Best Upcoming Games 2021 (And Beyond)

Here are the release dates and details for the best upcoming games coming out this year. Check out the full list right here.

There’s no denying that 2020 was a great year for gaming for both major releases and explosive indie games that took the world by storm.

And while many of us are still clamoring to clear out a backlog of games, the best new games of 2021 are rapidly approaching.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best upcoming games releasing in 2021 and beyond in order of release date.

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

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Even though we’ve known about Arkane Lyon’s next project since E3 2019, there hasn’t been much to go off of besides a flashy trailer where players try to kill each other while trapped in a perpetual time loop.

In it, you play as Colt, a talented hitman who finds himself trapped in a Groundhog’s Day-style time loop on a party island filled with rival assassins.

To end the loop, Colt sets out to eliminate the eight targets responsible for their current situation.

It’s an interesting progression of Dishonored’s open-ended stealth gameplay that only benefits from looking like a 1970s acid trip.

In Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, our titular heroes find themselves entangled in an inter-dimensional crisis that’s causing world-connecting portals to go haywire.

The dynamic duo will set out to restore order to the universe with help from a new face, a female Lombax from a different dimension.

The game will be the first new entry in the shooter-platformer series since the 2016 remake of the first game for PS4.

Insomniac will harness the PS5’s ray-tracing capabilities along with the DualSense controller’s enhanced haptic feedback to make Rift Apart the most exciting entry to date.

The next entry in Arc System Works cel-shaded fighter is expected to release at some point this year and aims to deliver the biggest and best Guilty Gear experience by far.

Guilty Gear Strive sees the return of fan favorites like Sol Badguy, May, and Ky Kiske in addition to series newcomers, including a mysteriously unknown samurai.

The game is a continuation of Arc System Works’ commitment to flashy combat and gorgeous 2.5D graphics that utilize dynamic camera angles.

From a gameplay perspective, Strive looks to offer the smoothest battling experience to date with new combos and more fluid stage transitions than previous entries.

Coming from indie dev Amplitude Studios, Humankind is a 4X strategy game that sees you rewriting history by establishing unique civilizations based on 60 historical periods, starting with the Bronze Age through to the modern era.

Players will be able to influence societies by making tough moral decisions, reacting to historical events, and spearheading scientific breakthroughs.

The game shares some obvious similarities with the Civilization series, but we can’t exactly blame it.

The Sid Meier games have dominated the 4x turn-based strategy subgenre for almost 30 years, so you could say fans are overdue a worthy alternative.

One of the most impressive highlights from Sony’s Future of Gaming presentation, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a third-person action-adventure title that’s best summed up as The Legend of Zelda with Pixar-level animation quality.

The game is being developed by Ember Lab, an indie studio that, before game design, specialized in developing characters for animated commercials.

The studio’s animation prowess is on full display in Kena’s announcement trailer, depicting fluid movement and combat systems accented by flashy particle effects and lush forest environments.

Reminiscent of minion-based games like Pikmin, the story sees you raising an army of tiny magical creatures called the Rot, growing their ranks and unlocking new abilities that allow them to manipulate the environment.

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 pretty much 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 along with a replayable campaign.

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

Although Techland recently delayed the next entry in their zombie-parkour survival series, Dying Light 2 is still expected to release on PC through Steam.

The first-person action RPG is set after the first game and introduces Aiden Caldwell, an infected zombie virus survivor who uses his superb dexterity and combat prowess to gain allies and constantly escape the clutches of the undead. 

Dying Light 2 plans on delivering a refined traversal system with more fluid animations along with highly interactive environments where players can swing from ropes and even ride on the roof of vehicles.

Techland has also included more player-choice this time around, offering a dynamic open-world that evolves throughout the game. 

Security Breach will be the next installment in the hit survival-horror series Five Nights at Freddy’s and debut on the PS5 sometime in 2021.

In it, you reprise your role as a security guard for one of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza joints, though the company has since expanded to much larger Mega Pizza Plex locations.

