It is almost New Year’s Day, and that means it’s time to take stock of what is truly important by looking at the most exciting games coming out in 2021.
We have some brand new consoles on the market and more people are liable to get their hands on them in the coming months (especially if that stimulus hits soon).
As it stands, there are a plethora of games being released in 2021, and they come from every genre imaginable. While I am not excited about every single game coming out, there are a fair few that I think most people would be thrilled to play. Check out some of the games that will make you happily quarantine all over again next year.
A Stable Cyberpunk 2077 Is Hopefully Coming Out in 2021
At the top of the list for exciting games being released in 2021 is a stable Cyberpunk 2077. As of the writing of this article, we are still in the midst of a full-blown ****show of a launch. Personally, I haven’t touched it because I don’t have the time right now, but I plan to get it on PC at some point in the future. I’m not giving up on it.
One thing is clear though: it seems as though the developer is working like crazy to patch the game and make it into some semblance of what it was supposed to be.
From what I have seen and read, the game came out unfinished à la No Man’s Sky and I don’t mean just lacking a little polish. I’m not diving into the cesspool of criticism surrounding that game right now, but suffice to say I’ve seen, read, and heard some pretty unimpressive stuff for a game that was supposed to blow our minds.
At the same time, I’ve also seen some people play the game (on the new gen consoles and PC) and they seem to be having a very good time.
Hogwarts Legacy— Going Back to School
In 2021, students will finally get to go back to in-person school sessions!
Alright, that was a bad joke. Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world Harry Potter RPG that sends the player back to the 1800s to help uncover mysteries as the beloved school of witchcraft and wizardry.
The footage looks very fun and interesting. You get to go to Hogsmeade, the Forbidden Forest, and many other familiar locations within the school itself. You’re going to learn how to battle and brew potions, and there is apparently some kind of morality system.
I doubt you’re going to have the chance to Avada Kedavra the school teachers or anything, but it would be nice if you didn’t have to play as a straight-laced wizard every time.
While the game developer has distanced itself from J.K. Rowling , I wonder if they will let this game sit on the back burner until some of the controversy dies down.
Hitman 3 Lets You Kill with Stealth or Wanton Violence
Everyone’s favorite killer for hire is coming back for another installment in the Hitman series. I’ve always loved the Hitman games because they give you a lot of leeway with how you carry out the hits.
It seems as though Hitman 3 is going to continue this wonderful tradition by giving you very detailed areas to play through and lots of ways to approach missions. Who knows? You might end up killing three guys in a bar with a pencil.
With the power of the new systems behind this game, I can’t imagine the kind of mayhem I’m going to get into when I take control of Agent 47 once again. After all, I never take the stealth route if I can help it.
Information is still sparse on this, but if it is anything like the other installments, it could be great.
Far Cry 6 Makes You a Revolutionary
Oh, look! Giancarlo Esposito is playing a cold, calculating, and ruthless character. I never would have imagined that happening.
On that note, I think a lot of people are excited to see what happens with Far Cry 6. You are in the midst of a revolution on the island of Yara, a Caribbean location that is supposedly the largest area that we’ve experienced throughout the series.
Like Cuba, there was apparently an embargo on Yara, so we see a lot of older styles in décor and vehicles. Again, we don’t have a ton of information about this title, but the potential seems high for this one.
I imagine being a part of the revolution is going to be a lot of fun. Maybe we’ll use some improvised weapons, perform raids on strongholds, and inflict a lot of collateral damage.
We haven’t gotten a great look at this game due to it being pushed back as a result of COVID, but this is definitely one to watch.
God of War: Ragnarok
I don’t know about you, but the last God of War game was one of the most spectacular games I’ve played in a long time. Having to keep your kid alive while you face down some nasty figures from Norse mythology was an experience to remember.
When we last saw Kratos and Atreus, it was made apparent that Fimbulwinter was starting, and Ragnarok would follow in years to come. That brings us to this new God of War game. Other than the name, we don’t have a lot to work with in terms of details.
The last installment gave us such a unique teamwork mechanic between the father and son that I would have to imagine that makes a return. We also have a general direction in which the story is likely to develop, but it doesn’t look like a happy one. In fact, it’s the end of the world!
Based on previous entries in this series, it’s going to be a hell of an experience. If we start the game in the midst of Ragnarok, we’ll have an older Atreus to work alongside Kratos. If he’s anything like dear old dad, he could be an intriguing figure, especially when you consider what we learned about him throughout God of War.
Even though the game is tentatively scheduled for release in 2021, that could change due to COVID-related delays.
Gran Turismo 7 Could Be on the Fast-Track for Success
A new generation of racing games is coming to the new consoles, and I am ready to see what they have to offer. Granted, I haven’t played a Gran Turismo game in a while, but some of the features coming with this game look really good.
I’ve read that the PS5 controller will play a significant role in the braking mechanic, giving you some haptic feedback when you’re taking those tight corners.
There are many levels of car customization and beautiful levels from what I can see in the announcement trailer. They’re bringing back a lot of old features that the series strayed from, too. Old styles of tracks cars, and GT Simulation Mode are all making a return to the series.
All in all, this game looks really good and I can’t wait to see what comes of it.
Games Coming Out in 2021 or Beyond (Probably Beyond)
There are some games with a bit of confusion surrounding their launch date, but I am looking forward to the news for some major titles. In particular, I want to see information about Diablo 4. I know it’s probably not one of the games coming out in 2021, but I would like to see what classes Blizzard plans on adding to the mix.
While I’m on the topic of Blizzard, I hope to get some news about that Diablo II remake as well. I don’t know if they can pull it off, but a man can hope, right?
I am also interested to see what happens with the Mass Effect Remaster that is supposed to come out some point next year. I would love to see whether they remix the endings of Mass Effect 3 to line up a canon ending for the future of the series that was just revealed a little while ago.
So many games are coming out next year, and we could have some truly amazing ones on our hands. Let me know what games you’re dying to play next year.