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NEW GAMES TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2021

Check out this list of the most anticipated new games releasing in 2021 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

The list of confirmed new games that will be released in 2021 and beyond is becoming increasingly lengthy. In the years ahead, the list of upcoming games for PC, Switch, and next- and last-generation consoles is exceptionally long and growing longer with each passing month.

It is our goal to keep this list of upcoming games updated on a regular basis, adding any major new titles for any platform as soon as they are announced, including those for the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles, as well as those for PC and Nintendo Switch.

There are a slew of noteworthy games coming to PC and consoles in 2021, and they are spread across all platforms. From massively multiplayer online role-playing games to artistic indie games and much more, there’s bound to be something here for you.

Everything worth looking forward to in 2021 and beyond – on every platform – is listed below, in no particular order.

BACK 4 BLOOD

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Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: October 12, 2021

Except for the Valve logo, Back 4 Blood is the same four-player co-op zombie experience that you’d expect from the Valve series – only it’s not developed by Valve themselves. With the recent alpha release, we can confirm that the game retains the same frantic energy, humor, and distinct style as the Left 4 Dead games, as well as a large number of zombies (as well as lots and lots of zombies). Beautiful chaos is what’s in store.

12 MINUTES

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One
Release date: August 19, 2021

Nomada’s interactive thriller 12 Minutes has been on our radar ever since the studio debuted a trailer at E3 2019 and we were immediately intrigued. You take on the role of a husband who finds himself trapped in a 12-minute time loop. A romantic evening spent with your wife quickly turns into a nightmare when a police officer breaks into your home and accuses your wife of murdering her lover, a police officer. Suddenly, you’re transported back to the moment before everything began to unfold, and as you progress through each time loop, you’ll have to work hard to change your fate and end the loop once and for all. This indie horror film, which draws inspiration from films such as The Shining, Memento, and Rear Window, is unquestionably one of the most intriguing titles to look forward to in 2021.

LIFE IS STRANGE: TRUE COLORS

Platform(s): PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Stadia 
Release date: September 10, 2021

A new chapter in the Life is Strange graphic adventure series has been released, and it is called True Colors. It is brought to you by Deck Nine (the team behind Life is Strange: Before the Storm). This story follows Alex Chen, a young woman with a troubled past that includes foster homes, as she reunites with her brother, only for him to be killed in a mysterious accident shortly afterwards. She will employ her psychic empathy abilities to read and manipulate the emotions of others in order to uncover the truth about her brother’s death.

PSYCHONAUTS 2

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release date: August 25, 2021

It is the kind of cult classic that is adored by everyone who has ever played it, and it set the tone for all of Double Fine’s subsequent games, which were all fun, quirky, imaginative, and unceasingly clever. After more than a decade since their first adventure at Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp, Raz, Lili, and the rest of the Psychonauts are back for another mind-bending, 3D platforming adventure in Psychonauts: The Return. In Psychonauts 2, which picks up where the PSVR-exclusive Rhombus of Ruin left off, players will be given even more whimsical and vibrant mental mindscapes to explore as Raz runs and jumps around the inner thoughts of idiosyncratic and frequently hilarious characters.

KENA: BRIDGE OF SPIRITS

Platform(s): PS4, PS5, PC (Epic Games Store)
Release date: September 21, 2021

When you play as Kena, a young spirit guide who sets out to find a sacred mountain shrine in an abandoned village populated by trapped spirits, you’ll find yourself in a new and adorable adventure from developer Ember Lab. Kena is also accompanied by a group of adorable little fuzzy spirits known as the Rot, who we already wish we could get our hands on as a plushie. You can collect the Rot along the way to aid you in your journey, allowing you to gain abilities and alter the environment around you as you progress further along. It certainly has a Pikmin-like feel to it, as well as a lot of personality.

FAR CRY 6

Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: October 7, 2021

Yes, you are correct. Far Cry is making a comeback yet again. Far Cry 6 is set in Yara, which is described as a “tropical paradise frozen in time,” and sees you taking on the role of Dani Rojas, a local Yaran who has become a wanted man. With the help of your friends, you set out to bring down the dictatorship regime of Anton Castillo in this action-packed adventure game (played by Giancarlo Esposito). Castillo, as the leader of Yara, aspires to restore the nation to its former glory, and he is willing to go to any lengths to accomplish this goal, regardless of the cost.

MARVEL’S GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY

Platform(s): Xbox Series X, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 26, 2021

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, developed by Eidos Montreal, is a brand new Marvel game that will be released later this year. You’ll be taking on the role of Star-Lord, guiding the Guardians as they attempt to save the universe from a problem that they (accidentally) created themselves. While you are only playing as Star-Lord, you will be responsible for the team’s decisions and will be able to command them in battle. Furthermore, the entire production is set to an appropriately fantastic 1980s soundtrack.

