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, publisher, and genre.

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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F.I.S.T. is an upcoming exploration-based platformer with an eye-catching aesthetic developer TiGames calls “dieselpunk.”

In it, you play as Rayton, an anthropomorphic bunny who’s forced into battle after his friend is kidnapped by a race of machine-like enemies who control the world. 

Armed with a trio of weapons that includes a mechanized fist, a drill, and a whip, Rayton sets out to find his friend’s kidnappers and take down the Machine Legion once and for all. 

F.I.S.T. features a unique arcade-style combat system that relies on performing combo chains using Rayton’s diverse arsenal.

Deathloop is an upcoming immersive sim shooter from Arkane Lyon where players try to kill each other while trapped in a perpetual time loop.

In it, you play as Colt, a talented hitman who finds himself trapped in a Groundhog’s Day-style time loop on a party island filled with rival assassins.

To end the loop, Colt sets out to eliminate the eight targets responsible for their current situation.

It’s an interesting progression of Dishonored’s open-ended stealth gameplay that only benefits from looking like a 1970s acid trip.

Inspired by classic 3D stealth games like Tenchu and The Mark of Kri, Lince Works’ third-person action-stealth game Aragami is criminally underrated as far as indie releases go.

Thankfully, the developer plans on revisiting its mystical world in a sequel, Aragami 2, currently in development for PC and consoles.

In it, you play as a supernatural assassin with the ability to bend shadows to your will in order to sneak up on enemies and take charge in battle.

Aragami 2 will introduce weapon and armor crafting along with an expanded skill tree and co-op support for up to three players.  

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.

With Valve flat-out refusing to make a new Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is the closest we’ll ever get to a new installment in the zombie shooter franchise.

Thankfully, development is being handled by Turtle Rock Studios, the team behind the original L4D, whose credits also include the asymmetrical multiplayer title Evolve.

Described as a spiritual successor to TR’s game, Back 4 Blood will include genre staples such as local and online four-player co-op centered on a replayable story campaign.

Additionally, the game will feature a PvP mode where you can play as the monster and attack other players.

The seventeenth installment in the Battlefield series is due out later this year and brings with it a host of new features and shiny tech.

Battlefield 2042 sees players competing across various modes including staples like Conquest and Breakthrough along with the co-op-centric Hazard Mode and another that’s yet to be revealed.

Since the game is set in the near future, players can expect an abundance of futuristic weapons and gadgets such as deployable turrets, drones, and vehicles.

2042’s new Plus system will allow players to customize their weapons on the spot and the overhauled class system lets you pick from four unique specializations: Assault, Engineer, Medic, and Recon.

Square Enix and Marvel have partnered for another game about a band of heroes, albeit one with a loose interpretation of the term “heroes.”

Guardians of the Galaxy reimagines the spacefaring gang of misfits as they travel to different planets hatching schemes that will no doubt land them in cosmic trouble.

You play as the Guardians’ leader, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, as he attempts to wrangle his teammates into shape and uncover mysteries surrounding his past.

There will be plenty of opportunities to collaborate with your fellow Guardians in and out of combat, from combining powers to settling petty debates among the crew.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a first-person action RPG set after the events of the first game and centers on a completely new protagonist.

Aiden Caldwell is an infected survivor who uses his superb dexterity and combat prowess to gain allies and constantly escape the clutches of the undead. 

The game features streamlined parkour traversal complemented by interactive environments that let you swing from ropes and ride on the roofs of vehicles.

This time around, Techland is including more player-choice, promising to deliver a dynamic open-world that reacts to your actions and evolves throughout the story.

Long shrouded in mystery, Elden Ring‘s appearance at E3 2021 came as a relief for fans who have been eager to learn more about From Software’s next open-world action RPG.

Aside from its dark fantasy lore being penned by George R.R. Martin and Hidetaka Miyazaki’s role as director, we’ve also learned more about how the game will play.

Elden Ring’s combat draws inspiration from previous From Software games, namely the Souls series, but with a bit more verticality akin to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

There’s also a horse you can ride throughout the open world, seemingly even during battles, and it can jump really high.

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. 

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.

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.

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.”

Best described as a cinematic stealth adventure, LOTR: Gollum will have you traversing faithfully detailed environments, many of which have never appeared in a LOTR video game.

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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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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