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The Biggest PlayStation 5 Exclusives To Play In 2021 And Beyond

The newly-launched PlayStation 5 has plenty of big exclusives coming in 2021. Here's a taste of what to expect next year.

Sony has now launched the PlayStation 5, and if you've managed to find one you have plenty to look forward to next year. Both Sony's first-party developers and third-party studios are starting to ramp up their efforts to make 2021 a strong year for PS5 owners. From first-person shooters to platformers, the coming year has something for every kind of fan. In the following article, we've listed the biggest games coming to PlayStation platforms over the next year.

If you'd like to see what the biggest games of 2021 are on PlayStation generally, or even other platforms, be sure to check out the features in the list below. Otherwise, read on to see the biggest PS5 exclusives to play in 2021 and beyond.

Deathloop

Deathloop is the next game from Arkane Studios (Dishonored, Wolfenstein: Young Blood). In this stylish shooter, you're an assassin trapped on an island that's in a perpetual time loop. Lavish spenders are throwing a never-ending party with no consequences, while you attempt to take out key targets and break out of the loop. But there's also another assassin in this cat-and-mouse game, and she's hunting you. It's coming May 21, and is remaining a PS5 console exclusive even though Microsoft acquired publisher Bethesda.

Destruction All-Stars

Destruction All-Stars is a derby-style car combat game recalls the glory days of games like Twisted Metal, bashing your rig against your opponents to wreck them. Once your car gets too damaged and just can't carry on any more, you can jump out and keep trying to cause some havoc on foot. Sony announced this game will be included with PlayStation Plus when it launches in February.

Final Fantasy XVI

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The long-running RPG franchise is appearing to get an infusion of political intrigue and drama with its next installment. The sole trailer we've seen so far for the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI marries familiar Final Fantasy tropes with the dirty political intrigue of a series like Game of Thrones. Hiroshi Takai of Romancing SaGa and The Last Remnant is set to direct, with a development comprised of veterans from the FFXIV dev team. Square Enix hasn't confirmed the game's release date yet.

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Ghostwire: Tokyo is a horror-action game set in modern-day Tokyo. It's another project from Ex-Capcom veteran Shinji Mikami and his studio Tango Gameworks, which is now under Microsoft due to the Bethesda acquisition. You'll investigate the eerily empty city that has been abandoned by humans. But don't worry, you have plenty of angry ghosts to keep you company instead. The game doesn't have a confirmed release date yet.

God of War: Ragnarok

The sequel to God of War is on its way but that's about all we know--we don't even know its name. Fans have taken to calling it "God of War: Ragnarok" due to a brief teaser that promised "Ragnarok is coming." But other than that, we haven't seen so much a single whisker from Kratos' beard. We all knew a sequel would be on the way after the cliffhanger from 2018's God of War reboot, but we'll have to wait to see more when it arrives sometime in 2021 for PS5.

Gran Turismo 7

Racing games are a mainstay of showing off new hardware, and the Gran Turismo series especially so. Something about photorealistic chrome and the dewy shine of a wet track just helps serve as a benchmark for hardware power. Polyphony is pushing the PS5 hardware to deliver 60FPS at 120K, making Gran Turismo 7 a real visual showpiece. Currently, there's no confirmed release date for the upcoming driving-simulator.

Project Athia

Project Athia is another PS5 console exclusive from Square Enix, but we know almost nothing about it. A brief teaser-trailer showed some of its fantastical elements, but aside from that we're still in the dark. In fact, until the Final Fantasy XVI trailer debuted, there was common speculation that Athia was a codename for a Final Fantasy. That seems less likely now, but there's still a lot to learn.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

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Ratchet & Clank has been a mainstay on PlayStation consoles for a long time, and the next entry looks to capitalize on the power of the PS5 with a dimension-hopping mechanic that uses the fast-loading SSD to switch your environment on the fly. We've only seen this exercised in a carefully curated demo video of the upcoming Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, so it remains to be seen how freeform the dimension-swapping is in the full game. This one is set to release on PS5 sometime in 2021.

Returnal

Super Stardust studio Housemarque sets high ambitions with its upcoming spacefaring roguelike, Returnal. As a pilot stranded on an alien planet, you'll explore the harsh environs as you're stuck in a time loop to repeat your runs over and over again. The game is a PS5-exclusive and is scheduled to release sometime in 2021.

