The smart play would be to keep expectations for 2021 in check, who knows how the COVID-19 crisis will continue to effect the gaming landscape. Also, the true potential of next-gen hardware isn’t tapped until later in a console’s life cycle. It just wouldn’t be prudent to make any grand predictions… but that wouldn’t be on brand for me at all!
So I’m announcing right here, right now, that 2021 will be the most fantastic year in all of gaming. The unexpected announcements, hidden gems, and memorable titles over a jam packed calendar will go down in gaming history as one of the best years ever! Get Hyped!
The legacy of the Baldur’s Gate series can’t be understated, it’s pedigree of excellent stretches back to the late 90’s. The franchise has arguably featured some of the most astonishingly complex and well-written characters ever created. In a retrospective, Paul Dean of PC Gamer wrote, “It’s a testament to these characters that, 20 years later, they still shine, they still come through as such defined, distinct personalities”
The series has featured many spin-offs, expansions, and a few enhanced re-releases, but fans have been waiting for a main line sequel to this Dungeons & Dragons based game for a long time. During E3 2019 we learned that none other than the critically acclaimed developer Larian Studios, makers of the Divinity series of RPGs, would take on the task of bringing us Baldur’s Gate 3.
When I learned the news I was ecstatic . Divinity: Original Sin 2 is one of my favorite games of all time. It is widely accepted as one of the most masterfully crafted RPGs ever made. I’m in love with it’s tactical combat, deep lore, and the incredible amount of freedom it allows.
One of the most beloved RPG franchises in the capable hands of one of the most talented game developers has generated maximum hype, making Baldur’s Gate 3 by far my most anticipated game of 2021.
If the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077 taught us anything it’s that patience is a virtue. Smartly, the game went into early access in Fall 2020 with a clear message that the game would be cared for and polished until it was truly ready for prime time.
One of the first PC games I ever played was Age of Empires 2 way back in 1999. To this day I look back fondly at the countless hours I spent gathering resources, building up armies, and laying siege to my enemies.
I’ll boot up the HD enhanced edition to this day, listen to the beautiful soundtrack and reminisce. Sometimes I lay awake at night, thinking of what it might be like to play a new entry, on new hardware.
Nostalgia certainly plays a role in making Age of Empires 4 one of my most anticipated games. Age of Empire 3, released way back in 2005, was by all accounts a terrible entry in the franchise.
There have been dozens of excellent RTS games released since AoE came onto the scene, more than enough to keep any strategy fan happy. Still, I’m excited to see how the series might evolve after all this time.
Microsoft Studios confirmed that Age of Empires 4 was in development back in 2017, and we got a brief “gameplay” trailer at XO19 but despite recent news that the game is in a playable state we have no release date