Best Upcoming PS4 Games 2020 (And Beyond)

Although the PlayStation 4 may be nearing the 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 available on the PS4 for those of us who aren’t quite ready to take the plunge on the PlayStation 5.

In this list, we’ll be highlighting the most-anticipated PS4 games releasing throughout 2020 and beyond.

Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new entries.

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Slated for this year, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be the next entry in the long-running action RPG. Set during the 9th century during the Viking invasion of Britain, the game sees you playing as a Viking raider named Eivor.

Regardless of whether you choose to play the game as male or female, Eivor will eventually get themselves entangled in the ongoing conflict between the Templar Order and the Brotherhood of Assassins. 

It’s being reported that the game will feature a greater emphasis on stealth compared to recent AC entries like Origins and Odyssey. Additionally, Valhalla will introduce new gameplay systems such as the ability to increase your influence and gain the loyalty of NPCs along with building your own settlements and carrying out raids in enemy-occupied villages.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure will see you playing as the series mascot, Sackboy, as he sets off on a brand-new 3D platforming adventure. This is in stark contrast to the mainline LBP games, which are known for their 2.5D presentation. 

Judging by the announcement trailer, the switch in gameplay perspective will allow for more ambitious puzzle designs and new platforming challenges. We’re eager to see how this will affect Sackboy’s creative mode, assuming Sumo plans to include custom level designing.

Thankfully, the spin-off will still support both local and online multiplayer, which has been a staple of LBP from the start.

During Sony’s Future of Gaming event, we were given our first glimpse of Insomniac’s follow-up to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. There was some initial confusion surrounding whether it would be an expansion to the first game or a sequel, but we’ve since learned the full story.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be a full-fledged, standalone game launching for both the PS4 and PS5 on the same date. Details are scarce at the moment, but the teaser trailer presents a slightly older Miles than when we last saw him.

It appears Peter Parker has stepped away from the Big Apple and entrusted Miles with keeping the city safe while he’s gone. Considering Miles’ spidey suit comes with its own perks, namely his paralyzing ‘venom strike’ gloves, it’ll be interesting to see what other powers make it into the final game. 

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.

After returning home for his best friend’s funeral, Sam begins spiraling into depression until one day he wakes up to a bloody shirt in his hotel room. Unable to remember anything from the night before, he sets off to investigate his own whereabouts and uncovers an even bigger mystery.

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.

Described by Ubisoft as a “storybook adventure,” Immortals Fenyx Rising (formerly Gods & Monsters) appears to be taking some cues from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey in terms of gameplay and structure.

Additionally, the game’s painterly art style and free-roam exploration evoke memories of playing Breath of the Wild, no doubt the intended effect Ubisoft is going for.

In it, you play as a long-forgotten hero who’s been tasked with rescuing the Greek gods after a cataclysmic defeat at the hands of Typhon, a huge giant with a snake-like tail and one of Greek mythology’s deadliest creatures.

Arguably the biggest 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. 

Categorized 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.

People Can Fly, the developer behind Bulletstorm, has partnered with Square Enix to release Outriders, an upcoming action RPG designed with co-op in mind. The game sees you creating a custom character called an Outrider before selecting from four distinct classes.

Each class comes with upgradeable skills that operate on cooldowns. Players also use an array of guns such as assault rifles and shotguns, which can be augmented via weapon mods.

While it’s been compared to live service titles such as Destiny and The Division, the developer affirms that Outriders will have a clear start and finish for players who just want to experience the story.

With that said, the game 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 will be coming to PlayStation 4.

Tarsier Studios’ Little Nightmares is a delightfully creepy puzzle-platformer and one of the standout indie horror games of 2018. The game ends with an interesting twist that we’re excited to see expanded upon in a sequel due out this year.

Published by Bandai Namco, Little Nightmares 2 got announced during Gamescon 2019, where a brief teaser was shown. The sequel will feature a new playable character named Mono, who’s also joined by Six, the protagonist from the original.

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, but Tarsier hopes to add local co-op before the game’s 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.

However, firefights are guaranteed to be a lot more intense since there’s no solid ground to cling to in the heat of battle. Instead, you’ll be facing the vast nothingness of outer space as you exchange fire across a variety of familiar game modes.

Additionally, you’ll have a grappling hook, custom load-outs, and different abilities to experiment with. Boundary will be the first major project to come from Chinese dev Studio Surgical Scalpes and is currently expected to release in 2020.

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 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.

Haven is an upcoming adventure RPG from Furi developer The Game Bakers that is 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 unravel mysteries surrounding the planet’s collapse and overcome numerous challenges. The game is being touted as 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, a similar atmosphere to that of the indie-hit Journey, and highly-stylized visuals that are reminiscent of Breath of the Wild.

Following an announcement earlier this year that Horizon Zero Dawn would be ported to PC, Sony has unveiled a sequel titled Horizon Forbidden West coming to both PS4 and PS5.

There appears to be a host of graphical improvements included with the sequel in addition to some interesting gameplay features such as water traversal and new robotic creatures to either befriend or battle.

The game looks just as gorgeous as the original, if not more, and plans to expand upon the mysterious open-world Aloy and her tribespeople share with mechanical beasts.

Horizon has always stood out for its unique interpretation of a post-apocalyptic world, and 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. 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 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 is 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.

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.

It can be a bit tricky to wrap your head around the actual mechanics of the game at first, but we have a feeling it’s much easier to grasp when you’re actually playing. 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. While we still haven’t gotten a release date, we’re looking forward to experiencing plenty of “a-ha” moments and stumbling upon mindblowing puzzle solutions.

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 paying attention to dangers.

Beyond natural disasters, there are a bunch of predators as well as prey to keep your eyes peeled for. Away is currently in development at Breaking Walls, an indie game studio comprised of designers and programmers who have worked on triple-A franchises like Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed.

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. 

The game features a unique arcade-style combat system that relies on performing combo chains using Rayton’s diverse arsenal. No word on a release date, but F.I.S.T’s blend of 2D gameplay and atmospheric 3D backgrounds will surely be a sight to behold.

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.

This adds a sort of unpredictability to traversing the station, as your character may not move or interact with an object in the way you intended them to.

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

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 is going to be released sometime in 2020, according to a recent financial report from the publisher’s parent company.

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. 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.

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,” it’s rumored to be well into development at studio Mundfish, a Russian-based indie studio.

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

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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