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 shiny new 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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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
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. While there was some initial confusion surrounding whether it would be an expansion to the first game or a sequel, we’ve gotten confirmation that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a full-fledged, standalone game.
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 to keep 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.
Horizon Forbidden West
Following an announcement earlier this year that Horizon Zero Dawn would be ported to PC, Sony has unveiled a sequel for PS5 titled Horizon Forbidden West. 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.
There appears to be 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. 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.
Gran Turismo 7
Every console generation we’re treated to a new racing game with sleek-looking cars that do a great job of showing off the capabilities of the new hardware. Sony is using the same approach for the PS5 and has debuted 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 full-fledged career mode that’s sure to make up for GT Sport‘s slim pickings. Additionally, the game will reintroduce tuning shops and Trial Mountain. Of course, you can also count on a plethora of new vehicles from the biggest brands in racing to make an appearance.
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, supporting up to three-player drop-in drop-out co-op, along with class customization in the form of equippable armor called ‘Valorplates.’ The game is confirmed to be releasing on PS5 and PC via the Epic Games Store during Holiday 2020.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
An impressive highlight from Sony’s Future of Gaming presentation was Kena: Bridge of Spirits, a third-person action-adventure title exclusively coming to PS5. The game comes from developer Ember Lab, an indie studio who prior to transitioning into game design, specialized in character development for animated commercials.
The studio’s animation prowess is on full display in the announcement trailer for Kena, depicting fluid movement and combat systems brimming with flashy particle effects and lush forest backgrounds. Reminiscent of games like Pikmin, the story sees you growing a team of tiny companions called the Rot, increasing their numbers and unlocking new abilities that allow them to manipulate the environment.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet and Clank will be making a return on the PS5 in a brand new adventure called Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. The game sees the titular heroes entangled in an interdimensional crisis in which portals connecting different worlds become haywire and begin opening at random.
Rift Apart 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 as well as 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 first-person action-adventure game Ghostwire: Tokyo, coming PS5 and PC in 2021. You play as one of the few remaining survivors following a paranormal event that causes 99% of Tokyo’s population to disappear.
Soon after, your character discovers they’ve become embedded with their very own supernatural abilities and sets out to rid the city of the horrific terrors that now occupy the streets. The premise seems thoroughly interesting and will only be made better by Ghostwire‘s stunning depiction of Tokyo’s environments which range from modern cityscapes to ancient sacred grounds.
Resident Evil: Village
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.
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 often regarded as the best game of this generation. Having been delayed until September 2020, only a couple of months before the PS5 is expected to launch, it’s safe to say you can count on a next-gen Cyberpunk port.
Described as a first-person action RPG, the game takes place in a dystopian future society 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.
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.
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 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 6. 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.
The Elder Scrolls VI
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.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
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. Gollum is scheduled to release sometime in 2021 for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.