Upcoming Video Games for 2021
With the dust having settled from E3, it’s time to take stock and be in-the-know when it comes to those upcoming games slated for a 2021 release. With a whole heap of announcements, updates and gameplay trailers being shown off, it’s easy to get snowed under in the excitement. But we’re here to highlight the games that we’ll be able to play later this year.
From incredible Xbox and PlayStation exclusives, to the latest batch of Nintendo games, you’ll be spoilt for choice in 2021. So, let’s take a look at some of the incredible offerings you can get on console and PC this year. Although it’s important to note with Coronavirus still having an impact on the industry, some of these release dates for upcoming games may be subject to change.
While Halo Infinite was supposed to release in the holiday season of 2020, a frosty E3 reception meant the game was pushed back a year. Luckily, we’ve now seen some multiplayer gameplay, and it’s safe to say, Halo fans were left with big smiles on their faces. While it would’ve been nice to have Halo Infinite in our hands last Christmas, the extra year in the oven seems to have worked wonders.
When is Halo Infinite Being Released?
The Halo Infinite release date is the holiday season of 2021.
Will Halo Infinite be on Xbox Game Pass?
Yes, the campaign will come to game pass on day one. However, the multiplayer will be free for players whether you have a game pass subscription or not.
Far Cry 6
The next installment of the Far Cry series is looking promising. With Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and The Mandolorian fame playing the new games villain, it’s sure to be a hell of a ride. Plus, they’ve announced DLC that reminds us of the series’ best villains, like Vaas Montenegro, Pagan Min, and Joseph Seed with a look at things from their perspectives.
When Will Far Cry 6 Be Released?
The Far Cry 6 release date is October 7th, 2021.
Where is Far Cry 6 Set?
It’s set on the fictional island of Yara. It’s been described as a tropical paradise based in the Carribean. It looks set to take full advantage of the setting’s wildlife and scenery based on what we saw in the action-packed gameplay trailer.
Here’s one that’s a blast from the past, the sequel to Psychonauts is almost here! It’s being made by Double Fine, who created the franchise, as well as cult classics like Brutal Legends and Grim Fandango. This ones been pushed back a few times so they can get it just right, but based on the trailer, it looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
When is Psychonauts 2 Out?
The Psychonauts 2 release date is the 25th of August, 2021.
Is Psychonauts 2 an Xbox Exclusive?
Psychonauts 2 will be available on Xbox game pass and will be a timed exclusive before it’s available on other platforms. You can currently play the first Psychonauts game on Game Pass if you want to get yourself up to speed before the new release.
The Battlefield 2042 gameplay trailer was a bit of a blessing for fans of the franchise. While they’re not offering a single player campaign this time around, it’s meant they’ve put a lot more time into the multiplayer. From grappling hook assassinations to hijacking jets in mid-air, Battlefield looks like it’s coming back with a bang.
What is the Battlefield 2042 Release Date?
Battlefield 2042 is set to be released on the 22nd of October, 2021.
Will Battlefield 2042 Be Available on Previous Gen Consoles?
It will be available on the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. However, games will be limited to 64 players at a time rather than the 128 you can experience with the Xbox Series X, the PlayStation 5 and the PC.
Deathloop is an action-adventure game made by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda. You play as an assassin caught in a time loop, and if stealth, parkour, gunplay and sci-fi elements are your thing, then you’re in for a treat. We didn’t see it at E3 due to the absence of a Sony conference, but that doesn’t mean it’s not on its way, and really soon too!
When is the Deathloop Release Date?
Deathloop is due to come out on the 14th of September, 2021.
Is Deathloop a PlayStation Exclusive?
Yes, it’s a timed exclusive for the PlayStation for a year. While it’s being published by Bethesda, and they’ve been bought by Microsoft, the deal was made prior. So, Sony fans can look forward to getting their hands on this one earlier.
Rainbow Six: Extraction
Tactical shooter fans can get their Rainbow Six fill this year with the release of extraction. Only this time rather rather than your standard shooter fare, you’ll be fighting parasitic aliens. It very much gives us Left 4 Dead vibes, which can only be a good thing. Fans of Rainbow Six: Siege will probably get the hang of this one pretty quickly, providing you aren’t bothered by the slightly fantastical setting.
When is the Rainbow Six Extraction Release Date?
Rainbow Six Extraction is slated for release on the 16th of September.
What is Rainbow Six Quarantine?
