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.
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 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
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 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 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
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.
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 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.