The upcoming PS4 games for 2018 and beyond

Upcoming PS4 games 2018

E3 is just around the corner, so expect the list of upcoming PS4 games to grow massively when Sony takes to the stage and announces its plans for 2018 and beyond. It's a hugely exciting time to own a PS4, and it feels like the console is already having a huge year - God of War, Detroit: Become Human, and Far Cry 5 have all exceeded expectations. It's getting harder and harder to choose the best PS4 games, and that struggle is only going to become more prevalent as the year rolls on.

What follows is the pick of the upcoming PS4 games for 2018 and beyond. While you won't find every little title on here, you're getting a breakdown of all the big hitters, the games with huge potential, and the indies we know you'll love. Each entry has a release date for the upcoming game, and a link to further reading on it. We update this feature every week (or every time a new game is announced) to keep it fresh, so you always know what's coming up for your PS4 console. The only mystery remaining, is how you're going to find the time and money to play them all...

Vampyr

Release date: June 5, 2018   Genre: RPG 

What is it? The next game from Life Is Strange developer Dontnod.  

Why it's so interesting: It's 1918 and London is sick. No, not in a good way. The flu is ravaging the streets and the city is dying. The good news is that you're a vampire so can't get sick. The bad news is that you're a vampire and really need to drink blood but also are still a Doctor so still have a duty of care to the city. Quite the bloodsoaked dilemma. Don'tnod's London is a beautiful gothic wonderland, full of vampire hunters and potentially very edible humans. Think fifty shades of morally grey and you get the idea. The further you unravel the narratives of the world, the richer their blood becomes. Do you keep helping or just dive into them like a happy meal with a toothy embrace? Find out in spring. 

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The Crew 2

Release date: June 29, 2018   Genre: Racing 

What is it? Follow-up to the across-America racing game, which will allow you to drive more than just cars this time round

Why it's so interesting: While The Crew isn't the best racing game of all time, the core idea is solid. This sequel is letting players mix up the action by giving us cars, boats, helicopters, bikes and all kinds of vehicles... basically anything you can race. This frees us from the constraints of the roads and tracks, some of the weakest aspects of the original game. There will be a Beta at some point this year (expect it to be revealed at E3), so if you're interested you'll be able to sample the game for free.

Read more: The Crew 2 lets you race everything, everywhere and it's out in 2018 

We Happy Few

Release date: Summer 2018   Genre: Adventure/survival 

What is it? A first-person survival game set in an alternative 1960s Britain, where everyone take a drug called Joy to escape the horrors of the real world.

Why it's so interesting: This one is so weird, but the art style and concept are extremely compelling. Set in a fictional city in Britain, in an alternative 1960s, it shows a world where everyone is easily controlled and totally lacking in morals, thanks to mass addiction to a drug called Joy. You play as one of the few people to reject the drug and see the world for what it really is. The game is stuffed full of warped moral choices and unusual situations that you need to survive, so it's going to be quite unlike anything you've already played. Originally Xbox only, now headed to PS4, this is worth keeping an eye on.

Read more: 6 things you missed in the We Happy Few demo 

Spider-Man

Release date: September 7, 2018   Genre: Action-adventure 

What is it? Insomniac's fresh take on the famous web-slinger.

Why it's so interesting: It's been some time since we've seen a promising Spider-Man game in the works, but the web-slinger's next title is a PS4 exclusive being created by none other than the Ratchet and Clank developer Insomniac. You can web-sling through the city, rip criminals from their getaway cars, and even skilfully manoeuvre through interior spaces with the superhuman agility the webhead is known for. Throw in Miles Morales into the mix, a potentially playable Mary Jane and some seriously explosive set pieces and we are very very ready for whatever Insomniac is up to. 

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Release date: September 14, 2018   Genre: Action-adventure 

What is it? The third Lara adventure in this rebooted version of the franchise.

