PlayStation 5 launch games—everything coming to PS5 on day one

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PlayStation 5 launch day, November 12, is just a month away. We’re getting a clearer picture of what we’ll be playing on PlayStation 5 at launch, with some 20 games available on day one and a bunch more coming out across the rest of this year. The list below has all the PlayStation 5 launch window games we know about—we’ll update it accordingly as new information comes to light.

PlayStation 5 also benefits from backwards with compatibility with the majority of PlayStation 4 games at launch. Sony recently shared more specific details about this feature, confirming that 99% of PS4 games will be playable on PS5, including PS4 discs on the PS5 disc drive model. PS4 games will benefit from improved loading times and more stable frame rates, as well as PS5’s (unannounced) new UX features.

Here’s the list of games that will be available for PlayStation 5 on launch day, with more information about each game below.

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Astro’s Playroom* (SIE Japan ASOBI Team/Sony Interactive Entertainment) (pre-installed on all PS5 consoles)
  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox Software, 2K Games)
  • Bugsnax (Young Horses)
  • Demon’s Souls* (Bluepoint Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (Capcom)
  • DIRT 5 (Codemasters Cheshire/Codemasters)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Godfall (Counterplay Games/Gearbox Publishing)
  • Maneater (Tripwire Interactive/Deep Silver)
  • Marvel’s Avengers (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • NBA 2K21 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Observer: System Redux (Bloober Team)
  • Overcooked: All You Can Eat
  • The Pathless (Giant Squid/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition (Frontier Developments)
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
  • WRC 9

* Exclusive to PlayStation 5

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Become a legendary Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory. Raid your enemies, grow your settlement, and build your political power in the quest to earn a place among the gods in Valhalla.

Advanced RPG mechanics allow you to shape the growth of your character and influence the world around you. With every choice you make, from political alliances and combat strategy to dialogue and gear progression, you will carve your own path to glory.

Construct and upgrade buildings that allow for deep customization, including a barracks, blacksmith, tattoo parlour and more. Recruit new members to your clan and personalise your Viking experience.

Source: PlayStation

Also coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

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Astro’s Playroom

From the team behind the critically acclaimed PlayStation VR adventure ASTRO BOT: Rescue Mission comes a brand-new platformer pre-loaded on your PS5 console.

Explore four worlds, each one showcasing innovative gameplay using the new and versatile features of the PS5 DualSense™ wireless controller.

The game is free for all PS5 console users and is designed to be enjoyed by gamers and families alike.

Source: PlayStation

Exclusive to PlayStation 5, comes pre-installed on all PlayStation 5 consoles

Borderlands 3

Get ready for a new generation of mayhem, Vault Hunter! We’re proud to confirm that Borderlands 3’s next-gen upgrade will be available day-and-date alongside Microsoft and Sony’s new consoles. The next-gen version of the game will be playable at launch on the Xbox Series X / Series S on November 10, as well as on the PlayStation 5 when it launches on November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea and on November 19 in the rest of the world. All players who own or purchase both a copy of the game and a next-gen console will be able to download the upgrade within the same console family for free.

Source: 2K Newsroom

Already available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Also coming to Xbox Series X|S.

Bugsnax

Bugsnax takes you on a whimsical adventure to Snaktooth Island, home of the legendary half-bug half-snack creatures, Bugsnax. Invited by intrepid explorer Elizabert Megafig, you arrive to discover your host nowhere to be found, her camp in shambles, and her followers scattered across the island alone… and hungry!

It’s up to you to solve the mysteries of Snaktooth Island: What happened to Lizbert? What are Bugsnax and where do they come from? But most of all, why do they taste SO GOOD?

Source: PlayStation

Also coming to PlayStation 4, PC, and Mac.

Demon’s Souls

From PlayStation Studios and Bluepoint Games comes a remake of the PlayStation classic, Demon’s Souls. Entirely rebuilt from the ground up and masterfully enhanced, this remake introduces the horrors of a fog-laden, dark fantasy land to a whole new generation of gamers. Those who’ve faced its trials and tribulations before, can once again challenge the darkness in stunning visual quality with incredible performance.

