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The most anticipated games of 2021: Resident Evil 8, God of War 2 and more

By Tim Augustin - 19 Jan 2021

Mass Effect, Horizon Forbidden West, Gotham Knights and more!

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition - TBA 2021 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

BioWare is remastering the Mass Effect trilogy, a legendary series of sci-fi RPGs. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will bundle together all of the DLC from the trilogy, including promo weapons, armours and packs. These games will be fully remastered and optimised for 4K Ultra HD resolution, with updated textures, shaders, models, effects, framerates and technical features.

 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - TBA 2021 (PS5)

Next to Returnal, this is the most we’ve seen of a PlayStation 5 exclusive coming in 2021. Insomniac Games is releasing an all-new Ratchet & Clank game, and it looks incredible! The power duo will travel through multiple dimensions at blazing speeds thanks to the console’s new SSD drive, using creative weapons to blow stuff up. A new character is being introduced in this game, of the same species as Ratchet - but who is she?

 

Resident Evil Village - TBA 2021 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC)

According to Capcom’s leaked release plans, the latest Resident Evil game is coming in April! Here’s what we know: Resident Evil 8, titled Village, takes Ethan Winters to a mysterious village in the snowy mountains after tragedy strikes at home. Chris Redfield is somehow involved in this shocking event, seemingly killing Ethan’s wife Mia and apologising to him after doing so. At least he’s polite. Ethan will have to navigate this dangerous village and its strange populace while evading all manner of monster, including werewolves!

 

Ghostwire: Tokyo - TBA 2021 (PS5, PC)

According to an accidental reveal, this supernatural first-person game is coming in October - just in time for Halloween. Developed by The Evil Within creators Tango Gameworks, you’ll play as someone who’s begun to manifest supernatural powers in Ghostwire Tokyo. Almost all of Tokyo’s citizens have mysteriously vanished, and demonic spirits have invaded in their place. As you unveil the mystery behind this event, you’ll have to fight off demons using a mixture of karate and magic. 

 

God of War 2 - TBA 2021 (PS5)

Out of all the titles on the list, this is the one we know the least about. As Sony closed out a next-gen gaming showcase, they revealed that a sequel to Santa Monica Studios’ God of War (2018) would arrive in 2021. An enigmatic teaser warns us that ‘Ragnarok is coming’, which in Nordic mythology, is the end of the world. If an apocalypse is on its way, it’s very likely that Kratos is involved somehow. 

 

Gotham Knights - TBA 2021 (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC)

Here’s the bad news: Batman is dead. The good news? You get to play as the Batfamily in WB Games Montreal’s Gotham Knights! This game is set outside of the Arkhamverse, focusing on Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl and the Red Hood - four vigilantes in Gotham City who have to stop total chaos from erupting in the wake of Batman’s death. Not only will you have to contend with iconic villains like Mr. Freeze, but the Court of Owls too - a group of criminals who control the city from the shadows. Gotham Knights also lets you team up with other players in co-op multiplayer to take on the city’s villains.

 

Gran Turismo 7 - TBA 2021 (PS5)

Rejoice, for Gran Turismo is back! We haven’t gotten a numbered sequel in the series since Gran Turismo 6 in 2013, and this new entry is taking full advantage of the PlayStation 5’s advanced hardware. Gran Turismo 7 comes with support for 4K, HDR and smooth 60fps, along with real-time raytracing and 3D spatial audio. It will also use the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback to make driving feel more immersive. Series creator Kazunori Yamauchi plans for this to be ‘a complete form of Gran Turismo’ and a ‘combination of past, present and future’, making this title pretty exciting for fans of the franchise. 

 

Halo Infinite - TBA 2021 (Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC)

The above trailer might be a tad out of date, considering Microsoft delayed the release of Halo Infinite after initial backlash to its visuals. However, Halo is still one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time, and this sequel has some interesting ambitions. Developer 343 Industries wants Halo Infinite to somehow last for an entire decade despite being released on two console generations, and all this extra development time can only be good for the game. 

 

Horizon Forbidden West - TBA 2021 (PS4, PS5)

Horizon Zero Dawn was a gorgeous open-world game with fantastic combat, so of course its upcoming sequel is on this list. This time around, Aloy has to uncover the mysteries behind a collapsing biosphere that’s killing wildlife and starving humans, all caused by a new red blight. Huge supercell storms are also impacting the environment. Aloy will have to venture into new areas unexplored in the first game, and meet new tribes and machines. 

 

LEGO Star Wars: the Skywalker Saga - TBA 2021 (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PC)

LEGO Star Wars: the Skywalker Saga is a big ol’ reboot of the LEGO Star Wars games, pulling together all nine movies in one massive game. It’s also reinventing the LEGO formula, introducing all-new combat systems, quest mechanics, open-world random events and full voice acting. The LEGO games have always been underrated co-op games, and this looks like the most ambitious one yet. 

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