The upcoming PS4 games for 2017 and beyond

Anthem

Release date: Fall 2018  
Genre: FPS 

What is it? Part-Destiny and part-Titanfall 2, Anthem sees you whizz around a planet in an exosuit, shooting anything that comes your way. With your buddies in tow. Aww. 

Why it's so interesting: 2017 has already had some outstanding IPs, but there are sure as hell a lot of sequels. Anthem, however, is proof that there's still the demand for something new. It looks beautiful, with lush exotic forests filled with things to shoot at, giving you (a Freelancer) plenty to find when you venture beyond the wall that protects the last vestiges of civilisation. Decked out in your exosuit, otherwise known as a Javelin, you can alter your playstyle and combat type by switching them out every now and again like Warframe. Our hopes are high for Anthem, and we're keeping our fingers crossed. 

Read more: Bioware calls Anthem "science fantasy" like Star Wars or Marvel. "Mass Effect is our real hardcore science fiction"

A Way Out

Release date: TBA 2018  
Genre: Co-op narrative action 

What is it? A break-out-of-jail sim for two players (yes, that's mandatory) with an exclusively splitscreen playstyle. 

Why it's so interesting: Looks like split-screen is making a comeback, with you controlling one ruffian while your buddy - either sitting beside you or off in the world of online gaming somwhere - controls the other. The cool bit is that while one of you is in a cutscene the other is free to move around, setting up what will happen when the cutscene ends and generally causing general chaos. Co-operation is, unsurprisingly, incredibly important. One of you could be sneaking around while another distracts a guard, or you might be teaming up to fight a burly bloke and sync your punches. Either way, A Way Out looks like a brave new direction, and we're eager to see how split-screen co-op feels today. 

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Skull and Bones

Release date: TBA 2018
Genre: Pirate ship sim 

What is it? The naval combat sections of Assassin's Creed Black Flag, minus the stabby hooded free-running.

Why it's so interesting: Because it's the naval combat sections of Assassin's Creed Black Flag, minus the stabby hooded free-running. If your favourite part of Edward Kenway's floating adventures were peppering ships with mortars and watching masts crumble into matchsticks, welcome to Skull and Bones.  Ubisoft knows how much you like big boats and has acted accordingly, throwing multiplayer into the mix and letting you take on your friends who all have lootable ships. Take them down in a hail of canon fire and you can steal their gold and unlock bigger targets. This is one worth walking the plank for.  

Read more: Skull and Bones’ naval multiplayer slugfest is great if you like big boats and you cannot lie

Psychonauts 2

Release date: TBA 2018
Genre: Platformer

What is it? Crowd-funded sequel to one of the most beloved cult games ever, picking up after Razputin makes it to the Psychonauts headquarters.

Why it's so interesting: Tim Schafer has a habit of crafting great adventures and Psychonauts is one of the best games you’ve (probably) never played. That’s something you can rectify immediately as it has been re-released on PS4. We can’t wait for the sequel, where you’ll presumably 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. Expecting great things.

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Shadow of the Colossus Remaster

Release date: TBA 2018  
Genre: RPG

What is it? The remake of the hit game Shadow of the Colossus, which originally came out in 2005, and then with new graphics in 2011. 

Why it's so interesting: With the PS4 having a ton of extra power, Shadow of the Colossus is set to look even better than before. It's a solid fan favourite so creating a new version is sure to please some, especially as this one is being built from the ground up. It'll give new gamers a chance to try it for themselves, and might even update some of the mechanics to fit the more responsive technology we have around nowadays. Just prepare yourself for the emotional rollercoaster the original is famous for.  

Read more: Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 is a full remake, Sony says, including modern controls

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Release date: TBA
Genre: JRPG

What is it? Remember that time in 1997 when you cried a lot because of what happened to Aerith? Get ready for that again, but with better graphics.

Why it's so interesting: 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 Remake off at its press conference at back at E3 2015, and only a few details have escaped since. What is known is that 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...

Read more: The Final Fantasy 7 remake might be utterly brilliant, but it won't be the same

Kingdom Hearts 3

Release date: TBA 2018
Genre: JRPG

What is it? A finale to the storyline of Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, featuring a mix of Disney and Final Fantasy characters. And TOY STORY. 

