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.

PlayStation 5 owners will have a lot on their hands this year as numerous first-party exclusives, highly-anticipated sequels/remakes, and brand-new IPs release for the console.

In this list, we’ll be highlighting the most-anticipated PS5 games, including the best upcoming PS5 games of 2021 in order of release date.

We’ve taken the liberty of including gameplay trailers where possible as well as info regarding developer and publisher.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any games!

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Knockout City is an upcoming free to play dodgeball combat game due out later this year.

Gameplay is centered around catching and throwing a fast-moving ball with the goal of knocking out the competition.

The game includes a variety of modes with unique objectives and various maps that add environmental hazards that can either help or hurt your team.

Characters possess special abilities that allow them to move around quickly, sneak up on the enemy, and make a quick escape when things go bad.

In Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the two titular heroes find themselves entangled in an inter-dimensional crisis that’s causing world-connecting portals to go haywire.

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 will harness the PS5’s ray-tracing capabilities along with the DualSense controller’s enhanced haptic feedback to make Rift Apart the most exciting entry to date.

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.

Security Breach will be the next installment in the hit survival-horror series Five Nights at Freddy’s and debut on the PS5 sometime in 2021.

In it, you reprise your role as a security guard for one of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza joints, though the company has since expanded to much larger Mega Pizza Plex locations.

Environments are substantially large and provide more opportunities for jumpscares and run-ins with a host of evil animatronic mascots.

The game will utilize the PS5’s RTX-enabled graphics card and immersive 3D audio to deliver one of the most terrifying experiences on the console to date.

Solar Ash is Heart Machine’s follow-up to Hyper Light Drifter and looks to be a fresh take on the modern 3D platformer with elements of adventure.

It sees you journeying through a highly stylized surreal world brimming with mystery, fast and fluid traversal, and a host of larger-than-life enemies.

You take control of Ash as she tries to save her world from the “Ultravoid,” a dark energy that feeds off of worlds and spawns massive beasts.

While we can confirm Solar Ash is set in the same universe as HLD, Heart Machine has stated it is not a direct sequel.

From the same team who brought us Absolver comes Sifu, another action game with hand-to-hand combat modeled after Kung Fu fighting techniques.

In it, you play as a gifted fighter on a mission to hunt down the assassins who killed your family.

In order to even the odds and take control of fights, you’ll have to make clever use of your surroundings and use objects, weapons, windows, and ledges against your enemies.

As you progress, you’ll unlock new skills and strengthen both your body and mind through practice and some sort of aging mechanic.

Coming to both PS4 and PS5, Horizon Forbidden West plans to expand upon the mysterious open-world Aloy and her tribespeople share with mechanical beasts.

The sequel includes a host of graphical and gameplay improvements, namely water traversal.

The game looks just as gorgeous as the original, if not more so thanks to a host of graphical improvements possible on the PS5.

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

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.

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.

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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