Finally ! Finally, the PS5 and Xbox Series will be able to show what they have in the belly. 2021 and 2022 should mark a more marked transition with the next generation consoles. PCs are also benefiting from powerful new graphics cards, while Nintendo may launch a “Pro” Switch soon. It should be noted that this ranking presents the games according to their release date. It will need to be updated regularly. The forecasts for 2022 are also in the game.
1 SCARLET NEXUS (JUNE 25)
Bandai Namco is banking on a new cell-shading production (3D animated) to support the next-gen consoles. Particularly highlighted on Xbox Series X and S but also planned for PS5 and PC, Scarlet Nexus is an action game featuring the heroes of the BEA (Others Elimination Brigade), soldiers tasked with eradicating demonic entities come to torment humanity. We then discover the fate of Yuito Sumeragi and Kasane Randall, who will have to do battle in an impressive visual fireworks display. The game is scheduled for June 25.
2 ZELDA SKYWARD SWORD HD (JULY 16)
Originally released on Wii in 2011, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is making a comeback in an HD stamped version. Scheduled for Switch as part of the festivities linked to the 35th anniversary of Link’s adventures , this remake will allow fans who are desperately waiting for Breath of The Wild 2 to wait. However, the return of this Skyward Sword is not trivial, since this The title had a particular influence on some gameplay mechanics of Breath of The Wild (2017). An epic that therefore deserved its place in the Switch game library.
3 FLIGHT SIMULATOR – XBOX SERIES (JULY 27)
Become THE benchmark in terms of flight simulator, Flight Simulator finally arrives on consoles and more particularly the Xbox Series X / S. A game that allows you to travel and cross borders without having to pass a PCR test. And if rave reviews accompanied the launch of the PC version in the summer of 2020, this Xbox edition should offer impressive graphics. At the same time, the last trailer presented also reveals the arrival of the fighter planes planned to celebrate the upcoming release of Top Gun 2 in theaters. This free expansion will be available on November 19.
4 KENA: BRIDGE OF SPIRITS (AUGUST 24)
Among the big adventures of the year expected on PS5 (but also on PS4 and PC), Kena: Bridge of Spirits invites you to follow the peregrinations of young Kena, responsible for guiding little forest spirits. Magical powers and epic breath of adventure should mark this new game, the first images of which are very promising.
5 PSYCHONAUTS 2 (AUGUST 25)
Very nice Xbox Series, Xbox One, PS4 and PC release, Psychonauts 2 will point the tip of its nose a little before the start of the school year. Created by the Double Fine Productions team, this sequel comes almost 15 years after a crazy first adventure. We find Raz, our little hero, who will alternate between the real world and the disturbed spirit of his enemies. A psychedelic festival scheduled for August 25.
6 NO MORE HEROES III (AUGUST 27)
Travis Touchdown will resume service next August in the 3rd canonical episode of his adventures. Highly anticipated, No More Heroes III will be a Switch exclusive. Our crazy hero-assassin will be sent to an island floating above the sea, where all of his combat will have consequences throughout the rest of our galaxy. On an absurd and deceptive story, No More Heroes III should animate the year.
7 RIDERS REPUBLIC (SEPTEMBER 2)
Ubisoft has accustomed us to offering open-world video games of astonishing richness and beauty. Riders Republic should follow this identity by offering a particularly beautiful and fun multisport and multiplayer game. As in Steep (dedicated to winter sports), Riders Republic takes us to a valley surrounded by mountains, where extreme sports enthusiasts have a blast. Snowboarding, mountain biking and even wingsuiting (propelled by rockets) will be at the center of the gameplay of this adrenaline-boosted game which will offer – in addition to free solo outings – competition sessions for six against six players, and even giant races. to 64 players. Everything will land on consoles and PC.