In his quest for power, the 12th King of Boletaria, King Allant channelled the ancient Soul Arts, awakening a demon from the dawn of time itself, The Old One. With the summoning of The Old One, a colourless fog swept across the land, unleashing nightmarish creatures that hungered for human souls. Those whose souls were stripped from them, lost their minds – left only with the desire to attack the sane that remained.

Now, Boletaria is cut off from the outside world, and the knights who dare penetrate the deep fog to free the land from its plight, are never seen again. As a lone warrior who has braved the baneful fog, you must face the hardest of challenges to earn the title “Slayer of Demons” and send The Old One back to its slumber.

Source: PlayStation

Exclusive to PlayStation 5

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Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

Devil May Cry 5 is back, now upgraded for next-generation consoles!

Take advantage of the power of the next generation of consoles and tailor the options to your preferred gameplay experience. Fine-tune your experience as you prioritize gorgeous and photorealistic lighting effects using ray-tracing, the sharpest resolution possible, or the highest framerates the series has ever offered.

Not enough? You’ll also be able to hear the action unfold around you with incredible 3D sound, and loading times go by in a blink to keep the thrills coming. All of this with even more intense new modes so you can push your style to the max. And the icing on the infernal cake? Vergil joins the gang as a new playable character!
The PlayStation®5 version even uses the DualSense™ controller’s adaptive triggers to let you feel the tension of battle in the tips of your fingers.

Source: Capcom

Also coming to Xbox Series X|S. Devil May Cry 5 already available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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DIRT 5

DIRT 5 is the boldest off-road racing experience created by Codemasters. Blaze a trail on routes across the world, covering gravel, ice, snow and sand, with a roster of cars ranging from rally icons to trucks, to GT heroes. With a star-studded Career, four-player split-screen, innovative online modes, livery editor and more new features, DIRT 5 is the next generation of extreme racing.

Source: Steam Store

Also coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, and Stadia.

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Fortnite

Be part of an ever-evolving multiplayer experience spread across three main modes, each with a unique play approach, rewards to unlock and things to discover. 

Join your friends in an immense elimination match and fight to be the last ones standing in Battle Royale, collaborate to craft your own dream Fortnite world in Creative mode or band together with up to three friends to fend off hordes of monsters in Save the World.

Every mode evolves naturally with weekly updates that add or remove weapons or introduce new events and seasonal updates that reshape the game world, add new rewards to unlock or brand-new in-game features.

Source: PlayStation

Fortnite will be available on the PlayStation 5 for free on launch day! All of your progression and purchases will be available for you to pick up where you left off.

Source: PlayStation YouTube

Godfall

Godfall is a brand-new, next-gen looter-slasher, set in a bright fantasy universe filled with heroic knights and arcane magic.

Embark on adventure in a fantasy action RPG that utilizes high-impact third-person melee combat to engage players as they hunt for loot, don legendary armour sets and defeat vicious enemies. Face challenging missions that reward you with head-turning loot as you vanquish the armies that stand against you.

Source: PlayStation

Also coming to PC via Epic Games Store.

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Maneater

Maneater is a single player, open-world action-RPG (ShARkPG) where YOU are the shark. Starting as a small bull shark pup you are tasked with surviving the harsh world while eating your way up the ecosystem. To do this, you will explore a large and varied open world encountering diverse enemies — both human and wildlife. Find the right resources and you can grow and evolve far beyond what nature intended, allowing the player to tailor the shark to their play style. This is fortunate, because to get revenge on the cruel fisherman that dismembered you will take evolving into a massive shark, an apex predator of legends. Eat. Explore. Evolve.

Fully Evolved for Next-Gen Consoles: Gaming’s new queen of the deep will returnmore powerful than ever in the next generation of gaming. Full utilization of next gen hardware including ray-tracing, native 4K HDR support at a silky smooth 60 FPS, lush new lighting effects, immersive feedback via the PlayStation®5 DualSense controller’s haptic motors, and more will put players in control of the apex predator of the sea like never before.

