You’re never too far away from some of the new FPS games , but as is the case with most years, they look like landing mostly in the second half of 2021. Strange, especially when you consider that so many gamers would like to blow away their New Year Blues, or that you’ve reached June and have not accomplished any of the things they hoped. Struck down by the sudden realisation of mortality? Here, rip this demon’s head off and stick it where the sun don’t shine.
With so many new FPS games on the horizon, those who want to unwind with hails of bullets will have to hold their horses for a little while longer. We have a unique mix of new FPS games out in 2019 and beyond, ranging from the annual releases to the experimental and even quite a few throwbacks to the shooters of yore. You have never had more ways to digitally kill stuff.
Below you will find some of the biggest new FPS games of 2021 and beyond for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. This is a living list, so if new FPS games get announced over the course of 2021, we’ll be adding them to the pile.
New FPS Games 2021 Release Dates
Resident Evil Village
PC, PS5, Xbox Series X | S
May 7th, 2021
May 21st, 2021
Back 4 Blood
PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One
June 22nd, 2021
PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
PC, Xbox Series X | S
Far Cry 6
PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, Stadia
DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods - Part Two
PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One
Sons of the Forest
Bright Memory: Infinite
PC, Xbox Series X | S
Shadow Warrior 3
PC, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One
Call of Duty 2021
PC, PS4, Xbox One
The Biggest New FPS Games of 2021
Resident Evil Village | May 7th, 2021
Developer: id Software Publisher: Bethesda Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X | S, PS4, Xbox One
Following on from the hugely successful Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil Village (ostensibly Resident Evil 8) looks to build upon the new FPS direction that, along with the recent remakes, breathed so much new life into the franchise. Resident Evil Village, werewolves and all, is shaping up to be a brilliant new horror title. That name, though — not convinced.
You return as Ethan Winters, who finds himself going up against Chris Redfield after a shocking act that kind of pulls an Alien 3 to Resident Evil 7’s Aliens, just based on what we’ve seen in trailers so far. We will get more answers to all of Resident Evil Village’s burning questions when it launches for PC and current consoles sometime over the course of 2021.
Probably Arkane’s last game on a PlayStation console, here’s hoping they’ve saved the best until last with Deathloop, a fascinating FPS that tasks players with escaping a loop on a mysterious island in which they die over and over. It’s Groundhog Day meets Dishonored meets No One Lives Forever.
As well as being playable entirely solo, Deathloop’s multiplayer experience is also tantalising. As Colt, you have to eliminate key targets to find a way off the island, but as Julianna you have to stop that from happening. Arkane know how to make slick stealth action, so this May should bring plenty of just that for PC and PS5 players.
Back 4 Blood | June 22nd, 2021
Developer: Turtle Rock Studios Publisher: WB Games Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One
If you’ve been left pining for Left 4 Dead 3 over the years, the original developers reformed to provide pretty much exactly that in all but name. There have been many imitators to Left 4 Dead’s crown over the years, but few have looked like coming close.
The jury’s out on whether Back 4 Blood will be a worthy spiritual successor, but it’s definitely at least trying to up the ante. With gigantic zombies to contend with as well as more modern FPS trimmings, Back 4 Blood should hopefully bring co-op squad shooters back to the glory days.
Far Cry 6 | TBC 2021
Developer: Ubisoft Publisher: Ubisoft Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One
Roughly five minutes since the last one came out, along comes Far Cry 6 sometime in 2021. You know the drill by now: dictator in an exotic location (or backwoods America, in the case of Far Cry 5) is bad, you have to stop them. That is, of course, if you don’t get distracted by the countless things to do around the massive open world.
Far Cry games are never usually revolutionary, but few fans want them to be. For many, Far Cry is just about mindless fun with tight FPS combat and things to tick off a list, all backed by a deliciously evil villain who kind of floats about in the background. If Far Cry 6 provides that, it will do fine.
GhostWire: Tokyo has the very real possibility of being the final Bethesda game ever to release for a PlayStation console following Microsoft’s acquisition of the publisher. This supernatural shooter will launch as a timed console exclusive on the PlayStation 5 before making its way to Xbox at a later date with Microsoft honouring the deal already in place.
As for the game itself, GhostWire is set in a Tokyo that’s seen the vast majority of its population vanish with supernatural forces now stalking the city’s streets. Using the spectral tricks up your sleeve, you have to fight back and discover exactly what happened and how. GhostWire will feature haptic feedback with the DualSense and 3D audio, as well as the distinction of being 2021’s least conventional AAA game.
DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods – Part Two | TBC 2021
Developer: id Software Publisher: Bethesda Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One
DOOM Eternal was the best game of 2020 for a few of us here, and its DLC absolutely beat us silly when it launched in the latter half of the year. The Ancient Gods – Part Two looks to conclude the brilliantly barmy cliffhanger that Part One left off on and we have every reason to believe that it will deliver.
If The Ancient Gods – Part One is anything to go by, though, Part Two should be one of the hardest FPS games of the year. Essentially designed for DOOM fanatics, The Ancient Gods is like a trials version of DOOM Eternal that will have your fingers hurtling across the keyboard like it’s Dance Dance Revolution. We’re excited but also very, very scared.
