With Sony’s new PlayStation 5 scheduled to launch later this year, the hype surrounding next-gen hardware and games seems to only be growing. And while we’re just as excited to experience shorter load-times, better graphics, and a host of new PS5 exclusives,  in the meantime, there are still plenty of amazing upcoming games releasing for PlayStation 4.

Here, we’ll be highlighting the best games you can look forward to playing on your PS4 in 2020 and beyond. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new entries. Lastly, if you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

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    Final Fantasy VII Remake

    Release Date: March 3, 2020

    Square Enix appears to be pulling out all the stops with the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which has now evolved into two separate releases. The first half of the game will be out later this year in March and mark the return of fan favorites Cloud, Barret, Aerith, and Tifa, who have all received upgraded character models to complement the game’s new highly-detailed environments.  

    FF7 Remake will also introduce a new modified combat system that blends elements of real-time action with tactical strategy. Numerous improvements are being included with the remake, such as gaining the ability to directly control party members in the heat of battle and mappable button shortcuts for different commands.

    DOOM Eternal

    Release Date: March 20, 2020

    Id Software’s follow-up to 2016’s DOOM reboot was originally supposed to release back in November 2019 but ended up getting delayed to March 2020. DOOM Eternal will be the fifth mainline entry in the long-running first-person shooter franchise and sees players exterminating an army of demons invading planet Earth. 

    The sequel will introduce new enemy types, abilities, and an arsenal of overpowered death-dealing weaponry. Mobility has been greatly improved, with players having access to a grappling hook that can be used to latch onto enemies and traverse large gaps. 

    Resident Evil 3 Remake

    Release Date: April 3, 2020

    There were numerous leaks indicating that Capcom was secretly remaking Resident Evil 3. After all, the RE2 remake ended up being a massive success for the company both critically and financially. It also helped revitalize the franchise overall, which began showing signs of exhaustion prior to the release of 2017’s RE7.

    For their next remake, Capcom appears to be employing the same strategy as before by creating reimagined versions of RE3‘s host of characters and environments. Even big bad Nemesis has received a facelift, now sporting an absolutely terrifying set of chompers that we’ll never be able to erase from our minds. 

    Predator: Hunting Grounds

    Release Date: April 24, 2020

    Scheduled to release later this year, Predator: Hunting Grounds is another asymmetrical multiplayer game based on a well-known film property. The game sees four players controlling an elite squad of soldiers as they travel to remote locations around the globe in an effort to track down and eliminate the Predator, a creature belonging to a deadly alien race with access to high-powered abilities and advanced technology.

    What sets the game apart from its competitors is the fact that survivors aren’t completely helpless. The soldiers have access to a variety of guns and tools that can help give them a fighting chance against the predator. It all sounds very reminiscent of the 4v1 multiplayer game Evolve, which was unfortunately shut down back in 2018. Here’s to hoping developer IllFonic has found a way to curtail many of the pitfalls that plagued Turtle Rock’s game for years.

    The Last of Us 2

    Release Date: May 29, 2020

    Originally slated for a February 2020 release, Naughty Dog and Sony have agreed to hold off releasing TLOU2 until May in order to “bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality.” Considering the original PS3 game ended up getting the remaster treatment on PS4, it’s likely Sony will try to do the same or at the very least release TLOU2 on both PS4 and PS5.

    The first game managed to capture the hearts and minds of many players and critics thanks in large part to its emotionally-gripping story chronicling the relationship between Joel and Ellie. Set five years later, the sequel closely follows a now much older Ellie as she comes face to face with a dangerous cult.

    The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope

    Release Date: Early 2020

    Little Hope will be the second entry in the horror adventure anthology created by British game studio Supermassive Games, best known for the PS4 exclusive Until Dawn. Featuring a third-person pov, the game will see you controlling one of five playable characters as you try to survive in a small town plagued by supernatural horrors. 

