PS4 in 2016 and beyond
With Sony's E3 2016 press conference unveiling what the PS4 has on the way, this year and beyond is shaping up to be huge. Hideo Kojima is making a brand new game, VR titles are in development, and Sony exclusive series are getting fresh perspectives. Bottom line: you're going to need more space on your PS4 hardrive. It can be tough to keep track of all the brilliant stuff that's on its way. Luckily, we've done the hard work for you, so sit back and flick through this list of upcoming PS4 games. Or maybe look at our list of the best PS4 games available right now, if you're so inclined.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Release Date: Aug. 23, 2016
The future doesn't look very pleasant in Mankind Divided. After the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Adam Jensen's world becomes engulfed in civil unrest. Augmented humans are being crushed under the boot of the authorities and are persecuted in the streets, causing retaliatory augmented terrorist groups to become a global threat. In order to put a stop to the violence, Jensen joins a special ops group to take down the terrorist leaders. As in the other Deus Ex games, players will have plenty of tactical options to choose from when advancing Adam through his skill progression. Choose stealth skills to master the art of hacking locks and crawling through ducts, or amp up your combat abilities to take the more direct, guns blazing approach.
King of Fighters XIV
Release Date: Aug. 23, 2016
It’s been several years since this fighting franchise got a new look. Iteration number 14 will feature a whopping 50 characters in its cast, and they’ll be rendered entirely in 3D this time around. Some teams have already been announced, and fans will get to explore the full lineup come August.
Release Date: Aug. 23, 2016
Fall is prime sports season, and the games world starts out in August with Madden 17. We know that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will grace the cover (and that he fears no curses). EA also has gameplay improvements in the works, including redesigns for special teams plays and its defensive AI.
Release Date: Sept. 15, 2016
Konami is back to the pitch this fall with another round of Pro Evolution Soccer. This iteration of the game continues to put the focus on strategy and realism, with all the challenges that go with that approach. The team has also promised that this installment is getting a revamp to both passing and goal-keeping.
Release date: Sept. 15, 2016
As if high school wasn't complicated enough, the students in Persona 5 have much more to deal with than being popular, getting a date, or managing their acne. By day, the main character is an average student who takes the train to school, falls asleep in class, and hangs out with his friends at the mall. But by night, he takes on the guise of a master thief. To accomplish your thieving goals, you'll have to overcome a variety of challenges that include sneaking past guards, avoiding traps, and defending yourself in battle using your Persona (a guardian spirit). New details on Persona 5 are few and far between, but the game is scheduled to be released in 2016 on PS3 and PS4, so we're keeping the hope alive that we'll play the game this year.
Release Date: Sept. 20, 2016
Rounding out the September sports launches is one for the basketball fans. After a very strong performance with NBA 2K16, this year's installment carries high hopes for continued momentum.
Final Fantasy 15
Release date: November 29, 2016
In 2006, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy Versus 13, a complimentary game to their upcoming Final Fantasy 13. Fans were excited to have multiple Final Fantasy games to sink their teeth into... but then years passed and no-one had so much as a peep of Versus 13. Rumours of delays and cancellations swirled without a single answer, making all of us question the fate of this ambitious title. All of a sudden, at E3 2013, the game resurfaced with impressive gameplay footage and a brand new moniker: Final Fantasy 15. Now the 15th instalment of the core series, FF15 has large shoes to full, but a darker storyline and remarkable realism lead us to believe it will be successful.
Release Date: Sept. 27, 2016
More of the beautiful game is expected out of EA come September. The past few years have seen FIFA making minor improvements, but fans have plenty of ideas for what they want added in the latest installment.
Release Date: Oct. 7 for U.S., October for UK
Much like every game nowadays, Mafia 3 takes the series into a fully-explorable open-world. Ok, the 60s version of New Orleans here is wonderfully rich and alive, so you’re unlikely to get free-roam-fatigue while smashing your way through it. You play as Lincoln Clay, a ‘Nam veteran with some serious revenge to take against the mob. Action is brutal, car-driving looks entertaining, and the soundtrack is spot-on. 2K don’t want us to compare it to GTA. It’s a lot like GTA, set in the 60s, in New Orleans - and that’s a great thing.
