First PS5 game is up for pre-order – but don't get too excited

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Scarlet Nexus, an action title revealed during the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal event, appears to be the first PS5 game up for pre-order. (via GameRant) lists the game with a price of $59.99, attached to a tentative release date of December 31, 2021. 

It's notable if only because another of the few games confirmed for next-gen consoles, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, is only available to pre-order on PS4 and Xbox One right now. We'd expect PS5 games to become widely available to pre-order around the time Sony opens up preorders for the console itself, though it's possible that games could start to be available to buy after the currently-postponed PS5 game reveal event

Scarlet Nexus is a pretty-looking anime-styled RPG set in what the publisher describes as a 'BrainPunk' world. Here's the reveal trailer from that Xbox livestream if you missed it:

It's also coming to PS4 and Xbox One.

Does this tell us anything about next-gen games?

Not particularly. While Scarlet Nexus was actually announced for next-gen consoles, the price and release details just look like placeholders. We're not sure whether the arrival of the PS5 and Xbox Series X will bring a price bump to software or not, but that's the sort of information we'll only learn closer to a console's release.

Still, it's a reminder that the next generation of consoles really isn't that far away. Both consoles are due to launch in the holiday 2020 period (which covers October to December). 

Samuel Roberts

Samuel is a PR Manager at game developer Frontier. Formerly TechRadar's Senior Entertainment Editor, he's an expert in Marvel, Star Wars, Netflix shows and general streaming stuff. Before his stint at TechRadar, he spent six years at PC Gamer. Samuel is also the co-host of the popular Back Page podcast, in which he details the trials and tribulations of being a games magazine editor – and attempts to justify his impulsive eBay games buying binges.