    Just like with previous Supermassive titles, you’ll end up having to replay scenarios from each character’s perspective if you want to experience the full story and witness every possible outcome. The Dark Pictures Anthology will consist of eight unique games in total, with the studio planning to release two new games a year until they reach their goal.

    Minecraft Dungeons

    Release Date: Spring 2020

    All signs indicate Minecraft Dungeons will end up being a satisfying spin-off that makes clever use of the popular sandbox game’s blocky aesthetic. Inspired by classics dungeon-crawlers like Diablo, the game sees players exploring procedurally-generated labyrinths filled with dangerous mobs and untold riches.

    Devoid of any building mechanics, Dungeons emphasizes battling enemies using swords, hammers, axes, and bows in tandem with special artifacts that grant players unique abilities in exchange for resources. Similar to Minecraft, the game will support both local and online multiplayer for up to four friends.   

    Ghost of Tsushima

    Release Date: Summer 2020

    Ghost of Tsushima is the next project to come out of Sucker Punch Studios, best known for the Infamous series. The game was officially revealed during Paris Games Week in 2017 but has spent the better part of the last two years shrouded in mystery until recently when it was confirmed to be releasing sometime this summer.

    The open-world action game sees players assuming control of Jin Sakai, the last remaining samurai on Japan’s Tsushima Island in the midst of a Mongol invasion. Sporting some similarities with FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the game focuses on close-quarters combat using a katana in tandem with other tools including a grappling hook. 

    Marvel’s Avengers

    Release Date: Sep 4, 2020

    Crystal Dynamics will be putting their own spin on the iconic band of heroes when Marvel’s Avengers drops on PS4 this September. So far, we know the game takes place outside of both the Marvel comic-book and cinematic universes and plans on telling an original story that casts Taskmaster as one of the main villains.

    It’s been confirmed that Marvel’s Avengers will feature two separate modes: a single-player campaign and an online multiplayer component where up to four players can team up to tackle side missions that connect back to the main story. Lastly, the game is categorized as an action RPG and will let you customize each hero’s appearance as well as modify their abilities to fit different playstyles. 

    Cyberpunk 2077

    Release Date: Sep 17, 2020

    Arguably the biggest early release of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 has some pretty big shoes to fill. After all, CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 is considered to be one of the best games of the last decade and has set the bar extremely high for the Polish developer’s next project. While the game’s PS4 release has been pushed back to September 2020, chances are it will come to the PS5 as well.

    Described as a first-person action RPG, the game is set in a dystopian future where the lines between human and AI have become blurred more than ever. Taking on the role of a customizable protagonist named V, players will make their way through Night City, a sprawling open-world overflowing with technology, crime, and neon.

    Haven

    Release Date: TBA

    Haven is an upcoming adventure RPG from Furi developer The Game Bakers that’s slated for a 2020 release on PS4. In it, you play as a young couple named Yu and Kay who spend their days exploring the grasslands of a shattered world in search of a form of energy called “flow”. Together, the two of you will uncover mysteries surrounding the planet’s collapse and overcome numerous challenges.

    The game is being touted a solo experience at its core, however, at any time a second player can join and control one of the two characters for local co-op. The gameplay trailer depicts JRPG-inspired turn-based battles, atmosphere in line with games like Journey, and highly-stylized visuals reminiscent of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Twin Mirror

    Release Date: TBA

    Twin Mirror sees Dontnod Entertainment returning with a new episodic adventure game that builds upon many of the concepts first introduced in Life Is Strange while telling a new story centered on a 33-year-old man named Sam. Having returned to his hometown for his best friend’s funeral, Sam begins spiraling into depression until one day he wakes up to find a bloody shirt in his hotel room.

    Unable to recall events from the night prior, he sets off to investigate where he was and what happened from the time he left his hotel room up until he woke up. The murder mystery aspect appears to be only part of what Twin Mirror has to offer, with the narrative ultimately focusing on Sam finding redemption in the face of bitterness and loneliness.