Release Date: Oct. 28, 2016
Yes, you are seeing this right. Titanfall 2 is going multiplatform, meaning it's coming to the PS4. If you missed out on the first Titanfall, never fear,Titanfall 2 is taking all of the missteps of the first title into consideration and appears to be making improvements. Where the original had an underwhelming story mode, the sequel is introducing the series' first full-blown single player plot detailing the relationship between a unique titan and its pilot. Multiplayer looks like it's going to include much more of what keeps you coming to the many competitive modes. There will be various titans, futuristic weapons, and new abilities for the pilot and titan to unlock. If Respawn can find a way to keep players in the pilot's seat, Titanfall 2 can definitely make some waves this holiday.
Release Date: Oct. 21, 2016
It’s back in time for the popular DICE franchise. In a splashy reveal event, the game’s creators promised fans a visceral experience of World War I. The trailer shows sabers, flame throwers, horses, and zeppelins in addition to the usual cadre of guns. It looks like a different path for the Battlefield games that could bring refreshing variety to the military shooter space.
World of Final Fantasy
Release date: Oct. 25 in U.S., Oct. 28 in UK
Like Final Fantasy but can’t pick a favourite? Then this series spin-off might just be what you’re looking for. Covering the whole FF universe, this adorable little role-playing sees you take on the roles of two siblings as they explore the world of Grimoire, meeting bobble-headed heroes and monsters along the way. The combat is turn-based, but the real appeal is in your ability to stack monsters on top your head if they’re smaller than you, and changing sizes so that you can ride them into battle if the situation calls for it. Stacking together into adorable, chocobo-flavoured totem poles lets you pool your skills together, though how they affect each other has yet to be seen. All I know is that I want to hug everything.
The Last Guardian
Release date: Oct. 25, 2016
This is not a joke. Really. The Last Guardian is actually happening. After five years of being in game development limbo, one of the most highly-anticipated PlayStation exclusives is finally back on track. Soon enough, we'll be yelling at our bird-dog monster to carry us over bottomless pits, and solving the game’s complex environmental puzzles ourselves. Much of the information around The Last Guardian's story and gameplay are still being kept behind the curtain, but it will mainly be focused on how the boy and Trico (the bird-dog thing) develop their relationship and learn to trust each other. When will it release? Smart money says 2017...
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
Release Date: Nov. 4, 2016
Another legacy shooter franchise, another new direction. Call of Duty is doubling down on the future with an upcoming trip to space. So far, the gunplay we’ve seen looks similar to past games, but the gadgets and armor will likely get some high-tech upgrades. Add in the long-awaited Modern Warfare Remastered and fall is looking good for CoD fans.
Release Date: Nov. 11, 2016
A lot has changed since master assassin, Corvo Attano saved the young Empress, Emily Kaldwin from those who betrayed her family. It's 15 years after the events of Dishonored, and Corvo has taken Emily under his wing, teaching her to become a supernaturally-powered killer so she can defend her throne against those who would overthrow her. Dishonored 2 gives you control of both Emily and Corvo, letting you access the master assassin's blink and mind control abilities, so you can make enemies walk off balconies or get up-close and personal real quick. However, it seems Emily doesn't share the same powers. Instead, she is able to morph into an inky, shadow-like form to slink through shadows and eviscerate enemies with her creepy tendrils.
Gran Turismo Sport
Release Date: Nov. 15 2016 for U.S., Nov. 18 for UK
Sony's premier racing series is finally coming to PS4, and competition and accessibility are at its core. "From 7 to 77, from children to adults, anyone can participate" says the trailer. So if you're 78 (or 86 like Sir Sterling Moss), sorry, you can't play. The FiA is officially ratifying its online championship, which is a first for both gaming and motorsport, which means Gran Turismo is essentially becoming a recognised motorsport. Yes, that is a big deal. The game will also support PlayStation VR, which means this is likely to be the most authentic racer experience yet seen. Can. Not. Wait.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter
Release Date: Dec 2016
Closing the year out is a Kingdom Hearts collection. The bundle includes a remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance along with a brand new playable episode and a cinematic for the game universe. It’s not Kingdom Hearts 3, but we’ll take what we can get.
