The PlayStation 5 has been out for some time now, and its reception has been mostly positive (assuming you can get your hands on the machine). It includes lots of quality-of-life improvements over its predecessor, the PlayStation 4, such as faster load times, a solid-state drive (SSD) instead of a regular hard disk drive (HDD), and an improved controller thanks to the new DualSense. Having said all that, a console is only as good as the games available on it, and thankfully, the PS5 has you covered on that front as well.
While the machine already has a worthy library of games, there are even more to look forward to, with some releasing as soon as this month, while others are years away. In the video game world, it’s not uncommon to be aware of games that are still several years off, while it’s also normal for a new game to be revealed and launched within just a couple of months. In this comprehensive list, we’ll go through the major PS5 releases from this month, leading up to 2023, and everything in between.
These are the best upcoming PS5 games to look forward to.
Originally released as a timed Xbox exclusive, The Medium is a psychological horror game with a compelling twist. In this game, you play as a medium who can traverse between the spirit world and the real world. The twist is that both realms appear simultaneously in split-screen format, leading to some smart puzzles. Though The Medium isn’t action-packed, it’s a thrilling narrative with numerous callbacks to famous horror franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill.
The annualized pro basketball series aims to feature improvements to the WNBA portion in NBA 2K22. In past iterations, the women’s league always felt like an afterthought, but in NBA 2K22, the team at Visual Concepts is making some much-needed improvement’s to the WNBA, such as new player progression and more refined online play. Aside from that, NBA 2K22 will include improved gameplay overall, with enhancements made to shooting, finishing, defending, and dribbling.
It looks a lot like Dishonored, but Deathloop is something completely new. Players will take control of an assassin that is stuck in a time loop — every time they die, they come right back to life and have to do it all over again. Combat looks to have three facets, including magic, melee, and gunplay, and is incredibly fast-paced and stylized. After being delayed from its initial May 2021 release date, it will launch as a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 5 on September 14, 2021.
When it was first revealed, a brief trailer from Ember Lab gave players a first-hand look at its upcoming action-adventure game, Kena: Bridge of Spirits. We watched as the main character solved a few puzzles, battled some enemies with her staff, and walked around a beautiful town located deep within a forest. There were also a bunch of tiny, furry creatures roaming about, and we can’t wait to learn more about them. We’ll find out when it releases on September 21, 2021.
An enhanced version of Hideo Kojima’s latest game is on the way to PS5. Death Stranding Director’s Cut includes improved combat, quality of life changes, and even a new racing mode, which is just as wacky as you’d imagine. In addition to the improvements, Director’s Cut also features a new companion named Buddy Bot, which helps Sam Porter Bridges carry larger hauls. Death Stranding is not for everyone, but is certainly a unique experience. Now PS5 users will be able to play it natively on Sony’s new machine.
Serving as a sequel to 2018’s hit Yakuza spinoff, Lost Judgment will continue the story of its predecessor. In it, you’ll take on the role of private detective Takayuki Yagami as he investigates a murder case. Remember, the Judgment spinoff series will now carry the torch as an action brawler, while the mainline Yakuza franchise will be turn-based going forward, following the seventh installment.
While it’s tough to make substantial, groundbreaking improvements with each entry of an annualized franchise, Electronic Arts has something neat up its sleeve with FIFA 22. Thanks to the use of Xsens suits, EA was able to implement more realistic motion capture to make FIFA 22 feel more immersive. It seems the developer is going all in with immersive presentation, offering over 4,000 new animations that look more realistic than ever.
Launching this fall, Jett is still shrouded in mystery. Its trailer showed off some interesting space exploration as a small ship soared over massive skeletons, tumultuous oceans, and the darkness of outer space. Expect to find out more about Superbrothers’ next adventure this October.
Towards the end of fall 2021, players will finally be able to visit the tumultuous island of Yara and take part in a political uprising. We don’t know much about the story, but with Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad fame as the main antagonist, hopes are high that this will be the best Far Cry game in years. Though this entry’s marketing presents it as a serious adventure, it actually appears like it will lean into comedy more so than you’d expect, based on our preview.
