Best upcoming PS5 games: PlayStation titles to anticipate in 2021 and beyond

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(Pocket-lint) - Sony's PlayStation 5 is out in the wild. While there were 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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Deathloop

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  • Release date: 14 September 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. 

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

  • Release date: 21 September 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: No, also on PC
  • 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. 

FIFA 22

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  • Release date: 1 October 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: No, also on Xbox and PC
  • Publisher: EA

We always pay attention to EA's enormous football franchise, and its annual releases have become really dependable, bringing nice upgrades to the game. This entry will be FIFA's second outing on next-gen hardware, so we're hoping that it might take a decent step forward. More animations have been added than between any FIFA games in history, so that sounds like a good start.

Far Cry 6

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  • Release date: 7 October 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. 

Battlefield 2042

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  • Release date: 22 October 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: No
  • Publisher: EA

The next big Battlefield game looks like it's going to be a bit of a stunner visually and, for the first time, it'll let console players go crazy on 128-player servers for maximum carnage. With huge weather events and an overhaul of the classic squad system, there's going to be a lot to get to grips with, and we can't wait to sink our teeth in.

Solar Ash

  • Release date: 26 October 2021
  • PS5 Exclusive: No, also on PS4 and PC
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive

After developer Heart Machine made the superb Hyper Light Drifter, it's earned some hype for its next title, and Solar Ash looks like a big step up mechanically. What remains, though, is that amazing sense of style and tone that marks out a really interesting game. We can't wait to explore it.

Call of Duty Vanguard

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  • Release date: 5 November 2021
  • PS5 Exclusive: No, also on PS4, Xbox and PC
  • Publisher: Activision

We're going back to World War II for the next COD game, with the bombastic shooter returning to its roots a little. It should have an explosive campaign to offer up, one that jumps between locations for some visual flair, but the multiplayer should also be key. It's brining map destruction elements to the table in a way that could be a major shake-up.

Dying Light 2

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  • Release date: 7 December 2021
  • PS5 exclusive: No, also on Xbox Series X and PC
  • Publisher: Techland

After a lengthy set of delays, we finally know when to expect Dying Light 2, and its blend of parkour and brutal melee combat looks like it's only going to get better in a second outing.

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

Rainbow Six Extraction

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  • Release date: January 2022
  • PS5 exclusive: No, also on Xbox and PC
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

This spinoff from Rainbow Six Siege looks like a fun cross between that game's hardcore shooter mechanics and the co-op fun of Left 4 Dead, with objectives to complete that will challenge you to work as a team and think on your feet. It looks like it could be really enjoyable and after a long time in the oven is nearly ready for release.

Horizon: Forbidden West

  • Release date: 18 February 2022
  • 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, and we can't wait to sink our teeth into it.

Stray

  • Release date: Early 2022
  • PS5 Exclusive: No, also on PS4
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive

This game captured hearts and minds with its first trailer back in 2020, but now we know that it's much closer to release, and the gameplay walkthrough above makes it look like a really intriguing and adorable adventure. You'll play as a stray cat making its way through a robot-filled city, and solving numerous problems on your way.

Final Fantasy XVI

  • Release date: 2022
  • 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. 

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. 

Dead Space

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

Dead Space is back - a full remake of the first game is on the way, although it sounds like it could still be quite a way off. It'll be a next-gen only experience, too, so we'd expect it to take advantage of the DualSense's advanced haptics and the console's 3D audio for truly terrifying levels of immersion.

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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. 

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills. Originally published on 19 March 2020.

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