Game Infinite's Most Anticipated Games of 2021

2020 is Finally Over! While we breathe a sigh of relief and thank the maker that that year is over, we head into new territory with 2021! With a record number of game delays, many of these were actually included in our 2020 Most anticipated list, but of course with many new additions. This list is a mix of AAA and Indie level titles that I am personally looking forward to. I may include ports of games to new platforms, remakes, or remasters in general but I will not be including 2020 released games that are "just" getting their "next-gen" upgrade for Series X or PS5 in 2021. Make sure to comment your most anticipated games of 2021 on the social media post you found this article and tell us what we missed!

26. Destiny 2 The Witch Queen

When Bungie announces their new vision for Destiny 2 going forward was to be an ongoing service, with several major expansions, with no plans for a traditional "Destiny 3" on the horizon, the announcement of Beyond Light really excited me. It encouraged me to go back and play through all the expansions I never played after finishing the main campaign. Some extra time in quarantines allowed me to visit some older games I never would have had the chance to, and the opportunity to play through Forsaken and Shadowkeep both were really fun. At the time of this writing I am still enjoying Beyond Light, and thanks to the roadmap Bungie gave us, we already know that The Witch Queen will be the major expansion in 2021. It would be higher on this list, if we knew anything more than a title.

25. Stray (Moved from 2020 list!)

So, "That PS5 Cat game" made my list because of its weirdness, art, and premise. One of the indie titles revealed to us during Playstation's 2020 Future of Gaming event, showed some really great indie games coming to PS5. Stray is about a cat living in a world populated by robots. That sentence alone got it on this list.

24. Code Syn (Moved from 2020 list!)

Tencent is trying to become the Disney of games as they slowly buy ownership of many major studios and most recently announced new AAA studios in the US. They got a little bit of flack by some for this trailer as some believed it to be a Cyberpunk 2077 ripoff, but honestly, I think that the artistic style of Cyberpunk has room for more games. I thought this game looked more fun than some other outlets initial impressions. I am always down for another good sci-fi RPG. This one let's you have a giant cybernetic pet bear. If that doesn't peak your interest, watch the trailer for yourself and see what you think.

23. Solar Ash (Moved from 2020 list!)

This game makes this list for one reason and one reason only. It is the first game I have seen that has the newly understood scientific realistic depiction of a black hole. Now there may be other good things about it but that's all I needed to see before I was sold. Thanks to mathematical models used to create the black hole in the movie Inception, and a confirmation of accuracy by the first image taken of a black hole, we now reasonable know what they look like. Now that we know, I want to see more depictions of them in entertainment media and pop culture, because not only are Black Holes mysterious and weird, they look cool as hell. Solar Ash has a black hole in it and that's all I needed to see from the trailer to make it a must play for me.

22. Kena Bridge of Spirits (Moved from 2020 list!)

Do you want your own pet Porgs? Well, you can't have one. This is the closest you may ever get as this is a game about living in some magical forest with a huge host of little black furry creatures as your pets. That may be all that most need to know about this game to make them interested...little furry cute things.

21. Lost Soul Aside (Moved from 2020 list!)

Apparently this game has been announced for like 3 years, and it completely skipped my radar. I want to thank my friend, former #GiFriends streamer, and fellow gaming news blogger REDXMAUDE for introducing me to this awesome game. It gives me some Final Fantasy, Code Vien vibes. It is a really cool looking open world jrpg, and it is now on my list. What is interesting is this started out as a one man developer, but interest picked up turning it into a larger team making the game.

20. Lego Star Wars Skywalker Sage (Moved from 2020 list!)

I have never really played a Lego game very much, as they always never seemed to really appeal to me. However, thanks to advances in visuals and now including voice acting, this collection of the full Skywalker saga actually looks interesting. Players will be able to play maps across all 9 movies, and a vast lineup of even the most obscure characters. Lego also seems to be the only platform we are going to get for any sequel era video games. I desperately want more stories and more video games set during the sequel era of Star Wars. This might be very early 2000's of me, but I wouldn't mind games that just play through the events of the sequels. The scope and quality of this Lego Star Wars games however, excites me to try it for the first time.

19. Recompile (Moved from 2020 list!)

When it comes to third person indie games, the best kinds are the ones that strike you with their art style or colors. The main character being a glowing being of light is a nice touch and the trailer sold me on the game's premise. It is unique and beautiful looking indie games like this that really excite me.

18. Babylon's Fall (Moved from 2020 list!)

Well, we aren't getting Scalebound, and it doesn't seem like Bayonetta 3 is ever actually arriving. So while Xbox and Nintendo fans may be left disappointed, Playstation fans seem to be closer to a new game from Platinum Games than the rest. This game looks to be a highly stylized hack'n slash (surprise surprise) set in a medieval magical world.

17. The Medium

I am not a huge fan of the horror genre, but something about the Medium looks interesting to me. It might be that is is one of the few next-gen only titles on the xbox side of things that sounds intriguing what kind of technical performance they are hoping to pull off. The Medium was supposed to be a December title, but it was delayed in no small part to get out of the release window of Cyberpunk 2077.

