The PlayStation 5 has been out for a few months now, and its reception has been mostly positive (assuming you can get your hands on the machine). It includes lots of quality-of-life improvements over its predecessor — the PlayStation 4 — such as faster load times, a solid-state drive (SSD) instead of a regular hard disk drive (HDD), and an improved controller thanks to the new DualSense. Having said all that, a console is only as good as the games available on it, and thankfully, the PS5 has you covered on that front as well.
While the machine already has a worthy library of games, there are even more to look forward to, with some releasing as soon as this month, while others are years away. In the video game world, it’s not uncommon to be aware of games that are still several years off, while it’s also normal for a new game to be revealed and launched within just a couple of months. In this comprehensive list, we’ll go through the major PS5 releases from this month, leading up to 2023, and everything in between.
These are the best upcoming PS5 games to look forward to.
It had a few hiccups during its production — and the developers even made the wise choice to redesign some of the main characters — but Marvel’s Avengers is still a fun game. It launched in September 2020, while the version for PS5 and Xbox Series X will launch on March 18, 2021. Those who purchase on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 are eligible for a free upgrade when the new version comes out — featuring enhanced visuals and performance.
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 Doom game, but with a little less demonic energy and a little more science fiction. It looks like the perfect sprawling game to lose hours in once the new consoles are set up. Based on the reaction to the beta, fans seem to be optimistic about it ahead of its full release on April 1, 2021.
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. We’ve gotten a look at its gameplay thanks to the recent State of Play event, which also revealed the game will be coming to PS Plus for PS5 users, giving this game an audience boost when it launches on April 6, 2021.
From the creators of Resogun comes Returnal, a mysterious sci-fi horror game with roguelike elements. 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. It had a short delay recently but seems like it’ll be ready to go on April 30, 2021.
Odd name aside, Resident Evil Village is shaping up to be another blockbuster for the franchise. The game is jumping back to the first-person perspective, giving the game a more personal feeling and putting players directly into the action. This entry is said to be the biggest, most ambitious yet, with lots of different locales that take queues from Resident Evil 4. After diving into the recently released Maiden demo on PS5, we’re absolutely sold on this one. It’ll be out on May 7, 2021.
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 as a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 5 on May 21, 2021.
Knockout City is a competitive multiplayer game coming from Velan Studios publisher EA. As you can see in the image above, it’ll feature a vibrant art style, along with whacky dodgeball mechanics that give it a twist. It seems like it will lean into games-as-a-service features with seasonal updates that feature new content. It will also include cross-platform play over PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Knockout City will launch on May 21, 2021.
A realistic medieval warfare simulator that was at turns hilarious and intense, the original Chivalry remains one of the best hand-to-hand combat games on the market. Chivalry 2 is looking to up the ante with brutal new skills, enhanced graphics, and large-scale castle sieges. Cross-platform play will be supported when it launches on June 8, 2021.
Serving as the “next-gen” enhanced version, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade will include better visuals, higher frame rates, a photo mode, and even a side story featuring Yuffie, all for PS5. While this enhanced edition of the beloved Final Fantasy VII Remake wasn’t built from the ground up for PS5, it will look and play a little better than its PS4 counterpart. Better yet is that you can upgrade from the PS4 edition to PS5 for free. It’ll launch on June 10, 2021.
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. It’ll launch for PS5 on June 11, 2021.
Left 4 Dead is one of the most beloved zombie games ever, and it’s a shame Valve hasn’t returned to it. Instead, the team at Turtle Rock Studios (comprised of many employees who worked on Left 4 Dead) is making Back 4 Blood — a zombie game that unabashedly wears its inspirations on its sleeve. It will be a cooperative first-person shooter with a unique deck-building mechanic, wherein players can customize different abilities using cards. It’s not Left 4 Dead, but it’s the next best thing, and it’ll be out on June 22, 2021.
When it was first revealed, a brief trailer from Ember Lab gave players a first-hand look at its upcoming action-adventure game, Kena: Bridge of Spirits. 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 them. We’ll find out when it releases on August 24, 2021.
