Roughly every five years is the window for new generations of video game consoles to be released, and the year 2020 marks that time yet again. By roughly the holiday season this year, we will get to see both the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5. Even though the pandemic has been impacting workflow across all industries, these intended release dates are still holding true, so it won’t be long now before we get to enjoy these new consoles. But what titles will we get to play on these consoles? Well, we may not be able to say for certain what we’ll get to see on the Xbox Series X, but we do have a list of titles that we’ll be able to play on the PlayStation 5, as well as a few guesses as to which other titles we’ll get to see on the future.
The first thing to get out of the way is the fact that Sony still has a number of upcoming games on the PS4, and there’s not exactly any confirmation that they will be available on the PS5. This is especially true considering that Sony has always been a little slow on the uptake with backward compatibility, at least compared to their rival Microsoft. Of course, it would be a little silly for games that come out just prior to the release of the PlayStation 5 to not become available on it, but the fact remains that we don’t know for certain.
Aside from that, Sony said in May that they would release a launch lineup for the PS5 ‘soon.’ We have no idea what soon means, as always, and the most recent live event didn’t quite shed any light on the situation. We did learn what the console will look like (spawning many, many jokes and memes), and the fact that it will come with an SSD hard drive and the option of either having a disc drive or not, but even though we didn’t get any news on new launch titles, we do still know a number of games that will be available on the PS5. That list is below. Be prepared, because it’s quite a long list.
Confirmed Games for PS5
- Astro’s Playroom: Related to the critically acclaimed AstroBot: Rescue Mission, this game is being developed by JapanStudios. The original AstroBot title was VR supported, but there’s no evidence that Astro’s Playroom will be. It does seem like the game will make use of the new controller’s DualSense functionality, but the reveal didn’t show us much more than that. Aside from this, it seems that the game will come preloaded on the PS5 just like the original did.
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla:
The next major installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise will be taking players back to the age of Vikings. It’s slated to release as a launch title for the PS5. Like some of the more recent Assassin’s Creed games, you’ll get to play as either a man or a woman and traipse about an open world environment to do as you please. For the first time ever, you’ll also be able to dual-wield weapons, opening up many new combat possibilities. Accurate to the time this game will not be, but it certainly will be a fun adventure available on the PlayStation 5 at launch.
- Control: A recent and critically acclaimed title from Remedy Entertainment, Control has already launched on other platforms, but it has been confirmed for a title that will be available on PlayStation 5. That said, we don’t actually know if the game will be available on the launch of the PS5 or if it’ll only become available later. What we do know is that the game should fare pretty well on a new generation of consoles: or at least, it should perform better than it did on current generation consoles, where the game’s launch had numerous shortcomings.
An adventure game from the developer of Octodad, Young Horses, Bugsnax is set in a fantasy world with talking anthropomorphic animals, and insects that look like real life food, for some reason. We really don’t know much more about it than that very strange information, but either way, we do know the game will be available on the PS5.
- Deathloop: The most recent game from Arkane Studios, who worked on the Dishonored franchise. It tells a story of two individuals that are stuck in a time loop that restarts each time one of them dies. One character is trying to survive on an island with everyone out for your blood, including the other character in the loop who is controlled by a real person. The gameplay looks a lot like Dishonored as far as the many powers, firearms and blades are concerned, and the game will release on the PS5 as a timed exclusive.
- Destruction Allstars: A competitive action sports game, Destruction Allstars pits teams of six players against each other in vehicular combat, with the goal of destroying your opponent’s cars. If you get destroyed, you can still sprint around the arena in an attempt to defeat the other racers that are in the same boat as you.
- Demon Souls Remake: It was unclear what developer Bluepoint was up to after they finished their amazing remaster of Shadow of the Colossus, though they had teased before that they were working on another remake. Lots of people theorized that the remake was of Demon Souls, the sort of inspiration for FromSoftware’s super popular Dark Souls series. Well, it turns out that those theorists were right, and the remake coming to PS5 is indeed a Demon Souls Remake. With visuals that are being done from the ground up for the new generation of PlayStation, it is sure to look incredible.
- Dirt 5:
The next up and coming title for the popular off-road racing series. Supposedly it will be “bolder and braver than ever before.” That said we don’t actually know much about the game as of right now, but the developer, Codemasters, has promised to introduce some new features that have never been seen in the franchise before. Supposedly every race will be unique, but we don’t really have any idea what that means in particular.
