Even with a next-generation console set to arrive this year, the upcoming PS4 games list continues to grow with so many exciting titles to look forward to in 2020 and beyond. From some of the most anticipated games on the horizon to a strong line-up of interesting indie numbers, and an evergrowing heap of upcoming PS5 games for the PS5, there's plenty to look forward to.
This list is your guide to what is coming for PS4 and when, all handily compiled in date order so you know what to be excited about first. We've picked the biggest games - even those that aren't exclusive to PS4 - so you'll know just what you have to look forward to over the coming months. Want to know more? You can get an 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%.
Here are all the upcoming PS4 games that are going to make 2020 and beyond a great time to be a PlayStation gamer.
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Ghost of Tsushima
Release date: July 17, 2020
Genre: Open-world adventure
Buy: Ghost of Tsushima pre-orders
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, 2020
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 artifacts to discover.
Release date: September 4, 2020
Genre: Action adventure
Buy: Marvel's Avengers pre-orders
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: November 19, 2020
Buy: Cyberpunk 2077 pre-orders
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.
Release date: Fall 2020
Genre: Puzzle adventure
What is it? A "world-shifting" puzzle game from Humble Bundle and Sunhead Games
Why is it so interesting? With its charming art style and interesting puzzle mechanic, Carto looks set to take us on a wonderful adventure. As a cartographer called Carto, you rearrange pieces on of a map, and the world shifts and changes around you. By connecting pieces and joining up the tiles, you'll uncover new lands on the map as you help Carto journey home, and encounter a host of quirky characters who you can help and befriend.
Where the Heart Is
Release date: Winter 2020
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.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Release date: Holiday 2020
What is it? The latest entry in the Assassin's Creed series filled with Viking action.
Why is it interesting? Assassin's Creed is returning with Valhalla, and happily, it's set to release towards the end of this year. As Viking assassin Eivor, you'll be able to choose to play as a man or woman and customise them with tattoos and hairstyles. Filled with plenty of RPG elements that build on the most recent Assassin's Creed games, you'll set out to 9th century England and build up settlements. With Viking raids, plenty of battling action, and choices to make, Valhalla looks set to be one very memorable assassin adventure.
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.
Release date: TBC 2020
What is it? An area-based Worms experience with real-time combat
Why is it so interesting?
On the 25th anniversary of Worms, a new entry in the long-running series was first announced with Worms Rumble. As a single champion, you must head into the heat of combat in battles with up to 32 players. With lots of weaponry fans of the series will recognize, you can try to take out the competition in all manner of ways. Made up of several different modes, including a classic Deathmatch mode and the series' very own take on Battle Royale with Last Squad Standing, Worms Rumble really is shaking things up with real-time combat.
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