The aptly-named Heavenly Bodies tasks players with keeping a space station operational while navigating the challenges posed by a zero-gravity environment. Players will use the triggers on the DualSense controller to move their cosmonaut’s arms and use R1 and L1 to wiggle their legs. We’re expecting hilarity on the scale of QWOP when this funky game releases on PlayStation 5 later this year.
Launching this November on current-gen consoles is Cris Tales, an indie title that pays respect to some of the most popular JRPGs of all-time. Each action a player makes will carry heavy consequences, and they’ll be able to watch these play out in the past, present, and future simultaneously. That’s right — during certain sections of the game, the screen will split into three, giving you a glimpse at three different timelines. It’s a wild premise, but one that is tastefully executed with a vibrant cartoon art style. We’re yet to get a PlayStation 5 release date, but we imagine it should be available around the time of the console’s debut.
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 to launch sometime this year. 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.
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, aside from its planned October 2021 release window.
The long-awaited title is finally in development and will be landing on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles around holiday 2021. Electronic Arts says it wants to wait until the new console base has been established, so its servers will be overflowing with players and can “give justice to the potential of the title.” It hasn’t even been officially announced, but EA has made mention of its existence on several occasions. We have no idea where — or when — this new chapter will take us, but we’re glad to hear it’ll be making a return this year.
2021 games without release windows
From Deep Silver comes a brand-new IP, Chorus. It hopes to reinvigorate the aging space shooter genre, one that arguably hasn’t done much since the Star Fox series went dormant. We’ve only seen a bit of teaser footage, but it was more than enough to capture our imagination. Chorus will release at an undisclosed date in 2021.
If you own Doom Eternal on PS4, you’ll get a free upgrade to the PS5 version. Expect better graphics and a better frame rate when it eventually makes the next-generation jump. It’s unclear when this enhanced edition will launch, but thanks to the PS5’s backward compatibility feature, you’ll be able to play the PS4 version of Doom Eternal while you wait.
A narrative-driven adventure set in America during the 2030s, Dustborn follows a “band of misfits and outcasts” as they travel across the country to deliver a mysterious package. You’ll take direct control of Pax, an ex-con with superhuman powers who must navigate a world filled with misinformation. It looks to be an innovative new adventure game, and anyone interested in powerful storytelling is advised to give it a look. Dustborn is scheduled for a 2021 release.
Sometime in 2021, players will be able to visit the tumultuous island of Yara and take part in a political uprising. We don’t know much about the story, but with Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad fame as the main antagonist, hopes are high that this will be the best Far Cry game in years. Unfortunately, it was recently delayed, and Ubisoft has said it’s targeting a Q2/Q3 2021 release window.
The latest in the Fight Nights at Freddy’s franchise is coming to PS5. Titled Fight Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, this new game will take advantage of the PS5’s capabilities and will include real-time ray tracing, 3D audio, and a new location with new “friends,” according to the PlayStation Blog. It’s being developed by Steel Wool Studios and is set to launch at an unannounced date in 2021.
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 latest game from WB Games Montreal is Gotham Knights, a cooperative action RPG featuring Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood. You’ll notice Batman is not mentioned, and that’s because, in this game, he’s dead (apparently), sending you on a journey as the many members of the Bat family. Each character will feature their own unique abilities and playstyles, allowing for some interesting and dynamic gameplay elements. It’s set to launch sometime in 2021.
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. Interestingly, GTA Online will be free for PS5 owners within the first three months of the game’s release.
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 coming months.
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.
We never knew we needed it, but this rhythm-shooter mashup looks like an absolute blast. It seems to be an FPS version of Crypt of the Necrodancer, one of the best indie games in recent memory. If you don’t like heavy metal music, then this certainly isn’t for you — all the brutal action we’ve seen so far has been backed by a blistering, hardcore soundtrack. But if you ever found yourself wishing that Doom featured more synchronized shootouts, then Metal: Hellsinger is just what the doctor ordered. It’ll be landing on the PlayStation 5 sometime in 2021.
