The second half of 2020 was marked by the Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda, but also by the delay of one of the flagships of Xbox Series X|S. The good? That this 2021 will go on sale along with more exclusives.
Microsoft will begin to show the new fruits of Xbox Game Studios, apart from strengthening the incentives of Xbox Game Pass, with all his jobs from day one in the Xbox family. So that, Let’s see the Xbox Series games for 2021.
Let’s not forget, in any case, that all the games that will come out on Xbox One will also be compatible with Xbox Series X | S, although not all will be optimized to take advantage of the great potential of the Xbox Series family.
Games coming out soon or have a date
Agent 47 returns and does so to close the trilogy of “Murder world” in Hitman 3. If you like stealth and action games with multiple possibilities, you have a date “with death” in this IO Interactive work that seems like a sure value.
The Medium It is the most ambitious work of the Bloober Team to date. The authors of Layers of Fear bring us a new horror game where we will witness the duality of their universe, its most striking feature. In his soundtrack is Akira Yamaoka, from the saga Silent Hill. The best? Standard with Game Pass.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood will put us in the shoes of Cahal, a powerful Garou who decided to go into exile after losing control of his own destructive rage. The reason? It can transform into a wolf and Crinos, a huge ferocious beast. So we will have three ways to master, with their corresponding powers, to punish those who defile Gaia. It can surprise you.
Ubisoft’s biggest bet on extreme sports is called Riders Republic, A mixture between Steep, Trials Rising and aerial madness in between. It remains to be seen if the mix sets, but it promises a chaotic and fun multiplayer, of course.
Balan Wonderworld is a platformer that comes from the masters Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima, both of SEGA, so this work has plenty of credentials to imagine that it could well be a launch game for Dreamcast 2.
It Takes Two
If something knows how to do the study of Josef Fares is to create good stories that revolve around two specific characters. We were amazed Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and we were surprised by final twist of A Way Out, so that It Takes Two It seems like another ideal bet (with a more relaxed tone) to share with someone.
People Can Fly (Bulletstorm) has almost ready its new IP, called Outriders, where he embraces the mechanics of shooter-looter to what Destiny in which to get together with more people to explore their universe. It will be necessary to give a vote of confidence.
Back 4 Blood
If you are one of those who miss a new Left 4 Dead, you’re in luck, because with Back 4 Blood Turtle Rock Studios returns to the style it did best, after the fiasco of Evolve. And yes, here we will fight zombies again.
More Xbox Series games expected this year
With influences that mix the tension of The glow with the claustrophobia of The rear window and the structure of Memento, Annapurna Interactive has in this 12 Minutes one of the indies most promising of 2021, where we’ll be stuck in a twelve minute loop until we solve your puzzle.
The saga Crossfire from South Korean studio Smilegate has more than a decade of experience in the field online, but with CrossfireX enters the Remedy Entertainment equation (Alan Wake, Control) to add a campaign to it.
Far Cry 6
It was initially said that it would come out in February, but Ubisoft has finally delayed it for an indeterminate “between April and September 2021.” But it seems that the wait will be worth it with Far Cry 6, especially by the figure of Giancarlo Esposito as a villain. Will there be a bombshell on the line Far Cry 5? Hopefully.
Knowing there will be no other Batman Arkham, the closest thing (and closest) to the DC Comics universe you have in this Gotham Knights focused on cooperative action. It is developed by the same team Batman Arkham Origins, by the way.
The most anticipated game on Xbox Series, probably. More than anything because Halo Infinite it was going to be a launch title on Xbox Series X | S. With this extra year of development, we hope there will be no unwanted surprises and it will be the console vendor it deserves, as its predecessors did on other Xboxes.
We’ve been yearning for that game of Harry Potter to return us to the magical world of witchcraft. Hogwarts Legacy It seems like the ambitious RPG adventure we were waiting for, and not having Potter and company wandering around the castle has not taken away an iota of desire to get the hang of it.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition
If you missed the Mass Effect original trilogy A couple of generations ago, you’re in luck, as EA will release the full bundle with all its DLC. Three unforgettable RPGs for science fiction lovers in dangerous space.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
From being one of the best aerial simulators in recent years, now Microsoft Flight Simulator you have to experience your flights within the Xbox Series circuits. A more than interesting addition to your catalog.
Psychonauts 2 is, as its name suggests, the direct sequel to that cult work called Psychonauts, where Tim Schafer repeats as master of ceremonies in this lysergic production. And now under Xbox Game Studios.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
Rainbow Six Quarantine is the other Ubisoft game that will be released “between April and September 2021”, in this case having an interesting twist within the saga Rainbow Six, by putting the inexhaustible zombies into the equation. There is desire, right?
Resident Evil Village
The direct sequel to the surprising Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is named Resident Evil Village and promises to follow that same revolutionary style for Capcom’s horror saga. At the setting level it reminds Resident Evil 4
Imagine a first-person horror game inspired by the disturbing imaginary of H. R. Giger. Now view it in Scorn, another of the great projects that emerged in KickStarter, and start drooling until he leaves, knowing, also, that he will be part of Xbox Game Pass from launch day.
If it is already surprising to know that the development of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 It was stopped for almost a decade, it is more so knowing that it will be the first installment of the saga that will also be released on a console with Xbox Series X | S with its exclusive there.
The creators of SteamWorld Dig and its deep universe bring us now with The Gunk a more direct bet on action and adventure in the third person within an inhospitable alien landscape. And beware, there will also be puzzles to solve.
The Lord of the Rings – Gollum
The Germans Daedalic Entertainment, experts in adventure games, are in charge of the development of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, where we will control Gollum himself in an adventure with touches of stealth and action. My treasure!
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
It may not look graphically next-gen, but Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 It has an extremely attractive setting, immersing us in the World of Darkness of Seattle in the form of an RPG. There is a thirst for blood, ¿no?
Warhammer 40.000: Darktide
Think of a Warhammer: Vermintide set in the most futuristic cut of the Games Workshop imagination, it does not sound bad at all, and it is precisely what we will find in this Warhammer 40.000: Darktide, where Fatshark repeats.
No confirmed date, but could come out in 2021
As for video games that do not have an official date, but that have more ballots to come out in 2021, we venture to say that there will be no lack of that Strength Motorsport Strictly, the interactive adventure As Dusk Falls or the longed-for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, as a sequel to the award-winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, with Ninja Theory within the Xbox Game Studios family since 2018.
Where it seems that things are going longer is with these other exclusives:
“Optimized for Xbox Series” from old acquaintances
Finally, we cannot fail to mention those games that are already on sale (or will soon) on Xbox One and will receive the version optimized for Xbox Series X | S this 2021, among which all these stand out (without exact date):
And I’m sure the list will grow over the next few months.