The PS5 is just weeks away, and it's shaping up to have a solid library big titles old and new. You'll be able to play games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls at launch, with long-awaited sequels like Horizon: Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok in the pipeline.
The PS5 is getting plenty of promising third-party games too, including Resident Evil Village, Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. And we already know that some of this generation's biggest hits are getting new PS5 versions, including Grand Theft Auto V, Destiny 2 and Fortnite. The PS5 should also support most of the best PS4 games thanks to its comprehensive backwards compatibility.
If you're wondering what you'll play on day one, here's a quick look at the key launch games coming by November 12:
- Astro's Playroom (pre-installed on all PS5s)
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Demon's Souls
- Destruction All-Stars
- Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
- Sackboy A Big Adventure
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla
For a bigger breakdown of PS5 games coming at launch and beyond, including Horizon and God of War, read on.
God of War: Ragnarok
We don't know much about God of War 2: Ragnarok, but Sony Santa Monica's beloved 2018 God of War game is officially getting a PS5 sequel in 2021. And based on how the last game ended, we expect Kratos to duke it out with the God of Thunder himself.
Final Fantasy XVI
Final Fantasy is back with Final Fantasy XVI, which will launch first on PS5 and looks to take the series in an exciting action-focused direction. There's no release date yet, but we expect this one to be a ways out.
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition brings the 2019 hit action game to next-gen consoles, complete with enhanced graphics and audio, new modes and the introduction of big bad Vergil as a playable character. It'll be available at launch for $39.99.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Mortal Kombat 11 is coming to PS5, complete with new characters Mileena, Rain and... Rambo, voiced by Sylvester Stallone. This Ultimate edition of the beloved fighting game packs in all previously released DLC content. Better yet, PS4 owners get a free upgrade to the PS5 version, complete with cross-platform and cross-generation multiplayer.
Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon: Zero Dawn is getting a sequel, and it looks absolutely stunning. Horizon Forbidden West looks to feature some incredibly vibrant wildlife and menacing mechanical enemies, and series star Aloy looks more badass than ever. We don't have a date for this one just yet, but Sony did reveal that you'll also be able to play Forbidden West on PS4.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
The 2018 hit game Marvel's Spider-Man is getting a sequel, this time focused on younger wall-crawler Miles Morales. The new game will be a PS5 launch title this November, and will also be available on PS4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Call of Duty is about to make its PS5 debut with Black Ops Cold War, which looks to thrust players into a tense alternate-history campaign complete with a slew of mulitplayer options. Black Ops Cold War will be available as part of a cross-gen bundle that gets you PS4 and PS5 copies, and will support full cross-play across PlayStation, Xbox and PC. You can play it at launch.
Yes, the long awaited Harry Potter RPG is here, and it's got a name: Hogwarts Legacy. Taking place in the late 1800s, this game puts you in the role of one of Mr. Potter's predecessors at the school for wizarding. We didn't see much in the way of gameplay, but this game is more than likely to scratch the itch for those who can't travel to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando right now. Coming in 2021.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V is getting an enhanced PS5 port, and the game's GTA Online component will be free at launch.
Resident Evil Village
Barely recognizable as a Resident Evil game at first glance, Resident Evil Village switches gears to a spooky outdoor village setting, with series star Chris Redfield apparently one of the bad guys now.
Square Enix's epic Marvel superheroes action-RPG is confirmed to come to PS5, allowing you to continue to kick butt as Ms. Marvel, Iron Man and more in glorious 4K with fast load times. It'll be a free upgrade for PS4 players, and PS5 and PS4 players will be able to battle together.
Bethesda recently confirmed that its hit 2020 shooter Doom Eternal will come to PS5, and will be a free upgrade for existing PS4 owners. Expect to rip and tear at even higher resolutions and framerates close to launch.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Joining Doom Eternal in next-gen support will be Bethesda's popular MMO The Elder Scrolls Online. No word on specific enhancements yet, but expect the game's sprawling fantasy universe to look even better on PS5.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Insomniac's Ratchet and Clank series is returning for PS5, and it looks as stunning and colorful as ever.
Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7 looks as gorgeous as a PS5 racer should, with some incredibly realistic graphics that seem to take full advantage of the console's ray tracing capabilities.
Square Enix has a big PS5 exclusive cooking, and it looks to feature some truly spooky enemies in a gorgeous and expansive gothic world.
New NBA 2K games release like clockwork, but NBA 2K21 looks to be a significant step up in the graphics department based on this teaser trailer.
