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Games you can expect to see on the PS5

The PlayStation 5 is on its way, so there are plenty of reasons to be excited, just like with the launch of any new console. Among the many reasons to feel the hype are new features, more processing power, better graphics, and most importantly, new games. When the PS5 finally arrives, we can be sure to expect plenty of exciting original titles, as well as some new installments in a few of our favorite series.

One thing that is somewhat unclear at this moment is just which games will be launching alongside the mighty new console. However, by looking at some of the games that are in development or have been announced, we can make some educated guesses at what kind of content we can probably look forward to when the PlayStation 5 makes its debut. From the continuing adventures of Kratos and son, to a science-fiction mind trip starring Norman Reedus, to an RPG set in the vastness of space, let's take a look at some of these likely (and exciting) PS5 titles.

The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us Part 2 was first officially announced at Sony's 2016 PlayStation Experience conference. Ever since that first moody teaser trailer was dropped, with a grown-up Ellie promising to "kill every last one of them," fans have been clamoring for an official release date. While there is plenty that we do know about the upcoming survival horror sequel, there are still a ton of unanswered questions. Despite hints from The Last of Us series composer Gustavo Santoalalla that the game was "coming very soon," Naughty Dog hasn't confirmed when the game will be released or even what generation to expect it in. 

At this point, it's more than likely that The Last of Us Part 2 will be making its debut on the PlayStation 5, simply because it doesn't seem to be finished quite yet. In mid-April of 2019, series director Neil Druckmann tweeted that the game's final moments have been filmed. By this, we can infer that production on the game is ongoing, making it much more likely that it could be at least a year or more before we see this PlayStation exclusive's launch. While the idea of waiting so long for the continuing story of Ellie and Joel is excruciating, it could all be worth it when we get to see the story play out on next generation hardware.

Resident Evil 8

First, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard brought this classic survival horror series back to its roots with an eerie, atmospheric storyline. Then, the remake of Resident Evil 2 embraced the action elements that came to define the series' later entries and perfectly married them to the kind of bone-chilling horror that made so many fans fall in love with the franchise. The natural question on every zombie fan's mind is, "What is next?"

Well, rumor has it that we can expect a full remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis before we get a chance to find out what's going on with Chris Redfield and the mysterious new incarnation of the Umbrella Corporation in a proper Resident Evil follow-up. With the Resident Evil 3 remake supposedly targeting a 2020 release date, it stands to reason that we shouldn't expect RE8 until a year or so after that, putting it after the expected launch window of the PlayStation 5. In fact, a reliable leaker of Resident Evil information has already told fans that they "shouldn't expect [RE8] until next-gen is on the table." 

But fear not, Capcom fans: the publisher has assured gamers that, much like the lickers and Tyrants of the Resident Evil franchise, they will not go hungry, as Capcom intends to put a large focus on expanded and remade versions of their library in the future. Hopefully that means there will be plenty to tide gamers over until the next undead battle truly begins on the PlayStation 5.

God of War 2

Judging from its rave reviews and the interesting story threads set up by its endings, the God of War franchise is definitely going to continue. In fact, God of War director Cory Barlog has revealed that the next installment is only one of five sequels he has planned, hopefully ensuring a long-lasting and epic legacy for Kratos and Atreus. In fact, the original plans for a God of War DLC chapter were scrapped because they were deemed "a little too big" to be merely an expansion. That goes to show that Barlog and company are anything but out of ideas. 

As for when the next installment will arrive? That's a whole other matter entirely. Speaking to ScreenRant, Barlog explained his worries about developing a game for the PS5: "With [the change between] PS3 and PS4, it felt like, we've got to throw everything out." In that interview, however, Barlog seemed excited by the idea of having stronger hardware and better graphics for the sequel. 

It's pretty likely that Barlog wouldn't concern himself with these questions if the next game were definitively set to come out on the PlayStation 4. Also, it's worth noting that God of War's development period was five years long. Even if the sequel's development is shorter as promised, it's not that much of a stretch to imagine God of War 2 (or 5, if you're a stickler for chronology) arriving in time for the PS5's launch, even as a cross-gen title.

