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.

So we thought we’d highlight some of the upcoming games that have fans most excited to play. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles once they’re revealed. If you’d like to learn about more great games, check out our list for the Best PS4 Games to Play in 2019.

Team Sonic Racing

Release Date: May 21

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While Sonic hasn’t exactly had the best track record when it comes to street racing, developer Sumo Digital is looking to change that with the third installment of their Sega-themed kart racer, Team Sonic Racing. The upcoming arcade racer touts a roster of 12 playable characters and 21 different tracks to be explored across four different game modes including Grand Prix, Team Adventure, Exhibition, and Time Trial.

TSR debuts some major changes to the kart racer’s formula, with the addition of team-based maneuvers that now call for players to work together during a race. Among these new team combos is the Slingshot, a move that allows other characters increase their speed by following a trail left behind by their teammates.


Release Date: May 21

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Observation is a sci-fi adventure game developed by No Code, best known for creating the horror adventure anthology Stories Untold. The game has you take on the role of an artificial intelligence named S.A.M. as you try to piece together what happened to the crew of a space station.

As S.A.M., you’ll have access to the station’s operating systems, cameras, and a variety of tools to assist with your investigation. Developer No Code is comprised of former staff from Rocksteady, Rockstar North, and most notably Creative Assembly, makers of Alien Isolation, which Observation seems at least partially inspired by.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

Release Date: June 21

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In an era where Mario Kart holds a monopoly over kart racers, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is looking to carve out a space for itself by cashing in on good ol’ nostalgia. The game follows the success of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remaster, and features completely redone HD assets as well as a host of new customization options.

You’ll find all the original characters, tracks, and karts from the first Crash Team Racing game present, along with some bonus content. While Naughty Dog isn’t behind this new version, developer Beenox has stated their main goal with the game is authenticity and judging from all the gameplay footage we’ve seen, that seems to be true.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Release Date: July 12

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Even though Dragon Quest Builders 2 was released in Japan back in 2018, fans have been waiting for an announcement of a Western release. We’ve finally gotten confirmation that the game will be available later this summer and it definitely appears to be a much bigger and more ambitious game.

Similar to the first Builders, which presented an alternate version of the events from the original Dragon Quest, the sequel will be using the events from Dragon Quest II to tell a new story. Additionally, the game has a number of new features including larger world size, more natural landscapes, the ability to glide and dive underwater, character customization, and online multiplayer.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Release Date: July 26

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a standalone title in the same vein as 2015’s Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. The first-person shooter is set roughly two decades after The New Colossus and has you taking control of series’ protagonist BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters, Jessica and Sophia.

The game is set-up when the pair discovers that their father has gone missing while carrying out a covert operation in Paris, calling the twins to take action and head to the French capital, which is still occupied by Nazis. Youngblood includes a two-player co-op mode for its campaign as well as the option to play the entire game solo in single-player.

Shenmue III

Release Date: Aug 27

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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.


Release Date: Aug 27

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Control is a third-person shooter developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by 505 Games. The game carries over a lot of the themes and mechanics from Remedy’s past works, notably Quantum Break and Alan Wake, and has you playing as Jesse Faden, a woman who’s granted supernatural abilities after a traumatic childhood experience.

Jesse’s special powers prove useful in combat, allowing her to manipulate weapons and objects in the environment and even possess enemies. The game is designed to be a mostly linear experience but includes some Metroidvania elements, such as new powers to acquire that allow you to reach areas that were previously inaccessible.

The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan

Release Date: Summer 2019

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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

Release Date: Sep 13

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Gearbox has finally blessed Borderlands fans with a new installment in the cel-shaded ‘looter shooter’ franchise. Borderlands 3 includes a bevy of technical improvements to its loot system and UI, more fluid combat and traversal mechanics, and a new “Radiation” elemental damage type that replaces “Slag” from previous games while adding a DoT effect.

Of course the real highlights are the game’s four new character classes, which include: 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 during battle.


Release Date: Oct 25

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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.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Release Date: Nov 15

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action RPG set after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith following the aftermath of Order 66, which practically wiped out all the Jedis. You play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan and one of the few remaining survivors tasked with uncovering the mysteries of an ancient civilization while outrunning 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 band of deadly Inquisitors. Fallen Order will feature lightsaber combat that relies heavily on gauging when to strike, block, and dodge enemy attacks. The game will also introduce new locations from the Star Wars universe including the planet Bracca, which is home to the Scrapper Guild that Cal joins.

