The PlayStation 5 launches Nov. 12, 2020. Sony revealed the date and the price of its newest console in a streaming showcase on Wednesday, along with several games expected at or around the PS5’s arrival.
Only a few games have hard-and-fast launch dates confirmed so far. The rest are listed for 2021 for now, but it’s doubtful Sony would show them in its announcement event if fans wouldn’t be playing them on PlayStation 5 soon.
Here’s everything we know that’s coming on the PS5’s launch date, or in the “launch window” soon after.
PlayStation 5 Launch-Day Games
Bluepoint Games is taking on the “from-the-ground-up” remake of FromSoftware’s 2009 original for PlayStation 3, which spawned the Souls franchise, if not a genre unto itself. This was confirmed as a launch title after Wednesday’s show.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
There’s been some confusion as to the size and scope of this game; it’s a stand-alone title, and comparable to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. But it’s not a “full game” in the sense that 2018’s PS4 predecessor Spider-Man was. Still, this is a hard-lock for Nov. 12, 2020 on PlayStation 5 — and PlayStation 4, too.
Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
The PlayStation 5 gets a swing at the 2019 hack-and-slash adventure. It’s available from the PlayStation Store and Xbox marketplace on Nov. 12 (and Xbox Series X on Nov. 10). A physical disc version of the game will follow later, Capcom says.
This pre-loaded game on PlayStation 5 is basically a tour of the console and the new DualSense controller.
It’s not just car combat—Lucid and XDEV’s Destruction AllStars has plenty of on-foot melees to get into, too.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
The latest installment of the 12-year-old platforming series was announced back in June. It launches with the PS5 and costs $59.99.
Epic Games’ blockbuster battle royale will be free-to-play on the PlayStation 5 at launch, with player progression and purchases carrying over to the next-gen console.
Coming later in 2021
At last, WB Games and Avalanche Studios announced the big Harry Potter game fans have been anticipating. Hogwarts Legacy does not have a launch date (it’s also coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Windows PC), but when it gets here, players will go back to the 1800s to study magic at the famed school of witchcraft and wizardry.
Final Fantasy 16
Final Fantasy 16 is the first mainline entry in the Final Fantasy series in five years. The trailer shown Wednesday involved controlling a single character, as opposed to an adventuring party. No specific release date was given; FF16 arrived in November 2016.
Resident Evil Village
Due sometime in 2021, the eighth main entry in the Resident Evil series will also launch on Xbox Series X and Windows PC. Chris Redfield returns in a game that Capcom says will dwell more on exploration and combat than 2017’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which was more of a survival horror title.
One of the few games that does have a launch window shorter than “next year,” although that’s because Arkane Studios’ Deathloop was originally pegged for a launch in 2020’s last quarter, then got delayed last month. It’s now eyeing a launch in 2021’s second quarter.
God of War: Ragnarok
Not much to say, as this teaser trailer isn’t much more than foreboding music, a lot of chanting, and some runes. Also, a year: 2021.
The first CGI Lupin III movie is coming to U.S. theaters in October
For Americans anime fans, it’s been a long wait for the first CGI Lupin III movie, Lupin III: The First, which came out in Japan in 2019, and has been announced as coming to the States “soon” since early 2020. Culture junkies aren’t exactly patient or reasonable these days about waiting for new releases to fill their frustrating quarantine days, especially as so many promised films have been delayed by months or moved off the calendar entirely, and so many studios are hedging their bets due to the dire warnings about the safety of going to movies during a pandemic. So the arrival of a release date for Lupin III: The First is welcome — except that it’s only coming to theaters for now, and only for two nights in October.
GKIDS announced via press release on Monday that the film — the latest in a long series of animated and printed adventures about cocky gentleman thief Lupin III, who was first introduced in 1967 — will screen as a Fathom theatrical event. The English dubbed version of the film will play on Sunday, October 18, and the subtitled version screens on Wednesday, October 21. (Theater details and tickets are available via GKIDS’ site.) The film will be available for digital streaming rental in December, though a specific date hasn’t been announced. A new trailer accompanied the announcement, laying out the plot in more detail: this time around, Lupin III and his friends are chasing an elaborate mechanical diary that supposedly holds the key to a secret World War II treasure. Unfortunately, a group of Nazis are also chasing the same treasure.
The English dubbed version of the same trailer is here.
It’s clear from previous Lupin III trailers and the recent teasers below that the film was made for the big screen: it’s full of big, energetic action and vivid color. Like the decades of previous movies and shows centering on Lupin III, the new movie aims at being thrilling and funny, as Lupin, his sidekick Jigen, their samurai ally Goemon, their rival Fujiko, and their archenemy Zenigata all chase the diary and each other. There’s a mild culture-shock element to seeing these familiar characters rendered at this level of detail — they’ve evolved considerably since 1967, but they’ve never been this detailed before. But the characterizations and humor are as familiar and engaging as ever.
And for dub fans, YouTube also has the dubbed versions of the same teasers.
Update (Sept. 28): Updated throughout to reflect the new trailer and added release date.
The Home Depot is selling Google’s new Chromecast before it’s been announced
Google’s Pixel 5 event is scheduled for this Wednesday, but some of the company’s other new gadgets are already appearing on store shelves. That includes its all-new Chromecast, which some savvy buyers have been able to purchase directly in-store from retailers like Walmart and The Home Depot over the course of the last week.
The Sports Grind Entertainment has purchased one such device from The Home Depot and can confirm the retailer is not stopping customers from checking out and taking the pre-release product home.
Not all stores appear to be selling the item; we tried two and only found the new Chromecast at a second location. And inputting the universal product code listed on the receipt into the retailer’s website returns no results, so it would appear you can only purchase it early in person.
The receipt doesn’t even say Chromecast on it; it just lists the device as “SABRINA-ABBEY ROCK CANDY,” which is the hardware’s codename (and another clue that the Chromecast is being sold ahead of schedule). Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
We’ve seen plenty about the new streaming dongle pop up in leaks, including its new oval design and Google’s first dedicated Chromecast remote. But thanks to these early sales, we’re getting a whole lot more information than we usually do ahead of release. Here are some big takeaways, gleaned both from our own experience and that of others who’ve held Q&A’s on Reddit and elsewhere:
- The device costs $49.99
- The codename is indeed “Sabrina,” as early leaks suggest because it’s printed on the receipt itself (in full as Sabrina-Abbey, although it’s unclear exactly what Abbey means or what it may be referencing)
- It comes in a white finish that Google calls “snow”
- It runs a rebranded version of Android TV called Google TV (not to be confused with Google’s other defunct smart TV platform of the same name first released 10 years ago)
We’ll have more to share about the new Chromecast soon. Google’s official Pixel 5 hardware event — where it plans to announce the new Chromecast alongside other new hardware, including a speaker from Nest — is scheduled for 2PM ET on Wednesday, September 30th.
Roku is adding Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its 4K devices
Roku’s next major OS update is going to be a doozy: the company revealed today that it will support Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on select 4K players and TVs. You’ll be able to cast content from your iOS or Mac devices, just like with any other AirPlay-compatible TV, as well as control all of your compatible smart home gear. So chin up Roku fans with Apple TV envy, your streaming lives are going to get a bit easier.
The Apple integration will arrive later this year as part of Roku OS 9.4. Reps also say that most of the company’s 4K devices will support AirPlay 2, except for the aging Roku 4.
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