Death Stranding

Among the many questions surrounding the long-gestating Death Stranding, the two most prominent ones seem to be: 1) what the heck is it really about, and 2) when the heck is it coming out? Well, while the full plot of Hideo Kojima's next game is shrouded in his signature ambiguity and the trailers continue to be awesomely confounding, it's probably easier to answer that second question.

While it has been expected for quite some time that the Norman Reedus-starring Death Stranding would be released as a PlayStation 4 title, recent comments have lent a bit of fuzziness to that idea. When asked by Wired where Death Stranding fell into Sony's PlayStation 5 plans, Sony's Mark Cerny simply responded with a long pause and a grin, before a Sony spokesperson repeated that it would be released on the PlayStation 4. Attempting to clarify this, GameSpot then reached out to Sony to ask if Death Stranding would be a cross-generation release. According to GameSpot, "the company avoided answering the question directly and simply listed the game as one of many that 'PlayStation fans have … to look forward to on PS4.'"

These half-answers and sly smiles seem to point toward Death Stranding being a PlayStation 5 release. As video game industry analyst Michael Pachter pointed out to GamingBolt, "It's hard to know with Sony." However, he did go on to state, "Death Stranding will likely be a cross-generation title."

Destiny 3

Rumors are always tricky, but a purported information leak from noted Destiny leaker AnonTheNine looks pretty good. This leak suggests that players may be once again taking up arms against the Darkness sooner than they anticipated. If AnonTheNine and fellow leaker ShadowOfAnonTheNine are to be believed, Destiny could in fact be a cross-platform title, as well as a launch title for the PlayStation 5. While these claims have yet to be confirmed through official channels, Game Rant does point out, "This certainly wouldn't be unprecedented … the first Destiny was also a cross-gen title."

In addition to these juicy hints at a release date, AnonTheNine also suggested that the next installment in the Destiny series would lean much further into RPG elements and feature new enemy classes. Again, while these claims should be taken with a grain of salt, it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility that Destiny 3 would seek to build upon the narrative elements that have received so much praise in Destiny 2: Forsaken. Here's hoping all of that is true and that it'll all be available to enjoy on a shiny new PlayStation 5.

Starfield

Starfield was officially announced by Bethesda in June 2018 with a cryptic teaser and hints from Bethesda's Todd Howard that the game could be launched on next generation consoles. Not much is known about the game itself, other than it is set in the vast reaches of space and that it will be an RPG. Neither Starfield nor The Elder Scrolls 6 (more on that in a bit) will be shown at E3 2019, so details are pretty scarce. 

In an interview with The Guardian, Todd Howard revealed that Bethesda had been working on Starfield in some capacity for several years, with active development finally starting around the time Fallout 4 was finished. In other words, Starfield is actually pretty far along in its development cycle.

However, Howard indicated in an interview with Eurogamer that Starfield may end up being a cross-generation title, saying, "We're thinking very, very far in future so we're building something that will handle next-generation hardware. That's what we're building on right now, that's where our mind is, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't exist on the current systems as well." With that kind of forward thinking and design, it's a pretty good bet that we'll eventually be able to blast off into this game on the PlayStation 5, regardless of when Starfield comes out.

Ghost of Tsushima

The first trailer for Sucker Punch Productions' samurai action game, Ghost of Tsushima, made its debut at Paris Games Week in 2017, teasing some of the gorgeous visuals and bloody violence that the game would have in store. Then, Sucker Punch showed off some of the game's promising stealth combat gameplay at E3 2018. The understanding at the time was that Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch's first full game since 2014's Infamous: Second Son, was intended to launch on the PlayStation 4.

In April 2019, however, Sucker Punch posted new job listings, seeking a narrative writer for "story development, game dialogue, and general narrative contribution" (via Game Rant). Though Game Rant points out that this position could be meant for work on a DLC for Ghost of Tsushima, the lack of clarification in the job listing suggests that development on the project is ongoing. It wouldn't be surprising to see this as yet another cross-gen release. Considering the incredible visuals displayed by the trailers, the game could only look even better on next generation hardware.

Horizon: Zero Dawn 2

Guerrilla Games' Horizon: Zero Dawn was beloved by critics and gamers alike, while its DLC broadened the world and lore of the game. Naturally, fans wonder when they can expect a continuation of the story, perhaps unraveling the mystery of "the Derangement."

