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The Biggest Upcoming PlayStation Games
Plenty of big-name games are headed to PlayStation in 2022 and beyond.
Sony has a long history of fantastic exclusive games on its consoles, dating back all the way to the original PlayStation with games like Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy VII. That has continued for decades, and looking ahead 2022 and beyond, there are a bunch of exciting exclusive or console-exclusive games coming to PS4 and PS5. Not only that, but there are many, many big-name multiplatform games on the way for Sony's console in the time ahead. We're rounding up some of our most-anticipated PlayStation games to look forward to next year and beyond.
Assassin's Creed Infinity
One of gaming's most popular and enduring franchises, Assassin's Creed, is poised to grow in a big way with a new project currently known as Assassin's Creed Infinity. Described as a "huge game" with some live-service functionality, Infinity--or whatever final name Ubisoft decides to give it--will have all the elements of the series that fans love, according to Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot. Infinity will reportedly feature multiple settings. The multiple-games-in-one-package would be a massive departure from the norm for Ubisoft and the Assassin's Creed series, which normally features a single historical setting (as well as a modern-day element). Get comfortable, though, as Assassin's Creed Infinity is not expected to launch until 2024 at the soonest for PlayStation 5.
An online action game from Platinum Games and Nier producer Yosuke Saito, Babylon's Fall isn't what we were expecting--the initial teasers didn't suggest it would be online--but the Medieval fantasy setting and flashy combat both look like they'll deliver. It's relatively new territory for Platinum, which is best known for single-player action games like Bayonetta and Nier: Automata, though it still seems to be playing to the studio's hack-and-slash strengths. Babylon's Fall will be available across PS4, PS5, and PC.
New BioWare Games
Esteemed RPG developer BioWare has multiple games in development, including new Dragon Age and Mass Effect games, and they are two of our most anticipated games for PS5. Very little is known about either, but recent teaser art for the next Mass Effect released on N7 Day teases the return of the Geth. As for Dragon Age, the fourth game in the main series is confirmed to be set in Tevinter, but we don't know much else about it. With The Game Awards coming up soon, we hope to see some new footage soon.
The Callisto Protocol
From the minds that made Dead Space comes The Callisto Protocol. A horror game set in the PUBG universe, The Callisto Protocol is a third-person horror game from Glen Schofield's new team at Striking Distance Studios. It's in development for PS5 and it's one of our most anticipated upcoming games. The game is set in the future on Jupiter's moon, Callisto. You play as a prisoner who must fight against horrible alien creatures set upon you by the warden. We haven't seen or learned much about the game, but it sounds very spooky.
Dead Space Remake
2008's scary and unsettling sci-fi game Dead Space is getting new life at EA, with Motive Studios bringing the game back with a remake of sorts that's scheduled for release in 2022 on PlayStation 5. The first entry in the series since Dead Space 3, the remake takes advantage of the power of the PS5 to offer one seamless experience with no loading screens. The game aims to stay faithful to the original, which follows a man named Isaac on an abandoned space station overrun with alien enemies, while also removing things that didn't work and giving Isaac a voice. Several developers who worked on the original game, including art director Mike Yazijan, have returned for the remake, which is probably good news for its prospects.
Blizzard's Diablo IV is one of our most anticipated games of the coming years, and it's on the way to PlayStation 5. The popular dungeon-crawler promises to up the ante with an open-world approach, the first time in the franchise's history that it's going with that style. The game is also putting more of a focus on PvP this time around, which is exciting to think about. However, it must be noted that developer Blizzard has been in the news lately over issues with its corporate culture and management, all the way to the top with reports that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick knew about and covered up instances of sexual harassment at the company.
No doubt one of 2022's most anticipated games is Elden Ring for PlayStation 5. From the developers who made Bloodborne and Dark Souls comes another dark fantasy RPG. Directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki with a story molded in part by George R.R. Martin, Elden Ring calls upon players to explore a vast open world and vanquish enemies in their pursuit to restore the Elden Ring. Like FromSoftware's past games, Elden Ring's combat mechanics seem to be challenging but ultimately rewarding based on early previews of the 2022 game.
