Best Upcoming PS4 Games 2021 (And Beyond)

Do you own a PS4? Here is a list of all the BEST upcoming PS4 games coming up this year and beyond! You'll surely find something to look forward to here.

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 highlight the most-anticipated PS4 games, including the best PS4 games of 2021 in order of release date.

Lastly, we’ll be updating this list with new titles in the future, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any games!

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Knockout City is an upcoming free to play dodgeball combat game due out later this year.

Gameplay is centered around catching and throwing a fast-moving ball with the goal of knocking out the competition.

The game includes a variety of modes with unique objectives and various maps that add environmental hazards that can either help or hurt your team.

Characters possess special abilities that allow them to move around quickly, sneak up on the enemy, and make a quick escape when things go bad.

Biomutant has had a lengthy development cycle consisting of numerous delays, so we’re happy to finally report it has a release date.

Set in a post-apocalyptic open-world, it sees you playing as raccoon-like creatures with cool mutations and bio-mechanical body parts that affect both combat and traversal. 

Players will have free reign over most of the world from the start but will need to acquire certain gear to reach some areas, adding a Metroidvania quality to progression.

Biomutant ios currently in development by Experiment 101, a studio founded by former Avalanche Studios creative director Stefan Ljungqvist, best known for the Just Cause Series.

One of the most impressive highlights from Sony’s Future of Gaming presentation, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a third-person action-adventure title that’s best summed up as The Legend of Zelda with Pixar-level animation quality.

The game is being developed by Ember Lab, an indie studio that, before game design, specialized in developing characters for animated commercials.

The studio’s animation prowess is on full display in Kena’s announcement trailer, depicting fluid movement and combat systems accented by flashy particle effects and lush forest environments.

Reminiscent of minion-based games like Pikmin, the story sees you raising an army of tiny magical creatures called the Rot, growing their ranks and unlocking new abilities that allow them to manipulate the environment.

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.

From the same team who brought us Absolver comes Sifu, another action game with hand-to-hand combat modeled after Kung Fu fighting techniques.

In it, you play as a gifted fighter on a mission to hunt down the assassins who killed your family.

In order to even the odds and take control of fights, you’ll have to make clever use of your surroundings and use objects, weapons, windows, and ledges against your enemies.

As you progress, you’ll unlock new skills and strengthen both your body and mind through practice and some sort of aging mechanic.

Solar Ash is Heart Machine’s follow-up to Hyper Light Drifter and looks to be a fresh take on the modern 3D platformer with elements of adventure.

It sees you journeying through a highly stylized surreal world brimming with mystery, fast and fluid traversal, and a host of larger-than-life enemies.

You take control of Ash as she tries to save her world from the “Ultravoid,” a dark energy that feeds off of worlds and spawns massive beasts.

While we can confirm Solar Ash is set in the same universe as HLD, Heart Machine has stated it is not a direct sequel.

Dying Light 2 is a first-person action RPG set after the events of the first game and introduces Aiden Caldwell, an infected 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. 

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’s forced into battle after his friend is 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. 

F.I.S.T. features a unique arcade-style combat system that relies on performing combo chains using Rayton’s diverse arsenal.

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 release 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, now slated for a 2021 release. 

In a recent statement to fans, the developer explains, “We know it’s always disappointing when you have to wait a bit longer, but we also know that you are an amazing, supportive bunch, who … want the game to be as good as possible.”

The sequel tries to maintain the third-person platforming action of the original while telling a new story centered around Raz’s family.

Originally planned to release in 2018 and then 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,” the game is well into the process of development at studio Mundfish, a Russian-based indie game studio.  

Evoking memories of sci-fi staples like BioShock and Fallout, Atomic Heart takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union’s research has led to a technical revolution.

Players assume control of a Soviet KGB officer tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.

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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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