Source: Tripwire Interactive

Already available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Also coming to Xbox Series X|S.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

In the latest adventure in the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe, teenager Miles Morales is adjusting to his new home while following in the footsteps of his mentor, Peter Parker, as a new Spider-Man.

But when a fierce power struggle threatens to destroy his new home, the aspiring hero realizes that with great power, there must also come great responsibility. To save all of Marvel’s New York, Miles must take up the mantle of Spider-Man and own it.

Source: PlayStation

Also coming to PlayStation 4.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered

This isn’t the Spider-Man you’ve met or ever seen before. In Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, we meet an experienced Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City. At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of Marvel’s New York rests upon his shoulders.

Discover the complete web-slinging story with the Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition. This unmissable bundle includes a voucher code for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered – the complete award-winning game, including all three DLC chapters in the Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps adventure – remastered and enhanced for the PS5 console.

Source: PlayStation

Included as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition package. Marvel’s Spider-Man is available for PlayStation 4.

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NBA 2K21

With extensive improvements upon its best-in-class graphics and gameplay, competitive and community online features, and deep, varied game modes, NBA 2K21 offers one-of-a-kind immersion into all facets of NBA basketball and culture – where Everything is Game.

Source: PlayStation

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No Man’s Sky

Today we are thrilled to announce that a PlayStation 5 version of No Man’s Sky will be available at launch just a few weeks from now. Taking advantage of the next gen hardware, the PS5 version offers enhanced visuals, audio and more. Current No Man’s Sky players will receive this PS5 upgrade for free – and be able to transfer their save game between consoles – when they decide to continue to explore their universe on next gen.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Also coming to Xbox Series X|S. Already available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Observer: System Redux

System Redux elevates the original Observer and its retro-future atmosphere with a full set of next-gen technologies. It brings a wide range of quality-of-life improvements, gameplay enhancements includes new game mechanics, new secrets to find, redesigned stealth, additional neural interrogations, and three new missions featuring brand-new storylines.

Source: Bloober Team (YouTube)

Overcooked! All You Can Eat

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and every morsel of additional content released for both games are being blended together and remastered from the ground up in Overcooked! All You Can Eat.

This delicious definitive edition features:

• Over 200 levels of culinary chaos
• Seven new levels
• Three new chefs
• 60 FPS gameplay in stunning 4K resolution
• Faster loading times
• Brand new trophies and achievements

Source: Team17

Also coming to Xbox Series X|S.

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The Pathless

From the creators of ABZÛ, The Pathless is the mythic adventure of an archer and an eagle in a vast forest.

Explore an open world and travel to a mystical island to dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world. Together with your eagle companion, discover the history of the island, and fight epic battles to restore light to the land.

Source: PlayStation

Also coming to PlayStation 4, Epic Games Store, and Apple Arcade.

Planet Coaster: Console Edition

Surprise and delight crowds as you build the coaster park of your dreams and manage a truly living world with unparalleled attention to detail.

Whatever your skill level, bring your ideas to life. Take advantage of Blueprints to quickly place over 700 pre-made objects, including coasters, facilities and scenery; build from the ground up with detailed piece-by-piece construction; or transform the ground itself with terrain-altering tools.

Running your park is just as easy. Guests react in realtime as you set prices, place scenery, and install exciting new attractions. Keep them entertained so attendance figures – and profits – skyrocket.

Looking for inspiration? Discover the Frontier Workshop and harness the world’s best designs in your expanding empire. Download coasters, scenery, buildings, and entire parks, or grow a following by uploading your own creations. From stunning firework displays to sprawling cruise ships, there’s no limit to the creativity.

Source: PlayStation Store

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Also coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Already available on PC.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Iconic PlayStation® hero Sackboy bursts back into breathtaking action with a huge, fun and frantic 3D multiplayer platforming adventure – and a whole new edgy sackitude!

And here’s what’s going down: 

The dastardly Vex (a near-mythical being born of chaos and fear, no less) kidnaps Sackboy’s friends and forces them to build his Topsy Turver. 

