The Most Anticipated Games of 2021


The New Year is finally here and, apart from the date no longer being 2020, there are lots of things to look forward to. This is a list of some of the games coming out in 2021 that we at GW&CO are most excited about. One important thing to note is that we will only be counting games that have a release date or release window. That means that despite the fact that Elden Ring is rumored to be a late 2021 release it will not appear on this list since we don't have confirmation on that estimate. With that said, let's get on to the list.

Back 4 Blood | Created by some of the developers behind the original Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is a spiritual successor to that series and the much-anticipated co-op team shooter that players have been waiting for since Left 4 Dead 2. After being announced in 2019, the game went pretty silent until The Game Awards 2020, where we got our first look at gameplay as well as an imminent playable Alpha. We got our chance to play the game back in December and despite it still being six months away, we were very impressed with the game. Back 4 Blood is scheduled to release on June 22, 2021.

Battlefield 6 | There are very few details about DICE's next Battlefield game. But what we do know is that thanks to the added power of the latest generation of consoles, the game will be absolutely massive and at a scale that Battlefield has not seen before. Considering the work DICE has put into Battlefront and Battlefield games on last-gen hardware, it'll be exciting to see what they do with the added TFLOPS of power. There is no set release date for the game just yet but it's estimated to be Fall 2021.

Deathloop | From Arkane Studios, developers of Dishonored and Prey, and now published by Xbox Game Studios, comes this PlayStation 5 console exclusive about assassins stuck in a time loop on the island of Blackreef. Arkane has built up a reputation for building immersive worlds with satisfying combat and now they have the added power of the PS5 and its DualSense controller. Deathloop is set to release on May 21, 2021.

God of War: Ragnarok | We all know that PlayStation loves their "one more thing" moments. But when they announced Ragnarok at the end of their final PlayStation 5 showcase, it really should have been two more things. The first being the announcement of the game for the PS5. And the second being a 2021 release. And, as of now, other than those two things we don't really know much else about the game. So I suppose we'll just have to trust Cory Barlog with this one.

Halo Infinite | It's unfortunate that Halo Infinite didn't land its November 2020 release date alongside the launch of the Xbox Series X|S but the team needed more time and it's good that they got it because at the end of the day, when it does come out it will be a better game. Alongside all the added performance benefits of the new consoles, Halo Infinite will also have a free-to-play multiplayer. The game will release in Fall 2021.

Hogwarts Legacy | If you listen to our podcast, you'll know that not everyone on our team is a fan of Harry Potter, but every single one of us is excited for Hogwarts Legacy. And that's because no matter what you think of the boy wizard with the scar on his forehead, this game from Avalanche Software allows you to create your own Hogwarts stories. There are plenty of rumors about the game, which we have covered before on the site, but what we do know is that you can create your own Hogwarts student in the 1800s and go through the final years of wizard schooling as you battle with a potentially dark secret. There is no exact release date but Hogwarts Legacy will be out on all platforms.

Horizon: Forbidden West | Another PlayStation exclusive, Forbidden West is the sequel to 2017's Horizon: Zero Dawn from developer Guerilla Games. The game follows Aloy as she explores the open world of Forbidden West. There will be lots of mysteries to solve and majestic machines to discover. There isn't much we know but looking at Guerilla's track record we have nothing to worry about. Plus, at the very least, we know that thanks to the Decima engine, the game will look amazing. Just like God of War, there is no exact release date but we'd estimate it's Summer 2021.

It Takes Two | If you watched our co-stream of The Game Awards 2020, you will have seen our team's live reaction to this game's trailer. From Hazelight, the studio behind A Way Out and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, comes a new co-op adventure full of character and charm. These developers have a near-monopoly on making couch co-op games and it's safe to say that they understand this genre well. Another cool addition to the game is that it comes with Friend's Pass, which allows players who buy the game to play with their friends even if they do not own the game themselves. It Takes Two will be out for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on March 26, 2021.

Resident Evil: Village | Even with the less than perfect reception of Resident Evil 3 Remake, it's no secret that the Resident Evil series is on a hot streak with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and Resident Evil 2 Remake. Resident Evil 8 takes the series to a new setting, a mysterious village, and introduces werewolves into the mix. Yes, the game is pretty much a guaranteed hit at this point and we didn't even mention the fact that Chris Redfield is back. Now a fair warning to anyone interested in the game, a fair bit of this game has leaked as part of the Capcom hack so be careful with your social media browsing in the next few months. While the studio has confirmed a 2021 release, there is no official release date yet, It's rumored to be in April though.

There it is. If even half of these successfully release in 2021, it will be a great year for games. But the reality is that sometimes games get pushed and if one or two of these slide in 2022, it's important to not get too heated about it. Especially with COVID working conditions being so straining on large development teams. 

What game are you most looking forward to this year? If we missed one that's on the top of your personal list, make sure to let us know down in the comments below. Make sure to come back tomorrow to check out our list of most anticipated movies that are scheduled to come out in 2021.

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