Star Wars will be a PS5 console exclusive at launch, completely rebuilt from the ground up.
A surprise kicked off the PlayStation Showcase this evening, and it was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake.
In development at Aspyr and Lucasfilm Games, the game is a new remake of the original revered RPG. it is in development as a PS5 console exclusive at launch and for PC.
The game has been completely rebuilt from the ground up. While the trailer didn’t show much of anything other than Darth Revan, it did feature voice-over work from Jennifer Hale, who played Bastila Shan in the original game.
“We’ve spent the past several years assembling the very best talent from across the industry to deliver a modern vision of this timeless Star Wars legend,” said Aspyr co-founder Ted Staloch.
“As lifelong Star Wars fans with extensive experience working with many of its best games, we have the deepest love and admiration for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and cannot wait to share this amazing remake with the rest of the galaxy.”
Development of the remake is led by a newly created team composed of industry veterans at developer and publisher Aspyr, working in close collaboration with Lucasfilm Games.
“Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic stands out among the Legends of Star Wars storytelling, and we’re thrilled to be joining with Aspyr and Sony to remake this Legend for a new generation of players,” said Douglas Reilly, VP, Lucasfilm Games.
“Our teams have been working closely and share a deep commitment to honoring what fans love about the original while bringing new fans on this incredible journey.”
“Nearly 20 years after its debut, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remains one of the most highly requested remakes from the PlayStation community,” said Eric Lempel, SVP, Head of Global Marketing, Sony Interactive Entertainment.
“The time is finally right to bring this dream to life for both diehard fans and those who have yet to experience it.”
Set around 4,000 years before the events of the original trilogy, the single-player game was first released in 2003. It is beloved by many and is frequently ranked as one of the best video games of all time.
Originally developed by BioWare and published by LucasArts, the game was released for Xbox and PC before it was ported to Mac OS X, iOS, and Android by Aspyr; and it is playable on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One via backward compatibility.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles are both available at Walmart on August 25. Retail stores are giving players a chance to get the console. Doors open at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time or 9 a.m. Pacific Time.
Every 10 minutes, Walmart releases new batches of consoles to keep the products on sale as the number of players wanting to buy them increases throughout the day.
For those looking to purchase the console, you can sign in by entering your address and payment information on Walmart’s website to make the buying process a breeze.
If you’re looking for the Sony PS5, the retail store has it for $499.99. This comes with a Blu-ray drive for movies and game discs. They also have a $399.99 digital version with no disc drive.
In addition to the PS5 console, you can also purchase some PS5 games and accessories from Walmart. You can get the DualSense midnight controller for just $69 and the PS5 media remote for $29.99.
In addition, you can buy the game “Demon’s Souls” for only $50 instead of the usual $70. You can also buy “Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut” for just $69.
The Xbox Series X
Whether you want an Xbox Series X or you’re just trying to buy both consoles today. Walmart will have it in stock at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time alongside the PS5.
Xbox Series X is the console with larger storage it comes with 1TB SSD capacity, while Xbox Series S only has 512GB SSD capacity.
Xbox Series X will be available for $500. Because of its powerful and smooth performance, it can be used for 4K gameplay.
Once you own the console, the next step is to purchase an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. It gives you instant access to download hundreds of video games.
New subscribers only need to pay $1 for the first month. And after that, it will be necessary to pay $14.99 per month for the online multiplayer option, as well as access to Game Pass on both console and PC.
You are looking for some cool PS5 games to play? Not sure where to start? Here is the list of Best PS5 games to play. While some of these games are brand new for the platform, others from the PS4 era have undergone a next-gen upgrade for release on the PlayStation 5. Let’s take a look on our list of the best PS5 games that you should be playing right now, and head over to our roundup of cheap PS5 game deals for more savings
1. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
A Viking adventure
REASONS TO BUY
+ Funniest game in the series + Eivor is brilliant protagonist + Every hub bursts with life
REASONS TO AVOID
– Huge open-world can feel sparse – Plot never gets you invested – Combat can feel messy
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla recreates the Viking age with aplomb whether you’re sailing onto the shore or ransacking a village. If you love Nordic folklore or simply enjoy plunging an axe into the chest of another man, Valhalla promises to deliver.
