Best Upcoming Co-op Games 2021

If you love playing games with your friends, you'll also love this list of the best upcoming co-op games coming out this year. Look forward to these games!

Whether you’re playing online multiplayer or on the same couch, co-op games are great for making memories, having fun, and taking down bad guys with friends.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best upcoming co-op games of 2021, including the best new co-op games coming to PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

Games are listed in order of release date, and you can find additional information regarding each one’s platform availability as well.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any games!

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Overcooked! All You Can Eat bundles the first two games in the series with new content that has been remastered for PC and the latest consoles.

Presented as a competitive co-op cooking game, it sees up to four players collaborating to prepare and cook food orders in unconventional kitchen setups.  

Levels feature different workstations designated for everyday cooking tasks like chopping, frying, and plating, along with obstacles and hazards to consider. One might see you hurling onions at a teammate from across a moving truck, while another has you dodging attacks from kitchen ghosts. 

Hazelight Studios has been slowly redefining the modern co-op game, first with A Way Out and now with its follow-up, It Takes Two.

The game is centered on a distraught married couple on the brink of divorce who end up transported to a tiny magical world after their daughter makes a wish to keep them together.

The two will embark on a fantastical journey spanning multiple genre-bending platforming levels, complete with unique challenges and mini-games throughout. It Takes Two can be played both locally and online and requires only one person to own the game for both players to join up and have fun.

Monster Hunter Rise is an action-RPG releasing exclusively for the Switch, though it’s been confirmed the game will also come to PC at a later date.

Like previous MH entries, it sees you fighting massive monsters using various weapons, tools, and environmental traps alongside your ‘Palamute’ canine companion.

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The game will feature the seamless map design introduced in MHW in addition to expanded traversal, allowing you to scale cliffs and climb structures.

Rise will support up to four-player co-op via Nintendo Switch Online, so now’s the time to get your friends together and start planning which giant MH weapons you’ll bring into battle.

Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly has partnered with Square Enix to release Outriders, an upcoming action-RPG shooter designed with co-op in mind.

In it, you control a space marine who acquires special powers that they combine with an arsenal of guns to survive on a hostile alien planet while pursuing a mysterious signal.

While the game clearly draws inspiration from other co-op games like Destiny and The Division, the developer maintains Outriders is not a live service game and will have a clear start and finish. With that said, there’s no denying the game’s looter shooter appeal, which lends itself to replayability and cooperative gameplay.

Hood: Outlaws & Legends is an upcoming co-op PvPvE stealth game from established developer Sumo Digital that’s due out this May.

The game takes place in a violent medieval setting dominated by rival gangs motivated to steal treasures from the rich and spoiled.

Gameplay sees squads of players competing to infiltrate fortified castles and secure any valuables they manage to find along the way. Once detected by AI guards or other players, the game’s loud and brutal combat takes center stage, complete with medieval swords, axes, and bows.

With Valve flat-out refusing to make a new Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is the closest we’ll ever get to a new installment in the zombie shooter franchise.

Thankfully, development is being handled by Turtle Rock Studios, the team behind the original L4D, whose credits also include the asymmetrical multiplayer title Evolve.

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Described as a spiritual successor to TR’s game, Back 4 Blood will include genre staples such as local and online four-player co-op centered on a replayable story campaign.

Additionally, the game will feature a PvP mode where you can play as the monster and attack other players.

Aliens: Fireteam is an upcoming online co-op-based shooter set in the Alien universe that sees a squad of three players venturing into infested space colonies filled with deadly Xenomorph creatures.

It has some similarities with the Left 4 Dead games but includes a host of weapons, enemy types, and levels inspired by its source material.

There are five classes with unique specializations, and players can unlock additional weapons, abilities, and customizations over time by leveling up. At launch, Fireteam will feature four playable story campaigns composed of three missions, all of which can be replayed on higher difficulties for increased rewards.

Instead of putting out a third installment that mirrors the single-player design of the first two games, The Outlast Trials is a multiplayer-focused affair.

Details are far and few between at the moment, but what we do know is the horror game will take place during the Cold War era.

In it, you and your friends are involuntarily recruited to become test guinea pigs for mind-control experiments at the hands of a shady corporation.

Players will have to work together to make it out alive while their morals, endurance, and sanity are put through the wringer.

Cyberpunk-themed games are all the rage nowadays, and The Ascent looks to be putting its own spin on tech-obsessed dystopias.

Categorized as a twin-stick shooter with RPG elements, the game sees you navigatig a futuristic city occupied by rival factions.

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You’ve got your all-controlling megacorp, The Ascent Group, whose untimely demise created a power struggle within the city that players will have to navigate.

You can choose to take on the city alone in single-player, or grab a couple of friends and experience the story in co-op mode with up to four players.

All signs point towards Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga being a pivotal entry in the long-running Lego game franchise.

The upcoming title plans on adapting all nine episodes of the Star Wars saga for modern consoles and high-resolution displays.

So far, we know it will feature fully-voiced dialogue and allow players to complete any of the episodes in whichever order they choose. Given the success of the original games and the rise in quality of more recent entries, we’re confident The Skywalker Saga will be a great time.

The Warhammer franchise is no stranger to co-op-centric experiences, with many citing the Vermintide games as worthy alternatives to the Left 4 Dead games.

Set in the war-ravaged futuristic city of Tertium, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has up to four players working together to defeat hordes of enemies called Poxwalkers.

Much like Vermintide, the game presents itself as a first-person action game with visceral combat and unique character classes. A recent gameplay trailer shows off just a few of the weapons we can expect to wield in Darktide, including laser-powered rifles and a badass-looking chainsword.

Best known for Batman: Arkham Origins, developer WB Games Montréal is back with another game set in the DC Universe.

With the Caped Crusader supposedly dead, Gotham Knights shifts its focus to his super-powered protégés as they’re called to defend Gotham City.

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Presented as a co-op-based action-RPG for up to four players, the game sees you donning the mantle of Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, and Nightwing with help from friends.

A single-player mode will also be available, allowing one player to swap between the four characters throughout the campaign.

Even though recent events have resulted in the next Far Cry game’s delay, it is still on track to release sometime this year.

In contrast to Far Cry 5’s rural American setting, Far Cry 6 revisits the lush tropical paradise trope of previous entries while telling a new politically-charged story.

Players will be casted as Dani, a rebel soldier fighting against Yara’s corrupt dictatorship lead by Anton Castillo (performed by Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito). Like previous entries, Far Cry 6 will include a co-op mode that lets two players experience the story via local and online multiplayer.

Inspired by classic 3D stealth games like Tenchu and The Mark of Kri, Lince Works’ third-person action-stealth game Aragami is criminally underrated as far as indie releases go.

Thankfully, the developer plans on revisiting its mystical world in a sequel, Aragami 2, currently in development for PC and consoles.

In it, you play as a supernatural assassin with the ability to bend shadows to your will in order to sneak up on enemies and take charge in battle.

Aragami 2 will introduce weapon and armor crafting along with an expanded skill tree and co-op support for up to three players.  

  

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