and peaceful. But the soonest you’re in conflict with the cursed spirits, everything shifts into a fast-paced combat experience that will surely put the players on their toes. The spirits you’ll be fighting in the game can range significantly from small to as large as twice Kena’s size.
Unlike other RPG games where you can use and upgrade a variety of weapons and armors, Kena only has her mystical staff that can adapt to different combat situations since it can also be used as a bow and arrow. While it’s true you can’t use other weapons, I can only expect that your attacks will become more complicated for every progress you make.
As for the game’s map size, we’re still in the shadows. But Ember Lab did promise us that the game is rich in exploration. And seeing how the graphics look great from the trailer, players will surely enjoy the journey as they venture into the wilderness.
This is Ember Lab’s first game ever, so we’re thrilled to see more from them, especially since they already surprised us with the graphics. And because PS5 is capable of handling 4K resolutions, we can only tell that this will make our experience similar to watching a Pixar or Dreamworks film.
What is the Game About?
Story-led action game
Gorgeous fantasy world
Unreal jumps from atop the mountains, fiery monsters, snowy peaks, and ruins atop the clouds. That’s Project Athia. Well, at least from what was shown in the trailers.
The team that made Final Fantasy 15 happen is the same development team behind the creation of Project Athia and revealed the event on June 11. The women in the trailer and the teased gameplay is who we assumed to be Athia, but we could be wrong.
One thing’s certain, though: we’ll definitely learn more about Project Athia before the end of 2020. But right now, here’s what we know about the game…
Project Athia is going to be an open-world game set in a fantasy world filled with monsters that breathe fire and bite. Based on what we found so far, the game is an action-adventure led by a female protagonist on a cape.
What kind of journey awaits her is yet to be confirmed. But what’s clear though, is the fact that this is not her world. Perhaps, she’s a prototype robot sent on a mission to retrieve something or test her weapons? All we can do at this point is to guess. Regardless, she’s definitely going to have something up those capes.
It was in n March 2018 when some of the team from Final Fantasy 15 were assigned to start Project Athia. According to sources, this is expected to launch on PS5 and PC. Since Sony got the exclusive on console platform, the title won’t be available on Xbox One or Nintendo Switch.
As far as release dates are concerned, Square Enix hasn’t hinted any yet. But considering how most of the upcoming games are expected to be released in Q1 of 2021, there’s a chance we’ll hear more or see Project Athia by then.
In terms of gameplay mechanics and combat, we can only theorize on what was shown in the trailers. The protagonist definitely isn’t a normal human being, and if she were, she has to have some kind of power to leap that high and run that fast. Not to mention in a part of the clip where she summoned roots to swallow one of the wolves. As to what abilities she has, we still don’t know, but the closest we can guess is that it has something to do with nature.
Maybe if we had the chance to see what’s underneath her cape, perhaps we could tell. Because apart from the “modern-day” pair of sneakers she’s wearing, we got nothing. I think they did it on purpose so they will not spoil a considerable part of the game.
If I were to guess, we’d be seeing metals or sources of her power somewhere hidden underneath her genetically modified skin. The tagline “She will rise” is a clear indicator that you’ll have to grind your way to either unlock new skills or improve the fixed skillset she has.
Anything that goes beyond the trailer is a plain guess. But we did find out that the team writing the Project Athia story is led by Gary Whitta, who has also written for other games such as The Walking Dead and Prey. Additionally, Gary also wrote Denzel Washington’s film, entitled, The Book of Eli.
Apart from the only teaser trailer they’ve shown us, we know nothing so far. But we’ll definitely get more clues and details about the gameplay and the story.
What is the Game About?
Set in a futuristic time period
You’re a cat
On June 11, 2020, the PlayStation 5 event was packed, but the event was shocked and in awe as Stray hit the spotlights.
There were plenty that did as well, but you can definitely say that Stray was one of the trailers that stood out. As you can see in the featured image, you’re a cat in this game. At least, that’s what the trailer is telling us.
In this game, you’re lost and separated from family. Whether the family is a cat, human, or robot, is still unknown. And for you to find your way home, you’ll have to solve mysteries and escape a long-forgotten cybercity.
Unlike most of the games that were revealed in the event, we got nothing but a cinematic trailer. There were no gameplay footage or combat mechanics, but that didn’t cut the interest of those watching the reveal.
The game was developed by BlueTwelve and published by Annapurna. And according to Annapurna, “Stray is a third-person cat adventure game set amidst the detailed neon-lit alleys of a decaying cybercity and the murky environments of its seedy underbelly.”
As a lost cat, you will be roaming the streets high and low to solve the mysteries of the robot-filled city. But this is not going to be as easy as it sounds because threats are roaming around the city. Apart from the unassuming droids, there also are dangerous creatures lurking in the city. Unfortunately, we haven’t confirmed if these creatures are robot-like or actual, living beings.
One of the aspects that caught the attention of gamers is its unique protagonist– a backpack-wearing-cat. In all fairness, the developer didn’t say that the game is level-based or mission-based. But they also didn’t say that this isn’t an open-world.