Left 4 Dead is one of the most beloved zombie games ever, and it’s a shame Valve hasn’t returned to it. Instead, the team at Turtle Rock Studios (comprised of many employees who worked on Left 4 Dead) is making Back 4 Blood — a zombie game that unabashedly wears its inspirations on its sleeve. It will be a cooperative first-person shooter with a unique deck-building mechanic, wherein players can customize different abilities using cards. It’s not Left 4 Dead, but it’s the next best thing, and it’ll be out just in time for Halloween on October 12, 2021.
Realism is the goal with this year’s hockey sim and Electronic Arts is looking to push it to the max in NHL 22. With overhauled facial expressions and improved stick physics, NHL 22 is shaping up to be the most immersive hockey sim ever made.
The third installment in Supermassive Games’ latest series, The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes will take place during the Iraq war. In it, a group of soldiers encounter deadly creatures, but unlike the previous games, these enemies will not be hallucinations. House of Ashes aims to be far less linear than Man of Medan and Little Hope, giving players more incentive to explore. Despite taking place during the Iraq war, Supermassive says House of Ashes is not a political game. Instead, the team simply wanted to utilize the setting and time period as a means for storytelling. It’ll launch just in time for Halloween this year.
The next game in Electronic Arts’ acclaimed shooter series is called Battlefield 2042. The long-awaited title is finally in development and will be landing on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles around holiday 2021. EA says it wants to wait until the new console base has been established, so its servers will be overflowing with players and can “give justice to the potential of the title.” Interestingly, Battlefield 2042 will be online only, with no single-player campaign. Instead, its narrative will be told through the multiplayer mode, which will evolve over time.
Hailing from Eidos-Montréal, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a new single-player adventure featuring Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer. However, in this game, you only have direct control over Star-Lord, meaning you can’t swap over to other characters on the fly. What you can do is execute certain moves across all characters in the midst of battle, giving you some agency over the entire group. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be narrative-focused and will feature some element of choice that impacts how the story plays out.
From the creators of Hyper Light Drifter, Solar Ash is another stylized adventure. Players control a character who can move quickly around their environment, thanks to a pair of futuristic skates. Thanks to a recent gameplay showing, we have a better idea of how it’ll play, leaning into fast-paced action platformer mechanics. Not much is known about its story, but it sounds like we will be investigating something mysterious called The Void. If Hyper Light Drifter is any indication, this is definitely one to keep an eye on.
The Just Dance series might not be for everyone, but there’s no denying its impact on the music-rhythm genre. Just Dance 2022 will launch this fall for all modern consoles and includes songs from Katy Perry, Beyoncé, and Imagine Dragons.
After months of leaks and teases, the next installment in the mega-popular FPS franchise was finally revealed to be Call of Duty: Vanguard. This entry will send players back to World War II, with developer Sledgehammer Games at the helm. Though this installment will be running on the same engine as 2019’s Modern Warfare, it will look much differently due to its setting and time period. Vanguard will also be integrated into Warzone, with a shared progression system across both. Despite being developed by Sledgehammer, all of Activision’s studios are helping with the development of Vanguard, including Treyarch — which will be focusing on the game’s Zombies mode. We got to try out the alpha for this game and although we enjoyed the new Champion Hill mode, there are a slew of concerns we have about the final product.
Not much else is known about this “enhanced and expanded” version of GTA V, but at the very least, it’s going to look great running on the PlayStation 5. Sony’s Future of Gaming presentation revealed a bunch of footage from the game; however, it was apparently running on a PlayStation 4. It’s set to launch in the fall of 2021, so there’s still plenty of time for Rockstar to show off any upgrades before consumers decide if they’ll purchase the game for the third time. Interestingly, GTA Online will be free for PS5 owners within the first three months of the game’s release.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a narrative-driven action game that will be coming to PS5. The game builds on the parkour and intense combat of the original game, but with much more focus placed on the world and how it changes based on players’ actions. There are factions and several moving parts to keep track of, making for a more engrossing and immersive open-world zombie game than Techland has made before. The entire game is also playable in four-player cooperative mode, and players can join each other’s worlds to see how they differ from each other. This one has been in the works for ages, but it seems like Techland will finally be ready for release this December.
