Best Upcoming Strategy Games 2021 (And Beyond)

Do you like playing strategy games? Our list of the best upcoming strategy games will give you something to look forward to.

If you enjoy coming up with new ways to outwit your opponents, chances are you’re looking forward to playing the best upcoming strategy games of 2021.

Whether it’s turn-based or real-time, 4X or city builder, this year is full of great-looking titles that fall under the strategy umbrella.

In this list, we’ll highlight the most anticipated strategy games for 2021 in order of release date, including upcoming turn-based strategy games and strategy RPGs.

Lastly, 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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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.

The conclusion to the Warhammer trilogy is due out late this year, with developer Creative Assembly back at the helm.

Its story picks up right after Warhammer 2 and sees four Chaos Demon factions invading the Old World, resulting in a cataclysmic war for power.

Players will explore diplomacy systems and battle AI-controlled armies in real-time by issuing commands to units on the ground and managing settlements in turn-based encounters.

Warhammer 3 will also feature custom battles that let you create unique matchups in addition to online multiplayer battles.

Disciples: Liberation is a turn-based strategy RPG set in the dark fantasy land of Nevendaar, a sprawling continent plagued by political turmoil, religious extremism, and dark forces.

You’re tasked with assembling a team that will gather resources, sway politics, and battle otherworldly creatures throughout an 80+ hour single-player campaign.

The game features a variety of in-universe factions that can be aligned with to improve your standing and obtain special perks.

Choice is at the heart of Disciples: Liberation, with players able to pick from four unique character classes and recruit additional party members from different factions.

This next game comes from the makers of the Long War mods for XCOM 2 and is looking to shake up the grand strategy subgenre.

Set in the near-future, Terra Invicta sees you navigating the solar system while creating a new space-based economy, managing a space fleet, and save humanity from collapse.

The game features seven ideological factions which each possess a unique vision for mankind’s future; after choosing one, players will take control of Earth’s nations and set off for the stars.

Throughout the story, you’ll encounter alien battles, geopolitical wars between rival factions, and new technologies that will allow you to expand and improve your fleet.

The Starship Troopers movies are known for their campy writing and satirical take on classic science fiction, two things we’re hoping to encounter in the upcoming Terran Command.

In it, players are tasked with commanding the Mobile Infantry as they defend the Kwalasha population from an encroaching alien species known as the Arachnids.

For a licensed game, Terran Command’s combat system is surprisingly robust and utilizes battle mechanics like True Line of Sight/Fire, and terrain elevation for more tactical options.

Additionally, players will be able to unlock a wide range of specialized units with unique abilities and weapons throughout the story campaign.

Due out sometime this year, Manor Lords presents an interesting blend of city-builder and RTS battling set during the Medieval Era.

As cities flourish and populations grow, players will be able to expand their horizons by crafting trade routes, building fortifications, and forming armies to defend against invaders.

However, success won’t come overnight, as settlements require constant upkeep to ensure there are enough resources to keep villagers happy and healthy.

Obstacles such as harsh weather conditions, disease, and famine are all unfortunate realities to keep in mind as you progress in the game.

Many strategy fans consider Age of Empires to be the best long-running series around, starting with the first entry’s release in 1997.

While the original focused on human history throughout the Stone and Iron Ages, later installments have shifted their focus to the Middle Ages, a trend that appears to be continuing in the next game.

Age of Empires IV will attempt to recapture the magic of the original trilogy while offering new experiences tailored for both veterans and newcomers to the series.

In it, players are tasked with managing their civilization’s workers and military units, eventually turning their small population into a mighty nation. 

Now that Ubisoft has acquired developer Blue Byte, fans can look forward to a full-fledged reboot of the city-building franchise The Settlers.

Currently in development, The Settlers will be the first new entry in over a decade and is rumored to include a ton of features designed to breathe new life into the series.

For one, gameplay has been expanded to now include elements of real-time strategy, namely during battles.

That being said, the main focus will still be managing your town’s population and resources, ensuring things run as smoothly as possible.

Set during the 14th Century “Dark Age,” Going Medieval sees you attempting to rebuild society in a world where 95% of the global population has fallen victim to rampant plague.

In the wake of society’s ashes, nature has reclaimed most of the land, providing the perfect foundation for a new civilization.

This is where you step in, guiding the few remaining survivors to come together and establish a new home safe from not only disease but also outlaws, barbarians, and religious fanatics.

You’ll design, build, and expand your own settlement, going from humble wooden huts to stone castles and underground strongholds.

Developed by Ominux Games and published by Chucklefish, Starmancer is an upcoming colony management sim with strategy and base-building elements.

In it, you take on the role of a highly-resourceful A.I. tasked with constructing and managing a space station capable of sustaining human life.

The game affords you the freedom to either play things straight and keep your colonists happy or play into their fears and doubts by sabotaging their mission at every turn.

At times, you may find yourself having to overcome challenges that include alien invasions, psychological breakdowns, and total mutiny aboard the station.

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