2021 has officially begun and the next 12 months are going to filled with hundreds of new game releases both big and small. In celebration of the new year, we’ve rounded up what we believe are some of the 10 biggest releases to come out. Check them out below with trailers and details on what you can expect from the games.
Horizon Forbidden West (PS4, PS5)
Guerilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn remains one of Sony PlayStation’s most popular exclusives, having earned critical acclaim and after release becoming one of the best-selling PS4 games of all time. Since it’s launch in 2017, fans have long called for a sequel, and it’s finally coming this year.
Horizon Forbidden West will continue following Aloy as she travels to the mysterious Forbidden West to uncover the source of a plague that has been ravaging the land. As Aloy explores the Forbidden West which covers real-life locations like San Francisco and Yosemite Valley, she’ll have to survive gigantic storms, encounter hostile new machines and enemies, and meet new people.
Horizon Forbidden West will release on the PS4 and PS5 in the second half of 2021, you can watch the announcement trailer below:
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Sequel [Hopefully] (Nintendo Switch)
Nintendo earned critical acclaim with the release of 2017’s The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. Although the open-world action-adventure title departed from the traditional Legend Of Zelda format, the game was a huge success, having sold more than 20 million copies since its launch and it is now widely regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time.
An untitled sequel for Breath Of The Wild was announced back in 2019 but next to nothing is known about the game, including a release date. However, Breath Of The Wild’s development team has confirmed the idea for the sequel was conceived while the team were creating DLC for the original game and that the sequel will build upon the 2017 title while featuring a new story and gameplay elements.
The game is rumoured to release in 2021, although this hasn’t been confirmed. In the meantime, keep watching this space for more information on the upcoming sequel.
Resident Evil Village (PC, PS5, Xbox Series)
Resident Evil is one of the most famous horror video game franchises around. Following the success of the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes as well as the success of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, 2021 will see the launch of a brand new mainline title; Resident Evil Village.
The new game will act as a direct sequel to Biohazard and will continue Ethan Winters’ story as he travels to a mysterious village in search of answers regarding the return of Chris Redfield whose shocking actions set off a chain of dark and frightening events. Players will be tasked with exploring the mysterious village and its surrounding areas, face horrifying new enemies, and uncover dark secrets.
Resident Evil Village is set to launch sometime in 2021. An official release date hasn’t yet been announced, so remember to check back for all the latest information.
Hogwarts Legacy (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series)
Harry Potter fans have been calling for an open-world RPG set in the wizarding universe since the franchise first became popular in the early 2000s, and it seems like it’s finally happening. Back in the summer of 2018, a trailer for a supposed Harry Potter RPG leaked but was quickly taken down by Warner Bros. and fans anxiously waited for an official announcement of the game. In September 2020, the game was officially announced with a full trailer, offering a deep look into the game.
Although not much has been revealed, Hogwarts Legacy is set in the 1800s and will follow a fully customisable character who attends Hogwarts. Players will reportedly be able to choose their Hogwarts House, attend classes, learn magic, brew potions, tame magical beasts, and explore famous locations from the books and films.
No official release date has been announced for the game but it is expected to launch in 2021. In the meantime, you can check out our article on Hogwarts Legacy to discover everything we officially know about the game and the latest leaks and rumours.
Halo Infinite (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series)
Halo Infinite is one of the most anticipated upcoming Xbox games. The title was originally set to launch alongside the new Xbox Series consoles but was delayed to the second half of 2021 to allow developer 343 Industries to create the best Halo game possible.
Not much is known about the game’s story but Microsoft has confirmed that Halo Infinite is the third chapter fo the Reclaimer Saga and has described it as the “greatest adventure yet to save humanity”. They’ve also confirmed that Infinite will be “much more human” and that Master Chief will play a more critical role than in Halo 5: Guardians.
Like most other games in this list, no official date has been announced for Halo Infinite but you can expect it to launch sometime in the second half of 2021. While you’re waiting, why not read up on 343 Industries’ latest development update here.
Kena: Bridge Of Spirits (PC, PS4, PS5)
Kena: Bridge Of Spirits is an upcoming action-adventure game and the debut title from Ember Lab. The game, which was originally set to launch in late 2020 but was delayed to early 2021 due to development delays, follows young spirit guide Kena as she embarks on an adventure to save the world while using her magical abilities to help deceased people move on from the physical world to the spirit world.
The game is played in a third-person perspective and players will be tasked with collecting spirit companions known as Rot to help Kena throughout the game. The title will release on PS4 and PS5 as a timed console exclusive and will later launch on PC via the Epic Games Store.
No official release date for the game has been announced, but we can expect one within the coming months so watch this space.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5)
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is an upcoming PS5 exclusive which acts as a sequel to 2013’s Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus. The game was first announced in June 2020 during the PlayStation 5 reveal event and was shown to take advantage of the console’s super-fast SSD.
The game will follow Ratchet & Clank as they set out on a journey across multiple realities to stop a mysterious emperor from exterminating all organic life. The game will follow the traditional gameplay mechanics of previous Ratchet & Clank games but will include real-time instantaneous travel between different realities, worlds, and areas.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart will release in the first half of 2021, although no official release date has been announced. You can watch the announcement trailer and extended gameplay footage below:
The Medium (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series)
The Medium is an upcoming psychological horror video game and a PC and Xbox exclusive. The game follows Marianne, a medium with the ability to travel between the real world and spirit realm, and players must use her psychic abilities to face enemies and solve puzzles between both worlds.
Not much else is known about the story but Microsoft has announced that The Medium will release on January 28th, 2021. You can watch the trailer for the game below:
Deathloop (PC, PS5)
Deathloop is an upcoming action-adventure video game by Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks. The video game follows assassin Colt who is stuck in a time loop on the mysterious island of Blackreef and must assassinate eight targets in one day before midnight to close the time loop while being chased by a second assassin known as Julianna who is looking to keep the time loop intact and protect Colt’s targets.
Players can play as either Colt or Julianna either in a single-player mode or multiplayer mode. Deathloop will support the PS5’s next-gen hardware including the fast SSD and the DualSense’s special features such as adaptive triggers and haptic feedback to offer a hugely immersive experience.
The video game will release on PS5 as a timed exclusive and will launch on PC on May 21st, 2021. You can watch the trailer below:
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The first three Mass Effect games are some of the most popular sci-fi RPG games of all time and have earned praise for their narrative, character development, voice acting, and player choice too. Now, with Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, a remastered collection of the first three Mass Effect games, players will be able to re-live the legendary titles.
The collection was announced in November 2020 and developer BioWare has confirmed that the remasters will include downloadable content from the original games along with enhanced shaders, character models, effects, and textures.
The remaster complication is set to launch within the first few months of 2021 for PC, Xbox One and PS4 consoles along with upgrades for the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles. You can watch the trailer for the remastered games below:
There are plenty of other big video games releasing in 2021 like the untitled God Of War sequel (Although since not much is known about the title we’ve decided to leave it out of this list for now) and so many others. Regardless, there’s plenty to look forward to and we suggest you keep checking back to stay updated on all things gaming.