Destruction AllStars Articles RSS Feed | Destruction AllStars RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Destruction AllStars Review: Potential Meets Pitfalls Wed, 10 Feb 2021 11:23:05 -0500 Justin Koreis

In this new stay-at-home era, online games have grown even larger in popularity. A hit game, like Valheim, becomes part of the cultural zeitgeist and infiltrates all corners of your internet experience. Destruction AllStars is a not hit, at least not yet.

It’s a shiny package with fun characters, enjoyable gameplay, and room to grow into a household name. But poor balance and in-your-face microtransactions result in a game that presents itself as a premium retail release but feels like a free to play game designed to nickel and dime players.  

Destruction AllStars Review: Potential Meets Pitfalls 

Destruction AllStars is a car combat game for the Twitch generation. It’s a demolition derby with Rocket League style driving and Overwatch-esque hero characters, called AllStars, complete with unique hero abilities. It is all wrapped in a colorful, bombastic, and emote-filled Fortnite presentation.  

The game is gorgeous. Colors are vibrant, vehicle designs are clean and detailed. Level and character designs exude style. All of that makes Destruction AllStars a very next-gen-looking game. It’s presented as a major prime time television sporting event, complete with famed UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer introducing matches. It makes for an exciting spectacle.  

Players start on foot and race to take control of one of several different car and truck variants. Car combat focuses on slamming into opponents at high speed, causing damage or wrecks, and accumulating points. Bigger slams result in more points.  

AllStars are not helpless on foot. They can knock over other vehicle-lacking players, hijack other AllStar's rides, and activate traps for vehicles to crash into. They can also platform and parkour above the fray to collect crystals, which speed up access to the key differentiator between them: Hero Breakers and Hero Cars. 

Hero Breakers are unique abilities AllStars can activate when outside of vehicles. They vary from invisibility to magnetic fields and cardboard boxes (seriously). Eventually, players can summon their Hero Cars, which feature unique looks and boosted specs.  

Each Hero Car has its own unique ability, called a Car Breaker. Some have defensive abilities, such as Twinkle Riot’s the Mr. Sparkles, which equips damage-reflecting bumpers. Others, such as Blue Fang’s Shredder, are offensive and can instantly wreck other AllStars.  

Smash and Crash Action 

Driving and crashing are enjoyable, and vehicles are fast and responsive. There is a good variety of rides to choose from, such as high-speed racers, ultra-maneuverable buggies, and powerful trucks, to name a few. The vehicle choice affects the best strategies for causing damage, adding some variety to the gameplay.  

But while the Car Breakers are fun to use, they're very unbalanced. Most matches start with a sort of gold rush, as players flock to offensive-oriented AllStars. Gameplay rewards damage dealt far more than survival, creating a significant advantage for Car Breakers that can instantly cause wrecks.  

On-foot gameplay doesn't fare well, either. The parkour isn’t as fluid as many other games, and actions on foot aren’t very impactful. You can try and jump on an enemy vehicle to take it over and wreck them, but it’s too easy to be shaken off. You can fight other AllStars that are out of vehicles, but you can’t actually knock them out, and the fact that your attack has a cooldown makes it a boring back and forth affair.

Usually, your time is spent just searching for your next ride or collecting crystals to summon your hero vehicle.

Motivated Motor Mayhem 

Destruction AllStars does have an interesting variety of play modes.

Mayhem is a solo match where the highest score wins. Gridfall is Destruction AllStars' answer to battle royal, where players try to survive to the end in an ever-shrinking arena. Carnado has a team accumulating and banking points in a tornado. And Stockpile has you collecting gears from wrecked opponents to claim and hold three territories around the map. All can be played online or locally versus bots.  

There’s a number of cosmetic options, as well, ranging from skins and emotes to shouts, victory poses, and more. They don’t affect gameplay but are meant to be rewards for progressing in the game. They are purchased using one of two currencies; AllStar Coins (AC) are earned from raising your level in-game by completing matches and challenges, and Destruction Points (DP) are purchased with real-world money.  

