The Games We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2021


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2020 has been a good year for nothing else other than games.

We’ve had so many excellent releases that it has us wondering: can 2021 possibly match it? Well, judging by the games we already know are set to release next year, it’s looking good. We expect many more games will be announced and released during the year, of course, but of the ones we already know about, there are plenty that have us excited.

Here’s our pick of the most anticipated games of 2021. Whatever platform you’re playing on, watch out for these titles dropping throughout the year.

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Hitman 3

Hitman 3

Release date: 20th January 2021
Formats: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia

Agent 47 is back, and he’s looking better than ever. The first Hitman game to make it onto the new generation of consoles, Hitman 3 promises more locations than ever before, and more ways to tackle your enemies. It’ll hopefully be the perfect conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

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The Medium

The Medium

Release date: 28th January 2021
Formats: PC, Xbox Series X/S

Of course we’re excited for The Medium. Not only is it from Bloober Team, a developer who has proved time and time again that it can deliver excellent horror experiences, it’s also the first Xbox Series X/S exclusive game we’ll be able to get our hands on. It’s been a long time coming, but we’re excited to see the power of Microsoft’s new console used to its full capacity. Hopefully.

Little Nightmares II

Release date: 11th February 2021
Formats: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

After previewing it a little while ago, we’re extremely excited to play more of Little Nightmares II. This platform-adventure turns up the fear factor from the first game; its quirkiness replaced by true fear. Seriously, its environments, atmosphere and tone are reminiscent of the likes of Silent Hill, which is not something we’d expect to say about a platformer. But if you enjoy being spooked, this is one to definitely watch out for.

Read our preview of Little Nightmares II

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Riders Republic

Riders Republic

Release date: 25th February 2021
Formats: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia

Ubisoft’s latest game looks like a fun, adrenaline-fuelled adventure, and we’re looking forward to getting stuck in. Looking to be a combination of Steep and the Trials series, with some other extreme sports thrown in for good measure, we’re excited to see how it compares. We’re huge fans of Trials, so we’re expecting good things here.

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Returnal

Returnal

Release date: 19th March 2021
Formats: PS5

PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal is the newest game from Housemarque, a studio known for its excellent shooters like Alienation and Resogun. The studio has moved away from its previous style, though, ditching a top-down approach in favour of a more immersive third-person perspective. Basically, trailers make this look like a third-person Alienation, and we’re absolutely here for that. We can’t wait to shoot some grotesque aliens.

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It Takes Two

It Takes Two

Release date: 26th March 2021
Formats: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

A Way Out‘s developer Hazelight is returning in 2021 with its next game, It Takes Two. Like A Way OutIt Takes Two is exclusively co-op, meaning you can’t play unless you’ve got another person in tow. Rather than dealing with the somewhat serious matter of breaking out of prison, however, It Takes Two looks altogether more light-hearted. Players instead will take on the role of a couple who find themselves turned into dolls. To change back, they need to work together and, in the process, start to repair their struggling relationship. Aww.

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Deathloop

Release date: 21st May 2021
Formats: PC, PS5

Deathloop is the next game from Dishonored developer, Arkane Studios, and it looks like quite the departure from the stealth/action classic. Deathloop sees players immersed in an all-out action frenzy set on the island of Blackreef. There, inhabitants are trapped in an endless timeloop and it’s up to you to break it. Like the Dishonored series, you’ll be able to approach missions however you see fit, but this time it seems like action is just as valid as stealth, which we’re happy about.

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Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood

Release date: 18th June 2021
Formats: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

The spiritual successor to Left 4 DeadBack 4 Blood is a multiplayer action game all about shooting zombies and surviving. Yes, it’s a tried-and-tested formula we’re all too familiar with, but when it’s done right, it’s a heck of a lot of fun. We’re hopeful that Back 4 Blood will live up to the highs set by Left 4 Dead, and so we’re looking forward to shooting our way through tonnes of the undead.

