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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Deathloop is an upcoming immersive sim shooter from Arkane Lyon 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.

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.

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.

You play as Dani, a rebel soldier fighting against Yara’s corrupt dictatorship lead by Anton Castillo (performed by Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito).

Along with new environments and characters, it features a ton of exciting weapons, vehicles, and animal companions to bring along for the ride, including a baby alligator you can pet.

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.

The seventeenth installment in the Battlefield series is due out later this year and brings with it a host of new features and shiny tech.

Battlefield 2042 sees players competing across various modes including staples like Conquest and Breakthrough along with the co-op-centric Hazard Mode and another that’s yet to be revealed.

Since the game is set in the near future, players can expect an abundance of futuristic weapons and gadgets such as deployable turrets, drones, and vehicles.

2042’s new Plus system will allow players to customize their weapons on the spot and the overhauled class system lets you pick from four unique specializations: Assault, Engineer, Medic, and Recon.

Square Enix and Marvel have partnered for another game about a band of heroes, albeit one with a loose interpretation of the term “heroes.”

Guardians of the Galaxy reimagines the spacefaring gang of misfits as they travel to different planets hatching schemes that will no doubt land them in cosmic trouble.

You play as the Guardians’ leader, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, as he attempts to wrangle his teammates into shape and uncover mysteries surrounding his past.

There will be plenty of opportunities to collaborate with your fellow Guardians in and out of combat, from combining powers to settling petty debates among the crew.

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.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a first-person action RPG set after the events of the first game and centers on a completely new protagonist.

Aiden Caldwell is an infected survivor who uses his superb dexterity and combat prowess to gain allies and constantly escape the clutches of the undead. 

The game features streamlined parkour traversal complemented by interactive environments that let you swing from ropes and ride on the roofs of vehicles.

This time around, Techland is including more player-choice, promising to deliver a dynamic open-world that reacts to your actions and evolves throughout the story.

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. 

Long shrouded in mystery, Elden Ring‘s appearance at E3 2021 came as a relief for fans who have been eager to learn more about From Software’s next open-world action RPG.

Aside from its dark fantasy lore being penned by George R.R. Martin and Hidetaka Miyazaki’s role as director, we’ve also learned more about how the game will play.

Elden Ring’s combat draws inspiration from previous From Software games, namely the Souls series, but with a bit more verticality akin to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

There’s also a horse you can ride throughout the open world, seemingly even during battles, and it can jump really high.

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. 

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is the next tactical turn-based game from Firaxis Games and looks to differentiate itself from the studios previous titles, namely XCOM.

The most notable difference in Midnight Suns is the addition of a card-based combat system that restricts heroes’ abilities to those included within randomized decks.

You take on the role of a customizable hero called The Hunter as they team up with various Marvel characters to stop the demonic queen Lillith from awakening a Cthulhu-like dark lord.

The game features a hub area where you can interact with party members to develop relationships that affect combat, such as unlocking unique team combo attacks to use during battle.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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 of 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. 

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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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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