Whoa, what a year! 2020 will surely go down in history as one of the worst years, what with the global pandemic and its effect on various branches of the industry.

But let’s not dwell on the past! With 2021 and a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X fresh out of the bakery, it’s time to take a look at what the developers have in store for us in the coming year. Owners of PC, worry not – our list of games to-be-released in 2021 will have something for everyone!

REMINDER: We will add the games as soon as they will be available via pre-order or simply released in 2021.

Video Games to be Released in 2021
Yakuza 3 Remastered 2021-01-28 Action-adventure Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio 81% Read more
Resident Evil 8: Village 2021-05-07 Survival horror Capcom 65% Read more
GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE- 2021-06-11 Action Arc System Works 40% Read more
Tribes of Midgard 2021-07-27 Action role-playing, Survival Norsfell, Norsfell Games Inc. 77% Read more
HumanKind 2021-08-17 Strategy Amplitude Studios 37% Read more
NARAKA: BLADEPOINT (NA) 2021-08-12 Battle royale 24 Entertainment Read more
Back 4 Blood 2021-10-12 Action Turtle Rock Studios Read more
Balan Wonderworld 2021-03-26 Action Square Enix, ARZEST Corp. 73% Read more
Darkest Dungeon II 2021 RPG, Strategy Red Hook Studios Read more
DEATHLOOP 2021-09-14 Action-adventure Arkane Studios 68% Read more
Evil West 2021 Shooter, Adventure, Action Flying Wild Hog Read more
Far Cry 6 2021-10-07 FPS Ubisoft Toronto Read more
Gamedec 2021 Indie, RPG Anshar Studios Read more
Hellish Quart 2021-02-16 Fighting, Action, Indie Kubold Read more
HITMAN 3 2021-01-20 Stealth IO Interactive 60% Read more
Hollow Knight: Silksong 2021 Metroidvania, action-adventure Team Cherry Read more
Hood: Outlaws & Legends 2021-05-10 Shooter, RPG, MMO Sumo Digital 83% Read more
It Takes Two 2021-03-26 Action, Adventure Hazelight 13% Read more
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale 2021-01-26 RPG NeocoreGames Read more
Little Nightmares II 2021-02-11 Adventure Tarsier Studios 60% Read more
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… 2021-04-23 Shooter, RPG, Fighting Toylogic 53% Read more
Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition 2021-02-05 Action, RPG KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. 54% Read more
Overwatch 2 2021 First-Person Blizzard Entertainment Read more
Persona 5 Strikers 2021-02-23 Action, Adventure ATLUS 48% Read more
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake 2022 Action, Adventure Ubisoft Pune, Ubisoft Mumbai Read more
Riders Republic 2021-02-25 Sports Ubisoft Annecy Read more
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 2023-12 FPS, Shooter, Adventure, Action GSC Game World Read more
Shadow Warrior 3 2022-03-01 FPS Flying Wild Hog Read more
Stronghold: Warlords 2021-03-09 Simulation FireFly Studios 74% Read more
The Medium 2021-01-28 Psychological horror Bloober Team 53% Read more
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide 2022-11-30 Action Fatshark Read more
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground 2021 Strategy Gasket Games 40% Read more
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood 2021-02-04 RPG Cyanide Read more
Diablo II Resurrected (Remastered Version) 2021-09-23 Hack & Slash Blizzard Read more
The Ascent 2021-07-29 Cyberpunk, Action role-playing Neon Giant 75% Read more
Starbase 2021-07-29 MMO, Simulation Frozenbyte Read more
Chernobylite 2021-07-28 Adventure The Farm 51 Read more
Days Gone 2021-05-18 Action-adventure, survival horror Bend Studio 68% Read more
Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Steam) 2021-05-14 Action role-playing BioWare 38% Read more
Maneater (Steam) 2021-05-25 Action, Role-playing Tripwire, Blindside 89% Read more
City of Gangsters 2021-08-09 Strategy SomaSim 9% Read more
NBA 2K22 2021-09-10 Sports Visual Concepts 82% Read more
FIFA 22 2021-10-01 Sports Electronic Arts 50% Read more
Prehistoric Kingdom 2021 Tycoon simulator Blue Meridian Read more
Manor Lords 2021 Strategy Slavic Magic Read more
System Shock (2021) 2022 Action-adventure Nightdive Studios, Looking Glass Studios Read more
Atomic Heart 2021 Action role-playing Mundfish Read more
Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector 2021-07-22 Turn-based strategy Black Lab Games 67% Read more
Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 4 2021-03-11 Racing Milestone 86% Read more
GRIME 2021-08-02 Indie, Role playing Clover Bite 48% Read more
WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship (EU) 2021-09-02 Racing Kylotonn, KT Racing 54% Read more

