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Upcoming PS4 games for 2021 and beyond

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Despite the next generation being already here, there are still plenty of upcoming PS4 games to look forward to this year. Regardless of the launch of the PS5, which comes complete with its own upcoming PS5 games and PS5 launch games, the PS4 is nowhere near retired. As you can see from this list of highly anticipated upcoming PS4 games, there are still a bunch of great titles on the way.

We've made sure this list only has games worthy of your attention, and to make your life easier we've listed them by release date. If you want more of a deep dive, try subscribing to Official PlayStation Magazine in print or digital at a saving of up to 54%.

Here are all the upcoming PS4 games that are going to make 2021 a great time to be a PlayStation gamer.  

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release date: Spring 2021
Genre: Action-adventure of the Lego variety

What is it? All nine Star Wars films in one Lego game. 

Why is it so interesting? Lego and Star Wars is always a winning combination. Being able to play out every single Star Wars movie - from a New Hope to The Last Jedi -  in Lego form makes for one delightful adventure, and that's exactly what we're going to get with the recently announced Skywalker Saga.  While we've already gotten to experience most of the Star Wars films in the form of Lego games, we'll be able to play out the latest adventures with Rey and the gang, too. We're not sure if the previous games will be tweaked in any way or just remastered, but regardless, they're sure to be just as enjoyable. 

Where the Heart Is 

Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Narrative Adventure

What is it? A choice-based narrative adventure that takes you on a journey through the protagonist Whit's life.

Why is it so interesting? Armature Studio is bringing us a narrative adventure that blends imagination with reality as you explore the protagonist Whit's past and future. From his childhood to adult life and beyond, every choice you make will influence where Whit's path will lead, with many different endings to discover. From surreal to emotional moments and everything in between, Where The Heart Is takes you on a story-driven journey that explores familial ties. 

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake 

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake

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Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Action / Adventure

What is it? A full-scale remake of the classic Prince of Persia: Sands of Time 2003 release. 

Why is it interesting? The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake will bring the 2003 adventure back for a new generation, with a host of enhancements and new features for modern consoles. Players will be able to fight against new enemy character models, see entirely new cinematic sequences, and experience the action with enhanced animations. Camera and combat controls have also been rebuilt and modernized to suit current consoles. 

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6

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Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Action/ Adventure

What is it? The sixth installment in the Far Cry series that takes place on the island of Yara. 

Why is it interesting? The return of the Far Cry series will see you take on the role of Dani Rojas, a Yaran who fights with a guerilla group to free the island from the rule of Anton Castillo (voiced by Giancarlo Esposito), who rules a ruthless dictatorship. Castillo is set on restoring the island to its former glory "by any means" with his son Diego at his side. 

Horizon Forbidden West

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Release date:  TBC 2021
Genre: Action/Adventure

What is it? Aloy's back with a brand new adventure, and this time - as the title suggests - she's heading west. 

Why is it so interesting? As the sequel to Guerrilla Games' fantastic robotic, post-apocalyptic adventure, it's inherently exciting. Our hero Aloy is back and she's heading to the realms of San Francisco and co in the west of America, facing a new threat - and some old foes. Expect new robots, some familiar faces, and some seriously gorgeous graphics as this game launches across PS5 and PS4. 

Psychonauts 2

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Release date: TBC 2021
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 is it 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.

Read more: Psychonauts 2 gameplay is here, check out everything Raz can do so far

Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones

Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Pirate ship sim 

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

Why is it 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

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: RPG

What is it? A vampire RPG set in Seattle that's a sequel to the cult classic Vampire: The Masquerade bloodlines. 

Why is it so interesting? Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 sees you play as a vampire who was sired as an act of vampire terrorism during the 'Mass Embrace.'  Thrown into the seedy underbelly of Seattle where creatures roam the rainy city, you'll get caught up the politics of the different vampire factions as you try to grapple with your new abilities and a new way of life. Just like the first game, there will be a whole host of different vampire clans with different abilities and social standings. Heavy on RPG elements like player choice, a strong narrative, and dialogue options, the sequel looks set to build on the lore and elements of the first, and bring it to another generation with its own new features. 

