It has already been a stellar year for PS4, and there's loads more to come. The following list of upcoming PS4 games represents a console in the prime of its life, mixing exciting new exclusives with AAA multiformat titles, and exciting indie projects to create a healthy line-up for the remainder of the year. While it's getting tough to break into the very best PS4 games, many of the following entries have a good chance of becoming absolute classics in 2018.
The next big upcoming PS4 game is Spider-Man, which launches in September, and then there are a flood of games shortly following it. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is due very soon, then you're into the likes of Battlefield 5, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and eventually Red Dead Redemption 2 later in the year. Unfortunately, it's quite a quiet summer for PS4, but that just means you've got time to clear your backlog of great PlayStation games before the new ones arrive. You've totally finished Detroit: Become Human, Far Cry 5, and God of War, right? If not, check out the best of the currently available PS4 games in the video below, and scroll down for all the upcoming PS4 games afterwards.
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We Happy Few
Release date: August 10, 2018 Genre: Adventure/survival
What is it? A first-person survival game set in an alternative 1960s Britain, where everyone takes a drug called Joy to escape the horrors of the real world.
Why it's so interesting: This one is so weird, but the art style and concept are extremely compelling. Set in a fictional city in Britain, in an alternative 1960s, it shows a world where everyone is easily controlled and totally lacking in morals, thanks to mass addiction to a drug called Joy. You play as one of the few people to reject the drug and see the world for what it really is. The game is stuffed full of warped moral choices and unusual situations that you need to survive, so it's going to be quite unlike anything you've already played. Originally Xbox only, now headed to PS4, this is worth keeping an eye on.
Release date: September 7, 2018 Genre: Action-adventure
What is it? Insomniac's fresh take on the famous web-slinger.
Why it's so interesting: It's been some time since we've seen a promising Spider-Man game in the works, but the web-slinger's next title is a PS4 exclusive being created by none other than the Ratchet and Clank developer Insomniac. You can web-sling through the city, rip criminals from their getaway cars, and even skilfully manoeuvre through interior spaces with the superhuman agility the webhead is known for. Throw Miles Morales into the mix, a potentially playable Mary Jane and some seriously explosive set pieces and we are very very ready for whatever Insomniac is up to.
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.
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.
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.
Release date: October 19, 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.
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
Release date: November 14, 2018 Genre: TBA
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.
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.
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.