2021 games without release dates
From Deep Silver comes a brand-new IP, Chorus. It hopes to reinvigorate the aging space shooter genre, one that arguably hasn’t done much since the Star Fox series went dormant. We’ve only seen a bit of teaser footage, but it was more than enough to capture our imagination. Chorus will supposedly release at an undisclosed date in 2021.
A narrative-driven adventure set in America during the 2030s, Dustborn follows a “band of misfits and outcasts” as they travel across the country to deliver a mysterious package. You’ll take direct control of Pax, an ex-con with superhuman powers who must navigate a world filled with misinformation. It looks to be an innovative new adventure game, and anyone interested in powerful storytelling is advised to give it a look. Dustborn is scheduled for a 2021 release.
The latest in the Fight Nights at Freddy’s franchise is coming to PS5. Titled Fight Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, this new game will take advantage of the PS5’s capabilities and will include real-time ray tracing, 3D audio, and a new location with new “friends,” according to the PlayStation Blog. It’s being developed by Steel Wool Studios and is set to launch at an unannounced date in 2021.
The aptly named Heavenly Bodies tasks players with keeping a space station operational while navigating the challenges posed by a zero-gravity environment. Players will use the triggers on the DualSense controller to move their cosmonaut’s arms and use R1 and L1 to wiggle their legs. We’re expecting hilarity on the scale of QWOP when this funky game releases on PlayStation 5 later this year.
We never knew we needed it, but this rhythm-shooter mashup looks like an absolute blast. It seems to be an FPS version of Crypt of the Necrodancer, one of the best indie games in recent memory. If you don’t like heavy metal music, then this certainly isn’t for you — all the brutal action we’ve seen so far has been backed by a blistering, hardcore soundtrack. But if you ever found yourself wishing that Doom featured more synchronized shootouts, then Metal: Hellsinger is just what the doctor ordered. It’ll be landing on the PlayStation 5 sometime in 2021.
While the developers say that everything is going well with Quantum Error, it’s still up in the air whether it will be a launch title. The ‘cosmic horror shooter’ is hoping to prove that zombies never go out of style and features one of the most robust physics systems the industry has seen. It’s scheduled to release this year at an unspecified date.
We don’t know much about this open-world detective game, but it looks like players will step into the shoes of a young Sherlock and explore a part of the character’s life not usually told in the books and movies. Combat also looks to play a sizable role in the gameplay, and you’ll be able to use your superior deductive skills to spot enemy weaknesses before fights even begin. Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is planned for a 2021 release.
Elden Ring is one of the most-anticipated games, largely due to its developer, FromSoftware — who you might know as the team behind Dark Souls and Bloodborne. This game was first revealed at E3 2019 and wasn’t shown off again for quite some time. A new trailer was finally unveiled in the summer of 2021, showing off some more of the open world and even featuring a release date. We know it’s an action RPG set in an open world and is a collaboration between FromSoftware and author George R. R. Martin. It’ll be reminiscent of the Souls games, but with many new ideas, such as horseback riding. Though much of this game’s DNA is rooted in the Souls franchise, it will play differently, due to the open world. The Souls games have always been slightly open-ended in their design, but never quite featured an open world.
Rainbow Six Extraction — January 2022
Rainbow Six Extraction (formerly known as Rainbow Six Quarantine) has been in development for a while, but finally seems like it’s nearing the end of its production cycle. Unlike the popular Rainbow Six Siege, this game will focus on cooperative play, with a twist. Rather than taking on other operatives, Extraction will pit you against alien parasites, which is uncharted territory for the series. Each mission will require you to escape with your squad — hence the name. While there are still many questions we have about Extraction, it’s much clearer what this game will look like now that it’s close to release.
Horizon: Zero Dawn has sold more than 10 million copies, making a sequel all but inevitable. Sony finally let the cat out of the bag at its recent Future of Gaming presentation and revealed Horizon: Forbidden West. We didn’t get to see much initially, but after multiple showcases, it looks like another blockbuster title from Guerrilla. Forbidden West will feature vast underwater sections, and even a glider (not unlike Breath of the Wild). Here’s hoping we can get some resolution to that cliffhanger ending from the original. It’ll launch on February 18, 2022.
