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The upcoming PS4 games for 2020 and beyond

Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

Release date: TBC 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. 

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

Release date: TBC 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. 

Little Nightmares 2

(Image credit: Bandai Namco)

Release date: TBC 2020
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?

Twin Mirror

Release date: TBC 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.

Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones

Release date: TBC 2020
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

Disintegration

Release date: TBC 2020
Genre: Shooter

What is it? A new shooter from the co-creator of Halo. 

Why is it so interesting? This is a brand new, sci-fi flavoured FPS from V1 Interactive, a similarly brand new studio co-founded by Marcus Lehto, the former creative director at Bungie who just happened to co-create Halo. So yeah, it's particularly exciting. Disintegration focuses on Roamer, who pilots a Gravcycle - a heavily armed vehicle capable of hovering over battlefields above a small squad of allies. Gameplay therefore is part FPS, and part real-time strategy, as you move between piloting the Gravcycle, and commanding your squad. It's going to offer players a "huge" multiplayer component alongside a full single-player story campaign too. 

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release date: TBC 2020
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

(Image credit: Double Fine)

Release date: TBC 2020
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

Spiritfarer

Release date: TBC 2020
Genre: Management sim

What is it? A management game about helping people die. But much less morbid than it sounds. 

Why is it so interesting? We will never not love Spiritfarer's description of exactly what it is: "A cosy management game about dying". Because, that's exactly what it is. You play as Stella, who's a ferrymaster for the deceased. You'll be tasked with helping them get to the afterlife, by building your boat to explore the world, discover their stories, care for them, and make them ultimately happy before they move onto the next realm. Whatever that may be. That may sound morbid, but it's suprisingly wonderful, and peaceful. There are times when you'll just be travelling the seas, fishing off the back of your boat, but at other times you'll be farming, resource collecting, playing with your cat, gathering lightning, and just making everyone happy. Hugs for everyone. 

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

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

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.

Spelunky 2

(Image credit: BlitWorks)

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 is it 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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