Humankind is a 4X turn-based strategy game from Amplitude Studios and SEGA. In the style of Civilization, players lead their people from humble origins as a Neolithic tribe to the Modern Age, researching technologies, constructing wonders, and waging wars along the way.
Humankind offers intriguing means of customization to ensure that each playthrough is unique. Not only the player’s avatar is customizable, but their civilization can freely adopt any of the 60 historical cultures from the Ancient to the Modern Age, which according to the developer, results in one million possible combinations.
Developed by the two-man team of Edelweiss, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a cross-genre title that combines side-scrolling combat with a crafting and farming simulation. It follows a young harvest goddess Sakuna, who is banished from the celestial capital, where she lived in lazy luxury, to an untamed island teeming with demonic beasts. There, she finds her calling farming rice and bettering the lives of the mortals in the local mountain village. The game is inspired by Japanese mythology, albeit with some original twists, and features a charming cel-shaded art style.
In Frontier Developments’ title Planet Coaster, players build and manage an amusement park. The game offers over 700 pre-made objects across categories such as coasters, facilities, and scenery, and additional player-created objects can be downloaded from the Frontier Workshop.
Planet Coaster has been out on Steam since 2016 and is just now launching on current and next-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The pre-order bonuses detailed below apply specifically to this upcoming Console Edition of the game.
Bluepoint Games is remaking the original Demon’s Souls for PlayStation 5. The upcoming remake is exclusive to next-gen hardware and features much improved visuals, faster loading times, 3D audio, and haptic feedback via the new DualSense controller. It can be played in 4K Mode and High Frame Rate Mode.
In Demon’s Souls players venture to Boletaria, a land shrouded in mist and beset by ravenous demons, and hone their skill in the arts of sorcery and war to ultimately send The Old One back to its slumber.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an action-adventure game developed by Insomniac Games exclusively for PlayStation. Story-wise, it picks up where Marvel’s Spider-Man and its DLC The City that Never Sleeps left off, with teenager Miles Morales being bitten by a genetically enhanced spider and gaining powers similar to Peter Parker’s.
Releasing alongside Miles Morales is the remastered first Marvel’s Spider-Man game with all its DLC. It won’t be available for purchase separately, however: players will have to buy either the Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for PS5, which includes a copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered, or buy the regular Miles Morales edition for PS4 and acquire Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered as a paid upgrade.
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is a remaster of the 2010 title NieR from Square Enix. Taking place before NieR: Automata, it follows the protagonist from the Japanese-only release of the original game: a brother on a quest to cure his sister Yonah of a deadly disease.
As reported by DualShockers, the developers are focusing on several areas of improvement. Better visuals are a given, but the remaster also includes additional parts that come with new music and voiced lines. Speaking of music, it is entirely re-recorded, featuring higher quality and longer versions of certain songs. Furthermore, the gameplay is less clunky and more along the lines of that of NieR: Automata.
Monster Hunter Rise is an upcoming entry in the popular action RPG series. The game is set in a ninja-inspired Kamura village, which the player will have to protect from the Rampage, a calamity that ravaged the land 50 years ago and is about to occur again.
As usual, the new installment brings both returning and new monsters to hunt, including the new flagship monster Magnamalo, whose amiibo figure is included in the Collector’s Edition. The Wirebug mechanic grants new traversal and aerial attack abilities, and new hunting partners called Palamutes can be personalized and used to ride across the map. Monster Hunter Rise can be played solo or with up to three other players in local and online co-op.