Some franchises take up more space in the imagination of players than others. Each new iteration of this is a small event in itself, even when it comes to a remaster. So 2021 will welcome a handful of returns that fans should be excited about.
Released in 2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was a real kick in the anthill and its aura is still very much alive today in the minds of those who crossed his path back then. Good news if you thought the game was too old to be made the way it is, a remake is underway and slated for release in Q1 2020. If we can safely postpone the relevance of this remake’s aesthetic choice and the character seems a little dated, the opportunity to repeat a cult title in a slightly newer light cannot be denied.
With Monster Hunter World, the franchise, considered almost a niche despite its popularity, has opened up to a wider audience. Aware of its success, Capcom will be releasing Monster Hunter Rise in March, which aims to recreate the achievements of the previous episode of hunting monsters in an open world and offering a verticality that is more supported than before.
- Genre: Action RPG
- Planned for: Nintendo Switch
- Release date: March 26, 2021
NieR: Automatons were love at first sight for those who discovered this unique universe and approach to storytelling. Good news: NieR Replicant, the game’s prequel, is finally being released in the west, while the game was previously warm inside the Japanese borders. You have to look for sealworms that can cure your sister Yonah, who is devoured by rune necrosis.
Ratchet & Clank, a dynamic and colorful action / platform license, obviously won’t miss the new generation of Sony stamp machines and should therefore take advantage of the new tech features of the PS5. On-the-fly universe changes, polished aesthetics and sophisticated resolution should be the strengths of this new opus, which should see the light of day in the first quarter of 2021.
- Genre: platform
- Planned for: PS5
- Release date: 1st semester 2021
This is great news for the announcement of a revamped compilation of the Mass Effect trilogy. The cult saga will return in a single edition, bringing with it the many and indispensable DLCs that have brought so many essential elements into the history of the main games. Not to mention a remake, the first episode in particular will benefit from a blast of dust, even if we hadn’t said no to perhaps a little deeper reshuffling of certain severity of times past.
A complicated story than that of Halo Infinite. Logically heralded as the spearhead of the new Xbox generation, an unexpected Covid-19 and perhaps a few volleys of green wood related to the first award of the title resulted in the game being largely rejected by 343 Industries. It will therefore be necessary to wait until the end of next year to be able to put on the armor of the Master Chief, whose adventure Halo 5: Guardians will follow.
- Genre: FPS
- Planned for: PC / Xbox One / Xbox series
- Release date: 4th quarter 2021