It's becoming a bit of a strange time for upcoming PS4 games, what with The Last of Us 2 getting delayed. But, that doesn't mean that there aren't some awesome games on the horizon. Not to mention we've also got the PS5 inbound along with a generous helping of upcoming PS5 games. One things for sure: there's a lot to get excited about.
We've put this list together in release date order, so you can stay on top of all the releases as they come out. And we've picked out the biggest games we know about that are 100% confirmed. It's important to note that these upcoming PS4 games aren't necessarily exclusives either, so some will appear on other consoles. You can get in-depth insight on the best upcoming PS4 games by subscribing to Official PlayStation Magazine in print or digital at a saving of up to 54%.
So without further ado, here's all the upcoming PS4 games to get excited about.
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Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Release date: April 10, 2020
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 is it 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 back at E3 2015, and we've only recently finally gotten an actual release date and seen the whole gang in action at E3 2019. It'll be more action based than the original with real-time combat mixed in turn-based (much to some purists' dismay), and it's still set to 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...
Predator: Hunting Grounds
Release date: April 24, 2020
What is it? A new multiplayer shooter based on the Predator movies.
Why is it so interesting? This PS4 exclusive shooter offers an asymmetrical multiplayer experience, where you either play as a member of an elite Fireteam, which aims to complete various paramilitary operations, and escaping via helicopter, before the Predator finds you. Or, you play as the Predator itself, hunting down Fireteam members using its deadly alien tech from camouflage to bows and wristblades. Both the humans and the Predator have different class types available, with unlockables to discover as you play.
Ghost of Tsushima
Release date: June 26, 2020
Genre: Open-world adventure.
What is it? An open-world samurai game from the developer of Infamous.
Why is it so interesting? For us, Ghost of Tsushima was a highlight from Sony's bizarre E3 2018 press conference. We saw central character, Jin, taking on several Mongol enemies while his village burned from their attack in 1274 Japan. It looks utterly stunning, with leaves falling delicately from trees, and a glowing sunset burning in the background. We also see horse-riding, stealth, and some sword-play, which looks more like the kind of tactical fighting you'd expect from For Honor, rather than a quick and simple hack and slash. The E3 demo finishes with a 'boss fight' of sorts, as Jin's closest ally turns on him, and we really see the action in full flow, with swipes, parries, and so much back and forth swordplay.
Release date: august 28
What is it? A beautiful survival game where you have to survive after washing up on a mysterious island.
Why is it so interesting? It's a bit like Animal Crossing: New Horizons but with more danger and the chance of actually dying. You awake, as Kara, washed up on a mysterious island after a fierce storm destroys your vessel. You must get your bearing and work to try and secure all the survival essentials. As you start to figure out island life, you'll unlock more skills and abilities, including the ability to build a new raft, and even a glider. The island is procedurally generated so that each player gets a unique experience, with the island also being home to beasts and different biomes, along with ruins and artefacts to discover.
Release date: September 4, 2020
Genre: Action adventure
What is it? Crystal Dynamics doing its own take on a Marvel's Avengers game, putting superhero powers in your hands.
Why is it so interesting? Think Destiny, but instead of Guardian Classes you're picking to play as one of the four Avengers – Captain America, Hulk, Iron-Man and Thor. It might not look like it from the trailers we've seen so far, but after playing some of the game's campaign and talking to the developers, this game has some serious depth, and will offer players ongoing content for months, if not years, after release – also a la Destiny. Yes, these might not be the MCU's Avengers, but gosh do I want to play as them.
Release date: September 17, 2020
What is it? A new game from CD Projekt Red, the creators of the hugely successful Witcher series.
Why is it so interesting? Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person RPG that places a heavy emphasis on personal modding and action, and while it's still as deep an RPG as you'd expect, it's way more action-heavy than CD Projekt's previous game, The Witcher 3. One gameplay example we've seen is that you can shoot through enemies while hacking their weaponry with your mind, and scanning the environment with visual enhancements. Everything looks gorgeous in-game, and there's a real distinct look to everything, with the inhabitants of the city ranging from barely enhanced humans to outlandishly modified gangsters and technologically advanced drones. During E3 2019, we learnt a lot of new information, including the fact you'll be able to finish the game without committing a single kill, and freaking Keanu Reeves, who will be playing a big role in the RPG, took to the stage to reveal the long awaited release date.
Release date: September 2020
What is it? A roguelite game set in the offices of abandoned tech startups.
Why is it interesting? Okay, so the title and theme might feel a little weird at this point in time, but the game itself is looking rather awesome. You play as Jackie, a unpaid marketing intern, whose work quickly turns from coffee-making and menial work to heading down into the basement to fight off monsters. This game is set in the offices of abandoned tech startups, and you'll be using the junk you find as you move through the empty corridors as weapons. It's bright, it's colourful, and it's downright silly. We're looking forward to it.
Gods & Monsters
Release date: TBC 2020
What is it? A new storybook adventure in a world of Greek mythology from the creators behind Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
Why is it so interesting? The team behind Assassins Creed Odyssey announced at E3 2019 that it is breaking free from the limitations of the history books to bring us a new fantastical adventure based on the stories of Greek Mythology. As the hero of the story, the gods of Olympus turn to you for help, and bestow you with their powers to take on all the mythological creatures who have invaded the Isle of the Blessed. You'll work to save the gods and face down the most fearsome and powerful mythological creature of all. Gods & Monsters is wrapped up in a beautiful painterly style that promises to deliver one very charming and interesting open-world adventure.
Release date: TBC 2020
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.
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