Unfortunately, the cost of items in AC is high, and the rate at which Coins are earned is pretty slow. The number of hours that DP can save a player is significant. This pressure the economy puts on the player to spend money is much more akin to a free-to-play game looking to recoup the developer's investment. 

This issue is exacerbated by the Challenge Series.

Destruction AllStars isn’t necessarily a multiplayer game. There is a very small single-player “story” mode called the Challenge Series. These different stories begin and end with cinematic storytelling featuring one of the game's AllStars. You play through a series of special events, most of which are unique and not otherwise accessible.  

Initially, you can only play through Ultimo Barricado’s story. A second AllStar's story can be bought, and a third is time-gated for future purposes. Presumably, more will be available for purchase in the future, but locking these unique game types and the only story content in the game behind a paywall further disconnects any sense that this is a premium stand-alone game.  

Destruction AllStars Review – The Bottom Line


  • Fun destruction derby gameplay 
  • Colorful cast of characters 
  • Vibrant graphics  


  • Balance needs work 
  • Little player motivation 
  • Overbearing microtransactions 

Destruction AllStars is a fun game to watch and play. However, the slow pace of progress and lack of tangible goals limit the motivation to continue playing. The funneling towards microtransactions for progress and paywalled single-player content is frustrating. That's not to mention balance between AllStars is sorely in need of work.  

The good news is all of these issues can be fixed. The bones of a really great online game are here; it’s up to the developer to make the right changes. Until that time, Destruction AllStars will continue to be an overall mediocre experience.  

[Note: The PlayStation Plus version of Destruction AllStars was used for this review.]

Destruction AllStars State of Play Unveils AllStars, Modes, More Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:35:11 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Sony aired a new Destruction AllStars State of Play highlighting the game's modes, its AllStars (or heroes), and just a few of the ways players can wreak absolute havoc on the playing field when the PS 5 exclusive launches February 2.

Destruction AllStars launches with four modes, including a single-player mode. The primary one is a free-for-all where heroes compete for the highest score through destroying each others' vehicles, among other things. 

While Destruction AllStars features multiple vehicles, they all fall into three general types. The first is speed, and these cars obviously prioritize high mobility above all else. Nimble cars handle best of all, and heavy ones can take a beating at the expense of better movement.

It's not game over if a hero gets launched from their vehicle. Running around the arena affords more chances to score, grab power-ups, or grab onto enemy vehicles and either wreck them or take control.

Each hero has a unique ability, such as spawning flames to add extra damage or activating a stealth option. Destruction AllStars also includes hero missions, pitting one hero against their rival and throwing some light back story in the midst of the arena's chaos.

Carnado mode is much like normal mode, except players must bank their points in the stage's tornado for them to count. Getting wrecked before cashing in means losing everything.

Stockpile is an evasion-based team mode. Wrecking an opponent scatters their car's gears everywhere, but they can only be collected by exiting your own car. Teams control the map's various banks by depositing their gear stash their, and whoever controls the most at the end of the match wins.

Finally is Gridfall, a mode where everyone has limited lives, the floor falls away, and the last driver standing wins.

Playing Destruction AllStars online earns players special coins they can exchange for cosmetics and emotes, and that's it. There are no vehicle enhancements or anything other advantage Destruction AllStar coins can offer.

The State of Play promised more Destruction AllStar modes for sometime after launch. Destruction AllStars releases February 2 for PlayStation 5, following a brief delay, and is free for two months for PS Plus subscribers.

February PlayStation Plus Free Games Announced Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:46:32 -0500 GS_Staff

February is already almost here, which means there's a new slate of free (technically complementary) games set to hit Sony's PlayStation Plus subscription service. This month sees the addition of one of 2019's best action-adventure games in Control: Ultimate Edition, the Jet Set Radio inspired Concrete Genie, and Destruction AllStars, Sony's more lighthearted take on Twisted Metal

Each is available for download starting February 2. Control and Concrete Genie are up for grabs until March 1, while Destruction AllStars can be snagged until April 5. The latter follows in the footsteps of Bugsnax, which launched on the service and was available on PS Plus for roughly two months before being removed. 