Darkest Dungeon 2

Release date:2021
Genre:role-playing game
DeveloperRed Hook Studios
Game modessingle-player

A sequel to the 2016 RPG hit, Darkest Dungeon 2 will surely be a treat for all fans of grim roguelikes. The game’s development was announced in February 2019, with a trailer presenting the main character classes from the original game – Grave Robber, Hellion, Highwayman, Leper, Man-at-Arms, and Plague Doctor – all lined up to face a new threat that awaits them.

The developer, Red Hook Studios, has been pretty tight-lipped about the contents of the game. In an interview for the PC Gamer, they mentioned that unlike in the previous installment, the game would be set in various locations. The devs mentioned that the studio had increased its capacity from only 5 people to 14. Remembering how good DD was, we cannot wait to see how far RHS will expand the sequel before its release sometime in 2021.

Key features
  • Embark on a brutal journey in a blood-stained world
  • Choose one of six playable classes, each with different skills and attributes

Hollow Knight: Silksong

Nintendo Switch
Release date:2021
Genre:action-adventure, Metroidvania
DeveloperTeam Cherry
Game modessingle-player

In 2016, Hollow Knight was a revelation that won the hearts of players with its engrossing world and engaging Metroidvania-style gameplay. Will Silksong manage to do the same five years later? That is yet to be determined – all we know that Team Cherry is putting their best foot forward, introducing a new protagonist and a fresh adventure for the player to enjoy.

The main character of Silksong will be Hornet, the princes and guardian of Hollownest. The game tells the story of Hornet’s journey to reach the summit of her kingdom, battling endless foes, solving riddles, and making friends along the way. The game will employ the same hand-drawn 2D graphics that made the original so memorable. Silksong’s demo was presented during the 2019’s E3 and was met with a positive audience reaction, meaning the spirit of Hollow Knight is still alive in this one.

Key features
  • Control princes Hornet on her quest to the peak of Hollownest
  • Face new enemies and make new alliances along the way
  • Solve riddles to proceed further into the Haunted World
  • Take in the hand-crafted 2D graphics

Nioh 2

PlayStation 5
Release date:February 5, 2021
DeveloperTeam Ninja
Game modessingle-player

Nioh 2 is a sequel to one of the best action-RPGs of 2017. Nioh 2 tells of the events happening before the action of that game, and sometime after. The player controls a half-yokai warrior Hide, who travels the Sengoku-Era Japan, fighting monsters threatening the lives of the common people. The game features similar mechanics to its predecessor – the player can use various weapons and spells to fend off enemies, as well as summon AI comrades to aid them in battle.

What can we expect from the PS5/PC version of Nioh 2? Faster loading times and better graphics, that’s certain. The game is also said to include all the DLCs released for PlayStation 4. If you haven’t played it yet, it will be your chance to experience the game at its peak. If you have, you might want to check it out anyway to see how much it has improved.

Key features
  • A beautiful setting of Sengoku-era Japan
  • A brand new story set before and after the events of the original Nioh
  • Explore the world with a party of new characters
  • Complete your Nioh 2 experience with all the DLCs released for the game

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2

Xbox One/ Xbox Series X/S
Release date:2021
Genre:first-person shooter
DeveloperGSC Game World
Game modessingle-player

To quote Old Rose from Titanic, “It’s been 84 years…”, or in this case 11 with a change since we’ve last heard of the new installment of this cult-classic FPS game. The last title in the series, Call of Pripyat, was released in 2009, and since then, rumors of a direct sequel emerged every now and then, only to be denied by the developers, saying the game was definitely canceled.

Now we know that the work on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is ongoing, and the game will be released sometime in 2021 for PC and Xbox consoles (presumably both XONE and Series X). What else do we know? Nothing much, really. Apparently, the game is at a very early development stage, and aside from a short trailer presenting the locales of the Zone, we don’t have much to go on. All we can do is wait for more information to drop, but we’re already used to that, aren’t we?

