2021: The year for big comeback game releases?

By Georgia Stroud

As the gaming phenomenon has grown over the last year, there have been many successful game launches and ones that we thought should have been left to bake a bit longer. Here is a list created of the most anticipated games that decided 2021 would be the year for comeback releases.

Last year marked the beginning of a global pandemic, with staying at home becoming an important instruction in an attempt to get back to normal. As a result, people had much more time on their hands, forcing them to pick up new hobbies, one of which was gaming.

As much as this benefited the videogame industry financially, the pandemic meant that game developers were made to work from home, causing obstacles and pushing release dates further and further back. Last year left gamers feeling dissatisfied and angry at games which felt rushed and unfinished, with game-breaking bugs, broken AI, unplayable missions, and frequent crashing.

Hitman 3 is set to release on 20th January on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia and PC, with much anticipation from fans following the huge popularity of the two previous Hitman games. Players will soon once again able to play as their favourite Agent 47, doing what hitmen do best, with game modes being introduced such as Campaign, Elusive Targets and Ghost Mode. Game developer IO Interactive has introduced new starting locations, ICA gear, exotic distractions and stashed weapons in the new game. It can be seen in all its glory in the official gameplay trailer.

Far Cry 6 is set to release on 25th May this year, however the game could launch at any point in a year-long window from April 2021 to March 2022. The game will focus on fascist dictator Anton Castillo, played by Breaking Bad and The Mandalorian star Giancarlo Esposito. Intent on restoring his nation back to its original glory and suppressing a guerrilla revolution, Castillo is the main villain of the player, who will fight in a revolution against the dictator and his son, Diego. Following the game’s trailer, fans began speculating that it could be a prequel for Far Cry 3, as it seems Diego Castillo has a scar both on his right eyebrow, similar to that of fan-favourite villain Vaas Montenegro from Far Cry 3. The game will be released on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated game of 2021 is God of War: Ragnarok, part of the God of War franchise. With just a few vague images from Santa Monica Studio, there are no actual details of the game other than its 2021 release date. However, fans expect the game to continue the journey of main characters Kratos and Atreus from previous games. With seven console games preceding Ragnarok, this latest instalment in the franchise is generating massive excitement among fans, who will be able to play it on the PS5.

Halo Infinite was set to be released in November 2020, but was delayed by 343 Industries just two months before it was due to be shipped with the Xbox Series X|S, due to production issues because of the coronavirus pandemic. The latest release date is some time in autumn 2021. Fans hope the game will be up to standard, as initially there was negative press on the “plastic” look to the game’s graphics, and the recent instalment Halo 5 was not very well received. The game will be released on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.

Battlefield is another game making a comeback, as the newest instalment since Battlefield 5 in 2018. The game is set to return in late 2021. EA CEO and director Andrew Wilson said: “The technical advancements of the new consoles are allowing the team to deliver on a true next-gen vision for the franchise. We have hands-on play testing underway internally, and the team’s been getting very positive feedback on the game as we’ve begun to engage our community.” More details will be revealed in spring, and the platforms on which the game is to be released are yet to be announced.

Plenty other games of all genres are scheduled for release in 2021, including LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, New World, Gran Turismo 7, GhostWire: Tokyo, Gotham Knights, and Back 4 Blood. A full list of the big games to be released can be found on IGN.com.

With the gaming community always growing, it seems that successes for game developers will continue for the foreseeable future, likely meaning more sequels, prequels and series for further growth. With so many announcements already at the beginning of the year, there will undoubtedly be plenty more news to come, with new games being announced for 2022, and a never-ending supply of good news for gamers.