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    33 MOST anticipated video games of 2021 [every release date]
    Last updated: April 10, 2021

    Here is THE collection of video games we need at the beginning of 2021. Many of the games on the list are cross-platform games, some are PS5 exclusive games, or Xbox exclusive. 

    What you’ll find in this article: 

    • Video games release dates - for each game 
    • What platform(s) is each game developed for?
    • A list of the highly anticipated games of 2021 (you will recognise some of them but we guarantee you’ll find some new titles as well)

    On the list you’ll see games which will be released in 2021, some games which are rumored for 2021, several games which are late 2020 release, and those which got postponed for early 2022. We added them all so our readers have the full picture. What games are we going to play in 2021? We here at TechACake.com decided to make an exhaustive list in search of the brightest and shiniest. Come on in!

    Halo Infinite

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    Halo Infinite release date: 2021

    Platforms: Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC

    Available on: Steam

    Genre/mods: first-person shooter game

    Link to official website: here

    Developed by: 343 Industries

    Published by: Xbox Game Studies

    Setting: Zeta Halo, Installation 07 - September 19, 2561; three years after Halo 5: Guardians

    Five years after the release of the previous Halo 5: Guardians (October 27, 2015), Xbox comes up with the next Halo game. The main antagonist in the game is called The Banished. According to PCGamer, we’ll see the Master Chief’s new weapons and gadgets, as well as a larger open world in the new Halo Infinite.

    Gran Turismo 7

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    Gran Turismo 7 release date: 2022

    Platforms: PS5 exclusive

    Genre/mods: sim racing; single-player & multi-player

    Link to official website: here

    Developed by: Polyphony Digital

    Published by: Sony Interactive Entertainment

    Gran Turismo 7 is without a doubt one of the most anticipated PS5 games and sim racing games of 2021. It’s realistic and offers breathtaking views of racing tracks and countrysides. The 4K graphics are a major improvement over the previous part, not to mention it comes with a technologically advanced VR. If you’re a fan of car racing video games as well as the Gran Turismo series, the new sequel is a must. 

    Far Cry 6

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    Far Cry 6 release date: 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia

    Genre/mods: video game series, open-world shooter

    Link to official website: here

    Developed by: Ubisoft Toronto

    Setting: Yara - fictional country/tropical island in the Caribbean

    Yara needs to be saved. There’s the dictator Antón Castillo - the main antagonista and Dani Rojas and his guerrillas are the traitors. Diego and his son are going to restore the country to its previous glory. Players fight against the bad guys in a beautiful tropical country. 

    Ghost of Tsushima

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    Ghost of Tsushima release date: July 17, 2020

    Platforms: PS5, PS4

    Genre/mods: open world action-adventure, third-person perspective, single-player and multiplayer options 

    Link to official website: here

    Developed by: Sucker Punch Productions

    Published by: Sony Interactive Entertainment

    This is a state of the art PlayStation game inspired by Japanese mythology. You play from the point of view of a Japanese samurai. The Mongol Empire attacks Tsushima - a Japanese island that needs your protection. There is a multiplayer mod called Legends and a horde mode when you fight against raids of enemies.

    Resident Evil Village

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    Resident Evil 3 Remake initial release date: April 3, 2020

    Platforms: PS5, PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S

    Available on: Steam

    Genre/mods: survival horror

    Link to official website: here

    Developed & published by: Capcom

    Setting: seven years after Resident Evil 7 Biohazard

    The eight part of the famous series of games is upon us. The main characters, Ethan Winters and Chris Redfield meet again only to dive in a horrific nightmare. There’s not much information about this battle for survival yet, but there are rumors that we can expect the game to launch as early as April 2021. 

    Riders Republic

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    Riders Republic release date: February 25, 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC

    Genre/mods: multiplayer sports game

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer: Ubisoft Annecy

    Publisher: Ubisoft

    Setting: National parks in the US

    If you’re looking for an adventure sports game set in the greatest National parks of the US, you just found it. The graphics are awesome, the dynamics look just amazing. Gamers from over the world join teams practicing different sports and compete against each other in a breathtakingly beautiful surrounding. A must-have!

    Fable 4

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    Fable 4 release date: not announced yet (late 2021 - 2022)

    Platforms: Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC

    Genre/mods: action role-playing game, single-player, open world

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer: Playground Games

    Publisher: Xbox Game Studios

    Setting: the town of Bowerstone, fantastical location, larger open world than Fable 3

    In a world full of miracles and magical creatures, your adventure is yet to begin. We don’t know much about the story yet, but we do see a glimpse of the Heroes Guild crest on a sword hilt in the trailer.  

