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The new games list got real busy after PlayStation's September Showcase, we even got to add our first confirmed game for 2023 in the form of Spider-Man 2. That might seem a long way off, but as this list shows, you'll have plenty of new games to fill your time until then. This year and its challenges have seen more and more games slide into the 2022 bucket - which could make it one of the biggest years ever for gamers - and there are still plenty of upcoming titles that have yet to even lock down a release date, hanging on to their pesky TBC status. Whether they have a release date or not, you'll find all the games worth being excited about below. Grab a pen, or a credit card, and make sure to add these new games, as well as those upcoming Xbox Series X games, upcoming Switch games, new PC games, and upcoming PS5 games to add to your wishlist.

Below you'll find everything worth waiting for - on every platform - in 2021 and beyond.

2021​

Deathloop​


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Platform(s): PS5 (timed exclusive), PC
Release date: September 14, 2021


Imagine Groundhog Day, but you're two assassins who end up killing each other every day, and then repeat ad nauseam. Well, that's Deathloop. The game takes place in the mysterious Black Reef, in what's described as a "time of madness". In development at Arkane Lyon, it's clear that our two assassins have very different ideas of their current situation. Juliana wants to protect it, while Cole hopes to break free of their never-ending cycle, but what they always do is kill each other. Over and over again.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits​


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(Image credit: Ember Lab)
Platform(s): PS4, PS5, PC (Epic Games Store)
Release date: September 21, 2021

This new and adorable adventure from developer Ember Lab sees you play as Kena, a young spirit guide who sets out to find a sacred mountain shrine in an abandoned village populated by trapped spirits. Kena is also joined by adorable little fuzzy spirits known as the Rot who we already immediately want a plushie of. Helping you along the way, you can collect the Rot throughout your journey to gain abilities and alter the environment around you to progress. It certainly gives off some Pikmin vibes and a lot of charm.

Sable​


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Platform(s): Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: September 23, 2021

With a gorgeous art style, an original soundtrack, and an interesting premise, Sable already looks and sounds very promising. From indie developer Shedworks, you play as Sable who sets out on her "gliding", which is said to be a rite of passage that will see you travel across expansive deserts. As you venture through the landscape, you can explore it in whatever way you wish at your own pace. From traveling on your hoverbike (yes, you have a hoverbike), to climbing ruins, or walking on foot, you can solve puzzles and encounter other nomads who might just ask for your help.

Far Cry 6​


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Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: October 7, 2021

Yes, that's right. Far Cry is returning once again. Set in Yara, which is described as a "tropical paradise frozen in time", Far Cry 6 sees you play as a local Yaran called Dani Rojas. Taking on the role of a guerrilla fighter, you set out to take down the dictatorship regime of Anton Castillo (played by Giancarlo Esposito). As the leader of Yara, Castillo wants to restore the nation back to its former glory, and he's willing to do it by any means necessary.

Metroid Dread​


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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Release date: October 8, 2021

For the first time in 19 years, we've got a new 2D Metroid game inbound. Metroid Dread will finally end the story that began way back in 1986 and bring the 2D Metroid games to Switch for the first time. It takes some ideas from the 3DS Metroid: Samus Returns release, but also some ideas from the likes of Alien: Isolation. New robotic enemies known as the E.M.M.I, which will hunt Samus down the minute they hear her moving through their patrol zones. Using new abilities like a Phantom Cloak that turns Samus invisible for a little while, you may just be able to evade them. But, basically, prepare to run - a lot.

Back 4 Blood​


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Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: October 12, 2021

Left 4 Dead 3 in all but name, Back 4 Blood is the same four-player co-op zombie experience that you'd expect from the Valve series - just without the Valve involvement. We dove into the game's recent alpha and can confirm it has the same frantic energy as the Left 4 Dead games, the humor, distinctive style, and of course, lots and lots of zombies. It's going to be beautiful chaos.

Battlefield 2042​


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Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: October 22, 2021

Battlefield is back and we're going near-future with this one. Battlefield 2042 will offer huge 128-player battles when it launches later this year via its all-out warfare modes Conquest and Breakthrough. There are more to come though, including Hazard Zone, but the real pull is the vast, dynamic maps set across the globe. Each of these will feature ever-changing battle conditions and gameplay challenges, forcing players to constantly adapt to things like sandstorms, rocket launches, and tornadoes.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy​


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Platform(s): Xbox Series X, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 26, 2021

Eidos Montreal is bringing us a brand new Marvel game in the form of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. You'll be playing as Star-Lord, leading the Guardians as they try to save the universe from a problem of their own (accidental) creation. While you play solely as Star-Lord, you'll have to make decisions for the team, and will be able to command them in battle too. Plus, it's all set to a suitably amazing 80s soundtrack.

Age of Empires 4​


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Platform(s): PC
Release date: October 28, 2021

Age of Empires 4 will let players explore history once more with a campaign set across eight civilizations across history - from Joan of Arc against the English to Genghis Khan and his conquest of Asia. You'll need to build cities, manage your resources, and lead your troops into battle both on land and at sea. There are four distinct campaigns, with 35 missions spanning over 500 years of history from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance.

Riders Republic​


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Platform(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Stadia
Release date: October 28, 2021

What Ubisoft is hoping will be your new favorite social space is en route, and it's Riders Republic. With up to 50 players active on your map simultaneously, Riders Republic will let you and your friends explore a huge open world created by stitching together iconic US national parks including Yosemite, and Grand Teton. The game features a range of sports to take part in - biking, snowboarding, skiing, and the flying wingsuit - with plenty to get involved with too. Head to the stunt parks, climb mountains, collect objects, or just discover the best scenic spots - there's going to be lots to discover.

