Calling all Filipino gamers! Sony’s long-awaited Play Station 5 (PS5) is here! Well, not quite.
The Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation recently released the much-awaited home video game console in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea. However, Filipino gamers will have to wait a little longer because the PS5 is scheduled for launching in the country on December 11.
Many may not know it, but the Philippines has become an emerging center for eSports in Southeast Asia over the years. As a matter of fact, a 2019 year-end tally on Twitter has revealed that the Philippines ranked 10th among countries that tweeted the most about gaming. The list also shows Japan, the United States, South Korea, Thailand, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Indonesia, and Spain. (Read: 4 Apps Where You Can Watch Original Filipino Films)
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Filipinos have already cemented their place in the international gaming scene. With that, numerous game developers have also taken inspiration from Philippine culture and featured a fair number of Filipino Heroes as game characters.
Tekken 7: Filipino Character “Josie Rizal”
The first-ever playable Filipino character in Tekken 7 has been introduced to the long-running fighting game in 2015. Named after the Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, Josie is a Pinay heroine that specializes in a fighting style called eskrima or arnis—a famous martial art in the Philippines.
Tekken director and producer Katsuhiro Harada also confirmed that Josie is indeed the first Tekken fighter of Filipino descent. And just last Halloween, he praised Nadine Lustre‘s cosplay of the Pinay Tekken character, saying that the actress perfectly portrayed Josie.
Mobile Legends: Filipino Character “Lapu Lapu”
In 2017, Filipino national hero Lapu-Lapu was introduced as the newest hero on the popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game Mobile Legends: Bang bang. (Read: NHCP Confirms First Easter Sunday Mass Held in Limasawa Island)
The pre-Spanish warrior who defended Mactan, Cebu from the Spanish conquerors led by Ferdinand Magellan was described in the game as the one who “took up his twin blades and led his people into battle, slaying countless invaders. Under his leadership, they won victory and the respect of the enemy, free once again to live in peace.”
Bayani Video Game: All-Filipino Characters
According to its website, Bayani is an indie fighting video game that “draws heavily from historical figures and landmarks from the Philippines as inspiration.” The game is set in an alternate world and timeline but has many parallels, references, and callbacks to historical figures and events in the country.