This most deadly diabolical device will transform Craftworld from a fantastical land of pure imagination and innocent dreams… into a torrid, barren eyesore of nightmares. Ooh the fiend!

But legend tells of a prophecy from deep within the ancient order of the Knitted Knights, Craftworld’s legendary protectors. For only the brave, fearless, chivalrous and, yes, gallant can save the day in an almost too dramatic for words race against time stuffed with danger and peril. So much peril.

Set off alone or with your bravest friends on a whirlwind of capers across the snowiest mountains, the leafiest jungles, the wettest underwater realms and the, uh, spaciest of space colonies.

Take down Vex. Save the sack-folk. Save the day. It’s time to fulfil your destiny, Sackboy. From woolly wonderkid and hessian hero… rise our Knitted Knight.

Source: PlayStation

Also coming to PlayStation 4.

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Watch Dogs: Legion

Build a resistance from virtually anyone you see as you hack, infiltrate, and fight to take back a near-future London that is facing its downfall.

• Recruit and play as anyone in the city. Everyone you see has a unique backstory, personality, and skill set.

• Hack armed drones, deploy spider-bots, and take down enemies using an Augmented Reality Cloak.

• Explore a massive urban open world featuring London’s many iconic landmarks and fun side activities.

• Take your recruits online and team up with your friends as you complete missions and challenging endgame content.

Source: PlayStation

Also coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

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Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition

In a world ravaged by war and dominated by magic, you must rise up to face the Chaos hordes. Playing solo or with up to four in local or online co-op, choose a hero from four character classes and prepare for epic battles wielding some of the most powerful artefacts of the Old World.

• THE FIRST HACK AND SLASH set in the Warhammer Fantasy world

• 4 CHARACTER CLASSES, each with unique gameplay, skills and equipment

• AN XXL BESTIARY with over 70 monsters aligned with the Chaos Gods and epic boss battles

• OPTIMIZED FOR CO-OP: solo or with up to 4 players, local or online, the class synergy and interface have been designed for co-op

• HIGH REPLAY VALUE: in addition to Story mode, a boss rush mode, countless dungeons and regular updates offer a rich and varied gaming experience

Source: PlayStation Store

Also coming to Xbox Series X\S. Already available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

WRC 9

WRC is the leading off-road simulation franchise. It returns with even more realistic gameplay and more content than ever: 3 new rallies, 35 new special stages, creation of your own custom championships and completely redesigned engine sounds.

Source: WRC

Also coming to Xbox Series X|S. Already available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Looking ahead

As well as those day-one games above, there are a lot more titles due out in the weeks and months following the PlayStation 5 launch.

Here are the games we know about so far for the PlayStation 5 launch window, going out to the end of 2020:

November:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Nov 13)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (Nov 17)
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (Nov 24)
  • Just Dance 2021 (Nov 24)
  • Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition (Nov 26)

December:

  • Worms Rumble (Dec 1)
  • Haven (Dec 3)
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (Dec 3)
  • Madden NFL 21 (Dec 4)
  • FIFA 21 (Dec 4)
  • Destiny 2 (Dec 8)
  • MXGP 2020 (Dec 10)

TBC 2020:

  • Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead
  • Control
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Destiny 2
  • EA Sports FIFA 21
  • For Honor
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Override 2: Super Mech League
  • Paradise Lost
  • Poker Club
  • Puyo Puyo Tetrits 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Vigor
  • Warframe
  • War Thunder

What PlayStation 5 launch games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!


Update 17/10/2020: Added Planet Coaster.
Update 20/10/2020: Added Watch Dogs: Legion.
Update 24/10/2020: Added Borderlands 3 and Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
Update 27/10/2020: Removed Destructon All Stars—delayed to 2021
Update 29/10/2020: Added No Man’s Sky and Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition
Update 30/10/2020: Corrected Destiny 2 PS5 release date to December 8; removed Marvel’s Avengers (delayed to 2021)
Update 3/11/2020: Added WRC 9, Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition, and Overcooked: All You Can Eat. Updated Just Dance 2021 release date to November 24.

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