Stray

Stray has a grim vision of the future, but it at least has one element that's still cute and cuddly, and it's you. The third-person adventure stars a cat courier exploring a dystopian cyberpunk future and solving a mystery.

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What? Arkane Studios are responsible for Dishonored and Wolfenstein: Young Blood? One is a master piece and that other is a piece of something else. That's crazy!

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Some pretty good games on this list but the real question will be whether or not they actually launch in the window they are being reported to currently.

Considering the year we have already had I don’t think many out there would be surprised if we saw many of these titles receiving that term we have all come to hate… DELAYED.

I could totally see God of War getting that, unfortunately.

For goodness sake, how many games this year were delayed over and over again? Yes, I do realize things completely caught everyone off guard this year but still.

Hopefully we are all pleasantly surprised in 2021 because if not next year may be one of the most sparse years in terms of new titles in quite a while.

-DON’T SAY DELA… NINJA APPROVED-

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So this year a Sony exclusive is going to win the GOTY award, Ghost of Tsushima or The last of us part 2. Seems like next year a Sony exclusive will win again, most likely God of war Ragnarok.

Nothing can't compete with Sony's quality, that's why always will be the king.

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@Tidus1012 said:

So this year a Sony exclusive is going to win the GOTY award, Ghost of Tsushima or The last of us part 2. Seems like next year a Sony exclusive will win again, most likely God of war Ragnarok.

Nothing can't compete with Sony's quality, that's why always will be the king.

I always find it curious - what motivates such comments? On the surface it would appear to be a paid advertisement, but I am assuming that's not what happened here.

What thought process makes one wish to make a comment of this nature? What about "you" does it express? What reaction are you hoping for from others? Agreement and validation? An argument?

I'd open this up to anyone who sees a bit of news and hops on with "this is why Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo is king," "this is why PC gaming is best," etc. What is the goal of such comments? Does it reflect your authentic views? If so, what's the value in sharing them? If Playstation/Xbox/Switch/PC works best for you, it works best for you. Is there some need to have a prior purchase validated by the approval of strangers?

I don't mean to go so overboard unpacking a stray comment, but I see things like this all the time, and they perplex me every time. This isn't politics where we might hope to sway someone else's vote. If you want friends to game in your ecosystem of choice, it would be better to appeal to them directly.

What is the value in public declarations of broad approval for one company's products on a public forum such as this?

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@izraal: Its the old pride of mine is bigger than yours... ultimately, it's just sad...

I agree with one thing... "Nothing can't compete with Sony's quality" because their best IP are in perfect sync with my tastes...

"that's why always will be the king."

Here unfortunately, not his best moment...

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@izraal: Its the old pride of mine is bigger than yours... ultimately, it's just sad...

I agree with one thing... "Nothing can't compete with Sony's quality" because their best IP are in perfect sync with my tastes...

"that's why always will be the king."

Here unfortunately, not his best moment...

That's possible, but to me it's odd to conflate personal pride with what's essentially an electronic toy you elected to purchase. I own a Switch, a PS4, a Series X, and a number of older consoles. There are many I enjoy and many titles I enjoy on those and PC as well. I didn't make any of those games, however.

I'll be a vocal advocate for games and products I enjoy, because those products mean something to me, provided me entertainment, and I feel others who share my tastes would find similar enjoyment. I similarly criticize gaming experiences and corporate actions that disappoint me. Sometimes this can lead to finding fellow fans or people who feel the same way, and there's a discussion. Sometimes people disagree, and there's a discussion.

In short, I see the point in "I really like Sony/Nintendo/Xbox's lineup of games," etc. That speaks to you, and your tastes. I don't understand "Xbox is King," or Playtation, Nintendo, etc. That's shifting from a personal expression to advocating for a corporation. It's no longer about "you," but rather being part of a bandwagon no one invited you to be on.

People are asked to join a particular company's gaming ecosystem. They're not invited to join the marketing team. Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, and various PC storefronts, they all compete for our business. They either earn or it they don't. None of them are competing for us to act as unpaid marketing personnel. We certainly aren't being invited to attack competing consoles on behalf of the companies who made our toys, but I see a lot of that as well.

We didn't make these games. We bought them. Take pride in your trophies or achievements if you want, that makes some sense. But taking pride in the decision to purchase a commercially sold piece of hardware that millions of other people purchased as well? That's bizarre to me, more bizarre because of how common it is among members of the gaming community.

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