Best upcoming PS5 games to anticipate in 2021 and beyond

(Pocket-lint) – Sony’s PlayStation 5 is finally here. While there are some superb games to enjoy at launch already, there are even more coming down the pike over the next few months. 

We’ve gathered the best contenders, right here for you, from confirmed releases to games that we’re certain are in the pipeline, including new trailers wherever they exist. 

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

  • Release date: June 10 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Square Enix

It’s always nice to get an upgrade, and Square Enix is giving the already gorgeous Final Fantasy VII remake the PS5 treatment with upgraded visuals and performance, and the addition of a new bundled DLC starring Yuffie, who didn’t appear in the base game but is obviously a big part of the overall story being told. 

It looks absolutely ravishing, and will be a free upgrade (DLC not included) for those who already own the PS4 version, which is a great bonus. If you haven’t played it yet, though, this looks like the perfect jumping-on point. 

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

  • Release date: June 11 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Insomniac

Insomniac is really doing the business for Sony nowadays, surprising nobody, and alongside the next Spider-Man, it’s got a brand new Ratchet and Clank adventure, in the form of Rift Apart. It looks like another colourful, joyous romp, with a new twist.

Players will be moving trans-dimensionally at a rate of knots, it would seem, which should act as a marvellous showcase for the PS5’s lightning-quick SSD’s load times. It should be a barrel of laughs and fun!

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

  • Release date: August 24 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Sony

This entirely new IP has an absolutely beautiful art style that’s infused by anime stylings and the work of both Studio Ghibli and Pixar – we’re impressed by its art design, suffice to say. It also looks like a fun platformer with magical combat and a mythical quest to complete.

If it can be half as fun to play as it is to watch the material we’ve seen about it so far, it’ll be one to definitely check out when it comes out. 

Deathloop

  • Release date: September 14 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: No, also on PC
  • Publisher: Bethesda

This stylish tactical stealth-shooter is from the genius team at Arkane Studios that did such incredible work on the Dishonored series, and looks like it takes a few leaves from that book. A Groundhog Day-style time loop looks like it’ll be a really fun challenge to break out of. 

Far Cry 6

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  • Release date: 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: No
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

The latest in the Far Cry series is on its way, and it looks like it’ll be as explosive as ever. It’s set on the fictional island of Yara, which you can pretty clearly see is inspired by Cuba, and looks colourful and fun, with a wide range of weapons, vehicles and allies to call upon. 

Final Fantasy XVI

  • Release date: 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: No, also on PC
  • Publisher: Square Enix

The next mainline game in the storied Final Fantasy series will be a console exclusive for the PS5, at least for some time, and the first trailer looks absolutely great. It’s a return to a more tied-down fantasy realm, along with a grittier style and a combat system that looks more responsive than ever. We can’t wait to find out more and try it out. 

Horizon: Forbidden West

  • Release date: 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Guerilla

Horizon: Zero Dawn was a cult hit from the PS4 era – it garnered rave reviews at launch and has attracted more and more players to its lush singleplayer adventure over time. People were crying out for a sequel and they’re getting it – it looks like Aloy’s journeying to what remains of the US this time around.

It looks absolutely gorgeous from this showing, with new mechanical monsters and adversaries to overcome, and is set to be a showcase for the PS5’s graphical capabilities. Sadly, we don’t have a release window yet. 

Gran Turismo 7

  • Release date: 2022
  • PS5 exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Sony

One of the grand old names of racing games is coming to the PS5, just as we hoped it would – the next Gran Turismo looks like it will once again push the envelope in terms of graphical fidelity and realism – with a revamped campaign mode that should be a little easier for players to get to grips with. 

The extended trailer above makes it look just as awesome in motion as you’d want, although we don’t have a firm release date yet. That’s a slight issue, because we all know that Gran Turismo games don’t tend to get rushed out of the oven. 

Hogwarts Legacy

  • Release date: 2022
  • PS5 exclusive: No, also on Xbox Series X and PC
  • Publisher: Warner Bros

It’s finally happening – a proper, big-budget game set in the marvellous world of Harry Potter (even if it’s ditching his name). This sprawling RPG has finally had a trailer and looks absolutely incredible, although we’ll look forward to learning more about exactly what structure it’ll take. Players will have their own wizard to guide through 1800s Hogwarts and the world around it, all of it bringing brand-new stories to the table. 

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Grand Theft Auto 6

  • Release date: TBC
  • PS5 exclusive: No, also on Xbox Series X and PC
  • Publisher: Rockstar

There are almost too many rumours swirling around Rockstar’s likely next game in the Grand Theft Auto franchise to adequately summarise, but suffice to say that it almost has to be on the way.

At the moment speculation is rife that it will see players return to Vice City and the surrounding area, but nothing is confirmed yet. Still, it’s almost guaranteed that one of the world’s biggest entertainment franchises will make its way to the PS5 before long. 

The Elder Scrolls 6

  • Release date: TBC
  • PS5 exclusive: No, also on Xbox Series X and PC
  • Publisher: Bethesda

The above teaser trailer, in retrospect, feels a bit premature given that we’ve heard almost nothing about the next Elder Scrolls game in the meantime, but we’re still awash with excitement at the idea of a sequel to Skyrim on next-gen hardware. 

There’s no way of knowing where it’s set yet (although our money is on Hammerfall, personally), but it’s for sure on the way. Don’t expect a release date anytime soon, though, sadly. 

Dying Light 2

  • Release date: 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: No, also on Xbox Series X and PC
  • Publisher: Techland

We don’t know for sure that Dying Light 2 is coming to next-generation consoles but its lengthy delays seem a little suspicious to us, to the point where we’d again be pretty surprised if it was only for the current generation. 

We’ve seen plenty of gameplay already, though, and it looks like Techland is making another hard-hitting parkour-and-zombies mashup that should be perfect for fans of the first game.  

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.





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