Environments are substantially large and provide more opportunities for jumpscares and run-ins with a host of evil animatronic mascots.

The game will utilize the PS5’s RTX-enabled graphics card and immersive 3D audio to deliver one of the most terrifying experiences on the console to date.

PlayStation exclusive Horizon Forbidden West will expand upon the mysterious world introduced by its predecessor in hopes of dazzling both PS4 and PS5 owners.

The sequel includes a host of graphical and gameplay improvements over Horizon Zero Dawn, including new water traversal sections,

Our protagonist Aloy returns, this time searching for more answers that will inevitably lead her to the biggest challenges she’s ever faced.

Considering Horizon has always stood out for its unique interpretation of a post-apocalyptic world, we’re eager to see what lies beyond the forbidden west. 

Ubisoft is set to release their upcoming free-to-play multiplayer sports game Roller Champions later this year.

The game is best described as roller derby with a splash of Rocket League and cartoony visuals reminiscent of games like Fortnite.

Matches see teams competing to maintain control over a ball and land shots in a wall-mounted hoop while passing, tackling, and performing stylish tricks.

As players win matches, they’ll boost their reputation and earn fans as well as unlock new stylish gear for their character.

Skull & Bones‘ development has been plagued by numerous delays, reboots, and internal turmoil stemming from the departure of the game’s creative director mid-production.

At the moment, the initial release date points towards sometime after March 2021.

We bet so many of you are looking forward to getting your hands on this one, and with good reason.

Some of its systems are genuinely interesting, such as the ability to use landmasses for cover and territory control as well as being able to camouflage your ship by raising the enemy’s flag. 

From the same team who brought us Absolver comes Sifu, another action game with hand-to-hand combat modeled after Kung Fu fighting techniques.

In it, you play as a gifted fighter on a mission to hunt down the assassins who killed your family.

In order to even the odds and take control of fights, you’ll have to make clever use of your surroundings and use objects, weapons, windows, and ledges against your enemies.

As you progress, you’ll unlock new skills and strengthen both your body and mind through practice and some sort of aging mechanic.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are known for getting nitty-gritty with their approach to post-apocalyptic open-worlds.

While they’ve always been reminiscent of games like Metro and even Fallout RPGs to some extent, the series suddenly disappeared after just three releases.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will see players venturing into “The Zone,” an irradiated wasteland surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site.

The area stands out for its high radiation levels, which causes scavengers to develop supernatural abilities that affect traversal and combat.

Originally planned to release in 2018 and then later 2019, Atomic Heart has had one of the more interesting development stories, with rumors suggesting it may not even be the same game anymore.

Categorized as a “first-person shooter with RPG elements,” the game is well into the process of development at studio Mundfish, a Russian-based indie game studio.  

Evoking memories of sci-fi staples like BioShock and Fallout, Atomic Heart takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union’s research has led to a technical revolution.

Players assume control of a Soviet KGB officer tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.

Microsoft has been surprisingly tight-lipped following the recent delay of the next Halo game.

Halo: Infinite will be the sixth mainline entry in the first-person shooter franchise and launches on both Xbox and PC.

Current speculation suggests the game’s story is set during the “Reclaimer Saga” of Halo and plans to tell a more serious story centered around Master Chief and Cortana’s relationship.

Additionally, it will see the debut of 343’s new Slipspace Engine, which was developed alongside Halo: Infinite. 

Announced back in 2015, Psychonauts 2 was scheduled to release in 2018 before getting delayed to 2019.

It appears fans will have to give developer Double Fine Productions a bit more time as the sequel has been pushed back yet again, now slated for a 2021 release. 

In a recent statement to fans, the developer explains, “We know it’s always disappointing when you have to wait a bit longer, but we also know that you are an amazing, supportive bunch, who … want the game to be as good as possible.”

The sequel tries to maintain the third-person platforming action of the original while telling a new story centered around Raz’s family.