Release Date: Dec. 2016
Steep is all about freedom. It sets you on the top of a mountain with a snowboard or skis and gives you treacherous slopes to carve your own path through. If that isn't risky enough for you, you can also strap on a paraglider or put on a wingsuit and throw yourself off a cliff. You're free to explore miles of mountain range but you won't be out in the wilderness on your own. The entire game is meant to be a social experience. Online players can enter your world and compete in customized challenges or just explore the expansive snowy playground together.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Release date: 2016 for PS4
Rise of the Tomb Raider isn't going to be Xbox One exclusive for much longer. Lara will be unleashed on the PS4 in late 2016. That may be a long wait, but the PS4 version is bound to have some type of definitive, here's-all-the-DLC edition, right? Either way, we're sure it'll be worth the wait. After her harrowing adventure in the first game, which rebooted the franchise, it seems Lara has caught the tomb raiding bug. Now, she goes out into the great unknown to uncover new archeological discoveries and plunder ancient crypts. Check out our review for more details.
Release date: TBC 2016
When we first saw Rime, we [awful joke removed - Ed]. It looks like Journey mixed with Wind Waker, the gameplay reminds us of Ico, and we haven't the slightest idea what's going on... but we're completely captivated by it. Tequila Works only has one other game out right now, the downloadable Deadlight, so this is quite a departure for the team.
Release Date: TBC 2016
What has made Day Z stand out from the undead craze? Not its polish - the mod’s ongoing development has seen its share of ups and downs. Its zombies? Not likely, no self-respecting player should ever never need a respawn due to the walking dead. No, it’s the brutal creativity of the players that makes Day Z something special. One day you’re trading food cans with the charming fellow you met in a farmhouse, the next you’re hiding in Cherno, scared shitless as a crew of bandits scours the streets for contenders in their impromptu blood bowl. Strip away the bells and whistles, and Day Z becomes a social experiment capable of showcasing the most sadistically entertaining personalities of its players. If nothing else, it makes for some fantastic stories.
Release date: TBA 2016
Touted as a ‘rhythm violence game’ Thumper sees you play as a space beetle taking on a giant head from the future. There’s no defending how ridiculous that sounds, but plot isn’t too important when you’re hurtling through a kaleidoscopic space-scape, attacking enemies and moving in time with a noise-rock soundtrack by Lightning Bolt. So imagine cult-classic Rez but with more insects.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Release Date: TBC 2016
Confession time: we know very little about Hellblade, beyond the fact it's based on Celtic myth and follows Senua on a personal journey throguh a hellish landscape that blends manifestations of her mind into the landscape. Ninja Theory, whose past hits include Enslaved, Heavenly Sword, and DMC, has said that they want “to make a game looks and feels AAA, but will be smaller, lower priced and delivered independently,” a pretty bold endeavor for any development studio to take on.
Dead Island 2
Release date: TBC 2016
Zombie skull-crushing, electric knife-shanking, and wacky weapon-building is coming back in Dead Island 2. The funny thing is Dead Island 2 doesn't even take place on an island. Instead, the sequel allows players to explore the major cities of California, including L.A. and San Francisco. Current development on the game has been paused, so there's a chance we won't see this game in 2016. It was feared cancelled but now UK studio Sumo Digital have been tasked with carrying on.
Ray’s The Dead
Release date: TBD 2016
We video game enthusiasts are used to the idea that zombies are NOT our friends. They want to eat our flesh, feed on our brains, and turn us into one of them. Ray’s The Dead flips that on its head, putting us in the shoes of one of the undead and asking us to find out its previous life’s story. How did Ray die? Why is he alive again? That’s what we’re looking to figure out. We’ll accomplish our goal of discovery by slowly building an army of all different types of zombies. They’ll be our little undead Pikmin, essentially, and we’ll command them to fight enemies and scare off humans in our quest for answers. It sounds like Ray’s The Dead will put a whole new spin on zombies, a spin that’s desperately overdue.
Gravity Rush 2
Release date: TBC 2016
Gravity Rush 2 is a hardcore driving game where you feel every bump in the road, and every... no, wait, it's a game about space-pixies. Set on the world of Hekseville, and starring a walking anime cliche called Kat, this game is all about messing with gravity to bust enemies and solve puzzles. You can walk on walls, switch gravity mid-jump, and stroll along ceilings. As is law, it's open-world, and there are light RPG elements too. Aaaaand if you missed the original game on Vita (which most of you did) then there's a remaster of that on the way too. Super.
