Best Upcoming Video Game Sequels 2021

A lot of video game sequels are coming this year. Keep track of them all with our ultimate list of the best upcoming game sequels for 2021 and beyond!

Despite being already packed with video game remakes, this year will also see the release of highly anticipated sequels to popular games.

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 of your favorite upcoming sequels!

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Inspired by classic 3D stealth games like Tenchu and The Mark of Kri, Lince Works’ third-person action-stealth game Aragami is criminally underrated as far as indie releases go.

Thankfully, the developer plans on revisiting its mystical world in a sequel, Aragami 2, currently in development for console and PC.

In it, you play as a supernatural assassin with the ability to bend shadows to your will in order to sneak up on enemies and take charge in battle.

Aragami 2 will introduce weapon and armor crafting along with an expanded skill tree and co-op support for up to three players.  

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.

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.

Initially conceived as a DS title in the mid-2000s, Metroid Dread was ultimately canceled due to technical limitations and quickly swept away under a rug.

However, during E3 2021, Nintendo revealed they were rebooting the project, with Metroid Producer Yoshio Sakamoto on board.

The story will follow bounty hunter Samus Aran as she explores the planet ZDR to investigate a mysterious transmission.

Metroid Dread will retain the side-scrolling gameplay of previous entries alongside free aim and melee attacks introduced in Samus Returns and new stealth-based game mechanics.

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.

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.

Playground Games’ next take on Forza’s open-world racing series is slated to release this Fall for PC and console, this time transporting players to Mexico.

Touted as the biggest and most varied Forza map to date, FH5 will include an abundance of biomes including rainforests, deserts, waterfalls, and even volcanos.

Additionally, areas such as Guanajuato will offer a sprawling network of tunnels to explore and there are numerous towns decorated with murals by local Mexican artists.

Getting from place to place should be no issue since FH5 is set to feature even more vehicles designed for both off-road exploration and high-speed street races.

A sequel to Frontier Developments’ management sim based on the iconic Jurassic Park movies was recently unveiled for console and PC during E3 2021.

Set after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Evolution 2 has you taking control of a new island with more robust management tools and creative freedom than ever before.

This includes constructing unique habitats to attract guests and modifying dinosaurs’ genes to enhance certain aspects of their physiology.

Additionally, a new Chaos Theory mode lets you experience pivotal moments throughout the film franchise and devise your own “what-if” scenarios.

Releasing exclusively for Nintendo Switch, Shin Megami Tensei V is the latest entry in the popular JRPG series by Atlus.

Set in modern-day Tokyo, it has you playing as a high-school student who gets transported to an alternate world overrun by demons.

In order to survive, he fuses with a superbeing named Aogami, granting him special powers capable of defeating threats throughout the world.

The game is designed as a hybrid between Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne and Shin Megami Tensei IV and includes familiar features such as raising and fusing demons to make them stronger.

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.

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. 

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.

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 played the original.

The announcement trailer doesn’t give away too much besides confirming the game will be coming to both Series X and PC.

There’s an emphasis on rituals being performed, traveling across stunning landscapes, and an encounter with a massive creature.

Fans of the cult frisbee-meets-tennis sports phenomenon will get to experience intense disc-throwing bouts when Windjammers 2 releases later this year.

The sequel will introduce new features along with updated visuals inspired by the original arcade cabinet art.

The benefits of this new look become obvious once you see the game in motion, with characters performing flashy animations that see them launching into the air, charging up powerful throws, and celebrating between sets.

Windjammers 2 is being produced by French developer DotEmu, who also worked on the 2017 port of the original game for current-gen consoles.

Sidebar Games’ Golf Story was one of the best indie sleeper hits of 2017, telling an uplifting story of a down-on-his-luck golfer who manages to turn his life around by going back to his childhood love of golf.

The studio is back with a sequel, this time expanding its efforts to include a wider variety of sports-based activities and mini-games.

Scheduled to release later this year, Sports Story maintains the 2D presentation of its predecessor while introducing new characters and locations.

This includes a renowned tennis academy where your character will train and a prestigious castle where you’ll get to meet the queen.

Well-received farming sim RPG My Time At Portia is getting a sequel sometime in 2021-early 2022, based on developer/publisher Pathea Games’ recent announcement.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the studio initially planned to launch in Steam Early Access in 2021, though issues with the game certification process have resulted in its delay.

My Time At Sandrock follows a similar formula to the first game, only with a new Western setting and an expanded storyline with hundreds of side-quests and new characters.

The sequel will also feature a revamped combat system, new crafting resources, crops, tools, and workshop items.

A follow-up to the exceptional, award-winning adventure from Asobo Studio has been announced for PC and consoles, releasing sometime in 2022.

Picking up after the first game, A Plague Tale: Requiem follows Amicia and her brother Hugo as they embark on a new quest while trying to escape an evil curse.

Asobo Studios is intentionally keeping the details vague at the moment but judging by the trailer, our brother-sister duo have a lot on their plate.

Additionally, the massive horde of rats is back, only this time under Hugo’s control; how long will that last? We’ll have to wait and see.

Hello Neighbor was a pretty experimental title for the Xbox platform that was critically panned but still ended up catching on thanks to YouTube let’s plays.

At the very least, the game was successful enough to warrant Microsoft greenlighting a sequel currently in production by tinyBuild and Eerie Guest.

Hello Neighbor 2 maintains the survival horror stealth gameplay of the original while fleshing out its lore and introducing new mechanics.

This includes improvements to enemy AI, a new setting, and new combinable items littered throughout environments that can be used to progress and/or deter the Neighbor.

Indie game studio Monomi Park is currently working on a sequel to the bright and bubbly farming sim Slime Rancher.

Continuing with the adventures of Beatrix LeBeau, Slime Rancher 2 sees you venturing to Rainbow Island, a new world brimming with ancient mysteries and exotic wildlife.

Armed with an arsenal of slime-wrangling tools, you’ll collect and breed an assortment of unique slime creatures with distinct traits and personalities.

Once you get a hang of the game’s plort-based economy, you’ll be able to to flip resources for newbucks and spend them on ranch upgrades and new gadgets.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Every day brings us one step closer to playing Nintendo’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

While the recent E3 2021 teaser left us with even more questions than answers, it also revealed a lot of new information about what players can expect.

Among them are various abilities and tools that provide Link with new traversal and combat options, including teleportation and new object stasis manipulation.

The game’s darker undertones have only become more pronounced since it was first revealed, suggesting Ganondorf is more powerful than ever.

God of War was a huge tremendous victory for Sony, receiving 10/10 reviews from fans and critics as well as taking home the trophy for GOTY at The Game Awards 2018.

It seems only logical at this point for Sony Santa Monica to start brainstorming a sequel to add to the PS5’s already lengthy list of exclusives.

The studio appears to agree as they’ve started posting job listings for positions across numerous teams, with one listing going as far as to directly mention 2018’s God of War.

If you were one of many players who returned to Krato’s cabin after completing the main story, then you remember the colossal cliffhanger that was included to leave players craving more God of War.

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

It’s still so mind-boggling to think that fans were able to will Skate 4 into existence by bombarding EA forums for years requesting a new entry in the previously dormant franchise.

Although technically more of a reboot than a sequel, Skate 4 is still early in its development, so there’s no telling what shape it will end up taking over time.

Based on previous entries in the series, we anticipate an updated version of the original’s tactile control scheme along with a handful of new features.

For example, most modern skateboarding games include options for capturing cool gameplay moments, such as built-in photo modes and clip editors.

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