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.

Probably the biggest surprise to come out of E3 2019 was Nintendo’s announcement that work on a sequel to 2017’s Breath of the Wild is currently underway.

Judging by the reveal trailer, the next entry will maintain BOTW’s art style while exploring darker themes.

At one point, we see Ganondorf’s reanimated corpse come to life before the camera switches to an exterior shot where Hyrule Castle is shown rising into the air.

Fans have already begun comparing the sequel to Majora’s Mask, another heavy hitter in the Zelda series known for its darker themes and more mature undertones.

The next entry in Square Enix’s “HD-2D” series is currently in production under the working title Project Triangle Strategy.

While the game has many similarities with Octopath Traveler, it’s currently being touted as a successor and not a direct sequel.

In it, three nations vie for control over scarce resources and find themselves thrust into tactical turn-based battles.

Combat draws influence from classic strategy RPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics, complete with positional advantages, follow-up attacks, and elemental chain reactions.

Splatoon 3 will see Inklings and Octolings alike venturing to the Splatlands for the third entry in the quirky third-person shooter.

The new sun-scorched setting will be accompanied by new maps, modes, weapons, and abilities while expanding the series’ lore.

The reveal trailer highlights a new bow-shaped weapon that shoots ink in addition to dynamic new dodge maneuvers that allow the user to cover more ground.

While its “2022” release window is still a ways off, we’re eager to see the improvements over Splatoon 2.

We don’t have a lot of information concerning FromSoftware’s next endeavor, aside from knowing George R.R. Martin was brought in to create the game’s overarching lore and worldbuilding.

Additionally, Hidetaka Miyazaki is the game’s director and responsible for converting Martin’s contributions into a workable plot.

Similar to previous FromSoftware titles, Elden Ring will contain elements of “dark fantasy,” and allow players to create their own characters.

Gameplay details are vague at the moment but suggest players will be able to ride horses and explore dungeon-like ruins where they’ll encounter enemies. 

Chances are we won’t receive an update regarding Bethesda’s latest project for at least a few years as the company already has enough on their plate with the upcoming Elder Scrolls VI.

This leads us to believe Starfield will most definitely release on the following consoles, which includes PS5.

So far, all we know about the game is that it’s a single-player RPG set in outer space.

Starfield will be Bethesda’s first new IP in over 25 years and has the potential of becoming the third pillar in their RPG catalog along with Fallout and Elder Scrolls.

Even though Bethesda is more occupied with Elder Scrolls: Online and the latest flavor of the month Fallout 76 controversy, they still like to occasionally remind us Elder Scrolls VI is coming.

That being said, we haven’t received an update since 2018, so it’s likely Bethesda will have something to show before the year is through.

Current speculation suggests ES6 might be set in the Skyrim-adjacent region High Rock based on the announcement trailer depicting a mountainous northern province.

It’s also rumored that the ongoing conflict with the Thalmor may be a key element in the game’s plot.

While it may not be the long-rumored Fable 4 sequel we had in mind, a new Fable game is confirmed to be in development at Playground Games, best known for the Forza Horizon.

Intended to be a reboot for the series, Fable will retain the spirit of the original trilogy, which saw players engaging with magical creatures throughout fantasy-inspired locales. 

Other than a cinematic reveal trailer, we don’t have much to go off of in terms of gameplay or even story.

The game is still a long way off but is expected to launch on Xbox Series X, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.

Avowed is a brand-new IP from developer Obsidian that’s currently in development. It’s described as a first-person RPG set in a fantasy-inspired world called Eora.

In it, you play as an unknown hero who wields a sword and casts magical spells using some really cool-looking hand gestures.

It’s not surprising to see Obsidian racing to make another RPG when you consider it’s their bread and butter. Fallout: New Vegas, KOTR2, Pillars of Eternity, the list goes on and on.

Thematically, Avowed gives off a much darker tone than we’ve seen Obsidian explore in the past, so it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with. 

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