Three PS5 games side-by-side next to a PS5 controller.

Every seven years or so, an exciting moment happens in the video games industry: the arrival of newer, more powerful consoles that push gaming to the next level. For Sony PlayStation fans, that time is fast approaching with the release of PlayStation 5 (a.k.a. the PS5), coming this holiday season. Sony still believes in traditional console generations, meaning that most games coming to PS5 will not work on their current console, the PS4.

If you’re thinking of buying a PS5 console (for either yourself or someone in your family), you’ll need to know what games to get for your shiny new machine. To help hone your search, we went deep on the games expected to hit the Sony PS5 this year and beyond—and picked our 25 favourites.

[Editor’s note: The below release windows are subject to change by the game publishers at any time.]

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Insomniac Games and Marvel | Release Date: Holiday 2020

Peter Parker swung onto PS4 in Marvel’s Spider-Man a couple of years ago (making web-slinging sales records in the process!) and now it’s time for Miles Morales to leap into the limelight. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an action-packed standalone superhero game set in PlayStation’s Marvel Universe and is exclusive to PS5. While we don’t know the PS5 release date just yet, Miles Morales is expected to be PlayStation’s centrepiece launch title this holiday.

Horizon 2 Forbidden West

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Guerrilla Games | Release Date: 2021

Horizon Zero Dawn was a resounding hit on PS4 and introduced us to Aloy, an outcast fighting for survival in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic world inhabited by machines. Now she’s back in Horizon Forbidden West, an all-new title where she travels to 31st-century versions of California, Utah and Nevada. This action role-playing game will showcase the PS5 graphics with breathtaking scenery and dozens of new machines, some even based on turtles, boars and woolly mammoths.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Insomniac Games | Release Date: TBD

Have you ever wanted to jump between space dimensions at the snap of your fingers? Well, now you can in the family-friendly Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart coming to PlayStation 5. This colourful adventure sets Ratchet and his comedic robot buddy, Clank, on an intergalactic platforming trip through time and space. You’ll be able to instantly warp between worlds in real-time (how cool is that?) as you explore these stunning spaces… and uncover the identity of a new female Ratchet look-alike.

Gran Turismo 7

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Polyphony Digital | Release Date: TBD

What’s the most popular game series in PlayStation history? While it’s tempting to say buzzy ones like God of War or The Last of Us, Sony’s Gran Turismo grabs the checkered flag. The next entry in this hugely popular racing series is coming to PS5, and it promises to deliver photorealistic graphics and lifelike recreations for some of the most-iconic racing tracks on the planet. (For the ultimate driving experience, consider picking up a PS5 racing wheel, too!)

Sackboy A Big Adventure

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Sumo Digital | Release Date: TBD

The adorably cute Sackboy returns on PS5 in a new 3D-adventure game for up to four players. Suitable for all ages, Sackboy’s latest journey has him and pals travel through landscapes created out of fabrics where you must bounce, slide and swing your way to victory. If you’re looking for a fun title to play with the fam on your weekly Friday games night, this could be it.

Astro's Playroom

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Japan Studios | Release Date: Holiday 2020

Speaking of lovable mascots, Astro Bot is right up there with Sackboy, Ratchet and Clank. While his first outing was PlayStation VR exclusive, Astro’s Playroom will be available to everyone as a free game packed with every PS5 console. The game contains four worlds and highlights the PS5 console’s 3D audio, plus the PS5 controller’s haptic feedback (think advanced controller rumble) and adaptive triggers (which let you feel tension while performing actions like drawing a bowstring). How’s that for a PS5 pre-order bonus?

Demon's Souls Remake

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Japan Studio and Bluepoint Games | Release Date: TBD

If you or someone in your family likes a challenge, Demon’s Souls Remake is the perfect game to consider. This eerie and terrifying demonic world will push your gaming skills to the limit as you face off with incredibly strong (and sometimes huge) monsters in tense battles. To get in some practice before Sony’s PlayStation 5 releases, we recommend checking out Bluepoint Games’ last title, Shadow of the Colossus (which is also quite difficult!).

