The list of upcoming PS4 games is full of excellent titles just aching to be played. As we speed towards the end of the year, it's about to get very busy in PS4 gaming land. And yes, that's even with the PS5 looming on the horizon. From interesting indie titles like Concrete Genie, to high anticipated releases like The Last of Us 2, there are so many games coming to PS4 that you should be getting excited about.
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 upcoming PS4 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 deal ASAP. And for those that have a virtual reality element to them, be sure to check out the best PlayStation VR bundles here.
Here's all the upcoming PS4 games to get excited about for 2019 (and beyond).
Release date: August 27, 2019
Genre: Action adventure
What is it? A mind-bending, reality-bothering shooter from Remedy, the people who made Max Payne.
Why it's so interesting: The very concept is a bizarre one. You play as Jesse Faden, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Control, responsible for everything mysterious and supernatural in the US. Your HQ is called The Oldest House, and it's a weird trans-dimensional space, shifting and changing impossibly, like an Escher painting. You'll be able to combine gunplay with psychic powers in game, and your weapon will change states to serve different purposes (so, loosely, expect it to organically morph from a pistol to a shotgun, for example). It all sounds very reminiscent of the likes of Second Sight from the PS2 era, and we're very ok with that. Expect Control some time in 2019.
Release date: September 23, 2019
Genre: Action / adventure
What is it? The long-awaited threequel to the Borderlands series; full of guns, puns, and its trademark silliness.
Why it's so interesting: Not only have fans been waiting a long time for Borderlands 3, from the looks of the trailer so far, it's nailed the tone of the series so far, and channels just the right amount of cocky swagger to bring joy to all fans. Fan-favourite characters like Lilith, Sir Hammerlock and Ellie are returning, but there are new things to come too. Over a billion guns, including some with legs, brand new transport like a motorbike that's basically a wheel you sit in, new locations and more. It's going to be an exciting time.
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Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Release date: October 4, 2019
Genre: Tactical shooter
What is it? A new Ghost Recon military shooter that pits ghosts against former ghosts.
Why is it so interesting? For starters, Ghost Recon Breakpoint will see you go up against Jon Bernthal, who's reprising his role as Colonel Cole D. Walker from the Operation Oracle DLC that recently came to Ghost Recon Wildlands. Walker has the same training as a ghost, so his band of Wolves are going to be some tough opposition. This entry also puts more of a focus on survival, so you'll have to keep an eye on your injuries and use the environment to get through some hairy situations. Set on an island called Auroa that's home to the mysterious Skell technology facility, you'll also have to contend with drones and all manner of advanced tech.
Release date: October 8, 2019
What is it? A moving, colourful adventure from PixelOpus where you use Dualshock 4's motion sensor controls to paint.
Why is it interesting? In Concrete Genie, you play as young boy called Ash who is bullied and isolated. Surrounded by darkness, and with no friends to speak of, Ash is able to find light when he discovers he's able to bring his paintings to life. Set in the small fishing town of Denska, which has fallen to pollution and now abandoned, Ash is able to use this remarkable ability to cleans the streets with his artwork and create his own magical friends with a paintbrush. Bright, gorgeous artwork really brings this indie game to life, and it looks set to tug at your heart strings.
The Outer Worlds
Release date: October 25, 2019
What is it? A new sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment.
Why is it interesting? Knowing The Outer Worlds is coming from Obsidian is very promising in and of itself. The studio brought us the stellar Fallout: New Vegas, and are known for offering lots of player choice and its own brand of humour. Set in a colony in the furthest reaches of space, you get to control a customisable character who awakens from cyrosleep to find themselves caught up in a conspiracy that threatens the whole colony. With companions, dialogue choices, first-person combat, and a setting filled with colourful creatures and zany sci-fi weapons, The Outer Worlds looks set to be the next big time-stealer.
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Release date: November 8, 2019
Genre: Your guess is as good as ours
What is it? Kojima and Norman Reedus team up for an interesting and mysterious collaboration in Death Stranding, involving babies and beached whales.