The Saints Row series has been around for a while and with each subsequent entry, it has gotten crazier and crazier. Now, Volition is rebooting the series with a new game simply called Saints Row. Based on what we’ve seen from this game so far, it seems like it will still very much feel like Saints Row, but without all the wacky antics of going to space or hell. While this might be divisive to some, it’s a great way to have a fresh start, without the baggage from previous installments. Saints Row will feature a new southwestern-themed setting, along with brand new characters you’ve never seen before.
Firaxis Games is back again, this time with a new tactical RPG called Marvel’s Midnight Suns. In it, you take on the role of a new hero/heroine called The Hunter, with a completely customizable set of powers and moves. Though, you will still be able to control other popular characters such as Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain America, and Ghost Rider, among others. Marvel’s Midnight Suns will play similarly to XCOM, so if you love those types of turn-based tactics games, you should keep your eye out for this one.
The expectations for WWE 2K22 are through the roof considering it will have been the first new entry in the series in over two years. Following the departure of longtime WWE developer Yuke’s, 2K had to shift production to Visual Concepts. The team is apparently revamping a lot of the gameplay in WWE 2K22, including updated controls and a rebuilt engine. Interestingly, it’s slated for a March 2022 release window, which is unusual since the WWE 2K games typically launch in the fall.
Play as a cat in a world without humans! The reveal trailer showed a futuristic world overrun by robots, complete with old computer monitors for faces. Expect plenty of platforming action when Annapurna releases Stray in 2021. Beyond that, much is still unknown, aside from its planned 2022 release window.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be a marquee title in the franchise, with improved combat, and the ability to play any of the nine episodes in any order. In this game, you’ll have the ability to explore various planets and will even be able to engage in dogfights with enemy ships. Based on the scope for The Skywalker Saga, it’s understandable why his compellation has been in development for years. Sadly, it has suffered numerous delays, but it does seem like it will hit its Q2 2022 release window.
Seeing as how EA hasn’t shown any signs of revitalizing the Dead Space franchise, it’s up to Striking Distance Studios to give us a spiritual successor to Visceral’s beloved horror series with The Callisto Protocol. This third-person survival horror game is — oddly enough — set in the PUBG universe, but it’s unclear how the two will be tied together. We do know it’ll send players to a space prison on Jupiter’s moon, Callisto — with the goal of surviving an alien invasion. It’s supposed to launch in 2022.
Ghostwire: Tokyo re-imagines the popular city as a mysterious and supernatural place. Faceless enemies roam the streets, inexplicably toting umbrellas wherever they go, and players will engage in magical battles doled out from a first-person perspective. It’s a collaboration between Tango Gameworks (developers of The Evil Within) and Bethesda Softworks and will be exclusive to PlayStation 5. This is despite Microsoft now owning Bethesda. The strange title is expected to launch sometime in 2022.
A cinematic narrative, Goodbye Volcano High revolves around a group of teenage dinosaurs who are in their last year of high school. The hand-painted art direction looks beautiful, and the team behind the title wants the experience to be akin to “binging your favorite TV show.” Goodbye Volcano High will also employ some unique tricks with the DualSense controller, and the entire game is backed up by a soundtrack designed by Dabu — the audio director behind Winding Worlds.
The latest game from WB Games Montreal is Gotham Knights, a cooperative action RPG featuring Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood. You’ll notice Batman is not mentioned, and that’s because, in this game, he’s dead (apparently), sending you on a journey as the many members of the Bat family. Each character will feature their own unique abilities and playstyles, allowing for some interesting and dynamic gameplay elements. It’s set to launch sometime in 2022.
The popular racing game is coming back in a big way, and the developer says players will be thrilled to get their hands on the redesigned campaign mode. The trailer gave us a glimpse of something called GT Town, which seemed to provide a robust roadmap for planning out your life as a racer. Sony said they were working on fancy audio tricks for this presentation, and it showed — viewers could feel every gear shift, thanks to some impressive audio engineering. Couple that with the new DualSense controller, and we’re looking at one of the most sensory-intensive racing sims ever made. It was recently delayed to 2022, unfortunately, but we expect it’ll be worth the wait.
