This week at KitGuru Games, we’re looking to the future. Due to various delays, the summer months have been a little slow for key games to be released, but there is much to expect in the final months of 2021 for the rest of the year.
1 – Halo Infinite:
After a year-long delay, Halo Infinite is slated to finally hit PC and Xbox consoles this holiday season. I was one of the few who enjoyed the reveal of last year’s campaign gameplay, and despite all the memes and the lack of new campaign gameplay in 2021, I’m still very much looking forward to starting another adventure as Master Chief.
Unfortunately, major story spoilers are already circulating the web as some campaign files were mistakenly left in the last Halo Infinite Multiplayer Technical Preview, including a full play-by-play of key events throughout the game. This is the first new Halo campaign in six years. So if you’re a longtime fan like me, then when it comes to scouring forums, subreddits, or Discord channels for early Halo Infinite news, make it easy.
What should I say on the multiplayer side that I haven’t done yet? Halo Infinite’s multiplayer is already developing fantastically.
2 – Dying Light 2: Stay human:
Dying Light 2 is the riskiest choice on this list. The game has gone through documented development issues, moved key employees, and has been delayed several times. The game stood out as very ambitious when it was first introduced at E3 2018 and promised new RPG mechanics, a complex network of player decisions and consequences, faction systems, revised parkour and more.
Techland spent most of 2020 remaining silent about the status of the game, but that changed this year when the studio released a couple of developer diaries with snippets of the new gameplay and the promise of a release in late 2021. If the team can do this, Dying Light 2 could be even more repeatable than the first game, as each playthrough will feel different based on the choices you make along the way and the alliances you forge. Of course, as we saw at Cyberpunk 2077 last year, it’s easy to over-promise and under-deliver when it comes to choices, multiple endings, and overall player power, so I just hope the RPG-esque aspects of Dying Light 2 doesn’t turn out to be flat.
If there is one game on this list that I expect to be delayed, it is this one. For the time being, however, it should arrive in December.
3 – Stories from Arise:
I first came across the ‘Tales of’ JRPG series with Tales of Xillia on the PlayStation 3 a decade ago. For the past six years, Bandai Namco has tried to grow the franchise in the West, bringing new entries like Tales of Zestiria, Tales of Berseria and Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition to more platforms including PC, Xbox, Switch and PlayStation, but carried over the series still has its “Monster Hunter World” moment where it really breaks through and becomes mainstream outside of Japan.
With Tales of Arise, the development team finally wants to achieve this breakthrough. This has been confirmed by Arise producer Yusuke Tomizawa, who has stated that the developers hope to continue developing the Tales franchise with this entry. The developers have made some important changes to achieve this.
Combat has been redesigned to be less static so players have to dodge and counter attacks. With “Boost Strikes” you can also get your group more involved, so that you can perform powerful combo moves with several characters. The series is also undergoing a significant graphical improvement, as the developers have switched from their own in-house engine to the Unreal Engine 4. Characters, movement, environments – everything finally looks good.
There is already a demo for Tales of Arise on Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but for some reason Bandai Namco decided not to release the demo on PC. The full version will be released on 10NS from September.
4 – back 4 blood:
Valve hasn’t updated Left 4 Dead in a very long time and despite leaks and rumors of a third game, Valve just doesn’t seem interested in developing a modern day co-op horde shooter. Fortunately, the original Left 4 Dead studio Turtle Rock is excited to revisit and expand on these earlier ideas.
The Back 4 Blood Beta went live earlier this month, inviting all of us to play through the game’s first campaign on all difficulty levels. Shooting feels great with a mouse and keyboard as well as a controller. My only gripe is that aiming aid is way too sticky with a gamepad, which makes it easy to keep tracking targets continuously and rarely missing a bullet – something that could be problematic in PvP mode.
I’m not very interested in the card system in place, but it certainly makes playing on the harder difficulty levels less of a chore, and some of the perks are too good to be dispensed with, such as a knife melee attack that makes it easier when a Zombie caught you off guard and gets a little too close. Weapon customization through attachments is a nice bonus too.
Given Turtle Rock’s history with Evolve, I have monetization concerns and while I enjoyed the beta, I’m not sure I would pay full price for the game. However, since the game will be available on PC and console through Xbox Game Pass, I will certainly play more of it in October.
5 – Horizon Forbidden West:
Horizon Zero Dawn is the game that got me to buy a PS4 in 2017 and now, four years later, we’re getting a sequel to PS4 and PS5. The original game had one of the most interesting open worlds in recent times, and the twists and turns of the main story kept me sitting on the edge of my seat during Aloy’s trip. It was a top 5 game for me in the last generation of consoles.
With Horizon Forbidden West, we now have the chance to see a battle-hardened, seasoned Aloy who travels to new lands to learn more about “The Old Ones” and how the world was taken over by futuristic robotic beasts. We’ve only seen limited segments of gameplay so far, but the exploration and combat improvements have already sold me.
Unfortunately, there is also talk of postponing this game to early 2022. For the time being, Guerrilla Games and Sony are sticking to their release window for the end of 2021.
Before we wrap up, I have a couple of honorable mentions for this list:
- Battlefield 2042 – It looks like it’s going to be a great time, but I wish there was a Bad Company style campaign to go with the multiplayer mode.
- Death loop – I’m still not entirely sure what this game is about, but I’m a huge fan of Arkane’s other games so far and will definitely be checking this out next month.
- Age of Empires 4 – It is difficult to make a strategy game look exciting in trailers. I’m really looking forward to this, but it will take some real hands-on time before I put it over other games on this list.
- Far Cry 6 – Assuming Horizon Forbidden West comes out this year, Far Cry 6 will almost definitely fall behind. I like Ubisoft games and I really like the story premise of Far Cry 6, but Far Cry titles also tend to be too long and the side content / open world activities are often boring.
- Twelve minutes – If you want to solve time warps, riddles and riddles then the latest version from Annapurna Interactive is certainly worth a look. This is an indie title that I’ve had my eye on for a very long time. It was finally released yesterday, so I’ll be looking into it over the weekend.
- New world – We discussed New World in a previous KitGuru game. I enjoyed the hours I spent playing the game in beta, but the next few months are pretty full of new releases, some of which fall into genres I prefer MMOs.
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