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.

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 of your favorite upcoming strategy games!

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Rogue Lords is an upcoming dark fantasy strategy RPG with roguelike mechanics where you get to play as the devil leading a team of evildoers with magical abilities.

Each run has you managing a team of evil geniuses as they encounter randomized challenges and engage in tactical turn-based battles.

Along the way, you’ll discover synergies between party members and unlock new skills that can be used to turn any situation in your favor.

Teams are comprised of three disciples determined by the player, with appearances from Dracula, the Headless Horseman, Bloody Mary, Frankenstein, and more.

Blood Bowl has never shied away from doing its own thing, blending turn-based strategy, Warhammer lore, and American football into a neat little package.

While among the more niche titles coming to Xbox, Blood Bowl 3 includes a number of improvements and new features that fans of the series will appreciate.

For one, gameplay adheres to the official rules of the latest edition of the board game, complete with new skills and redesigned passing mechanics.

There’s also a new competitive PVP mode that offers new league management tools and a solo campaign open to all 12 included races, with room for customization.

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.

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. 

Despite being one of the more revered Nintendo strategy 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 and AW2: 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.

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 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.

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.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was a unique blend of XCOM-style tactics gameplay and Nintendo’s iconic cast of characters with cameos from the ever zany Rabbids.

While the game ended up being a success, not many expected Nintendo and Ubisoft to return with a sequel; nevertheless, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope was revealed during E3 2021.

In it, Mario and his friends team up with the Rabbids yet again, this time to defeat a new galactic threat and save adorable Spark companions.

The game is set to feature a host of new bosses, special powers and skills, as well as refinements to combat that expand the number of strategic options available to the player.

Jack Move is a pixel art JRPG that draws inspiration from the classic Mega Man Battle Network games while telling an original cyberpunk story.

In it, you take on the role of Noa, a rogue hacker who finds herself thrust into a world of murder, kidnapping, and twisted research after her father mysteriously disappears.

Combat is turn-based and provides countless opportunities to devise unique strategies by customizing Noa’s Cyber Deck mid-battle.

This allows her to switch roles and adjust her mix of offense, defense, and buffs in combination with hardware upgrades that increase stats and unlock new abilities.

Card Shark is an upcoming indie game that blends action-adventure storytelling with card strategy mechanics.

In it, you play as a hustler looking to cheat their way to the top of French society during the 18th century.

You’ll start out in local card parlors where you’ll get a crash course in fleecing opponents using different card techniques until eventually moving on to more high-stakes games among royalty.

As things progress, you’ll have to be careful not to get caught cheating or risk losing your life.

Based on the popular MOBA franchise, Ruined King sees you uniting a party of League of Legends Champions to explore the bustling city streets Bilgewater and the mysterious Shadow Isles.

The reason for doing so is to investigate the deadly Black Mist that’s plaguing the lands and put a stop to whatever evil force is behind it.

Setting itself apart from LoL, Ruined King features a new Lane Initiative System that has each Champion taking turns casting lane, instant, and ultimate abilities.

Additionally, party members can use items and trigger passive abilities during combat to gain the advantage and swing the odds in your favor.

A follow-up to 2016’s grim and gritty strategy RPG Darkest Dungeon is confirmed to be in development at Red Hook Studios.

The sequel looks to maintain the dark and atmospheric tone of the first game while introducing new improvements to the original’s turn-based combat system.

It appears that the developer has been exploring some new ideas in hopes of shaking up the metagame in Darkest Dungeon II.

Judging by the teaser, players can expect to tread new grounds as the original six characters can be seen standing before a series of snow-capped mountains.

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.

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.

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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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