Blog April 21, 2021

Game of Games: What We Will Play In 2021-2022

If you are still looking for something to play on your consoles or PC in 2021, then we have collected the most anticipated and in-demand games according to the audience of Reddit users for the current year.

Although the beginning of 2021 was relatively quiet in terms of the release of new «toys» (well, this is typical for this time of year), we still expect a few big players to watch out for, including Resident Evil Village, Battlefield, and Halo Infinite.

The new rise of the games

In the difficult year of 2020, video games became a consolation for many people, as they made it possible to chat with friends who were also stuck in quarantine and, even if for a while, escape to worlds where there is no social isolation and coronavirus.

The year 2021 promises to be no less ambitious in terms of the growth in popularity of games among users, and even those who did not particularly consider themselves to be in the category of gamers.

With a new generation of game consoles released late last year, we're at that interesting point of no return for console gamers when it's time to wonder if every upcoming game will be available to the previous generation, and how long can we last before we do finally forced to upgrade our machines if we want to play new games.

Fortunately, there will be plenty of great games available for your PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2021, although the temptation to update will only intensify over time.

Well, we're entering the second quarter of 2021 and the rest of the year will be filled to the brim with a great selection of new PC-exclusive and cross-platform releases.

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

Release Date: March 23, 2021

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Genre: Farming sim, RPG

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is the latest game in the beloved Story of Seasons franchise. It is the second game in the Bokuj Monogatari series to be released on the Nintendo Switch, as well as the fourth entry in the rebranded Story of Seasons series for the international market.

The game was first announced via a short trailer in both English and Japanese during the Nintendo Direct Mini on October 28, 2020.

The latest game, set in Olive Town, allows players to plant crops, raise animals, and build relationships with the townspeople.

It is reported that there are «200 unique events», a variety of different animals and crops, and a total of ten bachelors/bachelors with whom players can develop relationships.

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town promises to be an even more advanced farming simulator.

Monster Hunter Rise

Release Date: 26 March 2021

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Genre: Action RPG

This is truly one of the most anticipated games of 2021. Run to buy, play and continue hunting even more ferocious monsters. Following the well-received Monster Hunter World, which was released for PS4 and Xbox One in 2018, Monster Hunter Rise will be available on Nintendo Switch.

So, what can we expect? As with previous Monster Hunter releases, there are still hundreds of hours of hunting and adventure awaiting you. 

Are you ready to take on the challenge and become one of the greatest monster hunters? Capcom said that the game will have more vertical gameplay, including some new tools. This should add some new layers, literally and figuratively, to the grand series already known for great gameplay. It will be difficult to replicate the success of Monster Hunter: World, but Capcom has certainly earned the favor with this series.

Evil Genius 2: World Domination

Release Date: 30 March 2021

Platform: Microsoft Windows

Genre: Real-time strategy, Simulation‎

The colorful spy strategy builds on classic PC games like Dungeon Keeper and Theme Hospital. But many modifications update it.

The original 2004 game, Evil Genius, was a real-time strategy game with simulation elements similar to the upcoming sequel, which focuses on controlling your villain lair and ruling evil over «minions» to create a doomsday device that forcibly subdues the world. 

Critics have generally responded positively to it, with minor flaws that might be overlooked given the amount of pleasure it gets.

Fortunately, the sequel is returning to its roots. This time around, it features four new villains to suit most criminal archetypes. Play as the narcissistic despot Max, the heavy-muscled Ivan, the ex-espionage master Emma, or the fanatic scientist Zaliku. Evil Genius 2: World Domination was released on 30 March 2021 on Steam.

NieR Replicant

Release Date: 23 April 2021

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

Genre: Action / RPG, Fighting, Shooter, Quest

NieR Replicant, a rebuilt version of the original game aimed at modern consoles and PCs, was announced back in 2020. During the Tokyo Game Show 2020 broadcast, Yoko Taro and Square Enix announced that NieR Replicant will release on April 23, 2021, in the US and Europe, and in Japan on April 22.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's the trailer with the release date:

Yoko Taro returned specifically for NieR Replicant, with composer Keiichi Okabe and producer Yosuke Saito who also worked on the original game.

What's remarkable about this game is that NieR Replicant is officially available outside of Japan for the first time.

NieR Replicant takes place thousands of years before the events of NieR Automata. The story tells of a young man with a talking grimoire, who is looking for the key to saving his sister. NieR Replicant is coming to Xbox One, PC, and PS4. Alas, no next-gen updates for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or PS5.

