It’s that time of year again when we sit back and take stock of all the great games creators around the world have launched over the past twelve months. It’s also the perfect time for excitedly looking forward into 2021 and here at TSA Towers we sat down to formulate a list of our top 50 most wanted games coming out next year.
We kicked off the list with five entries, but there’s a long way to go yet. Click here if you missed numbers 50 to 46, and prepare for the next quintet of hotly anticipated video games.
45. The Medium
The previous console generation saw Polish studio Bloober Team ascend from a fledgling indie to becoming one of the survival horror genre’s biggest champions. Sure, 2014’s Basement Crawl was a bit of a stinker, but since then the team have leant into the horror genre with game such as Layers of Fear, Observer and last year’s Blair Witch.
The Medium is very much a continuation of their work – a psychological horror that has you playing as a medium capable of travelling between our world and the ghostly dimension beyond. Early footage of The Medium shows the screen split in two as the character simultaneously navigates both realms, exploring and solving puzzles, the suspense bolstered by a soundtrack that features Silent Hill’s very own Akira Yamaoka.
The Medium will be available on PC next month as well as Xbox Series X|S (you can even grab it on Game Pass).
44. Psychonauts 2
It’s been a little while since we last checked in with Double Fine Productions. Following Microsoft’s surprise acquisition of the beloved developer, they haven’t made any new announcements, but at least we’re a little closer to the launch of Psychonauts 2.
For those who completely missed the Burton-esque, psychedelic action platformer, it plunged us into a charmingly bizarre world in which psychic spies perform espionage by delving into people’s minds. Psychonauts deserves its status as a cult classic and now, 16 years and a successful $4m crowdfunding campaign later, we’ll finally be able continue Raz’s adventure.
Aside from presenting an ominous new threat for the Psychonauts to overcome, hopefully we’ll see the long-awaited sequel flex its muscles on modern hardware, equipping the player with a flashy arsenal of psychic powers to fight and explore with. Despite Microsoft now owning Double Fine, Psychonauts will launch on PlayStation 4 as well as Xbox consoles, though we don’t have a solid release date just yet.
43. Far Cry 6
With Far Cry 5 sat on my shelf, still nestled in its cellophane wrapping, news of a Far Cry 6 seemed premature at first blush. That said, when Ubisoft know they have a massively popular franchise on their hands, they quickly bend themselves into a well-oiled machine, ready to hammer out sequel after sequel.
Without even seeing the game in action, Far Cry 6 has quickly carved a place for itself on our list. As much as we enjoyed Far Cry 5 and its change of direction for the series, this latest sequel has a more familiar vibe about it, dropping us in an exotic corner of the world as we battle against the odds in a new lustrous sandboxes teeming with dangers.
The twist is that the guerrilla war you wage will be set in a city, and instead of a cult leader, we’re going up against another despot, Antón Castillo, played by the magnificent Giancarlo Esposito. As he looks to quell a rebellion taking place on the fictional Caribbean island of Yara, the setup is made more interesting this time around by the prevalence of the tyrant’s son, Diego. He seems to have an important role to play in the story – maybe the player’s actions, alongside Antón’s, will shape his destiny as we progress through Far Cry 6?
42. Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kena: Bridge of Spirits was one of a handful of indie games that wowed PlayStation fans with its stunning debut in the PS5 gameplay reveal. Likened to games such as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and A Boy and His Blob, Kena has you stepping into the shoes of a young spirit guide as she helps the deceased pass from our realm into the afterlife.
From the short glimpses of footage shown, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is already ticking those essential boxes, combining fluid combat, traversal-based exploration, and an evolving town-like hub world. Just how well these elements are strung together remains to be seen, though no one can question just how gorgeous this game looks – there’s an uncannily Pixar look to Kena that immediately draws you in.
Hopefully with a Q1 2021 release date, we won’t have to wait much longer to get our hands on this stunning looking game, coming to PS5, PS4 and PC.
41. The Outlast Trials
Outlast was one of the first breakout indie hits for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A truly terrifying first person horror, relentless in its clever jump scares and daubed in depraved imagery. This favourite of ours arrived just in time for the great Twitch boom, picked up by countless streamers as they braved Outlast’s asylum and the even more twisted Whistleblower DLC.
Now, don’t get confused. The Outlast Trials isn’t a VR spin-off. It’s the third game in the series yet one that has its characters forced into virtual reality by sinister scientists for their warped Cold War experiments. Yes, we said characters – while The Outlast Trials can be played solo, there’s also the option there for multiplayer, allowing for groups of up to four survivors to rally together.
Two batches of five games down and plenty more ahead of us. Are you eager to try out any of these games? Let us know in the comments below.