Best Upcoming Video Game Sequels

There are a lot of video game sequels coming out soon. We made the ultimate list of all the best upcoming video game sequels that you can look forward to.

Even though this year is already stuffed to the brim with video game remakes, there are also many highly anticipated sequels on the horizon.

Whether it’s an official numbered entry or a new installment in a long-running franchise, we’ve got you covered with the best upcoming video game sequels of 2021.

The games we’ve chosen to highlight are listed in order of release date, along with info regarding which platforms they’ll be available on.

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 games!

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A sequel to the satisfyingly-graphic first-person sword combat game Chivalry is expected to release later this summer for PC.

The original saw players participating in gruesome medieval battles complete with gut-wrenching screams and bloody beheadings.

Chivalry 2 ups the ante by adding new gameplay features such as horse-riding, more fluid animations, and immersive 64-player battles.

Combat has also been revamped to provide players with more choices and encourage creative playstyles using an array of medieval weapons.

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.

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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.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was announced during the Game Awards 2019 following the reveal of the Xbox Series X’s name and design.

The sequel sees Ninja Theory back at the helm for a much more thematically dark and atmospheric game, which is saying a lot for anyone who’s played the original.

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There’s an emphasis on performing rituals, traveling across stunning landscapes, and at least one run-in with a massive, terrifying creature.

The announcement trailer doesn’t give away too much besides confirming the game will come to Series X, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.

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.

A third entry in the zombie survival horror series State of Decay is currently in development for Xbox Series X and PC.

State of Decay 3 intends to offer the ‘ultimate’ zombie survival simulation, and judging by the announcement trailer, Undead Labs is off to a great start. 

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Fans can look forward to battling even more undead humans along with a new contestant: brain-eating zombie deer.

We anticipate the game’s graphics will significantly benefit from the next-gen hardware and overall shorter load times.

The critically-acclaimed space-flight simulator Kerbal Space Program will be receiving a sequel at some point in 2022.

This is after having development shifted from studio Star Theory to a new in-house team at Private Division, an indie publisher under Take-Two Interactive.

KSP2 looks to introduce a wealth of content and requested features, including more spacecraft parts, colony building, graphical improvements, online multiplayer, and upgraded modding tools.

If you’re one of the many players who found the original interesting but were ultimately intimidated by its steep learning curve, perhaps this is your chance to give it another shot.

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 carrying over to the next game.

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

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

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.

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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.

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. 

Despite being one of the most anticipated Switch releases, news concerning Metroid Prime 4 has been scarce ever since the game was announced at E3 2017.

Last we heard, the game’s production was being restarted after Nintendo decided to switch to a different developer, Retro Studios.

We also know that veteran Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe is leading the project, which definitely bodes well for Prime 4’s quality.

The Prime subseries is known for taking the classic Metroid formula in new directions with its first-person POV and robust combat mechanics. 

It’s been quite some time since we got any news regarding the third entry in PlatinumGames’ stylish hack n’ slash series Bayonetta.

The game was announced at The Game Awards 2017, where a brief teaser set the tone for fans to get excited. Since then, there’s simply hasn’t been much to latch onto.

Nintendo and Platinum have both confirmed the game is coming along just fine, but it’d be nice to see some gameplay footage or even a cinematic trailer.

Considering it’s one of the most highly-anticipated Switch exclusives, we’re hoping 2021 is the year we finally get our hands on Bayonetta 3

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