Top 16 NEW FPS Video Games Of 2021

2020 was pretty crazy with the coronavirus throwing so many games back and delayed into 2021. Nevertheless, this year should be filled with all sorts of great video game titles. From titles either pushed into the new year or titles previously scheduled for the next-generation console platform releases, there are bound to be more than a few games coming out this year that players are anticipating. In this list, we’re going to showcase some of our most anticipated video game titles coming out in 2021 for the FPS. You will want to check back often as we’ll continue to add more video game titles as they are announced.

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Update Disclaimer: Unfortunately, several video game titles that we were hopeful in picking up this year was delayed out of 2021. As a result, we had to remove Atomic Heart, Scorn, STALKER 2, Rainbow Six Extraction, Ready or Not, Exomecha, Dying Light 2, and Overwatch 2. 

#16 The House of the Dead: Remake

  • Developer: Forever Entertainment
  • Publisher: Forever Entertainment
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: Local/Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The House of the Dead franchise has been around for ages. After it first got started back in 1996, we’ve seen the series release several installments. Now we’re getting a remake of the first video game of the franchise for the Nintendo Switch. We’re sure you’re familiar with this IP. It’s a classic rail-shooter where the game will throw players around in different scenes. The goal is to shoot the different hostile enemies, which range from zombies to giant mutated creatures. This is only for the Nintendo Switch right now, which could be useful with the motion control Joy-Cons, but unfortunately, we don’t know just when the game will be launching. So far, it’s only slated to release sometime in 2021. However, we could see this game get pushed back to a release sometime in 2022.

#15 Cruelty Squad 

  • Developer: Consumer Softproducts
  • Publisher: Consumer Softproducts
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: June 16, 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Cruelty Squad is an unusual game. Visually this game is out there, and it doesn’t hold up to the big AAA titles at the slightest. However, it’s not meant to be a big competitor in that regard. It’s more of an oddball tactical FPS game. It’s weird but strangely addicting. Listen, looking at the title might not entice you to pick up the game, but it’s one of those games that you have to play to get. There’s a bit of creativity thrown in for players to figure out, and for $20, it’s worth the investment. You’ll get some enjoyment out of this one.

#14 Boomerang X 

  • Developer: DANG!
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Platforms: NS, PC
  • Release: July 8, 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Boomerang X is a game that might catch your attention from the visual style alone. It’s a game that looks different, not in the same way as something like Cruelty Squad, but it has that kind of animated visuals that makes it look like a cartoon. It’s also a simplistic single-player game. Players essentially have a weapon that’s a boomerang, hence the title. However, the boomerang not only acts as a weapon but a grappling system. You can toss the boomerang and use it as a mechanic to reach new heights. So far, this game is only available on the PC and Nintendo Switch platforms which you’ll be able to purchase for about $20.

#13 World War Z: Aftermath

  • Developer: Saber Interactive
  • Publisher: Mad Dog Games
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S, PC
  • Release: September 21, 2021
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

World War Z is not a 2021 release. This game launched in 2019 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms. However, the game is receiving a big update today at the time of writing this description. We’re getting the Aftermath update which brings out some new characters, locations, and it will give players the option of the first-person view. That should make this game a bit more like Back 4 Blood and Left 4 Dead. How it will compete against the competition remains to be seen. But, again, this update just went live, so if you have World War Z, you’ll get to jump into Aftermath right now.

#12 Necromunda: Hired Gun   

  • Developer: Streum On Studio
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Release: June 1, 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

If you’re after a thrilling and fast paced shooter, then check into Necromunda: Hired Guy. This one might have flown under the radar for some players. It’s a game set within the Warhammer 40,000 series. Here you’re in the big hive city as you step into the boots of a ruthless hired gun. For the right price, you’ll take on the contract and attempt to blast away any target. It’s a game where you’ll constantly be moving, and the big selling point for this game is the fact that there are so many customization options. You’ll level up and update your weapons along with your augmentations to further aid you in bounty hunting. Unfortunately, this might not be the longest game out there in terms of the campaign, but that are some side quests are available.

#11 Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

  • Developer: CI Games
  • Publisher: CI Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Release: June 4, 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 came out this year, and if you’re familiar with the Sniper series, then you’ll know what to expect here. Players are taking the role of an expert sniper assassin who has a series of contracts. These contracts will be ranging from different areas in the Middle East as you venture around the designated sites to find the perfect spot to stay hidden when you take out the enemy targets. Players are given overall improved visuals and gameplay mechanics with the sequel installment to Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts. If you played the past Sniper games then you know what to expect here. In general, players have been satisfied with this latest installment, and it has us interested in what CI Games brings to the table next.

#10 Severed Steel

  • Developer: Greylock Studio
  • Publisher: Digerati
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S, NS
  • Release: September 17, 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Severed Steel is another small indie game you might want to check in on. This game just launched as well, so it’s a brand new title. This is an FPS game where players control time to sink out some shots while the game is set in a bright neon-filled destructive voxel world. Within the game narrative, players are stepping into the role of Steel, a one-armed sharpshooter. As you gun your way through loads of enemies. Since there’s no reloading, you can expect to swap weapons with the enemies you gun down. After completing the campaign and taking down the evil mega-corporation EdenSys, there are some additional game modes to keep players sticking around. Players can go through challenges based on unscripted and dynamic AI. Likewise, a Firefight mode brings out thirty levels with different challenges for players to compete in. If a game that mixes the chaotic gunplay of a John Wick movie with some time-bending attributes of Super Hot sounds like something you would be interested in, then give this game a purchase.