Based on the footage shown in the trailer, we can only hope that the game features open-world mechanics, as it clearly tells us that the place is very explorable. How big is the map? We’re still on the edge of guessing. The same can be said for its release date, but it’s going to come out sometime next year.
What is the Game About?
Nightmare set in Soviet
It was not until May 2018 when Atomic Heart captivated the hearts of most shooters. The trailer easily gives us the feel and experience of Nier: Automata, Stalker, BioShock, and Metro. The setting of the game is heavily inspired by Russia mixed with sci-fi elements. Since some of the dev grew up in Russia, the game is as Russia as it can look.
But precisely what elements and specifics does Atomic Heart offer to the table?
The game was originally designed to release a beta version towards the end of 2019. But it’s already well into the third quarter of 2020, and we still haven’t heard anything from the developer, Mundfish.
At this point, Mundfish has confirmed that the game will be released on the next-gen consoles and the PC platform. In fact, the game can already be found on Stream’s Store page, but the listing is released as TBA.
On the surface, the game is an alternate reality Soviet-era combat game where you kill crazy robots, explore clown-inspired torture chambers, and eliminate old ladies in a flowing molecular sticky substance. In all honesty, the game feels weird instead of being horror.
Since it’s heavily inspired by those as mentioned earlier, the game is played in first-person. Like Fallout, the game lets you customize and craft makeshift weapons from just about anything you’ll find in the vicinity. But note that the game isn’t entirely designed to be played with guns alone as you can also swing enemies with materials found anywhere.
The devs have already released critical information about the game, like how the story is a bit akin to the Black Mirror. Moreover, they also mentioned that the game is set between the 30’s and 60’s in the Soviet Union. Mundfish CEO Robert Bagratuni even said that the USSR still exists in the game’s reality, but in a slightly different way.
Instead of just having guns and kevlar, this warped version of the Soviet Union already has a technical revolution, where futuristic things like the internet, robots, and even holograms are already a thing.
It was said that robots in the game were mass-produced to help with agriculture, defense, and do other household chores. However, these robots have grown to rebel. That’s where your character comes in, a mentally unstable KGB special agent named, P-3. Ultimately, the government chose you to investigate a government manufacturing facility that has become silent.
When you start the game, one thing you’ll notice is how crazy everything seems to be. Robots and once-dead creatures are everywhere, and traps are set to capture anything unfortunate enough to pass through– including you!
But don’t fret too much because, amidst the murdering and chaos, there’s a developing love story. How it affects your gameplay or the story is still something we should see for ourselves.
Overall, this game offers a diverse set of challenges and plenty of things to do. And to make it worthwhile, you’ll have to know your way through the different biomes found in the game.
Dying Light 2
What is the Game About?
Post apocalyptic event
Techland, the Dying Light series developer, released a proper sequel to the first Dying Light (officially released in January 2015), which was originally set to be released in January 2020. However, there have been some delays in production. This pushed them to move the release date to an even further time frame.
There was no apparent reason why they had to move the release date, but Techland said they’ll use this delay to work on the game’s story. According to the lead producer, Eugen Harton, “Building this world takes time, and we want Dying Light 2 to be the evolution of what we started within the first game.”
Now that we know what kind of hardware PS5 consoles are rocking, we can surely understand that Techland is trying their best to up the game and take full advantage of its sheer power.
If you’ve seen their gameplay demo at E3 2019, there are plenty of things you’d notice, and one of which is definitely the significantly improved parkour mechanics. The parkour mechanics in the first Dying Light is already great. But Techland took an even further upgrade on Dying Light 2.
There are seven different regions in the city made up of unique individual environments. This makes the game look big and introduces new parkour move sets, new enemies, and even new mechanics.
Since the city is bigger, you’ll have new gadgets you can use to traverse easier. You’ll also find other things that will help you reach remote places in the city, such as a glider. There also are pulleys that zip to travel from rooftop to rooftop, as well as a swinging hook can be used to move quickly.
Apart from that, you’ll also notice how realistic your attacks are now. If you cut the left arm, the left arm goes, and the same can be said to all parts of the body. This adds realism to the game and something that makes the game look and feel better.
Like in the previous game, you can still customize your weapon as you see fit. There will be some aspects in the game you can use to combine with your melee weapons to either bash your enemy’s head to splinters or cut them to bits. And of course, electrical cords so you can pull off some fireworks show as you hack and slash your enemies.
According to Smektala, there will be around 50 new combos that can be applied to weapons, but you’re going to need the environment to get that. You can also use a bucket as a weapon now, which proved useful for shoving zombies or enemies off the roof.
Like in the original game, there’s a night and day cycle mechanic that you’ll have to keep an eye on. There’s also something called Dark Zones and infected buildings that look like breeding grounds for undead zombies that you may choose to infiltrate for special loot. But be warned because even the smallest of mishap can easily endanger your character.
As of the time of writing, we still haven’t heard any specific release date, but considering how late of a delay it already has been since the supposed original release date, we’ll surely hear about it before 2020 ends.
What is the Game About?
