We’ve already seen several franchises that we associate with the PlayStation brand announce new games for the PlayStation 5. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart looks to showcase the new system’s lightning-quick loading times, while Gran Turismo 7 looks to combine new technology with aspects of the series that fans missed in Gran Turismo Sport.
What about other franchises? Sure, plenty of fan-favorites are coming to Sony’s new console, but what about some of those that we haven’t heard from in a while? That’s why we’re shining a light on some franchises we’d love to see on the PlayStation 5.
1. Ape Escape
Even if you’ve never played an Ape Escape game, you probably remember the games’ mascot: an ape wearing a helmet with a red light on top. The original game was one of the first to make use of Sony’s then-new DualShock controller, and while further games in the series haven’t been as novel, they’ve been just as fun. With Sony making a big deal out of its DualSense controller, this is the perfect time for a new Ape Escape.
There is certainly no shortage of modern military shooters on the PlayStation 4 and we can assume that will still be the case on the PS5. That said, in the PlayStation 2 era, nothing on the platform beat SOCOM: US Navy Seals and its sequels. Even now, similar shooters like Rainbow Six Siege don’t offer the same feel. We haven’t seen a SOCOM game since the PS3, so this would be a welcome return.
3. Syphon Filter
Syphon Filter is the sort of action-adventure game that you don’t see anymore, and mostly that’s a good thing, since this type of game wouldn’t hold up on modern consoles. That said, if they were to reinvent the series with more Uncharted-style combat and stealth influenced by The Last of Us and it could revitalize the series.
4. Wild Arms
Even as Microsoft is preparing to launch what might be the better of the two next-gen consoles, there’s a large group of people who are already set on the PlayStation 5 just because it appeals more to Japanese developers, which means more Japanese games like JRPGs. There are plenty of these on PlayStation platforms, but a release in the west of a new entry in the Wild West meets JRPG Wild Arms franchise would be great to see.
Killzone for the PlayStation 2 was originally billed as a “Halo killer” and, well, it wasn’t, but neither was any other series ever referred to this way. That said, the series is fairly well regarded, and we probably could have counted on a Killzone game for the PS5 if it wasn’t for the fact that Guerilla Games’ Horizon: Zero Dawn became such a huge hit. Now we know another Horizon game is coming to Sony’s next console, but suddenly another Killzone is far less of a sure thing.
6. The Order
For most people, The Order: 1886 came and went. If you’ve heard of it or played it after launch, it’s probably due to its reputation as a game with an easy Platinum trophy. While this game isn’t really a franchise, it was certainly planned as one. While the developer, Ready At Dawn, is now mainly working on VR games, it would be great to see this game get a follow-up on the PlayStation 5.
7. Jet Moto
Most of the games on this list have had relatively recent entries, but the poor Jet Moto franchise never even made it off of the original PlayStation, despite three entries in the series. Sort of a weapon-less cousin of the Wipeout series, Jet Moto was an arcade-style racing game of the sort we see less and less of these days. Exactly why another entry from the franchise on the PlayStation 5 would be a welcome sight.
Classics Are Classic for a Reason
Of course, you need to think about what you miss from some of these games. Is it the games themselves, or is it the experience of playing them. Those might sound like the same thing, but they really aren’t.
For example, the days of playing a game without needing to install it first seem like they may be gone for good, and that’s a shame. This is just one of the reasons that classic PlayStation games might hold up better in your memory than modern entries in those franchises.