16. Boundary (Moved from 2020 list!)

(Update** With a "2020 release" for pretty much all of 2020, 2020 came and went with silence from the developer. Like many on this list, I am presuming COVID was a factor in its delay to 2021.)

(Update Mid 2020: We still are no closer to a release date, and with COVID I suspect the game will be further delayed. However, my excitement level for this space shooter has only increased. It is a lesser known more niche title, but it is one I am personally looking forward to)

I did not hate Call of Duty Ghosts as much as most of the fan base did. I enjoyed many aspects of the game from having a dog companion to fighting aliens in multiplayer. One of the things I loved most about Call of Duty Ghosts was the opening mission in ORBIT. The opening mission of Ghosts was super cool even to the biggest hater. Now, we get combat in space in other games but most often it feels super sci-fi like Halo. This put us in white astronaut suits floating around white space station-like areas with guns. It felt both sci-fi and realistic at the same time. Boundary is a multiplayer shooter game super reminiscent of that setting. Low earth orbit combat with astronaut suits and zero-g combat. Ever since coming across this title I have been super excited to play it.

15. Microsoft's Flight Simulator on Xbox (Moved from 2020 list!)

(Update: Microsoft made the very unusual decision to launch some of their few in house titles on PC first, in a year where they are launching a new console. I wrote an entire article on how I thought it was very odd that Microsoft was releasing games on PC first in a year where it was extra important to convince gamers that the Series X is the thing to invest in. Microsoft must have known Halo was in trouble and delays were inevitable, and they failed to devote enough resources to make sure that finished on time. Gears Tactics also went to PC first. If the ability to have Flight Simulator launch on time on both Xbox and PC was proving to be impossible in the craziness that was 2020, why did Microsoft choose not to prioritize the Xbox version? Even the Xbox Series X which is plenty powerful enough launched without yet another major Microsoft title. During the PC launch of Flight Simulator I did not have a PC to play it on, so I felt it was fair to push this to 2021. If Microsoft can do it, so can I!)

I have never played a "Simulator" game and up until now I never thought I was missing out on anything. From a far they always looked so slow and boring to be honest. Who wants to sit on a virtual tractor and farm? It wasn't until I saw the demo and trailer for the new Microsoft's Flight Simulator that I changed my mind. It is freaking gorgeous. What makes this game special is that the world beneath you is powered by REAL satellite maps and cloud computing. It is going to give us beautiful photo-realistic visuals underneath powered by the actual planet. It is something where the technology behind it really makes it cool. Will this be a fast-paced game I stream on Twitch? No. However, a beautiful zen experience that promises to mimic real life flying? That's an experience I may never have known I would miss out on otherwise.

14. Bright Memory Infinite (Moved from 2020 list!)

Will Bright Memory Infinite be the game that forever ruins indie games for me? Normally I have a very different system of measurement and expectation for indie games than I have for AAA. There just is understandably a difference in what one person can do than what a team of 100 or more can do. What can a game made in a basement compare to a game with a 200 million dollar budget? Bright Memory Infinite however seeks to forever change the game with the "if one man could do that..." effect. That's right, this gorgeous next-gen game is made by just one guy. That alone is why I am playing it. This looks like a AAA military shooter from a large team and it is made by ONE MAN. Early reports say it isn't very long, but who cares JUST LOOK AT IT! The game Bright Memory is already out as a "unfinished version" with Infinite coming as a sequel/expansion of the original. I can't stop thinking of how gorgeous this game looks. If this game is any good it will forever raise the bar for what I think will be possible by indie games.

13. Crossfire X (Moved from 2020 list!)

Crossfire X went from a blurb during Xbox's E3, where we saw a vague cinematic teaser for a military shooter to an exciting game with a free multiplayer component and an actual campain. It was only really noteworthy for being a much needed Xbox console exclusive during a time when Xbox was struggling to deliver them. We have heard pretty much nothing about it since that reveal, and all of a sudden a open beta dropped. I had a blast in the game even though there was only one "modern' mode. The beta contained legacy modes from the old pc game. The legacy was old and ugly bland version I largely skipped. The new modern polished mode was super fun. I am very excited for more competition in the modern military shooter genre, and I think there is plenty of room for Crossfire X.

12. Far Cry 6

I absolutely loved Far Cry 5. New to the franchise, I played it past the campaign, and went around doing every side mission I could find. I loved having animal companions, flying airplanes, sniping enemy pilots out of the cockpit, or helping a crazy scientist make contact with aliens. It was just a vast, fun, and amazing experience. This is why when they announced Far Cry 6, I was very much excited. Much of what I liked about Far Cry 5 was the setting, so I am hesitant in this being a different game. I am very excited for Giancarlo Esposito as the main villain as I think he is a very talented actor who can really portray an intimidating antagonist.

11. Outriders (Moved from 2020 list!)

(*UPDATE: Outriders is delayed to April 1st.)

Honestly, I originally thought Outrides was trying to be the next Destiny. You'd be forgiven if like me you see the aesthetic similarities, and the original reveal was very vague. However, now that we are closer to the release, we now know the game will very different than Destiny. It is a third person sci-fi action adventure that reminds me more of Anthem (in the good way) than Destiny. But more importantly, it is not a live service, but a full complete game at launch.