Finally, after years following its initial leak, we received confirmation of the upcoming Harry Potter RPG titled Hogwarts Legacy. It’s set in the 1800s and is an open-world action RPG, where you’ll get to attend Hogwarts and explore the wizarding world. You can expect to be sorted into your Hogwarts House and take classes while also improving your abilities as you level up your character. Hogwarts Legacy is being developed by Avalanche Studios and is set to release sometime in 2022.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is one of the few games confirmed for a PS5 release. In development at German studio Daedalic Entertainment, the game occurs before the events of the titular books and will focus on Gollum and the ongoing conflict in his head. It will be an action-adventure game with stealth elements, and Gollum won’t look like he does in the Peter Jackson movies. It also won’t be going for a hyper-realistic art style, unlike the recent Mordor games from Warner Bros. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was delayed to 2022 to ensure it meets expectations.
Not much is known about this mysterious title from Square Enix. The Future of Gaming trailer showed off a world full of dragons, magic, and breathtaking environments, but that’s about it. It was previously called Project Athia, but finally has an official name. The title is being developed exclusively for the PlayStation 5, and a release date is yet to be announced, though Square Enix is aiming to launch it in 2022.
British developer Rocksteady Studios, the team behind the acclaimed Batman: Arkham series, is working on a new game called Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Much like Gotham Knights, this game will also emphasize cooperative play, allowing you to take on the roles of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark. It’s set in the Arkham universe from the previous games and sends players on a mission to take out Brainiac, an evil villain who uses his mind control powers to control Justice League members such as Superman.
Bethesda Game Studios’ next major project is a new franchise — its first in two decades. Bethesda has revealed just as little about the game as it has The Elder Scrolls VI, but it will involve outer space. A teaser shown at E3 2018 included a satellite floating near a black hole. Bethesda has also confirmed that Starfield will be a single-player game, building on the studio’s tradition in keeping most of its games to only one person. Bethesda hasn’t shown off much of Starfield yet, so there are a lot of questions we have about it.
Games with no release windows
It’s wild to think Dead Island 2 was announced in 2014. Since then, it has undergone numerous developers, including Yager, then Sumo Digital, and now Dambuster Studios under publisher Deep Silver. It’s apparently still in development, but obviously, something has gone wrong since its announcement seven years ago. At this point, not much is known about the project, but its publisher assures us it’s still coming.
Serving as a remake of the 2008 original, Dead Space is currently in development by EA Motive. Not only will it be a faithful retelling of the events of the original game, but it will be presented as a continuous, uninterrupted shot, just like 2018’s God of War. The Dead Space remake is still early in development, so it’s unlikely we’ll get our hands on it anytime soon. But it’s nonetheless exciting to know it’s on the way — whenever it comes out.
While not much is known about the next Dragon Age game (often referred to as Dragon Age 4), we do know it will be a single-player RPG from developer BioWare, the team responsible for the previous installments in the series. It’s being developed concurrently alongside the new Mass Effect game and does not have a release date, though if we had to guess, we’d say to expect it in 2022 or 2023 at the earliest.
A game that is probably still several years away, Bethesda officially confirmed The Elder Scrolls VI at E3 2018 and has said essentially nothing about the game since then. It isn’t Bethesda Game Studios’ next project — more on that in a moment — but it will likely be a full-fledged single-player role-playing game like the series is known for. New technology should help to give it a new dose of life, especially compared to 2011’s aging Skyrim, and gaming grandmother Shirley Curry will appear as a character in the game. It could be a few years away or nearly a decade, and Bethesda has never been one to rush its flagship games out before they’re ready. We wouldn’t expect this one until at least 2024.