Rainbow Six Quarantine was a placeholder name for the project before they changed it to Extraction. Naturally, after the year we’ve had dealing with the Coronavirus, the last thing Ubisoft wants to do is remind us of quarantines and lockdowns.
Back 4 Blood
Speaking of Left 4 Dead vibes, this one is looking a little similar. But there’s a good reason for that as it’s made by the same fine folks who made Left 4 Dead back in the day. While Rainbow Six Extraction might scratch some itches when it comes to that space, this ones coming to Xbox Game Pass on release, which means subscribers can jump in without spending extra.
When is the Back 4 Blood Release Date?
Back 4 Blood is being released on the 12th of October, 2021.
Is Back 4 Blood a Sequel to Left 4 Dead?
Technically, no. It’s more of a spiritual successor. With the L4D license sitting with Valve, legally it can’t be a sequel to the series. But from what we’ve seen and heard, it’s the sequel we’ve been waiting for in all but name.
While in 2019 fans of the series were treated to a logo for a new Metroid Prime instalment. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard anything about it since. Luckily, Metroid fans are being treated to a new mainline game instead! Advertised as Metroid 5 and Metroid Dread, it looks like all our side-scrolling, puzzle-solving action-platforming prayers have been answered.
When is the Metroid Dread Release Date?
Metroid Dread is slated for release on the 8th of October, 2021.
Is Metroid Dread the Final Chapter?
Yes! A sequel to the Gameboy Advance’s Metroid Fusion from way back in 2002. It’s the final chapter in the Metroid series that began back in 1986. So, it’s one that’s not to be missed if you’ve followed the series from the beginning.
Horizon Forbidden West
A PlayStation exclusive that’s sure to sway a few undecided players towards the PlayStation 5, Horizon Forbidden West follows on from 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn. With the power of the new generation of consoles behind it, it’s going to be interesting to see what this visually stunning game can do.
When is the Horizon Forbidden West Release Date?
While there is no specific date pegged for the release of Horizon Forbidden West, it is marked for a 2021 release so far.
Will Horizon Forbidden West be Available on PS5?
Yes. While PlayStation 5 owners might be reeling a little because they want a game that truly harnesses the power of the new tech, Horizon Forbidden West will be available on PlayStation 4.
Warioware: Get it Together
Warioware is a truly strange, but wonderful party game. With a collection of whacky minigames curated by Wario himself, it gets a little weird, but it’s a ton of fun. Now with co-op capabilities thanks to the Switch, it’s a return to some classic couch multiplayer that’s a welcome sight in 2021.
When is the Warioware: Get it Together Release Date?
Warioware: Get it Together is marked for release on the 10th of September, 2021.
Can You Play Warioware: Get it Together Online?
Yes, you can. You can play it locally, or online. Which is especially important with Coronavirus still doing the rounds and social distancing measures still being a good idea now that the Delta variant is making the news.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
While 2020’s Avengers game wasn’t exactly met with applause, this one actually looks very promising. Made by the folks who bought us Deus Ex Human Revolution and Mankind Divided, it looks to be in safe hands. You play as Star Lord and have your team at your disposal, and it seems to capture a lot of the charm that people love from the comic books, as well as quippy dialogue, multiple choice storytelling, wild environments and a hell of a soundtrack.
When is the Guardians of the Galaxy Release Date?
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released on the 26th of October, 2021.
Is it a Movie Tie-In Game?
No, it isn’t. It’s based largely on the comic books, and doesn’t touch on the Marvel Cinematic Movies. So, if you aren’t all caught up there’s nothing to worry about. It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Marvel’s Avengers game from 2020 either (which in many people’s eyes can only be a good thing).
Honourable Mentions for Upcoming Games
While we’ve gone through a bunch of games, there are still plenty more to come. Games like Dying Light 2, Ghostwire Tokyo, Monster Hunters Rise, No More Heroes 3, Riders Republic, Forza Horizon 5 and even the almighty Farming Simulator 22 are on the way too. For the full picture, Gamesradar has all the release dates for games in 2021.
Where to Buy Upcoming Games
When it comes to the latest consoles and games, AO and Currys have always got you covered. Not to mention the obvious Game who pride themselves on offering the latest releases. John Lewis, Home Essentials and Very are always up to date on the latest games, while you might not typically associate them with video gaming. And for your digital downloads, as well as your Game Pass Subscriptions, CDKeys are a great shout.