Targets 60fps on PS5, and promises improved load times over the PS4 version, the game won’t let you down.
2. Astro’s Playroom
Showcasing the DualSense
REASONS TO BUY + Shows off the DualSense + Family-friendly fun + Comes pre-loaded
REASONS TO AVOID – Quite short
Astro’s Playroom perfectly showcases what Sony’s new system can do. It is the best pack-in game since Wii Sports. With the pleasing 3D audio and the sumptuous, crystal clear 4K visuals; this is a gem of a platformer and it’s installed on every PS5. It’s the way Astro’s Playroom shows off the DualSense controller, though, that really steals the show. Thanks to Sony’s new haptic feedback and adaptive triggers tech, you’ll feel sensations that you didn’t know were possible before. Such as fire a Gatling gun or what it feels like to walk along different surfaces. It’s a magical, surreal experience, and we recommend booting up Astro’s Playroom first before you play anything else.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Back in black
REASONS TO BUY + Visuals take full advantage of next-gen power + Addictive and immersive gunplay + Multiplayer and Zombies is fantastic
REASONS TO AVOID – A cack-handed campaign that retreads old ground – A few performance issues around launch
Another year, another Call of Duty. The PS5 version recreates the recoil of each individual gun by taking full advantage of the DualSense controller’s adaptive controllers. That means the triggers will feedback appropriately when you fire off a machine gun. Nice.
Of course, without the walking dead, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War wouldn’t be complete. So you’ll be pleased to hear that the zombies return. You can also play Call of Duty at 120fps for the first time on a console. It might even more competitive online.
4. Demon’s Souls
REASONS TO BUY + Next-gen visuals + Super-fast load times + Atmospheric locations
REASONS TO AVOID – Extreme difficulty may deter many – Clunky lock-on system – Can feel overwhelming
Demon’s Souls, a true PS5 exclusive is arguably the best looking game on PlayStation 5. From hulking bosses to its phenomenal texture detail, with the spectacular lighting and it’s a gorgeous sight to behold. Load times are also practically non-existent and level transitions taking around three seconds at most.
Demon’s Souls – a remake of the 2009 PlayStation 3 game will test your gaming chops with its punishing difficulty. Just be prepared to die hundreds of times before you emerge victorious.
5. Ghost of Tsushima
REASONS TO BUY + 60fps available on PS5 + Incredible showcase for HDR + Now includes multiplayer
REASONS TO AVOID – Can get repetitive – Yet another open-world game
Ghost of Tsushima is one of the best looking games on PS4, but it’s even better on PS5. Ghost of Tsushima is now playable at a silky-smooth 60fps – even when running on the game’s higher resolution mode thanks to the PS5’s extra graphical horsepower and a recent update. It makes a massive difference to the game’s responsiveness when in combat, and the frame rate boost brings the spectacular scenery and stunning in-game cinematics to life.
Recently, Ghost of Tsushima received an excellent new multiplayer mode called Legends, too. It gives the game even more replay value and appeal than before. If you’ve gotten a 4K HDR TV and want a game that really benefits, Ghost of Tsushima shows what high dynamic range can do.
Hogwarts Legacy is a new Harry Potter open world game releasing next year across all major platforms, Warner Bros. announced on Wednesday as part of Sony’s PlayStation 5 price reveal live stream event. The game, developed by Disney Infinity developer Avalanche Software, is set in the 1800s at the iconic Hogwarts from the book series, but given its time period it will not involve playing as the series’ titular character. Instead, the trailer gives the impression that players will create their own character and engage in all manner of wizard and witch-related activities.
In a press release, Warner Bros. describes the game as an “open-world, single-player, action role-playing video game set in the 1800s wizarding world,” where “players will experience life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before, as they live the unwritten and embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world.” The release says players will “grow their magical abilities by mastering spells, brewing potions and taming fantastic beasts,” adding that the game will include familiar locations like the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village.
Does Hogwarts Legacy have a release date?
During the Sept. 16 presentation, Sony announced that the PlayStation 5 will release on Nov. 12, 2020 for the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. Parts of Europe, including the U.K., will see it a week later. However, Hogwarts Legacy will not be a launch title for the system.