Why it's so interesting: The fact that Shadow of the Tomb Raider exists isn't huge news in itself. However, the context in which it exists really is, because we're living in a world where God of War exists, and that game redefines what it's like to play an open-world adventure game. Shadow has a huge hill to climb if it wants to come close to the new GOW, but Lara has always been a fighter, so we're looking forward to seeing what this new game can really deliver.

Read more: Shadow of the Tomb Raider release date, gameplay, and all we know

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Release date: October 12, 2018   Genre: Shooter  

What is it? The fourth in the Black Ops series, which has gone from Vietnam to modern to future warfare.

Why it's so interesting: The word 'intriguing' might be more accurate to describe Black Ops 4 because... all we have is a logo and a release date. There's a full reveal event happening on May 17, and it'll be broadcast to the community first, implying it's heavily geared towards multiplayer and eSports, so you're going to want to pick up a decent PS4 headset in time for release. The series could go literally anywhere after the events of Black Ops 3, which all got very weird towards the end. Perhaps we're looking at a step back in time to the Vietnam war (given how modern warfare is starting to get a little played out, and how COD went back to WW2 last year), or something completely different set even further in the future. Zombies should be back too, given how it's a Treyarch staple, but where you go from having a whole city to host the mode is... anyone's guess.

Read more: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 trailer officially released with a hilariously unhype logo reveal

Battlefield V

Release date: October 19, 2018   Genre: Shooter  

What is it? The Battlefield franchise is going back to WW2, to tell stories you've never seen before. And let you shoot loads of stuff...

Why it's so interesting: This isn't your average Battlefield. While it may look the same, this is a bold new direction for the series, bringing single player, co-op, and multiplayer into one game, all of which is overseen by a live service called Tides of War. The hot new mode here is called Grand Operations, which are multiplayer battles fought over four (in-game) days, ending in a Last Man Standing match, where the team left alive claims the precious win. EA has ditched season pass DLC for this game, and is instead offering a live service that changes the game rules, maps, and modes as time rolls on, keeping the whole thing fresh. There are massive changes to movement, guns, vehicles, customisation, squad play, spotting... the list goes on. This has the potential to be the biggest, best shooter of 2018 - possibly the generation - if DICE nails it.

Read more: Battlefield 5 - everything we know (which is a lot) 

Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: October 26, 2018   Genre: Adventure  

What is it? A sequel - well, prequel - to Rockstar's open-world adventure set in the Wild West. 

Why it's so interesting: Given that this is Rockstar creating a follow-up to one of its most beloved games, that makes Red Dead Redemption 2 a big, big deal. We already know it'll have a big online mode, similar to GTA Online, and that we'll be following the "story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight, and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America." As open world sandboxes go, Red Dead Redemption 2 looks almost terrifyingly huge. From the glimpses we've seen in the trailer this is a world of forests, canyons, and sprawling deserts that's going to have you reaching for your photo mode buttons as often as the pistol slung around your waist. 

Read more: Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer breakdown 

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

Dreams

Release date: TBA 2018   Genre: Creation

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.

Read more: If LittleBigPlanet sparked your imagination, Dreams will straight up set it on fire

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. 

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Blood and Truth

Release date: TBA 2018   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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Team Sonic Racing

Release date: Winter 2018   Genre: Racing

What is it? A kart racer starring Sonic The Hedgehog and a number of his increasingly irrelevant buddies.

Why it's so interesting: To be fair, PS4 is short on kart racers, so if you're in the mood for a light-hearted racing game with bright colors and irritating cartoon characters, this is most definitely for you. Maybe this one will finally explain the reason why Sonic is in a kart in the first place, given that he can run faster than the speed of sound on his own. Maybe he's just giving his friends a chance, or something, or perhaps his knees are shot from bouncing on too many springs. Perhaps he just can't be arsed. Anyway, there are 15 playable characters in the game, loads of item pick ups, and a variety of kart racing modes. It's coming this winter.

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