Monster hunting mechanics
Deadly cute mutant kitties
Remember the cute but deadly kitties trailer back in 2017? No? How about the lovely but deadly kitties that use swords, guns, and kung-fu skills? Developed by Experiment 1010 and published by THQ Nordic, Biomutant was featured and had art that took our hearts.
This action-RPG game with cats looked promising back in the days and was set to be released in 2019. But we’re already well into the third quarter of 2020, and we still haven’t heard from the game. Well, until they released a new gameplay trailer in June 2020.
The new gameplay trailer tells us that weapons actually range greatly and are not just limited to swords. If you’ve watched the gameplay trailer THQ Nordic posted on June 25, 2020, it features various weapons ranging from shurikens, nunchucks, staffs, bows and even hooks! They even have rockets! Actual.literal.rockets.
But that’s not the best part about the trailer as it also features the types of monsters and enemies you’ll be fighting against in the game. These monsters range from golems, enormous fluffy bunnies, orcs, (possibly) a hybrid chick and lizard, and more.
Essentially, they all look like hybrid mutants that grew enormous sizes. After all, the game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world after a massive oil flood rose from the ground. And your job is to return the vitality of the lands to save and unite the world’s tribes.
The gameplay trailer also features different biomes or environments. So it’s like fighting bosses in different regions or areas in the world that dominate the lands.
They also featured the weapon system in the game. And based on what we found in the trailer, there are different rarity and quality for each weapon. Crafting them is possible, and I expect that you’ll need the parts from the world’s monsters to improve or craft different weapons. Note that you’ll need to have specific skills to meet the required attributes for you to use the weapons.
In terms of combat mechanics, there will be skills you can use to either help you maximize damage potential or make your fights easier– or fun! The game isn’t just about fighting enemies on land, as it also features underwater environments. I did notice that time slows down every time you dodge an attack, similar to most RPGs. Whether it’s just a fancy edit to appeal to the audience or something we can exploit is still unconfirmed.
Since it’s an open-world game, you’ll be traveling through different places as you progress into the story. I didn’t see any fast travel features in the trailer, but you do have your trust glider, a horse, a train, and the environment to make traveling easier or quicker.
There are also NPCs in the game you can interact with. Whether they only sell you stuff or give you quests, lend you a friend you can fight together with is still something we need to discover ourselves.
So, when is the game coming out? Developer Experiment 101 posted an update on their Twitter account, saying that they’ve been working harder and more focused now. The game was set to be released for PS4 consoles, but Biomutant confirmed that the game can be played on the new PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles, and it’s going to be as good as possible.
Gods & Monsters
What is the Game About?
A storybook adventure
In all essence, the game is a chibi Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey game set on the “Isle of the Blessed”, which is basically Greece. The graphics and colors are vibrant and rich, so the Greek monsters you’ll be fighting against will look a little less intimidating.
Essentially, the game’s graphics can be easily compared to that of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The bow animations and swinging of swords also strongly resemble the game mechanics of the Zelda game, where you’ll make use of a stamina meter.
No, the game’s protagonist is not Kassandra of Sparta, though, I must say the resemblance is substantial. You’ll be in the Greek world as Fenyx, where you’ll be fighting against monsters like Hydras, Harpies, and Gorgons, until you defeat the deadliest Greek Mythology creature, Typhoon.
According to creative director Jonathan Dumont and senior producer of the game, Marc-Alexis Côté, they intended Gods and Monsters to be a “light and humorous story” and a “rigorous historical approach”. Unlike the AC: Odyssey, the game focuses solely on the Greek world, and not having to get off the animus to stretch your legs.
Based on the revealed game trailer, you can easily compare Fenyx’s movement with Kassandra of Sparta in the AC: Odyssey. Even though there are differences, still, the strong resemblance is there.
Since it’s set in Greece, you’ll see gods and even travel in and out Mount Olympus in the “Isle of the Blessed”. There will be 12 gods of Olympus on the mountain who will help Fenyx by blessing her with their powers. Precisely what kinds of skills she’ll be blessed with is something we’re definitely excited about.
It hasn’t been confirmed yet if the game features the same RPG elements like in AC: Odyssey, such as looting, gear upgrades, level scaling, and wardrobe (similar to “skins” in most games). But it’s definitely something we’ll be looking forward to if it does.
The game was stated to be released on February 25, 2020, but they pushed the release date back to at least a couple of months for an “increase of development time”. This same was said with Watch Dogs: Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine, as all of these, were set back to a further date to optimize the titles for the coming next-gen consoles.
Ultimately, the delay in production isn’t bad news at all, since the game is being developed to ensure that it will fit the next-gen’s hardware capabilities. These will all be worth it, since the game will be played on 4K resolution, and possibly with HDR and RTX on.
Exactly when we can play the game is still unsure, but it can be as early as Holiday 2020 or the first half of 2021.
Jett: The Far Shore
What is the Game About?
Are you a fan of outer-space adventures? Then, creative director of Superbrothers, Craig D. Adams, invites you to play Jett: The Far Shore. Unlike most games, this is set in outer space.
