After the whirlwind that was 2020, the upcoming year is quite a mystery. The next console generation is beginning with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and there’s a bunch of news waiting to happen. Some may think that the games of next year won’t beat some of the exclusives that released in 2020, but here’s why 2021 will be a good year for gaming.
New Hardware = New Abilities
It’s no secret that the PS5 and Xbox Series X will be powerhouses compared to this generation. With upgraded SSDs, ray tracing, and new engine capabilities, we’ve yet to discover what these consoles are able to achieve.
No console launch is ever smooth. Take the Switch, for example. Remember back in March of 2017 when there were nearly enough titles to count on your hands? 3 years later, the console’s doing better than ever. I may be thinking way too far into the future, but 2021 is just the start of a new era.
We may not be getting as impressive of games like the later years of the generation, but with all the new hardware, developers will be itching to try all the new abilities and raise the bar from this generation’s games.
If you missed the console pre-orders, or you’re like me and will wait for the spring or summer for more games to release, then you may feel like you’re missing out. Don’t sweat it, because a lot of the games coming to PS5 will still be arriving to PS4, and the same goes for Xbox. This usually happens in the strange area between two generations.
For example, Persona 5 was released to PS3 and PS4, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild came to the Wii U and Switch. If you don’t wanna miss out on new games but are trying to keep a tight budget for those hefty console prices, you’re going to be fine.
Perhaps keep a list of games you’ll wait to get for the next generation, and games you want to get for the current-gen. There’s no rush, get the consoles when you’re ready. Just watch out for spoilers online—they’re my arch nemeses.
Post-Corona Craze Settling
By no stretch of the imagination will COVID be over anytime soon. 2020 was an unsettling year with unexpected ups and downs, especially for the gaming industry. Developers have now been slowly getting used to working remotely, as many other employees around the world have.
Keeping developers and other employees safe is the #1 priority, so even if 2021 continues to be a work-at-home year, it’s assumable that remote working as gotten a little easier.
Games upon games have been delayed, some to the end of 2020, and some indefinitely. This upcoming year will hopefully lead us to good news and good games.
It’s almost the end of 2020 and many companies have still been surprising us with releases. This gives me great confidence that we still know barely anything about 2021. Games are being in the works, NDAs have yet to be created, and we have 12 months of surprises.
Some of the bigger titles releasing are Far Cry 6, Hitman 3, and God of War Ragnarok. What’s even more interesting is the fact that all these titles were revealed in the latter half of 2020. We’ve got all the time in the world to figure out what’s coming next.
To send you off, here’s an article from Gamesradar which compiled an entire list of games releasing not only for the last 3 months of 2020, but for 2021. It’s a good read, and if you’re skeptical for next year, this list may change your mind.
I hope I convinced you to trust in next year’s games! What are you most excited for? Let us know!