Serving as a continuation of the acclaimed Final Fantasy VII Remake, much of part 2’s development remains a mystery. We do know it’s in the works, and it will be directed by Naoki Hamaguchi, who was the co-director of the first installment. As you might be aware, Final Fantasy VII Remake only covers a small portion of the original game, so there’s still a lot of the story left to tell. It’s unclear when it will launch or how much of the story it will cover, but what is clear is that fans are as excited as ever to continue Cloud’s journey. At least we have Intergrade to hold us over until Remake Part 2.
The PS5 showcase on September 16, 2020, kicked off with the reveal of Final Fantasy XVI, and it looks to be more fantasy-driven than its predecessor. On top of that, it will be a PS5 console exclusive, meaning you’ll have to get a PS5 if you plan on playing it outside of the PC ecosystem. It’s unclear when we’ll get to play Final Fantasy XVI or other story details about it, but it certainly looks jaw-dropping in the visual department.
During the PS5’s reveal event, we got a tease for the sequel to 2018’s God of War. It doesn’t have a name yet, but fans are referring to it as God of War: Ragnarok since the trailer featured the text, “Ragnarok is coming.” We haven’t seen any gameplay or even what the sequel will look like, but we do know it’s coming to PS5 “when it’s done,” according to series director Cory Barlog. Judging by the ending of the 2018 game, there are a lot of places the sequel can go, and we’re excited for its release — whether in 2022 or later.
This survival RPG made a splash during The Future of Gaming presentation, as its beautiful art style quickly set it apart from the crowd. Beyond graphics, the third-person action seems to be shaping up nicely, and the trailer features some remarkable monster designs. We’re not sure how the story will unfold — the trailer kept cutting back and forth between an old man in his home and an adventurer slaying beasts — but we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Cult classic RPG Gothic is getting a complete remake for the PlayStation 5. We don’t know much about the title, but we do know that THQ Nordic opened a new studio to work solely on this project. A playable teaser is available on PC, and it looks to be shaping up nicely. Let’s hope it gets the attention it deserves and Gothic fans get the game they’ve wanted for years.
Here’s an interesting one: MachineGames, the studio behind the newer Wolfenstein series, is working on an untitled Indiana Jones game in collaboration with publisher Bethesda under the Lucasfilm Games umbrella. Todd Howard is set to executive produce, but aside from a short 30-second teaser trailer, there’s not much we know about this one. It will be interesting to see if it will be presented in third, as MachineGames has exclusively worked on first-person shooters.
While it’s still very early in development, we do know a new Mass Effect game is coming from BioWare. Following its official reveal at The Game Awards 2020, there is a slew of questions fans have about the project — most importantly, how it will tie to the original trilogy. In the trailer, we got to see Liara, one of the main characters from the original trilogy, though it’s unclear when in the timeline this new game will take place and what this character’s role will be. There are lots of questions the community has, but one thing’s for sure: You shouldn’t expect to play this one for quite some time — possibly as late as 2024.
Coming from Hitman developer IO Interactive, the team is now working on a James Bond game under the working title Project 007. It will be an original story with a new Bond character, divorced from any of the likenesses of previous actors. The team expects this to be part of a trilogy of games, though not much else is known about the project(s). Much like a lot of the games on this list, Project 007 likely won’t launch for a few years.
Recompile is a Metroidvania game that sees players running around as a computer virus as they try to infect The Mainframe and avoid deletion. It’s an interesting concept, one made all the more compelling by wild, digitized graphics. The developer, Phigames, promises multiple ways to tackle each level, meaning you can either go in loud and fast or take a tactical approach to your mission. There’s also a cool narrative that revolves around artificial intelligence and the purpose it can serve in our human world. Recompile does not yet have a release date.
Now that EA’s exclusive Star Wars deal has expired, other companies — such as Ubisoft — are free to work on games within the beloved franchise. We know Ubisoft Massive is now developing an open-world Star Wars game under the Lucasfilm Games umbrella. This will be the first Star Wars game published by a company other than EA since 2013. It’s unknown when it’ll launch.
It’s been 16 long years since we last walked the vampire-ridden streets of Bloodlines, and we can’t wait to see how much has changed during that time. Recent footage of the game displayed more chaos, a grittier Seattle locale, and a deep, branching storyline. Unfortunately, the game suffered a recent delay, pushing it to an unknown release window.