Cosmic Star Heroine
Release Date: 2016
This idea from Zeboyd Games took about three years and a Kickstarter campaign to complete, but the final results are due out this summer. Cosmic Star Heroine blends a spy story with charming pixel art and a streamlined take on the classic turn-based RPG.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Release Date: Jan. 24, 2017
The Resident Evil series has strayed from its horror roots in the past, but it seems that Resident Evil 7 is going to change trajectory. RE7 is going full wet-your-pants horror, changing the third person perspective and gung ho protagonists for a frightening experience that lets you see through the eyes of an average Joe main character. From the demo released at E3 2016, the game seems to take the scare tactics from games like P.T., giving players a chance to explore creepy environments, uncover clues that allow them to progress through the story, and try to escape gruesome deaths by what looks like some sort of mutated people.
Release Date: Feb 14, 2017
Quite a radical departure for Ubisoft, this. It's about warriors facing off in one-on-one battles, with a real emphasis on single combat as opposed to just mowing through hordes of faceless foes. There are a bunch of different heroes to choose from, hailing from different time periods (knights, samurai, vikings), and each has their own play-style. Multiplayer is a big deal here - teams split into two groups of four and hack at each other until the opposition is crushed. There are AI opponents running around too, but it's very much focused on player vs player scrapping, and is probably closer to a beat 'em up than a traditional hack'n'slash.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Release Date: Feb. 28, 2017
Horizon: Zero Dawn is a new PS4 exclusive from the makers of the constantly disappointing Killzone series, and its unique open-world is genuinely fascinating. You play as a nomadic hunter named Aloy in a far-future version of earth, filled with lush wilderness and, er, robot animals. All of the advanced civilizations of the world are dead, and the remaining humans have reverted to a more primitive lifestyle. Aloy and her tribe are forced to live off resources provided by strange, robotic creatures that she hunts. In previous footage Aloy is shown battling a giant robot T-Rex with a high tech bow and a variety of explosive and robot-stunning arrows - looks great.
Release date: March 2017
Platformers have been thin on the ground over the last decade (unless you’re a certain red plumber who’s name rhymes with ‘Barry-o’), but Yooka-Laylee is looking to change that by introducing the world to a anthropomorphic chameleon and bat combo. If you’ve ever played Banjo-Kazooie you might be doing that eye-squint thing where something looks familiar but you’re not sure why right about now, but that’s because it is familiar. Playtonic Games, the team who are making it, is home to a lot of ex Rare staff who made Banjo so famous. Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor of sorts, but with lizards instead of bears.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Release date: March 7, 2017
In previous Ghost Recon games, missions are straightforward and mostly linear. You infiltrate a base, silently take out guards on the way to your objective, then book it out of the hostile zone when your mission is complete. In Wildlands, you can still do all of that, but now you and your three co-op buddies have the freedom to decide what missions to take, and how to accomplish your objectives in the game's massive open world. Have a sniper team take out guards while another group infiltrates an enemy base, run in guns blazing, or hijack helicopters for an aerial assault. It's all up to you. You're fighting a war against an oppressive cartel, and in order to take it down, you'll have to interrupt its operations, rescue hostages, and take over its strongholds. Anything goes, and it looks like it's going to be a blast.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Release date: March 2017
Commander Shepard's story is all about stopping an invading force of robot squids hell-bent on destroying the galaxy, but Mass Effect: Andromeda seems to be more about exploration. At least, that's what the game's first trailer tells us. The reveal trailer shows a new N7 soldier scanning nearby planets for who knows what, a speedy landrover that looks to be inspired by the Mako, and the familiar weapons and omni tools we used to take down the Reapers in the original trilogy.
Dragon Quest 11
Release date: TBA (2017 in Japan)
Finally, a proper new Dragon Quest game and not a spin-off! Ok so there aren’t many details out there yet (it’s also only been confirmed for Japan so far, but a worldwide release is inevitable), but fans can expect an epic adventure with big-eyed heroes, weirdly smiley monsters to slice through, and an excellent range of British accents. Unlike Final Fantasy, which completely reinvents itself every few years, Dragon Quest is staunchly traditional, so if you’re a fan of old-school RPGs then this should be on your radar.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Release date: TBC
After decades of false rumours, developer denials, and harsh trolls, one of the most highly anticipated game remakes has been announced. Sony showed Final Fantasy 7 off at its press conference at back at E3 2015, and only a few details have escaped since. We know it'll be more action based than the original (much to some purists' dismay) and that it'll come out in several instalments, which makes sense when you think about just how huge FF7 is and how many discs it first came out on...