Control: Ultimate Edition

Before Control released in 2019, Remedy Games was best known for their incredibly atmospheric action-adventure horror game, Alan Wake, the influential 2001 third-person shooter, Max Payne, and perhaps to a lesser extent, Quantum Break

However, Control has quickly taken its rightful place alongside those games as one of the best in the genre. As the studio's most ambitious title to date, it ties in with all of those games, effectively creating what is now the fabric of the Remedy-verse

Control follows Jesse Faden as she searches for her missing brother in The Oldest House, an eldritch doorway between the real world and the Astral Plane hidden deep in the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Control. 

We loved Control in 2019, praising it for its "gorgeous set design," combat that "provides for some of the coolest gaming moments you'll see all year," and its "side missions [that] give it an X-Files quality..." Since then, Remedy has released two worthy expansions: The Foundation and AWE. The Ultimate Edition of the game includes the base games, as well as both expansions. 

Concrete Genie

Concrete Genie was also released in 2019, and while it shares a darker palette with Control, it offers its own take on the supernatural, making for an entirely different kind of action-adventure game. 

Players are cast in the role of Ash, who lives in a city overrun by grime and pollution; that's not to mention the group of bullies terrorizing him at every turn. As an artist, it's Ash's job to "bring the city back to life" and rid it of the darkness that's turned it sour by painting colorful creature murals throughout the game's various neighborhoods. 

Aside from the Jet Set Radio style painting mechanics attached to the PS4's motion controls, Concrete Genie features a number of puzzles to solve, as well as a good helping of platforming and open-world traversal. 

Destruction AllStars

Concrete Genie may be about creating works of art, but Destruction AllStars is all about, erm, well, destruction. Vehicular destruction that is. 

On the surface, Destruction AllStars shares a few obvious similarities to Twisted Metal (it's hard to avoid), but this PS5 title seems to have a lot in common with Rocket League as well, though we'll have to save our full judgment on that until it releases on February 5. 

Players can, of course, drive a number of vehicles in the game, smashing into and destroying their opponents' rides until there's one winner left standing. But players can also hold their own on when outside of vehicles, thanks to Hero abilities. In fact, as pointed out in a recent State of Play, players can traverse arenas to find and acquire new vehicles to get back into the chassis-crunching rat race. 

There's still a lot to learn about Destruction AllStars, but it looks like it could be one of the PS5's standout titles. Stay tuned for our review. 

That's it for February's complementary PlayStation Plus games. Be sure to download January's selection, which includes Maneater (PS5), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4), and Greedfall (PS4), before it disappears on February 1. 

Destruction AllStars Delayed to 2021 to Maximize Player Base Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:09:16 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Lucid Games' Destruction AllStars is delayed until February 2021, Sony has announced. The vehicular combat game was previously scheduled as a PlayStation 5 launch game.

When Destruction AllStars does release in February, the multiplayer title will be free for two months for PS Plus subscribers.

Sony said the delay is because they want "as many people as possible to experience the mayhem on PlayStation 5." Expanding the player base is also why Destruction AllStars will be included with PS Plus for free for two months.

Those who pre-ordered the game already will be refunded, including pre-order purchases from retail locations. Sony also promised a new trailer and plenty of new gameplay for sometime during the week of November 2.

While that's one less game for launch day, there's still a healthy PlayStation 5 launch lineup in store. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation 5 news as it develops.

[Source: PS Blog]

All Confirmed PS5 Launch Titles Thu, 01 Oct 2020 17:17:03 -0400 Daniel Hollis

One thing the PS4 absolutely nailed was its lineup of games. As is Sony's penchant, the company released multiple highly-acclaimed first-party titles throughout the console's lifespan.

