2020 will hopefully end with a whimper, not a bang, then we can all move on to 2021. With The Game Awards behind us and a year of things being postponed, we’re more ready than ever for all the brilliant games that’ll come out over the coming twelve months.
We’ve taken a peek into the future (via dark magics) and come back with what we think are the best upcoming PC games of 2021. Let’s go!
The Hitman series has had a resounding comeback since 2016, and Hitman 3 looks to continue with another finely crafted entry in the longrunning murder-em-up series. Hitman 3 seems to be what we want from a Hitman franchise, more levels, more ways to exploit systems, and more Heath Robinson-esque murder in what we’re confidence will be one of the best games of 2021.
In the gaming world it’s probably fair to say there’s never been a run like the one Arkane’s on. The Dishonored series, Prey, Dark Messiah, and even Arx Fatalis show a studio that absolutely loves exploring systems. Deathloop is ready to take that to the next level, in a time-looping hunt across a pulpy seventies-style island. We can’t wait.
The original Kerbal Space Program taught us about physics, managing space programs, and budgets. Now we’re going even further into space with Kerbal Space Program 2, a game which promises to expand on everything that made the original a staple on so many PC gamers hard drives. That’s why this is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated upcoming games of 2021.
Amplitude Studios have a history of making brilliant strategy games and Humankind looks to be their most ambitious game yet. In it you’ll decide the fate of humanity over the course of our entire existence in a game spanning aeons. See if you can fix the world – or make it worse! It’s your choice.
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series has captivated gamers right from the start with its evocative Chernobyl world filled with alien creatures and mysteries that bend space and time. In Stalker 2 we’ll get to explore it with more fidelity and depth than ever before, and it’s for that reason alone that makes it one of the most exciting games we’re looking forward to in 2021.
In Sable you glide and explore as your character, the titular Sable, sails down desert dunes. With an art style that could be ripped right out of a Moebius comic, Sable is frankly one of the most beautiful looking games ever devised. We can’t wait to get our hands on it, and will be eagerly anticipating this upcoming game in 2021.
Sometimes you don’t want to be good, sometimes you need to play on the naughtier side of life. In Evil Genius 2: World Domination you’ll set up your own base, staff it with hired mooks, build traps to keep out pesky do-gooders, and generally live your best evil life. We can’t wait, we’ve got some things to work out.
Picking up after the end of Halo 5, Halo Infinite sees Master Chief take up the reins again to save humanity in a more personal story. 343 Studios are back at the helm again to give us this slice of Halo action, and whilst we don’t have a huge amount of details just yet, it definitely promises to be one of the best games of 2021.
The rebooted Oddworld, Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty, was a remake of the first game and also took the series in a brand new direction. In Oddworld: Soulstorm you’ll play as Abe as you try to save your life and the lives of your fellow Mudokons. It looks to be thrilling, tense, puzzle platforming stuff, and we’re definitely excited about this new sequel.
Resident Evil Village
With Resident Evil VII and the 2 and 3 remakes, Resident Evil is back in a big way. Now the eighth main entry in the series is coming and we’re heading to more snowy climes. Following on after a few years from the end of VII, Village will play similarly in a first person perspective. We can’t wait to see what this next game has for us in the long running and ever-surprising series.
That’s what we think will be the absolute highlights of 2021 in terms of PC games, though of course we’re prepared to be surprised as there’s always something that arrives unannounced. What are you looking forward to in 2021? Head over to our community forum and let us know.