Discover all the news in 2021!
2020 can be very high up the ranking of the worst years many of us have seen; But for video game fans, we’ll always have the consolation of having been one of the most productive years in terms of major releases. The Last of Us Part II, Doom Eternal, Half-Life: Alyx, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Ghost of Tsushima, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Microsoft Flight Simulator … The list seems to go on forever.
Fortunately, the year 2021, which has just begun, also has plenty of promises up its sleeve, and the list of titles we will hopefully see this year to get every “bad month” out of the way is more than interesting. So much so that we decided to work with our friends at xtralife to review the latest release calendar for the year, a task that we hope to accomplish at your company. Make yourself comfortable!
What is fully confirmed this year?
Let’s get off to a good start and review the fully confirmed releases for this year in chronological order; a list of famous names like the following:
- Hitman III (Released January 20) on all platforms. The year begins with a stealthy but fatal January. Hitman III will be the presumed conclusion after the recovery of the saga by the guys at IO Interactive. A studio that, in our opinion, did a great job with the legacy of Agent 47; We can’t wait to see what they’ll do this time.
- Fahrenheit 15th Anniversary Edition (released January 26th) on PS4. Continuing the month of January, on the 26th of the month we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Fahrenheit, the debut of the guys from Quantic Dream, as well as the work that defined the later work of David Cage; This remaster contains additional content for fans of the title and will be released for PlayStation 4.
- SNK Fighting Legends Collector’s Edition (released February 5) on PS4. Back in February, one of the first confirmed releases is the SNK Fightings Legends Collection, a compilation of some of the fighting games that defined SNK’s prime as a developer, in a series of titles that at the time became the line of retro games of the genre of the modern concept that we have today. As usual for SNK, it will be published on the PlayStation 4.
- Nioh Collection (released February 5) on PS5. On the same day that SNK wants to pay tribute to its most classic sagas, Team Ninja wants to do the same with Nioh through the so-called Nioh Collection, a package that brings the two titles of the saga together with visual enhancements to make them shine with violence on the console, in which this edition will see the light: PlayStation 5.
- Little Nightmares 2 Day One Edition (Released February 11) on all platforms. In the second month of the year the anticipated and peculiar Little Nightmares 2 will be released, a work that promises to go deeper both thematically and mechanically and that we look forward to after Tarsier Studios has worked on the original.
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Released February 12) for Nintendo Switch. Just a day after Little Nightmares, we have our dose of Mario for 2021 which, at the stage design level, makes it one of the roundest red plumber adventures we can remember and which received a bit of abuse for its original release. what happened on WiiU.
- Persona 5 Strikers (released February 23) on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. In the last section of the month we find Persona 5 Strikers, a spin-off that adds a different genre to the story of the original title than the JRPG that has accompanied the Phantom Thieves so far. We’ll have it on PS4 and Nintendo Switch by the date stated.
- Bravely Default II (released February 26th) on Nintendo Switch. After a second part, which is narrative a little different from what we found in 3DS Bravely Deault, and a few years in between, the second numbered part of this JRPG finally reaches us; which is not only characterized by its artistic part and its classic spirit, but also by its dynamic turn-based combat system. It will, how could it be otherwise, be released on Nintendo Switch.
- Blasphemous (released March 10th) on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. At the beginning of March we finally meet again with the physical version of the fantastic blasphemous from The Game Kitchen; a metroidvania that won our sympathy for its fantastic artistic section, soundtrack and baroque style that saves much of our country’s imagery to feed its world. We can find it for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake (released March 18) on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The Return of the Prince has been met with polarized opinions due to the appearance of this remake, but the studio responsible for the title decided to take their time polishing the rough edges, so the current release date is March 18th.
- Monster Hunter Rise (released March 26th) for Nintendo Switch. Hunters are happy! Monster Hunter Rise will arrive on Nintendo Switch at the end of March next year, in a title that shyly deviates from the line marked by Monster Hunter World, to give us a more “classic” experience from the previous titles in the saga, but also some great mechanical ones Adjustments.
- Outriders Day One Edition (released April 1st) for PC, PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox consoles. On the first day of the fourth month of the year we can get hold of Outriders, an RPG and cooperative action title that gives us the difficult task of following a mysterious sign through a hostile world. The title promises western-style RPG action in an impressive world of space fiction. We need to be vigilant to see if this new IP continues to grow.
- Guilty Gear -STRIVE- (Released April 9th) on PlayStation consoles. Fighting game fans, and especially fans of the Arc System Works, have an important date this coming April; The release of the next Guilty Gear will take place, a title that fans expect due to its thematic and mechanical changes.
- NieR: Replicant (released April 23) on PS4, Xbox, and PC. One of the big events of the year in terms of remakes comes on April 23rd with the release of this NieR: Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139 instead, a complete overhaul of the predecessor of the acclaimed NieR: Automata that promises I’ll get all of the eccentricities of your director Yoko Taro to conquer us all over again.
- New Pokémon Snap (released April 30th) for Nintendo Switch. At the end of the month we find the new and long-awaited return of Pokémon Snap, a sub-saga of the popular series of games that puts us in the shoes of a photographer in the Pokémon world; Taking on the legacy of its original for Nintendo 64, this new installment in the series promises to be a love letter to those fans who are best knowledgeable about the world of strange creatures.
- Deathloop (released May 21) on PS5 and PC. One of the dates of the year is presented to us by Arkane with Deathloop, a first-person action title in which we have to experience our special marmot day as a killer. We expect from him the excellent level design that Arkane has got us used to, as well as a deep development of his mechanics. Very attentive to it.
- Back 4 Blood (Released June 22nd) for PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles. After an eventful evolve, the parents of the original Left 4 Dead repeat the formula with Back 4 Blood, a cooperative action title that, how could it be otherwise, emphasizes the collaboration between its players to overcome their challenges. If you enjoyed Left 4 Dead one and two, as well as Fatshark’s work with Vermintide, we ask that you pay attention to this title.
These are all of the titles of greatest interest that have a fully confirmed date for this year, but they are nowhere near all we expect to see this year 2021. There are a number of titles with a confirmed date including the following that we know more about:
- Atelier Ryza 2 Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy (released January 29) for PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation consoles.
- Pang Adventures Buster Edition (released January 29) for Nintendo Switch
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood (released February 4th) for PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
- Re: ZERO – The Prophecy of the Throne (Released February 5) for PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation consoles.
- Micro Player Retro Street Fighter II Console (released February 19) in mini console format.
- Harvest Moon: One World (released March 5th) for Nintendo Switch.
- Sea of Solitude (released March 4th) on Nintendo Switch.
- Returnal (Released March 19) on PS5.
- Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (released March 26th) for Nintendo Switch.
- Cris Tales (Released March 31st) on all platforms.
There are also quite a few titles with a confirmed start for this year but with no confirmed date, and many others that are expected to be changed or announced in relation to the launch forecast.
Large releases with no confirmed date
Let’s see which titles are expected for this year without a confirmed date, some of them have date ranges like “Summer 2021” or something similar, while others are hesitant about the year of publication. We look forward to these the most:
- Dying Light 2 (release to be confirmed) in all …