The Hogwarts Legacy reveal trailer listed the launch window as 2021, while the 2018 leaks imply it’s been in development for several years already. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier said to expect the game in the later part of the year. So, it may be several months before players can don those distinctive Hogwarts robes and enter the iconic school.
Schreier additionally reported that developers are concerned that the backlash against J.K. Rowling due to controversial comments made by the author might affect the game’s financial outlook. It seems Rowling has not had much direct involvement with Hogwarts Legacy, which could influence the decisions of potential buyers.
Which characters are in Hogwarts Legacy?
In an open-world Harry Potter RPG; it seems almost certain you’ll get to pick your house and explore the setting as a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw. The Sorting Hat even makes a brief appearance in the reveal trailer. Essentially, Hogwarts Legacy promises to deliver what so many fans have wished for: a chance to live and play in the Wizarding World as a central part of the action.
Don’t expect to see too many familiar faces. Hogwarts Legacy, after all, takes place over a century before the events of Harry Potter. The headmaster will be different, as will the teachers. Hagrid, Tom Riddle, and Newt Scamander didn’t exist at that time. Still, many of the magical creatures and locations certainly did. And some ghosts, such as Nearly Headless Nick, may be roaming about the castle.
“We are always asking ourselves how we can draw from the rich library of characters, creatures, and themes — and imagine how those details would influence the school more than a century before Harry Potter’s arrival,” said head of story Adrian Ropp in a blog post.
What is the story of Hogwarts Legacy?
According to the official Hogwarts Legacy website, the game will involve a “journey through familiar and new locations as you explore and discover fantastic beasts, customize your character and craft potions, master spell casting, upgrade talents, and become the wizard you want to be.”
Players take on the role of a 19th century student who holds the key to a dangerous secret. After arriving at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, players discover they have the unique ability to master Ancient Magic. Apparently, they’ll then be given the choice to protect that secret for the good of the Wizarding World; or take a darker road.
Hogwarts Legacy allows players to make friends and obtain companions, battle enemies in combat, and take on missions that feature difficult choices. They will decide the future during a quest to discover a long hidden truth, which is where the “legacy” part of the title comes in to play.
Is there a trailer?
According to the detailed Harry Potter lore created by Rowling, the Hogwarts Express did not start operation until about 1830. That means the opening of the reveal trailer, which features a flying carriage full of suitcases and an owl, could be representative of one method students used to reach Hogwarts before that locomotive centralized transportation to the school from King’s Cross station.
The environments are certainly similar to those used in the Harry Potter movies, but don’t appear exactly the same. So it seems Avalanche is putting its own mark on the spaces fans have come to know from the films. You can spot new and familiar creatures in the trailer, along with a Dark wizard wearing a skeletal mask. You even get a hint of how your classes are going to work as you learn to ride a broomstick; meet magical beings, and create new potions.
The reveal trailer makes it clear that Hogwarts Legacy players are in for a fun and occasionally harrowing experience.
Hours after Microsoft’s Xbox Series S console widely leaked, the company has gone on the record to confirm its existence. In a tweet, Microsoft describes the Xbox Series S as offering “next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever” and lists the price as the previously leaked figure of $299. In the UK it’ll cost £249.99. It’s coming November 10th, the company revealed in a new trailer later in the day.
With this price point, Microsoft is making an aggressive entry into the next-generation console wars and will likely undercut the PS5 on pricing. Further, we can likely speculate that the Series X should come in at either $499 or possibly $599, based on the pricing of this console.
The accompanying image gives a better look at the Series S than the first leaked picture, showing off how thin it is and confirming the lack of a disc drive. As with the leaked imagery, the Series S is pictured standing upright, but the orientation of the Xbox logo suggests it’s expected to be more commonly used in a traditional horizontal configuration.
That’s about all for the announcement right now — Microsoft says it will share more information “soon.”
👀 Let’s make it official!
Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever. $299 (ERP).
Later in the day, the company shared this trailer:
Windows Central reports that both the Series X and Series S will launch on November 10th, with the previously announced high-end Series X selling for $499. As The Verge has previously reported, the Series S (codenamed Lockhart) is designed to play next-gen games in a smaller, cheaper package with less GPU power and lower resolution output than the Series X.
Update 4:43AM ET: Added confirmed UK pricing.
Update 2:52PM ET: Added November 10th confirmed release date.