    GhostWire: Tokyo

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    Ghostwire: Tokyo release date: 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PC

    Genre: action-adventure horror game, supernatural

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer: Tango Gameworks

    Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

    Setting: Tokyo, Japan

    The Japanese are world renowned for their ability to create horror stories. This game will give you goosebumps for sure. Visit a creepy Tokyo where 99% of the population had vanished for some reason. Discover what has happened and maybe you can be the saviour of the metropolis.

    God of War: Ragnarok

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    God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2021

    Platforms: PS5 exclusive 

    Genre/mods: action-adventure game, hack and slash

    Link to official website: here

    Developed by: SIE Santa Monica Studio

    Published by: Sony Interactive Entertainment

    Setting: pre-viking Norse lore, based on Norse mythology

    The main protagonist Kratos will attempt to have a better relationship with his son, Atreus. During their bloodthirsty adventures, both will attempt to have their revenge against the Gods of Olympus and Kratos will be teaching his son how to be a god. 

    Overwatch 2

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    Overwatch 2 release date: not announced yet

    Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch

    Genre/mods: first-person shooter game

    Link to official website: here

    Developed & published by: Blizzard Entertainment

    Setting: 60 years into the future, fiction world

    The sequel to Overwatch is definitely one of the most wanted video games of 2021. Two new heroes will be introduced - Echo and Sojourn. Blizzard promises that the loot collection and the achievements of Overwatch can be transferred to the sequel. The team-based action game will be available in 2021 with new heroes and maps. 

    Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

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    Warhammer 40,000: Darktide release date: 2021

    Platforms: Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC

    Available on: Steam

    Genre/mods: first-person action game, shooter game, cooperative gameplay

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer & publisher: Fatshark

    Setting: Warhammer 40,000 universe, futuristic

    Darktide is developed by the creators of the epic Vermintide series. (When we’ll see a Vermintide 3 release date is still unknown, but fans have hope.) Four players will stand against thousands of enemies in the realm of Warhammer 40,000. The multiplayer shooter game is highly anticipated from owners of the fresh-out-of-the-oven Xbox Series X. 

    Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

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    Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 release date: 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC

    Available on: Steam

    Genre/mods: action role-playing game, single player game

    Link to official website: here

    Developer: Hardsuit Labs, Inc. 

    Publisher: Paradox Interactive

    Setting: Seattle, in the World of Darkness

    Gamers immerse themselves in a world where vampires and werewolves live in Seattle in the 21st century. At the beginning of the game, you choose one of three vampire abilities and join a vampire clan. Players go on missions and upgrade both their abilities and their clans (and are bloodthirsty, literally). Since the vampire groups in the game are fighting against each other, players need to stand their ground and survive.   

    Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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    Spider-Man: Miles Morales release date: November 12, 2020

    Genre/mods: action-adventure game, adventure fiction

    Platforms: PS5, PS4

    Link to official website: here 

    Developed by: Insomniac Games

    Published by: Sony Interactive Entertainment

    Setting: Harlem

    Miles Morales is a student of Peter Parker. He moves to Harlem and assumes the role of Spider-Man, although he has a lot to learn yet. The plot can be viewed both as a sequel to the previous game - Marvel’s Spider-Man 2018, and as a standalone game for players who are new to the Spider-Man universe. 

    Hitman 3

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    Hitman 3 release date: January 20, 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

    Genre/mods: single-player game, action game, stealth game

    Link to official website: here

    Developer & publisher: IO Interactive

    The Hitman series have delighted fans for years now. It will be the final game from the World of Assasination trilogy. We’ll see Agent 47 again and will play the game from the point of view of his character. One of the best things is that gamers can now enjoy a VR experience of the Hitman world. 

    Hogwarts Legacy

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    Hogwarts Legacy release date: postponed for 2022

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC

    Genre/mods: action role-playing game, open world

    Link to official site: here

    Developer: Avalanche Software

    Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

    Setting: Hogwarts in the 1800s

    The game is developed by Portkey Games - by the creators of Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells (check our Guide to this mobile game, it's awesome!), Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Diving deep into our favorite school of witchcraft and wizardry, gamers can join the adventure and explore Hogwards as much as they want. There will be classrooms and lessons (potions for me, please!), fantastic beasts and all kinds of new creatures and locations. Fighting Dark wizards has never been more fun!  

