11. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
It’s been a while since I’ve watched a trailer multiple times, but after seeing this at The Game Awards last December I couldn’t help but return to it in awe. This is really the first time where I was – for even just a moment – duped into believing that this trailer was actually live-action. If this is a glimpse of what games will look like in Unreal Engine 5, I can’t wait to see what else developers will do with it.
12. Scarlet Nexus
Scarlet Nexus is being referred to by its developers as Brain Punk, which sort of makes sense when you read the developer’s explanation of the title. It’s a Bandai Namco game that looks like it’ll be bringing fast-paced Platinum-style anime action to next-gen, and we thank them for that.
13. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Sony has really been putting Insomniac to work since acquiring them after the runaway success of 2018’s Spider-Man, launching with Miles Morales and using the next installment in the studio’s flagship franchise to show off the PS5’s custom Solid State Drive capabilities. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is scheduled for the PS5 “launch window,” so hopefully we’ll be able to jump into the boots of our favorite lombax sooner rather than later.
14. Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 was recently understandably delayed as it was scheduled for February and has only seen this very shiny and suave cinematic trailer without any gameplay. The inclusion of Giancarlo Esposito is particularly exciting, but what fans are really excited for is Far Cry’s wanton destruction with the power of next-gen hardware. Hopefully, the game will include or match some of Far Cry 2’s amazing little details.
15. Call of the Sea
Call of the Sea gives off some serious Bioshock-on-an-island vibes at first but looks like it will ultimately offer more head-scratching puzzle-solving more than rootin’s-shootin’ steampunk-inspired action. That’s not at all a bad thing, and the developer has expressly said that the game is inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, but won’t be a horror game. A bold move Cotton, let’s see if it pays off for them.
16. Praey For the Gods
It’s been a long time since Praey for the Gods was fully funded on Kickstarter, followed by the studio having to alter a word in the title due to a lawsuit from Bethesda alleging that people may get it confused with their IP Prey (which would never, ever happen). The dev team has been regularly updating their fans and backers through social media over the past few years, and it looks like we’ll finally get this arctic Shadow-of-the-Colossus-like sometime in the new year on new hardware.
17. Overwatch 2
Blizzard officially announced Overwatch 2 at Blizzcon back in 2019, and it’s hard not to look forward to everyone’s 2016 Game of the Year. Hopefully, Blizzard can keep their foot out of their mouth long enough to let people actually enjoy the game. I’m particularly looking forward to finally playing a game with a stage in my hometown of Toronto!
Returnal has to be the most promising new IP coming up for the PS5. A sci-fi roguelike from the creators of Resogun with what seems to be a focus on narrative with strong strokes of Lovecraftian cosmic horror – you can absolutely count me in.
We don’t know a whole lot about Everwild yet. We know that it’s super gorgeous, it’s made by Rare, and that the game’s director recently left the project. Here’s hoping we see some gameplay soon, but in the meantime, these cinematic trailers are absolutely delectable eye candy and do a great job of keeping me curious about the game.
20. God of War: Ragnarok
Okay, in all honesty, I am not counting on God of War: Ragnarok coming out in 2021. Sony is currently targeting a late 2021 release date, but we all know how this goes – it will absolutely get delayed into 2022, and I will eat my sweaty boxer shorts if it actually does launch in 2021. Still, you can’t keep people from being stoked about the follow up to 2018’s Game of the Year.
Which of these games are you super hyped for? Anything we missed that you’re looking forward to? As always, let us know what you think in the comments, and stay tuned to COGconnected for all your gaming news!
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