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Halo Infinite

Release date: Q4 2021
Formats: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Originally set to be a launch title for Xbox Series X/S, Halo Infinite was sent back to the drawing board for a while in order to be improved and refined. Now, it’s set to release in the latter part of 2021, so we’ve still got a while to wait. We’re hoping the extra time in the oven means Master Chief’s return is even better than we’d hoped.

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Resident Evil Village

Release date: TBA 2021
Formats: PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S

Technically Resident Evil 8 but going for an altogether more questionable name is Resident Evil Village. Set some years after the events of Resident Evil VII, we catch up with Ethan Winters and his wife Mia, who’ve somehow managed to put their terrifying past behind them. But when Chris Redfield shows his face, they know they’ve got a new nightmare ahead of them. We don’t know a great deal about how the game will play out, but after Resident Evil VII, we’re very excited to find out.

Horizon Forbidden West

Release date: TBA 2021
Formats: PS4, PS5

Aloy’s epic journey continues in Horizon Forbidden West. More deadly threats await her in the futuristic world she’s a part of, and it looks more beautiful and more immersive than ever. If it’s even just half as good as Horizon Zero Dawn was, we know we’re in for a treat. There’s no set release date just yet, but we already can’t wait.

12 Minutes

Release date: TBA 2021
Formats: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

The second game on this list about being stuck in a time loop (we hope that’s not reminiscent of 2021 as a whole), 12 Minutes‘ star-studded cast tells you everything you need to know about the quality of this upcoming indie. Starring James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe, it’s a thriller that centres around a man in his apartment. What should be a romantic night in with his wife turns into a nightmare when the police arrive, accusing his wife of murder and beating him to death. It’s a lucky thing he’s in a time loop, then, so he can figure out what the hell is going on.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II

Release date: TBA 2021
Formats: PC, Xbox Series X/S

We don’t know when in the year to expect Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, but we’re looking forward to it, whenever it may be. A follow-up to 2017’s excellent Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, this dark action title from Ninja Theory is one to watch out for. Picking up the journey of protagonist Senua, it’s a physical and mental journey that deals with her mental health struggles in a fantastical and hellish landscape. If you haven’t played the first one yet, we suggest you do that before this one lands.

Gran Turismo 7

Release date: TBA 2021
Formats: PS5

Of course we’re excited for the first mainline entry into the Gran Turismo series since 2013. Sure, Gran Turismo Sport was good, but it wasn’t a true Gran Turismo game. We’re hoping Gran Turismo 7 puts the series back where it should be. And with the power of the PS5 behind it, it should be something really special.

God of War: Ragnarok

Release date: TBA 2021
Formats: PS5

We know very little about God of War Ragnarok, the sequel to 2018’s excellent God of War, other than it exists. A teaser trailer earlier in the year confirmed as much to us. And while it’s slated for a 2021 release, we’d not be surprised if it ends up being later than that. Still, we’re remaining hopeful; as a follow-up to one of the PS4’s best exclusives, Ragnarok is destined to be something special.

Open Roads

Open Roads

Release date: TBA 2021
Formats: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

From Fullbright, the developer of Gone Home and Tacoma, and Annapurna, the publisher of, well, pretty much anything excellent and indie, Open Roads looks like the next indie gem to watch out for. With a beautiful hand-drawn art style, it tells the story of a mother and daughter due on a road trip where, along the way, they’re set to learn more about their family than they expected to. We expect lots of feels from this one.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

Release date: TBA 2021
Formats: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Though it’s been delayed several times, we’re hopeful that 2021 will finally be the year that we see Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 materialise. Its predecessor released way back in 2004, and its dark world is one that we remember fondly. Bloodlines 2 takes us to the dark underworld of Seattle, into a world filled with vampire factions and warring creatures of the night. Every choice you make while playing will shape your character and their path, so as you communicate with NPCs and fight against your enemies, every decision could be important. It’s been a long time coming, but we can’t wait to become vampires once more.

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Source: GameSpew.com

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