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Despite a relatively quiet year for most things as a result of the pandemic, games were still at the forefront of 2020. We saw the reimagining of Final Fantasy 7 and were treated to the sequel of The Last of Us too

We were also graced with the presence of two brand-spanking-new consoles towards the end of the year that kick the gameplay experience up a notch in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. It is fair to say we were pretty spoiled in the gaming department, so at least there was plenty to play whilst we locked-down and flattened the curve.

As Daniel Van Boom noted in his cnet article 2021 is also shaping up to be a promising year in terms of games to look forward to. 

On the hardware front, it is a little quieter although we can probably expect a 4K Switch to arrive at some point, there is not a lot else in the works. But there will be software galore despite the announcement that Hogwarts Legacy is getting held back another year.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Release date: Feb. 12

Following in the footsteps of Mario Kart 8 which quickly became a bestseller when it made the jump from WiiU to switch, Super Mario 3D World + Bowers Fury are both set for the same fate. The cat was only recently let out of the bag, but we are all excited to see its arrival on its new gaming platform. Now we can blaze a trail through the colorful Super Mario Stages on the go and expect great co-ops from Bowsers Fury.

Given that the original Super Mario 3D world was acclaimed it is well worth a look at for your switch if you haven’t already played. 

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Monster Hunter Rise

Release date: March 26

Monster Hunter World was hugely successful when it launched on PS4 and Xbox One back in 2018. It was later ported to 3DS and arose in the form of Monster Hunter Generations for both the 3DS and the Switch. Evidently, the popularity has spurred Nintendo on.

Now the critically acclaimed, gigantic world full of beasts to slay until your heart’s content is set to return the Nintendo Switch with Monster Hunter Rise. Nintendo is getting well and truly in on the popularity of the franchise. You can even get yourself a few free gameplay goodies if you preorder.

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New Pokemon Snap

Release date: April 30, 2021.

Most of us remember the 1999 N64 Pokemon Snap. The new Pokemon Snap is a much-demanded follow up to it. The game, which was announced last summer, will include more than 200 Pokemon species from the series eight generations, and Professor Mirror will judge your photography skills as you move through the region. 

Adapting the gameplay into a Switch-friendly format is a solid one. Graphically speaking it is apt for the part and being able to take it on the go gives your ‘Poke-photography’ a level of added realism.

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Resident Evil Village

Release date: May 7

The Resident Evil Village is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7’s story, but instead of calling it The Resident Evil 8 developers called it “Village” to signify how important is the village where the game takes place. You can be sure to be scared. It appears to be big, too, as its developers have promised a larger game than Resident Evil 7.

This next-gen survival horror is set years after the biohazards of Resident Evil 7 and has ultra-realistic graphics to disturb and delight you whilst you navigate the danger lurking. Available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, and PC from May 7.

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Deathloop

Release date: May 21

You probably already heard but Arkane Studios have finally branched out into new territory with their new labor of love Deathloop. This is a long-overdue step-away from all their hard work with Dishonoured. The new game premise sees you trapped in a daily time-loop with a hit-list of 8 characters that need to be struck-off’ before you reset. 

The twist being that whilst you hunt, you are also being hunted by a rival assassin. It looks pretty interesting from afar.

The PlayStation 5 and PC look to be getting their Deathloop release on May 21. But the X-box is in line for a version later in the year. 

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Watch this space…

The five we have highlighted above all have release dates but there are still plenty that are on the books for release before 2021 is out. 

As with all game release dates we have to be ready for disappointment but the following titles may be coming soon. As of yet they don’t have an official release date but watch this space.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake

Release Date: 2021

After the successful remakes of Shadow of the Colossus, Resident Evil 2 and Final Fantasy 7, 2021 is bringing us a brand new Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Ubisoft will retell the story of the Prince and Farah from a new angle but is giving the platformer a big overhaul. It was announced last September and it’s fair to say there was some excitement. It has been planned to release the game in January 2021 but the date was postponed to March. Now, it’s been delayed again, but Ubisoft hasn’t given it a new date yet. 

But fingers crossed we will see it launch on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 before the year is through.  It looks to be a promising revamp of the original PlayStation 2 epic. 

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Coming: 2021

Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart was meant to arrive in time for the PlayStation 5 launch. But, Like Prince of Persia and a long list of others, the deadline boat was missed. 

The extended gameplay demo looks great. I guess until we get more news on the anticipated ‘Into the Nexus’ sequel, we will have to just hold our breath and twiddle our thumbs instead.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release date: First half 2021

We haven’t seen anything new from the Lego Star Wars franchise since 2016’s The Force Awakens. But they are back with something more ambitious up their sleeves: The Skywalker Saga which has committedly Legoed all nine Star Wars films into one epic adventure. 

There is no talk of a final release date as of yet, but it could hit the shelves as early as the first or second quarter of this year. Set to be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch as well as PC. 

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Far Cry 6

Release date: 2021

Originally, the Far Cry 6 was planned to release in February. Then, the game has been delayed until an unknown date in 2021. But it’s set to be the biggest, most fully-featured Far Cry yet and is set in the tropical region of Yara — loosely based on Cuba. 

The game will launch on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, PC, and Google Stadia and also come to Amazon’s Luna platform.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Release date: Spring 2021

Mass Effect’s remastering was pretty much the talk of last year’s Game Awards. Sadly, it is still very early days so we probably aren’t going to see it anytime soon. But that gives them plenty of time to work on unifying character creation across-board and ironing out wrinkles the first of the beloved trilogy pales in comparison now that games have evolved so far.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition will update all 3 ready for modern consoles for launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

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Gran Turismo 7

Release date: 2021

Still not much more than a whisper in the wind, we were told with confidence that Gran Turismo 7 would be available for the shiny new PlayStation 5 last June. Quite fitting being as it is one of the oldest Playstation games going. 

But, we can’t speculate any more than that. A 2021 release date is expected but nobody seems to know anything else about this classic.

Halo Infinite

Release date: Fall 2021

Just as Ratchet and Clank’s release was set to be alongside the PS5, Halo Infinite was meant to launch with the Xbox Series X|S. However, after fans seemed discouraged or indifferent when it hit preview stages the release was delayed. 

Developers, 343 Industries, are obviously working on tweaking a few things and are supposedly going to be holding off until fall. Rumor is they are going to make the multiplayer free to play which will probably make it more popular. The Halo name is a staple among X-boxers so it will probably be well-received either way. 

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Lord of the Rings: Gollum

Release date: 2021

On the back of the success of the last 2 Middle-Earth games comes Lord of the Rings: Gollum. A game centered around the characters scheming ways utilizing stealth. It will be an altogether different type of gameplay from its action RPG predecessors. The concept is intriguing and fans of the franchise will no doubt be pre-ordering as soon as we get notice of a future release date. 

Lord of the Rings: Gollum is set for cross-platform availability on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch, and PC.

Horizon Forbidden West

Release date: 2021

Zero Dawn is a firm favorite among PlayStation 4 owners. So it’s no surprise that the sequel is underway and due to drop in 2021. 

The storyline, although historically set, is borrowing from current events. Horizon Forbidden West will see Aloy tracking down the origins of a killer virus in 30th century Utah, Nevada, and California.

Both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 will be getting a playable version before the year is out with any luck.

God of War: Ragnarok

Release date: 2021

Another outstanding game coming to PlayStation 4 and 5 this year is an outstanding God of War: Ragnarok.

We don7t know much of any other details because the only things that the teaser contained were a half of a logo and the release window of 2021.

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