    Babylon’s Fall

    Release Date: TBA

    Platinum Games is partnering with Square Enix once again to deliver a new action RPG called Babylon’s Fall. While both companies have been dragging their feet to announce a release date, as of now the game is still expected to launch on PS4 this year. First impressions have sparked comparisons to Dark Souls, Devil May Cry, and Bayonetta, as the game appears to emphasize the fast-paced combat we’ve come to expect from Platinum. 

    The latest trailer suggests Babylon Fall will bring players along for an epic fantasy adventure spanning multiple in-game generations. It’s currently unclear when and where the game 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

    Release Date: TBA

    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

    Release Date: TBA

    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 2020 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 looks to maintain the third-person platforming action of the original while telling a new story centered around Raz’s family.

    Spelunky 2 

    Release Date: 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.

    Biomutant

    Release Date: TBA

    2019 came and went and we still don’t have an exact release date for THQ Nordic’s upcoming action RPG, 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 a raccoon-like creature with the ability to acquire mutations and attach bio-mechanical body parts that affect combat and traversal. It seems likely the game will be released sometime in 2020, according to a recent financial report from the publisher’s parent company. 

    Watch Dogs: Legion

    Release Date: TBA

    Originally scheduled to release in March 2020, Watch Dogs: Legion was one of many Ubisoft games to be delayed until the next financial year (April 2020 – March 2021). This was then followed by an announcement from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirming it will be available on both current and next-gen consoles.

    The sequel introduces a host of new features, including the ability to play as any NPC you encounter in the open-world as you rebel against a private military that has seized control over London. Characters will possess special skills that affect different aspects of gameplay such as hacking, combat, driving, etc. An online co-op mode is being included where players can team up to tackle missions and other activities.

    Gods & Monsters

    Release Date: TBA

    Another game to receive the delay hammer from Ubisoft is Gods & Monsters, which made its first appearance during E3 2019. Described by Ubisoft as a “storybook adventure,” the game appears to be taking some cues from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey in terms of setting while its painterly art style evokes memories of playing Breath of the Wild.

    You play as a long-since forgotten hero who’s been tasked with saving the Greek gods following a cataclysmic defeat at the hands of Typhon, a massive giant with a snake-like tail and one of Greek mythology’s deadliest creatures. Just like with Watch Dogs: Legion, we can expect Gods & Monsters to release anywhere between April 2020 to March 2021 for PS4 and Xbox One.

    Rainbow Six: Quarantine

    Release Date: TBA

    The last game to be delayed following its announcement at E3 2019 is Rainbow Six Quarantine. Although Ubisoft never confirmed a release date, many were expecting to get their hands on the shooter relatively soon. However, there’s a high chance they’ll have to wait upwards of a year since the game has been delayed in the same manner as Legion and Gods & Monsters.
    It’s also one of the titles mentioned in Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot’s announcement concerning cross-generational titles. Described as a “3-player tactical co-op FPS,” RSQ appears to be incorporating elements of horror, with the teaser trailer depicting zombie-like creatures. Additionally, the player character is infected with some kind of illness which is likely connected to the zombies.

    Atomic Heart

    Release Date: TBA

    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 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.

    Diablo 4

    Release Date: TBA

    During BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard officially unveiled the next mainline Diablo game, which is currently entering development. While there’s currently no release date, the game was confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is an interesting decision considering next-gen consoles are scheduled to launch near the end of 2020.

    The most likely scenario is that Diablo 4 will end up being a cross-gen title and launch for both PS4 and PS5. Although no gameplay footage has been shown, a cinematic trailer depicts Diablo 4 as being a dramatically dark and gory game, even by Diablo standards.

    Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

    Release Date: TBA

    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, including The Phantom MenaceAttack of the ClonesRevenge of the SithA New HopeThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the JediThe Force AwakensThe Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

    So far, we know the game will feature optional fully-voiced dialogue and allow players to complete any of the episodes in whichever order they choose. Given the success of the original Lego Star Wars games and the rise in quality of more recent entries, we’re confident The Skywalker Saga will deliver an updated version of the best Lego series to date.

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