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Upcoming PS4 games for 2021 and beyond

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There are still plenty of upcoming PS4 games on the way for you to make the most of Sony's last-gen console. With many of the upcoming PS5 games also landing on PS4, there's all manner of adventures and experiences to dive into in 2021 and beyond. From the likes of Call of Duty: Vanguard to Solar Ash and much more besides, we've put together a list of all of most anticipated upcoming PS4 games to add to your wish list. 

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And to make your life easier, we've also put the list together in release date order, so you know what to look out for first. While some upcoming titles are still TBC, we'll also be updating this list with any developments about those all important launch windows so you can stay on top of everything that's on the way. So, without further ado, here all of the upcoming PS4 games to watch out for in 2021 and beyond. 

2021

Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042

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Release date: October 22, 2021  
Genre: FPS 

What is it? A multiplayer-only Battlefield offering set in a climate change ravaged future.   

Why is it so interesting? If you needed a better excuse to sort your recycling and examine your carbon footprint, all you need to do is look at Battlefield 2042’s near future inbound apocalypse. There’s no campaign mode this time around but DICE has made sure there’s no shortage of story to the 64 player chaos on the way on PS4. After years of rising sea levels, economies in ruins, and food shortages this is a world on the brink of permanent disaster where a group called the No-Pats or Non-Patriated must fight to survive. This is the backdrop to a variety of multiplayer modes including series’ staples Conquest and Breakthrough as well as a new squad-based mode called Hazard Zone. There’s no Battle Royale here but DICE’s focus exclusively on multiplayer is a refreshing change that will hopefully pay off.    

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

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Release date: October 26, 2021
Genre: Action-adventure 

What is it? A single player space romp with a fresh Guardians story and an ‘80s mixtape. 

Why is it so interesting? Let’s face it, the Guardians of the Galaxy are pretty dysfunctional and that means that the best way to experience what it’s truly like to be a part of the team, is to be, well, a part of the team. Eidos-Montreal’s decision to let us only control Star-Lord might be questioned by some but the fact that we have to make decisions that will properly affect gameplay means that we’ll constantly have to think about the interpersonal dynamics of Groot and co. Don’t worry though, there’s an all-star ‘80s soundtrack featuring Rick Astley so you’re never going to want to give it up… 

Riders Republic 

Riders Republic

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Release date: October 28, 2021
Genre: Racing/action 

What is it? A multiplayer open-world sports playground where you can cycle, ski, snowboard, or fly with a wingsuit.  

Why is it so interesting? If Steep was a bit chilly for you, then Ubisoft is delivering the significantly warmer goods with Riders Republic. In this constantly online sunny world, you can take on up to 50 other players at the same time, which is just as chaotic as it sounds, as well as make your way through a slightly more civilized sounding campaign mode. Whether you’re soaring the skies in a wingsuit or embracing terra firma on a bike, this looks like a satisfyingly relentless open world to explore. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard

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Release date: November 5, 2021
Genre: FPS

What is it? The next entry in the Call of Duty series, and it's taking us back to WW2. 

Why is it so interesting? Sledgehammer Games is back at the helm for this year's Call of Duty, and with Vanguard we're heading back to the historical World War 2 for the setting. The campaign will explore four stories based on real-world humans that lived through that time, bringing the horrors of war to life with a more personal, human touch than Call of Duty titles beforehand. Of course, there will be more multiplayer action, and updates for Warzone too. 

Jurassic World Evolution 2

Jurassic World Evolution 2

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Release date: November 9, 2021
Genre: Theme park simulation 

What is it? Another bite at the ‘life finding a way’ cherry as we build bigger and better dinosaur parks with even more toothy creatures. 

Why is it so interesting?  The original Jurassic World Evolution was a triumphant theme park sim that constantly kept us on the edge of our seats as we desperately tried to keep our velociraptors happy enough to not turn the visitors into lunch. The second game from Frontier Developments promises a grander full campaign that will leave the original Muertes Archipelago behind in favour of building in a series of fresh environments across the globe. The game is set after the potentially catastrophic events of the last movie and stars Jeff Goldblum as Mr Chaos Theory himself, Dr Ian Malcolm. Oh, and we’ve got flying dinosaurs this time around. He’s going to love that…   

Solar Ash

Solar Ash new trailer Summer Games Fest 2021

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Release date: December 2, 2021
Genre: Action adventure

What is it? The latest title from the team that brought you Hyper Light Drifter.

Why is it so interesting? Solar Ash is Heart Machine's second game, and features a vivid, surreal, and stylized world that's filled with huge enemies. You'll move around at high speed via grind rails and other fluid movement options, battling creatures, and meeting allies along the way. You'll want to wishlist this for the graphics alone.

Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2

Release date: December 7, 2021
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. 

Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies

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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.  

