Sony’s live-streamed event last week got the whole internet thrilled for the “future of gaming”. Besides the much-awaited reveal of PlayStation 5’s design, Sony also gave us a glance at the titles coming to the console.
One of these will be the most anticipated and might help Sony sell most of its next-gen consoles, similar to how Breath of the Wild gave Nintendo Switch its dream start. Which one would that be for PlayStation 5?
iPrice Group, an online shopping startup, looks for the answer to this by examining what games got the most gamers scrambling onto Google and research after last-week event.
Here are what they found.
Horizon Forbidden West is by far the most attention-grabbing. It alone took one fourth of all Google searches for all exclusive Sony PlayStation 5 games, according to iPrice’s calculations.
Even before the official announcement, the internet was riddled with rumours and expectations for a sequel to the critically-acclaimed Horizon Zero Dawn. And gamers finally got their wish.
Horizon 2’s trailer features the return of main character Aloy along with new environments and all-new enemies. It certainly looks visually stunning and worthy of the next-gen status.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales comes 2nd in the chart of exclusive games with 26% less search volume than Horizon Forbidden West.
Developed by Insomniac Games, famous for the Spyro series, the Rachet & Clank series, and the 2018 hit Marvel's Spider-Man, it comes as no surprise that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is turning heads around the world.
Trailing behind those two and completing the top 5 of most searched exclusive PS5 games are Demon's Souls, Gran Turismo 7, and Project Athia respectively.
After the surprise announcement of the remake, interests for Demon's Souls jumped off the chart, especially in Japan, where Google search interest for the game increased by 50 times within only 2 days.
As for Square Enix’s Project Athia, all we know so far is that it is developed by the same team that made Final Fantasy XV. This shroud of mystery probably inspires many to enlist Google’s help in hope of learning more about the game.
Besides the exclusive games, Sony also showed in the event a slew of third-party titles.
Resident Evil 8: Village stood out firmly among these. It even surpasses Spider-Man: Miles Morales with 31% more search volume. However, it’s worth noting that it might have gained extra attention from fans of PC and Xbox Series X for being available on these two platforms.
2nd in the non-exclusive chart is Hitman 3 with 70% less search volume than Resident Evil 8 while coming hot in third is another Capcom’s title – Pragmata with only 3% less search volume than Hitman 3.
Behind these 3 triple-A title in the chart are indie games Little Devil Inside, BugSnax, and Solar Ash respectively, showing that the PS5 has games for every taste.
Methodology: iPrice examined worldwide Google Trends data on 12 June 2020 using the games’ names in English and Japanese as keywords. Games announced officially long before Sony’s Future of Gaming event (such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Oddworld Soulstorm) or games with generic names (such as Stray) were not included for reasons of fairness.