Paradise Lost is one of the darkest games coming to PlayStation 5 later this year. It follows the story of a young boy who is struggling to survive in an alternate reality where World War II has yet to end. We still don’t have the full details, but we do know it’s billed as a mystery adventure game that will navigate the five stages of grief. Each choice will impact different parts of the game, including its art style and sound effects.
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. It’s scheduled to release this year at an unspecified date.
We don’t know much about this open-world detective game, but it looks like players will step into the shoes of a young Sherlock and explore a part of the character’s life not usually told in the books and movies. Combat also looks to play a sizable role in the gameplay, and you’ll be able to use your superior deductive skills to spot enemy weaknesses before fights even begin. Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is planned for a 2021 release.
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. Thanks to a recent gameplay showing, we have a better idea of how it’ll play, leaning into fast-paced action platformer mechanics. Not much is known about its story, 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.
Seeing as how EA hasn’t shown any signs of revitalizing the Dead Space franchise, it’s up to Striking Distance Studios to give us a spiritual successor to Visceral’s beloved horror series with The Callisto Protocol. This third-person survival horror game is — oddly enough — set in the PUBG universe, but it’s unclear how the two will be tied together. We do know it’ll send players to a space prison on Jupiter’s moon, Callisto — with the goal of surviving an alien invasion. It’s supposed to launch in 2022.
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. It was recently delayed to 2022, unfortunately, but we expect it’ll be worth the wait.
Finally, after years following its initial leak, we received confirmation of the upcoming Harry Potter RPG titled Hogwarts Legacy. It’s set in the 1800s and is an open-world action RPG, where you’ll get to attend Hogwarts and explore the wizarding world. You can expect to be sorted into your Hogwarts House and take classes while also improving your abilities as you level up your character. Hogwarts Legacy is being developed by Avalanche Studios and is set to release sometime in 2022.
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.
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.
British developer Rocksteady Studios, the team behind the acclaimed Batman: Arkham series, is working on a new game called Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Much like Gotham Knights, this game will also emphasize cooperative play, allowing you to take on the roles of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark. It’s set in the Arkham universe from the previous games and sends players on a mission to take out Brainiac, an evil villain who uses his mind control powers to control Justice League members such as Superman.
It’s not launching until 2023, 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.
Games with no release windows
It’s wild to think Dead Island 2 was announced in 2014. Since then, it has undergone numerous developers, including Yager, then Sumo Digital, and now Dambuster Studios under publisher Deep Silver. It’s apparently still in development, but obviously, something has gone wrong since its announcement seven years ago. At this point, not much is known about the project, but its publisher assures us it’s still coming.
While not much is known about the next Dragon Age game (often referred to as Dragon Age 4), we do know it will be a single-player RPG from developer BioWare, the team responsible for the previous installments in the series. It’s being developed concurrently alongside the new Mass Effect game and does not have a release date, though if we had to guess, we’d say to expect it in 2022 or 2023 at the earliest.
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. Unfortunately, this game has had its fair share of development issues, largely due to mismanagement at Techland, and it’s unclear when it’ll launch.
Elden Ring is one of the most-anticipated games, largely due to its developer, FromSoftware — who you might know as the team behind Dark Souls and Bloodborne. This game was first revealed at E3 2019 and has not been shown since, though a recent leak did pop up, giving us a closer look at what to expect from it. What we do know is that it’s an action RPG set in an open world and is a collaboration between FromSoftware and author George R. R. Martin. It’ll be reminiscent of the Souls games, but with many new ideas, such as horseback riding. It’s unknown when it’ll release, but we might very well be getting an update on it soon.
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. We wouldn’t expect this one until at least 2024.
Just like Doom Eternal, Bethesda is offering a free PS5 version of The Elder Scrolls Online to current owners. It’s being tight-lipped about specifics, but we can expect to hear much more in the coming months. No release date has been announced.