Release Date: TBD 2017
This loose follow-up to Nier explores the classic concept of conflict between humans and machines, but in the strange manner that fans of this universe would expect. The game relishes in letting you slash through enemies as one of a series of combat androids trying to return Earth to humanity.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Release date: TBD
The other Square Enix RPG is finally getting a follow up that doesn't have a ridiculous naming convention. It's something that a niche but ardent group of fans have been waiting for since 2006. What's the reason for their insanity? Well, Kingdom Hearts fanatics have had plenty to play since KH2, mostly on portable consoles, but none of it was the real deal... until now. We finally have our third instalment, and perhaps with it will come some closure. We wonder how all the side stories will be tied into the new game... and we don't envy the poor writer who has to make it happen. Then again, we are talking about a game with Mickey Mouse in it.
Release date: TBA 2018
After a successful funding campaign this follow up to one of Tim Schafer’s most iconic games is finally in development. A direct sequel to 2005’s Psychonauts, the second game in the series follows psychic hero Razputin after he finally makes it to Psychonauts headquarters. You’ll be diving into the minds of all sorts of new characters as well as learning new PSI abilities to help you unravel emotional turmoil and uncover any evil plots. With the original being such a cult-classic, we can expect great things from the sequel.
Release Date: TBD
Zombie games might be a dime a dozen at this point, but Days Gone, Sony Bend Studio's upcoming open-world, post-apocalyptic third-person adventure, treats the undead a bit differently. You play as drifter Deacon St. John, a former bounty hunter who is attempting to live out the end of the world on the dangerous open road. Like many zombie games, you'll want to keep from getting eaten, but rather than have you dodge individual shambling zombies, you have to learn how to manage a swarm of infected called freakers - who aren't actually dead - if you want to survive. The freakers flood through the environment by the hundreds forcing you to run for your life, pulling down objects in the environment to slow their charge. While you can shoot a machine gun or toss a grenade into the crowd, your ammo reserves won't last forever, so you'll need to come up with more creative ways to overcome the swarm.
God of War
Release Date: TBD
After Kratos killed all of the gods in Olympus, he seems to have been looking forward to retirement. He's grown out his beard, moved to a new country, and started up a new family. In the E3 trailer, there was no mother to be seen, but Kratos has a son. The warrior-in-training is going to play a large part in the story and even fight alongside the legendary god of war. With the passing of time, Kratos' fighting style has also changed. His Chaos Blades have been replaced by a mystical battle axe that Kratos can summon to him. Our angry hero actually feels relatively calm and collected in the new setting, which makes us think that something absolutely rage-inducing is going to set him off on another god-killing rampage.
Release Date: TBD
Good luck trying to figure out what Kojima's upcoming project is going to be about, because based on that E3 reveal trailer, it could turn out to be a pachinko game for all we know. The trailer kicks off with Norman Reedus appearing to have just woken up on the beach next to a baby and and with a whole lot of dead sea life surrounding him. After a few moments, he looks up into the sky to see several figures seemingly watching him. It's all very mysterious but expect Kojima to keep the reveals coming in the near future.
Release Date: TBD
It's been some time since we've seen a promising Spider-Man game in the works, but E3 2016 revealed the web-slinger's next title as a PS4 exclusive being created by none other than the Ratchet and Clank developer Insomniac. Spider-Man was shown wearing a new suit that featured a huge white spider design on his torso that made this Spidey stand out from previous iterations, but otherwise the hero looks as kick-ass as he does in the movies. You can web-sling through the city, rip criminals from their getaway cars, and even skillfully maneuver through interior spaces with the superhuman agility the webhead is known for. Info on which supervillains we'll be webbing up is still under wraps, but we'll surely get more info on the game soon.
Release Date: 2017
Prey is finally coming back and judging from the E3 2016 reveal trailer, the upcoming first-person alien shooter is going to be trippy. The video shows the presumed protagonist waking up in an apartment over and over again as if he is going about a repetitive (and boring) life - or maybe he's repeating the same day in a time paradox. Whatever's the case, the man also is suffering from some sort of disease that’s seemingly causing him to see himself talking to himself in the mirror. Yeah, it's weird. At least the gameplay showing the player shotgun blasting shadow-like creatures and smashing them with melee weapons looks pretty straightforward.