PlayStation developers’ most anticipated games of 2021 and beyond

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PlayStation developers’ most anticipated games of 2021 and beyond

SIE Worldwide Studios, Ubisoft, Sega, Sumo Digital and more weigh in.

We’re halfway through the second month of 2021. And even while we continue to mop up side-quests and collectables, lose ourselves in multiplayer matches or battle our way to the endings of our most recent wave of games, we already have one eye on what titles are coming over the horizon for PlayStation in the months and years ahead. And who better to ask what’s exciting them the most than the creatives behind the very games we’ve been enjoying over the past year? Here are the upcoming PlayStation games that leading voices of the gaming industry can’t wait to play*.  

Deathloop

PlayStation developers’ most anticipated games of 2021 and beyond

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“Deathloop seems like a game that has an original concept and gameplay, very well tailored artistic direction and fast paced action. On top of that it’s made by a french studio!” 

Cyrille Imbert, Executive Producer, Dotemu – Streets of Rage 4 

“It looks like a title with a great sense of style. I’m a big fan of the 70s retro aesthetic. And it’s going to be fascinating to see how the game blends competitive multiplayer with a story-driven campaign.” 

Ned Waterhouse, Designer Sumo Digital – Sackboy: A Big Adventure  

“Dishonored is one of my favourite games of the last decade, and because of Dishonored, I now trust Arkane Studios with my life. Everything I have seen of Deathloop so far has made me excited to play it, from the combat to the style to the pace to the central conceit. I’m in.” 

Anthony Pepper, Senior Designer, Mediatonic Game – Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout  

“Deathloop really intrigues me. I love the over-the-top action and funky 60’s/70’s tone of it all.  I don’t quite know how it all fits together with all the time looping and the dual protagonists, but I’m also excited by that unknown quality at this point.  It seems really unique. Pair that with the always distinct and creative first-person action that Arkane is known for delivering and I am onboard.” 

Louis Studdert, Producer, Toys for Bob – Crash Bandicoot 4 

“Deathloop! A big fan of Dishonored. Won’t say no to more stealth + superpowers.”

Jason Chuang – Senior Product Marketing Manager, miHoYo – Genshin Impact

“It looks like such a cool premise, and I love the style. The timeloop genre is so hot right now, and I’m excited to see the Dishonored team have a crack at it. I’m always excited to learn more about that game with every trailer, it could really be something special!” 

Kurt Margenau, Co-Game Director, Naughty Dog – The Last of Us Part II

Elden Ring

PlayStation developers’ most anticipated games of 2021 and beyond

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“I don’t think people realize just how poised for greatness FromSoftware is with their next title. Since the original Demon’s Souls launched a decade ago, this prolific Japanese studio continues to hone its craft while consistently innovating along the way, and now stands as one of the most important game developers in the world. Although we all know little about Elden Ring, I have a hunch that FromSoftware is preparing something extremely special, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.”

Ryan Payton, Director, Camouflaj – Marvel’s Iron Man VR

The next God of War

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“I need to know what happens in the saga of Kratos and Boy. It’s rare that I finish a game and still feel excited by the prospect of more, but that’s God of War 2018 for me. There are so many worlds left to visit, so many mythological beings to axe, so many grumbly dad jokes to tell! I don’t know when exactly that’ll be, but I’m vibrating in anticipation of finding out.”

Kevin Zuhn, Creative Director, Young Horses – Bugsnax

“It’s not an easy task to reinvent a beloved franchise like God of War, and the 2018 game exceeded expectations, delivering a personal story about father and son, a stunning world and incredible mechanics. I can’t wait to see how the characters grow and how they build on the amazing foundation of the first game with the power of PS5.”

Brian Horton, Creative Director, Insomniac Games – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

“Playing God of War in 2018 was a great experience for me. That series has always had amazing action and combat, but the emotional depth Santa Monica brought to Kratos’ story as a father was very memorable – especially since my son was only a little bit older than Atreus when I played it. So to see and hear the reaction to that tiny glimpse we unveiled at the PlayStation Showcase last September was very exciting. I can’t wait for people to see what Santa Monica is making.” 

Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios 

Gran Turismo 7 

PlayStation developers’ most anticipated games of 2021 and beyond

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“Racing games are always the easiest way for players to feel the true capabilities of next generation gaming. I’m extremely excited to see what next generation experiences this title will offer. Hurry up and release it already!”  

Hideaki Itsuno, Director, Capcom – Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition 

Horizon Forbidden West

PlayStation developers’ most anticipated games of 2021 and beyond

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 “I loved Horizon Zero Dawn and I can’t wait to see how the team at Guerrilla evolve such a masterpiece.” 

Shaun Escayg, Creative Director, Crystal Dynamics – Marvel’s Avengers

“As the announcement trailer for Horizon Forbidden West was really stunning (and featured underwater scenes, which all devs dread), I am looking forward to seeing how much this sequel pushes the series forward on PS5!” 

Fumihiko Yasuda, Producer, Team Ninja – Nioh 2

“Horizon Zero Dawn was such an inspirational game to play because Guerrilla created a complex and beautiful new IP.  That’s tough to do and they made it look easy. I loved Aloy’s journey in Horizon Zero Dawn and now that I have my PS5, I can’t wait to jump back into that well-crafted world.” 

Jason Connell, Creative Director & Art Director, Sucker Punch – Ghost of Tsushima 

“I fell in love with Horizon Zero Dawn last year (I had a huge backlog of games during the production of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla) and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do next. “  

Benoit Richer, Co-Dev Game Director, Ubisoft – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 

“I can’t wait to get back to that universe and see where Guerrilla is going to take this franchise. What i’ve seen so far looks amazing and my expectations are really high.” 

Rafael Grassetti, Art Director, Santa Monica Studio – God of War  

“Horizon Zero Dawn, the first game of the franchise, left a huge impression on me as a game creator. I was taken by the deep immersive experience provided by the unbelievable graphics as well as the unique world I found myself in, a future where civilization has collapsed. 

“In the sense that the next title is expected to evolve even further, Final Fantasy VII Remake, which I’m in charge of is expected to do so the same way. For that I have a personal affinity for Horizon (laughs). As a fan, I’m very much looking forward to Horizon: Forbidden West.”

Naoki Hamaguchi, Director, Square Enix – Final Fantasy VII Remake

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

PlayStation developers’ most anticipated games of 2021 and beyond

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“I guess I’m not allowed to say Resident Evil Village ;-). Jokes aside, I’m really looking forward to Kena: Bridge of Spirits. I really love the art direction and it looks like it’s turning out to be a fun adventure game that I can share with my family.”

Peter Fabiano, Producer, Capcom – Resident Evil 3 

Little Devil Inside

PlayStation developers’ most anticipated games of 2021 and beyond

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“I really love the concept of a 19th century explorer hunting down monsters with an old professor alongside. Great art style with what look like wonderful worlds to explore. Can’t wait to see what adventures that story will take us on. After playing so much Demon’s Souls and continually being bested in 2020, I’m looking forward to 2021 when I will explore beautiful worlds that aren’t always trying to kill me.” 

Gavin Moore, Creative Director, SIE Worldwide Studios – Demon’s Souls

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 

PlayStation developers’ most anticipated games of 2021 and beyond

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“The PS2-era R&C games along with the Jak & Daxter trilogy were and still are important to me. Insomniac is a studio I very much look up to, and I can’t wait to see what they have accomplished with the new hardware. The 2016 reimagining of the first Ratchet & Clank is an amazing game and I’m excited to get back into that universe again.” 

Henri Markus, Game Designer, Housemarque – Returnal

“There are so many great games to look forward to in 2021. One that I can’t wait to explore together with my son is Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. I love the unique and gorgeous world they created. We’re currently replaying the latest Ratchet game while we wait for the next one to come out.” 

Angie Smets, Studio Director, Guerrilla

Resident Evil Village

PlayStation developers’ most anticipated games of 2021 and beyond

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“I’m looking forward to Resident Evil Village! I’m on a huge Resident Evil kick right now. After playing through Resident Evil 3, I started on Resident Evil 7 to make sure I’m ready when Village finally arrives. It’s definitely one of my favorite horror series now, in any form of media!”