With the PS5's launch on the horizon, multiple sequels to or reimaginings of those games are ready for release at launch — or at the least, in the works.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales and a remake of the legendary Demon's Souls will be launch titles (alongside a remake of 2018's Spider-Man), while both God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West are expected to make an appearance in 2021, bringing the PS4's legacy of fantastic experiences into next-gen.

Below, we've collected all of the confirmed PS5 launch titles so far. As we get closer to the next-gen system's November 12 launch date, we'll be updating this list as more games are confirmed. 

All Confirmed PS5 Launch Titles

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Headlining the first-party exclusives ushering in a new generation is Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The newest installment in what we hope is a long-lived series, Miles Morales plans to continue Insomniac Games' take on the Spidey universe with Miles Morales as the titular hero.

The PS5 edition of Miles Morales will include numerous enhancements over its PS4 counterpart, such as 4K resolution, 60FPS, and ray-tracing. More excitingly is the addition of a remaster of the original Marvel's Spider-Man, including all of those upgrades and more.

The ultimate edition of Miles Morales retails at $70, making it the same price as other Sony first-party exclusives on the PS5, just with the bonus of two games instead of one.

Demon's Souls

The remake of the original Demon's Souls is one very long in the making. Fans have been wanting this game for what seems like ages, and it's almost here. 

While other games are operating cross-gen, Demon's Souls will be solely for the PS5, made from the ground up to utilize the full horsepower of the PlayStation 5 to deliver a truly next-gen experience.

The hard-as-nails gothic fantasy will pit players against classic From Software bosses such as the Flamelurker and the Tower Knight. The recent PS5 showcase proved that the graphics have been completely reworked, offering beautifully moody lighting, intricate combat animations, and terrifying creature designs. The PS5's DualSense controller is also said to have a few tricks up its sleeve to provide new and exciting ways to play.


Following the success of loot-based games such as DestinyThe Division 2, and Marvel's Avengers, Gearbox's upcoming looter-slasher, Godfall, looks to reimagine the genre with swords instead of guns. The hook this time is focused on melee-based combat.

Numerous gameplay demonstrations up until this point have clearly shown the bar is being upped for this next-gen experience. While the game will also be available on PC, playing it on PS5 will be the only place to dive in for console-only players.

Even though its release is just around the corner, there's still a lot we don't know about Godfall, such as if it will have cross-play. However, we do know it will not feature any PvP modes, instead focusing on solo and co op play. 

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

If the current generation has proved one thing, it's that platformers are making a comeback. Sackboy: A Big Adventure aims to open the PS5's lifespan with the mascot of LittleBigPlanet guiding the way.

Invoking gameplay elements from goliaths such as Mario, the cutesy platformer is the only genre torchbearer to launch with the next-gen system, but it's shaping up to be a good one.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure will include single-player and multiplayer for up to four players in co op, as well as a slew of costumes to make your adventures even sillier. If you've ever played a Little Big Planet game, you have an idea of what to expect here: zany levels, lots of platforming, and a fun soundtrack.

Destruction AllStars

Perhaps a launch-day underdog, Destruction AllStars is what you'd get if you mixed Twisted Metal with Fortnite and Rocket League. It's a vibrant vehicle-based combat game that pits players against each other in a chaotic arena.

There are 16 characters to choose from initially, and though we don't yet know much about them, they're all sure to have their strengths and weaknesses, lending to a variety of playstyles.

Combat can also be extended outside of vehicles if those vehicles are destroyed. Players are ejected from the car and able to continue the carnage on foot.

Offering both online and offline play, it has all the trappings of a great multiplayer game for the console's launch.

Astro's Playroom

An easy choice to recommend for day one PS5 players. Astro's Playroom will come pre-loaded onto every PS5 for free, so everyone will get a chance to check it out.

The title features the same mascot seen in the Astro Bot VR game and will follow a similar function to that PSVR title.

Astro's Playroom will be a showcase game for the PS5's DualSense controller, which comes equipped with numerous new features such as adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.

