The PlayStation 5 is scheduled to arrive this holiday season, and with a new console generation come several flashy games designed to show off its technical power. Higher resolutions, higher frame rates, and more immersive detail await players on the PS5. Without E3 2020 to announce projects, Sony has found opportunities to reveal first-party games, and third-party publishers have been holding their own events to do the same. Many titles were recently revealed at Sony’s Future of Gaming broadcast and, while it was great to hear about all the upcoming titles, most fans were left with more questions than answers.
Digital Trends has pulled together all the rumored and announced PS5 games. This list will continue to be updated as more information gets released in the coming months, as we slowly approach the start of a new generation of gaming.
Grand Theft Auto V
Not much else is known about this “enhanced and expanded” version of GTA V, but at the very least it’s going to look great running on the PlayStation 5. Sony’s Future of Gaming presentation revealed a bunch of footage from the game; however, it was apparently running on a PlayStation 4. It’s set to launch in 2021, so there’s still plenty of time for Rockstar to show off any upgrades before consumers decide if they’ll purchase the game for the third time.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Insomniac proved it knows how to make a good Spider-Man game, and the team is back at it again with its latest title, Spider-Man: Miles Morales. From the brief trailer we’ve seen, players can expect more web-slinging action, but this time Miles Morales is in the driver’s seat. The game is slated for a holiday 2020 release, so expect to hear more about it in the coming months.
Gran Turismo 7
The popular racing game is coming back in a big way, and the developer says players will be thrilled to get their hands on the redesigned campaign mode. The trailer gave us a glimpse of something called GT Town, which seemed to provide a robust roadmap for planning out your life as a racer. Sony said they were working on fancy audio tricks for this presentation, and it showed — viewers could feel every gear shift, thanks to some impressive audio engineering. Couple that with the new DualSense controller, and we’re looking at one of the most sensory-intensive racing sims ever made.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
In another PlayStation staple, the lovable Lombax and his clunky sidekick will be making an early appearance on the PS5. This time, the dynamic duo find themselves separated thanks to some nasty dimensional rifts. The chaotic action plays out much the same as it did in past titles, but environments are destructible this time around and Ratchet is sporting a new arsenal. It’s impressive how much debris the PlayStation 5 can generate without breaking a sweat, and Rift Apart certainly knows how to take advantage of the new technology.
Not much is known about this mysterious title from Square Enix. The Future of Gaming trailer showed off a world full of dragons, magic, and breathtaking environments, but that’s about it. The title is being developed exclusively for the PlayStation 5, and a release date is yet to be announced.
Play as a cat in a world without humans! The reveal trailer showed a futuristic world overrun by robots, complete with old computer monitors for faces. Expect plenty of platforming action when Annapurna releases Stray in 2021. Beyond that, much is still unknown.
From the creator of Resogun comes Returnal, a mysterious sci-fi horror game. Players take on the role of an astronaut who has crashed on a strange planet and seems to be reliving a horrific version of Groundhog Day. Each time the player dies, they are reborn — but each death introduces something new to the world around them. Expect to hear more about this upcoming game over the next few months.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
It’s not LittleBigPlanet, but it’s the next best thing — Sackboy’s very own adventure! Up to four players can join in on the platforming action as they jump down water slides, avoid charging sheep, and try to make their way to the end of each level. No crafting mechanics were revealed in the title’s first trailer, but it did show off some incredibly fun-looking platforming sequences.
While it would be nice to have a new Twisted Metal, we’ll have to make do with Destruction Allstars. The game takes a decidedly lighthearted approach to vehicular mayhem, using cartoonish graphics and over-the-top characters. The trailer showed players running around outside their vehicles, so maybe there’s a bit more to the title than what we’ve seen. Either way, each player looks to have their own special abilities to take down the competition as they attempt to be the last one standing at the end of the round.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
A brief trailer from Ember Lab gave players a first-hand look at its upcoming action-adventure game. We watched as the main character solved a few puzzles, battled some enemies with her staff, and walked around a beautiful town located deep within a forest. There were also a bunch of tiny, furry creatures roaming about, and we can’t wait to learn more about the adorable little dudes.
Goodbye Volcano High
A cinematic narrative, Goodbye Volcano High revolves around a group of teenage dinosaurs who are in their last year of high school. The hand-painted art direction looks beautiful, and the team behind the title wants the experience to be akin to “binging your favorite TV show.” Goodbye Volcano High will also employ some unique tricks with the DualSense controller, and the entire game is backed up by a soundtrack designed by Dabu — the audio director behind Winding Worlds.
The hit series makes a grand debut on the PlayStation 5, returning to its platforming roots while taking full advantage of the extra processing power. Somehow, Soulstorm‘s trailer managed to be hilarious and serious at the same time — one-liners were quickly followed up by an epic soundtrack and a save-the-world story. Only a bit of gameplay has been revealed so far, but fans of the franchise are probably happy with what they’ve seen.