Derek Yu – Spelunky 2  

“I’m looking forward to playing a horror game that takes full advantage of PS5’s features.” 

Masayoshi Yokoyama, Designer & Writer, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio – Yakuza: Like A Dragon 

And similarly to our Best PlayStation Games of 2020 feature in December, some developers found it an impossible call to choose between their most anticipated titles of the coming year and beyond.

Horizon Forbidden West and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 

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“It’s a toss-up between Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon: Forbidden West. Horizon is my favorite game of the PS4 era because of its super original setting and world as well as its unique and satisfyingly strategic combat. I beat all four of the PS2 Ratchet and Clank games, so I’m a big fan of the series, and ever since that insane gameplay demo showing off the new portal mechanic and the crazy level of fidelity in the game. I’m super stoked to get back into that series. The PS5 is an absolute beast, can’t wait to see what these franchises are like on it.”

Anthony Newman, Co-Game Director, Naughty Dog – The Last of Us Part II 

Deathloop and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 

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“I love it when development teams take risks and those two games are definitely doing that. Deathloop is such a cool concept and the Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart  team at Insomniac is really flexing their muscles in the way they are approaching creative game mechanics on PS5.”

Ramone Russell, Product Development Communications and Brand Strategist, San Diego Studio – MLB The Show 20

*The views and opinions expressed are those of the persons appearing in the blog and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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47 Comments

  • a game im looking forward to is avgn 1 and 2 deluxe

  • There an’t no party like the Sony first party

  • Sure would be nice to have a trailer for that God of War sequel game

    • There are all these rumours that Sony have a few more games to announce and something to show with God of War’s sequel.

      But Microsoft and their terrible line up and delay of Halo has made it that Sony just simply do not have to show really anything big. Just look at the demand for the console WITHOUT seeing or hearing about more games. As soon as PS5 demand starts to dip a little bit, Sony could announce Spiderman 2 or something.

  • Knack 3 tho

  • GT7. Since 2015 I was waiting on a numbered entry. I reached the Platinum trophy for GTS last year but its not the same. I’m really looking forward to the 7th main episode! 💙

  • Until these games are published, there will hopefully be a PS5 to buy. I mean for people, not for bots.

  • It’s a shame, in a way, that we’re at a point where we’re waiting for new stuff and it’s far enough out that you have to compile a “what we’re looking forward to” list to remind us stuff is in the pipeline. Yes, I know all that’s coming, I just wish some of it were here. It’s felt like a dry year so far.

    That said, I’d rather all these studios take their time rather than give me “Ratchet and Clank 2077.” And I’m sure COVID has affected studios’ productivity and timelines. So I understand, even as I’m still impatient.

    Keep working to get more consoles and games in our hands. Meanwhile I’ll keep my launch-day PS5 busy playing Control (again – Platinum on my PS4 last year), mopping up Sackboy dreamer orbs, and going through the Jedi Fallen Order (aka Tomb Raider, Jedi Edition) while I still have the $1 month from EA.

    • I just finished playing through Control for the second time myself on my PS5. Now, I am playing through both DLCs for the first time. Great game!

      I haven’t played Sackboy, yet, but Jedi Fallen Order was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience it.

    • Lists like this aren’t a new thing. Calm down and play one of the 100 PS4 games you still haven’t gotten around to like the rest of us.

    • A dry year so far? Dude it hasn’t even been 2 months into the year lol

    • I would’ve loved Ratchet & Clank on launch. Sackboy and Miles didn’t feel like enough if you aren’t into Demon’s Souls.
      Ironically, it’s Cyberpunk 2077 that everyone is hating on that kept me busy and intrigued, and feels the most next-gen to me because of that awesome Night City. I blame the horrible console launches as part of the controversy around the game, as they probably figured everyone would have a next gen console by now (and it plays good on those).

  • All of these games are going to be worth checking out, but as a HUGE fan of Guerilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn, I gotta say that I am very happy that so many other developers are looking forward to playing that game as much as I am. I enjoyed pretty much every single PS4 game that I played, but no other game felt quite as special to me as Horizon Zero Dawn. To simply say that I loved that game, or to simply say that I am looking forward to Horizon Forbidden West, would not be enough. Guerilla Games didn’t just hit a home run with that game; rather, they hit a grand slam that cleared the entire stadium (think a left-handed batter hitting a 400ft+ home run to the San Francisco Bay at Oracle Park).

