The Video Games We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2021

Last year, we got two new consoles, and … some new games? Regardless, players on all platforms need new things to play—especially now. Luckily, there are plenty of fresh titles on the way. A new Overwatch, a new Halo, and League of Legends is finally coming to phones and consoles. OK, so maybe not everything we’re hoping for will actually see the light of day in this calendar year, but we have hopes. Here are the games we’re most excited to play in 2021.Horizon Forbidden West

Even if you haven’t yet played Horizon Forbidden West’s predecessor, Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a PlayStation-exclusive RPG worth jumping into. Evoking the perils of climate change, this new Horizon finds you once again playing as Aloy, trapped on a dying, storm-ravaged Earth and attempting to figure out what is causing the blight. Oh, and there are new and bigger animal-like machines to battle, of course—including metal elephants that will give you flashbacks to Tolkien’s Oliphaunts in The Lord of the Rings.
If Horizon Forbidden West is anywhere near as great as Horizon Zero Dawn was, it’ll be a treat. Following its release in 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn won a number of awards—including a BAFTA and a Writers Guild of America Award for Achievement in Video Game Writing. By its second anniversary in 2019, it had sold over 10 million copies. Hone up those spear and bow skills, and get ready to jump back into Aloy’s postapocalyptic world sometime this year. Now if only we could snag a PlayStation 5 to load it up on. —Saira Mueller

Platforms: PS4, PS5

Release date: TBD, 2021

New World

Amazon Game Studios’ second major release, New World, is set in Aeternum, also known as the Eternal Isle, which is an alternate 17th-century world. Here, you will battle “brutal legions of the Corrupted,” while the world is “hell-bent on your destruction.” Thankfully, New World is an open-world MMORPG, so you can buddy up with your friends to create a Company and take on all those former heroes and adventurers who succumbed to the ancient evil that has pervaded the land (and, apparently, killed them all). Humans are not the only ones to fall prey to this evil, however—creatures of legend have also turned to the dark side.