The upcoming PS4 games for 2019 and beyond

Gods & Monsters

Gods & Monsters

Release date: February 25, 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. Gods & Monsters is wrapped up in a beautiful painterly style that promises to deliver one very charming and interesting open-world adventure. 

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Release date: March 3, 2020 
Genre: JRPG

What is it? Remember that time in 1997 when you cried a lot because of what happened to Aerith? Get ready for that again, but with better graphics.

Why it's so interesting: After decades of false rumours, developer denials, and harsh trolls, one of the most highly anticipated game remakes has been announced. Sony showed Final Fantasy 7 Remake off at its press conference back at E3 2015, and we've only recently finally gotten an actual release date and seen the whole gang in action at E3 2019. It'll be more action based than the original with real-time combat mixed in turn-based (much to some purists' dismay), and it's still set to come out in several instalments, which makes sense when you think about just how huge FF7 is and how many discs it first came out on...

Read more: Final Fantasy 7 remake combat system explained in new E3 2019 footage.

Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

Release date: March 6, 2020
Genre:
Action-adventure

What is it? A hacking, action-packed adventure set in a futuristic, dystopian post-Brexit London. 

Why is it so interesting? Watch Dogs Legion takes place in a dystopian post-Brexit London, where drones and hackers roam the city in spades. What's so interesting about this new Watch Dogs experience is that while hacking is still at the heart of the game, building up a team of agents is what really drives it. Absolutely every NPC in the city can be recruited and is therefore playable, which is pretty exciting. Especially when you can play as a badass grandma like Helen who we were introduced to during E3 2019. The futuristic depiction of London already looks impeccably detailed, and with so many playable characters, Legion looks set to be the most interesting Watch Dogs entry yet. 

Read more: Watch Dogs Legion: Parkouring grandmas, post-Brexit dystopian London and a world of playable character set it apart from the rest. 

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

Release date: April 20, 2020  
Genre: Action-RPG

What is it? A new game from CD Projekt Red, the creators of the hugely successful Witcher series.

Why it's so interesting: Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person RPG  thatplaces 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. During E3 2019, we learnt a lot of new information, including the fact you'll be able to finish the game without committing a single kill, and freaking Keanu Reeves, who will be playing a big role in the RPG, took to the stage to reveal the long awaited release date. 

Read more: Getting to know Cyberpunk 2077's fixers, ripperdocs, and psychogangs

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

Release date: Q1 2020
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 and try to grapple with your new abilities and 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. 

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot 

Release date: TBC
Genre: Action RPG

What is it? An action RPG based on the Dragon Ball Z anime, where you relive Goku's story.

Why is it so interesting? Fighting is a big part of Dragon Ball Z, but it's also got a good story to it, and the memorable cast of characters is what really brings it to life. And fans of the original Dragon Ball Z series should be feeling pretty excited right about now. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an newly announced RPG from Bandai Namco that lets you relive the entire story of the series as Goku. With lots of fighting, you can also fly around the world, fish, eat, and train as you journey through the adventure. You'll also be able to fight as other characters as you form friendships along the way. It looks set to the perfect way to relive the Dragon Ball Z experience all over again. 

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.

The Last of Us 2

The Last of Us 2

Release date: TBC   
Genre: Action adventure

What is it? The sequel from Naughty Dog to the phenomenal The Last of Us which sees you battle fungi-infected zombies in a post-apocalyptic world.

Why it's so interesting: Because the world is split as to whether The Last of Us ever needed a sequel in the first place. Of course there was plenty of apocalypse still to tell the story of but did we need to see what Joel and Ellie did next? Well we're about to find out and it's not going to be pretty. Confirmed to take place partly in Seattle, The Last of Us part 2 hasn't revealed much story but plenty of brutal violence as humanity attempts to survive, five years after Joel and Ellie's original outing. In case you hadn't worked it out. Survival isn't easy and empathy looks like it's at an all time low. 

Read more: 16 exclusive things we learned about The Last of Us Part 2 from Naughty Dog

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release date: TBC
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. 

Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2

Release date: TBC   
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 it's 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

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Beyond Good & Evil 2

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 it's 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

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima

Release date: TBC   
Genre: Open-world adventure.

What is it? An open-world samurai game from the developer of Infamous.

Why it's so interesting: For us, Ghost of Tsushima was a highlight from Sony's bizarre E3 2018 press conference. We saw central character, Jin, taking on several Mongol enemies while his village burned from their attack in 1274 Japan. It looks utterly stunning, with leaves falling delicately from trees, and a glowing sunset burning in the background. We also see horse-riding, stealth, and some sword-play, which looks more like the kind of tactical fighting you'd expect from For Honor, rather than a quick and simple hack and slash. The E3 demo finishes with a 'boss fight' of sorts, as Jin's closest ally turns on him, and we really see the action in full flow, with swipes, parries, and so much back and forth swordplay. 

Read more: Get your first look at Ghost of Tsushima gameplay with Sucker Punch's jaw-dropping E3 2018 demo

Spelunky 2

Spelunky 2

Release date: TBC   
Genre: Roguelike platformer

What is it? The surprise sequel to 2013’s surprise breakout platform hit, set a generation later and promising a whole bunch of new ways to get obsessed.

Why it's so interesting: Because the 2013 Spelunky (itself based on a 2008 freeware game), with its permadeath, randomly generated levels, raft of loot and secrets, and spiralling, experimental depths, made for a heck of a gratifying, cleverly compulsive, long-term game. Its high stakes and anything-can-happen nature also gave the streaming scene a huge shot in the arm early on, and ensured a mammoth amount of replay value. The sequel will surely only build on all of that while, if the trailer’s lines can be accurately read between, possibly taking us to the undersurface of the moon.

Read more: Spelunky 2's coming to PS4 for a whole new round of procedural cave adventures

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