Read more: New Bloodlines 2 trailer welcomes you to the first day of the rest of your death. 

Heavenly Bodies

Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Adventure

What is it?  A physics-based adventure in space where you control the arms and legs of a cosmonaut

Why is it so interesting? When it comes to being a 1970s cosmonaut in space, there's no such thing as a simple task. Without gravity in the starry expanses of space, everything is at risk of floating away, and any jobs you do are a little bit more complicated to carry out. You control the arms and legs of the cosmonaut, and each limb has different input, so you'll have to quite literally get to grips with the controls as you tinker with space tech in various scenarios.  

Maquette

Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Puzzle adventure

What is it? A mind-bending puzzle game set in a recursive world 

Why is it so interesting? Maquette is described as a puzzle game, but not in the typical sense. As you journey through a story with puzzles along the way, you'll explore a recursive world and work to uncover the memories of a young couple in love. Solving the puzzles through "creative thinking", developer Graceful Decay is taking us into a world filled with unique, mind-bending puzzles that will challenge you in a myriad of ways. If you're after something that will make you get your thinking hat on, this might just be for you. 

F.I.S.T Forged in Shadow Torch

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Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Action-adventure

What is it? TiGames' action-adventure featuring an anthropomorphic bunny with a weaponized fist 

Why is it so interesting? Described as an exploration platformer, F.I.S.T Forged in Shadow Torch sees you play as Rayton, an anthropomorphic bunny who wields a massive, weaponized metal fist. In this "dieselpunk-style action-adventure" set in a world that's only inhabited by animals, things take a turn for the worse when the world is invaded by machine-like creatures. As a veteran who's seen many battles and has been in hiding since his city fell to conflict, you set out as Rayton in a bid to rescue a friend who's been kidnapped by the Machine Legion. 

Boundary

Release date: TBC
Genre: FPS

What is it? A competitive first-person shooter set in space. 

Why is it so interesting? It's a competitive first-person shooter set in space. Absolute madness. Not on a planet, or with ships, but astronauts armed to the teeth in the nothingness of space. You'll have multiple Astroperators to choose from (the devs term not mine), with various abilities and custom loadouts. There's a grappling hook too. It all looks a bit bonkers to be honest, and we're so down for it.

Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2

Release date: TBC
Genre: RPG / survival horror

What is it? The sequel to Techland's zombie-filled parkouring survival horror, Dying Light.  

Why is it so interesting? Dying Light came out back in 2015, and since then many have been hoping for a sequel, so when news hit that Dying Light 2 was in fact happening, the excitement for another zombie fest from Techland was palpable. The second game takes place 15 years after the first, and one human settlement still stands in the 'modern dark age' the infected world has fallen into. There are more RPG elements on offer this time around, with difficult choices and sacrifices to make to help or hinder the world. From what we've seen so far, the world's visuals look fantastic, and it looks set to be even bigger than the first. You can also once again play the entire campaign in four player co-op, and there's even more parkouring action to be had. 

Read more: Dying Light 2 E3 2019 preview: Techland's pulpy power fantasy has politically charged punch.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

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Release date: TBC
Genre: Action-adventure

What is it? Long-awaited sequel to the 2003 game, set in an alien world where animals are fully evolved alongside humans 

Why is it so interesting? Because we've waited 15 years for it! Ubisoft revealed the game at E3 2017, and showed loads more at E3 2018. The trailers showed a hugely different visual style to the original game (to be expected), and a different cast of hero characters and themes, although we see Pey'j in the latest trailer and a very evil Jade, who appears to have become the big-bad. This probably won't even make 2019, such is its ambition, but we do know that production on the game is in full swing, with Ubisoft even inviting the general public to create art that will be featured in the final product.

Read more: Beyond Good and Evil 2 - everything you need to know.

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