Many are confused yet excited at the same time since the people that developed the game are the same people behind the game Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery, which had a pretty high satisfactory rate from the general public.
The game is an open-world cinematic action-adventure where you’ll have to embark on an interstellar journey to carve out the future of people who are “haunted by oblivion”. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but chances are we’ll also see more ocean adventures based on what we saw in the trailer and from the title, “shore”.
The concept of the game takes you on an interstellar trip aboard the Mother Structure. You’ll be traveling along with Mei, among your people, where you will be deployed to a mythic ocean planet on the far shore of a sea of stars.
The essence of the journey is to ensure that you will save your people from the brink of extinction, whether by finding a place for them to live in or eradicate a source of power that could potentially wipe out your existence hasn’t been confirmed yet.
However, Jao, the space program’s overseer, tasked you and your co-pilot to investigate the apparent source of an interstellar transmission known as “the hymnwave”, located at the center of a cosmic mystery.
Apart from having to familiarize yourself with Jett’s move set, it’s also critical for you to familiarize yourself with Jett’s toolset. These are essential items you’ll have to use so you can understand your surroundings better.
You’ll be spending most of your time on an archipelago with stellar coastlines and otherworldly elements. With all these alien-looking things around you, you’ll definitely be immersed, especially since it’s an open-world. Note that the planet you’ll be exploring also has otherworldly creatures such as kolos, occasional massive creatures you’ll never miss.
The vibe is similar to that of other outer-space movies and games. Paired with ocean-vibes, and the experience is definitely out-of-this-world. However, the graphics and the game mechanics are specifically designed to make use of the PS5 hardware, specifically, the new haptics feature in the new DualSense controller.
What is the Game About?
Stellar graphics quality
Combat animation is incredible
Monster hunting game
Unlike most developers, the game features the in-game footage right out of the gates. Honestly, this is something developers should do more often instead of posting cinematics trailers first before actual gameplay trailers.
The game is an upcoming Japanese open-world developed by Cygames. Cygames is also known for developing other games such as Dragalia Lost, Granblue Fantasy games, as well as anime series like the Rage of Bahamut Anime.
Project Awakening was originally announced in 2018, and it did shock the gaming industry. It’s not because of the graphics and certainly not the gameplay, but because the in-game combat mechanics just seem natural and feel more like a movie than a game.
The game has plenty of RPG elements and can accommodate up to 12 players in one group as you tackle a continent together in an open-world environment. Due to how the game looks, many are worried that their current consumer-gen graphics card might not be able to handle the details and everything about the game.
Honestly, this could be the reason why they had to delay the game to more than a year. With the release of the PS5 console along with the Xbox next-gen hardware, we’ll likely see and hear more about the game in the next few months. It’s more convincing this time around to see a game of this caliber than it would during the PS4 era.
The graphics already look taxing enough, but being able to handle a game with 12 players concurrently occupying the same world is even more taxing.
In terms of combat mechanics and storyline, the game offers a balance of both gameplay and narrative. If we’re to compare the game with something similar, The Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones probably is closer, if not, closest. However, game-wise, we could quickly tell that the game is very similar to Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World in terms of grinding and hunting mechanics.
Whether or not the game focuses on grinding dungeons or ruined cities is still unsure, but expect that it’s going to be a mix of both. Cygames were asked about the progress of the game for this year, and according to them, they’re still deciding on several factors and features such as whether or not they should have magic or add more classes.
So far, apart from choosing between a female and male character and which weapon type you’ll use, there were no other features confirmed to have been added.
Due to how large the monsters look like in the game, we expect it to be incredibly brutal and, at the same time, requires a large group of players with coordinated gameplay and open communication to take down enormous foes and beasts.
Ultimately, the game is still underway, and it’s unlikely that we’ll see this in the markets this year. With the new capabilities of the next-gen consoles, expect to see far better looks and more realistic lighting with the RTX and HDR features that come with it.
What is the Game About?
Complex exosuit abilities and potential
On the surface, the game does look like a Horizon: Zero Dawn set in the far post-apocalyptic future. There are robots you’ll be fighting against or fighting with. But it’s actually far more profound and more complicated than that.
From the makers of Black Desert Online, Pearl Abyss brings you another massively multiplayer online (MMO) shooter game run on the new, in-house game engine, Plan 8. Developers aim to incorporate MMO mechanics into this shooting game to create a unique experience for both fans of the genre. And since it’s an open-world, expect to see critical points that you can explore and appreciate.
Plan 8 is being developed by the technical advisor, Minh Le, and lead producer, Seungki Lee. For the record, Minh Lee is the co-creator of the Counter-Strike series. On the other hand, Sungki Lee is also the former environment art director of Black Desert Online and Black Desert Mobile. Having them as part of the development team for the game adds hope to making a revolutionary next-generation open-world shooter game.
The game isn’t just about fighting against machines as you’ll also be donning yourself with armors called exosuits, each featuring different abilities and strengths. Apart from acting as armors, these also let you do other things such as scaling walls and jumping high.
There will also be weapons in the game that you can use, enhance, and mod, depending on how you see fit. The same goes for the exosuits, which can also be improved or modded as you progress in the game.
Like the mechanics of an MMO open-world game, the parts or requirements to craft, enhance, and mod equipment can be found around you. But whether it be exclusive only in monsters or NPCs is still something we’ll have to find ourselves.
Note that various exosuits have their pros and cons, so expect to see a need to have as many as you can if you wish to fight your way with relative ease. When fighting enemies, planning and synergy are vital, which is why it’s imperative to know how to use these exosuits to their full potential.
Pearl Abyss hasn’t released any particular dates yet– even a hint, as far as release dates are concerned. But considering the lack of other information and clues, it’s safe to say that we’ll see this launch sometime in Q3 or Q4 in 2021 in next-gen consoles and PC.
Chorus: Rise As One
What is the Game About?
Space shooter game
Space combat simulator
Developed by Deep Silver FishLabs, Chorus: Rise As One, is expected to offer open-world gameplay with minimal loading screens.
You’ll travel as Nara and start your journey with your trusty sentient spaceship named, Forsaken, to explore the vast universe. But the game is far from just strolling around the universe, as the game features a battle system that involves artillery and weaponry.
These weapons hold devastating powers and mind-bending abilities that will help you in your space combat shooting experience. Apart from using these weapons, you will also face your enemies, outsmart, and outmaneuver them in an epic quest to free the galaxy from oppression.
Based on the trailer, you can tell that a dark cult originally created Nara for personal gain. This means she was destined to become one of the deadliest warriors in the universe, or so her creators thought.
According to the press release, you’ll “Take control of Nara, once the Circle’s deadliest warrior, now their most wanted fugitive, on a quest to destroy the dark cult that created her,”.
Unfortunately, we’re not going to see this take off this year as it’s inclined to be out in 2021. So, expect to see more updates about the game in as early as Q4 of 2020.
Anima: Song from the Abyss
What is the Game About?
Following the success of the Anima video game series thus far: Anima: Ark of Sinners, launched in July 2011 (Wii), Anima: Gate of Memories, launched in 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac, and Linux), and Anima: Gate of Memories – The Nameless Chronicles, launched in 2018 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac, and Linux), Anima Project is back at it again with a new Anima game series called Anima: Song from the Abyss.
Anima Project may have reached out to a press release to announce the said action-RPG game, but, unfortunately, they can’t give out any release dates yet. However, we do know that the game will be available on PS5– and this alone is more than enough to make their fans excited.
The PS5’s new hardware is capable of displaying 4K native resolution now and has HDR feature on top of the RTX feature for an immersive gameplay experience. However, Anima Project hasn’t confirmed anything yet about any RTX feature in the game.
Anima: Song from the Abyss is set in Gaia. If you’ve read the role-playing book franchise Anima: Beyond Fantasy, chances are you’ve heard about the place. Like most RPGs, you can choose different characters you can play with. However, Anima: Song from the Abyss lets you control two different characters as you explore the unknown world packed with mysteries, puzzles, and stunning places.
The combat system is said to be “fluid”, but Anima Project wasn’t keen on telling us the details of the combat system, well, at least not yet. But they did mention that the combat system is intuitive that merges fast-paced real-time action with a mix of RPG elements.
I can only imagine that the battle system will be similar to most RPG games nowadays, specifically, the likes of the latest Final Fantasy games and Tales game series, where it involves real-time action combat systems.
How the story unfolds is obviously something we have to discover ourselves. But they did tell us how the story starts. According to Anima Project, the game starts on an imperial zeppelin that faced chaos when the crew disappeared without a trace.
The only one left there was a Heaven Order knight that accidentally freed a legendary witch locked inside the artifact. Without a crew to navigate and maneuver the airship, the zeppelin fell into a strange place called the Abyss.
The knight survived the crash and met a mysterious woman who offered him a deal in exchange for salvation. The deal involved freeing her from being imprisoned and finding what unknown force destroyed the village.
The story is something fans are excited about as most of the Anima game series is full of mysteries and great wonders waiting to be explored. On top of that, you’ll be facing epic bosses that range from legendary monsters to huge wyrms that feature their own mechanics.
You’ll be able to unlock, craft, and upgrade your weapons and skills as you see fit, so you’ll have a variety of options to choose from. The same can be said in terms of storyline, as the game also features multiple endings. How it will end relies heavily on how you progress into the game.
What is the Game About?
Supports PSVR feature
Makes use of DualSense controller’s new features
Comes pre-installed in every PS5 console
The game is a sequel to Sony’s one of PSVR’s most acclaimed games, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, and comes pre-installed in every PS5 console. This means you won’t have to download the game and you can play it right away the moment you fire your PS5 up.
Developed by SIE Japan Studio’s ASOBI Team division, the game offers a smooth gaming experience that uses all the DualSense controller’s features. This is also where you can test the controller’s new and improved haptic feedback.
With that in mind, you should be able to see a noticeable change in terms of gameplay and should feel more immersive than it already is. Furthermore, you can also tell from the trailer that the controller’s vibration mechanics are made to replicate the exact thing that’s happening in the game, at least that’s how they portrayed it.
