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2021 games: all the upcoming PC games to watch for

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The new games of 2021 are already looking like a stacked bunch. Due in part to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 was a chaotic year that saw quite a lot of games—big and small—get delayed until 2021. Now that the new year is almost upon us, we've got quite a feast of new PC games to look forward to even early in the year. 

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Highly anticipated games like Halo Infinite and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 have made their way to this year's calendar alongside big, newly-announced games like Hitman 3. With the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles launching late in 2020, 2021 is sure to be full of surprises. The new year's releases will likely capitalize on the power in those new consoles, which PC versions should benefit from too. 

We likely haven't quite seen the end of game delays caused by the pandemic as developers continue to work from home. As with last year, we'll keep this page up to date with all the new announcements, delays, and reveals for games releasing in 2021.

This is your big guide to the games to watch in 2021, which we've organized by month to help you look ahead. At the top we've highlighted the biggest and most anticipated games launching this year. At the bottom are 2021 games with release dates "TBA"—things that should be (or we hope will be) arriving in the next year—but haven't yet committed to a release date.

2021 Games: The biggest releases

As game studios switched to working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of big releases originally planned for launch in 2020 got pushed back. Now there are plenty of big games, both delayed and newly announced, to look forward to in 2021. Here are the most anticipated games of this year to watch for.

THAT YOU, VAAS?

Far Cry 6 | 2021
Three years after fictionalizing Montana, Far Cry is back with the fictional Caribbean island Yara. This time around, the big baddie is El Presidente Antón Castillo, played by Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito.

Hitman 3 | Stealth Hijinks | January 20
Agent 47 is back for more comedy assassination hijinks, and progress from Hitman 2 will carry over—in fact, you'll be able to play the maps from both of the last two Hitmans in Hitman 3. We also recently learned that the engine supports 300 active NPCs at once

Deathloop | FPS Sandbox | May 21
Arkane returns with another FPS adventure, and this one sounds like a great time. Master assassin Colt is stuck in a time loop on Blackreef Island where he'll have to sneak and plan and maneuver to kill all of his eight targets in 24 hours, or start over.

Back 4 Blood | Co-op zombie murder | June 22
Turtle Rock Studios are returning to run and gun zombie co-op under a new name but don't be fooled, this is essentially a Left 4 Dead game, which we're all for.

Halo Infinite | Chief's next rodeo | 2021
The Chief is back in the long-awaited next game in 343 Industries' take on Halo. The Banished are back for Master Chief to tangle with, and this time he's got a grappling hook! Taking a page from other FPS series, Infinite's multiplayer will actually be free to play while the campaign will be purchased as usual.

Elden Ring | The big Souls RPG | 2021?
From Software's ambitious RPG (with a world co-developed by Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin) may still be far away, but we can surely hope that it's coming sometime in 2021.

Gotham Knights | Superhero team up | 2021
Batman is dead, and his superpowered proteges are all that's left to defend Gotham City: Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, and Nightwing. Developed by the studio behind 2013's Arkham Origins, Gotham Knights can be played alone swapping between the four heroes or in two player co-op.

New World | Amazon-powered MMO | 2021
Amazon's premiere MMO has been in the works for a long time, and has almost released once already. It looks like 2021 will finally be the time for this promising realistic take on traditional MMOs.

Resident Evil Village | Horrific vacation | 2021
The eighth mainline Resident Evil game picks up where RE7 left off, with Ethan Winters investigating a new threat in an extremely creepy village.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 | Bloody RPG | Second half 2021
The sequel to a bloody cult classic is being created by Hardsuit Labs. You'll create your own vampire and start out as a newly minted Thinblood on the streets of Seattle while navigating the politics of the city's other vampire clans.

Ruined King | LoL RPG | 2021
Riot continues to broaden its portfolio with Ruined King, a spinoff League of Legends story taking the form of a turn-based RPG. The game stars a handful of League heroes making the jump from MOBA to RPG: Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Yasuo, Ahri, and Pyke.

Age of Empires 4 | Strategic Return| 2021
We haven't heard a lot about Age of Empires 4 years after its announcement, but as far as we know, Relic is still chugging along on the anticipated follow-up to a classic strategy series.

