Oooh I'm excited for the next 18 months of upcoming PS4 games. Not only are there some seriously exciting titles to come, including the likes of The Last of Us 2, and Ghost of Tsushima, but also it may well be the case that we're soon to get our first glimpse of PS5. But, for now, here's all the upcoming PS4 games to get excited about for 2019 (and beyond).
A note on this list: it's all done in release date order, and we've picked out the biggest games we know about that are 100% confirmed to appear. These upcoming PS4 games aren't necessarily exclusives either, so some will appear on other consoles, and most will be Pro enhanced, so you should consider picking up a PS4 Pro deal ASAP. And for those that have a virtual reality element to them, be sure to check out the best PlayStation VR bundles here.
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Release date: April 26, 2019
What is it? With the world seemingly in ruins, it's time to avoid hordes of Freakers. Yes, they can run.
Why it's so interesting: Zombie games might be a dime a dozen at this point, but Days Gone, Sony Bend Studio's open-world, post-apocalyptic third-person adventure, treats the not-quite-dead a bit differently. Squeezing into drifter Deacon St. John’s boots, you’re attempting to live out the end of the world on the dangerous open road. You have to learn how to manage a swarm of infected called Freakers - who aren't actually dead - if you want to survive. These disgusting creatures flood through the environment, 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.
Release date: May 14, 2019
What is it? A fun, colorful sequel to the original Rage. This one is all about having fun with guns and outrageous, acrobatic movement.
Why it's so interesting: The tone of Rage 2 couldn't be more different to the original. That's good news, as the emphasis here is purely on showing off as you shoot through armies of mutant enemies. It's being developed by Avalanche, who made the Just Cause franchise, so you can expect heaps of open-world chaos. There are vehicles to use, massive boss-like monsters to take down, and a vast array of weaponry to try out. Feels very much like Bulletstorm and Borderlands, and it's coming early in 2019. We'll see more at E3.
Release date: August 27, 2019
Genre: Action adventure
What is it? A mind-bending, reality-bothering shooter from Remedy, the people who made Max Payne.
Why it's so interesting: The very concept is a bizarre one. You play as Jesse Faden, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Control, responsible for everything mysterious and supernatural in the US. Your HQ is called The Oldest House, and it's a weird trans-dimensional space, shifting and changing impossibly, like an Escher painting. You'll be able to combine gunplay with psychic powers in game, and your weapon will change states to serve different purposes (so, loosely, expect it to organically morph from a pistol to a shotgun, for example). It all sounds very reminiscent of the likes of Second Sight from the PS2 era, and we're very ok with that. Expect Control some time in 2019.
Release date: TBA 2019
What is it? A game that lets you make... anything. This is essentially a user-friendly set of tools for making your own video games.
Why it's so interesting: Because you can, literally, make anything in Dreams. It's from the people who made LittleBigPlanet, and its aim is to be a set of tools that allow everyone to make their own video games, short movies, or visual stories. It's hugely ambitious, and the key to its success will be in making the tools simple enough to use, but powerful enough to be able to fulfil anything in the player's imagination. Sounds absolutely insane, but this could be a real game changer when it launches later in 2018. More at E3.
Blood and Truth
Release date: TBC 2019
Genre: VR shooter
What is it? You know the London Heist mini-game from VR Worlds? It's that, by the same creators, as a full game.
Why it's so interesting: This is very much a full game, exclusive to VR. Proper VR titles have been in short supply, but this - by the creators of London Heist - is all set to fill the niche when it launches later this year. It's essentially London Heist, turned into a full game, which means plenty of shoot-outs, van driving, and cigar waving. Maybe some blowtorch torture too, and a raft of other criminal underground activities. We're desperate for a reason to dust off the VR headset, and this could be it. Check out some early gameplay right here.
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Skull and Bones
Release date: TBC 2019
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.
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