By this time next year, most of us will have already purchased the PlayStation 5 and become obsessed with one of our favorite next-gen releases. Many of these titles have either been confirmed by Sony or made public through leaks and rumors. Among the best upcoming PS5 games are a handful of first-party exclusives, highly-anticipated sequels/remakes, and brand-new IPs.
Here, we’ll be highlighting the games you can look forward to playing on your PS5 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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Godfall made its debut during the Game Awards 2019, where a teaser trailer set the tone for the high fantasy action RPG and confirmed it would be releasing for PS5. The game sees you playing as one of three classes belonging to the Knight’s Order, a group of warriors tasked with preventing an apocalyptic event from destroying the world.
It has some obvious Soulslike qualities in terms of atmosphere and gameplay but seems to be targeting the “looter shooter” audience, with support for up to three-player drop-in, drop-out co-op and the ability to customize classes by equipping various sets of armor called “Valorplates”. Although we still don’t have an exact release date, Godfall is expected to release for PS5 and PC (Epic Games Store) in Holiday 2020.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
In 2019, German developer Daedalic Entertainment announced they were making a licensed game set within The Lord of the Rings universe for next-gen gaming consoles. The new title is described 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 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. Gollum is scheduled to release sometime in 2021 for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.
The Elder Scrolls 6
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 6 is coming. That being said, we haven’t received an update since 2018, so it’s likely Bethesda will have something to show at E3 2020. 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.
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 6. This leads us to believe Starfield will most definitely release on the next 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.
Watch Dogs: Legion
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
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 as well as PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
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.
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.
The Last of Us 2
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.
Ghost of Tsushima
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 on PS4 sometime this summer.
Whether Sony has any desire to bring GoT over to the PS5 has yet to be seen but it wouldn’t surprise us if they did. 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.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
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 which blends elements of real-time action with tactical strategy. Considering it’s one of the PS4’s “swan song” titles and is being released in two parts, we can safely assume a PS5 port is in the works.
Gran Turismo 7
Discussions surrounding the PS5’s launch line-up have led many to speculate that the next Gran Turismo title will release alongside the new console. This is sort of a no brainer given the franchise has served as PlayStation’s flagship racing series for as long as we can remember. Racing games are also historically great for showing off new hardware by bombarding players with flashy car models and tracks set on stunning landscapes.
Not to mention there are enough substantial rumors to back up this theory. This includes Wired issuing a report that developer Polyphony Digital has Gran Turismo Sport running on a PS5 devkit along with a leak that suggests Gran Turismo 7 will release on November 20 as a PS5 launch title.
Horizon Zero Dawn 2
Sony’s has been all in this generation when it comes to releasing memorable first-party exclusives, including what’s become one of the best-selling PS4 games, open-world action RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. And while neither they nor Guerrilla Games have come right out to confirm a sequel is underway, a leak from one of the game’s voice actors proves otherwise.
It’s simply a matter of when Sony plans on announcing when HZD2 will be releasing on PS5. It’s possible they’re planning on including it in the system’s launch lineup, although we would likely already have at least some concrete info about the game if that were the case. Chances are the game will be released post-launch as Guerrilla Games puts the finishing touches on Aloy’s next chapter.
God of War 2
God of War was another tremendous victory for Sony, receiving great reviews from fans and critics as well as taking home the trophy for Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2018. It seems only logical at this point for Sony Santa Monica to start brainstorming a sequel for the PS5.
It would appear the studio agrees, as they’ve been posting job listings for positions across numerous teams; one listing goes as far as directly referencing 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 massive cliffhanger that was included to leave players wanting more.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Marvel’s Spider-Man ended up being a massive hit for Sony and the PS4’s library, so it’s not surprising to see a leak that suggests a sequel is currently in production at Insomniac Games. According to a Redditor who claims to have a “source close to developer Insomniac,” Spider-Man 2 is being developed for the PS5.
However, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be swinging through the streets of New York City anytime soon as the leaker suggests the sequel won’t be releasing until Holiday 2021, a year after the PS5’s launch window. It’s being reported that SM2 will feature a larger open-world and is set during winter.
If any game from this generation deserves a next-gen rerelease, it’s Control. The game was a hot mess at launch, with many players experiencing issues with frame rate stuttering across all platforms. Remedy has been working hard to improve the game’s performance and after a few patches, things have greatly improved.
Aside from the developer all but confirming the game is being ported to PS5 in an interview with PlayStation Magazine, Control is one of the few major releases to support real-time ray-tracing, a feature we already know is being implemented in next-gen consoles. This would make Remedy’s supernatural thriller a great showcase for testing the capabilities of the new hardware.
Although Death Stranding has already been confirmed for a PC release, it’s possible we may see Sony attempt to squeeze out as many sales as possible by re-releasing the game on PS5. This speculation stems from an interview with Wired, where Sony’s Mark Cerny briefly paused and smiled when asked about how DS fits into the next generation of PlayStation.
Unfortunately, that’s as much as we have at the moment since a spokesperson quickly interjected to reaffirm the game is still a PS4 title. Considering Cerny is currently serving as the lead architect for PS5, he’s arguably the best safe to crack for valuable information. While a PS5 port of DS would be great, we doubt the console’s more powerful hardware will be enough to make sense of Kojima’s fever dream walking sim.