The predecessor to the wildly popular Dark Souls series, this tough-as-nails action RPG is getting a full remake thanks to the wizards at Bluepoint Games.
Deathloop is a first-person action game from the folks behind Dishonored, complete with dual-wielding, special powers, and the ability to rewind time. The art style looks pulpy and retro, and the powers look absolutely incredible.
Gotham Knights continues WB's storied Batman video game legacy, this time in the form of a co-op action RPG that sees Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin and Red Hood to take on dangerous new enemies in a world without Bruce Wayne.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
The latest game from Batman: Arkham developers Rocksteady, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is a 4-player co-op action romp that lets you play as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and King Shark as you attempt to battle a Superman gone evil.
Agent 47 is back in Hitman III, which promises to be the stealth-killer's most "intimate" adventure yet.
Astro's Playroom is an adorable 3D platformer that looks to take the star of VR hit Astro Bot: Rescue Mission to the next generation.
One of the surprise hits of Sony's show, Bugsnax looks like an irreverent animal game from the folks behind Octodad.
A trippy action-adventure game with some serious Death Stranding vibes, Capcom's Pragmata will take fans to outer space sometime next year.
Little Devil Inside
This indie action game sure looks quirky, with cute blocky characters that can be seen fighting monsters and... using the toilet?
A trippy musical action game with shades of Sayonara: Wild Hearts and Hyper Light Drifter? Sign us up.
Jett: The Far Shore
Jett: The Far Shore is a surreal new sci-fi adventure game based around space exploration. Look for it later this year.
Ghostwire Tokyo's supernatural action has shades of Prey and Dishonored, but in an awesomely spooky and cyberpunk Japan setting. Sign us up come 2021.
Goodbye Volcano High
Goodbye Volcano High is a narrative-driven game that looks like a living cartoon with a gorgeous hand drawn art style and lots of anthropomorphic humanoid characters.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kena: Bridge of Spirits looks like a gorgeous action title with adorable characters, and could very well be the PS5's equivalent to Breath of the Wild.
The Oddworld franchise is back with its most beautiful and expansive entry yet. Oddworld Soulstorm is coming soon.
Sackboy A Big Adventure
The star of LittleBigPlanet is getting his own dedicated 3D platformer, which looks like an absolute delight.
Destruction Allstars is a vehicular combat game that looks like a colorful, fun new take on the Twisted Metal formula with a bit of Rocket League added in.
Returnal is a cinematic space action game with serious Alien vibes and a dash of Death Stranding mixed in. The lead character looks especially lifelike, and the enemy characters look terrifying.
A colorful indie game where you play as an adorable stray cat? Sign us up.
More confirmed PS5 games
Here are even more major PS5 titles to expect from third-party developers in 2020 and beyond.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
The next Assassin's Creed game brings the popular open-world action series to the Viking age, allowing you to explore 9th century Norway and England as customizable protagonist Eivor. Valhalla looks to deliver its own take on the large-scale army battles of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, while building on the satisfying melee combat of the beloved Assassin's Creed Origins. You'll be able to dual-wield weapons (as any Viking should), and it looks like the franchise's naval warfare will make a return. Factor in a truly gorgeous Nordic setting, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla could be the first great next-gen AAA game.
Madden NFL 21
Madden games release like clockwork, so it's no surprise to see Madden NFL 21 coming to the PS5. We don't know much about the next installment of Madden quite yet, but the tiny glimpse of gameplay we got during May's Xbox Series X event looked very promising. The game's advertisements use phrases such as "feel next level," hinting that it could take advantage of features such as the DualSense controller's haptic feedback and the PS5's 3D audio for a more immersive football experience.
If you're looking for a next-gen game to scratch your futuristic Japanese anime action itch, Scarlet Nexus just might be it. This upcoming Bandai Namco title pits you against a horde of creepy mutants known as the Others, and you'll need to unleash a whole bunch of stylish moves to take them out. You'll play as a soldier with psionic abilities, which will allow you to toss objects like a Jedi and unleash all kinds of cool telekinectic powers. Scarlet Nexus' animated style is striking, and it's looking like a great fit for anyone seeking something like Bayonetta or Devil May Cry on the PS5.
One of the first confirmed PS5 games, Godfall is being billed as a fantasy “looter-slasher.” So, think Destiny, but with really epic third-person sword combat, mesmerizing high-fantasy visuals and up to three-player co-op action. Based on its launch trailer alone, it could be one of the best PS5 games out of the gate in terms of sheer visual fidelity.