Similar to PS4’s DualShock controller, you’ll play as if you’re physically in the game. But with the new DualSense feature in the PS5 controller, it should feel more immersive and more accurate. You should be able to differentiate the vibration from the wind from the wave from explosions this time around.
Astro’s Playroom heavily incorporates the same vibe and philosophy as its predecessors– the bright colors, cute robot characters, and the general mechanics. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t support the PSVR feature even though its predecessors did.
As far as game experience is concerned, you will go through four different worlds designed to feature the controller’s new components. Even though it’s a semi-open world, the game could be a little more than a demo to experience the new mechanics and features found in the PS5 consoles.
Still, it’s an exciting game packed with plenty of things you’ll definitely want to try out on your own. And since it comes pre-installed, I would advise that we all give this a try before we play some of the upcoming open-world RPGs mentioned in this article to get a feel of what the new controller feels.
What is the Game About?
Has an eagle companion
The Pathless is among the open-world games on our list that allows the player to experience the game organically. I said “organically” because you’ll be traveling the world without a map or a directional compass at the top of your screen.
The developers of the game wanted to encourage the players to explore the map “organically” to develop a sense of understanding of the world as they play. This also means that there are no fast travels and no end game.
Ideally, having fast travel options and a map to point you to where you should be is fine as these help the players progress into the game without having to worry about the time it would take to make long-distance travel. But the developer, Giant Squid, decided to remove these elements so the player will develop a sense of immersion and a better understanding of the game and its elements.
These may sound tiring, but they added an element that makes traveling more comfortable and slightly faster than just having to walk on foot to reach various places. Apart from an eagle companion that she can hold on to travel short distances in the air, the hunter also has dynamic movement skills that allow her to run fast, slide, and aim at floating targets around her.
When hit by her bow and arrow, these targets give her a mini turbo boost as she travels from one place to another. Furthermore, this boost also allows her to cross streams and rivers in the air faster as she’s holding on to her eagle companion.
If you’ve seen some trailers, you could tell that traveling won’t be as linear as other RPG games with their auto-travel feature. This feature allows you to stay engaged when traveling, which also gives you a satisfying feeling that can become meditative when you get the feel and rhythm.
The eagle companion also plays a vital role when you get around. You see, the eagle can carry you around the map, well, not the entire trip. As you glide, the eagle slowly loses altitude until you hit the ground. However, you can trigger the eagle to flap to gain a quick uplift boost.
These boosts that you can use can be improved over time as you uncover secrets– or specifically, crystals, in the world. These boosts range from faster travel time, sliding animation, higher flaps, and further glides. By the time you get the hang of this travel mechanic, you should see a significant improvement in traveling from one point to another.
The game is set on a cursed island with a rich landmass that stretches many kilometers. Most of the areas are also covered in a dense forest. But they didn’t just leave players to memorize the map by heart. You have a trusty spirit mask that allows you to see into the spirit world.
Generally, it acts similarly as a “heatmap” that gives off critical information such as where you have been, which distant points you haven’t checked, as well as which areas are yet to be discovered. Similarly, this also looks like a sonar ping that works best if you’re at a higher point to get a better vantage point.
Since it’s a cursed forest, expect cursed beasts that will knock out the crystals you’ve gathered for your next upgrade. Instead of having to lose progress, you’ll lose crystals, which is somewhat on par with your game progress.
What is the Game About?
It was rumored before and is now confirmed. The publisher 2K created a studio that focuses on the development of another BioShock, but whether it’s going to be called BioShock 4 or another name entirely, is still something we’re not sure about.
It was in December 2019 when 2K announced the name of the studio working on the new BioShock game. But apart from that, they haven’t given any concrete information or details about the game– even the title. So many are wondering and speculating.
However, there have been details and few stories that hint at the game in question. So let’s cover each of them.
The next-gen consoles are coming out on November 20, 2020, so we’ll likely see the new BioShock running on these new consoles. With the new hardware, the game is expected to perform outstandingly. Unfortunately, it’s too early to come up with an estimated date when the new BioShock will come out.
The publisher 2K finally announced the new studio Cloud Chamber that’s been working on a new BioShock game. But a year before this announcement, there have already been rumors circulating about the next BioShock being developed. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any confirmation of whether the game will be called BioShock 4 or another name entirely.
According to 2K, the new studio is led by Kelley Gilmore. It has “a collective of storytellers eager to push the frontlines of interactive entertainment by making unique, entertaining, and thoughtful experiences that engage the world.”
In terms of gameplay, 2K had announced that they couldn’t wait to see where the new Studio Cloud takes its “powerful narrative and iconic, first-person shooter gameplay”.
Hearing this had an impact on the community and even raised brows. However, it’s still likely that Cloud Chamber will continue the series in line with the same elements that made the previous BioShock game successful.
Apparently, the game has been initially in development since 2015 at Certain Affinity under the codename Parkside. However, sometime in 2016, the game was canceled. A year later, the game was developed again and is still in development now.
Since it’s been confirmed that the game has been in development for three years now, we’re likely to hear more about it sometime in 2021 on the next-gen consoles.