Boundary

Boundary

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Release date: TBC 2021
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.

Little Devil Inside 

Little Devil Inside

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Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Action-adventure 

What is it? You're on a mission, and your number one priority is survival.

Why is it so interesting? Not quite a survival game, but Little Devil Inside will have you fighting for your lite as you embark on missions and journies that question the choices you make. Giant monsters and glowing swords will feature heavily, along with an old man on a toilet, in this mysterious world that spans multiple biomes. Your task is to build a comprehensive encyclopedia of all phenomenal existence within the world, a bit like a Pokedex but slightly more aggressive creatures. 

2022

Saints Row

Saints Row

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Release date: February 25, 2022
Genre: Action/Adventure

What is it? A complete reboot for the Saints Row series. 

Why is it so interesting? Saints Row is taking us back to the beginning of the iconic crime gang with an origin story. You'll be starting out in the city of Santo Ileso, creating the Saints from scratch. It'll be up to you what they'll get up to and how they'll build their empire, leading them once again as the full customisable Boss. It's new faces and new names, but plenty of rival gangs to pick fights with and silliness to engage in - although this is a much more grown-up Saints Row than the dildobat-wielding of old. 

Horizon Forbidden West

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Release date: February 28, 2022
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. 

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands  

Wonderlands

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Release date: Early 2022
Genre: Looter shooter 

What is it? A Borderlands spin-off set in a fantasy world controlled by the chaotic Tiny Tina.

Why is it so interesting?  If you’ve played Borderlands 2’s Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep DLC, you’ll know exactly what you’re in for here. If you haven’t, then Tiny Tina has her own version of Dungeons & Dragons called Bunkers & Badassses and, of course, she’s the Bunker Master. That means that while this fantasy world will have all the shooty hallmarks of a Borderlands game with added spellcasting, Tiny Tina will have complete control of proceedings and rewrite the rules when she gets bored. At least we can experience the madness with friends with the co-op campaign for up to four players. 

Stray

Stray

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Release date: Early 2022
Genre: Adventure

What is it? A game where you play as a street cat wearing a tiny backpack in a world of robots.

Why is it so interesting? There aren't many games that let you play as an adorable little tabby cat, but Stray is one of them. You are lost, alone, and separated from your family, but in order to get back to them you must untangle an ancient mystery in a long-forgotten city. Thankfully you find a small drone known only as B12, making you not quite alone anymore.

Release date: Spring 2022
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. 

A Plague Tale: Requiem 

A Plague Tale: Requiem

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Release date: 2022
Genre:
Action-adventure 

What is it? Another jaunt through a terrifying world of rats and curses with a young brother and sister. 

Why is it so interesting? A Plague Tale: Innocence wasn’t top of our ‘needs a sequel list’ but we’ll definitely take a follow up to the rat-based nightmares of Amicia and her brother Hugo’s original adventure. The combination of the first game’s heartfelt story and tense stealth sequences through plague-ravaged France made a compelling, if grim, experience. There’s not been too much revealed about Requiem just yet but the mention of a curse means that we’re probably not getting a happily ever after any time soon.   

Open Roads

Open Roads

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Release date: TBC 2022
Genre: Adventure

What is it? A story of a mother and daughter going on a road trip to discover the family secrets. 

Why is it so interesting? Open Roads is coming to you from Gone Home and Tacoma developer Fullbright, and tells the tale of Tess Devine and her mother Opal. The pair are heading out on a road trip after discovering letters and notes tucked away in the attic of their home that will lead them to learn more about their family history.

God of War: Ragnarok

God of War Ragnarok

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Release date: TBC 2022
Genre: Action-adventure 

What is it? A sequel to Sony Santa Monica's God of War following Kratos and an older Atreus 

Why is it so interesting? We're about to get another adventure with Kratos as the cold winds of Fimbulwinter hit Midgard. With new challenges to face and characters to meet, Kratos and Atreus are said to have some tough choices to make as Ragnarok approaches. You know, the very end of the world in Norse mythology. We can hardly wait to discover everything the latest God of War holds for us, with Eric Williams now in the director's seat

Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones

Release date: TBC 2022
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.  

TBC

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake 

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake

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Release date: TBC
Genre: Action / Adventure

What is it? A full-scale remake of the classic Prince of Persia: Sands of Time 2003 release. 

Why is it interesting? The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake will bring the 2003 adventure back for a new generation, with a host of enhancements and new features for modern consoles. Players will be able to fight against new enemy character models, see entirely new cinematic sequences, and experience the action with enhanced animations. Camera and combat controls have also been rebuilt and modernized to suit current consoles. 

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

Release date: TBC
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. 

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 first 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. Since then, we haven't heard or seen all that much about it. We do know that Ubisoft is still working on the game, though, with recent job listings surfacing for the project.