  • monty using my devices in my room as coping mechanisms

  • Shame no one picked Returnal. I feel like that game is going to surprise a lot of people

    • Hopefully it doesn’t surprise people by actually being the sequel to Deep Down…

      You know, and never come out.. 😁

  • I’m really excited for most of these, but number one is easily “Horizon: Forbidden West”. I’m so excited for it that I’m probably going to double dip and get a version for PS4 (since I doubt I’ll have a PS5 by the time it comes out) and a version for PS5 (when I eventually get one).

  • No FFXVI? Shame!

  • Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Now that Hitman 3 has come out, my next most anticipated game is Gran Turismo 7. Its been roughly 10 years since I’ve played a racing game. Gran Turismo 6 made the fatal mistake of never releasing a PS4 version and GT Sport sacrificed too much im the name of eSports.

    I’m happy the series is returning to its roots and taking full power of a new generation console.

  • I hope Capcom can download new parts devil may cry

  • #BRINGBACKSOCOM

  • Gran Turismo 7 and Horizon : Forbidden West for me. Gran Turismo pretty much satisfies most of my racing needs (though I REALLY miss the Motorstorm series for some racing variety, Apocalypse was one of the coolest and most fun racers I’ve ever played, even in multiplayer). Horizon is brilliant but I’m ashamed to say I haven’t completely finished the first (didn’t even get into the DLC yet) so I’m not in a huge rush to get the sequel. Honestly would’ve been more excited about a Killzone first (which is looking less and less likely to continue as a series…), despite Shadow Fall being somewhat disappointing it was my favorite shooter series next to Battlefield (also looking forward to that next one).

    • You mean Wipeout riiight?

      Seems weird one of the original games that made the PS1 iconic gets abandoned entirely, with the last entry on the PS3/Vita..

  • Nice article, but when will PS5 support 1440p at 120Hz mode? It would be amazing if it happened.

  • Mine is definitely Ratchet and Clank, this is going to be the first full fledged normal styled Ratchet game since A Crack in Time, since PS4 Ratchet was a reimagining, and everything after A crack in Time has been smaller or not typical Ratchet.

    Currently ACIT is my fav Ratchet. So I really can’t wait for it. I want physical but I may get the digital deluxe and buy physical anyways lol.

    But to this day I’m praying we get a new ModNation Racers for PS5. Absolutely loved ModNation and with the PS5s speed, all the original games issues are gone

  • Couldn’t really give AF about Ratchet and Clank. Give us a release date for HZD2 already

  • Still no Socom. Such a shame.

  • look monty got bobby arguing for monty now

  • I don’t think Pedro Pascal would be a good fit for Joel in The Last of Us TV show.

    Fans online are already mocking the idea. I think they’d only watch it to see him get beat… and I don’t think it’s a good reason to watch the show.

    If you want a successful show, you’ll need an actor who, let’s just say, don’t draws in any controversy, unlike the Mandalorian cast.

    Having a polarizing actor or actress means less success for the show as a whole because a ton of people won’t like the cast.

  • I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around $45 to 85 per/h. Without a doubt, this is the easiest and most financially rewarding job I’ve ever had. I actually started 6 months ago and this has totally changed my life
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  • I love Horizon Forbidden West
    Kena: Bridge of Spirits there will also be an interesting adventure with beautiful graphics

  • I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around $45 to 85 per/h. Without a doubt, this is the easiest and most financially rewarding job I’ve ever had. I actually started 6 months ago and this has totally changed my life
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  • Why can’t Sony get on board and bring Session, (The realest skateboarding game ever!) to everyone who wants a great skateboarding game.

  • I can’t wait until they bring back the Jak And Daxter franchise

  • I hope we get news on Lego Skywalker Saga, and God of War Ragnarok! My most looked forward to games of 2021.

    Maybe even announcements for Spyro 4, and Ghost of Tsushima 2

  • If you could support 1440p @ 120hz I could actually be excited for this.

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