Resident Evil: Village

Release Date: 7 May 2021

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S

Genre: Survival horror

Resident Evil Village is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7, the eighth installment in Capcom's hit series. Episode 8 is said to be scarier and bigger than Resident Evil 7. Get ready, because Resident Evil Village is due out on May 7 and will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series XIS, and PC!

In Capcom's legendary survival horror franchise, Hero 7, Ethan again takes on a first-person perspective in a mysterious European village home to the beloved Internet vampire Lady Dumitrescu.

Resident Evil Village continues the story a few years later when the protagonist of the previous game Ethan Winters meets Chris Redfield, a familiar character who originally debuted in the very first Resident Evil game, in a story set that takes place in Europe. As in the previous version, Resident Evil Village will be played in a first-person perspective, and it will surely have the classic survival horror gameplay that longtime fans of the series know and love.

Mass Effect Trilogy: Legendary Edition

Release Date: 14 May 2021

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Genre: Action RPG

BioWare's Mass Effect trilogy is widely known as one of the best role-playing games, and this year finally comes Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, a complete remaster of the trilogy.

Historical reference:

  • The first Mass Effect was released in 2007;
  • The final part of the trilogy was released in 2012; 
  • The failed Mass Effect: Andromeda was released in 2017. 

Since then, there have been no more official announcements related to the universe. In 2019, BioWare CEO Casey Hudson confirmed that the company would tell many more stories in the Mass Effect universe.

Rune Factory 5

Release Date: 20 May 2021

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Genre: Role-playing, Simulation 

The last Rune Factory 4 Special, was released on Switch in 2020, 8 years after the game was released in Japan. After introducing Switch players to the Rune Factory series, Nintendo announced the development of Rune Factory 5, and we've been waiting for a release date ever since.

What is going to be there? Lovely, cozy, many beloved in Japan series of RPG and farming simulator genre. The cool visual style and unique gaming experience. These episodes, like the Harvest Moon franchise, have had a big impact on the indie phenomenon of our time — Stardew Valley.

Hollow Knight: Silksong

Release Date: 2021-2022

Platform: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch

Genre: Action-adventure, Metroidvania

Hollow Knight: Silksong is the sequel to the hardcore platformer Hollow Knight. Players will find: 

  • an updated combat system;
  • more than 150 new enemies and bosses;
  • completely new locations and much more.

Hollow Knight, released in 2017, continued this tradition admirably, receiving almost overwhelmingly positive reviews, including some calling it a «masterpiece». That's enough, but Hollow Knight: Silksong looks more perfect than the original.

The sequel tells us about a girl named Hornet, an insect-like creature whose main weapon is a needle against enemies. The gameplay is similar to its predecessor. She goes to a completely new kingdom in which «music and silk reign». Hornet awaits completely new enemies who stand between her and the dark secrets of the past.

The trailer with the announcement is almost two years old, and in 2019 the game had a game demo. We hope this means we get to see Hollow Knight: Silksong sooner than we expect.

God of war: Ragnarok

Release Date: 2021

Platform: PlayStation 5

Genre: Action-adventure, Hack, and Slash

Yeah, three years before the release of the previous game may seem like an eternity to fans, but in fact, it is a short time for AAA series like God of War.

It is unclear when diehard fans will be able to get more details on the release date, but as Cory Barlog noted, the game will come out «when it's ready» (thanks, cap). Sony will likely want to wait until E3 2021 or the upcoming State of Play live stream to reveal more cards, so we are gearing up to spend another couple of months in the dark until June or longer.

God of War 2: Ragnarok is the second installment of a PS4-exclusive game, continuing the story of God of War's soft restart. The events of the new game unfold some time after the original, and in the center of attention is the same «retired» god of war, Kratos, who travels to the northern lands.

Far Cry 6

Release Date: Q2/Q3 2021

Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Amazon Luna, Stadia, Windows

Genre: First-person shooter

Looking back at Far Cry 4, Far Cry 5, and Far Cry New Dawn, we can definitely say that they are great games that brought something new and exciting to the FPS genre.

And here is the long-awaited Far Cry 6. The release was originally scheduled for February 2021 but delayed until an unknown date in 2021. But be that as it may, it will be the largest and most fully-featured game from Far Cry.

The game will be released not only on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X | S, PC, and Google Stadia but also on the Amazon Luna platform.

This time the main mission is to overthrow the dictatorship on the Caribbean island of Yara. «Breaking Bad» star Giancarlo Esposito plays the tyrannical El Presidente, raising a son to run the family business.

Players will be able to explore the city of Esperance and its surroundings using a huge map. Also, players can use various weapons, resources, vehicles (cars, horses, tanks, etc.).