Destruction AllStars

Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Lucid Games | Release Date: TBD

If you were to combine Fortnite, Rocket League and Destruction Derby, you’d get Destruction AllStars by Sony. It takes vehicular combat to the next level with high-flying aerial flips, explosive action and a warzone arena filled with the zaniest obstacles we’ve ever seen in a racer.

Dirt 5

Publisher: Codemasters | Developer: Codemasters | Release Date: Holiday 2020

If racing realism is more your family’s thing, the next entry in Codemasters’ off-road racing series, Dirt 5, is right up your lane. It promises to bring high-powered vehicles and stunning locations, along with a story-driven career mode and online play with family and friends. With a holiday 2020 release window, Dirt 5 could be the best showcase of PS5’s graphics and specs.


Publisher: PlayStation Studios | Developer: Housemarque | Release Date: TBD

Imagine crash landing on a hostile alien planet where you continuously experience the cycle of death and rebirth. Every time you wake, the world has changed, forcing you to regain your bearings. It sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it? That’s Returnal, the first big-budget AAA game from Housemarque, a studio famous for PlayStation titles like Super Stardust HD and Alienation.


Publisher: Gearbox Publishing | Developer: Counterplay Games | Release Date: Holiday 2020

Godfall is a PS5 game set in a high-fantasy world governed by the five realms of Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Spirit. It’s called a “looter-slasher” game, meaning it focuses on tense combat and rewards you with weapons and armour to enhance your character. The game, which is set to launch with the PS5, features a single-player or co-op campaign great for playing with family or friends in groups up to three.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Publisher: Ubisoft | Developer: Ubisoft Montreal | Release Date: TBD

Another year, another Assassin’s Creed game from Ubisoft. This time, Ubisoft Montreal is taking us back to 873 AD to experience an epic story of the Viking expansion to Anglo-Saxon England. Playing as either a female or a male Viking leader, your mission is to conquer England (by force or using stealth) and establish settlements for your clan. Since we don’t have a PS5 release date for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, prep by playing back-catalogue titles like Assassin’s Creed: The Enzio Collection or Assassin’s Creed Unity on your new PS5. (PS5 has backwards compatibility, meaning it can run most PS4 games!)

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Watch Dogs Legion

Publisher: Ubisoft | Developer: Ubisoft Toronto | Release Date: TBD

Another made-in-Canada Ubisoft title (hello, Toronto!), Watch Dogs Legion takes place in a fictionalized near-future version of London, England. What’s neat about this game is you can recruit any character to your cause—from elite hackers to military-trained experts to, well, any random civilian walking the streets. Nobody is off-limits, so get creative and prepare yourself for an outrageous time.

NBA 2K21

Publisher: 2K Sports | Developer: Visual Concepts | Release Date: Fall 2020

If your family is big on shooting hoops (let’s go Raptors, let’s go!), then NBA 2K21 could be just your thing. Using the PlayStation 5’s ultra-fast solid-state drive (SSD), the game will load within two seconds—an unheard of speed for a game console.


Publisher: Annapurna | Developer: BlueTwelve Studio | Release Date: 2021

Cats. The internet is obsessed with them. Movie critics? Perhaps not so much. But now it’s time to give gamers a chance. In Stray on PS5, you’ll become the sweetest little cat that finds itself in a scary, futuristic walled city inhabited by robots. You’ll need to use your animal instincts to find your way home inside this mysterious cybercity. As if being a cat isn’t cute enough, you’ll also wear a teeny-tiny backpack to carry your feline belongings.


Publisher: Young Horses | Developer: Young Horses | Release Date: Holiday 2020

Bugsnax and its catchy theme song immediately went viral after the PS5 Showcase event because it seemed almost too funny. In this kid-friendly game, you work as a newspaper reporter investigating the strange Snacktooth Island where legendary half-bug, half-snack creatures live. Anyone who eats a bug will get one of their body parts turned into a snack—like strawberry hands or hot dog ears. Foodies are in for a real treat with this game.