The 3D platformer will allow players to feel in-game elements, such as sand, through the controller's vibration functions, and the triggers will react naturally to the world, letting players feel the tension of objects — at least according to Sony. From what we've seen, though, Astro's Playroom does look like a lovely little platformer, however long it is. 

The Pathless

The Pathless is an enigmatic action-adventure game coming from developer Giant Squid and publisher Annapurna Interactive. One of two indie games coming to the PlayStation 5 at launch, The Pathless is draped in mystery and takes place in a large, vibrant open-world. 

Like other PS5 launch titles, it will feature 60 frames per second and take advantage of the DualSense, though we don't know exactly what extent just yet. 

The developers have said that there will be no mini-map with players instead being directed by a magical mask, where verticality and flight are key. All in all, The Pathless looks like a unique launch-day experience.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

The Assassin's Creed games have always been huge, going all the way back to the original. Assassin's Creed: Origins stepped things up with an even bigger world, offering nearly 100 hours of content for completionists. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is aiming to build on that legacy in the biggest outing yet.

Set during the age of the Vikings, Valhalla will find players in ninth-century England, as ferocious tribes scour the land. With what looks to be on-brand visceral combat, there are sure to be dozens of complex quests for players to partake in — and the naval combat from Black Flag and Odyssey will make a return, though, as Ubisoft says, "scaled back." 

Valhalla will be the first installment in next-gen systems, taking full advantage of the hardware. Expect 4K visuals with a supported 60 frames per second.

Madden 21

2020 is the year of starts and stops for the sports world, though the NFL has mostly made things work in the league's first month. But whether the season makes it to the Big Game or not, Madden 21 brings the gridiron action to your home, with some beautiful next-gen enhancements to boot.

The game may not have received rave reviews this year on PS4 and Xbox One, but it will take advantage of PS5-specific features such as haptic feedback, fast load times, better lighting and player models, and enhanced audio.

If you were on the fence about Madden 21 before and are picking up a PS5, this version of the perennial football franchise looks to be the best option. 

Dirt 5

While games such as Gran Turismo are built around solid simulator controls, Dirt 5 is set to take the racing genre back to its arcade roots in muddy, off-road action.

Dirt 5 will feature a career campaign mode, with voices from industry legends such as Nolan North and Troy Baker. It’s looking to be a high-quality narrative that will have players racing between various locales while making choice-based decisions.

While the title was originally intended to release a month before the PS5, its date was pushed back to come alongside the console launch and take full advantage of the hardware. 4K resolution and even the option to bump things up to 120 frames per second on applicable TVs is available. Simply put, Dirt 5 is going to be stunning.

Just Dance 2021

Crank up the tunes and get your dancin' shoes. Just Dance 2021 is set to electrify living rooms with four dozen songs from then and now available through the base game. Players will get a month of Just Dance Unlimited for free with Just Dance 2021, which features a huge catalog of tunes. 

Of course, co op play is back (did you ever guess it wouldn't?), so it's sure to be a must-buy for anyone looking for a party game to play with friends and family at launch. 

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Not only will Destiny 2 be playable on the PS5 at launch, but Bungie has decided to make their massive Destiny 2 expansion, Beyond Light, available as well, giving legacy players something to sink their teeth into right from the start. Providing more than a few new additions, the latest add-on is expected to drastically change up the entire game.

Beyond Light is the beginning of the developer’s road map to the future with Destiny 2. The decision was made to not release a true sequel (at least anytime soon), but instead build upon the foundations of D2. The latest expansion will add new powers, locations, and raids to partake in.

Whether you’re a series veteran or new to the franchise, Beyond Light is ushering in the PS5 with a new beginning for Destiny 2.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

It wouldn’t be a console launch without Call of Duty, and Black Ops Cold War is this year’s big FPS hitter. Following on from the success of Modern Warfare and, more notably, Warzone, the latest entry is bringing to bear everything that made both so popular — and more.