One of the most notable features of Fortnite is the fact that you can play it on just about anything. That said, the PlayStation 5 will be no exception. Epic has plans to bring the game to PS5. Needless to say, the power of a new console will probably be very beneficial for the game, seeing as how it generally involves up to 100 players on very large maps. Epic has also confirmed that Fortnite will support cross-progression with the next generation consoles, so all of your data, such as items and progress, will be migratable to the PS5. Epic confirmed that cross-platform play isn’t going anywhere and that they will migrate the game as a whole to Unreal Engine 5 for the new consoles sometime in the middle of 2021.
- Destiny 2: We know for a fact that this long-running shooter of Bungie’s is coming to PS5, but that’s just about all we know. No release date for the PS5 has been confirmed, and we don’t know how the power of the next generation will be used to improve the game either. Still, it’s good to know that it will be available at all.
- Ghostwire Tokyo: The latest project from the well-known studio Tango Gameworks and the famous producer Shinji Makami. As the name suggests, this psychological first-person horror game is set in Tokyo, where people are disappearing without any explanation. Your purpose is to find out why. The debut revealed gameplay that included fighting off spirits with both melee and magic, something only you as the hero can do. This game will also be a timed PS5 exclusive.
- Goodbye Volcano High: This narrative game has a 2D cartoon style and provides a coming of age story via anthropomorphic animals. High school drama is also involved, but other than that we don’t actually know too much about the game’s plot or really anything about its mechanics. What we do know is that it’ll be out sometime in 2021, so it won’t be a launch title.
A title wrought in combination by Borderlands studio Gearbox and Counterplay Games, this fantasy action RPG will be a console exclusive for PS5. It’s been dubbed as a looter-slasher, in the typical vein of fighting foes and collecting the loot they drop. Like many games of this nature, it can be played solo but will also let you play with a group of up to 3 people.
- Grand Theft Auto V & Grand Theft Auto Online:
Grand Theft Auto Online has been immensely successful for Rockstar Games, so it isn’t really a surprise that we’ll be seeing a transition to the next generation of consoles. Sometime during the second half of 2021, the standalone version of GTA Online will be free for PS5 users, at least for the first three months of its release. Grand Theft Auto V will come to the PS5 in 2021 as well. As far as we know, both games will be enhanced and expanded for the new generation.
- Gran Turismo 7: There’s pretty much a new Gran Turismo game with every generation of consoles, and this time is no exception. Unfortunately, we don’t really know much about the game itself, as we only got to see some driving in its reveal. But there’s little doubt this entry into the franchise will have some heavy sim focused elements, like all Gran Turismo games.
- Hitman III: The next Hitman title will be available on the PS5, and will supposedly have Agent 47 engaging in his “most intimate and professional contract” throughout the entire series. The developers confirmed that this title will be the last in the ‘World of Assassination’ trilogy, so here’s hoping it will indeed be the best entry in that trilogy.
- Jett: The Far Shore: Developer Superbrothers, the ones responsible for the critically acclaimed Superbrothers, Sword & Sworcery EP, has revealed its next game at long last. It is titled Jett: The Far Shore. All we really know is that it includes intergalactic travel and some downright beautiful scenery, as well as the fact that it will be available during the Holidays of 2020, making it potentially a launch title.
- Horizon Forbidden West:
Guerilla Games has unveiled the sequel to their critically acclaimed Horizon Zero Dawn for the PlayStation 5. Just like in the previous game, you’ll be playing as Aloy, on a mission to find a cure for the plague that is killing off all the wildlife. Naturally, there will be a whole lot of robotic animal hunting again, but it seems that we’ll be able to explore underwater in the new game as well.
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits: This coming adventure game will have you exploring a vibrant and vivid world that is filled to the brim with villages and ancient ruins. You will fight with not only the aid of a woodland spirit companion but also magic powers and a bow.
- Little Devil Inside: This open-world RPG has you playing as a young boy that travels around all sorts of locations, fighting against a wide variety of monsters. Originally, this game by Neostream Interactive was successfully funded on Kickstarter. It was supposed to launch all the way back in December of 2015, but as the scope of the game continued to grow, it was pushed back many times. Now it will be releasing on the next generation of consoles.
- NBA 2K21:
We only saw some brief gameplay of NBA 2K21 during the event, and it was even labeled as ‘pre-alpha footage,’ though it still looked quite impressive. Of course, we don’t know that much about it other than the fact that it will be on the PlayStation 5.
