Best Upcoming Game Remakes 2021 (And Beyond)

Tons of good old games are getting remakes! Here's a list of the best upcoming game remakes to look forward to this year and beyond!

There have been several remakes of popular movies, shows, and video games throughout the years that build off of, and in many cases, enhance the original concept.

This year is packed with enough remakes, remasters, and collections to satisfy the largest nostalgia appetites.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best upcoming game remakes of 2021, including the best upcoming video game remakes for PC and Nintendo Switch.

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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An upcoming remake of the award-winning Xbox Live Arcade tower defense strategy game Toy Soldiers: HD is expected to release during summer 2021.

Presented as an “overhauled, upgraded remake” of the original game, it sees you commanding antique WWI Toy Soldiers across European battlefields.

Players have access to an arsenal of guns, heavy artillery, flamethrowers, tanks, and air support that cost resources to call in.

Toy Soldiers: HD piles on new DLC content, skins, gameplay refinements, expanded modes, improved controls and better-looking graphics.

Diablo fans eager to return to the mystical realm of Sanctuary will finally have a chance to in Diablo II: Resurrected just a few months from now.

Updated for consoles and Windows PC, Resurrected includes many quality-of-life improvements despite retaining the original’s structure, gameplay, and save format.

This means you’ll be able to transfer an old save and pick up right where you left off.

Diablo II casts you as a hero on a quest to eliminate the titular prime evil Diablo once and for all, though we have a hunch things won’t go so smoothly considering Diablo III and IV already exist.

Remastered versions of the original Life is Strange and its prequel, Before the Storm, will be re-released this fall for Windows PC and consoles.

Life is Strange Remastered Collection will feature “improved visuals and animations,” across both games, specifically character animations using full facial mocap performance.

Other upgrades include engine optimizations and retooled lighting effects that should help with performance and raise the overall visual presentation.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out this award-winning adventure series, this collection is the best way to experience the first two entries.

Super Monkey Ball fans don’t have much to hold on nowadays seeing as its been a few years since there’s been any news about the classic arcade platformer.

Thankfully, that’s all set to change when Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania releases later this fall for Windows PC and console.

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It comes packed with 300+ stages from the original SMB, SMB2, and SMB Deluxe, along with 12 mini-games and new customization options.

Up to 4-players can now work together to save Jungle Island via local co-op or dive deep into SMB’s lore with a new creative comic book-style story mode.

Fatal Frame is another franchise that doesn’t get as much love as it should, so it’s great that Koei Tecmo is working on bringing one of the most beloved entries to modern consoles and PC.

Maiden of Black Water is the fifth mainline Fatal Frame game and was originally released for the Wii U back in 2014.

Similar to its predecessors, the game centers on supernatural phenomena, namely spirits, that the player must war off using a special camera dubbed the Camera Obscura.

The updated version is set to include improved visuals, new character costumes, and a new photo mode for capturing your spookiest gameplay moments.

The Nintendo library wouldn’t be as impressive without an assortment of casual party games like Mario Kart and Mario Party.

Superstar plans to take things a step further by revisiting the series’ most iconic minigames and maps with 5 classic boards from Nintendo 64-era Mario Party.

This includes 100+ classic minigames from N64 and GameCube Mario Party games with updated graphics and controls.

Additionally, Mario Party Superstar will add online multiplayer for the first time in the series, allowing you to challenge other players from around the world.

Despite being one of the more revered Nintendo franchises, there hasn’t been a new Advance Wars game in over a decade.

Thankfully, that’s about to change when Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp releases on the Switch later this December.

Touted as a comprehensive remake of the first two games in the series: Advance Wars Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, it features updated graphics and refined gameplay.

In it, players will lead the Orange Star Army into battle while leveraging land, air, and naval units in order to capture towns and take down enemy squads.

Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to play the fast-paced metroidvania Death’s Gambit will have a shot with an enhanced version due out this year.

Publisher Serenity Forge and developer White Rabbit recently revealed Death’s Gambit: Afterlife, a free upgrade for the base game that tacks on new features and content.

Death’s Gambit: Afterlife includes six new bosses, 10 new levels, 22 new weapons, a completely revamped world, adjusted gameplay systems, and much, much more.

In it, you play as an otherworldly warrior burdened with fighting their way through a kingdom to destroy an evil curse and make good on a deal with Death himself.

It’s been nearly a decade since Ubisoft released a new entry in the Prince of Persia series, with the last game being 2010’s The Forgotten Sands.

That’s all set to change after the company revealed an upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake is currently underway.

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The game follows a Prince who finds himself entangled in a feud between his father and a corrupt adversary.

At the center of the story is a powerful artifact known as the Dagger of Time, which grants the user the ability to control time.

The Fear Effect games had their run during the early 2000s on PS1 and are mostly remembered for their cel-shaded art and clumsy controls.

Following the release of a standalone spin-off, developer Kronos Digital is looking to capitalize on the series’ resurgence with Fear Effect Reinvented.

It sees players controlling three mercenaries tasked with rescuing the daughter of one of Hong Kong’s biggest criminal leaders.

In addition to updating the original’s graphics, Reinvented will introduce gameplay modifications tailored for today’s players while staying faithful to the story.

Following THQ Nordic’s acquisition of Piranha Bytes back in May 2019, the company has begun working on a remake of the classic 2001 action RPG Gothic.

For the remake, THQ Nordic appears to be leaving the story alone, instead focusing on updating the game’s visuals and combat.

In it, you play as a prisoner of a mining colony who receives a letter requesting him to seek out a group of wizards knowns as the Order of the Magicians of Fire.

If you would like to check out the game for yourself, THQ has released a free playable teaser you can download through Steam.

Less of a remake and more of an expansion, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is a fresh and improved version of the narrative-driven walking sim.

The game sees you playing as Stanley, a man trapped working a boring 9-5 job until one day when he notices a strange voice is narrating his every action.

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This sparks the start of a hilariously cheeky first-person adventure with multiple possible endings based on the player’s actions.

Ultra Deluxe will include a copy of the original game along with new content in the form of additional endings and an extended script.

A remake of the 1999 PC-based first-person shooter Kingpin: Life of Crime is currently in development and expected to release later this year.

Described as an “enhanced re-release,” Kingpin Reloaded will revisit the Quake II engine classic while supporting up to 4K resolutions and introducing an Enhanced Mode with adjusted graphics.

Additional characteristics include controller support, new quest and dialogue systems, and more.

However, the story remains unchanged for the most part and sees you becoming the leader of a street gang as you set out to exact revenge on your enemies and dethrone the Kingpin.

Technically a remaster, Braid Anniversary Edition will soon be the definitive way to play Jonathan Blow’s original masterpiece.

In it, you control a man named Tim as he attempts to rescue a princess from an evil monster using time manipulation.

The game was meant to be a critique of contemporary trends in video games but ended up being a solid puzzle platformer in its own right.

The rerelease will feature remastered artwork, animations, and music that will look and sound better on high-resolution displays.

When the original System Shock released in 1994, critics praised the game’s relatively realistic physics and the scale of its 3D environments.

Today, the series is remembered for elevating the first-person genre even though its success was short-lived.

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Fortunately, developer Night Dive Studios is looking to bring the original back to life with a backer-funded remake currently in the works.

The remake will yet again see us controlling a resourceful hacker as they explore a space station brimming with terrifying creatures and a hostile AI named SHODAN.

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