2021 games: all the new launches you'll want to watch for next year

2021 games: all the new launches you'll want to watch for next year

Here's a full list of 2021 games broken down by month to help you to keep track of what's releasing next.


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Tʜᴇ ɴᴇᴡ ɢᴀᴍᴇs ᴏꜰ 2021 ᴀʀᴇ alʀᴇᴀᴅy ʟᴏᴏᴋɪɴg ʟɪᴋᴇ a stacked bunch. Due ɪɴ pᴀʀᴛ ᴛᴏ tʜᴇ Covid-19 pᴀɴdemic, 2020 wᴀs a chaotic yᴇᴀʀ thᴀᴛ sᴀᴡ quɪᴛe a ʟᴏᴛ ᴏꜰ ɢᴀᴍᴇs—ʙɪɢ ᴀɴd smᴀʟʟ—ɢᴇᴛ deʟᴀʏed ᴜɴᴛɪʟ 2021. Now thᴀᴛ tʜᴇ ɴᴇᴡ yᴇᴀʀ ɪs alᴍᴏsᴛ ᴜᴘᴏɴ ᴜs, ᴡᴇ've ɢᴏt quɪᴛe a feᴀst ᴏꜰ ɴᴇᴡ PC ɢᴀᴍᴇs ᴛᴏ ʟᴏᴏᴋ ꜰᴏʀᴡᴀʀd ᴛᴏ ᴇᴠᴇɴ ᴇᴀʀly ɪɴ tʜᴇ yᴇᴀʀ. 

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Highly anticipated games like Halo Infinite and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 have made their way to this year's calendar alongside big, newly-announced games like Hitman 3. With the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles launching late in 2020, 2021 is sure to be full of surprises. The new year's releases will likely capitalize on the power in those new consoles, which PC versions should benefit from too. 

We likely haven't quite seen the end of game delays caused by the pandemic as developers continue to work from home. As with last year, we'll keep this page up to date with all the new announcements, delays, and reveals for games releasing in 2021.

This is your big guide to the games to watch in 2021, which we've organized by month to help you look ahead. At the top we've highlighted the biggest and most anticipated games launching this year. At the bottom are 2021 games with release dates "TBA"—things that should be (or we hope will be) arriving in the next year—but haven't yet committed to a release date.

2021 Games: The biggest releases

As game studios switched to working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of big releases originally planned for launch in 2020 got pushed back. Now there are plenty of big games, both delayed and newly announced, to look forward to in 2021. Here are the most anticipated games of this year to watch for.

THAT YOU, VAAS?

Far Cry 6 | 2021
Three years after fictionalizing Montana, Far Cry is back with the fictional Caribbean island Yara. This time around, the big baddie is El Presidente Antón Castillo, played by Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito.

Hitman 3 | Stealth Hijinks | January 20
Agent 47 is back for more comedy assassination hijinks, and progress from Hitman 2 will carry over—in fact, you'll be able to play the maps from both of the last two Hitmans in Hitman 3. We also recently learned that the engine supports 300 active NPCs at once. 

Halo Infinite | Chief's next rodeo | 2021
The Chief is back in the long-awaited next game in 343 Industries' take on Halo. The Banished are back for Master Chief to tangle with, and this time he's got a grappling hook! Taking a page from other FPS series, Infinite's multiplayer will actually be free to play while the campaign will be purchased as usual.

Deathloop | FPS Sandbox | May 21
Arkane returns with another FPS adventure, and this one sounds like a great time. Master assassin Colt is stuck in a time loop on Blackreef Island where he'll have to sneak and plan and maneuver to kill all of his eight targets in 24 hours, or start over.

Elden Ring | The big Souls RPG | 2021?
From Software's ambitious RPG (with a world co-developed by Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin) may still be far away, but we can surely hope that it's coming sometime in 2021.

Resident Evil Village | Horrific vacation | 2021
The eighth mainline Resident Evil game picks up where RE7 left off, with Ethan Winters investigating a new threat in an extremely creepy village.

New World | Amazon-powered MMO | 2021
Amazon's premiere MMO has been in the works for a long time, and has almost released once already. It looks like 2021 will finally be the time for this promising realistic take on traditional MMOs.

Gotham Knights | Superhero team up | 2021
Batman is dead, and his superpowered proteges are all that's left to defend Gotham City: Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, and Nightwing. Developed by the studio behind 2013's Arkham Origins, Gotham Knights can be played alone swapping between the four heroes or in two player co-op.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 | Bloody RPG | Second half 2021
The sequel to a bloody cult classic is being created by Hardsuit Labs. You'll create your own vampire and start out as a newly minted Thinblood on the streets of Seattle while navigating the politics of the city's other vampire clans.

Ruined King | LoL RPG | 2021
Riot continues to broaden its portfolio with Ruined King, a spinoff League of Legends story taking the form of a turn-based RPG. The game stars a handful of League heroes making the jump from MOBA to RPG: Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Yasuo, Ahri, and Pyke.

