As we wave goodbye to 2020, we’re fondly looking at all the phenomenal experiences PlayStation has provided this year. With games like The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima behind us, there are plenty of new adventures waiting for us in the new year. Today we’ll taking a look at some of the best action and adventure games coming to PlayStation in 2021.
Although some of these are anticipated follow-ups to beloved franchises, there are a number of new IPs on the horizon as well. Here are eight great action and adventure games due to release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in 2021.
Returnal (Mar. 19)
Returnal is an interesting game for one specific reason. Looking at Housemarque, the developer of the game, this is an ambitious step away from the traditional arcade games the studio is known for. Returnal is a third-person shooter with loose roguelite gameplay mechanics.
In Returnal, you take on the role of a female pilot stranded on an alien planet. You are stuck in a time loop whereupon you resurrect after each death, and are forced to retrace your steps to proceed.
The latest Returnal trailer opened with an obvious homage to P.T., showing the studio is having a bit of fun with the PlayStation community.
Deathloop (May 21)
Developed by Arkane Studios, Deathloop follows Colt, an assassin on a mission to take out eight targets across an island before midnight. In a similar vein to Returnal, Deathloop centers around the concept of repeating a cycle until successful: if players don’t kill all eight targets or time runs out, the game resets. Fortunately, Colt retains the information gathered during each playthrough, so enemy locations and patterns become a focal point of the gameplay.
Horizon: Forbidden West (TBD)
Aloy is back on another adventure. Only this time, she is venturing to the west coast of the post-apocalyptic world that was formally the U.S. There hasn’t been too much said regarding the plot, but we know that Aloy is searching for the source of a mysterious virus. Of course, along the way, she’ll encounter new enemy types and robotic creatures. Given Guerrilla Games’ treatment of Zero Dawn, I expect the game will have a sprawling map and new biomes to explore.
GhostWire: Tokyo (TDB)
GhostWire: Tokyo is actually the second Bethesda Softworks published game making the list. Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within, is debuting its game on PS4 and PS5. Set in Tokyo where much of the population have mysteriously vanished, players uncover the supernatural phenomena that have taken over the city. Using spells, players will ward off ghosts and spirits inhabiting Tokyo. Much of the combat has been described as being inspired by Kuji-Kiri.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (TBD)
Insomniac has had a great year with the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, and the studio is continuing to deliver more content to PlayStation. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart continues the story of the dynamic duo following the events of the 2016 reboot.
From the footage we’ve seen, the game will heavily utilize the PS5’s SSD to enable Ratchet to through portals to instantanly jump into new worlds and areas. It’s an impressive gameplay element and should be exciting to use.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is quite an interesting game for PlayStation. Ember Labs, the studio behind the game, is fairly new and consists of a relatively small team. However, that hasn’t prevented Kena from looking like a Pixar or Dreamworks film. The founders of the studio have a background in animation which seems to play very well with the game they are developing. Kena tells the story of a spirit guide who helps the deceased come to terms with their death and move on.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (TBD)
Vampire: The Masquerade has amassed quite the cult following over the years. Bloodlines 2 takes place during Christmas in Seattle. Players take on the role of a human who has turned into a thinblood after Vampires began attacking humans, breaking the Masquerade. Morality and the consequences of player actions will be explored as the player levels up and unlocks new vampire abilities.
While Bloodlines 2 has faced a number of delays, there’s a chance it may finally hit PlayStation in 2021.
God of War: Ragnarok (TBD)
Finally, we’ve reached Sony Santa Monica’s follow up to the critically acclaimed God of War (2018). Earlier this year, PlayStation announced the new game with the bold (yet tentative) release of 2021. Given how ambitious the sequel will need to be in order to capture what made the previous game so special, this is a game that could easily slip into 2022.
No footage or plot details have been revealed. However, given the ending of God of War, Kratos and Atreus should be expecting a powerful force knocking on their front door.
Sony appears to have a very strong lineup of action and adventure games coming to PlayStation in 2021. Given how much support its first-party studios are given, and the relationships Sony has with third-party developers, we’re in for quite a year.
Which games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!