- The Lord of the Rings: Gollum: Known for its point-and-click adventure games, developer Daedalic Entertainment is developing a brand-new Lord of the Rings game focusing on a most unexpected character, that being Gollum. In this game, you’ll get to play as the titular character in an adventure that is entirely from his perspective. That’s notable, as this game will be the very first time in all of LOTR history, from any medium, that a story has been told from Gollum’s perspective. Other than that, we don’t actually know too much about the game, as very little details have been released about it. That said, Gollum gets overlooked in LOTR all too often, so this is a welcome change and should be an interesting title.
- Oddworld: Soulstorm: This game is a remake of the 1998 Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, the second title in the Oddworld franchise. This remake will naturally bring new graphics to the table, but also expand on story elements and shift the gameplay mechanics to a more combat-oriented focus.
- Outriders: Developer People can Fly, who worked on Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment, is partnering with Square Enix for a new game that they are calling Outriders. It’s a cover shooter a lot like Gears of War, but it’ll also incentivize getting out from behind that cover to utilize awesome powers against your enemies. It should be available at launch, or at least close to it.
- Project Athia: A new project from Luminous Productions, which is a studio that is being led by a veteran from Square Enix, Hajime Tabata. We don’t know much about it besides the fact that you play as a mysterious girl in a cloak that explores a huge fantasy world. That, and it will be exclusive to the PS5.
- Pragmata: This action game is a bit on the surreal side, set in an abandoned world that stars a little girl with magic powers and an astronaut. The game’s trailer offered little else to know, but we do know the game won’t come out until 2022, so we’re certain that more information will come to light by that time.
- Quantum Error: Labeled as a “Cosmic Horror” game, Quantum Error will be the second title from developer TeamKill. Their first was Kings of Lorn: The Fall of Ebris. We don’t exactly have a lot to go on as far as gameplay is concerned, but the reveal trailer showed some excellent graphics, as well as a bit of gameplay that looked somewhat reminiscent of a crossover between Doom and Dead Space.
- Resident Evil: Village:
The next main entry in Capcom’s Resident Evil series, Village looks like your typical entry in the franchise, being both a little horrifying but also kind of ridiculous. The franchise is going in strange directions, even going as far as to introduce new enemies that are somewhat different from the kind of zombies Resident Evil has shown before. With the backdrop of an isolated village in the mountains, you’ll be playing as RE7 protagonist Ethan Winters, fighting his way out of that village, which is chock full of some sort of crazy cult. On top of that, apparently Chris Redfield is going to be an antagonist in this entry, for some undisclosed reason we just don’t know yet. Either way, Resident Evil: Village will definitely be a departure from the series’ norm.
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart: A Ratchet & Clank sequel is currently in the works by Insomniac Games. With interdimensional rifts causing havoc across the game’s world, the game itself will make use of the new power of PS5 to make traveling to new locations in the world nearly instantaneous.
- Returnal: From the developer House Marque, Returnal is a third-person shooter in which you control a nameless woman who has landed on an alien planet. Instead of aliens, you seem to fight demonic creatures. The reveal trailer mentioned a death loop of sorts, and the planet itself apparently changes every time you die. The game will come exclusively to the PS5.
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure: The team behind Little Big Planet 3, Sumo Digital, is working on a spinoff of the series called Sackboy: A Big Adventure. It will be a 3D platformer that has an isometric perspective and will have cooperative multiplayer.
- Solar Ash: From the creators of the game Hyper Light Drifter, this next game is coming to the PS5. As best as we know, you play as a woman who has entered a black hole and awakens in a vivid yet seemingly desolate world. The early gameplay appears to be an action platformer with a pretty fast pace.
- Scarlet Nexus:
A game from Bandai Namco, Scarlet Nexus has you playing as Yuito Sumeragi, a soldier who has psychic powers. It’s set in the futuristic city of New Himuka, but that’s about all we know about the game as a whole.
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales: The follow up to Marvel’s Spider-Man of 2018, a PS4 exclusive in which Peter Parker was the web-slinger as usual. This next game may be a follow-up, but it’s not clear if it is actually a sequel or just a spin-off title. Either way, it’s your typical crime-fighting superhero game, and it is supposed to come out at roughly the same time as the PS5.
- Stray: A post-apocalyptic adventure game where you play as a cat, adventuring about a futuristic city that is mostly devoid of humans and filled to the brim with robots.
- Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2: Developed by Polish Studio Mastercode, this much-anticipated sequel will be coming to PlayStation 5 sometime in 2021. The promised improvements over the original naturally include better graphics, but also a third-person camera and “dynamic water & fish AI.”
