Best Upcoming PS5 Games 2021 (And Beyond)

If you have a PS5 or intend to buy one, then you will love this list of the best upcoming PS5 games coming out later this year or next year.

Among the best upcoming PS5 games are a handful of first-party exclusives, highly-anticipated sequels/remakes, and brand-new IPs.

In this list, we’ll be highlighting the most anticipated PS5 releases to look forward to playing throughout 2021 and beyond.

Many of these titles have either been confirmed by Sony or made public through leaks and rumors.

If we forgot to mention your favorite game, feel free to sound off in the comments and let us know.

And lastly, make sure to check back as we continue to update this list in the future.

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After announcing Horizon Zero Dawn would be making its way to PC, Sony revealed a sequel was currently in development at Guerrilla Games. Titled Horizon Forbidden West, the sequel is due out sometime in 2021 and will be launching exclusively on PS5.

Visually, the game is just as gorgeous, if not more, than its predecessor, which was no slouch in the graphics department. Along with a host of graphical improvements, Horizon Forbidden West appears to be introducing some new gameplay features that have us most excited.

This includes underwater exploration as well as new enemy types to accompany the mechanical wildlife of the first game. Horizon always stood out for its unique interpretation of a post-apocalyptic setting, so we’re eager to see what lies beyond the forbidden west. 

Every console generation, we’re treated to a new racing game with gorgeous-looking graphics to show off the new hardware’s capabilities. Sony is using the same approach for the PS5 as previous generations by announcing the next entry in the long-running Gran Turismo series.

Gran Turismo 7 sees the return of highly-requested features that were excluded from the previous entry, including a fully-realized career mode to make up for GT Sport‘s slim pickings. 

Additionally, tuning shops and Trial Mountain challenges will return. Of course, you can still count on a plethora of new vehicles from the biggest brands in racing to make an appearance in GT7.

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.

Insomniac is hard at work on the next Ratchet & Clank entry, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. In it, the two titular heroes find themselves entangled in an inter-dimensional crisis in which the world-connecting portals have gone haywire, causing them to open and close at random.

The dynamic duo will set out to restore order to the universe with help from a new playable character, a female Lombax from a different dimension. The game will be the first new entry in the shooter-platformer series since the 2016 remake of the first game for PS4.

Insomniac plans on harnessing the ray-tracing capabilities of the PS5’s hardware along with the DualSense controller’s enhanced haptic feedback in order to make Rift Apart the most exciting and immersive entry to date.

We recently got a closer look at Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks’ upcoming horror action-adventure game, Ghostwire: Tokyo, which is expected to launch first on PS5 in 2021.

In it, you play as one of the few remaining survivors following a paranormal event that causes 99% of Tokyo’s population to mysteriously disappear. Soon after, you discover you’ve been bestowed with supernatural abilities that allow you to fight back against the horrific terrors that have taken over Tokyo.

The premise seems thoroughly intriguing and will only be made better by Ghostwire‘s stunning depiction of modern-day Tokyo, with environments ranging from vibrant cityscapes to tranquil holy grounds.

Capcom plans to set a new standard for survival horror with the eighth mainline entry in the iconic Resident Evil franchise. Resident Evil: Village will bring the company’s in-house RE Engine to next-gen hardware and deliver even more ultra-realistic environments and characters to players’ screens.

The story is set a couple of years after the events of RE7 and sees protagonist Ethan Winters living happily with his reunited wife, Mia. However, things take a turn for the worst when Chris Redfield shows up, setting off a whirlwind of events that causes Ethan to seek out a mysterious snowcapped village in search of answers.

Village will revisit the first-person perspective of RE7 while focusing more on combat and exploration than the previous game. Expect resources to remain painfully scarce and danger to be lurking around every corner.

God of War was a huge tremendous victory for Sony, receiving 10/10 reviews from fans and critics as well as taking home the trophy for GOTY at The Game Awards 2018. It seems only logical at this point for Sony Santa Monica to start brainstorming a sequel to add to the PS5’s already lengthy list of exclusives.

The studio appears to agree as they’ve started posting job listings for positions across numerous teams, with one listing going as far as to directly mention 2018’s God of War.

If you were one of many players who returned to Krato’s cabin after completing the main story, then you remember the colossal cliffhanger that was included to leave players craving more God of War.

Chances are we won’t receive an update regarding Bethesda’s latest project for at least a few years as the company already has enough on their plate with the upcoming Elder Scrolls VI.

This leads us to believe Starfield will most definitely release on the following consoles, which includes PS5. So far, all we know about the game is that it’s a single-player RPG set in outer space.

Starfield will be Bethesda’s first new IP in over 25 years and has the potential of becoming the third pillar in their RPG catalog along with Fallout and Elder Scrolls.

Even though Bethesda is more occupied with Elder Scrolls: Online and the latest flavor of the month Fallout 76 controversy, they still like to occasionally remind us Elder Scrolls VI is coming.

That being said, we haven’t received an update since 2018, so it’s likely Bethesda will have something to show before the year is through. Whether it’s a release date, gameplay, or another cinematic, rest assured the game will be coming to next-gen consoles.

Current speculation suggests ES6 might be set in the Skyrim-adjacent region High Rock based on the announcement trailer depicting a mountainous northern province. It’s also rumored that the ongoing conflict with the Thalmor may be a key element in the game’s plot. 

In 2019, German developer Daedalic Entertainment announced they were working on a licensed game set within The Lord of the Rings universe for next-gen gaming consoles.

The new title is depicted as an action-adventure game that intends to “tell Gollum’s story from a perspective never seen before, in any storytelling medium, all the while staying true and faithful to the legendary books of J.R.R. Tolkien.”

With the success of other LOTR spin-offs such as Shadow of Mordor and its subsequent sequel Shadow of War, it’s clear that there’s an audience of players who would jump at the chance to explore Middle-earth from a new point-of-view.

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Justin Fernandez
Justin Fernandez

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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