Best Upcoming PS4 Games 2021 (And Beyond)

Although the PlayStation 4 may be at the tail-end of its lifespan, the sun hasn’t quite set on Sony’s fourth-generation console.

In fact, many of this year’s best upcoming games will be playable on PS4 for any who haven’t picked up a PlayStation 5 yet.

In this list, we’ll be highlighting the most-anticipated PS4 games, including the best PS4 games of 2021 in order of release date.

If we forgot to include your favorite game, feel free to sound off in the comments and let us know. And lastly, make sure to check back as we continue to update this list with new games in the future.

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Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly has partnered with Square Enix to release Outriders, an upcoming action RPG designed with co-op in mind. While it’s been compared to titles such as Destiny and The Division, PCF maintains there a clear start and finish pertaining to the game’s story.

With that said, Outriders still gives off major ‘looter shooter,’ vibes and its cooperative design will no doubt attract multiplayer-driven audiences. There’s still no word on its release date, but we can confirm it’s still coming to PlayStation 4.

Little Nightmares II was announced during Gamescon 2019 for current-gen consoles. The sequel will feature a new playable character named Mono accompanied by Six, the protagonist from the first game.

The two will work together to clear platforming challenges and solve puzzles in a variety of unsettling new environments. The second character will be AI-controlled by default; however, Tarsier may plan to add support for local co-op before release.

Boundary is an upcoming competitive first-person shooter set in outer space. The best way to describe it is like Call of Duty in zero gravity, complete with an assortment of guns and maps to face off against other players.

Firefights are guaranteed to be a lot more intense since there’s no solid ground to cling to in the heat of battle. You will, however, have a grappling hook and a host of special abilities, some of which we assume can benefit traversal.

All signs point towards Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga being a pivotal entry in the long-running Lego game franchise. The upcoming title plans on adapting all nine episodes of the Star Wars saga.

So far, we know it will feature fully-voiced dialogue and allow players to complete any of the episodes in whichever order they choose. Given the success of the original games and rise in quality of more recent entries, we’re confident The Skywalker Saga will be a great time.

Coming to both PS4 and PS5, Horizon Forbidden West plans to expand upon the mysterious open-world Aloy and her tribespeople share with mechanical beasts. The sequel includes a host of graphical and gameplay improvements, namely water traversal.

The game looks just as gorgeous as the original, if not more so. Considering Horizon has always stood out for its unique interpretation of a post-apocalyptic world, we’re eager to see what lies beyond the forbidden west. 

Platinum Games is partnering with Square Enix once again to deliver a new action RPG called Babylon’s Fall. The latest trailer suggests the game will bring players along for an epic fantasy adventure spanning multiple in-game generations.

It’s currently unclear when and where Bablyon’s Fall takes place; however, the presence of knights, demonic enemies, and a massive tower suggests there may be a connection to the mythical Tower of Babel from the Book of Genesis.

Dying Light 2 is a first-person action RPG set after the events of the first game and introduces Aiden Caldwell, an infected zombie virus survivor who uses his superb dexterity and combat prowess to gain allies and constantly escape the clutches of the undead. 

It features streamlined traversal complemented by interactive environments that let you swing from ropes and ride on the roofs of vehicles. Techland is including more player-choice this time around, offering a dynamic open-world that evolves throughout the game. 

Maquette is a clever puzzle game that sees you exploring a world with multiple layers of existence, each with a different scale and magical rules that allow you to manipulate space and time.

Puzzles are designed around the idea of a recursive world, where actions have different outcomes for each layer. This is also expressed through the game’s story, which focuses on the memories of two young lovers.

Have you ever wanted to become one of the animals you see in a nature documentary? In Away: The Survival Series, you can do just that. The game sees players stepping into the role of a sugar glider who’s forced to flee his home after a powerful storm passes through.

In search of safety and a new home, you’ll explore a sprawling open-world, all while grappling with your unique position in the food chain. The game focuses on traversing environments using the sugar glider’s unique abilities while looking out for predators and other dangers.

F.I.S.T. is an upcoming exploration-based platformer with an eye-catching aesthetic developer TiGames calls “dieselpunk.” In it, you play as Rayton, an anthropomorphic bunny who has spent the last six years in hiding following the collapse of his home, Torch City.

Rayton is soon forced to return to battle when his friend gets kidnapped by a race of machine-like enemies who control the world. Armed with a trio of weapons that includes a mechanized fist, a drill, and a whip, Rayton sets out to find his friend’s kidnappers and take down the Machine Legion once and for all. 

Heavenly Bodies is a 2D space astronaut simulation game that sees you and a partner attempting to run a space station in zero gravity. To complete tasks and keep the station functioning as it should, you’ll have to navigate to different parts using the game’s physics-based controls.

The left and right analog sticks allow you to move your character’s arms while bumpers are for tucking in your legs. What makes the game stand out is its unique combination of physics-based gameplay set within a zero-gravity environment.

Announced back in 2015, Psychonauts 2 was scheduled to be released in 2018 before getting delayed to 2019. It appears fans will have to give developer Double Fine Productions a bit more time, as the sequel has been pushed back yet again, and is now slated for a 2021 release.

The sequel looks to keep the third-person platforming action of the original while telling a fresh story centered around Raz’s family.

2020 came and went, and we still don’t have a release date for Biomutant. The game is currently in development by Stockholm-based Experiment 101, a studio founded by former Avalanche Studios creative director Stefan Ljungqvist, best known for the Just Cause Series.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Biomutant sees you playing as raccoon-like creatures that can acquire mutations and attach bio-mechanical body parts. We’re anticipating an early 2021 release date.

Initially slated for a 2018 release, and later 2019, Atomic Heart has had one of the more interesting development stories, with rumors suggesting it may not even be the same game anymore.

Categorized as a “first-person shooter with RPG elements,” it evokes memories of sci-fi staples like BioShock and Fallout. In it, you assume control of a Soviet KGB officer tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.

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Justin Fernandez

As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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