The Biggest Video Games Coming Your Way In 2021

It’s hard to follow up such a massive year in games, but 2021 looks set to flex big time with a raft of big releases hitting our shores over the next few months. Not everything coming is currently dated, but there’s still plenty of madness and mayhem on the way. Franchises like Hitman, Persona and Prince of Persia are returning in exciting fashion, and there’ll even be appearances from smash hits like Ratchet and ClankMonster Hunter and more.

In excellent news for everyone who’s managed to nab a PS5 or Xbox Series X, there’ll be plenty of next gen titles on the way — but most will be cross-gen, so everyone can join the party.

Here’s all the biggest games coming your way in 2021, and every title we’re most excited to see.

This article has been updated with additional titles and release dates.

Hitman 3 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC) — January 20, 2021

Image: Hitman 3

The first two Hitman titles from IO Interactive are some of the absolute best open world action-adventure titles on the market. The creativity and ingenuity behind them is second to none, and Hitman 3 looks set to be just as big and exciting as its predecessors. There’ll be more ridiculous kills, gorgeous locales and wild adventures in this sequel.

It’s set to be the final chapter in the ‘World of Assassination’ trilogy, so expect big things when this releases in January.

Other Titles We’re Excited To See In January

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – January 14, 2021
  • The Medium (Xbox Series, PC) – January 28, 2021

Persona 5: Strikers (PS4, Switch, PC) — February 23, 2021

Image: Persona 5 Strikers

Persona 5 Strikers is a Dynasty Warriors-inspired spin-off bringing all the style and personality of the Persona series into a brand new gameplay style. It launched in Japan earlier this year, and it’s finally heading West in February with a slight rebrand. Rather than just being a one-off crossover, this title is actually a direct continuation of the main story of Persona 5 and follows the Phantom Thieves as they investigate a new case.

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More Persona 5 is always a good thing.

Other Titles We’re Excited To See In February

  • Outriders (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC) – February 2, 2021
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC) – February 4, 2021
  • Little Nightmares 2 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – February 11, 2021
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Switch) – February 12, 2021
  • Bravely Default 2 (Switch) – February 26, 2021

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Switch) — March 2, 2021

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Image: Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

Story of Seasons is the wholesome franchise you need to fill the Animal Crossing-shaped void in your heart. Pioneers of Olive Town will be the franchise’s first entry on Switch, and it looks set to be a delightful time. There’s farming, crafting and relationship-building aplenty so if you’re looking to bring more chill vibes into your life in 2021, this is the game to grab.

Other Titles We’re Excited To See In March

  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC) – March 18, 2021
  • Returnal (PS5) March 19, 2021
  • Balan Wonderworld (Switch, PC) – March 26, 2021
  • Monster Hunter Rise (Switch) – March 26, 2021

Humankind (PC) – April 22, 2021

Image: Humankind

Humankind looks like an intriguing world sim, perfect for fans of Civilization, Cities: Skylines and similar titles. Rather than just focusing on the city building aspect of these titles, Humankind will focus on human culture, history and art as well. It’s an intriguing idea, and we’re keen to see more of this title when it debuts in April 2021.

Other Titles We’re Excited To See In April

  • NieR Replicant ver1.22474487139… (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 23, 2021

Deathloop (PS5, PC) – May 21, 2021

Arkane Studios’ latest title looks like an excellent mix of time travel goodness and Dishonored-style stealth gameplay, and every trailer is more exciting than the last. Deathloop looks like a stylish, retro-futuristic adventure and it’s sure to turn heads when it launches in May 2021. More than its primary mechanics, Deathloop looks wholly original, and it’s awesome to see video games trying new and daring concepts. Time loops never get old, and Deathloop features a very intriguing spin on the genre.

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Undated 2021 Video Game Releases

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Image: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Sadly, not every 2021 game has a confirmed release date. Coronavirus is still playing havoc with releases and development schedules, so we can expect to hear updates on these titles later in the year.

There’s some incredible games on the way, and we can’t wait to hear more about the following:

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (PS5)

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart won’t have a PS4 counterpart, meaning it’ll be one of the few games to really lean into the PS5’s hardware capabilities. Early trailers and gameplay demos show off incredibly detailed alien worlds and an intriguing narrative involving alternate realities. While it may be a while off yet, Rift Apart looks set to be a real winner for PS5 owners.

Halo Infinite (Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC)

Halo: Infinite continues to be Microsoft's only big first-party exclusive confirmed for 2021. (Image: Microsoft)
Halo: Infinite continues to be Microsoft’s only big first-party exclusive confirmed for 2021. (Image: Microsoft)

Halo Infinite is in a strange state of limbo. We’ve seen early glances that haven’t really impressed and directors coming and going — but a return for the Halo franchise is always going to be an exciting prospect. It’s a world that hasn’t been explored for a significant amount of time, and gaming has advanced in leaps and bounds since the last mainline entry. Whatever the outcome, Halo Infinite is one of our most anticipated titles of 2021.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC)

Speaking of games with a rocky development path, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is in a similar boat. It’s seen numerous delays, staff exits and few actual release details, but given how brilliant the original title was the anticipation here is high. Good vampire RPGs are few and far between, with Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines being the measuring stick for most attempts. The legacy of the franchise appears to be in good hands, so we’re keen to see what comes of this particular sequel.

Hogwarts Legacy

Outside of some early 2000s movie tie-ins, the world of Harry Potter hasn’t had much of a chance to shine in gaming. That looks set to change with 2021’s Hogwarts Legacy, a fantasy period drama set in the titular school. While the timing is frankly abysmal given the backlash against J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans viewsHogwarts Legacy still looks like an excellent adventure. (Rowling is currently not involved in the project.)

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This could be the Harry Potter game to rule them all.

Horizon Forbidden West (PS5, PS4)

Excitement for the PS5 was definitely lifted by the announcement that a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn would be coming soon to the console. Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Forbidden West is aiming for release in the third or fourth quarter of 2021. Aloy’s world looks to be expanding in the sequel, with the first trailer showing some new regions of post-apocalyptic America. While Horizon Forbidden West will undoubtedly shine on PS5, PS4 players won’t miss out thanks to the game’s release on both console generations.

Everything Else We’re Excited To See

  • Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace (PC)*
  • Back 4 Blood (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series)
  • Digimon Survive (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
  • Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny (Switch)
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination (PC)
  • Far Cry 6 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series)
  • God of War: Ragnarok (PS5)
  • Gotham Knights (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (PS5)
  • Hood: Outlaws & Legends (PS5)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5, PS4, PC)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series) 
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (Switch)
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm (PS5, PS4, PC)
  • Pokémon Snap (Switch)
  • Resident Evil Village (PS5, Xbox Series, PC)
  • Rune Factory 5 (Switch)
  • Scarlet Nexus (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC)
  • SkateBIRD (Xbox One, Switch, PC)
  • The Artful Escape (Xbox One, PC)

*This was formerly a Mansions of Madness adaptation.

2021 is absolutely jam-packed with exciting titles. What are you most excited to see? Did we miss your favourite game? Tell us about it in the comments below.


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