Story-wise, it’s going to be hard to come up with anything or even speculate, mainly since how BioShock Infinite’s final DLC, Burial at Sea, wrapped up some loose ends to complete the circle.
Honestly, it could be just about anything at this time around. However, the lighthouse likely has something to do with the BioShock 4 since the infinite lighthouse leads to alternate worlds in Infinite’s Sea of Doors. With that in mind, we might be surprised by an entirely new set of characters from another world.
What is the Game About?
During Bethesda’s E3 2019 press conference, they featured two brand new IPs, and GhostWire: Tokyo is among them. Since it was revealed, more and more information about the game has been released, except one thing.
Almost every bit of everything was revealed in the trailer. And we’ll talk about each of those elements in this section.
Tango Gameworks was the studio behind the GhostWire: Tokyo, founded by Capcom veteran Shinji Mikami in 2010. This is the same studio behind the games The Evil Within and The Evil Within 2. Since Mikamo was one of the people who worked on Resident Evil at Capcom, you know this game is going to be something worth trying.
The game takes place in Tokyo, and everything started when 99% of the population suddenly vanished without a trace. All that’s left behind were their clothes that looked like a result of a rupture– and you.
Don’t worry, though, pets are still alive, and the game allows you to pet the dogs. Having pets that you can pet in the game is a great way to loosen up those tight joints. So you might as well pet every dog you’ll encounter as the game allows you to pet all the dogs you’ll find in the game.
As the evil forces multiply by the minute, you have no other choice but to track down and get to the bottom of the unexplained event. The trailer clearly showed us that you have spectral powers (of some sort) that can take down the darkness lurking around the city.
As you progress, you’ll also discover that evil spirits weren’t the only newcomers. You’ll also encounter Visitors, a masked group that specifically wear Hannya masks. What they intend to do or what their role is in the story is something we’ll have to know for ourselves.
Just to be clear, the game isn’t a survival-horror type like how The Evil Within is supposed to be played. However, it has the same “spooky” elements, and definitely some jump scares here and there. GhostWire: Tokyo is also played in first-person POV, unlike The Evil Within, which is played in third-person.
Like any other game, these “spirits” have their specific traits and strengths and weaknesses that you can take advantage of. So far, we have three names of spirits you’ll encounter: Kuchisake, Shiromuku, and Amewarashi.
Fighting them will definitely sound great since the game is featured to have been designed with 3D audio support in mind. On top of that, it also supports the new PS5 DualSense controller with haptic feedback for an immersive experience as you pulverize the spirits with your abilities.
GhostWire: Tokyo is also announced as a timed PS5 console exclusive, so Xbox users will have to wait at a later date before they can get their hands on the game. As far as the release date is concerned, it’s unlikely that we’ll see this by the end of the year, but definitely at some point in 2021.
The Elder Scrolls VI
What is the Game About?
Rich RPG mechanics
What’s a roundup of open-world games without The Elder Scrolls in it? Although it’s confirmed, it’s still unlikely that we’ll hear any news about the game’s development this year– or even next year.
We purposely added this at the bottom of the list since it’s something we (probably) won’t be hearing about in the next-gen consoles. But we do have fresh news about the game and things you will be interested in.
According to Pete Hines (vice president of Bethesda Softworks’ public relations and marketing department), “There are still two major, multiplatform releases that the team has to work on first, and so TES6 isn’t happening until those games happen,”
It’s evident at this point that they were talking about Fallout 76 and Starfield. Since Starfield doesn’t even have a concrete release date, you can expect that TES6 might take even longer– and possibly not until the next-gen comes out (I’m talking about the next next-gen, PS6)… maybe.
Since Starfield is Bethesda’s next big thing, they’ll likely be spending some time on the game before they can go all-out on the development of TES6. Since The Elder Scrolls series is something that everybody has been enjoying, I could only understand that they wanted to take their time to think things through to give players the best experience they deserve on the new TES6.
Howard (Bethesda’s video game designer) suggested in 2016 that they still don’t have the technology to create the game they envisioned for The Elder Scrolls 6. Making a game without the technology at hand is going to be tenfold as time-consuming as making one with the technology at hand.
Starfield is the second game they told us they’re working on before they can develop the new TES6 game. With PS5’s new hardware components, RTX capability, HDR, and 4K native resolution capability, it might be the right time for fans to see another TES.
Todd Howard also cautioned fans to be very patient for the next TES. “The gap in between is going to be long. It already is. On the one hand, I think it’s good to miss things. I think that makes people come to it with really fresh eyes, and I think when they eventually—eventually—see the game and what we have in mind, they’ll understand the gap more in terms of technology and what we want it to do.”
It’s still too early to say where the game will take place, and we don’t want to mislead you here. However, strong evidence suggested that it’s going to be in High Rock. But as we said, it’s still early to tell, and TES’ geography could easily change.
Open World Games from PS4 Coming Over to PS5
Grand Theft Auto V: Expanded and Enhanced
What is the Game About?
