The Most Anticipated Games of 2021

Hitman 3

IO Interactive

While 2020 was quite the downer, the video game industry did its best to provide some enjoyable distractions for us all.

We finally got to experience the first chapter within the Final Fantasy VII remake saga. Doomguy came back to rip and tear waves of demons in the amazing DOOM Eternal. And Nintendo Switch owners got to explore each other’s digital islands via the addictive Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Besides those three classics and all the other amazing titles that released throughout the year, gamers began their journey into the next generation of gaming with the launches of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Now that 2021 is finally here (GOOD RIDDENS, 2020!), it’s time to take a look at the most anticipated games that are set to make this year a memorable one.

Hitman 3

Developer: IO Interactive
Publisher: IO Interactive
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch (Cloud Version), PC (Steam)
Release Date: January 20

Agent 47 is in the midst of celebrating his 20th anniversary. The bald assassin has traveled all over the globe and carried out his assigned contracts in an impressive fashion. His resurgence in the World of Assassination reboot arc is set to come to a close with the final part of the trilogy. Hitman 3 will feature a wealth of new locations and the ones featured in the last two games for a content-rich package that’s the biggest in the franchise. The implementation of shortcuts will give players even more ways to sneak up on their targets and carry out their jobs with expert precision.

Buy Hitman 3 here.

The Medium

Developer: Bloober Team
Publisher: Bloober Team SA
Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, PC (Steam)
Release Date: January 28

Bloober Team’s horror-flavored titles (Layers of Fear, Observer, and Blair Witch) have gotten them to this point. Now the development studio is ready to go big and truly test the limits of gamers’ inner fears. This Xbox Series X|S console exclusive taps into the power of its hardware to allow simultaneous interactions between the real and spirit realm. You’ll be able to perform that action as a spirit medium named Marianne, who must tap into her psychic abilities to fend off the evil forces that terrorize both realms. Prepare for puzzles and plenty of scares from Bloober Team’s biggest project to date.

Buy an Xbox Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase The Medium.

Pick up a Steam gift card here if you’re looking to start playing The Medium on PC.

Bravely Default II

Developers: Team Asano, Claytechworks Co. Ltd.
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: February 26

The once portable exclusive JRPG series known as Bravely Default is finally graduating to a larger platform with its official sequel. Bravely Default II transports fans to an entirely new realm to explore (Excillant) with four new Heroes of Light in tow – Seth, Gloria, Elvis, and Adelle. Your massive journey within this Nintendo Switch exclusive focuses on retrieving four Crystals and putting the Brave/Default battle system through its proper paces. The visuals are even cleaner and vibrant this time around, plus the sweeping musical score comes from the team that was attached to previous entries in the series. Bravely Default II looks to be a massive upgrade over its 3DS brethren.

Buy Bravely Default II here.

Balan Wonderworld

Developers: Balan Company, Arzest
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
Release Date: March 26

The names Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima should induce feelings of immense hype among Sega diehards. Both individuals have their hands all over Sonic the Hedgehog and Nights into Dreams. Naka and Ohshima have now reunited to deliver a new game that’s an obvious callback to their previous work. That game is Balan Wonderworld, a cheery platformer that has captured the imagination of those who’ve seen it in action. The two characters at the heart of this colorful adventure follow a mysterious maestro named Balan into Wonderworld, which is a realm that offers a mix of the real and the imaginary. Making your way through its many themed environments and 12 stories entails using the abilities of over 80 varied costumes.

Buy Balan Wonderworld here.

Monster Hunter Rise

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: March 26

Since launching in 2017, Monster Hunter: World has enraptured fans and newcomers alike due to its engrossing battles with some of the most dangerous monsters ever seen in gaming. Capcom is finally moving on from that series entry to create a brand new Monster Hunter experience for the Nintendo Switch. The new monster-hunting adventures you’ll embark upon in this new entry will see your hunter team up with the familiar Palico companion and a new dog-like creature called a Palamute. Now you’ll be able to navigate each monster’s hunting grounds in a quicker fashion thanks to your new pet and even swing through the air thanks to the debuting Clutch Claw tool. All of the weapons from Monster Hunter Generations and World are featured here, so loyal fans should be enamored with all the gear at their disposal in Monster Hunter Rise.

Buy Monster Hunter Rise here.


Developer: People Can Fly
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam), Google Stadia
Release Date: April 1

People Can Fly is a studio closely associated with the 1st-person shooter genre thanks to underrated gems such as Painkiller and Bulletstorm. Their latest foray into the run and gun genre is more along the lines of the 3rd-person viewpoint. And what makes this project even more special is its reliance on cover-based shooting mechanics and deep RPG progression systems. As an Outrider gifted with powerful Altered abilities, you’ll get embroiled in a civil war on the planet Enoch and come into contact with all sorts of gun grunts and superpowered foes. Outriders combines the best elements of Destiny, The Division and Mass Effect into a surprisingly fun action RPG that sci-fi fans will adore.