- Watch Dogs: Legion:
This sequel to Watch Dogs has been confirmed for PS5, adding yet another Ubisoft title to the roster. It was originally supposed to launch in 2020 for current generation consoles, but it got pushed back in order to “ensure that their … innovations are perfectly implemented so as to deliver optimal experiences for players.” Supposedly the game will allow you to control any NPC you can see in the world of the game, so it’s exciting to think what the next generation of consoles could bring to the table.
- Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines II: This sequel will see players in Seattle, but overrun by vampires. Paradox gave a little bit of information about the sequel. “In this sequel to the cult classic, your choices, plots and schemes will change the balance of power.”
- Rainbow Six Siege: This massively popular Ubisoft title is one of the most well-loved multiplayer games as of right now. So it’s not really a surprise that it will be making an appearance on the PlayStation 5, as Ubisoft has said already that the game will be supported. Considering that it has millions of players even five years after its release, this is probably good news for everyone, especially considering that it will be a launch title as well.
- Warframe: This popular 2013 online title has been stated as slated for the next generation by its parent publisher. When exactly is something we don’t actually know, but at the very least we know it is coming eventually.
- Call of Duty Warzone:
Infinity Ward recently stated that there are plans to bring Warzone to the next generation of consoles. This is something that hasn’t been outright confirmed but does seem very likely. That said, with Warzone being very closely tied to Modern Warfare, it’s quite likely we will see that title make it onto PS5 as well.
That’s the list of all the games that are confirmed to be on the PlayStation 5 thus far. But if you didn’t see something you were really hoping for, have no fear. This list certainly doesn’t cover every single game the PS5 will inevitably have.
Unconfirmed Games for PS5
The following is a list of games that haven’t been confirmed on the PS5, but that we highly expect to make an appearance on it. It’s worth noting that some of these titles are expected for one main reason: by the time they come out, the PlayStation 5 will be the standard PlayStation of the day. It wouldn’t make sense for any new game coming to consoles once the next generation is out to not be on them. Sure, maybe it’s a little bit of a stretch, but we feel that it is worth including such titles on this list, all things considered.
- Rainbow Six Quarantine:
If anyone remembers the short-lived but very fun game mode from Siege that had the Operators fighting against alien zombie creatures of some sort, apparently the mode was popular enough that a spin-off game is getting made all about it. “The Rainbow Operators will face off against a totally new breed of mutated alien parasite infecting human hosts and their surroundings,” Ubisoft said. We don’t know much, but Ubisoft made it perfectly clear that this game is coming to the next generation of consoles, which will almost definitely include a PS5 release.
- The Elder Scrolls VI: There isn’t much to actually say about TES 6: hardly anyone actually knows anything about it. That said, considering that the game will absolutely not be finished until the next generation of consoles is the norm, it’s practically guaranteed that TES 6 will be available on PS5. After all, Skyrim was available on nearly every platform in existence, so it would be extremely strange for TES 6 not to come to PS5.
- Battlefield 6: In the same boat as TES 6, we expect Battlefield 6 to make it to PS5 for the sole reason that, by the time the game is finished, PlayStation 5 will be the new main PlayStation. It just won’t make sense for the game to not be on PS5 or Xbox Series X.
- Call of Duty 2020: While this title hasn’t even been officially announced yet, there’s plenty of leaks and rumors floating around about it. Like many of the other titles we are expecting to see, CoD 2020 will probably release on the next generation because the next-gen will be the main platform of the era at time of release.
What This Means
Naturally, there are many, many other games that will eventually come to the PlayStation 5. But we aren’t exactly psychic: there’s no way to predict absolutely everything that will one day come out. For now, it’s enough to know some of the titles we will have the honor of enjoying on it, as well as some of the titles we at least expect to make it to the console at some point in time. Whether or not our predictions come true or certain games change, this is the best we can manage right now, and one way or another it certainly builds our excitement for the holiday season this year.
Still, take every prediction with a grain of salt, as there’s no way to know when something may happen to affect their availability on a particular platform. Things we are likely to see, even if it is very likely, could still fall through at the last moment. That said, we don’t actually expect that to happen for any of the games we ended up mentioning on this list.
It’s also important to keep in mind that not all of these games we mentioned will be launch titles: some will only become available sometime in 2021 or later, and some of them have not had a release date announced at all. That said any game we mentioned prior to the ‘expected’ list is guaranteed to come to the PS5 at some point, we just don’t exactly know when.