Best Upcoming Co-op Games 2021

If you enjoy playing games with friends, then get ready for the best upcoming co-op games coming out in 2021.

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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Tribes of Midgard is an upcoming online multiplayer open-world survival game with vibrant cel-shaded graphics and an isometric perspective,

In it, you play as a Viking living in a village that houses the Seed of Yggdrasil, a beacon of power that protects the Gods from other Realms.

The game tasks you with exploring an expansive world filled with diverse environments, powerful creatures, hidden deities, and natural resources that can be used to craft new gear.

In addition to fighting enemies throughout the open world, the game features tower defense-inspired battles that see Giants invading your village.

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.

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.

It’s been a while since WarioWare Gold released for the 3DS, so it’s great to see Mario’s eccentric arch-rival getting a proper console release for the Switch.

Like its predecessors, WarioWare: Get It Together! is a collection of microgames that each focus on a hyper-specific game mechanic designed for bite-sized action.

Aside from over 200 new minigames included, Get It Together throws multiplayer into the mix with a 2-player co-op Story Mode and up to 4-player local multiplayer.

This will no doubt result in some interesting new minigame concepts we haven’t seen explored in previous WarioWare titles and frankly, we couldn’t be more excited.

Originally announced as Rainbow Six Quarantine, Extraction is a co-op spin-off to Siege that sees players working together to defeat parasitic aliens called the Archaeans.

Designed for up to 3-player teams, gameplay revolves around infiltrating locations overrun with aliens and completing various tasks before escaping.

Missions, referred to as Incursions, will range from collecting biosamples to gathering intel, all while exploring interconnected sub-maps with randomly assigned objectives.

Players can choose from a pool of 18 operators based on Siege characters, each with their own arsenal of weapons and gadgets to combat the alien threat.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

Sporting striking hand-drawn visuals, Trash Sailors is an upcoming co-op survival game that sees up to four castaways sailing across the open seas.

Careful, for parts of your ship can break off and will need to be repaired to avoid sinking; you can also collect trash floating in the water and use it to craft weapons, make fuel, and upgrade your boat.

Trash Sailors includes dozens of maps for players to explore, each with its own unique hazards and enemy types, including swamp crocodiles, arctic pirates, toxic sharks, and many more.

Overall, the game has a fun and cartoony vibe that’s sure to provide hours of enjoyment for you and a couple of friends.

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.

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.

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.

It’s been exciting to see developer Arkane branch out from the Dishonored series and explore new ideas and themes with games like Prey, Deathloop, and now Redfall.

The company’s Austin-based studio is currently working on an open-world co-op shooter centered on a team of survivors battling supernatural forces.

Players will be able to choose their character from a diverse cast with unique abilities before setting off to liberate the small town of Redfall, Massachusetts from vampires.

Considering Arkane Austin has primarily focused on single-player affairs, it’ll be interesting to see how the team approaches a co-op shooter in a post Left 4 Dead world.

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