The upcoming PS4 games for 2018 and beyond

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Despite the slew of new releases in October, the list of upcoming PS4 games is healthy as ever. In other words, there are still loads of great new PS4 games still to appear, and some of the biggest are still due in 2018. We've compiled a list of every PS4 game worth knowing about, and explained why you should get excited below.

The next big release is Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, and it's sure to eclipse all the other games this winter. However, cowboys and horses aren't for everyone, and we've still got titles like Battlefield 5, Hitman 2, Fallout 76 and more to come. That's before you dig into next year's hottest games, like Resident Evil 2 Remake, The Last of Us 2, and Kingdom Hearts 3. It's always been good to be a PS4 owner, but it definitely feels like we're getting spoiled in 2018 and 2019.

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 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.

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 

Hitman 2

Release date: November 13, 2018   Genre: Stealth

What is it? A second game based on the Hitman reboot, which was released episodically in 2017.

Why it's so interesting: In terms of actual gameplay, this feels more like a 'second season' of the latest Hitman incarnation. It uses the same structure of setting Agent 47 loose in a large, densely populated area, and tasking him with completing multiple objectives however he can. Disguises are key to accessing certain areas, and weapons will be limited to start with. There will be six levels in total, however, they will be launched all at once and not episodically like the last game. One stage we already know about is set in a racetrack in Miami, but the others will see the bald assassin trotting the globe to hunt down the enigmatic Shadow Client. DLC is planned, so you can expect to murder through several other locations after launch too. There is even multiplayer - a Sniper Challenge - which will come bundled with the main game at launch.

Read more: 18 minutes of Hitman 2 gameplay, direct from E3

Fallout 76

Release date: November 14, 2018   Genre: MMO

What is it? A new game set in the Fallout universe... and it's a massive shared world RPG.

Why it's so interesting: This is a shared-world RPG and a prequel to all other Fallout games. The game map is apparently four times the size of Fallout 4, and everyone within it will be a real person, so you're constantly interacting with friends and strangers to create your world. Settlement building has been vastly improved since the previous game, and there's a new CAMP system that allows you to construct and customise your settlements from anywhere in the game. Sure, you'll still be able to take part in quests and discover new locations, but the whole point is that you'll do so with other people and not non-player characters. Opinion is split on Fallout 76 - with some asking for a more traditional RPG and others loving the new direction. We'll see how it all goes down, this November.

Read more: Yes, Fallout 76 is an MMO but here’s why it could be the one for you

Battlefield 5

Release date: November 20, 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 learns from Fortnite and Destiny, looking to be the only shooter you need this year

Just Cause 4

Release date: December 4, 2018   Genre: Action

What is it? A vast, open-world action game where causing chaos is key.

Why it's so interesting: The Just Cause series knows why people play it. It isn't for the nuanced story or the subtlety of the characters - it's to blow s**t up. As much stuff as possible, with as much stuff as possible. Ageing hero Rico Rodriguez returns in Just Cause 4, and this time he's shooting up a world split into four, distinct biomes, meaning that the environments and the destruction within them will vary massively. There are natural disasters to contend with, like sandstorms and tornadoes, and an upgraded grappling hook, while allows Rico to interact with vehicles and other objects in increasingly elaborate ways. Looks like heaps of fun.

Read more: Just Cause 4 shows you how to take on an actual tornado

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

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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