Key features
  • Return to the Zone for a new post-apocalyptic adventure
  • Explore the irradiated wastelands and face its many threats

Little Nightmares 2

Xbox One/ Xbox Series X/S
PlayStation 4/ PlayStation 5
Nintendo Switch
Release date:February 11, 2021
Genre:puzzle-platformer, survival horror
DeveloperTarsier Studios
Game modessingle-player

If you haven’t had enough of Six adventures in the Maw, you might want to join her on the adventure beyond it in Little Nightmares 2. LN 2 is set in Pale City, a metropolis inhabited by deformed citizens addicted to TV broadcasts sent out by the Thin Man, whom you might remember from Secrets of The Maw DLC. In Pale City, Six meets Mono, a boy with a paper bag on his head who helps her in her quest to stop the Thin Man’s machinations.

Little Nightmares 2 introduces the player to a new environment, perhaps even more disturbing than the Maw from the first game, as well as a new playable character, Mono. The game puts the player in charge of keeping Mono and Six safe from various enemies, solving puzzles to push the story forward, and exploring the regions of Pale City.

Key features
  • Welcome to Pale City, a place even worse than the Maw
  • Help Mono and Six defeat the Thin Man – the mastermind behind the Pale City’s obsession with TV
  • Face new enemies and solve puzzles to proceed through the game

Horizon Forbidden West

PlayStation 4/PlayStation 5
Release date:2021
Genre:action-adventure, RPG
DeveloperGuerilla Games
Game modessingle-player

Remember 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn? You know, only one of the best games on PlayStation 4, with well-written story and characters, expansive open-world environment, and stunning graphics? Well, it’s getting a proper sequel. After the Frozen Wilds DLC, which wowed the players and critics with its excellent simulation of snow, of all things, we’re heading into Forbidden West – a region said to be the source of an all-killing plague. Aloy, the protagonist of the first game and a young huntress of the Nora tribe, heads into the unknown to determine what is causing the devastation.

As with most of the games on our list, very little is known about what Forbidden West will have to offer. Judging from the materials released so far, Aloy will get to explore vast swaths of the new region, set within the Southwestern United States. She will find new locations and biomes and hunt new kinds of dangerous machines. More info will be available as we draw nearer to the game’s release date, which is set around Q3/Q4 of 2021.

Key features
  • Return to the post-apocalyptic world of Horizon
  • Explore the new open region of the Forbidden West
  • Lead Aloy on her quest to find the source of the plague

Far Cry 6

Xbox One/Xbox Series X/S
PlayStation 4/PlayStation 5
Release date:2021
Genre:first-person shooter
DeveloperUbisoft Toronto
Game modessingle-player, multiplayer

Giancarlo Esposito as the big bad. That’s it. That’s the paragraph. You need to know nothing more than that. But seriously, there’s still very little concrete info about the game. FC 6 was supposed to be released in February of 2021, but it was delayed to past March 2021 because 2020 and we can’t have anything nice.

We know that the setting of the game, a Cuba-inspired Caribbean island of Yara, will be the largest map in the series‘ history. We also know that FC 6’s protagonist Dani Rojas will have a selectable gender. The plot will involve them fighting with the Yaran guerilla against Esposito’s character, El Presidente Anton Castillo. Castillo’s conflicted son Diego is also said to play an important part in the story. Time will tell how much of that is true.

Key features
  • Explore the open-world environment of the Yara island
  • Face the cruel dictator Anton Castillo
  • Carry out story mission and sidequests

Despite being a definitely terrible year, 2020 managed to have its share of silver linings. This year we saw the release of some of the best console-exclusive titles, such as The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima. The indie developers also had their moments of glory, with games like Among Us and Hades gaining traction among the players. Last but definitely not least, a new generation of consoles has descended, wooing us with plenty of graphically stunning titles to spend hard-earned money on.

As we move into the second year of the seemingly endless pandemic, we hope that the lessons learned during the first one will not be in vain. Despite such a difficult time, the industry managed to roll out some quality titles and a brand new generation of consoles. It’s proof that where’s a will, there’s a way. All we can do now is follow the news on the upcoming releases and remember that a little bit of joy can be found even in the darkest times.