The PlayStation 4’s 2018 line-up was an amazing medley of memorable first and third-party titles. However, 2019 looks to rival the previous year, with an impressive list of new releases and highly-anticipated exclusives making their way to Sony’s console.
Here, we’ve highlighted the best upcoming games releasing for PS4. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future. And if you’d like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:
Control – Aug 27, 2019
Control is a third-person shooter that incorporates many of the themes and gameplay mechanics found in other Remedy games like Quantum Break and Alan Wake. In it, you play as Jesse Faden, a woman with special abilities whose been tasked with restoring order to a secret government facility plagued by dark, supernatural forces.
Jesse’s powers prove useful both in and out of battle, as she can manipulate objects around her to create a shield, attack enemies, and levitate. While the game is mostly linear, it does feature some elements commonly found in Metroidvanias, with Jesse being able to access new areas only after acquiring certain powers.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan – Aug 30, 2019
Man of Medan is the first game to be released in a series of standalone titles that make up The Dark Pictures Anthology being created by Supermassive Games, the studio behind the ‘choose your own adventure’ horror game Until Dawn. The game is set on a haunted WWII-era ship where a number of supernatural entities reside and promises to deliver a terrifying experience.
Similar to Supermassive’s previous games, MoM will have you controlling a group of characters with distinct personalities and their own perspective on events that take place. It will be the kind of game that garners multiple playthroughs in order to get the complete story.
Borderlands 3 – Sep 13, 2019
Fans have been waiting for a new Borderlands game for quite some time, and it looks like Gearbox is finally ready to show what they’ve been working on. Just like in previous entries, Borderlands 3 uses a procedurally-generated loot system that spawns new weapons with varying stats and perks. The game features a new “Radiation” elemental damage type that replaces “Slag” from previous games while adding a DoT effect.
Borderlands 3 will also introduce four new character classes: Amara, a powerful Siren who can summon multiple arms; Moze, a small gunner who fights alongside a mech named Iron Bear; Zane, an operative with access to a variety of gadgets and tools; and FL4K, a robot who can summon creatures to fight alongside them in battle.
Code Vein – Sep 27, 2019
Inspired by challenging action RPGs like Dark Souls is a new title developed and published by Bandai Namco called Code Vein. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where the few remaining humans have become in caught in a struggle against massive and deadly creatures.
You play as a customizable character that chooses to give up their past life and become a member of Vein, a hidden society of vampires whose power comes from consuming blood. Code Vein features fast-paced combat that focuses on precise dodges and counter-attacks.
Concrete Genie – Oct 8, 2019
Concrete Genie is an action-adventure game that draws inspiration from classic titles like Jet Set Radio. Set in the small town of Denska, you play as Ash, a bullied teenager who loves to draw and paint. One day, a group of bullies steal Ash’s sketchbook and rip out its pages, scattering them throughout the city.
Ash sets out on a quest to try and recover his lost pages when he discovers a magical paintbrush that has the power to bring his creations to life. The game utilizes the Dualshock 4’s motion controls to allow you to paint fantastical creatures on city walls and help Ash on his journey to retrieving his sketchbook and confronting his bullies.
MediEvil – Oct 25, 2019
It’s been more than a decade since the last MediEvil and fans were pleasantly surprised to learn that a remake of the first game was in the works. Initially planned as a simple remaster of the original MediEvil, the project eventually spun out to be a total remake and will feature completely redone HD visuals and sound effects.
For those that may not remember or are unfamiliar with the series, MediEvil has you playing as an undead knight named Sir Daniel Fortesque on a quest to restore peace to the Kingdom of Gallowmere. Fortesque has access to a variety of medieval weaponry such as swords and clubs, which are used in hack-n-slash combat. The game’s art style is heavily influenced by the works of Tim Burton and portrays supernatural themes in a comedic light.
Death Stranding – Nov 8, 2019
Death Stranding is an upcoming action game currently under development by Kojima Productions, a studio founded by former Metal Gear designer Hideo Kojima after a falling out with Konami. The game takes place in an open-world environment that has been taken over by massive, invisible creatures.
You control Sam Bridges, a delivery man who carries the “stranded remnants of the future,” on a journey to “reunite a shattered world.: Kojima has gone on record saying that he believes Death Stranding will be a genre-defining game, much like Metal Gear was for stealth games.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Nov 15, 2019
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person action RPG set after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith in the aftermath of Order 66, which practically wiped out the entire Jedi Order. You play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan tasked with uncovering the mysteries of an ancient civilization while always staying one step ahead of the Galactic Empire.
During your journey, you’ll learn to harness the power of the Force and hone your lightsaber skills as you try to survive and take down the Empire’s deadly Inquisitors. Fallen Order will feature lightsaber combat that relies heavily on gauging when to strike, block, and dodge enemy attacks.