Publisher: Bethesda Softworks | Developer: Arkane Lyon | Release Date: 2021

Deathloop for PS5 is like Groundhog Day meets Kill Bill. You play as an assassin tasked with taking down eight key targets before midnight. The catch? While you’re busy hunting, a rival assassin is out to get you—and if they do, you have to replay the day all over again.

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Resident Evil Village

Publisher: Capcom | Developer: Capcom | Release Date: 2021

Capcom’s ever-popular zombie series returns on PS5 with Resident Evil Village (a.k.a. Resident Evil 8). It’s not a game for the faint of heart since, like Resident Evil 7, it features a first-person perspective. That means you’ll come face-to-face with terrifying creatures in a village full of werewolves and other monstrosities. If you have a Resident Evil fan in your house, Village is the game to get—just don’t tell them our cop hero, Chris Redfield, now appears to be the bad guy.

Quantum Error

Publisher: TeamKill Media | Developer: TeamKill Media | Release Date: TBD

Speaking of the horror genre, here’s another game to play after the kids have gone to bed. Quantum Error is a “cosmic thriller” tentatively set to hit the PS5 in 2020—although it could shift into next year. While details on this game are scarce, it has hauntingly beautiful visuals, plus high-impact gameplay that’s like Doom Eternal meets Dead Space.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Publisher: Ember Lab | Developer: Ember Lab | Release Date: TBD

Kena: Bridge of Spirits from the animation studio Ember Lab looks like a Disney Pixar film come to life. This charming action-adventure game lets you become a spirit guide who must find and collect cute, fuzzy companions called the Rot (that eat decaying matter as food, ew).

Oddworld Soulstorm

Publisher: Oddworld Inhabitants | Developer: Oddworld Inhabitants | Release Date: TBD

Here’s another quirky game coming to PS5: the platformer Oddworld Soulstorm set in a sci-fi, dystopian industrial world. You play as Abe, a creature who must escape captivity, free his enslaved species and ignite a revolution. The cinematic storytelling looks superb with lots of twists and dramatic moments to keep you hooked. What really sets this game apart, though, is the highly explosive 2.5D environments that crumble to pieces with startling ka-booms!

GhostWire: Tokyo

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks | Developer: Tango Gameworks | Release Date: 2021

While there are restrictions on visiting Japan right now, we’ll soon be able to travel there virtually through Bethesda’s GhostWire: Tokyo. Set in a corrupted version of Tokyo that’s overrun with supernatural beings, this psychological thriller PS5 game is from Shinji Mikami—the creator of Resident Evil. In the game, you’ll get flashy spectral abilities to fight the paranormal threats and discover why citizens have started disappearing.

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Observer: System Redux

Publisher: Bloober Team | Developer: Bloober Team | Release Date: Holiday 2020

Starring Rutger Hauer (famous for his role in Blade Runner), the cyberpunk thriller Observer: System Redux is coming to PS5 this holiday. It’s an enhanced version of the award-winning game Observer (which was released on PS4 in 2017) and features improved graphics and extra story content. System Redux tells the tale of detective Daniel Lazarski, who’s investigating a case involving his estranged son. If you or someone in your family loves horror, you’ll find plenty of chills in this terrifying detective game.

Hitman 3

Publisher: IO Interactive | Developer: IO Interactive | Release Date: January 2021

For all the would-be spies in your family, Hitman 3 is sure to satisfy with its James Bond-style gameplay. As Agent 47, you’ll complete contracts and take out targets in exotic locations, including a posh skyscraper resort in Dubai and a lavish family manor in Dartmoor, England. Like in previous Hitman games, you’ll also be able to steal outfits to blend in and sneak your way closer to the enemy’s location.


Publisher: Dear Villagers | Developer: Phigames | Release Date: TBD

If you want an artsier adventure, the 3D platformer Recompile might hit the spot. It’s a Metroidvania game, meaning it features a vast, interconnected world with numerous branching paths to explore. The narrative is dynamic (it changes depending on the route you take), and the game has multiple endings, giving you a lot of bang for your buck.

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