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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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.

Icarus is an upcoming open-world survival crafting game from DayZ creator Dean Hall.

Designed to be played solo or with up to 8-players, the game has you exploring a harsh alien wilderness in limited time sessions due to the planet’s harsh conditions.

While on the surface, you’ll go around completing faction missions, gathering valuable exotic materials, and defending yourself from wild animals.

At the end of the session, you’ll return to your ship with any collected materials and have an opportunity to craft new gear and conduct research for future upgrades.

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a massive resurgeance in four-player cooperative shooters this year, with more games releasing than we can keep track of.

One that’s managed to catch our attention is The Anacrusis, a groovy sci-fi first-person shooter set aboard a huge starship located at the edge of outer space.

In it, you and a group of friends band together to fend off alien hordes while discovering new perks, weapons, and strategies to keep your teammates alive.

While there’s still no set release date, the promise of community mod support definitely has us keeping an eye out for The Anacrusi in the future.

Another co-op survival game that shows promise is Survival Machine, a third-person open-world game from indie developer Grape Pickers.

In it, you and your friends traverse ever-changing lands via a massive vehicle that also serves as your base of operations.

Gameplay revolves around building, upgrading, and fortifying the machine to ward off zombies that try to overtake it at night.

Along with outfitting your machine with cannons, spikes, and other traps, you can craft weapons and armor to defend yourself while you’re out exploring the world.

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.

Jack Axe is an upcoming 2D puzzle-platformer about an adorably tough hero named Jack and her Viking sisters.

Together, they’ll explore a unique world using magical axes that pull their users towards them once thrown in any direction.

This allows for tons of incredible-looking platforming feats that require quick reflexes to pull off while also battling enemies.

The game will support up to 4-players throughout its campaign and party modes, ensuring no Viking queens get left behind.

Embark on an adventure in the decaying world of Karpathia where humans are outnumbered by hordes of monsters and you and your friends are all that’s left of humanity.

Skeleton Crew has up to 4-players exploring 2D gothic environments designed around platforming and brawling against a host of otherwordly enemies.

Along the way, you’ll come across various weapons and items that can be picked up, aimed at, and kicked to accomplish just about any task, namely hurting bad guys.

The game features 12 gothic heroes to play as, many of which you’ll have to track down across 17 hand-crafted levels brimming with ghosts, demons, and ghouls.

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.

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.

As much as we love Grounded, there’s enough room for two small-scale survival games that let us live out our fantasies (and nightmares) of being shrunk down and let loose in a sprawling backyard sandbox.

However, to see the best Smalland‘s world has to offer, you’ll have to brave brutal weather conditions and survive run-ins with various enemies including spiders, birds, rats, lizards, and more.

Fortunately, there is an abundance of hidden resources you can use to craft armor, weapons, shelter, and other tools such as mountable bugs.

You can also customize outfits to acquire special resistances and abilities using various workshops at your camp which can be upgraded over 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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