Shenmue III – Nov 19, 2019
It’s been 18 years since the last Shenmue game and fans had begun to lose faith they’d ever see a new installment following Shenmue III’s extensive delays and financial troubles. However, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign initiated by creator Yu Suzuki, the game is on track to release later this year.
Shenmue III takes place in 1987 and picks up after the events of Shenmue II. You play as Ryo Hazuki, a teenage martial artist who has traveled from Yokosuka, Japan, to the mountains of Guilin, China. Here, he meets a mysterious girl whose destiny is interlocked with his and the two embark on a new journey in search of his father’s killer.
Biomutant – TBA 2019
Biomutant is an action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world where you play as a customizable raccoon-like creature capable of wielding a variety of weapons. Your goal is to save the Tree of Life, the source for all living creations, which has become polluted and is under constant attack from enemy creatures.
Along the way, you’ll encounter an array of mutations and bio-mechanical body parts such as robotic legs, wings, and claws which can provide an edge in battle and help you reach new areas. How you choose to design your character factors into gameplay, with gender, body shape, fur thickness, and fangs all affecting stats.
Final Fantasy VII Remake – Mar 3, 2020
Going into E3 we pretty much knew Square was planning to blow our minds and show off more of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake. And somehow, we were still caught by surprise when Cloud, Barret, Aerith, and Tifa appeared on-screen. The cast’s upgraded character models look absolutely stunning and fit in perfectly with the game’s highly-detailed environments.
We were also given a look at the game’s new combat system, which blends elements of real-time action with strategy. Players will be able to attack enemies freely on the battlefield in order to fill a meter which when activated, stops time to allow players to perform special abilities or cast spells with any member of their party.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Apr 16, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person action RPG developed and published by CD Projekt, popularized by The Witcher series. The game is an adaptation of the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, set fifty-seven years later in a dystopian future where players will create a customizable character named V before exploring the six distinct regions that combine to make Night City.
As V, you’ll be able to develop a playstyle centered around one of the game’s three classes: NetRunner, Techie, and Solo. Additionally, V has an arsenal of ranged and close combat weapons at their disposal which can be modified and upgraded.
Dying Light 2 – Spring 2020
Dying Light 2 is a first-person action RPG developed and self-published by Techland, best known for their work on Dead Island, which also featured zombies. The sequel takes place after the events of the first game and has you playing as a new protagonist, Aiden Caldwell, an infected survivor whose extraordinary dexterity and combat abilities prove useful for gaining allies and influencing the world around him.
Gameplay will be fairly similar to the original and has players scavenging for weapons and supplies while traversing the world through fluid, parkour-based movement. For the sequel, Techland is emphasizing a player-driven experience where decisions impact both the story and the physical in-game world.
Psychonauts 2 – TBA 2020
It’s been over a decade since the last Psychonauts and after a few failed attempts, fans had begun to lose faith they’d ever get a sequel. However, following a successful crowdfunding campaign, developer Double Fine Productions is on track to release Psychonauts 2 sometime next year.
The sequel maintains the third-person platforming gameplay of the original and has players assuming control of Raz once again. Picking up after the events of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, a VR title released back in 2017, Psychonauts 2 has Raz uncovering secrets about the organization and exploring the origins of his family curse.
Spelunky 2 – TBA
Spelunky 2 is an upcoming 2D-platformer with some rogue-like elements, being co-developed by self-published Mossmouth and Blitworks. The sequel carries over many of the mechanics from the first while sporting improved visuals and a host of new characters, enemies, obstacles, and treasures.
Players assume control of a spelunker and begin exploring a series of procedurally-generated caves while collecting treasure, battling enemies, and avoiding traps. One of the best parts of the original was how unique each run felt, so it came as a pleasant surprise when Mossmouth announced they would be sticking to the formula for Spelunky 2.
The Last of Us Part II – TBA
The original The Last of Us managed to capture the hearts and minds of many players and critics thanks in large part to its emotionally-gripping story that chronicled the relationship between Joel and Ellie. Developer Naughty Dog is back with a sequel and the world can’t wait to see what’s happened since we last saw these characters.
The Last of Us 2 takes place five years after the events of the first game and has players controlling an older version of Ellie as she encounters a dangerous cult in a now post-apocalyptic US. Neil Druckman, one of the game’s story co-writers, has stated that the sequel will focus on ‘hate’ instead of ‘love’. The game also plans to introduce several new characters who will play “essential roles” in Joel and Ellie’s next journey.
Ghost of Tsushima – TBA
Ghost of Tsushima is a new action stealth game currently being developed by Sucker Punch Studios, best known for the Infamous series. In it, you play as Jin Sakai, the last samurai alive on Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan.
The game will reportedly feature an extremely large open-world that can be explored freely without any waypoints or form of guidance. The player will use a katana as their primary weapon, with access to other useful tools like a grappling hook that can be used to climb ledges and a horse for traveling long-distances.
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