Why it's so interesting: For the longest time, Hideo Kojima’s elusive Death Stranding has had many of us scratching our heads since it was first shown at last year’s Game Awards. Since we saw our titular character Sam, played by Norman Reedus, cradling a baby, we’ve steadily been seeing more and more of Kojima Production's game. The latest video shown at Gamescom 2019 showed Sam peeing on a mushroom, climbing a ladder and calming down the baby known as “BB” after taking a tumble. Lots of folks have been getting their theory hats in the build up to Death Stranding's release, but it's steadily starting to make a bit more sense.
Need for Speed Heat
Release date: 8 November, 2019
What is it? A fast-paced street-racer where you take part in competitions by day, and illicit races by night.
Why is it interesting? Need for Speed is back and it’s revving up the Heat in the fictional open-world setting of Palm City. As a street racer, you’ll be taking part in the “Speedhunter Showdown” competition by day to make your money and put it to good use by upgrading and customising your cars. But that’s just the day job. At night, you’ll be building up your reputation in illegal street races and dodging the police who won’t be letting your unlawful speedy antics go. Police will follow the rules in the day time, but they’ll take the law into their hands at night. There's also a heat level, the amount of police attention you get depends on how high it is. Palm City’s world is full of different challenges and new customisations that will give your cars an edge on the streets. It’s still one of the strongest racing series to come to PS4, so if you often yourself in the need for speed (I’m sorry), then look no further.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Release date: November 15, 2019
Genre: Action / adventure
What is it? A brand new third-person Star Wars game made by Respawn Entertainment, the developer that brought you Apex Legends and the Titanfall series.
Why is it interesting? If you've been waiting for a new Star Wars game, this may be the one. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the game that's going to let you embrace the role of a Jedi, and all the glorious lightsaber, Force action that'll entail. Set just after the purge of Order 66 after the events of Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, you're on a quest to rebuild the Jedi Order playing as Jedi Padawan, Cal Kestis, who's lost, alone and on the run. There will be iconic locations to explore, along with weapons, gear and enemies aplenty. Plus, brand new and totally canon locales, characters, villains and more are inbound. Prepare to be excited.
Release date: November 19, 2019
What is it? Part crowd-funded, part Sony financed follow up to the expensive Dreamcast games that basically bankrupted the console.
Why it's so interesting: That Shenmue 3 isn't just vapourware is perhaps the most intriguing thing about it. There's clearly still a lot of love for Ryo and his insatiable hunger for seamen, as the game was crowd-funded hours after being re-revealed at E3 2015. During the PC Gaming show at E3 2019, a new gameplay trailer was revealed, showing off our hero taking on some drunken thugs with a lot of his trademark punches and kicks. The trailer also revealed the news that the release date has been pushed back from its initial date in August to November 19. After so many years since it was first revealed, it's good to know it's still making its way to us this year.
Release date: November 22, 2019
What is it? A direct sequel to 2016's Doom with more weapons, moves, and metal music.
Why is it so interesting? Just when you thought 2016's Doom gave you your fill of demon slaying action with reactive metal music, id Software drops the news that we're getting Doom Eternal. As a direct sequel, Doom Eternal promises to bigger and better, with combat that's really taking a step up with the addition of new weapons and a grappling hook. The story is much grander in scale too, with Doomguy jumping across dimensions to locations like Mars and Heaven in a bid to try and save Earth from being completely destroyed. And as if that wasn't enough already, it also features a new multiplayer mode that'll let you control demons and take on a fully kitted out Doom slayer. Oh, and there's a shiny collectors edition with a life-size wearable Preator helmet. Hell yeah.
Two Point Hospital
Release date: Late 2019
What is it? The spiritual successor to Theme Hospital, but this one is bigger and better.
Why is it so interesting? Two Point Hospital is a beautifully crazy world where hospitals are filled with patients with bizarre illnesses, VIPs will take over your wards, and the Two Point Radio DJs will fill your ears with British sass, and slapstick humour. It's a brilliant homage to Theme Hospital, and made by key developers behind it too, so it's a simulator with some serious credentials.
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