Ghostwire: Tokyo re-imagines the popular city as a mysterious and supernatural place. Faceless enemies roam the streets, inexplicably toting umbrellas wherever they go, and players will engage in magical battles doled out from a first-person perspective. The strange title is expected to launch sometime next year.
Jett: The Far Shore
Launching this holiday season, Jett is still a complete mystery. Its trailer showed off some interesting space exploration, as a small ship soared over massive skeletons, tumultuous oceans, and the darkness of outer space. Expect to hear more about Superbrothers’ upcoming title over the next few weeks.
From the creators of Hyper Light Drifter, Solar Ash is another stylized adventure. Players control a character who can move quickly around their environment, thanks to a pair of futuristic skates. We didn’t see much gameplay, but it sounds like we will be investigating something mysterious called The Void. If Hyper Light Drifter is any indication, this is definitely one to keep an eye on.
What else is there to say? Another Hitman game, another entertaining stealth adventure. The developers told fans that this will be the end of the current trilogy, and they’re hoping to go out with a bang. The trailer showed Agent 47 scaling a massive building before heading inside to hunt down his target. Hitman 3 is slated for a January 2021 release.
Featuring that weird little astronaut from the hit VR game, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, this game will let players tackle some family-friendly 3D platforming action. We didn’t see much, but it looks like an entertaining game for players of all ages, and will likely release around the same time as the PlayStation 5.
Little Devil Inside
This survival RPG made a splash during The Future of Gaming presentation, as its beautiful art style quickly set it apart from the crowd. Beyond graphics, the third-person action seems to be shaping up nicely, and the trailer features some remarkable monster designs. We’re not sure how the story will unfold — the trailer kept cutting back and forth between an old man in his home and an adventurer slaying beasts — but we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Zion Williamson introduced NBA 2K21‘s first trailer, but we didn’t get to see much gameplay. Instead, we were treated to some pre-alpha footage of Zion dribbling a ball before charging in for a slam dunk. Real gameplay footage should make an appearance soon, but until then you can rest assured that 2K21 will be making its way to the PlayStation 5.
The developer of Octodad is at it again, with another bizarre title called Bugsnax. Like Octodad, Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure game that has a very strange hook — players’ bodies are modified based on the insects they eat. Insects come in numerous varieties including strawberries with eyes, snakes with legs, and dozens of other weird amalgamations. It’s releasing this holiday season, and we’re excited to see what this game is all about.
It looks a lot like Dishonored, but Deathloop is something completely new. Players will take control of an assassin that is stuck in a time loop — every time they die, they come right back to life and have to do it all over again. Combat looks to have three facets, including magic, melee, and gunplay, and is incredibly fast-paced and stylized. It will launch exclusively for the PlayStation 5, but no release date has been announced.
Resident Evil Village
Odd name aside, Resident Evil VIII is shaping up to be another blockbuster for the franchise. The game is jumping back to the first-person perspective, giving the game a “visceral” feeling and putting players directly into the action. Gone are the cramped hallways of previous entries, and they are instead replaced by wide-open spaces such as sprawling forests and dimly lit towns. Prepare to be terrified by the unknown when Village launches in 2021.
It’s not launching until 2022, and as such we really don’t know much about it. A short trailer showed an astronaut wandering around through a desolate downtown, before stumbling upon a young girl. The two are sent hurtling into space when a satellite smashes through some kind of barrier, before landing safely on the moon. The game is shrouded in mystery, and with a release date two years off, we expect it to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
One of the first games confirmed for PS5, Godfall is a third-person action role-playing game with a focus on hack-and-slash combat and loot. It can be viewed almost like a melee-focused Destiny, with a science-fiction and fantasy aesthetic to match. Studio Counterplay Games includes developers from major series like Ratchet & Clank, God of War, Gears of War, Halo, Battlefield, Call of Duty, and BioShock, so it’s no slouch when it comes to polish and spectacle. The game is planned for a holiday launch and will also release on PC.
Developed by Bulletstorm studio People Can Fly, Outriders is a cooperative shooter with role-playing elements that offer impressive customization options. The studio is no stranger to high-octane action, and four different classes let players team up with their friends and combine skills to take on the game’s toughest challenges. The game features a dark and mysterious story as well as powerful monsters that would fit right into a
Watch Dogs: Legion
One of Ubisoft’s confirmed cross-generational titles, Watch Dogs: Legion is one of the most ambitious open-world games ever created. Every non-player character in the game’s dystopian version of London can be recruited and turned into a playable character, complete with their own unique story as well as abilities and missions. There is no main protagonist, with the story unfolding using any character players have recruited, and once they die, they are gone forever. Hacking and stealth are still crucial, and there are even options for completing missions non-lethally. It’s the only game that lets players control a squad of hacking grandmothers, as well, which is enough to warrant a purchase on its own.
