With 2020 finally over with, it’s that time of year where we start to look forward at the list of titles in 2021 that has us excited. We are officially in the next-gen for gaming with the release of the PS5, Series X/S, the Geforce 3000 series and the AMD 6000 series. Large juggernauts that we have waited for years for have come and gone already and now we can start getting excited for the next batch. Please remember that dates are subject to change at this time but these are our most anticipated games for the next year.
To quote another game right now, “Hell, it’s about time!” The last time we got to see Master Chief on display was in 2015. We always knew he would be coming back at some point, but 6 years is a long time to wait. Is it worth it? As of right now, that remains unknown but all signs are pointing to a resounding maybe. The game was shown off on July 23rd and was hit with some criticism about it’s graphics, but 343 Studios told us the game was still in development at that time. With the game delayed another year in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, that gives the developers time with the game to get everything in place for our return to the rings. Look forward to that during the Holiday season next year.
Resident Evil: Village (aka Resident Evil: VIII)
Resident Evil: 7 came out in 2017 and was a gigantic critical and financial success. Capcom followed it up by giving the fans Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes over the past few years. During the PS5 reveal in June, we got to see a small glimpse of the next installment and are looking forward to getting our collective wits scared right out of us one more time. With the game running, once again, on the RE engine developed in-house at Capcom, it should look as good if not better then we are imagining. Ethan, star of Resident Evil 7, returns as the main protagonist as we search for Chris Redfield. Resident Evil: Village is slated to be released in April of 2021.
Horizon: Forbidden West
Aloy returns to us sometime in 2021 with a new adventure that looks and sounds just as amazing as the last time. Announced during the PS5 reveal, fans are more than ready for their return to the 31st century to kill even more gigantic robotic dinosaurs. Taking place farther west then the original, Guerrilla Games has informed us that the game is a larger map that includes San Fransisco and Yosemite as well as the ability to explore below water. This new feature has pretty big implications for the series going forward. With as amazing as the predecessor looked on PS4, PS5 and PS4 can look forward to even more beautiful locations and creatures in the newest installment sometime this coming year.
We return to Hogwarts this year but it’s not at the same time we have ever seen it. The game takes place during the 1800’s. This provides players the chance to forge a new legend in the Harry Potter universe. An open world RPG setting set in the magical world of Harry Potter sounds like a dream come true for many fans. Especially since there is the opportunity to potentially be students with a certain professor. Hogwarts has never looked as good. Characters will be going to classes, learning magic and even heading into the Forbidden Forest. Here is hoping we get some scenes in Diagon Alley as well. With Avalanche Studios developing it and Warner Brothers Studio behind the scenes, fans eagerly await their chance to don the Sorting Hat once more.
Far Cry 6
Set in Yara, a fictional Caribbean island, ran by “El Presidente” Anton Castillo, we return to the world of Far Cry again in 2021. Players will be controlling new protagonist Dani Rojas, a freedom fighter planning to topple El Presidente’s regime. Ubisoft had planned on the game releasing in February but pushed the title back further into the year to help get everything done. Anton is being portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito, Moff Gideon from “The Mandalorian,” with his son Diego being portrayed by Anthony Gonzalez of “Coco” fame. Any time Giancarlo Esposito shows up, you just know he is going to bring the charisma and menace. His inclusion is a big reason for why Far Cry 6 makes an appearance on our 2021 most anticipated list.
Silent assassin Agent 47 returns again with the third installment in IO Interactive’s amazing stealth series. Continuing his world tour, 47 is tasked with missions set in Dubai, Dartmoor, Dublin and Chongqing, China and two more locations. Unlike in Hitman 2 there will be no multi-player elements in this title other then trying to beat your own, your friends, or the global high scores, but that isn’t what makes these titles great. It’s the free form way you can do the entire mission. Theoretically, you could do the entire game as a commando that would put Rambo to shame. That doesn’t mean you can’t kill a target in so many different ways that you will loose track. Hitman 3 arrives on January 20th.