The main task for the players: to fight for their country, free the land and raise the people against the brutal dictator Anton Castillo. Yara needs to return to its former greatness, even if it makes the main character feel like a real traitor to the dark state.

Halo Infinite

Release Date: Q3/Q4 2021

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Genre: First-person shooter

The Halo franchise is a staple of the FPS genre but has been absent from PC for quite some time (after the launch of Halo 1 and two decades ago on PC). But thanks to the tireless work of 343 Industries, PC players can finally play the entire series with the Master Chief Collection.

This means we can all catch up when the next and possibly the last Halo game of this year comes out: Halo Infinite. 

Many of you are probably familiar with the game — the gameplay premiered back in September last year, and the reaction was not entirely positive. Fans criticized the animated visuals and lighting in the first place, causing the game to be postponed indefinitely until 343 was able to solve the players' problems.

In the fall of 2021 (assuming 343 really improves the accuracy of the graphics), we will probably still get what we have been waiting for. Infinite will include a new open world and a separate free multiplayer component, but we still look forward to Halo in terms of gameplay, gameplay, gameplay.

Halo Infinite's combat and movement mechanics are fluid and kinetic like never before. The weapons seem powerful, and this time around, the Master Chief seems to have a variety of new tools at his disposal, including large pop-up shields, a sort of sonar ability, and a grappling hook that can grab objects and enemies alike.

Shin Megami Tensei V

Release Date: 2021

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Genre: RPG

The Shin Megami Tensei series is extremely popular among gamers who love JRPGs, so every time a new game comes out, it's an occasion. Created by Atlus, the same developer who created Persona, Shin Megami Tensei V promises to be a huge game for the Nintendo Switch this year.

Set in modern-day Tokyo, the game promises to incorporate classic gameplay elements from Shin Megami Tensei III and IV, as well as some new mechanics to keep things fresh.

Historical reference:

  • The game was first presented in January 2017 as a teaser trailer as part of the Nintendo presentation of the Nintendo Switch console;
  • At the time of the announcement, development had just begun, and the game was introduced as Shin Megami Tensei: Brand New Title;
  • The Shin Megami Tensei V name was announced in October 2017 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the original Shin Megami Tensei;
  • The international release of the game was announced in November 2017;
  • In July 2020, a trailer was shown during the Nintendo Direct presentation that announced a simultaneous worldwide release date for 2021.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel 

Release Date: TBD

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Genre: Hack and Slash, RPG

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is one of the most anticipated games on the Nintendo Switch, although we know almost nothing about it. However, thanks to the interesting teaser trailer, we can find out some details about the sequel to the best video game of the last decade.

We know that:

  • Breath of the Wild's Link and Zelda iterations are back; 
  • The story will resume from where the first game left off;
  • The game is in development for the Nintendo Switch;
  • «Breath of the Wild 2» isn't actually the title of the next Zelda game. 

Since the experimental Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the NES, Nintendo hasn't named a sequel to Zelda, and the trend is unlikely to resume. So when Breath of the Wild 2 comes out, it probably won't actually be called Breath of the Wild 2.

Nintendo is not discussing the release date for Breath of the Wild 2, but we dare to assume that it will be related to the sequence of Zelda's release over the years, as well as the average lifespan of the Nintendo console.

Apart from re-releases and remakes (although some of them are quite significant), Nintendo releases the new Zelda on consoles (not portable devices) on average every 3.5 years. Waiting times are sometimes as little as one year, and sometimes as long as six years, but rarely four years pass without a new item.

The trailer showcased Breath of the Wild 2 for the Nintendo Switch. This means the game will release somewhere before the Switch's lifespan. Nintendo home consoles are released every 5.5 years on average, which means the current Switch could last until October 2022 or even March 2023.

All the reliable information we have about Breath of the Wild 2 comes from the trailer that Nintendo released during E3 2019. Here it is, in case you haven't seen it:

We also know that Link and Zelda will be exploring some strange spiritual energy that can obviously revive the dead.

So the seemingly setting was for Link and Zelda to embark on a new journey after Breath of the Wild, as they promised to do in the epilogue. They make a strange discovery, and this evil force threatens all of Hyrule. The only question is whether Zelda will be an active player for most of the story, like in Wind Waker, or will need to be rescued right away, like in the first Breath of the Wild.

Horizon Forbidden West

Release Date: Q3/Q4 2021

Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Genre: Action RPG

The long-awaited sequel to everyone's beloved post-apocalyptic adventure. A hero named Aloy heads to the border of the west coast of America. Robotic dinosaurs roam the overgrown ruins of San Francisco and the dry desert of Yosemite Valley.

Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the most impressive PlayStation 4 exclusives. More than three years later, we are finally getting as close as possible to the release of Guerrilla Games' long-awaited sequel, Horizon Forbidden West.

So, the players have to:

  • explore the underwater world;
  • fight huge machines and riders using weapons, equipment, and traps made from robot parts;
  • meet new tribes;
  • find out the secret of the appearance of Silence — one of the main characters of Horizon Zero Dawn.

Also, the protagonist needs to bring harmony and order back to the world. To do so, Aloy will need to unite with different conflicting factions and unravel the legacy of antiquity, staying one step ahead of an unstoppable enemy. 


Release Date: Q3/Q4 2021

Platform: Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows

Genre: First-person shooter, Quest

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 — a computer game in the genre of post-apocalyptic first-person shooter, developed by the Ukrainian company GSC Game World.

Historical Reference:

  • The game was originally announced on August 13, 2010, for PC and the seventh generation of consoles;
  • The game was planned for release in 2012;
  • On December 9, 2011, work on the project was stopped along with the disbandment of the development team;
  • The re-announcement of the resumption of the development of the game occurred on May 15, 2018; 
  • The game was announced on July 23, 2020, for Xbox Series X / S and Windows personal computers.

On December 30, 2020, IGN published the first official teaser of the game, made on the engine and depicting the gameplay. In the description of the video, the name of the protagonist S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was named — Scythian. The attributes of the game being developed were «rapid change of locations», «ominous landscapes» and «a constant sense of imminent danger, accompanied by a subtle guitar soundtrack».

On March 26, 2021, the creators of the game unveiled models of weapons, armor, and character faces, which were redesigned to take into account the new engine. Zakhar Bocharov, PR manager of GSC Game World, said that the game will have more than 30 types of weapons, and it will be possible to modify them. There is also a constructor that allows you to create a unique look for characters; in particular, you can flexibly customize the teeth of the characters so that «each character in the Zone has a unique smile». According to Bocharov, new videos on the game will appear by the end of the year.

Battlefield 6

Release Date: 2021

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PS5, and Xbox Series X

Genre: Shooter

The long-awaited return of Battlefield. After a warm welcome of Battlefield V, EA is once again making a move with a few mods to make Battlefield 6.

The new first-person shooter has yet to be officially unveiled, but thanks to succulent leaks we've managed to paint a pretty clear picture of what the game will be like. Could Battlefield 6 be EA's most successful attempt to topple battle royale games like Call of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite?

We don't yet know what the gameplay will be in Battlefield 6, but many speculated that the franchise would return to modern combat situations. The two previous games in the franchise (Battlefield V and Battlefield One) took place in the past.

There is an assumption that the action of Battlefield 6 will primarily take place in Kazakhstan. This information is taken from two teasers discovered by gamers.

Presumably, the Easter egg found on the belt buckle in Battlefield V contained latitude and longitude coordinates in a specific order. These coordinates led to a location in Kazakhstan.

Another alleged easter egg was found in the teaser for the Battlefield 6 technical demo. The model from the presentation featured a series of numbers on the character's forehead. These numbers were again read as the coordinates of a location in Kazakhstan, leading fans to believe that the next game would definitely take place there.

Given the large player base and the availability of the next generation, Battlefield 6 is likely to be a battle royale-style game that rivals the likes of Warzone and Fortnite.

Many of the details provided by Henderson seem rather sketchy, so they will likely be confirmed in the game's first trailer, which is expected to release in spring 2021.

Lego Star Wars

Release Date: Q2/Q3 2021

Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS

Genre: Action-adventure

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an action-adventure computer game. Traveler's Tales is the developer and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment is the publisher. The game will adopt all nine Star Wars films from the Skywalker Saga film series. The game was announced on June 9, 2019, during Microsoft's press conference at E3 2019.

The player can start the passage from any of the episodes of the Skywalker Saga, but later he is free to change his choice and continue the game in another episode. It is known that the game will have 45 levels, 5 for each episode. The game is an action-adventure in an open world with a third-person view.

 The combat system includes light attacks, heavy attacks, and the use of the Force. The game is scheduled to release in 2021 for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch platforms.

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Release Date: October 2021

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5

Genre: Action-adventure

Where «Karate meets magic», — director Shinichiro Hada says of the game. «We want the player to feel like a cool, spellbinding, high-tech ninja exorcist, defeating countless evil spirits». It's hard to argue with the sale on Tango Gameworks of a stunning action-adventure that takes you to futuristic Tokyo, where all the inhabitants of the city have disappeared and the evil forces have moved inward.