Final Fantasy VII Remake: Part 2
The original Final Fantasy VII was a massive game, and rather than remake the entire thing at once, Square Enix opted to release Final Fantasy VII Remake in smaller chapters. The first of these was released for PS4 back in 2020, with a PS5 upgrade releasing this past June. It's unclear when the game's next chapter will be out, but given some of the revelations at the end of the first part--it appears there could be some major story differences compared to the original version--it's one of the most-anticipated upcoming PlayStation games. Given how far away it seems to be, it'll likely skip PS4 and be a PS5 exclusive.
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
An expansion rather than a full game--but an important one nonetheless--Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is the upcoming chapter for one of the world's biggest MMORPGs, and one that has received even more favorable attention since some players and streamers began abandoning World of Warcraft. The expansion includes the new Sage and Reaper jobs, a new playable race, several new areas and dungeons, new raids, and a new PvP mode. It's another impressive-looking chapter in a game's story that began with a disastrous launch and subsequent rebirth, but the game's A Realm Reborn era has been going on for long enough that it's easy to forget the earlier trainwreck even existed.
Final Fantasy XVI
A return to a more medieval and fantasy-based setting after the modern Final Fantasy XV, the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI looks like it will lean heavily, and intentionally, into some of the tropes of the genre--its setting is described as "A Land Blessed in the Light of the Mothercrystals," for crying out loud. However, it builds on this with a complex world made of several different factions and characters, and with the power of the PS5, it looks to be one of the most stunning games released on the system. It will have an action-oriented combat system once again, and it appears Devil May Cry 5 designer Ryota Suzuki is serving as battle director on the project, which should give everyone confidence.
A new console-exclusive action-adventure game from Square Enix, Forspoken sees protagonist Frey Holland transported from our world into a fantasy realm called Athia, where she's given the power to soar through the air and cast powerful spells. It looks like a cross between the movement in a game like Marvel's Spider-Man with a much more magical move-set, and given the fidelity of the trailers and the high-speed action we've seen thus far, it makes sense that the game will be only available on PS5 and PC. But Square Enix is certainly hoping for the game to be more than a tech demo for the system, as is the new internal studio Luminous Productions.
GhostWire: Tokyo is one of the most exciting upcoming games for PS5, as it's a completely new experience for studio Tango Gameworks. The company, now owned by Microsoft but honoring an earlier timed exclusivity agreement, developed both The Evil Within games previously, but GhostWire is not a survival-horror game. Instead, it's a paranormal action-adventure with spooky elements, played from a first-person perspective with a combat flow that resembles something like Dishonored. It remains to be seen if that combat can mesh with investigating supernatural occurrences, but Tango Gameworks has a knack for world-building and has already shown great improvement since the original The Evil Within launched.
WB's action game Gotham Knights was among the many 2021 games to get pushed to 2022, and it's also one of our most anticipated upcoming games for PlayStation 5. The game brings together Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood in what looks to be an ambitious open-world crime caper where players fight against iconic DC villains to protect Gotham in Batman's absence. Batman is believed to be dead, so the Bat-family rises up together to save the day.
Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V is set to grow once again with the release of a new version of the game for PlayStation 5 in 2022. Originally expected to launch in 2021, the game was pushed to March 2022 to give Rockstar's development teams more time to get the game in shape. And that point is an important one, given how GTA The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition launched in rough shape in November. Rockstar will not want to repeat that with its biggest game ever. GTA 5 for PS5 will have faster loading times and better-looking graphics powered by the PS5. What's more, PS5 owners with a PS Plus membership can download the new standalone edition of GTA Online for free at launch for the first three months.
God of War: Ragnarok
The 2018 soft-reboot for God of War, which continued the story but radically overhauled the gameplay, was one of the best PS4 games. Sony's Santa Monica Studio is certainly looking to match that quality with God of War: Ragnarok, a game that will wrap up the Norse storyline. We've only seen a glimpse of gameplay thus far, which will continue the brutal and more weighty attacks compared to the earlier games, and Kratos' son Atreus will play a major role once again. Will Kratos be able to defeat Thor, the god of thunder, or will the once-disgraced demi-god finally be destroyed? Well, probably not, but we won't know for sure until the game releases in 2022 on PS4 and PS5.
