Best Upcoming Game Remakes 2021 (And Beyond)

Tons of good old games are getting a remake! Here's a list of all the BEST upcoming game remakes that are coming out this year and beyond.

Everyone can name at least one video game from their childhood that’s either trapped on old hardware or hasn’t quite aged well.

As gaming matures, studios and publishers will eventually have to find a way to bring many of these older titles up to modern standards. That’s where remakes enter the picture.

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 of cult classics to satisfy even the largest appetite for nostalgia.

In this list, we’ll be highlighting the best upcoming game remakes to get excited about in 2021.

Make sure to check back as we continue to update this list with new games in the future.

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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.

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.

We’re expecting the remake to feature updated graphics that take advantage of next-gen hardware and high-end PCs. Considering how influential Prince of Persia was in shaping the Assassin’s Creed franchise, we’re curious to see how Sands of Time holds up after all this time.

One of Nintendo’s most iconic N64 titles will be making a return on the Switch at some point in the future. During a recent Pokémon presentation, the company announced that a remake of Pokémon Snap is currently in development at Bandai Namco Studios. 

Aptly named New Pokémon Snap, the remake will see players donning their cameras once again and visit new islands where Pokémon roam freely. You’ll be able to photograph Pokémon in their natural habitats and see them interact with one another in real-time.

Unlike the original, which only focused on the first generation of Pokémon, it seems New Pokémon Snap will feature cameos of creatures from every mainline game, including Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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.

This updated version presents the original with more realistic-looking graphics. In addition to updating the original’s visuals, Reinvented will introduce gameplay modifications tailored for today’s players while staying faithful to the story.

Described as a 3D action horror game, Fear Effect sees players controlling three mercenaries as they set off on a mission to rescue the daughter of one of Hong Kong’s biggest criminal leaders.

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. At release, the game was praised for its ambitious plot and gameplay mechanics but failed to catch on due to its PC exclusivity.

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.

In a post-Witcher 3 world, it’ll be interesting to see what Gothic has to offer players who likely never experienced the original. If you would like to check out the game for yourself, THQ has released a free playable teaser on 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 from indie developer Galactic Cafe.

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. 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.

Some levels have also been reworked to appear more detailed and visually engaging. Lastly, the developer has included an optional commentary mode where you can learn more about the game’s development as you play through the story.

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.

Fortunately, developer Night Dive Studios is looking to bring the original back to life with a backer-funded remake currently in the works. The scrappy developer has been taking their time with the project, carefully recreating the look and vibe of the original System Shock and even collaborating with former members of Looking Glass Studios.

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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Justin Fernandez
Justin Fernandez

As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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