Buy Outriders here.

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Developer: Toylogic
Publisher: Sqaure Enix
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: April 23

Nier: Automata put the once-obscure action RPG franchise on the map and is still selling boatloads of copies to this day. That game’s predecessor launched in the US to little acclaim, but now a newly updated version of the game that originally released in Japan is on its way to the States. Nier Replicant (and it’s mind-bending number-based moniker) will arrive with new & improved visuals, a retooled combat system that’s similar to Automata’s, and the characters that originated from the Japanese version of the original Nier. It’s up to you to save your sister once again and battle through a vast world filled with quirky characters and vicious monsters.

Buy Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… here.


Developer: Housemarque
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform: PS5
Release Date: April 30

Developer Hoursmarque has produced some quality twin-stick shooters such as Dead Nation and Alienation. For their debut PS5 title, the studio is expanding its horizons by moving the action to a third-person viewpoint. Returnal is a game that’s equal parts sci-fi and psychological horror. The main character (Selene) must fend off vicious alien lifeforms on a planet that traps her within a time loop. Each time she dies, Selene comes back to life and is forced to progress even further than her last planet exploring endeavor. The bright and flashy gunplay in Returnal, plus its engrossing storyline are sure to impress upon release.

Buy Returnal here.

Resident Evil Village

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC (Steam)
Release Date: May 7

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard did the unthinkable – it practically revived Capcom’s survival-horror juggernaut by switching from third-person to first-person and embracing its signature scares once again. That series installment’s winning formula is being revisited for a sequel that’s looking mighty impressive (and equally terrifying). Resident Evil Village marks the return of Ethan, who must explore a mysterious village after being betrayed by Chris Redfield. The game’s snow-covered European expanse is jam-packed with supernatural baddies, strange village denizens, and an assortment of puzzle situations that should be familiar to Resident Evil fans. Resident Evil Village looks to continue the goodwill garnered by its predecessor and keep Capcom’s horror-filled IP thriving for years to come.

Buy Resident Evil Village here.


Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Arc System Works
Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC (Steam)
Release Dates: June 8 (Deluxe & Ultimate Editions), June 11 (Standard Edition)

Daisuke Ishiwatari, the Japanese video game developer known for his work with the Guilty Gear franchise, is going big with the series’ 2021 installment. And by the looks of it, the word “big” is an understatement. Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, May, and a host of returning/brand new characters are back to rev it up with anime-stylized weapons’ clashes. The presentation is even more gorgeous than before thanks to camera close-ups of big moves and the ability to knock your opponent to a new place on the current stage you’re doing battle on. The series’ signature metal soundtrack is still intact, the legacy combatants mark their return with refreshing new gear and the one-on-one action is just as hype as it’s ever been.


Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform: PS5
Release Date: June 11

The amazing hardware behind the PS5 is being put to good use for the latest campaign featuring Ratchet & Clank. The wombat and robot duo make their return after the events of Into the Nexus for a wild romp through the multiverse in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. The shockingly fast load times of the PS5 will play a major role in quickly transitioning players through different dimensions. Ratchet & Clank will have to rely on their signature armory to take on new and familiar threats, plus they’ll run into surprising allies as they hop across different worlds. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart marks a welcome debut for Insomniac’s lovable heroes in a next-gen fashion.

Buy Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart here.

NEO: The World Ends with You

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: July 27

It’s been quite a while since gamers have explored the bright and bubbly locale of Shibuya within The World Ends with You. The 2018 re-release of the underrated action RPG reminded fans of how zany of a game it was and now we’re getting a proper follow-up. NEO: The World Ends with You marks the return of the dreaded Reaper’s Game. A group of new young heroes will have to fight for their lives within a highly stylized city locale that’s now fully realized with the power of modern consoles. And by the looks of this unexpected sequel, it may just be a prequel that gives us more backstory behind the series’ fate-changing game.

Buy NEO: The World Ends with You.

Tales of Arise

Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
Release Date: September 10

Bandai Namco’s premier RPG franchise is returning for the third entry in its current-gen run. Tales of Arise follows Shionne and Alphen, two individuals who find themselves having to come together even though they come from opposing planets. Both characters exist within a world where one planet (Rena) has ruled over another planet (Dahna) for 300 years by pillaging their resources and ruling their people with an iron fist. The two main protagonists of this new Tales game come to depend on each other and look to find a way to chart out a new future for themselves and their respective worlds. The series’ signature “Linear Motion Battle System” makes its return and lets you utilize both Shioone and Alphan’s magical abilities during Tales of Arise’s epic battles.

Buy Tales of Arise here.