8 LIFE IS STRANGE: TRUE COLORS (SEPTEMBER 10)
Offered by Square Enix and developed by Deck Nine Games, Life is Strange’s new installment is called True Colors . A video game in line with the power of its heroine, Alex Chen, who is able to perceive the feelings of the people she meets by observing the colorful aura that emanates from them. Investigating the death of her brother, the young woman will explore the bucolic village of Haven Springs. Scheduled for consoles and PC for September 10, this new opus will be accompanied by a remastered of Life is Strange 1 and its spin-off Before the Storm.
9 DEATHLOOP (SEPTEMBER 14)
Arkane Studios is in command of this temporary PS5 and PC exclusive announced for October 14. Deathloop is shaping up to be an ambitious shooter where killers are sent through different eras to commit assassinations. Problem, all are caught in a time loop that it seems difficult to get rid of.
10 RAINBOW SIX EXTRACTION (SEPTEMBER 16)
After having converted a large community of players on Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft is launching a new iteration stamped Extraction. Based on a three-player cooperative mode, this tactical stealth game puts a team of elite soldiers to the test against an alien invasion. An action-packed FPS awaited on Xbox, PlayStation, PC and Stadia.
11 SAND (SEPTEMBER 23)
With its 3D inspired by the Moebius Incal, Sable is showing its plastic a few months before its release on Xbox Series, Xbox One and PC. A title which projects us on a planet of which we will have to explore every facet, to discover treasures and especially to explore its desert regions which nevertheless conceal many mysteries. Noted for its original artistic direction, Sable could well make an impression when it is released, scheduled to accompany the first fallen leaves of autumn.
12 FAR CRY 6 (OCTOBER 7)
Ubisoft could strike hard with Far Cry 6. A title initially planned for February, but which has also seen its release window postponed to October due to the health crisis. If Ubisoft has not yet formalized anything, Far Cry 6 should be launched later this year. Still, this explosive FPS planned for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PC and Stadia invites us to carry the rebellion in the fictional country of Yara, jewel of the Caribbean, led with an iron fist by a dictator -incarnated by Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian) – and his son.
13 BATTLEFIELD 2042 (OCTOBER 22)
October 22 will mark the return of a franchise much loved by FPS fans: Battlefield. Stamped 2042, it is in the near future that this explosive multiplayer shooter intends to train us, taking part in all-out war. Scheduled for Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Ps5, PS4 and PC, Dice’s game for Electronic Arts delivers a captivating first trailer and still promises to venture into huge war zones as an overarmed infantryman , but also aboard military land, air and sea vehicles of all kinds.
14 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (OCTOBER 26)
Square Enix and Eidos Montreal are not done with the superheroes of the Marvel Universe. After the Avengers last year, the publisher and the Canadian studio are attacking the Guardians of the Galaxy. Determined to make a video game as cool as the first two cinematographic opuses, Eidos Montreal offers a form of reinterpretation of the comics of the famous team led by the inenarable Star-Lord, alias Peter Quill. It is also this strong head that the player will embody in this exclusively solo adventure, where it will be possible to give orders to the other members of his team. Rocket, Groot, Drax and Gamora will therefore be at his side in order to face an entity that could well destroy their galaxy. And at the sight of the first gameplay elements unveiled, we imagine an eventful quest but which exudes good humor, well-felt valves and above all a thunderous eighties soundtrack. The game is planned for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One and PC.
15 FORZA HORIZON 5 (NOVEMBER 9)
After having traveled the roads of Australia and the United Kingdom, the Forza Horizon saga offers itself a 5th opus which invites us to Mexico. Concentrated arcade with a touch of simulation, the Horizon saga has become one of the best references in the field of motor racing games. Sublime, fun and supercharged, Forza Horizon 5 will make people happy this Christmas on Xbox Series, PC and Xbox One.
16 HALO INFINITE (FALL 2021)
It was supposed to be THE rumored launch game, but we’ll have to wait until next fall to try out the next Halo, so 2021 seems like a good year. Subtitled Infinite, it will be an exclusive put forward for Xbox Series X and S players in particular, since the tribulations of the Master Chief must show what the console has in its bowels.