A real solid hint to the sequel's development came from one of its own cast members, voice actress Janina Gavankar. Speaking to a Horizon fan at a convention, Gavankar, who portrayed Tatai in Horizon: Zero Dawn – The Frozen Wilds, said, "Wait 'til you see the sequel. You're gonna die –- I know some secrets!"

A further leak that allegedly came from an anonymous video game developer seemed to confirm that a sequel to Zero Dawn would be coming to the PlayStation 5 in 2021. Then in March of 2019, Guerrilla Games posted job listings in search of writers for an upcoming project, which has been described as an "open-world game" with RPG elements. While that doesn't necessarily mean that these listings are for a Zero Dawn sequel, the timing certainly seems to point that direction. Also, as with Ghosts of Tsushima, the hiring of new writers would point to this project being somewhat earlier in development. It would certainly be a treat to be able to ring in the next generation of PlayStation gaming by once more picking up Aloy's bow.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 is the upcoming science-fiction RPG from The Witcher series developers CD Projekt Red. Ever since gamers got to watch an incredibly impressive and lengthy gameplay demo of 2077 following E3 2018, there has been some speculation as to when the game will actually be released, or even how far along in development the game really is.

For one thing, there is the news that Cyberpunk 2077's current build plays very differently from the previously mentioned demo. As explained by the game's quest director, Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, this is because "the gameplay we saw last year was basically a small fragment of the game." While it is certainly a tantalizing prospect to realize that there's so much more to the game than the already mind-blowing demo reel, it does raise further questions about how far away this would place the game from a release date.

In March 2019, CD Projekt Red's Adam Kiciński commented on the possibility of seeing Cyberpunk 2077 on next-gen consoles, saying, "If there is an opportunity for us to launch Cyberpunk for another generation, we would want to do this probably." Kiciński has also been quoted as saying of the game's build, "Technology-wise, Cyberpunk is very advanced. Our technology is ready to interface with future generations."

Even if Cyberpunk 2077 launches before the release of the PlayStation 5, these comments and the changes in gameplay make it pretty likely that a cross-gen release strategy is in the cards.

Untitled Rocksteady Game

Since the fairly definitive ending of 2015's Batman: Arkham Knight, DC fans have been wondering what could be next for Rocksteady Studios. Rumors have ranged from a new Arkham installment to games featuring Superman or the Suicide Squad or a full-fledged Justice League. A supposed leak in early 2019 hinted at a Red Hood and the Outlaws-themed game, but it looks more and more like that's false, as well. All that's for sure is that Rocksteady has something up their sleeves. But when is it coming?

A job listing from Rocksteady looking for a "Senior Producer who is ready for the challenge of producing a AAA title on the next generation platforms" gives us a pretty good idea of how far out their new title is. Meanwhile, more job listings have been posted for marketing of "a high-profile, triple A game franchise," which GamesRadar points out, "sound[s] like Rocksteady is almost definitely working on an established Warner Bros. IP, so another game set in the DC universe still isn't off the table outright."

These job listings and NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon's comments referring to Rocksteady's "next masterpiece" seem to indicate that something big is definitely on the horizon. What better way to usher in the next era of Rocksteady than on the next generation of video game consoles?

The Elder Scrolls 6

The Elder Scrolls 6 was first officially announced at E3 2018, with Bethesda's Todd Howard showing off a short clip that didn't really give fans much to chew on, other than a sweeping landscape and a title card. It was later revealed that the game is still in pre-production and not in a playable form, according to Howard. 

When asked in an interview why the game was announced so early in its development cycle, Bethesda's Vice President of PR and Marketing, Pete Hines, explained that it simply came down to Bethesda wanting to quell frustration from fans and developers alike. This makes a lot of sense from a marketing standpoint, as well as a fan-pleasing one. However, now that the Khajiit is out of the bag, the question of if has been replaced by one of when.

Well, the traditionally long development cycles of Bethesda games would be reason enough to believe we won't be seeing this one until the PlayStation 5 era. However, the real clincher came from Todd Howard himself. As IGN notes, "Howard described The Elder Scrolls 6 as 'the game after' their upcoming next-gen game, Starfield." This phrasing would definitely suggest we have a bit of time before we can return to the magical land of Tamriel.