The upcoming PS4 games for 2018 and beyond

upcoming PS4 games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey

The list of upcoming PS4 games just keeps growing. While we've recently seen some big-game releases on Sony's console, like Spider-Man, there is still a huge stack of great games yet to come. This end-of-year period, from September to December, is absolutely stuffed with new PS4 games, and they're all properly exciting. If you're looking ahead to your next gaming adventure, or you're scoping out the release schedule ahead of a new console purchase, this list will have something for you.

Many of these upcoming PS4 are likely to end up being absolute barnstormers. They'll all fight for a place on our best PS4 games feature, unless something goes hideously wrong in between now and launch. With the prospect of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption 2, Battlefield 5 and more still to come, it's easy to see how PS4's line-up will go from strength to strength.

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 bundle deal ASAP.

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.

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Release date: October 5, 2018   Genre: Action-adventure 

What is it? The Assassin's Creed franchise goes to ancient Greece, and battles more gods.

Why it's so interesting: It's the setting that always defines an Assassin's Creed game, and ancient Greece is one of the most interesting the series has had on PS4. You'll explore the country during its golden age as a mercenary - interestingly, you can choose to be one of two heroes Alexios or Kassandra - and align with either Athens or Sparta. You'll fight in actual battles this time, and choose to follow either of three different disciplines (Warrior, Hunter, or Assassin) to shape your character. It all looks incredibly vibrant and colorful, and plays as beautifully as ever. Many of the systems introduced in Origins have been refined, and gear-collecting will play a big role in Odyssey too. Everything will be as historically authentic as usual too, and you can expect another modern-day story in the background.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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