Sons of the Forest | TBC 2021
Developer: Endnight Games Publisher: Endnight Games Platform(s): PC
So maybe Sons of the Forest won’t be like the rest of the first-person shooters listed here as action will probably be the least interesting thing about it, but it’s one to keep an eye on all the same. The follow-up to the survival smash hit The Forest has been hotly-anticipated by the game’s community since its reveal a couple of years back.
While it looks to be taking a slightly more action-oriented focus this time out, what with the guns and that, Sons of the Forest will likely still have a big emphasis on base-building and keeping on top of your resources. If Endnight are known for anything, it’s just suddenly doing something, so don’t expect to hear a lot more about this game until it’s randomly released this year.
Bright Memory: Infinite | TBC 2021
Developer: FYQD Personal Studio Publisher: Playism Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X | S
The full-fat follow-up to Bright Memory, the FPS game famously made by one guy, Bright Memory: Infinite looks to build upon the slicing and shooting fun of the original to make a much more complete experience. Apparently there will actually be a storyline this time out.
Everything should take a bit of a backseat to the action though, which is looking like Devil May Cry in first-person, a tantalising prospect for pretty much everyone with eyes. The story is as wonderfully daft as most character action games too, it following secret agents being sent out to investigate strange phenomena in the skies in the year 2036.
Shadow Warrior 3 | TBC 2021
Developer: Flying Wild Hog Publisher: Devolver Digital Platform(s): PC
Shadow Warrior was a decent reboot for the cult classic franchise on last-generation, but Shadow Warrior 2 should probably go down as one of the best FPS games of the last ten years while also being equally just as underrated. Shadow Warrior 3 looks to build on top of the fantastical excellence of the second game.
Looking like it’s taking one or two cues from nu-DOOM, Shadow Warrior 3 promises the same offbeat humor with improved presentation and a faster pace. While some may be upset to see the game drop the co-op angle from the second game, here’s hoping Shadow Warrior 3 has enough fun, frenzied combat and Wang jokes to make up for that.
Halo Infinite | TBC 2021
Developer: 343 Industries Publisher: Xbox Game Studios Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One
Arguably the biggest FPS game of 2021, Halo Infinite was actually due to launch at the backend of 2020 as an Xbox Series X | S launch title. Following a less than stellar initial gameplay reveal and fears that it may be releasing too soon, Xbox decided to push the game back to a 2021 berth.
That extra development time should help to make Infinite into a true console seller, even if Halo purists may baulk at the fact that it has a grappling hook, despite the fact that most games are improved by a grappling hook. Featuring scale unlike anything seen in the Halo franchise to date, more open-ended exploration, and hopefully a slightly better story than the fifth game (sorry, Locke), expect Halo Infinite to make headlines no matter what in 2021.
While, technically, a Call of Duty game hasn’t yet been announced for 2021, come on — it’s Call of Duty. There’s very little chance that we won’t be stomping around the world as an all-American hero either this September or October.
What will be interesting to see is how integration with Warzone, the free-to-play battle royale, is handled following the massively imbalanced crossover with Cold War. Or could Warzone’s engine be updated from Modern Warfare to this new game instead, or will we just get a Warzone 2? Lots of questions for Activision to answer.
Battlefield 6 | TBC 2021
Developer: EA DICE Publisher: EA Platform(s): TBC
Battlefield as a franchise is currently in a very tricky spot. Not only did Battlefield V release to the deafening sound of silence with very little buzz or acclaim to speak of, but Call of Duty has also started borrowing what makes Battlefield so unique with large battles and vehicles finding their way into Modern Warfare. How will Battlefield 6 step things up?
Well, for us, it has to go back to modern times, which the mainline games have avoided since 2013 with Battlefield 4. On top of that, Battlefield 6 really needs to launch as a much more polished game with all of its features from day one, unlike the bizarre early access model of Battlefield V. DICE really need a win from day one, so here’s hoping Battlefield 6 is just that.
Atomic Heart | TBC
Developer: Mundfish Publisher: Mundfish Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One
Behold: the next game that will ruin your mind. Coming across like a mad monster mash of different inspirations, Atomic Heart took many by surprise with its in-depth and intoxicating gameplay trailer back in January of 2019.
Not only is this an FPS, but it also seems to be dealing pretty heavily in RPG elements — just try to tell us it doesn’t look horror-infused, either. While Atomic Heart is looking to mix a dash of BioShock with a generous helping of Metro, something about this game tells us that it will be unlike anything else out there.
Witchfire | TBC
Developer: The Astronauts Publisher: The Astronauts Platform: PC
Briefly teased at The Game Awards 2017 with an exceptionally misleading trailer that made people think we’d be getting another walking simulator-esque game from the guys at The Astronauts, Witchfire looks like a promising FPS from a team with quite the pedigree in the genre.
While The Vanishing of Ethan Carter may have been their first game as a studio, the head honchos at The Astronauts have previously worked on the criminally underloved Bulletstorm and Painkiller. The studio also has experiences with plenty of other genres, so expect Witchfire to deliver. Based on what we’ve seen so far, it’s certainly going to be an interesting one.
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