Single player and multiplayer
Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas were all released during the PlayStation 2 era. This time around, Grand Theft Auto V will be on its 3rd generation console when PS5 arrives on November 20, 2020.
It has been seven years since GTA V was released, and there are now over 130 million copies of the game shipped worldwide. Because the quality and the components that make up GTA V is still lucrative for Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive, it makes sense that they want to support the player base even after the release of the next-gen consoles.
But precisely what can we expect from Grand Theft Auto V’s Expanded and Enhanced Edition? Improved graphics, better lighting experience, and more realistic and immersive experience are among the few.
Unfortunately, some of the future GTA updates won’t be supported on older consoles anymore, according to Rockstar. This includes the GTA Online content exclusive on both console and PC platforms.
The move from the current-gen consoles to the next-gen consoles will require the team to do more ambitious stuff. And the player base is just hoping that there will be faster matchmaking and faster loading screens, especially when playing GTA Online.
Even though PS5 is confirmed to come out on November 20, 2020, GTA V will still stick with the current engine until sometime in the second half of 2021. It’s also worth noting that Rockstar didn’t include Xbox during their press release, and specifically mentioned only PS5. But since they’ve used the phrase “new generation consoles” we think they also referred to the new Xbox consoles.
It was also confirmed that Rockstar will release a separate standalone edition of GTA Online at the same time during the second half of 2021. This move only led us to speculate that they will focus on the multiplayer component to achieve more things while reducing the original GTA V’s storage demands.
If you’re playing GTA V on PS4, then you’re in for a treat. That’s because PS4 owners are entitled to get $1 million GTA cash to spend in-game monthly until the PS5 version of the GTA is out. People who purchase the PS5 console will also have three months to claim GTA V for free after the release.
In terms of enhancements and improvements, Rockstar hasn’t been very detailed about it yet. But they did give us an idea of which areas they’re working on. Specifically, the enhanced GTA V will feature plenty of technical improvements, visual upgrades, and performance enhancements to maximize the new hardware’s full potential.
Ultimately, the game should be able to achieve 60 fps with relative ease like on the PC platform. However, Rockstar could also be planning other tweaks we might not know about.
In terms of having GTA 6, there haven’t been any mentions about it– at all. Since the recent project they had been working on, Red Dead Redemption 2, was recently released, it’s unrealistic to hear any new GTA under development.
Horizon: Forbidden West
What is the Game About?
Post-apocalyptic 31st century
Sci-Fi open-world game
New machines, new threats
Apart from the GTA V: Expanded and Enhanced edition, Horizon Zero Dawn also released a new sequel called Horizon Forbidden West. Set in the former western U.S., you’ll be facing new threats in the game and new machines to hack and defeat.
It’s just three years since developer Guerilla Games, and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment released the original game, Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4. With PS5 consoles confirmed to drop in the markets on November 20, 2020, a sequel was teased.
The game basically features the same game mechanics as the original one, but it comes with new features that will surely make use of the new console’s hardware. Furthermore, there also are new biomes and a unique underwater adventure you’ll have to undertake.
Aloy (the protagonist), returns and heads into the former western U.S. part in the 31st century. You can tell because it featured the Golden Gate Bridge in the background overgrown by nature. The new area also introduces new threats and machines. If you’ve seen the trailer, there are other robots featured there, such as turtles and alligators.
People now live in tribes as enormous mechanical lifeforms take over the top of the food chain. Aloy is a young woman cast out of the Nora tribe to uncover mysteries of the machines, what happened to the previous civilizations, and eager to learn about the current threats set to eradicate the world completely.
The trailer doesn’t reveal much about what’s waiting for us in the upcoming sequel. Apart from hearing Aloys voice stating that “it’s been 1000 years since the Old Ones fell”, we have nothing to hold on to when it comes to pinpointing exactly how long has it been since the last game.
However, we can definitely tell that from the trailer that she hasn’t aged much in the new game. And it’s definitely safe to say that the Forbidden West happened shortly after the Zero Dawn. The new place is also obviously overrun by red plants, which causes the death of the area in question.
What caused this plant to take over hundreds of kilometers of the area is something we’ll have to discover ourselves. Apart from the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Yosemite Valley, Utah, and the Pacific Ocean are some playable locations in this new sequel. Unfortunately, the place looks submerged, so expect more underwater adventures throughout the game.
The game revolves around finding the people responsible for activating HADES, a program that overrides the machines to destroy all life while tracing back the origins of her own family. Since it’s clear that the end of the first game was a cliffhanger, many have been expecting to see the answers they needed in this upcoming sequel.
There you have it! All the open-world games we know so far that will be available and coming over to next-gen consoles, specifically, for PS5. Unfortunately, for Xbox users, some of the titles are PlayStation 5 exclusive, at least only for a couple of days (or weeks).
There are plenty that is still being released so far, and we’ll try to add some more on the list as soon as new titles come out or if released dates are confirmed. If you think we missed anything, please tell us in the comment section, and I’ll make sure to have it included on the list.
Which among the list you’re most excited about? Talk to us in the comment section! Personally, I’m a solid fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, so it’s obvious which among the list I’m most excited about.