Since its launch, the PlayStation 4 has gone on to become one of the most successful gaming consoles in history, attracting millions of players to invest their time and hard-earned money into the platform.
A major source of Sony’s success with the PS4 success stems from its eclectic catalog of exclusives titles, with many new ones on the horizon.
Here, we’ll be highlighting the best upcoming PlayStation exclusives to get excited for in 2020 and beyond. Make sure to check back as we continue to update this list and while you’re here, consider reading through our other curated lists:
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Release Date: Sep 15, 2020
Spelunky 2 is an upcoming 2D-platformer with some rogue-like elements, being co-developed by self-published Mossmouth and Blitworks. The sequel carries over many of the gameplay mechanics from the first while also sporting enhanced visuals and a host of new characters, enemies, obstacles, and treasures.
Players take control of a spelunker and begin exploring a series of procedurally-generated caves while collecting treasure, battling enemies, and avoiding traps. One of the best parts of the original was how unique each run felt, so it came as a pleasant surprise when Mossmouth announced they would be sticking to the formula for Spelunky 2.
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Release Date: TBA
F.I.S.T. is an upcoming exploration-based platformer with an eye-catching aesthetic developer TiGames calls “dieselpunk.” In it, you play as Rayton, an anthropomorphic bunny who has spent the last six years in hiding following the collapse of his home, Torch City. Rayton is soon forced to return to battle when his friend gets kidnapped by a race of machine-like enemies who control the world.
Armed with a trio of weapons that includes a mechanized fist, a drill, and a whip, Rayton sets out to find his friend’s kidnappers and take down the Machine Legion once and for all. F.I.S.T. features a unique arcade-style combat system that relies on performing combo chains using Rayton’s diverse arsenal. No word on a release date, but the game’s blend of 2D gameplay and atmospheric 3D backgrounds will surely be a sight to behold.
Release Date: TBA
Maquette is a clever puzzle game that sees you exploring a world with multiple layers of existence, each with a different scale and magical rules that allow you to manipulate space and time. It can be a bit tricky to wrap your head around the actual mechanics of the game at first, but we have a feeling it’s much easier to grasp when you’re actually playing.
Puzzles are designed around the idea of a recursive world, where actions have different outcomes for each layer. This is also expressed through the game’s story, which focuses on the memories of two young lovers. While we still haven’t gotten a release date, we’re looking forward to experiencing plenty of “a-ha” moments and stumbling upon mindblowing puzzle solutions.
Release Date: TBA
WiLD‘s chances of launching within the PS4’s lifetime are continuing to drop with each passing day. The upcoming open-world survival game was first revealed in 2014 but has spent a majority of the time since locked up away from the public. In it, you play as a shaman with special powers that let him possess wild animals throughout the world.
During possession, players can access each creature’s unique skills and characteristics traverse the open world, solve puzzles, and battle enemies. The main goal in WiLD is to become connected with as many of the game’s animals as possible. The most recent update we have from developer Wild Sheep Studios is a series of concept art images released in April 2020.
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