Gran Turismo 7
The Gran Turismo series has, for the most part, stuck to what it has done best over the years: highly realistic racing on tracks. That's not changing with Gran Turismo 7, but it will be getting some big enhancements to help it feel like a modern racing simulator that can compete with the Forza series. A much more complex time and weather system will be detailed right down to the aerosol particles formed during storms, and you'll be able to tweak your cars right down to the tiniest of changes. The campaign mode also returns, as does Gran Turismo Sport's livery editor, and you'll be sent all over the world for a diverse selection of races.
Horizon: Forbidden West
The long-awaited sequel to Guerrilla's hit game Horizon: Zero Dawn was planned to release in 2021, but it is now arriving in 2022. Given the high bar set by its predecessor, that might be for the best. Horizon: Forbidden West, as the name suggests, see Aloy venturing into the western United States as she continues her journey of survival and discovery in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by dinosaur-like robots. Stealth, acrobatic traversal, and bow combat are at the heart of the franchise, and all look to be making their return in full force for the sequel. We'll also likely get some more answers regarding some of the game's more intriguing sci-fi questions. Five years is a long time to wait.
The Harry Potter film series celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the popular magical franchise is not slowing down. A big new open-world game called Hogwarts Legacy is coming in 2022 for PS5. An open-world action-adventure game, Hogwarts Legacy is set in the 1800s at the famous magical school. Players select a house and choose to be a witch or a wizard and then go on a grand adventure of magic and mystery. J.K. Rowling, the author of the books who has been criticized for her comments around sexual identity and gender, is not involved.
A remake of BioWare's fan-favorite Star Wars RPG, Knights of the Old Republic, is in the works for PlayStation 5 and PC from developer Aspyr Media. The original KOTOR is considered by many to be one of the best Star Wars games of all time, so it has big, big shoes to fill. Set long before the events of The Phantom Menace, KOTOR has players exploring the galaxy as the Sith try to take down the Republic. Aspyr is an established Star Wars developer already, having put out the recent ports of Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: Republic Commando. Here's to hoping the KOTOR remake can live up to the hype and rekindle the spirit of the original that fans loved so much.
After making a name for itself with the XCOM series, developer Firaxis Games is making a Marvel game next with Midnight Suns for PS5. The tactical turn-based game features famous Marvel characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, and Wolverine. It appears Midnight Suns borrows from the Fire Emblem series, with players able to build relationships as they take on the role of a new Marvel hero named The Hunter. Players use ability cards on each turn and work together with teammates to take down enemies.
Overwatch marked a big new step for Blizzard in pushing into the competitive FPS space, and the sequel aims to push things forward with PvP and PvE modes, as well as new heroes and maps. In another exciting development, Overwatch 1 and 2 will share heroes and maps, while any cosmetics you might have bought or earned will move with you to the sequel if you upgrade on PlayStation 5. One of the biggest PvP changes that we know about so far is that teams will now be 5v5 instead of 6v6. Like Diablo 4, Overwatch 2 has been delayed due in part to the pandemic, while development has no doubt been affected in some way by the workplace culture issues at Activision Blizzard.
Hitman developer IO Interactive is making a James Bond game, and it's one of our most anticipated upcoming titles overall. Developed in partnership with film studio MGM, Project 007 tells an original origin story for the British superspy and is on the way to PS5. It's intriguing to think about the story it might tell given not much is known about 007's early days; at least that's ground that hasn't been covered substantially in the films. IO has a proven track record, with its latest release, Hitman 3, standing as the pinnacle of the series in some people's eyes. Here's to hoping we get to see and learn more about Project 007 in the new year.
Rainbow Six Extraction
Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege has been and continues to be a massive success for the company, and it's looking to build on that momentum with a new game, Rainbow Six Extraction, which is releasing on PS5 in January 2022. The game has various features and elements borrowed from Rainbow Six Siege, but Ubisoft maintains that Extraction and Siege are different enough so they can appeal to different audiences. Most notably, Extraction focuses on players fighting against AI-controlled alien enemies. The game carries a budget price, $40, and comes with "Buddy Pass" tokens that let you play with friends for up to 14 days across platforms.
