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The upcoming PS4 games for 2020 and beyond

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The upcoming PS4 games list is still growing, despite the release of the PS5 and all of the upcoming PS5 games and PS5 launch games. Here we've put together a list of the most exciting releases headed to the platform, all complied in date order so you know what to look out for and when. We've picked out the biggest games on the horizon - even ones that aren't exclusive to PS4. From sprawling RPGs to noteworthy indies, there's something for everyone. 

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Here are all the upcoming PS4 games that are going to make 2020 and beyond a great time to be a PlayStation gamer.  

Twin Mirror

(Image credit: Dontnod)

Release date: December 1, 2020
Genre: Psychological thriller 

What is it? A new psychological thriller from Dontnod Entertainment, the creators of the Life is Strange series.

Why is it so interesting? You play as protagonist Sam, en route back to his hometown to attend his best friend's funeral. But he's not alone on this journey, as he's accompanied by his alter-ego, the Double, who acts as his advisor / pestering wise-ass / the self-confidence he doesn't have. This duality is at the heart of the game's story, and gameplay too. But when Sam wakes up the day after the funeral, he finds a blood-soaked shirt in his hotel room. His own shirt, but who's blood? You'll then use Sam's unique memory visualisation ability, by entering his mind palace, to discover solutions to the various puzzles, solutions and crimescenes he finds. It's part CSI investigation, part narrative game, where you switch between the real location and Sam's mind to uncover the story. It's got hints of Heavy Rain in there too. We are so in.

Immortals: Fenyx Rising

Gods & Monsters

Release date: December 3, 2020
Genre: Adventure

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. Immortals: Fenyx Rising is wrapped up in a beautiful painterly style that promises to deliver one very charming and interesting open-world adventure. 

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

Release date: December 10, 2020  
Genre: Action-RPG
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. 

Read more:  Hands-on with Cyberpunk 2077: Freedom, master world-building, and customisable genitalia.

Carto

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. 

Boundary

Release date: TBC 2020
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.

Worms Rumble

Release date: TBC 2020
Genre: Action

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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Little Nightmares 2

(Image credit: Bandai Namco)

Release date: February 11, 2021
Genre: Puzzle / Platformer / Horror

What is it? Childhood fears come to life again with the sequel to Bandai Namco's puzzle-platformer horror game.

Why is it so interesting? Our tiny yellow raincoat-wearing heroine, Six, has escaped the horrors of the ship only to find herself in an unknown land facing similar, pretty awful nightmares. It looks like she's found a friend for Little Nightmares 2 though. You actually play as this new character, Mono, a young boy trapped in a world distorted by the humming transmission of a distant tower, and Six is his guide to discover the Signal Tower's dark secrets. But can he discover them before Six fades from this world altogether?

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. 

Horizon Forbidden West

(Image credit: Guerrilla Games)

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

(Image credit: Double Fine)

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.  

Haven

Release date: TBC
Genre: Adventure

What is it? A relaxing, romantic co-op adventure that follows the story of a couple on a lost planet 

Why is it so interesting? With its colourful art style and interesting premise, Haven is an upcoming co-op adventure from developer The Game Bakers who brought us the neon-tinted shoot 'em up, Furi. Following the story of the relationship between couple Yu and Kay, you can play solo or with "someone special" as you explore a strange, lost planet. With RPG elements such as crafting, exploration, and combat, this romantic adventure offers plenty of quiet moments like letting you take the time to lie down and take in the views. 

Maquette

Release date: TBC
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

(Image credit: Bilibili)

Release date: TBC
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. 

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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