You will have access to a variety of magical powers and abilities to fight the spirits and ghosts that have settled in Tokyo.

Although the company is now owned by Microsoft and is part of Xbox Game Studios, GhostWire: Tokyo will continue to be a PlayStation 5-exclusive console, arriving on other consoles a year later.

Tango Gameworks' previous series, The Evil Within, received positive reviews for both games, and GhostWire: Tokyo looks like a fun adventure, albeit definitely less creepy than The Evil Within.

Elden Ring

Release Date: 31 December 2021

Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4 и Xbox One

Genre: Action/RPG 

The Elden Ring release was originally announced during the Xbox E3 demo in June 2019. Since then, there has been no official information about the game, but according to news from one industry insider, the release from 2021 could be shifted to 2022.

Writer Andy Robinson reports that the game has been «postponed several times within the company due to disruptions caused by the pandemic», especially when working remotely.

Elden Ring was written by Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki in collaboration with Game of Thrones author George Martin, who worked primarily on developing the game's history. Such a unit obviously can turn Elden Ring into an open world Dark Souls with Game of Thrones vibes. If it is so, just shut up and take my money!

There is very little specific information about the game at the moment, but in an interview with IGN Miyazaki explained how this will be implemented: «Creating a new type of game is a big challenge for us. If we added cities as well, it would be too problematic. Therefore, we are creating an open-world game focused on what we know best».

Some areas of the world will have «intricate, layered castles» like the ones you've already seen in Dark Souls. There will also be ruins and other locations familiar from previous FromSoftware games.

According to information from the Elden Ring subreddit, the World Tree from Scandinavian mythology will be the central point of the world. Celtic myths are also involved in the narrative. The map will be much larger than in Dark Souls, and the game will also have a change of day and night and a dynamic change of weather. Unlike Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Elden Ring will have a familiar role-playing formula when creating a character — you choose the appearance and pumping.

As it became known to gamers from the Elden Ring subreddit, the game will have two factions: the first — red-haired warriors with heavy weapons, the second — warriors with white hair. The debut trailer featured a red-haired character. It is not yet known whether the player will be able to choose the side of one of the factions.

Gran Turismo 7

Release Date: 2022

Platform: PlayStation 5

Genre: Racing

The Gran Turismo series has been a staple for PS consoles for over twenty years and will release the seventh main game in the series this year. It's been about eight years since Gran Turismo 6 was released for PS4, and now fans will finally get the next installment of Gran Turismo 7.

Gran Turismo 7 is a racing simulator computer game developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is the eighth main game in the Gran Turismo series. 

Historical Reference:

  • The game was announced on June 11, 2020, via a PlayStation 5 broadcast; 
  • The game was originally set to release in 202;
  • The release was delayed until 2022;
  • The game is a PlayStation 5 console exclusive.

There were over 1200 vehicles available in the previous main series for your driving pleasure, so it will be interesting to see what the team behind Gran Turismo 7 is doing to take the latest game to the next level.

The main menu for the game, featured in the gameplay trailer, is similar in style to that of Gran Turismo 4. GT7 will be the first game in the series since Gran Turismo 6 to support GT Simulation Mode, a long-standing feature of the single-player campaign.

Other classic functions shown include return:

  • traditional tracks and cars;
  • special events;
  • championships; driving schools;
  • shop of spare parts for tuning;
  • car dealership for used cars and GT Auto.

The game will retain the GT Sport Mode, Brand Central, and Discover modes introduced in Gran Turismo Sport.

The game will use the capabilities of the PlayStation 5's DualSense controller, Tempest Engine, hardware ray tracing, and 3D audio to enhance the immersive experience of the game.

Gotham Knights 2

Release Date: 2022

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Genre: Action role-playing

Batman is dead, corruption is rampant in the GCPD, and crime is on the rise. So, the friends of the Dark Knight must restore justice in Gotham. Playing as Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, or Red Hood — each with their own special abilities — you patrol a city in the open world, detecting crimes. 

You can also explore Gotham City while investigating the death of Batman. To do this, you need to patrol either on your own or with one of the other characters (gameplay is focused on the interaction of heroes). 

Also, you need to cross criminal actions, wherever the player would not notice them. While the Gotham Knights are not directly related to the Arkham series, it should be a good start for DC video game fans as the Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad arrives in 2022.

Since the impact of Covid-19 on development has not been canceled, many may not meet the expected release date in 2021, so our list is subject to change. 

What kind of game are you waiting for? Let us know in the comments below.