After years of waiting for a Spider-Man game that could match the inexplicably good movie tie-in game Spider-Man 2, Insomniac Games finally delivered with 2018's Spider-Man. A full sequel, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, is now in the works for a planned 2023 release, and it looks to take the series in a slightly darker direction. It will include both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, and the PS5-exclusive game will feature Venom as one of its villains. You can expect lots of high-flying web-swinging and ridiculous visual fidelity, and if it's anything like the previous game, there will be a great photo mode to show off your favorite moments. We're just hoping for another suit that lets you keep at least one cat in the backpack.
Ubisoft's Star Wars
After 10 years, Electronic Arts no longer has the exclusive license for Star Wars games on console, and one of the new upcoming projects is an open-world Star Wars game from Ubisoft for PlayStation 5. Specifically, the team responsible for The Division is making the new Star Wars game. Unfortunately, we have basically nothing to go on, though we do know the game is powered by The Division's Snowdrop engine and is described as a "story-driven" game. The Division's Julian Gerighty is the creative director for the untitled new Star Wars game, which doesn't have a release date yet.
Speaking of cats, Stray is one of the most exciting games coming to PlayStation, and the console-exclusive (on PS4 and PS5) game really couldn't get any more adorable if it tried. Playing as a cat trying to survive in a hostile world with clear cyberpunk influences, you'll get to finally know what it's like to be a cat. That means knocking stuff off ledges, sneaking and working your way into hiding spots, and using your kitty wits to keep yourself out of danger. It doesn't have a firm release date yet, so you may need to take a few catnaps before it arrives, but it will be a glorious day when it does.
Stranger of Paradise
Square Enix returns to its popular Final Fantasy series with a spin-off called Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin for PlayStation 5. Developed by Team Ninja, the game seems to inject a more Nioh-like gameplay formula into the Final Fantasy dynamic. Square Enix says the game will feel different but that it also has "the blood of Final Fantasy [running] through its veins." The real-time combat game lets players make use of multiple job types and use magic attacks, too. Given Team Ninja's history with the Ninja Gaiden series, we're excited to see how the Japanese studio's history and skills are applied in the context of Final Fantasy.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
From Batman: Arkham developer Rocksteady comes Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, the studio's first new game since 2015's Arkham Knight. The PS5 game features members of the Suicide Squad you may remember from the films and comics, including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark. As the game's name suggests, the Suicide Squad is on a mission to kill members of the Justice League. It's a 1-4 player co-op game, though you can play single-player and have companions be played by AI and switch between them. Intriguingly, Rocksteady's Sefton Hill has said some of the narrative threads from the Arkham trilogy will carry forward to the new game, but the specifics are unclear.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
Gearbox's Borderlands series is getting another spinoff with Tiny Tina's Wonderlands in March 2022 for PlayStation 5. The game features the voices of Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes, Will Arnett, and Ashly Burch, who returns to voice Tiny Tina herself. The game is described as an "epic high fantasy take on the looter shooter genre," with players shooting, slashing, and casting magical spells to defeat the villainous dragon lord. Tiny Tina's Wonderlands features co-op for up to four players, as well as endgame content that can be played over and over again.
Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection
While fans wait for the next all-new entry in the Uncharted series, Naughty Dog is bringing back its famous action-adventure series with a new compilation bundle for PS5. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection bundles together Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy with remastered graphics and an improved frame rate on Sony's new console. Those games looked and performed fantastically on PS4, but we're still waiting to see how they are improved upon for PS5. At the very least, it should help make the wait for a possible Uncharted 5 a little easier to manage.
Perhaps the upcoming PlayStation game we know the least about, Wolverine is in development at Insomniac Games. It appears to be early days for the project, which was announced via a CG trailer earlier this fall, but we know very little about the project. Presumably, it will be an action-adventure game, as well, likely with a greater emphasis on Wolverine's claws and healing factor, but it could also be a more brutal game than Spider-Man given the direction Logan took the character in film. We'll have to wait and see, and it's not clear yet when we'll actually get our first look at Wolverine gameplay or a better understanding of what the gameplay will be.
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