Concrete Genie

Release Date: Fall 2019

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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.

Code Vein

Release Date: TBA 2019

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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.

Spelunky 2

Release Date: TBA 2019

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Spelunky 2 is a 2D-platformer with some Roguelike elements, being co-developed by Mossmouth and Blitworks. The game has players exploring a series of procedurally-generated caves while finding treasure, battling enemies, and avoiding traps.

The game maintains a majority of the mechanics and themes from the first Spelunky while also sporting better graphics and several new characters, enemies, obstacles, and treasures to find. Among the sequel’s refinements are new liquid physics, which affect how water and lava flows throughout caves.

Dying Light 2

Release Date: TBA 2019

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Dying Light 2 is a new action RPG being developed and self-published by Techland. The game has players controlling a new protagonist named Gazi, and takes place in another European-based location called ‘The City’ that’s reportedly four-times the size of the original.

Gameplay will be similar to Dying Light, 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 story, where decisions impact the world both narratively and physically. Unlike the original game, zombies will only roam freely at night.


Release Date: TBA 2019

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Biomutant is another upcoming action RPG that has us excited. Developed by Swedish developer Experiment 101 and published by THQ Nordic, the game is set in a post-apocalyptic world filled with mutated animals and has you controlling a customizable raccoon-like character that can wield a variety of weapons. How players design their character affects gameplay, with attributes like gender, body shape, fur thickness, and fangs all affecting stats.

The overarching goal in Biomutant is to save the Tree of Life, which has become polluted and is under constant attack from enemy creatures. Along the way, players will encounter an array of mutations and bio-mechanical body parts such as robotic legs, wings and claws which can be attached to provide an edge in battle or reach certain areas. The game features a branching storyline as well as a karma system, where player decisions impact different characters’ stances and affect the world.

Psychonauts 2

Release Date: TBA 2019

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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 crowd-funding campaign, developer Double Fine Productions is on track to release Psychonauts 2 later this year.

The game maintains the third-person platformer focus of the original and has players assume control of Raz once again. Picking up after the events of the VR title Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, the sequel has Raz uncovering secrets about the Psychonauts organization and the curse that’s been plaguing his family for multiple generations.

Death Stranding

Release Date: TBA

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Death Stranding is currently under development by Kojima Productions, a studio founded by former Metal Gear designer Hideo Kojima following his departure from Konami. The game takes place in an open-world that has been taken over by large invisible creatures and has you controlling Sam Bridges, a delivery man who seeks to restore order.

Kojima has gone on record saying that he believes Death Stranding will be a genre defining game, much like Metal Gear was for the stealth genre. The game has had a lengthy development cycle and many are wondering whether it will still come to PS4 or be a launch title for the PS5.

The Last of Us Part II

Release Date: TBA

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The original The Last of Us captured the hearts and minds of many players and critics thanks largely to its emotionally-gripping story, which closely followed the relationship between protagonists 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.

Set five years after the events of the first game, TLOU 2 has players controlling a much older Ellie as she comes face-to-face with a deadly cult in a now post-apocalyptic United States. Neil Druckman, one of the game’s story co-writers, has stated that the sequel focuses on ‘hate’ instead of ‘love’ and will introduce new characters that play an essential role in Joel and Ellie’s futures.

Ghost of Tsushima

Release Date: TBA

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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 travelling long-distances.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Release Date: TBA

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Fans have been waiting a long time for new information regarding the remake of the PS1 classic Final Fantasy VII. Thankfully, Sony’s recent State of Play event provided some new footage for the game and an announcement of when we can expect to learn more.

As of now, we know that the FFVII Remake will be released episodically and is a retelling of the original game’s story which follows mercenary Cloud Strife as he attempts to bring down the corrupt Shinra megacorporation and Sephiroth. In addition to completely remade HD assets, the game will feature a new combat structure, which fuses real-time action with strategy.

Cyberpunk 2077

Release Date: TBA

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Cyberpunk 2077 is the next project to come from CD Projekt Red, best known for successful action RPG The Witcher 3. The game is an adaptation of the tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, set fifty-seven years later in a dystopian civilization.  In it, you’ll create a customizable character named V, and begin exploring the six distinct regions that make up the open-world of Night City.

Players will be able to use experience points to upgrade stats and invest in skills based on three classes: NetRunner, Techie, and Solo, with each dedicated to different playstyles. Additionally, the game features a wide-selection of ranged and close combat weapons that can be modified based on player preference.