The campaign, set during the height of the Cold War, features multiple endings and is more open-ended than previous installments. Additionally, the multiplayer has a heavier focus on vehicles, with an entire mode dedicated to the more Battlefield approach. Warzone will tie into Cold War and, to the delight of many fans, Zombies will be making a comeback as well. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to be a thunderous package of epic proportions and likely to scratch that high-octane itch for launch-day players. See what we thought of the recent alpha here

Watch Dogs: Legion

If there was an award for the most ambitious PS5 launch game, it would go to Watch Dogs: Legion. Players will be able to play as almost any NPC they come across in the game, each with their own unique personalities, traits, and specialties.

The series has come a long way since the 2014's Watchdogs, which was met with a rather lukewarm reception by players at the time.

Legion, though, ups the anty in almost every way, and though it will also be launching on current-gen consoles and wasn't built from the ground-up for the PS5, it will come with a free upgrade to the PS5 version, which, of course, will have more extensive features. 4K visuals, ray tracing, and much more are awaiting players who dive into this latest entry on PlayStation 5.

Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition

More than a simple remaster, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition is aiming to bring some pretty robust changes to the much-loved game.

As a PS5 release, the title is expected to pull a lovely 4K and reach up to 120 frames per second. Perhaps the most notable inclusion for this version is having Vergil as a playable character. In addition, Capcom has promised new story content, difficulty modes, and gameplay tweaks to truly make this the definitive edition of the game.

So whether you've already dived in once or been looking for an excuse to do it all again. Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition is looking to be a strong entry into the PS5's launch day line-up.

Observer: System Redux

Observer was originally released in 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Set in a cyberpunk future, it's a perfect stand-in for a video game version of something like Blade Runner — with a heaping helping of horror tossed in. 

Despite its age, Observer's next-gen trailers shared by Bloober Team have shown the next-gen upgrade look incredible, and the game will hit 4K 60 frames per second on the PS5. That includes HDR and ray tracing. 

The game is also set to receive new cases, mechanics, and gameplay enhancements, so there's something new for those who may want to revisit its world on the PlayStation 5.

NBA 2K21

Much like Madden 21, NBA 2K21 didn't necessarily hit the court running with its current-gen version, which was released to barely better fan reception. Though we thought it "lacks fresh ideas," we are hopeful for the PS5 version. 

New features are expected in the next-gen package, including character creation options. But most importantly, the graphics will be completely upgraded for its release.

On launch day, a next-gen upgrade path will open up for the Mamba edition of the NBA title, allowing those who picked up that version on the PS4 to dive into the PS5 version of the game. 

No doubt, more games will be confirmed over the coming weeks, so be sure to check GameSkinny for a regularly updated list of the first wave of titles. Also, be sure to check out the Xbox Series consoles guide for every confirmed game coming on its launch day!

PlayStation 5: The Future of Gaming Recap: Every Game Reveal Thu, 11 Jun 2020 18:26:49 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Today's PlayStation 5 The Future of Gaming showcase gave us a look at a full hour's worth of new PlayStation 5 games. From bold new departures to epic (and gorgeous) adventures, we've rounded up the biggest reveals below.

Highlights include Resident Evil 8, Horizon Zero Dawn 2, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, a Demon's Souls remake, Hitman 3, and tons of awesome-looking indies.

We've collected every trailer from the showcase below. Let's get started.

To see what the PlayStation 5 itself looks like, head over here. Sony revealed two PS5 models, as well as a number of peripherals, at the end of the showcase. 

Resident Evil 8 (Resident Evil Village)

Those Resident Evil 8 rumors, about how it's a big departure for the series, were right. It's first-person horror with a dash of Brothers Grimm, as a local tale comes to life — and brings hell to Earth. 

According to Capcom, the game is "set a few years after" Resident Evil 7 and features Ethan Winter as the protagonist yet again. Oh, Chris Redfield plays a significant role, as the rumors said he would.