Bethesda Game Studios’ next major project is a new franchise — its first in two decades. Bethesda has revealed just as little about the game as it has The Elder Scrolls VI but it will involve outer space. A teaser shown at E3 2018 included a satellite floating near a black hole. Bethesda has also confirmed that Starfield will be a single-player game, building on the studio’s tradition in keeping most of its games to only one person. Bethesda hasn’t decided yet if there will be any sort of online connectivity.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is one of the few games confirmed for a PS5 release. In development at German studio Daedalic Entertainment, the game occurs before the events of the titular books and will focus on Gollum and the ongoing conflict in his head. It will be an action-adventure game with stealth elements, and Gollum won’t look like he does in the Peter Jackson movies. It also won’t be going for a hyper-realistic art style, unlike the recent Mordor games from Warner Bros.
Dying Light 2
A narrative-heavy sequel written by acclaimed role-playing scribe Chris Avellone, Dying Light 2 will be coming to PS5. The game builds on the parkour and intense combat of the original game, but with much more focus placed on the world and how it changes based on players’ actions. There are factions and several moving parts to keep track of, making for a more engrossing and immersive open-world zombie game than Techland has made before. The entire game is also playable in four-player cooperative mode, and players can join each other’s’ worlds to see how they differ from each other.
Epic Games recently confirmed that, not only will Fortnite appear on the PlayStation 5, but it will run on the brand-new Unreal Engine 5. In typically Fortnite fashion, we can probably expect a spectacular launch event when it finally enters the next generation of gaming.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Although it’s not called Ragnarok, rumors about this installment in the Assassin’s Creed saga had been swirling for months. Ubisoft finally spilled the beans during an Xbox Series X gameplay presentation, showing off the beautiful new graphics and announcing that it will be available on both current-gen and next-gen consoles. We’ve yet to see it in action on a PS5, but we do know that it will be available on the console — and might even be a launch title.
The off-road racing game makes a triumphant return later this year, as it brings the chaos to the PlayStation 5. We still don’t know much about it, but an early glimpse showed off all the adrenaline-pumping action the series is known for — and fans don’t have to wait much longer before they can experience some next-generation racing on the PlayStation 5 later this year.
While the developers say that everything is going well with Quantum Error, it’s still up in the air whether it will be a launch title. The ‘cosmic horror shooter’ is hoping to prove that zombies never go out of style and features one of the most robust physics systems the industry has seen.
Bandai Namco hasn’t provided a release date yet, but — since pre-orders are already available — we have to imagine this one will be ready near the PlayStation 5’s launch date. The game takes place far in the future, and people have found a way to unlock psionic powers that lay dormant in their genetic makeup. It’s another title that has only been teased so far, and there’s a lot we’ve yet to discover about this interesting new RPG.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
It’s been 16 long years since we last walked the vampire-ridden streets of Bloodlines, and we can’t wait to see how much as changed during that time. Recent footage of the game displayed more chaos, a grittier Seattle locale, and a deep, branching storyline.
Rainbow Six Siege
The best tactical shooter this side of Counter-Strike is confirmed to be releasing on the PlayStation 5. Better yet, crossplay will be fully supported across current and next-gen platforms, and so will cross-generation progression. And — if you happen to own the physical version on PlayStation 4 — that same disc will work with the PS5. We still haven’t seen any gameplay footage of the popular game running on the PlayStation 5, but we have to imagine it will be a big step up from what’s currently available. Rainbow Six Siege isn’t an ugly game by any stretch of the imagination, but it has been on the market for five years now — and that’s a long time in video game years.
Horizon: Forbidden West
Horizon: Zero Dawn has sold more than 10 million copies, making a sequel all but inevitable. Sony finally let the cat out of the bag at its recent Future of Gaming presentation and revealed Horizon: Forbidden West. We didn’t get to see much, but it looks like another blockbuster title from Guerrilla. Here’s hoping we can get some resolution to that cliffhanger ending from the original.
Demon’s Souls Remastered
Bluepoint Games — the studio behind remakes and remasters like Shadow of the Colossus and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection — is working on another remake for PS5. The game was first released on PS3 and was published by Sony. Unlike the Dark Souls trilogy, it never came to other systems, but it was Demon’s Souls that set the basic template other Souls-like games would follow. It’s difficult, arguably more difficult than its successors, but hardcore players are more than willing to tackle that level of challenge.
The Elder Scrolls VI
A game that is probably still several years away, Bethesda officially confirmed The Elder Scrolls VI at E3 2018, and has said essentially nothing about the game since then. It isn’t Bethesda Game Studios’ next project — more on that in a moment — but it will likely be a full-fledged single-player role-playing game like the series is known for. New technology should help to give it a new dose of life, especially compared to 2011’s aging Skyrim, and gaming grandmother Shirley Curry will appear as a character in the game. It could be a few years away or nearly a decade, and Bethesda has never been one to rush its flagship games out before they’re ready.
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