2021 games: January

January's release schedule this year is the home of at least one game that flung itself into 2021 when Cyberpunk 2077 got its final delay into December 2020. Bloober Team's next horror adventure The Medium didn't want to compete with the biggest developer in Poland, apparently. We're also being treated to a new Hitman this month among other surprise delights.

January new game highlights

Stealth hijinx

Hitman 3 | January 20
Agent 47 is back for more comedy assassination hijinks, and progress from Hitman 2 will carry over—in fact, you'll be able to play the maps from both of the last two Hitmans in Hitman 3. We also recently learned that the engine supports 300 active NPCs at once

The Medium | January 28
Bloober Team is back with another horror game, this time one that takes place in two planes of existence. As the titular medium, you'll use your psychic abilities to solve puzzles that take place between both realities.

Yakuza: Remastered Collection | January 28
At long last, almost all of the Yakuza series will be on PC. The collection includes remastered versions Yakuzas 3, 4, and 5, making up the middle chunk of Kiryu Kazuma's punching adventures in Kamurocho.

January 2021 game releases

2021 games: February

February is full of sequels and spinoffs in popular series like Nioh 2, Little Nightmares 2, and Persona 5 Strikers. This month has also turned into the release window for several early access games that plan to continue development throughout this year.

February new game highlights

Demons and souls

Nioh 2 | February 5
Team Ninja's next action RPG maintains its Souls-inspired roots but continues to spice up its samurai combat with a new yokai form for your half-demon protagonist. The original was a fun romp through pseudo-historical Japan and the sequel looks to be more of the same.

Hellish Quart | February 16
Hellish Quart looks like the ultimate test of your mettle. The physics-based battles between 17th century combatants use all manner of weaponry in its fencing battles. It could just be the ultimate fighting game.

Little Nightmares 2 | February 10
Tarsier Studios has cooked up a sequel to its grim and spooky platformer. As young children Mono and Six, you'll sneak your way through the horrible nightmare world.

February 2021 game releases

2021 games: March

So far for March, the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake has joined the month after a short delay. We'll also be able to sit down with our friends to play the next co-op adventure from Hazelight, It Takes Two.

March new game highlights

Cartoony co-op

It Takes Two | March 26
Hazelight returns with another co-op adventure, though It Takes Two looks much lighter in tone than the prison escape adventure A Way Out. Once again, you'll be able to invite a friend to play alongside you even if they don't have their own copy of the game.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake | March 18
Ubisoft is bringing back Sands of Time this year with a fresh 2021 redo. The remake will have new motion capture, voice acting, difficulty modes and other modern niceties to go with the updated look.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life | March 25
At long last, almost all of the Yakuza series will be on PC. The Song of Life is the last Yakuza game starring stoic punch machine Kazuma Kiryu and a fitting finale to the original series.

March 2021 game releases

2021 games: April

April is still a bit light for the year with more sure to be announced early in the year. So far, Amplitude is planning to launch its Civilization competitor Humankind and People Can Fly are launching Outriders on (no joke) April 1st.

April new game highlights

A world of strategy

Humankind | April 22
Aiming to evolve world-building strategy, Humankind looks like a possible rival to Civilization. Amplitude Studios are challenging players to create civilizations that change and survive rather than dominating opponents. 

April 2021 game releases

2021 games: May

May new game highlights

LIVE DIE REPEAT

Deathloop | May 21
Arkane returns with another FPS adventure and this one sounds like a great time. Master assassin Colt is stuck in a time loop on Blackreef Island where he'll have to sneak and plan and maneuver to kill all of his eight targets in 24 hours or start over.

May 2021 game releases

2021 games: June

June 2021 game releases

2021 games: July

No games announced for this month yet. Check back soon!

2021 games: August

No games announced for this month yet. Check back soon!

2021 games: September

No games announced for this month yet. Check back soon!

2021 games: October

No spooky games announced just yet. Check back later in the year!

2021 games: November

No games announced for this month yet. Check back soon!

2021 games: December

No games announced for this month yet. Check back soon!

2021 games: release dates to be announced

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As we kick off 2021 there are plenty of games that have been announced for this year but without a specific date set just yet. There are also plenty of games here that were planned for 2020 and have slipped the mark, which we're anticipating will release at some point in 2021. You might also spot just a bit of wishful thinking here. Will Tunic finally launch this year? What about Hollow Knight: Silksong? We sure hope so.