Developer: Arkane Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: PS5, PC (Steam)
Release Date: September 14

The talented studio behind the first-person assassin gem known as the Dishonored series is trying something different with its next project. DEATHLOOP’s premise is quite intriguing – you play as an assassin named Colt, who’s been set upon an island with eight targets to eliminate. What makes his mission even harder is the presence of a time loop, which resets his progress should he be killed. You’ll need to make each bullet and move count during intense boss encounters, plus you’ll need to keep an eye out for assorted enemies and even a rival assassin who’s out to take you. DEATHLOOP looks to be worthwhile FPS mind trip work embarking on.


Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Developer: Ember Lab
Publisher: Ember Lab
Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC (Steam)
Release Date: September 21

Ember Lab first showed off Kena: Bridge of Spirits during the major PS5 State of Play live stream event. And after its debut trailer was over, everyone came to be in awe of a game that wouldn’t look out of place next to a Pixar movie. Now a wide swath of gamers is incredibly hyped for Kena: Bridge of Spirits, which is slated to be one of PS5’s most noteworthy titles of the year. Players will get to command the powers of a young spirit guide named Kena, who goes out of her way to help the dead move on to the spirit realm. She’ll employ the aid of cute companions called The Rot that can be sent out to aid her in battle and help her complete small tasks. Kena will have a lot of opposition in her troubled world – thankfully, her trusty staff and little helpers will all be in tow to even the odds.

Far Cry 6

Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC (Steam), Google Stadia, Amazon Luna
Release Date: October 7

Ubisoft’s Far Cry franchise is known for throwing players into a new international locale and involving them in a heated conflict against a crazed leader. Far Cry 6 takes place on the fictional island of Yara, which is ruled by the iron fist of a dictator named “El Presidente” Antón Castillo (played by Giancarlo Esposito). That ruthless ruler just so happens to be raising his young son, who he hopes will take over his position one day. You set out to take down his regime as a guerilla fighter named Dani Rojas and will need to tap into his gun mastery to see his mission to completion. Like past Far Cry games, this upcoming sequel will feature a fully realized open world, a wealth of vehicles, and numerous allies that fight for your rightful cause.

Buy Far Cry 6 here.

Back 4 Blood

Developer: Turtle Rock Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
Release Date: October 12

You totally recognize Turtle Rock Studios, right? It’s the development team that produced one of the greatest co-op FPS experiences of all time with the Left 4 Dead series. Now the studio has returned with a spiritual successor to the zombie shoot-a-thon with Back 4 Blood. You and three other survivors have to employ all the guns, explosives, and melee weapons you have on deck for a bloody crusade against the Ridden. You can also choose to destroy those same survivors in PvP mode as a member of the parasitic army. Back 4 Blood should satiate Left 4 Dead fans’ bloodthirst this summer.

Buy Back 4 Blood here.

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Developer: Tango Gameworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: PS5, PC (Steam)
Release Date: TBA

Tango Gameworks is moving away from its survival horror series The Evil Within to a brand new supernatural first-person adventure. Ghostwire: Tokyo takes place in Tokyo, which has been emptied of its human populace and been refilled with harmful spirits. You attempt to find out what led to this monumental event by setting out to do battle with your melee abilities and psychic abilities on deck. Pulling off the game’s wealth of spells pushes you to utilize hand gestures, which is a pretty unique way of further incorporating Japanese culture into this brand new IP.

Horizon Forbidden West

Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PS5, PS4
Release Date: TBA

The young huntress known as Aloy went to war with some of the biggest mechanical behemoths anyone has ever laid eyes on. Now the tribal warrior is embarking on a new adventure that will pit her against a new collection of robotic beasts. Horizon Forbidden West will transport players to a brand new post-apocalyptic hub world in hopes of finding the source of a deadly plague. This sequel’s region will feature a myriad of weather systems, hidden ruins, and beasts that are ripe for discovery. Aloy’s new affinity for swimming will surely give players another method towards exploring the entirety of the Forbidden West.

Shin Megami Tensei V

Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: TBA

Can you believe that Shin Megami Tensei V was first shown off during the 2017 unveiling of the Nintendo Switch? But now in 2021, we’re finally going to get our hands on the latest demon-hunting/collecting/fusing adventures of a new mysterious protagonist. Game director Kazuyuki Yamai described this long-awaited series entry as a mix between the third and fourth Shin Megami Tensei titles, which sounds like an exciting prospect for longtime fans. Shin Megami Tensei V looks to be a definite highlight of the Switch’s release lineup for 2021.

Halo Infinite

Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC (Steam, Microsoft Store)
Release Date: TBA

343 Industries is going even bigger than ever before for Master Chief’s latest galaxy-spanning adventure. As the third chapter of the franchise’s “Reclaimer Saga,” Halo Infinite will pit you against The Banished across the vast expanse of a Halo ring. Covenant aliens will also confront you, but your trusty Assault Rifle and brand new grappling hook should rise to the occasion during every enemy encounter. Halo Infinite is being set up as Master Chief’s biggest campaign to date. It’s time to save humanity once more and rise to the occasion as everyone’s favorite green armor toting super-soldier.

Buy Halo Infinite here.

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