While I was impressed overall with Sony’s showing in the PlayStation 5 reveal stream this week, it was possible to leave a bit confused about which games we saw were Sony exclusive, or PS5 exclusive, or just not on Xbox, or some combination of the three.
Now, after the fact, Sony has released a list of games featured in the show, though the list remains somewhat confusing in regards to answering most of those questions. There are two separate lists given, one of PS5 games by SIE and “second party” studios and then a list of games from third party studios, some of which are not coming to Xbox, while others clearly are. Though no distinctions are made.
Let’s try to go through this and sort out what’s what:
PS5 Games from SIE Worldwide Studios and second-party partners
- Astro’s Playroom (Japan Studio)
- Demon’s Souls (Bluepoint Games / Japan Studio)
- Destruction All Stars (Lucid Games / XDEV)
- Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital)
- Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games)
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games)
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games)
- Returnal (Housemarque / XDEV)
- Sackboy A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital / XDEV)
So, these are the games that are definitely Sony exclusive (though some may see PC release), but whether any will run on PS4 as well is up in the air. Some clearly will not, like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which relies heavily on the PS5 SSD to seamlessly transition between levels. Others I’m not sure about like Destruction All Stars or Miles Morales, which yes, is as standalone game in the style of Uncharted: Lost Legacy, though I’d be a little surprised if PS4 Spider-Man players didn’t have their own version of it.
Things get even more confusing in the list of third party games:
PS5 Games from third-party publishers and developers
- Bugsnax (Young Horses)
- DEATHLOOP (Bethesda)
- Ghostwire™: Tokyo (Bethesda)
- Godfall™ (Gearbox Publishing / Counterplay Games)
- Goodbye Volcano High (KO-OP)
- Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
- HITMAN 3 (IO Interactive)
- JETT : The Far Shore® (Superbrothers)
- Kena: Bridge of the Spirits (Ember Lab)
- Little Devil Inside (Neostream Interactive)
- NBA 2K21 (2K, Visual Concepts)
- Oddworld Soulstorm™ (Oddworld Inhabitants™)
- Pragmata (Capcom)
- Project Athia* (Square Enix/Luminous Productions)
- Resident Evil™ Village (Capcom)
- Solar Ash (Annapurna Interactive / Heart Machine)
- Stray (Annapurna / Blue Twelve Studio)
- Tribes of Midgard (Gearbox Publishing / Norsfell)
- The Pathless (Annapurna Interactive / Giant Squid)
So, some of these, despite being third party, are only coming to PS5 and PC, making them more or less “Sony exclusive” by the sheer fact that they’re not coming to Xbox, at least initially. The most notable examples there would be Godfall from Gearbox and Deathloop from Bethesda (a timed exclusive), which are kind of big losses for Microsoft, depending on how they are.
But other games on this list are clearly not Sony exclusive like NBA 2K21. Others are very unlikely to be like Resident Evil Village.
And then some games are just missing completely here. We know for a fact that next-gen game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be out on PS5 this coming year, and yet as part of the Xbox Games showcase (the closer, in fact), it seems Sony didn’t want to (or couldn’t?) point that out here.
So in short, no, we still don’t have a truly full list of PS5 games, with even the one from Sony itself having some holes in it. And we definitely don’t have a launch list of games yet either, as there still isn’t a firm date for release other than Holiday 2020, even if everyone assumes that means some time in November.
More to come.