Age of Empires 4 | Strategic Return| 2021
We haven't heard a lot about Age of Empires 4 years after its announcement, but as far as we know, Relic is still chugging along on the anticipated follow-up to a classic strategy series.

2021 games: January

January's release schedule this year is the home of at least one game that flung itself into 2021 when Cyberpunk 2077 got its final delay into December 2020. Bloober Team's next horror adventure The Medium didn't want to compete with the biggest developer in Poland, apparently. We're also being treated to a new Hitman this month among other surprise delights.

January new game highlights

Stealth hijinx

Hitman 3 | January 20
Agent 47 is back for more comedy assassination hijinks, and progress from Hitman 2 will carry over—in fact, you'll be able to play the maps from both of the last two Hitmans in Hitman 3. We also recently learned that the engine supports 300 active NPCs at once. 

Supernatural horror

The Medium | January 28
Bloober Team is back with another horror game, this time one that takes place in two planes of existence. As the titular medium, you'll use your psychic abilities to solve puzzles that take place between both realities.

January 2021 game releases January 7—Noch - Apocalyptic survival horror January 8—Iron Conflict (Early Access) - World War 2 RTS January 13—Skellboy Refractured - Cardboard action RPG January 14—Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Complete Edition - Beat 'em up re-release January 20—Hitman 3 - Stealth simulation hijinx January 21—Ender Lilies (Early Access) - Side-scrolling action RPG January 21—Orange Cast: Sci-Fi Space Action Game - What it says on the tin January 25—Atelier Ryza 2 - Another Atelier fantasy RPG  January 26—Encodya - A kid and her robot point & click adventure January 26—Stronghold Warlords - Historical RTS January 28—The Medium - Bloober Team's next horror game January 28—Sword of the Necromancer - Dungeon crawler January 28—Yakuza: Remastered Collection - Yakuzas 3, 4, and 5 finally on PC 2021 games: February

February is already filling up with sequels in well-liked series and there's sure to be more surprises yet to come. The complete edition of Nioh 2 is arriving on PC with what Team Ninja say are fully customizable mouse & keyboard controls while horror platformer Little Nightmares 2 will look to build on the success of its predecessor. 

February new game highlights

Demons and souls

Nioh 2 | February 5
Team Ninja's next action RPG maintains its Souls-inspired roots but continues to spice up its samurai combat with a new yokai form for your half-demon protagonist. The original was a fun romp through pseudo-historical Japan and the sequel looks to be more of the same.

Sword fight simulator

Hellish Quart | February 2020
Hellish Quart looks like the ultimate test of your mettle. The physics-based battles between 17th century combatants use all manner of weaponry in its fencing battles. It could just be the ultimate fighting game.

February 2021 game releases

February 2—Outriders - Third-person looter shooter February 4—Aircraft Carrier Survival - Strategy simulation February 4—Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood - Action adventure February 5—Nioh 2 - The Complete Edition - Souls-like action RPG February 8—Becastled (Early Access) - Siege defense February 10—Little Nightmares 2 - 2D platformer thriller February 17—Nebuchadnezzar - Isometric city-builder February 21—Rogue Invader - Roguelike action shooter February 23—Persona 5 Strikers - Persona's Dynasty Warriors spinoff February 25—Imagine Earth (Early Access) - Colony management sim February ??—Hellish Quart - Sword fight simulator 2021 games: March

So far for March, the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake has joined the month after a short delay. We'll also be able to sit down with our friends to play the next co-op adventure from Hazelight, It Takes Two.

March 2021 game releases March 1—Foregone - 2D Action platformer March 18—Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake - Action adventure March 25—Lords of Exile - Side-scrolling platformer March 25—Yakuza 6 - The conclusion of Kiryu's punching saga March 26—Balan Wonderworld - Action platformer March 26—It Takes Two - A cartoony co-op adventure 2021 games: April

We don't know much about what's launching in April 2021, but so far Amplitude is planning to launch its Civilization competitor Humankind this month.

April 2021 game releases April 21—Nier Replicant - Mind-bending action remake April 22—Humankind - 4X strategy game 2021 games: May May new game highlights

LIVE DIE REPEAT

Deathloop | May 21
Arkane returns with another FPS adventure and this one sounds like a great time. Master assassin Colt is stuck in a time loop on Blackreef Island where he'll have to sneak and plan and maneuver to kill all of his eight targets in 24 hours or start over.

May 2021 game releases May 10—Hood: Outlaws & Legends - Team-based PvPvE May 12—Huntdown - Arcade shooter May 21—Deathloop - FPS sandbox 2021 games: June

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2021 games: July

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2021 games: August

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2021 games: September

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2021 games: October

No spooky games announced just yet. Check back later in the year!

2021 games: November

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2021 games: December

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2021 games: release dates to be announced

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As we kick off 2021 there are plenty of games that have been announced for this year but without a specific date set just yet. There are also plenty of games here that were planned for 2020 and have slipped the mark, which we're anticipating will release at some point in 2021. You might also spot just a bit of wishful thinking here. Will Tunic finally launch this year? What about Hollowknight: Silksong? We sure hope so.

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