17 DYING LIGHT 2: STAY HUMAN (DECEMBER 7)
Fans of The Walking Dead, it’s time to take your controls to survive your own zombie apocalypse in Dying Light 2. Techland studio is picking up the torch from the first title released in 2015. This direct sequel takes place 15 years after the facts stated. in the first installment and places us in the shoes of a survivor who will have to do everything to escape the hungry jaws of the hordes of living dead who run through the streets of the city. Above all, it will be necessary to be wary of other factions of humans who prove to be particularly dangerous. In these conditions, it will be difficult to remain human until the end. A title planned for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series, Xbox One and PC.
18 HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST (2ND SEMESTER)
True graphic slap, Horizon Forbidden West is the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn , one of the best games of the PS4 era. We will therefore find her heroine Aloy who will visit this time the western part of the American continent in a post-apocalyptic techno-prehistoric world where robots ape dinosaurs. So little information has filtered out, we are counting on Guerilla Games to offer us an open world worthy of the next-gen. A launch window in the second half of 2021 is announced by Sony. We want to believe it.
19 LEGO STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA (CURRENT 2021)
Always designed to entertain the family, the Lego Star Wars games will return to the fore at the end of the year. Titled: The Skywalker Saga, the title of TT Games, will offer to relive the whole of the Ennealogy (the 9 episodes) and its highlights. Lego obliges, everything will take place in a good-natured atmosphere, especially as the parody should be omnipresent. A family title expected later this year on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
20 ELDEN RING (JANUARY 21, 2022)
Proposed by the Japanese studio FromSoftware, creator of Dark Souls, Sekiro and Bloodborne, and George RR Martin, father of the Game of Thrones saga, Elden Ring is undoubtedly the game that attracts die-hard gamers the most. A work that promises to be very ambitious since it will be an open world where dark fantasy, which inspires its creators, will highlight a particularly dark universe where it will be necessary to defeat legendary monsters. And if perseverance will remain the watchword of this game, we once again note the quality of the artistic direction of this adventure game scheduled to open the year 2022 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series and Xbox One.
21 POKEMON LEGENDS: ARCEUS (JANUARY 28, 2022)
Unveiled as part of the festivities related to the 25 years of the Pokémon franchise this year, the future big project related to Pokémon on Switch has unveiled its first images. Entitled Pokémon Legends: Arceus, this new game takes trainers of little monsters back to a distant past. The game should push the open world experience more than ever, in order to encourage players to venture further and further to discover new creatures. It will not be on time for this Christmas, however, since the Game Freak studio is advancing a launch window for early 2022.
22 ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD 2 (2022)
A masterpiece acclaimed when it was released in March 2017 to accompany the launch of the Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be entitled to a sequel, already announced by Nintendo at E3 2019. With the Nintendo 2021 edition of the video game show promises that the sequel to this masterpiece should appear in 2022, still on Switch. The new trailer reveals lands of Hyrule devastated, as many locations rise into the air. It will therefore not only be necessary to explore this gigantic open world on the ground, but also in the air since the skies will bring a vertical dimension to explorers who thirst for freedom.
23 STALKER 2 (APRIL 29, 2022)
Released in 2007, the first part of STALKER: Shadows of Tchernobyl had marked the spirits by its postapocalyptic universe pushed and its side game of survival. Announced for several years, its direct sequel should finally come to the fore later this year. Scheduled for PC and Xbox Series, this FPS promises to send us back to its dystopian future where radiation has caused heavy mutations. And the first images foreshadow a particularly beautiful game graphically, but it will be necessary to have a good heart to survive in this hostile world. Its release is scheduled for April 2022.
24 MARIO + THE RABBIDS: SPARKS OF HOPE (2022)
With Mario + The Raving Rabbids, Ubisoft had a hit on Switch by offering a totally fun and accessible strategy game from 2017. In 2022, the publisher renews its agreement with its wacky franchise and the characters of Nintendo for a new episode stamped Sparks of Hope. A family game that should be one of the Switch’s hits in 2022.
