The upcoming PS4 games for 2018 and beyond

Psychonauts 2

Release date: TBA   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

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Release date: TBA   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 at back at E3 2015, and only a few details have escaped since. What is known is that it'll be more action based than the original (much to some purists' dismay) and that it'll 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: The Final Fantasy 7 remake might be utterly brilliant, but it won't be the same

Kingdom Hearts 3

Release date: TBA 2018   Genre: JRPG

What is it? A finale to the storyline of Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, featuring a mix of Disney and Final Fantasy characters. And TOY STORY. 

Why it's so interesting: The other Square Enix RPG is finally getting a follow up that doesn't have a ridiculous naming convention. It's something that a niche but ardent group of fans have been waiting for since 2006. What's the reason for their insanity? Well, Kingdom Hearts fanatics have had plenty to play since KH2, mostly on portable consoles, but none of it was the real deal… until now. We finally have our third instalment, and perhaps with it will come some closure but who cares about that when we've got Woody and Buzz from Toy Story getting in on the action. Who knows how it will all tie in but we're excited. 

Read more: Kingdom Hearts 3 gets a 2018 release date and OH MY GOD IS THAT TOY STORY?

Death Stranding

Release date: TBA   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: Sure we don't have any actual gameplay yet but we do have plenty of 'in engine' footage of exactly what happens when Hideo Kojima gets to play in a mo-cap studio with Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen. Death Stranding is, incredibly, still largely a mystery - remember when Kojjima was talking about sticks? - but thanks to last year's Game Awards we know there are babies, invisible creatures, sentient AI, and that Reedus plays a man called Sam. Best to check out our trailer breakdown to get the full lowdown on exactly what Kojima is cooking up for this PS4 exclusive. 

 Read more: Yes, this new Death Stranding trailer is even more confusing than the others but lets break it down 

Darksiders 3

Release date: 2018   Genre: Action-adventure 

What is it? An open-world adventure game where you play as Fury, an anti-hero who operates in the apocalyptic ruins of earth. 

Why it's so interesting: Aside from the fact Darksiders 3 exists? We assumed the Darksiders franchise was dead after THQ went bankrupt, but Nordic Games has revived it for PS4. During the story Fury will be fighting against physical manifestations of the Seven Deadly Sins, and it'll be an open-world adventure game will Zelda-like dungeons. Expect to get special powers and moves to upgrade your Fury, and to be solving puzzles in each of the dungeons you visit. If you played the original games this will feel very familiar. 

Read more: Darksiders 3 leak reveals whip-wielding Fury, the return of old friends, and Seven Deadly Sins

Shenmue 3

Release date: TBA   Genre: Adventure 

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. Beyond that - and a few screens of characters and fancy fields - we know nothing about the game.

Read more: Shenmue 3: A couple video clips, a couple million bucks, and everything you need to know

Ghost of Tsushima

Release date: TBA   Genre: Open-world adventure.

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

Why it's so interesting: So far, it’s easier to talk around Ghost of Tsushima than it is to talk about it. The game has only been announced, and we merely have a (non-gameplay) release trailer and some vague comments from the devs to go on. But we do know that this is being made by the studio behind Infamous and Sly Raccoon, meaning a pedigree in both open-world action and stealth. We know that the game is set in Feudal Japan, and casts you as the last samurai fighting off an invasion by the Mongol Empire. The Mongol Empire is very smart, tactical, and efficient, and you are pretty much on your own, by the looks of it. 

How will you fight back? We don’t know, frankly, but apparently you’re going to have to discover a new way of fighting, The Way of the Ghost. Our guess? A blend of traditional samurai combat and a swathe of stealth options. Red Dead Redemption meets Metal Gear Solid 5 in historical Japan? Yes, it would be nice if this was that. Make it that, please, Sucker Punch.

Read more: Everything we know about Ghost of Tsushima

Spelunky 2

Release date: TBA   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