DYING LIGHT 2

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: December 7, 2021

It’s impossible to have a complete calendar without at least one or two zombie games on the horizon, and Dying Light 2 has a good chance of being the only zombie game you’ll need for the foreseeable future. Techland got off to a fantastic start with the original Dying Light in 2015, and the sequel intends to build on that success by expanding the parameters of the game in every way. In terms of a reactive world, branching narrative, finessed combat, and radically upgraded visuals, Dying Light 2 is everything you could hope for in a beautifully apocalyptic package — and then some — in a beautiful post-apocalyptic setting. Although there is no official release date as of yet, our barbed wire baseball bats are already prepared and ready to slay zombies with their blood.

HALO INFINITE

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Release date: Holiday 2021

The first Halo Infinite trailer, which features a curious new sub-header and is powered by a brand new game engine known as Slipspace, almost seems to imply that Master Chief’s next adventure will have MMO qualities to it, or at the very least will be more open-ended and sandbox-like in flavor. Even though the shot of his armor is instantly recognizable, it also teases the possibility of a technological downgrade for everyone’s favorite Spartan, though plot details are still sketchy for the time being. Halo: Infinite, whether it’s an MMO or not, could be the long-awaited Halo return we’ve all been waiting for.

RIDERS REPUBLIC

Platform(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Stadia
Release date: October 28, 2021

Riders Republic is the social space that Ubisoft hopes will become your new favorite, and it is currently in development. Riders Republic will allow you and your friends to explore a massive open world created by stitching together iconic US national parks such as Yosemite and Grand Teton. Riders Republic will support up to 50 players on your map at the same time. Cycling, snowboarding, skiing, and flying wingsuit are just a few of the sports available in the game, and there are numerous other activities to get involved with as well. There will be plenty to see and do, whether you want to visit stunt parks, climb mountains, collect objects, or simply discover the best scenic spots in the area.

BATTLEFIELD 2042

Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: October 22, 2021

Battlefield is back, and this time we’re taking it into the near future. When Battlefield 2042 launches later this year, it will feature two all-out warfare modes: Conquest and Breakthrough, which will allow for massive 128-player battles. There are more to come, including Hazard Zone, but the real draw is the vast, dynamic maps that span the entire globe, which are the real draw. Battle conditions and gameplay challenges will constantly shift in each of these games, requiring players to constantly adapt to things like sandstorms, rocket launches, and tornadoes.

AGE OF EMPIRES 4

Platform(s): PC
Release date: October 28, 2021

Age of Empires 4 will allow players to relive history through a campaign that spans eight civilizations throughout history – from Joan of Arc’s battle against the English to Genghis Khan’s conquest of Asia – and will allow them to learn more about themselves. Your tasks will include the construction of cities, the management of resources, and the command of troops in battles on both land and sea. In total, there are four distinct campaigns, each with 35 missions, spanning more than 500 years of history, from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance, to play through.

METROID DREAD

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Release date: October 8, 2021

The arrival of a new 2D Metroid game marks the first time in 19 years that the series has been revived. After more than 30 years, Metroid Dread will bring the story of the Metroid games to a close, bringing them to the Nintendo Switch for the first time since their release in 1986. It borrows some ideas from the 3DS release of Metroid: Samus Returns, but it also borrows some ideas from other games, such as Alien: Isolation. New robotic adversaries known as the E.M.M.I. have been introduced, and they will track Samus down as soon as they detect her moving through their patrol zones. You might just be able to evade them if you use new abilities like a Phantom Cloak, which temporarily makes Samus invisible. But, in general, plan on doing a lot of running.

DEATHLOOP

Platform(s): PS5 (timed exclusive), PC 
Release date: September 14, 2021

Imagine Groundhog Day, but you’re two assassins who end up killing each other every day and then repeating the process ad nauseam. That, my friends, is Deathloop. A “time of madness” is described as the setting for the game, which takes place in the mysterious Black Reef. It’s clear that our two assassins have very different perspectives on their current situation, which is currently under development at Arkane Lyon. Juliana wants to keep it safe, while Cole wants to break free from their never-ending cycle. However, what they always end up doing is killing each other in the process. Over and over and over again.

SABLE

Platform(s): Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: September 23, 2021

Sable already has a beautiful art style, an original soundtrack, and an intriguing premise, and it appears to be a very promising game on paper and in sound. Playing as Sable, you will travel across vast deserts as part of her “gliding,” which is said to be a rite of passage. The game is being developed by indie developer Shedworks. As you travel through the landscape, you have the freedom to explore it in any way you see fit and at your own pace. It is possible to solve puzzles and meet other nomads while traveling on your hoverbike (yes, you have a hoverbike), climbing ruins, or walking on foot. You can also meet other nomads who may ask for your assistance.

FORZA HORIZON 5

Platform(s): Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: November 9, 2021

Once again, the Forza Festival will take place, but this time we’ll be in Mexico! You read that correctly – Forza Horizon 5 will be launching in South America later this year, and it will be one of the most visually stunning Xbox Series X demonstrations to date. In this installment, the developer promises that it is the biggest, most entertaining, and most diverse title in its series, with the Mexican setting offering a wide variety of different biomes to explore. In addition, expect area-specific weather systems, expanded character creation options, and, of course, more cars in the future.

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