Sony has mandated that from July 13th onward all games that certified by Sony for release on the PS4 will have to be compatible with its next-gen system the PS5. This comes from internal documents seen by Eurogamer and the documents go further on to say that compatibility means that the games will have to run without issue on the PS5, and those certified before July 13th will be encouraged to work with the new console. It makes sense for Sony to mandate this now as it gives developers a bit of time to tweak their games to run on the new hardware as well as making it easier for Sony to boost the PS5’s backwards compatible library and that every mode has to be playable on both consoles, so no PS5 exclusive gameplay features.
Some of those cross-generational games will likely be confirmed on June 4th when Sony holds it PS5 reveal event, and as we get closer to release no doubt we will hear more. There are some rumours that one of the games that will be shown could be Horizon Zero Dawn 2 as earlier today the official Twitter account for the game retweeted the show’s announcement with some cheeky smilies. It has been three years since the launch of the original Horizon Zero Dawn, and Guerrilla Games has been rather quiet about what it is working on. Having launched Killzone Shadow Fall for the PS4’s launch it could be that the team is going to mark the PS5’s launch with the anticipated Horizon Zero Dawn sequel.
While the industry as a whole has been impacted by COVID-19 Sony has confirmed that the PS5 is still on track to be released in Holiday 2020, attempting to allay fears that the console will be delayed until 2021. There has yet been only the one PS5 console exclusive confirmed so far and that is Godfall by Gearbox. However, we also know that Outriders, Fortnite, and Quantum Error will also be on the console.