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Gaming has been a coping mechanism for many people this past year and, while the Covid-19 pandemic has definitely affected the videogames industry, this is the first year of a whole new generation of consoles. And, if releases like Cyberpunk 2077 and The Last of Us 2 have anything to show us, is that 2021 will be a great year for games. So, here are a few of the most anticipated releases we’ll be able to play in the next months:

Resident Evil Village

The newest installment in Capcom’s survival horror franchise will take place in a haunted village in Eastern Europe, introducing for the first time creatures that resemble werewolves and vampires. Ethan Winters is yet again our unlucky protagonist, because surviving one Resident Evil nightmare is never enough! The title will also bring back fan favorite Chris Redfield, who was introduced way back in 1996 on the first game, though this time his intentions aren’t exactly clear. Capcom has always excelled in creating their monsters and, from what we’ve seen in the material released, they have peaked in this game by giving us Lady Dimitrescu, the really tall vampire lady, and her creepy daughters.

Resident Evil Village will be available on May 7th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC. (Until then, you can play the free demo, Maiden).

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Players will be able to go back to the Sinnoh region on this remake of the 2006 RPG game, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. From what we’ve seen in the trailer, the game will maintain that Nintendo DS look, with the static camera but with better graphics and better gameplay mechanics. Like most Pokémon games, this one also involves travelling across the map, defeating gyms, trading and battling with friends and, of course, catching all the pokémons (gotta catch them all!) to complete your Pokédex.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be available in late 2021 for Nintendo Switch.

Far Cry 6

Giancarlo Esposito playing the villain? Count. Me. In! The protagonist of Ubisoft’s new open world game is revolutionary Dani Rojas, who can be either a man or a woman, depending on the player’s choice. The game takes place in the Caribbean island of Yara and your goal is to fight against the dictator Antón Castillo, who has been in power for the last 50 years. Players will see themselves in an urban environment this time and the gameplay ressembles a bit of Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft’s other major franchise) in its verticality, since players will be able to scale buildings and run across rooftops.

Far Cry 6 will be available on May 25th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia.

Horizon Forbidden West

The sequence to Guerrilla Games 2017’s open world game, Horizon Zero Dawn, continues Aloy’s story as she travels west in a future desolated United States. There, she’ll encounter new dangers and familiar (at least to us) settings, like the Golden Gate Bridge completely overtaken by nature. A strange crimson blight has been spreading and killing plants, animals and a few human tribes, so Aloy journeys to find its origins and how to stop it. From what we can see in the announcement trailer, gameplay will introduce new machines, new tribes and underwater exploration. Soon, we’ll be able to dive back into the wonderful storytelling and mesmerizing world of Horizon!

Horizon Forbidden West will be available in the second half of 2021 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

God of War: Ragnarok

When 2018’s God of War introduced an older and more humane Kratos raising his young son, Atreus, it completely revolutionized the action franchise previously known for its violent and prone to rage protagonist. Ragnarok continues exploring elements of the norse mythology, just like its predecessor (the first God of War games focused on greek mythology) and, though not much is known about the game, it will most likely continue the end-of-the-world plot that was set up in the end of the previous game, which hinted that Ragnarok was coming. Since the 2018 game was so critically acclaimed, we hope that this one will be just as good.

God of War: Ragnarok will be available in 2021 for PlayStation 5 (nothing has been said about a PlayStation 4 release so far).

Some indie games to look forward to!

The wonderful and, sometimes, weird world of indie games is constantly surprising gamers. In 2020, Supergiant Games’ Hades took the world by storm with its fresh take on the roguelike genre. To keep track of the releases, here are a few indie games that we can’t wait to get our hands on:

Season, according to the developer Scavengers Studio, is “a game about capturing that fleeting moment”. You play as a young woman who has to capture the final moments of different cultures before they disappear. The art is beautiful and the gameplay focuses on exploring, biking, talking to people, taking pictures and recording audio. It will be available in 2021 for PlayStation 5 and PC.

She Dreams Elsewhere is a surreal adventure RPG in which you play as Thalia, a woman who is comatose and struggles with depression and anxiety. While in a coma, she has to confront her own nightmares and issues. It will be available in 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac and Linux.

From Fullbright, the same studio that made Gone Home, Open Roads introduces Tess Devine, who’s going on a road trip with her mom. Her grandmother has recently passed away and left behind a series of clues that lead to a mystery, which mother and daughter are trying to uncover. It will be available in 2021 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC.

Call Me Under takes place in the mysterious underwater city of Styx, a place inhabited by humans, sirens and eldritch entities. Your character is looking for a fresh start in Styx but ends up finding themselves in a battle between Shadows and the Light. Plus, you have an array of characters to date. It will be available in 2021 for Nintendo Switch and PC.

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The article above was edited by Laura Okida.

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