Serving as a continuation of the acclaimed Final Fantasy VII Remake, much of part 2’s development still remains a mystery. We do know it’s in the works, and it will be directed by Naoki Hamaguchi, who was the co-director of the first installment. As you might be aware, Final Fantasy VII Remake only covers a small portion of the original game, so there’s still a lot of the story left to tell. It’s unclear when it will launch or how much of the story it will cover, but what is clear is that fans are as excited as ever to continue Cloud’s journey. At least we have Intergrade to look forward to this summer!
The PS5 showcase on September 16 kicked off with the reveal of Final Fantasy XVI, and it looks to be more fantasy-driven than its predecessor. On top of that, it will be a PS5 console exclusive, meaning you’ll have to get a PS5 if you plan on playing it outside of the PC ecosystem. It’s unclear when we’ll get to play Final Fantasy XVI or other story details about it, but it certainly looks jaw-dropping in the visual department.
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. It’s a collaboration between Tango Gameworks (developers of The Evil Within) and Bethesda Softworks and will be exclusive to PlayStation 5. This is despite Microsoft now owning Bethesda. The strange title is expected to launch sometime this year.
During the PS5’s reveal event, we got a tease for the sequel to 2018’s God of War. It doesn’t have a name yet, but fans are referring to it as God of War: Ragnarok since the trailer featured the text, “Ragnarok is coming.” We haven’t seen any gameplay or even what the sequel will look like, but we do know it’s coming to PS5 “when it’s done,” according to series director Cory Barlog. Judging by the ending of the 2018 game, there are a lot of places the sequel can go, and we’re excited for its release — whether it be later this year or in 2022.
Cult classic RPG Gothic is getting a complete remake for the PlayStation 5. We don’t know much about the title, but we do know that THQ Nordic opened a new studio to work solely on this project. A playable teaser is available on PC, and it looks to be shaping up nicely. Let’s hope it gets the attention it deserves and Gothic fans get the game they’ve wanted for years.
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. It doesn’t have a release date just yet, but we’re expecting it sometime in 2021 or 2022.
Here’s an interesting one: MachineGames, the studio behind the newer Wolfenstein series, is working on an untitled Indiana Jones game in collaboration with publisher Bethesda under the Lucasfilm Games umbrella. Todd Howard is set to executive produce, but aside from a short 30-second teaser trailer, there’s not much we know about this one. It will be interesting to see if it will be presented in third, as MachineGames has exclusively worked on first-person shooters.
While it’s still very early in development, we do know a new Mass Effect game is coming from BioWare. Following its official reveal at The Game Awards 2020, there is a slew of questions fans have about the project — most importantly, how it will tie to the original trilogy. In the trailer, we got to see Liara, one of the main characters from the original trilogy, though it’s unclear when in the timeline this new game will take place and what this character’s role will be. There are lots of questions the community has, but one thing’s for sure: You shouldn’t expect to play this one for quite some time — possibly as late as 2024.
Coming from Hitman developer IO Interactive, the team is now working on a James Bond game under the working title Project 007. It will be an original story with a new Bond character, divorced from any of the likenesses of previous actors. The team expects this to be part of a trilogy of games, though not much else is known about the project(s). Much like a lot of the games on this list, Project 007 likely won’t launch for a few years.
Recompile is a Metroidvania game that sees players running around as a computer virus as they try to infect The Mainframe and avoid deletion. It’s an interesting concept, one made all the more compelling by wild, digitized graphics. The developer, Phigames, promises multiple ways to tackle each level, meaning you can either go in loud and fast or take a tactical approach to your mission. There’s also a cool narrative that revolves around artificial intelligence and the purpose it can serve in our human world. Recompile does not yet have a release date.
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, but we do know it’ll release before The Elder Scrolls VI.
Now that EA’s exclusive Star Wars deal has expired, other companies — such as Ubisoft — are free to work on games within the beloved franchise. We know Ubisoft Massive is now developing an open-world Star Wars game under the Lucasfilm Games umbrella. This will be the first Star Wars game published by a company other than EA since 2013. It’s unknown when it’ll launch.
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 has changed during that time. Recent footage of the game displayed more chaos, a grittier Seattle locale, and a deep, branching storyline. Unfortunately, the game suffered a recent delay, pushing it to an unknown release window.
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