    Dying Light 2 

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    Dying Light 2 release date: 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One

    Genre/mods: survival horror RPG, open world, first person shooter, zombie-apocalyptic themed

    Link to official website: here

    Developed & published by: Techland

    Setting: The City - a large open world

    The players of Dying Light 2 enter a dark world of debris and destruction. There has been an official gameplay trailer of the game since 2019. However, the creators still haven’t given us a release date. Graphics and views from the 4K trailer look promising and the setting looks particularly gloomy. Players explore The City and fight organized crime as well as some more zombies that have been added to the sequel. 

    Chivalry 2

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    Chivalry 2 release date: initial release 2020

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One

    Available on: Epic Games Store

    Genre/mods: medieval warfare, multiplayer first-person slasher

    Link to official website: here

    Developed by: Torn Banner Studios 

    Publishers: Tripwire Interactive, Deep Silver

    Setting: medieval fictional world

    Medieval battlefield games like Chivalry 2 offer us the amazing atmosphere of the age. Every gamer can become a battle hero, lay siege to castles, and slaughter their enemies. In August 2020, the developers announced that the release date has been delayed for 2021. 

    The Elder Scrolls VI: Hammerfell 

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    The Elder Scrolls VI release date: not announced yet

    Platforms: Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S

    Genre/mods: action role-playing game

    Link to official website: here

    Developed & published by: Bethesda Game Studios

    Setting: Elder Scrolls universe

    There are a lot of rumours about Elder Scrolls VI: Hammerfall. For now we know the name of the game and there is an official trailer already. Fans all over the world have been waiting for ages for a new sequel after the release of the last one - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim back in 2011. 

    Watch Dogs: Legion 

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    Watch Dogs: Legion release date: October 29, 2020

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Google Stadia

    Available on: Epic Games Store

    Genre/mods: action-adventure game, third-person perspective

    Link to official website: here 

    Publisher: Ubisoft Toronto

    Setting: future dystopian London 

    The game is fun and unique, no doubt about it. There’s the main story and there are side missions for gamers to complete. There are car chases and gun fights, and (listen to this!) you can change characters as the game progresses. Watch Dogs: Legion is super engaging and the graphics will take your breath.  

    Hood: Outlaws & Legends

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    Hood: Outlaws & Legends release date: May 7, 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC

    Available on: Steam

    Genre/mods: multiplayer, stealth action

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer: Sumo Digital 

    Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

    Setting: medieval world, Robin Hood mythology

    Gamers join a squad of outlaws in a battle against the wealthy. The setting is dark and creepy, not to mention the brutality of the action scenes. Bloodthirsty and violent, two teams of four players will make their way to the Hall of Fame. 

    Gotham Knights

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    Gotham Knights release date: 2022 

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One

    Genre/mods: action RPG, single-player & multiplayer mods

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer: WB Games Montréal

    Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

    Setting: Gotham City

    Join the Red Hood, Robin, Batgirl, and Nightwing for an adventure in our favorite Gotham City where crime lurks on every corner. Gamers take the place of the Dark Knight and fight against evil. 

    Kena: Bridge of Spirits

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    Kena Bridge of Spirits release date: August 24, 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC

    Genre: action-adventure game

    Link to official website: here

    Developer & published by: Ember Lab

    Setting: fantasy forest 

    This is one of the most beautiful games on our list. Kena is a girl warrior and Spirit Guide, living in what looks like an enchanted forest with wonderful (and cute!) creatures. She makes sure the dead move on to the spirit world. Her magical abilities help her along the way.  

    Horizon Forbidden West

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    Horizon Forbidden West release date: 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PS4

    Genre/mods: third-person action RPG, open world

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer: Guerrilla Games

    Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

    Setting: post-apocalyptic California

    Another breathtakingly beautiful game on our list. The protagonist, Aloy, will have to save the world from further threats. The enemies are everywhere. This epic RPG will keep you coming back for more.  

    Shadow Warrior 3

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    Shadow Warrior 3 release date: 2021

    Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

    Available on: Steam

    Genre/mods: first-person shooter, single-player

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer: Flying Wild Hog

    Publisher: Devolver Digital

    Setting: Neo Feudal Japan

    Samurais against Japanese creatures. What could be better? In a colorful world of heroes, the protagonist - Lo Wang, goes through the game gathering new weapons and gadgets and defeating the enemy. 

    Stronghold: Warlords

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    Stronghold: Warlords release date: March 9, 2021

    Platforms: PC, MacOS

    Available on: Steam 

    Genre: strategy video game

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer & publisher: Firefly Studios

    Settings: Eastern Asia

    A strategic game with four nations fighting against each other - Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Mongolian. The gamer recruits new warlords, buys and sells goods, builds armies, and protects townsfolk. 

    The Witcher 4

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    The Witcher 4 release date: not announced yet

    Status: rumored

    Platforms: N/A

    Developed by: CD Projekt Red

    Setting: the medieval fantasy world of writer Andrzej Sapkowski

    After the immense success of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, fans have been craving more action. We simply can’t get enough of Gerald of Rivia, can we? (The Netflix TV adaptation just made us wish for a Witcher 4 video game even more!) The official release date is not known yet since the developers are busy with launching Cyberpunk 2077. According to GamesRadar, we won’t see Gerald in a game anymore. 

    Cyberpunk 2077

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    Cyberpunk 2077 release date: December 10, 2020

    Platforms: PS5, PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Google Stadia 

    Genre/mods: first-person shooter, open world, action role-playing game

    Link to official website: here

    Developed & published by: CD Projekt

    Setting: futuristic city

    After the delay, the came out to be awesome but a bit disappointing to the fans because of the many bugs. The release for pS4 was so bad they even offered a full refund to disappointed gamers. This adventure story is set in Night City and every gamer enters the world as the character named V (you can customise, no worries). The awesome-looking futuristic environment will satisfy any gamer who wishes to dive in a land of ultramodern technology. 

    IGI Origins

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    IGI Origins release date: 2021

    Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

    Available on: Steam 

    Genre/mode: tactical shooter, single-player

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer & publisher: Toadman Interactive

    Setting: 1980s Cold War

    Set 40 years before the present moment, in an age of nuclear destruction, IGI Origins will have you run around deserted locations and fight for your survival. You enter as a male or female MI6 spy. Dive back in the past and save the day. 

    Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

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    Sniper Ghost Warrior Contacts 2 release date: June 4, 2021

    Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

    Available on: Steam 

    Genre/mods: tactical shooter, stealth game; single-player & multiplayer, open world sandbox

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer & publisher: CI Games

    Setting: modern-day Middle East

    Challenge yourself as a sniper and try out some long-range shooting. You’ll face new enemies with better weapons and will try to shoot them from a really long distance. 

    Bright Memory: Infinite

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    Bright Memory: Infinite release date: 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC

    Available on: Steam

    Genre/mods: shooter game, action RPG, sci-fi

    Link to official website: here  

    Developer & publisher: FYQD Studios 

    Setting: futuristic metropolis in the year 2036

    The game was initially released in 2019, but the PS5 edition will come out in 2021. This mysterious game in a futuristic setting will have gamers dive into a world of supernatural organisations and develop a variety of skills in order to survive. 

    NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...

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    NieR Replicant release date: April 23, 2021

    Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

    Available on: Steam 

    Link to official website: here 

    Developer: Toylogic

    Publisher: Square Enix

    Setting: dark apocalyptic world in the distant future

    A boy wants to find a cure for his sister’s Black Scrawl disease. This game is a prequel to NeiR: Automata and focuses on the journey of Yonah’s brother to find the “Sealed verses”. 

    Deathloop

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    Deathloop release date: May 21, 2021

    Platforms: PS5, PC

    Available on: Steam

    Genre/mode: first-person action-adventure shooter, single-player, multiplayer

    Link to official website: here

    Developer: Arkane Studios

    Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

    Setting: the island of Blackreef

    The player enters the game as Colt who must save the island from the time loop it has entered. The island is a domain of two bloodthirsty assassins who must be stopped. The art of the game is inspired by the world renowned artist Saul Bass. You will immerse in a gorgeous-looking world that will seem so real you could almost feel that weapon in your hand. 

    Returnal

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    Returnal release date: April 30, 2021

    Platforms: PS5 exclusive

    Genre/mods: psychological horror, third-person shooter, sci-fi, 

    Link to official website: here

    Developer: Housemarque

    Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

    Setting: futuristic sci-fi setting

    The protagonist is called Selene and she is a space pilot. Selene is stuck in a time loop like in Edge of Tomorrow - the moment she dies, her character is back where she started. She will have to face the alien enemies with her fancy high-tech weapons and live more every time.

    Conclusion 

    Here we go, guys. Our list of the 33 most anticipated games of 2021 (as well as some late 2020 video game releases and those which got postponed for 2022) is here. We hope that you found some new awesome games you didn’t know about along the way. 

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