"Witches, werewolves, and insanity" sound bizarre for the series written out on their own, but it looks like a promising entry in the franchise following Resident Evil 7. It's scheduled for a 2021 release for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. 

Horizon Zero Dawn 2/Horizon: Forbidden West

If that wasn't enough, how about Horizon Zero Dawn 2? Only it's officially called Horizon: Forbidden West.

Aloy journeys to uncover the secrets of the Old Ones and why they vanished from the planet, lest the same destruction revisit the world and destroy it forever. And it looks as fantastic as you'd expect, full of vibrant color, creatures, and environments for Aloy's next colossal adventure in a post-apocalyptic version of the U.S.

Sadly, there's no release timeframe yet, but Guerilla said we can expect more news soon.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

While it seems some of the games shown off may release after the PS5 launches, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set for a Holiday 2020 release, presumably alongside the PlayStation 5. We didn't get to see too much of the game in action, but it looks like Miles' adventure is gonna be a doozy.

What is evident is that the excellent combat and traversal systems from 2018's Spider-Man will make a return.  

Demon's Souls Remake

Nearing the end of the presentation, Sony revealed footage of the highly-anticipated (and previously unconfirmed) Demon's Souls remake. Yes, that's right. Those Demon's Souls remake rumors were true. And it looks abso-freaking-lutely incredible. To say fans have been waiting a long time for this one is an understatement.

No release date was provided, but we know it will be a remake built from the ground up. 

Gran Turismo 7

As expected, Sony and Polyphony also showed off the next Gran Turismo game, Gran Turismo 7. Apart from looking gorgeous and on-brand for the storied racing sim, Gran Turismo 7 sounds more realistic than ever, and we can't wait to see how the DualSense and the PS5's other features shape the experience. 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

It turns out the new Ratchet and Clank rumors were true as well. In Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the dimensions are collapsing, and Ratchet and Clank are being chased through a number of incredible-looking worlds — futuristic, Jurassic, and pirate just to name a few, all presented without a single loading screen.

And Ratchet himself gets lost somewhere in the process, leaving room for a brand-new female Lombax to take center stage. There's a new partner in town for Clank, and Insomniac is promising loads of new gear and worlds built from the ground up specifically for the PlayStation 5.

Surprisingly, there was no Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart release date, though that's likely because this was pre-alpha footage.

Project Athia

Next up was a new game from Square Enix and Luminous Productions: Project Athia. There's wolves, dragons, all manner of fantastical beasts, and the sort of realized environments we should probably start getting used to. For anything else Project Athia, though, we'll just have to wait and see.


Annapurna Interactive debuted footage from Stray. Set in a dystopian world where robots scavenge the streets for survival and cats act as delivery critters, Stray looks like a unique take on the cyberpunk genre — because you're the cat. We'll be keeping an eye on Stray as we learn more ahead of its 2021 launch.


Returnal is a brand-new IP for Sony Worldwide Studios from Housemarque. It follows an astronaut who can't escape an endless cycle of exploration, entrapment, and death. Somehow, the world she explores with every cycle of rebirth becomes a part of her — at the cost of her sanity. So she keeps fighting and tries to uncover the truth in the possibly vain hope of escaping this cycle.

It's a departure from the studio that's cut its teeth on games like Resogun, Nex Machina, and Matterfall

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sumo Digital debuted their latest title: Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Think Little BigPlanet, where all the best possible level designs got crammed into a 3D platformer that's bursting at the seams with charm. Sackboy's journey takes him through all kinds of varied locales, from a desert oasis to the high seas, all with the series' signature charm and style.

Destruction Allstars

Destruction Allstars is basically what happens when you inject (more) steroids into a monster truck rally and a wrestling match, then throw them in a cage and give them weapons. It's bright, loud, and chaotic. It's Twisted Metal with a Rocket League skin, and it currently has no release date.

Kena Bridge of Spirits

Ember Lab presented Kena: Bridge of Spirits, a charming-looking adventure about a young girl (Kena, presumably) learning to harness the power of the world around her. Her goal is aiding troubled spirits who come to her for help, but she's not alone. She's accompanied by a veritable army of adorably fuzzy creatures who carry items for her and generally act as support.