25 FINAL FANTASY XVI (2022)
It was through a four-minute trailer that Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XVI. A saga subscribed to Sony since episode VII released in 1997 on PlayStation. For this 16th canonical opus, the saga seems to fall into dark fantasy (very fashionable thanks to the Game of Thrones series and Dark Souls games, in particular).
The trailer hints that a new war should tear realms apart, while an FFXV-style action-oriented combat system should be in the game. No release date was announced during this sequence, the images of which were taken from a version under development on PC. A launch window in 2022 is mentioned by the specialized press, but it will undoubtedly be necessary to be patient.
26 A PLAGUE TALE: REQUIEM (2022)
After creating a surprise in 2019 with an adventure game superbly produced by the French from Asobo Studio, A Plague Tale is offering a sequel called Requiem. The first trailer unveiled at E3 lets imagine the return of little Hugo and his big sister Amicia in a medieval universe where the plague and violence remain the sad daily life they share. A sequel expected on PS5, Xbox Series X and PC sometime next year.
27 FORZA MOTORSPORT 8 (2022)
Another big license of the Microsoft portfolio, Forza Motorsport should offer itself an eighth canonical opus in 2022, except last minute surprise to place it in 2021. The first teaser unveiled gives to see a livery even more solid aesthetically, around a series which has already proven its worth.
28 FORSPOKEN (CURRENT 2022)
Formerly known as Project Athia, it now has a definitive title: Forspoken. A title that will bring Square Enix fully into the Next Gen, since it is an action game that must make the best use of the technical capabilities of PS5s and PCs. At the controls of this action-RPG, we find the studio Luminous Productions, the same one that had worked on Final Fantasy XV. Breathtakingly beautiful, this title, which is still obscure in terms of its content, should be released in 2022.
29 STARFIELD (NOVEMBER 11, 2022)
Promised for many years by Bethesda, Starfield promises to be an ambitious role-playing game to project us into the future, with our heads in the stars. Its creators, already behind games like Elder Scrolls and Fallout, intend to reward us with a demanding space exploration game. Note that it will be possible to do this in first person or third person view, as was the case for their previous productions. However, it will be necessary to wait until November 11 of next year to discover it only on Xbox Series and PC.
30 DIABLO IV (2022)
Announced thanks to a cinematic as fascinating as it is bloody during Blizzcon 2019 , Diablo IV intends to resume its title of “tapper” of the hack’n slash. We find there all the elements that forged the image of this mythical saga. If no release date is announced, fingers crossed for a release by the end of next year on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch.
31 PERFECT DARK (2022-2023)
After launching her first adventures on Nintendo 64, then on Xbox 360, Agent Joanna Dark should resume service in a Cyberpunk universe that is still very immersive. A first trailer was released last December to formalize the arrival of a new episode exclusive to Microsoft machines. Few elements have filtered out, but we can imagine a title scheduled for 2022, or even 2023.
32 GRAN TURISMO 7 (CURRENT 2022)
Still counting its die-hard fans since its first opus launched in 1997, the Gran Turismo saga should once again roll out mechanics later this year. Pushing the boundaries of car simulation even further in terms of realism, this PlayStation exclusive intends to compete with its rival Forza Motorsport on Xbox Series X / S. Sony is advancing a very broad “2022 current” for this 7th canonical part. But beware, the series has also become the specialist of often postponed releases.
33 GOD OF WAR: RAGNARÖK (2022)
Scheduled for 2022, God of War: Ragnarök has yet to reveal anything about its universe. If we know that the game should pick up where we left Kratos and his son Atreus at the end of the magnificent God of War (2018) on PS4, we imagine that it should continue its quest for revenge with the gods of Scandinavian mythology. A certain Thor should be there, if we refer to the end of the previous opus. Scheduled exclusively on PS5, this sequel could well mark the spirits next year.