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Top 10 Games to Look Forward to After Gamescom 2021

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Gamescom 2021 really kicked things off this year with everything from their world premier game announcements to updates on already announced titles. This year was a fantastic one for Geoff Keighley and the Gamescom team.

Although the opening night live stream itself was quite lengthy, there were plenty of announcements and trailers to catch our attention and we’re going to look at the top 10 announcements that gained the most attention throughout the show and what people are most excited for.

10. Age of Empires IV

One of the most beloved RTS games in the history of gaming is making a comeback. Taking place between the dark ages and the renaissance, you’ll be able to relive your favorite moments in history once more.

Since the last Age of Empires title dropped back in 2005 we’ve seen nothing more from the series aside from reiterations of Age of Empires 3 and DLC.

We’re all aware that this one has been on the horizon for a while now and it’s finally getting it’s release on the 28th October this year! We can’t wait for this one!

  • Genre: Multiplayer, Strategy
  • Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
  • Platform: PC, Xbox Cloud Gaming
  • Release Date: 28/10/2021

9. Halo Infinite

Developed by 343 Industries & intended to release holiday 2021, Halo: Infinite was delayed indefinitely last year, but thankfully this year we received plenty of info on one of the most anticipated games for Xbox/PC players over the past couple of years.

We now have a solid release date and have also been treated to a technical test that was received very well by Halo fans. The campaign will ship separately to the free to play multiplayer with Halo Forge (An insanely popular level editor) coming at a later date.

  • Genre: Multiplayer, Action
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC
  • Release Date: 08/12/2021

8. Far Cry 6

Ubisoft are pulling out the big cards this year. Far Cry 6 is just on the horizon! Starring well known and loved actor Giancarlo Esposito as the games big baddy (Antón Castillo), this is shaping up to be a potential GOTY contender.

Taking place on the fictional island of Yara, you play as Dani Rojas. A Yara citizen who gets caught up in the guerilla movement against Antón Castillo’s regime. It’s just over a month left till this gem is released.

  • Genre: Action
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia
  • Release Date: 07/10/2021

7. Back 4 Blood

The spiritual successor to the highly popular Left 4 Dead series. Back 4 Blood is the co-op zombie game we’ve been itching for. Fight for survival with your friends in a war against the ridden, zombies that are hell bent on devouring any living thing in their path.

A long list of people have been crying out for a Left 4 Dead 3 and we have been given this game as a result. Developed by the original developers of the L4D games, Turtle Rock Studios, inc. we’ll be looking forward to seeing if this game truly lives up to the hype.

  • Genre: Multiplayer
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC, PS4, PS5
  • Release Date: 12/10/2021

6. Dying Light 2: Stay Human

We all got spoiled with Dying Light back in 2015, it was a huge improvement compared to the already popular Dead Island franchise and now we’re getting the second installment in the Dying Light Series. They revealed plenty of gameplay at Gamescom 2021 and despite the rumours early this year involving the development of the game, it’s shaping up to be a fantastic release.

Developers Techland have stayed quiet for most of 2021 but over the past couple of months they’ve revealed plenty of details on their upcoming game. It looks like we’re getting an early Christmas present this year as the game is releasing on the 7th December 2021.

  • Genre: Action, Role Playing
  • Publisher: Techland
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC, PS4, PS5
  • Release Date: 07/12/2021

5. Battlefield 2042

Developed by the creative individuals over at DICE, Battlefield 2042 is a first-person shooter set in the near distant future transformed by disorder. Supporting up to 128 players in the same game, Battlefield 2042 is expected to bring a whole new experience to online multiplayer.

With Battlefield Portal and the all-new hazard zone game mode, DICE are doing their best to bring us fun, new modes to an already loved & established multiplayer title. This is going to be a big one.

  • Genre: Multiplayer, Action
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC, PS4, PS5
  • Release Date: 21/10/2021

4. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga – Gameplay Trailer

Featuring all 9 Star Wars Movies comes the new LEGO: Star Wars game, The Skywalker Saga. Originally intended for release in Q1/Q2 of 2021 this game was officially delayed in April 2021 and we’ve all been itching for a new release date since then.

With 300 playable characters, 24 planets, 45 levels and many more features compared to previous LEGO titles this game looks to be the most ambitious one ever made.

  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch
  • Release Date: 2022

3. Call of Duty: Vanguard

The next installment in the Call of Duty franchise, Vanguard, set in WWII and developed by Sledgehammer Games is nearing release. All packed with a campaign, multiplayer and zombies (developed in cooperation with Treyarch).

Featuring full crossplay amongst all platforms, everyone can play online together so it won’t matter if you haven’t managed to pick up the new Xbox or Playstation yet. You can still play with your friends regardless of what platform they’re playing on.

  • Genre: Action, FPS
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC, PS4, PS5
  • Release Date: 05/11/2021

2. Saints Row

Witness the origins of the Saints, taking place in the fictional city of Santo Ileso in Southwest America, you play as The Boss alongside your close friends Neenah, Kevin, and Eli. Battle for control against rival gangs and corporations as you grow the Saints and build your empire, take part in criminal ventures and climb your way to the top.

This was an unexpected announcement up until the days leading up to Gamescom 2021. The Saints Row franchise was very popular and well loved amongst many gamers. Although this wasn’t expected from fans it has been a very well received announcement amongst the gaming community. Let us hope this one delivers, we can’t wait to see some gameplay.

  • Genre: Action
  • Publisher: Koch Media
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC, PS4, PS5
  • Release Date: February 25th 2022

1. Elden Ring

Journey through the Lands Between, a new and mystical fantasy world created by George R.R Martin & Hidetaka Miyazaki. This Dark Souls like game has been highly anticipated by fans ever since it was announced all the way back in June 2019.

Developed by FromSoftware, the same people who made Dark souls, you’ll be on a quest to follow the path to the Lands Between beyond the foggy sea to stand before the Elden Ring and become the Elden Lord. Although it looks like we’re finally getting our game, however, not until late January next year.

  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC, PS4, PS5
  • Release Date: 21/01/2022

Gamescom 2021 Round up

The next year is definitely shaping up to be an exciting time for gaming! At least, definitely an exciting for one such as myself. What are you excited for? We all know there’s plenty more games on the way, yet to be announced. Here’s to the Video Game Awards in December!

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