Why it's so interesting: 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 but who cares about that when we've got Woody and Buzz from Toy Story getting in on the action. Who knows how it will all tie in but we're excited. 

Read more: Kingdom Hearts 3 gets a 2018 release date and OH MY GOD IS THAT TOY STORY?

Death Stranding

Release date: TBA
Genre: Your guess is as good as ours 

What is it? Kojima and Norman Reedus team up for another interesting and mysterious collaboration involving babies and beached whales.

Why it's so interesting: Kojima’s first game outside of Konami could be anything and we’d still be dying to see it. Still, based on that E3 reveal trailer, Death Stranding could turn out to be a pachinko game for all we know. Kicking 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, he looks up into the sky to see several figures seemingly watching him. It's all very mysterious but hopefully Kojima will reveal more in the near future. 

Read more: Death Stranding - trailers analyzed, Instagram clues, and everything you need to know

Darksiders 3

Release date: 2018
Genre: Action-adventure 

What is it? An open-world adventure game where you play as Fury, an anti-hero who operates in the apocalyptic ruins of earth. 

Why it's so interesting: Aside from the fact Darksiders 3 exists? We assumed the Darksiders franchise was dead after THQ went bankrupt, but Nordic Games has revived it for PS4. During the story Fury will be fighting against physical manifestations of the Seven Deadly Sins, and it'll be an open-world adventure game will Zelda-like dungeons. Expect to get special powers and moves to upgrade your Fury, and to be solving puzzles in each of the dungeons you visit. If you played the original games this will feel very familiar. 

Read more: Darksiders 3 leak reveals whip-wielding Fury, the return of old friends, and Seven Deadly Sins

Shenmue 3

Release date: TBA
Genre: Adventure 

What is it? Part crowd-funded, part Sony financed follow up to the expensive Dreamcast games that basically bankrupted the console.  

Why it's so interesting: That Shenmue 3 isn't just vapourware is perhaps the most intriguing thing about it. There's clearly still a lot of love for Ryo and his insatiable hunger for seamen, as the game was crowd-funded hours after being re-revealed at E3 2015. Beyond that - and a few screens of characters and fancy fields - we know nothing about the game.

Read more: Shenmue 3: A couple video clips, a couple million bucks, and everything you need to know

Ghost of Tsushima

Release date: TBA
Genre: Open-world adventure.

What is it? An open-world samurai game from the developer of Infamous.

Why it's so interesting: So far, it’s easier to talk around Ghost of Tsushima than it is to talk about it. The game has only just been announced, and we merely have a (non-gameplay) release trailer and some vague comments from the devs to go on. But we do know that this is being made by the studio behind Infamous and Sly Raccoon, meaning a pedigree in both open-world action and stealth. We know that the game is set in Feudal Japan, and casts you as the last samurai fighting off an invasion by the Mongol Empire. The Mongol Empire is very smart, tactical, and efficient, and you are pretty much on your own, by the looks of it. 

How will you fight back? We don’t know, frankly, but apparently you’re going to have to discover a new way of fighting, The Way of the Ghost. Our guess? A blend of traditional samurai combat and a swathe of stealth options. Red Dead Redemption meets Metal Gear Solid 5 in historical Japan? Yes, it would be nice if this was that. Make it that, please, Sucker Punch.

Spelunky 2

Release date: TBA
Genre: Roguelike platformer

What is it? The surprise sequel to 2013’s surprise breakout platform hit, set a generation later and promising a whole bunch of new ways to get obsessed.

Why it's so interesting: Because the 2013 Spelunky (itself based on a 2008 freeware game), with its permadeath, randomly generated levels, raft of loot and secrets, and spiralling, experimental depths, made for a heck of a gratifying, cleverly compulsive, long-term game. Its high stakes and anything-can-happen nature also gave the streaming scene a huge shot in the arm early on, and ensured a mammoth amount of replay value. The sequel will surely only build on all of that while, if the trailer’s lines can be accurately read between, possibly taking us to the undersurface of the moon.