PS5 Reveal -- 5 Obvious Predictions for This Week's PlayStation Event
Of everything that could transpire at this week's PS5 showcase, here are five things that we believe are most likely to transpire.
Unless something else wild happens in the world (which wouldn’t be a shock given how 2020 has gone so far), we’re finally slated to see what Sony has in store with games on the PS5 this Thursday. With over an hour of content said to be packed into this showcase, there will seemingly be a lot highlighted from both Sony’s first-party studios in addition to third-party teams from around the globe.
In a week where rumors and predictions are surely going to run rampant, there are many easy announcements that we can likely assume will be revealed on June 11 given past reports that have come to the surface. Here are five of the most obvious things that I think we’ll have learned about once this PS5 showing wraps up later this week.
Insomniac Reveals New Ratchet & Clank
Hot off of being acquired by Sony in 2019, I think we’re due to see Insomniac Games appearing during this PS5 stream. While many might think that Insomniac would roll up to show off Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (which is surely in development), I think we’ll instead see a more well-known PlayStation IP rearing its head once again. That’s right, I think we’re due to get a new Ratchet & Clank game on PS5 and it will be formally announced at this upcoming event.
Believe it or not, it has been over four years since Insomniac released the series reboot/remake of Ratchet & Clank, which means we should be set to see more of the beloved Lombax and his trusty robot pal just about any time now. Plus, we’ve also heard murmurs in the past few months that Insomniac has actively been toiling away on a new entry in the series for awhile, seemingly indicating that it should be time to finally be unveiled to the public.
And to really put the cherry on top of this prediction, I’ll go ahead and say that this new Ratchet & Clank will also be a launch title for the PS5, too. Let’s hope that it comes true.
Demon’s Souls Remake and Bloodborne Remaster Formally Announced
Given the recent leaks that have come about over the past week, this prediction is pretty straightforward. I believe that the rumored PC and PS5 remaster of Bloodborne and the remake of Demon’s Souls for PS5 are both real and each will be announced during this upcoming stream.
In the case of Demon’s Souls, this remake has seemed like a foregone conclusion for quite a bit. Bluepoint Games, the developers behind past remakes like Shadow of the Colossus, have been rumored to be working on Demon’s Souls for years at this point. Fans have also been begging for it to make a return, especially since the original game’s servers turned off a few years back.
As for Bloodborne, I do indeed believe that the game is set to come to PC and that Sony will reveal this during the PS5 event. If there’s one specific detail I’m still a bit hung up on, it’s the fact that a PS5 remaster of Bloodborne is in the works, too. Given that PS4 games will be compatible with PS5, I assumed that remasters wouldn’t be releasing as often for next-gen systems. Still, I don’t doubt the legitimacy of what we’ve heard already and definitely expect that a PS5 iteration of Bloodborne will end up appearing on Thursday.
Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel for PS5 Unveiled, PC Release Date Announced
This is once again another really obvious prediction, especially given what we’ve already heard in the past about a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, but we should almost certainly see Guerrilla’s follow-up installment during this PS5 broadcast. The studio is well into development on what is said to be a full-blown Horizon trilogy, and given that the original game launched over three years ago, now seems to be the right time to see what’s in store for the next installment.
If there is one thing I will go out on a limb with in this prediction, it’s that I believe Sony will use this Horizon Zero Dawn 2 showing as the curtain-jerker for the entire live stream. I believe that this is the first official game we will see running on the PS5 (not taking into account Epic’s Unreal Engine 5 tech demo). Sony’s going to want to highlight both the strength of its new console and the prowess of its first-party studios, and Horizon Zero Dawn verifiably checks both of those boxes.
Lastly, I think the topic of Horizon Zero Dawn popping up will allow Sony to finally unveil when the game is arriving on PC. Currently, all we know is that it’s still set to launch at some point this summer. Expect that broad window to turn into a specific release date over the course of this show.
Resident Evil 8 Revealed by Capcom, Set to Release Next Year
I felt like I needed to at least put one third-party prediction on this list, and Resident Evil 8 seems to be as good of a bet as any. Given Capcom’s track record in recent years to release one Resident Evil game annually, it stands to reason that RE8 will be launching at some point in 2021. The current rumors we’ve heard about the yet-to-be-announced project have indicated as much, too, meaning that we should be approaching a time in which we’d start to learn of the game’s existence. Thursday’s showcase seems like just as good of a place as any to see RE8 formally make its debut.
Plus, it’s worth noting that the past two Resident Evil games were also revealed at PlayStation events. Resident Evil 2 was announced during Sony’s E3 2018 stream while Resident Evil 3 was revealed in a State of Play episode last year. The partnership between PlayStation and Capcom is clearly well-established at this point, as is the tendency to reveal RE titles at these types of events. This one isn’t a guarantee to happen by any means, but I’ve got a good feeling it will come to fruition.
Price and Release Date for PS5 Will Not Be Given
In a normal next-gen console build-up, we’d start to hear more about price points and release dates around this time of the year. However, this has been anything but a normal next-gen console leadup. Both Microsoft and Sony have remained relatively tight-lipped compared to past console cycles and have instead opted to give the general public a drip-feed of information over a longer period of time.
As such, I wouldn’t expect Sony to reveal the finalized release date or price for the PS5 this week. From the way they’ve been releasing information, either of those specific items seem more likely to be announced in a PlayStation Blog post sometime later this year. This would be like how the new DualSense controller was essentially revealed out of nowhere a couple of months back.
Speaking of the PlayStation Blog, it’s also worth noting that Sony has made clear in its latest post that Thursday’s showcase for the PS5 is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new information on the platform. Even though we’re getting closer to the Holiday 2020 window in which the PS5 will be releasing, we still have miles to go before launch. Buckle up.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 event is set to transpire later this week on Thursday, June 11 at 1:00pm PST/4:00pm EST. If you can’t tune into the show for yourself, keep checking out DualShockers as we’ll have all of the information up as it is announced.