Developed by Bulletstorm creators People Can Fly, Outriders is a frenetic third-person shooter that blends the intense cover-based shooting of Gears of War with deep role-playing game mechanics that let you craft the badass gunner of your dreams. This co-op adventure lets you play as one of three classes -- the big-bruising Devastator, the destructive Pyromancer, and the sneaky Trickster, combining abilities in all kinds of cool ways as you take down hostile forces on the mysterious planet of Enoch. If you’re looking for a deep looter-shooter in the vein of Destiny or The Division with the kind of fast-paced, fluid shooting that People Can Fly is known for, Outriders should be on your list of PS5 games to look forward to.
Destiny 2 is coming to PS5, and is one of the few PS5 games with a confirmed free upgrade for PS4 owners. Better yet, it'll support cross-play between generations.
No surprises here, but the biggest game in the world is coming to PS5. Epic has promised that all of your Fortnite purchases will carry over to the next-gen versions, and that you'll still get to play with friends on other platforms.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter last year, a new Lord of the Rings game starring everyone’s favorite ring-chasing Hobbit is due out by 2021. According to Daedalic, Gollum will be an action-adventure game that focuses on the character’s adventures before the events of the Lord of the Rings books or movies. True to the story, you can expect to make branching decisions based on the character’s Gollum and Smeagol personas, with your choices presumably impacting the game’s narrative.
Watch Dogs Legion
Originally slated for a fall 2019 release, Watch Dogs Legion is now set to launch in proximity to both PS5 and Xbox Scarlett (though it’s still slated for a PS4, Xbox One and Stadia release as well). The PS5’s added power will likely make a good fit for Ubisoft’s ambitious new open-world game, which will let you take control of just about anyone in the game’s sprawling, dystopian post-Brexit London. That means you can take control of anyone from a young DJ or a kick-ass old lady as you start a revolution to take London back.
Rainbow Six Siege
Ubisoft has confirmed (via Windows Central) that its popular competitive shooter Rainbow Six Siege will be available on PS5 at launch, and will support cross-gen play between PS4 and PS5 players. Since launching in late 2015, Ubisoft’s tactical, team-based first-person-shooter has grown steadily, now enjoying more than 55 million registered players and steady updates that bring new maps, features and playable operators into the fold. With such consistent developer support and a thriving competitive scene, Siege is already poised to be one of the best PS5 games when it comes to next-gen platforms later this year.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
Siege isn’t the only Rainbow Six game coming to PS5 -- players can also look forward to Rainbow Six Quarantine. This standalone spin-off has three players team up to take on deadly zombies, using the same kinds of unique tactical character abilities you’ll find in the core Siege game. No word yet on whether Quarantine will be cross-gen with PS4, but it seems like a safe bet given Ubisoft’s plan with Siege.
Gods and Monsters
Gods and Monsters looks like Ubisoft’s answer to The Legend of Zelda. Built by the team that created Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, this colorful action-adventure game casts you as a lone hero on a mission to save the Greek gods. The game’s lush, vibrant visuals should pop especially well on the PS5, and its myriad of puzzles and magic-based combat should give Zelda fans plenty to chew on. Gods and Monsters could be one of the best PS5 games for players of all ages when it hits sometime in 2020.
EA has already confirmed that its next Battlefield title will come to PS5, though we’re not sure what shape that will take. The series’ most recent entry, Battlefield V, took place in World War II, so its unclear whether developer DICE will bring things back to the modern era or focus on another historical war (such as Vietnam). One thing’s for sure -- you should expect the series’ signature destructive environments to be even more breathtaking thanks to the PS5’s new AMD Navi processor and ray tracing capabilities.
NBA Live 21
EA cancelled NBA Live 20 to focus on its next-generation installment, so here’s hoping that the company’s struggling basketball franchise finds new life on the PS5. We’re not quite sure what to expect from NBA Live 21 -- the series was the first pro basketball game franchise to incorporate the WNBA back in 2017, and the most recent installment, NBA Live 19, stood out with customizable streetball courts and a unique career mode.
While the list of confirmed PS5 games is currently a bit thin, there are plenty of upcoming titles that seem like a no-brainer for Sony’s next console. We know that Bethesda has two huge new games in development -- The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield -- both of which should land on PS5 by the time they hit shelves a few years from now. We also expect BioWare’s Dragon Age 4 to come to PS5, as well as the long-rumored Grand Theft Auto 6.
And then there’s Sony’s first-party output. PS4 megahits God of War, Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn will almost certainly get PS5 sequels, and a new Uncharted game for PS5 doesn’t seem out of the question. We also wouldn’t be shocked to see enhanced PS5 ports of upcoming PS4 titles such as The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima.