Biggest games of 2021: The PlayStation, Xbox and Switch release dates you need to know


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After a sluggish begin to the 12 months, video games like Resident Evil Village, New Pokemon Snap and Mass Impact: Legendary Version, breathed life into gaming’s 2021. And after E3 in June, we now have a significantly better concept of what the second half of the 12 months will seem like. Now we have new Metroid, Forza and Marvel video games to stay up for — in addition to an up to date Change mannequin, introduced in July. 

Under is an inventory of all the large launch dates for the 12 months — however observe that delays are at all times potential. Just a few video games have been pushed out of 2021, together with Hogwarts Legacy and Gran Turismo 7.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 continues to be coming alongside, however its a 2022 factor. Within the meantime, Nintendo is reviving Skyward Sword, launched in 2011 on the Wii, for the Change. Skyward Sword HD will run at 60-frames-per-second, take pleasure in Amiibo assist and use the Pleasure-Cons to manage Hyperlink’s sword and protect.

Neo: The World Ends With You

Launch date: July 27


The World Ends With You was a cult traditional on the Nintendo DS and in July, 14 years after its preliminary launch, the sport is getting a sequel. Neo: The World Ends With You provides one other dimension to the sport — actually, it is now a 3D motion RPG recreation. It will be produced by Tetsuya Nomura, of Kingdom Hearts and Ultimate Fantasy 7 Remake fame, and can launch on each the PlayStation four and Nintendo Change. 

Grasshopper Manufacture

No Extra Heroes is a hack-and-slash recreation sequence that started all the best way again in 2008 on the Wii. It is since amassed a substantial cult following, and has enjoyed strong critical acclaim. After a COVID-19 associated delay, No More Heroes 3 will launch on Change on Aug. 27.


WarioWare video games, for individuals who do not know, completely rule. You would not realize it by watching gameplay, or certainly the launch trailer for WarioWare: Get It Collectively!, however the collections of microgames are at all times enjoyable and infrequently addictive. The latest recreation, which launches on the Change in September, provides multiplayer for the primary time. 


After years focusing primarily on Dishonored, builders Arkane Studios are transferring onto a brand new IP in Deathloop. And it seems sick.

Here is the thought: You are an murderer trapped in a timeloop that resets after every day. To be able to get out, you must kill eight “visionaries” who’re scattered round an island. The caveat is that you’re going to have to do it inside one timeloop. The second caveat is that, as you hunt for the eight visionaries, a rival murderer retains herself busy by searching you.

Deathloop will hit the PlayStation 5 and PC on September 14, with an Xbox model in all probability coming subsequent 12 months (it has timed console exclusivity for one 12 months).


Metroid Prime four was introduced 4 years in the past — and we have heard just about nothing about it since. Followers hoped we would get a peek at E3, however as a substitute we received a very completely different Metroid recreation: Metroid Dread. Fairly than the first-person-shooter Prime sequence, Dread takes the sequence again to its 2D roots.

It is not Metroid Prime four, but it surely’s popping out in lower than 4 months — and it is positive to be good. Take the wins the place you will get ’em.


Initially slated for a February launch, Far Cry 6 was pushed again to October.  It is set to be the largest, most totally featured Far Cry but and takes place within the tropical area of Yara — loosely based mostly on Cuba. Not solely will the sport launch on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Sequence X|S, PC and Google Stadia, it’s going to additionally come to Amazon’s Luna platform. 


Battlefield 2042 is the primary brand-new Battlefield recreation since 2018’s Battlefield V, and it is all about multiplayer. Actually: There is no such thing as a single-player marketing campaign, with the storymode, which takes place in a world destabilized by local weather change, being multiplayer solely. That’ll swimsuit many franchise followers nice although, since Battlefield is generally about on-line multiplayer fight, and there’ll in fact be loads of that.

Sq. Enix

The Avengers’ is Sq. Enix’s ever-evolving Marvel motion recreation, one which’ll quickly see the addition of Black Panther. The Guardians of the Galaxy is a standalone journey that allows you to play as Star-Lord — and solely as Star-Lord. There’s surprisingly no multiplayer mode, however that, the builders say, will enable for a extra targeted, cohesive narrative expertise. I am down. 

Age of Empires IV

Launch date: October 28.

Relic Leisure

We do not know an excessive amount of about Age of Empires IV. It was introduced in 2017, and we noticed a glimpse of gameplay in 2019 and received  new trailers in March and later at E3. They confirmed the identical format you recognize and love, however with vastly improved graphics, and confirmed the civilizations recognized to be within the recreation: The Chinese language, the English, the French, the Mongols, the Abbassid Dynasty and the Delhi Sultanate.

The sport is scheduled to hit the PC on October 28.

Microsoft Studios

Gran Turismo 7 could have been delayed to subsequent 12 months, however the Xbox’s massive racing franchise fortunately hasn’t. Forza Horizon 5 was revealed at E3, with a trailer displaying the open-world racing recreation’s new digs in Mexico. For those who’ve performed a Forza Horizon recreation, you already know the deal: It seems attractive, and it is in all probability going to play extraordinarily properly.

Forza Horizon 5 will launch not solely on Xbox Sequence X|S, but additionally Xbox One and PC.

Grand Theft Auto V

Launch date: November 11.

Take-Two Interactive

Grand Theft Auto V continues to be a best-selling recreation on the PlayStation four and Xbox One, and on November 11 it is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Sequence X.

Be aware: You’ll be able to play the sport now on Sport Move when you personal an Xbox One or Sequence X|S. 

The Pokemon Firm

Pokemon Crimson and Blue received a remake on Sport Boy Advance (and afterward the Change), Silver and Gold on the DS, and Ruby and Sapphire on 3DS. Pearl and Diamond, initially launched on the DS in 2007, are up subsequent. Good Diamond and Shining Pearl are approaching Nov. 19. 

Video games coming TBA 2021

The next titles are slated for launch this 12 months. We’ll replace this web page as video games get an official launch date.  

Warner Bros.

Lego Star Wars is again after 5 years. The final time we noticed the franchise was with 2016’s The Force Awakens. This recreation appears way more bold: The Skywalker Saga Lego-izes all 9 Star Wars movies. The sport was slated for an early 2021 launch date, however was delayed till — we do not precisely know when. 


Halo Infinite was meant to be the large factor that launched alongside the Xbox Sequence X|S however, after poor fan response to a preview final 12 months, it ended up delayed till fall of 2021. The Halo title alone makes this a must-play for many Xbox homeowners, and builders 343 Industries are attempting one thing new by making the multiplayer free-to-play. 

Horizon Forbidden West

Launch date: 2021

Horizon Zero Daybreak is one of the best games on the PlayStation 4, and its sequel is coming in 2021. Horizon Forbidden West tracks Aloy’s journey to 30th century Utah, Nevada and California as she tracks down the origins of a killer virus. Actually, a recreation for our occasions.

Horizon Forbidden West will launch on each the PlayStation four and PlayStation 5 this 12 months.

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