10 hot game releases to look forward to in 2021

10. Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter World in all glory, but in the name of honesty, the monster hunter concept is absolutely perfect for portable sessions. Put on your best armor, sneak on all kinds of dinosaurs and other beasts, then make new armor of all loot. Rinse and repeat. This Switch-exclusive part of Capcom’s long-distance running also focuses on “vertical exploration”, according to its own statement. This is done through a kind of grip claw, as well as on the backs of our new four-legged allies. May become one of the most addictive titles of 2021.

Format: Switch
Launch: March 26

9. Little Nightmares 2

Little Nightmares 2

Swedish Tarsier Studios is soon up to date with Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to the eerie platform game that was released in 2017. By the demo version judging by that, part two is scarier and more atmospheric than the first game. The control is in turn tighter and now also allows you to take commands over another character.

Format: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Switch, pc, next gen consoles at a later stage
Launch: 11 February

8. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World was one of the very best games for the Wii U and the Switch version seems to be at least as rich and entertaining. In addition to the conversion, you also get access to a brand new game mode in the form of Bowser’s Fury. The little we’ve seen gossips about an adventure that mixes the best parts of the basic game with the much more open Super Mario Odyssey.

Format: Switch
Launch: February 12th

7. New Pokémon Snap

New Pokémon Snap

Usually, Pokémon are about super cute monsters that fight against each other in spectacular fights. But in the upcoming New Pokémon Snap, we get the chance to meet Pokémon in their natural habitats. With the camera in full swing, it is important to take the very best pictures. It may sound simple, but sometimes the simplest concepts are the most ingenious. Especially considering the hundreds of hours we spent on the original Nintendo 64.

Format: Switch
Launch: April 30th

6. Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6

Ubisoft’s new Far Cry game takes us to a fictional island in the Caribbean, ruled by a dictator (played by Giancarlo Esposito). In the role of guerrilla soldier, your main goal in Far Cry 6 is to overthrow the said dictator. The details of the game are still unknown other than that it is all inspired by Cuba and its timeless environments. Add the (for Far Cry) usual weapons, vehicles and helpers and we have at least the recipe for one of the more interesting fps games this year and there.

Format: Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Playstation 5, Playstation 4, pc, Stadia, Amazon Luna
Launch: Sometime in 2021

5. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Insomniac impressed us a lot with the Playstation 5 version of Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Thanks to the ssd storage in Sony’s new console, we were able to experience the huge Manhattan (almost) completely without charging times. With the new Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Insomniac takes the next step, where we can switch through different dimensions without charging times. This can be a real “game changer” for the entire platform genre.

Format: Playstation 5
Launch: Sometime in 2021

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite

Microsoft’s heavy and awaited flagship was actually to be launched in connection with the Xbox Series X and S. After a cool reception of the first gameplay show, however, the launch was postponed. Given that Halo Infinite is intended to be a platform for future Halo releases, rather than a single title, Microsoft has everything to gain from making a (new) positive first impression.

Format: Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, pc
Launch: Sometime in 2021

3. Resident Evil: Village

Resident Evil: Village

After two impressive remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3, Capcom is ready to follow up the masterful seventh part of the series. The main character Ethan is back and with him also the first-person perspective. Judging by the show, we can look forward to a roaring survival game, which offers new types of horrible opponents. And given Resident Evil’s already huge list of imaginative monsters, we can only yearn.

Format: Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Playstation 5, Playstation 4, pc
Launch: 07 May

2. God of War: Ragnarok

God of War: Ragnarok
Note that the image is from God of War (2018).

Soon it’s time again for Kratos to knock life out of Nordic gods and other mythological creatures. The only thing we really know about the title is that the events will lead to the Old Norse version of the apocalypse, ie Ragnarök. If it offers the same type of story and character development as the first reboot, we can look forward to another future classic.

Format: Playstation 5
Launch: Sometime in 2021

1. Horizon: Forbidden West

Horizon: Forbidden West

This year we finally get the sequel to the epic Horizon: Zero Dawn from Guerilla Games. This time, the main protagonist Alloy moves west, where new mechanical monsters await. The hunt will take us across tropical jungles, dilapidated cities and sun-drenched beaches. New for the sequel is that Alloy can now also explore what is hidden under the water. We already expect to hunt giant robot fish and other imaginative creatures.

Format: Playstation 5, Playstation 4
Launch: 2021

Footnote: There is always a risk that some titles will be moved to next year, as in the case of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy. Other hot games, such as the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, do not yet have a release date.