These highly-anticipated sequels are going to continue beloved franchises this coming year
New IPs are great, but sometimes the comfort blanket of a new addition to a series that you’ve loved for a while is needed.
In 2021, we’re going to see scary new additions, hard-hitting fighting, and much more, with popular game franchises back for a new release.
Little Nightmares II - February 11, 2021
Building upon the award-nominated 2017 horror game, the sequel contains the outstanding visual and audio design that made the first so popular. This time in Little Nightmares II we take control of a boy named Mono as he tries to reach The Signal Tower in Pale City.
If you loved Six from the first game though, don’t worry as she will accompany us on the journey by providing help in certain puzzles.
Throughout the game, you will be escaping from creepy villains in dark environments full of suspense. But this time around, the platforming isn’t the only thing you’ll have to contend with - thanks to conveniently placed weapons-making combat a big part of the gameplay. However, this is methodical and timing-based, meaning you’ll have to make sure every hit counts!
Stronghold: Warlords - March 9, 2021
The Stronghold series is heading to a new location!
In Stronghold: Warlords, you’ll be heading to East Asia, 3rd century BC China to be exact, where you’ll attempt to claim a castle or two in your name, and relive famous historical battles and sieges from across the Asian continent.
Warlords is the first in Firefly Studio’s long-serving series to offer players the opportunity to recruit, upgrade and command AI lords across the battlefield in the form of in-game ‘Warlords’. Each one under your command will help boost your strategic prowess with unique perks, characteristics, and upgradeable abilities.
In the battle, you can now besiege historical warlords with the use of new gunpowder-fuelled siege weapons alongside your classic units and battleplan. Some of the new siege weapons you’ll get your hands on including thunder crash bombs, the fearsome mortar, and the hwacha fire arrow cart. Plus, throw a diseased animal over the city walls of your enemies with ammunition in the form of a Water Buffalo.
Simulating the bustle of a large feudal city is no easy task, so the developer has gone above and beyond to ensure that there are lots going on within the four walls of your virtual home-from-home. You’ll be able to boost troop morale with opera houses and martial arts performances, strike fear in the hearts of measly peasants, and boost productivity with torture devices!
Plus, you can connect roads to streamline certain industries and resource chains, build temples and boost the Spirit of your populace, and get your warlords to boost your industry with their own mini-economies.
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- - April 4, 2021
The 2D Japanese fighting series Guilty Gear has a long history of providing competitive combat with the first game released in 1998. Fast forward 22 years and the franchise uses a rollback netcode that is so advanced that it is one of the most popular fighting games for ESports tournaments.
-STRIVE- will continue the story of the previous mainline games with 14 confirmed fighters so far. As well as two non-playable characters.
Resident Evil Village - May 7, 2021
A sequel to Resident Evil 7 biohazard, the survival-horror game will build upon the RE Engine that was refined for the Resident Evil remakes that launched in 2019 and 2020. It’s safe to say, from the gameplay video released, the series is looking darker, scarier, and even better than ever.
The game takes place in a European village, before moving to the castle that we saw in this trailer, and will be set several years after the critically-acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard. It will be a continuation of the Ethan Winters arc as he looks to build a new life in a peaceful village with his wife, Mia. However, in typical video game fashion, this isn’t the case as Chris Redfield kidnaps his daughter.
Like the previous games in the series, you will be able to wield guns, knives, and other weapons to be able to take on the threats that you’ll encounter.
Within the game, you’ll be able to purchase weapons and items from the Duke, as well as upgrade items. This option will pop up across the map at points in the game. And like any good shop in a video game, this will come with a price, however, is there really too much of a cost for survival?
Managing items will be just as important with Resident Evil 4 fans rejoicing that the inventory management system will be utilizing the slot mechanic from the 2005 game.
Evil Genius 2: World Domination - Q1/Q2 2021
Have you ever wanted to be a supervillain? Build your lair, train your minions, and defend your criminal operations from the Forces of Justice. Take control of a villain hell-bent on world domination in a direct sequel to the 2004 cult classic Evil Genius.
In this unique game, your goal will be to achieve total global domination by creating the ultimate Doomsday Device as you manage your dastardly henchman and build your lair on an island paradise. You will then fill this lair with training facilities for your minions, and of course, dangerous traps to beat them annoying do-gooders. These traps can now be combined to really banish those intruders for good.
Your evil schemes don’t stop there though with over the top objectives that can help your cause. These will include selling the British Royal Family, kidnap the Governor of Maine and quite literally bake Alaska.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 - Q3/Q4 2021
Live out your vampire dreams/nightmares in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. A sequel to the 2004 hit that was named IGN’s Best PC RPG of the year, Bloodlines 2 takes you to a Seattle reimagined for the dark fantasy world.
In the city, you will meet the old blood founders, as well as the new blood trying to redefine the city with tech. Everyone you meet can become an ally, but in this vibrant world, your choices have consequences and no one can be trusted.
The movement in the game is very fast, the trailer shows off parkouring through the night, with melee-focused combat combining with your beastly powers to create a hybrid ranged-melee style. But if you let the blood-sucking vampire in your take over, you could find trouble, so make sure you balance out your abilities.
Hello Neighbor 2 - 2021
When Hello Neighbor first launched not even the developers would have expected it to have become a franchise spanning several games and graphic novels with millions of fans. However, the stealth-horror game did just that!
A popular game with YouTubers, the series takes on two popular genres and makes them accessible to a younger audience.
Now, Hello Neighbor 2 is taking the story from the first one as you try to track down The Neighbor’s mysterious disappearance. You’ll be exploring an open world neighborhood with stories appearing depending on how you play the game, though the main story will revolve around learning the AI’s routine and breaking into their house.
In the game, you’ll be facing a mysterious creature with a large beak who, like in Alien: Isolation, will adapt and learn your every move to become a harder foe as the game goes on.
The additions have been well received so far with the Alpha that launched in July 202 having ‘Very Positive’ reviews on Steam.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - 2021
The biggest open-world that the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise has seen! We will be traveling back to a post-apocalyptic environment called The Zone in a non-linear story where your choices will influence the short-term and global outcomes of the game.
It’s been a long road coming for the sequel after it was announced way back in 2010, but coming out this year (2021), and there have been exciting teasers showing off amazing graphics and a new anomaly that is sure to be a big part of the story.
Promising another atmospheric addition that blends FPS with horror, there will of course be new artifacts to claim and mutants to fight in the Chernobyl Exclusive Zone, as well as never seen before locations in the series.