Call of Duty: Vanguard​

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Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
Release date: November 5, 2021

Call of Duty: Vanguard is taking us back to WW2, with its campaign following the stories of four characters based on real fighters - Sgt. Arthur Kingsley, of Britain’s 9th Parachute Battalion; Captain Wade Jackson, of the US’s Scouting Squadron Six; Second Lieutenant Lucas Riggs, of Australia’s 20th Battalion; and Lt. Polina Petrova, of the Soviet 138th Rifle Division. It looks set to explore the horrors of war from the perspective of some of the untold stories of that time, and is probably one of the best looking new-gen games yet.

Jurassic World Evolution 2​


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Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
Release date: November 9, 2021

Jurassic World Evolution 2 is bringing back more dinosaur park simulation action, but this time we're going bigger - and deeper - than before. There'll be a new campaign to play through, more dinosaur breeds, new biome options for your enclosures, and enhanced customisation options too. The new Chaos Theory feature will also allow you to replay key moments of your favorite Jurassic Park / Jurassic World films but with a twist, allowing for some spectacular 'what if' moments.

Forza Horizon 5​


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Platform(s): Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: November 9, 2021

The Forza Festival is back, but this time we're going to Mexico! That's right, Forza Horizon 5 is taking us to South America later this year, offering up one of the most beautiful Xbox Series X graphical showcases yet. Developer Playground Games is promising that this is its biggest, most fun, and most diverse title in the series, with the Mexican setting offering a vast range of different biomes to explore. Plus, expect area-specific weather systems, more character creation options, and of course, more cars.

Dying Light 2​


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Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: December 7, 2021

No calendar is complete without a zombie game or two on the horizon, and Dying Light 2 has a good chance of being the only zombie game you'll need for the foreseeable future. Techland got off to fantastic start with the original Dying Light in 2015, and its sequel intends to healthily expand those parameters in every regard. With its reactive world, branching narrative, finessed combat, and radically upgraded visuals, Dying Light 2 is everything you could hope for in one, beautifully apocalyptic package, and then some. There's no release information as of yet, but our barbed wire baseball bats are already prepared and eager for zombie blood.

Halo Infinite​


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Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Release date: December 8, 2021

Bearing a curious new sub-header and running on a brand new game engine known as Slipspace, the first Halo Infinite trailer almost seems to suggest that Master Chief's next adventure will have MMO qualities to it, or at least be more open-ended and sandbox-like in flavour. That instantly familiar shot of his armour also teases a potential technological downgrade for everyone's favourite Spartan, though plot details remain threadbare for now. MMO or otherwise, Halo: Infinite could just be the Halo comeback we've all been waiting for.

TBC 2021​

Solar Ash​


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Platforms: PS4, PS5, PC
Release date: 2021

Solar Ash is the latest game from Hyper Light Drifter and will see players journey through a rift in space known as the Ultravoid, which just happens to be swallowing entire worlds. The game is quite the personal experience, where the characters must find solace in each other as they look to evolve their struggle into something a little more hopeful.

Chorus​


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Platform(s): Xbox Series X, Xbox One
Release date: TBC 2021

Name me one other game where you play as a sentient spaceship. Go on, try. Well, welcome Chorus, a brand new space-flight combat shooter, where you play as Nara and Forsaken, her sentient starfighter. Taking the genre straight into the next-generation of consoles, Chorus looks pretty awesome, melding exploration across the universe with outgunning your enemies in an epic quest to free an oppressed galaxy.

2022​

Elden Ring​


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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X
Release date: January 21, 2022

Originally announced during E3 2019, Elden Ring is the next FromSoftware offering from Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaka and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. In what will be FromSoftware's biggest game to date, Elden Ring takes place in an open world filled with rich lore and a bloody history. Much of the story of the upcoming dark fantasy action RPG remains a mystery, but from an Xbox Wire interview with Miyazaka last year, we do know that the Elden Ring "is the name given to a mysterious concept that defines the world itself," and it has been shattered. The consequences of this will be one of the important themes of the game. Steeped in mystery, Elden Ring looks full of promise.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus​


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Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release date: January 28, 2022

The first open-world Pokemon game ever, Pokemon Legends: Arceus has undoubtedly caused quite the commotion in the fandom. Set long before any of the series entries to date, you'll be exploring Sinnoh in a unique adventure to create the region's first Pokedex. Catching Pokemon will be as simple as throwing a Pokeball at them whilst creeping towards them out in the open, which will seamlessly enter you into a battle. It's the Pokemon game we've all been dreaming of.

Rainbow Six Extraction​


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Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna
Release date: January 2022

Formerly known as Rainbow Six Quarantine, we're now looking at Rainbow Six Extraction - the name changed for very good reasons of course. This is a spin-off from Rainbow Six Siege, offering similar co-operative multiplayer action where you must work with your squad to combat and defeat a type of parasite-esque alien called the Archaeans.

Sifu​


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Platform(s): PS4, PS5, PC
Release date: February 22, 2022

Sifu is the brand new game from Sloclap, the developer that gave us Absolver. In this though, you play as a young Kung-Fu student looking for vengeance after the murder of his family. The game is focused on a unique aging mechanic, where if you make a mistake you can trade off your life to try again, and learn from your errors. But, get too old and you will die, forcing you to start over again.

Saints Row​


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Platfom(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 25, 2022

Saints Row is coming back with a complete reboot of the series. You'll be building the Sains from the ground up, playing as the Boss with a small group of friends just starting out. It'll be your decisions that will shape the newly formed gang, and you'll be able to make your mark on the fictional city of Santo Ileso by deciding what kind of crime lord you want to be. Drug smuggling? Arms running? You decide. This is the Saints' origin story, and you get to tell it your way.

more coming soon........!
 
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