Goodbye Volcano High

After that was Goodbye Volcano High from Ko-Op, an introspective look at one character's insecurities and doubts about stepping out and trying to find their destiny. That's about all we know right now, other than it has a 2021 release window.

Oddworld: Soulstorm

Remember Oddworld Soulstorm? Well, we finally learned more about Oddworld Inhabitants' new project.

Abe escaped his own terrible fate in New N' Tastey, but now he's got the future of his entire species resting on his shoulders — so, no big deal really. Except that failure is, according to creator Lorne Lanning, supposed to be devastating and hilarious at the same time.

The game will be exclusive to the PS4 and PS5. It will also launch on PC through the Epic Games Store. 

Ghostwire Tokyo

The next PS5 game shown off was Ghostwire Tokyo, an enigmatic game about a Tokyo that's gone very wrong indeed. You have special abilities that allow you to hear and sense things others can't, and you have to fight to free Tokyo from the grip of an unknown menace. Ghostwire Tokyo launches in 2021 for PS5 and PC.

Jett: The Far Shore

Superbrothers' Jett: The Far Shore is all about creating a new world where people can hope and dream, a world built on the rubble of failure and despair. We only got to see a cinematic trailer, but Jett: The Far Shore launches Holiday 2020, so we'll probably learn more soon.


It's only fitting the first-known PS5 game, Godfall from Gearbox, made an appearance too. It's definitely a huge step ahead of that "leaked" footage from last year. You'll fight fearsome foes, gather godlike weapons, and strive to grow even stronger this holiday season when Godfall launches.

Solar Ash

Annapurna Interactive debuted another PS5 game, and it couldn't be more of a departure from Stray. In Solar Ash, you play as an abstract-looking being navigating a lush and equally abstract world called the Ultravoid, "an unstoppable rift of despair ripping through space."

We'll be keeping an eye on Solar Ash leading up to its 2021 launch date.

Hitman 3

Next up was a new Hitman game, Hitman 3. The dev team calls it the dramatic conclusion to the trilogy and Agent 47's most intimate and difficult case yet. The setting this time is Dubai, but other than a moody trailer, the only thing we know about Hitman 3 is its launch date: January 2021. 

Astro's Playroom

In a complete 180 from Hitman 3, we got a short look at Astro's Playroom next. It's a rollicking romp with every kind of platforming challenge and environment imaginable. It currently has no anticipated release date.

Little Devil Inside

Combine Monster Hunter with Tim Burton, and you'll get Little Devil Inside. You'll travel the world, hunting a number of fantastical beasts and trying to survive, all while a parallel storyline takes place in a grim-looking village somewhere else.

NBA 2K 21

While we did get a super short look at NBA 2K21, we can't really say much about it because A.) it's still in its pre-alpha phase, which means B.) there isn't much to show. What we did see looks impressive, though, especially for alpha footage. Expect NBA 2K 21 in Fall 2021.


Then there was the Bugsnax, a quirky adventure where you take on the characteristics of the bug snacks you eat. It's another 3D platformer adventure game that also looks like it takes excellent advantage of the PS5's engine. And Bugsnax is likely a PS5 launch title because it'll release Holiday 2020.


Deathloop from Bethesda Softworks is a stealth-driven shooter, but not like you'd expect. You've got the power to rewind time, and everyone's out to get you. Literally. The island's main sport is hunting down the protagonist, Colt, who's stuck on a loop as they try to take out eight targets to break free.

The only trouble is, Colt has a rival on the island of Black Reef. Her name's Julianna, and she's determined to keep him in the loop forever. It's set to launch sometime in Holiday 2020.  


And that was PlayStation 5's The Future of Gaming presentation. Sony's Jim Ryan said there's even more to share as we approach the PlayStation 5 launch date this holiday season, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PS5 news as it develops.