The ongoing pandemic ruined a lot of plans we had last year. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic year for video games. The pandemic forced everyone to stay indoors. Unsurprisingly, everyone took up video games to end the cycle of endless boredom.
The year saw the release of the titles like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us II, among several others.
The Last of Us II broke several records throughout the year and also took home 7 awards, including the Game of the Year award at the Game Awards.
More importantly, 2020 also saw the release of Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5. True, getting hold of either of them has been an uphill task. But the new consoles have transformed the gaming experience like nothing we have seen before.
A range of much-anticipated titles also accompanied the release of the new consoles. Titles like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Cyberpunk 2077 walked up the ramp, enabling the players to make the most of the new hardware.
The previous year has set a perfect impetus for 2021 to deliver more such intriguing titles. But 2021 will also have some big shoes to fill. If you’d like to know what are the biggest releases of this year, check out the list of features below.
Xbox patrons hoped that a new entry in the Halo franchise would accompany the release of Xbox Series S/X. However, that didn’t really happen. 343 Industries left the fans without an exclusive at launch.
To make matters worse, the devs kept pushing the date of release, which enraged the fans who have been waiting for a long time.
The fans did get a peek of the title in July last year. But the response was rather underwhelming. This forced the devs to get more hands on deck to meet the standard set by the previous titles in the franchise.
The devs reiterated a few weeks back that 2021 will be a massive year for the Halo franchise. This is also because the title is slated to roll out in fall this year. Additionally, experience has shown us that it’s better to give devs the time they need to deliver a polished product rather than something we’re not content with.
The 2018 title in the series reached a pinnacle and has established itself as one of the finest titles of the previous console generation. The viewers got a glimpse of a new entry in the franchise in June last year during the PlayStation 5 showcase.
The showcase fell short of providing valuable information on the title. But pointed out that we can expect it to come out in 2021. Undoubtedly, it tops the list of the most anticipated titles of the year. Just like its predecessor, it will be exclusive to PlayStation.
We don’t know whether it will roll out for PS4. Even though it has been referred to as Ragnarok, the game doesn’t have an official title yet. The term ‘Ragnarok’ was heavily referenced throughout the previous game, meaning the Norse world’s end days.
While we don’t know the exact date of release, it is safe to assume that the devs will push the boundaries, the same way they did for the previous title.
Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media raised several concerns for PlayStation users. One of the major concerns was around the release of Deathloop, which is supposed to be a timed exclusive for PlayStation 5.
However, Phil Spencer soon put everyone at ease by announcing that Bethesda will continue to honor its previous agreements. As a result, we expect the title to roll out in May this year.
The players access the title as Colt. He is an assassin tasked with wiping out key targets on a mysterious island to break free from the time-loop that he’s trapped in. However, each time the character dies, the players will have to do all the tasks of the day from scratch.
This might sound rather disappointing. But starting the tasks from scratch provides the player with enough experience to not repeat the same mistakes. To make things more interesting, the devs have added an assassin that is essentially a work of AI.
It will make the player’s life miserable and will do anything to stop you from accomplishing your tasks. Currently, the title is slated to come out on May 21 for PC and PS5 as a timed console exclusive.
One of the last titles visible before the PlayStation 5 showcase ended was the sequel to Guerrilla Games’ open-world post-apocalyptic game from 2017.
In this direct sequel, the players can find Aloy heading to the west to examine the ruins of what once was California. Aloy undertakes this task to stop the spread of a deadly disease.
Fortunately, the title will also be available for PS4 users. But the devs have pointed out that the new title will make the most of PS5’s improved hardware to render more detailed environments. In addition, the new hardware will also allow quicker travel-time, which is something the previous console might not be able to achieve.
Currently, the title is supposed to come out sometime this year. Let’s hope that the devs announce an official date of release soon.
That’s about it for now. 2021, too, promises to be a magnificent year for gaming. As usual, there is a high possibility that several other titles out of our prior knowledge might roll out, too, What other titles would you have wanted on this list? Drop your pick in the comments section.