#9 Crossfire X

  • Developer: Smilegate 
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: XBO, X/S
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Yes

Crossfire is a popular free-to-play FPS within Asia, but it will soon see a new release on the Xbox One and the Xbox Series X/S. Known as Crossfire X, the game will remain mostly the same, with players being split into two factions as you attempt to go through various game modes. We’re likely going to see a significant overhaul in terms of visuals, and we know that there will be a story campaign for players to go through. We don’t know what the story will be based on, but Smilegate is partnering up with Remedy Entertainment to bring out a campaign. While the game was scheduled to release in 2020, the coronavirus health pandemic outbreak has pushed this game, much like others, into the 2021 release window.

#8 Back 4 Blood

  • Developer: Turtle Rock Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, X/S, PS5
  • Release: October 12, 2021
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The Left 4 Dead series was and still is an incredibly popular zombie FPS. This game was brought out by Turtle Rock Studios, which focused on cooperative gameplay between a few survivors against hordes of undead zombies. With each level based on completing tasks to get rescued, the game was a thrilling experience. There were several zombie types with special attacks, while players would have an array of weapons that ranged from guns to melee attacks. Ultimately, the Left 4 Dead IP was acquired by Valve. While fans are still enjoying Left 4 Dead 2, it’s been a waiting game to see if a third installment will ever see a launch into the marketplace.

Although it’s not Left 4 Dead 3, the original developers behind the series bring out a spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead IP with Back 4 Blood. The game will act similar to Left 4 Dead, but the developers want to further expand the experience by adding more content. You can likely expect more story content, weapons, and even zombie types. As for weapons, you’ll again have a slew of guns at your disposal, but on top of that, it looks like players can spend in-game currency on adding attachments to make their weapons a bit more robust. This could be anything from laser sights, extended magazines, and scopes. We’ll also have a card system where players can unlock cards to add buffs towards their protagonist. Meanwhile, the game will also have its unique card system to buff the enemies, so you should, in theory, have some unique gameplay matches regularly.

#7 Hell Let Loose

  • Developer: Black Matter
  • Publisher: Team17
  • Platforms: PC, PS5, X/S
  • Release: July 27, 2021
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Online

There are never any shortages of tactical FPS titles. Hell Let Loose first launched into the marketplace back on July 27, 2021. It’s important to note that this was for the PC platform and that Xbox Series X/S, along with PlayStation 5 owners, will see this game launch on October 5, 2021. This is a game set during World War 2, mainly centered around 50 vs. 50 matches. Here players take on either the role of Germans or Americans. There are different roles to pick from, including their weapons, vehicles, and equipment. With so many players in a match, things can be chaotic, but there are two game modes available right now. Both game modes subtly mirror each other. Essentially, both game modes revolve around capturing control points on the map. Players will win the game by controlling all of the points on the map within a given time or by having the most control points when time runs out.

#6 Deathloop

  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: PS5, PC
  • Release: September 14, 2021
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Online

Deathloop comes from the development team Arkane Studios, known for quite a few different video game titles in the past. For instance, they brought out both Dishonored and Prey into the marketplace. Now their latest release that had just hit the market while writing this description is Deathloop. This video game is set in a time loop where players take the role of Colt, an expert assassin. Players must break the time loop, but the only way of going about it is taking out eight unique targets across an island. They won’t be easy to take out, and if your protagonist happens to get killed, you’ll get brought back to the start, or if time runs out, the time loop repeats. It’s all about trial and error to figure out how to take these targets out successfully and quickly. However, on the heels of Colt is another expert assassin named Julianna, who is tasked with taking out Colt. Now players have to quickly navigate the map, eliminate the targets during a time limit, and watch out for another assassin tracking you down. It’s worth noting that players can jump online where a random player can take the role of Julianna, although the multiplayer aspect of this game is entirely optional.

#5 Battlefield 2042

  • Developer: DICE
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: X/S, PS5, PS4, XBO, PC
  • Release: November 19, 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Online

Battlefield will have a brand new installment this year with Battlefield 2042. The video game was initially slated to launch in October of this year, but EA has since delayed the game for a November launch. Fortunately, this game is going to make the holiday season for competitive players. For those of you who liked these big FPS games for the single-player campaigns, then you’re out of luck here. Battlefield 2042 will be a multiplayer-focused game. While there is no single-player campaign, there will be a narrative told through multiplayer gameplay. We’re looking at a story based on the devastation from climate change. Satellites have dropped and its left a global blackout. Eventually tensions rise between nations and war breaks out. This should be a chaotic gameplay experience as there will be destructive environments to battle within and extreme weather conditions to be cautious of.

#4 Resident Evil Village

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PC, PS5, X/S, XBO, PS4
  • Release: May 7, 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Resident Evil Village is the latest mainline installment to the beloved survival horror franchise. This game picks up after the events of Resident Evil 7, so you’re still in the role of Ethan Winters. Without spoiling the game too much here, Ethan is trying to live a normal life now. Settled in a new home at a more remote location, Ethan and his wife, Mia, are raising their newborn baby daughter Rose. However, Chris Redfield shows back up, and chaos resumes. Now, Ethan finds himself in the middle of a remote village where he must track down his kidnapped child.

Players will find that this is still a first-person Resident Evil game with plenty of puzzles and exploration. Scattered throughout the game are multiple bosses to battle and clues to uncover that should slowly unravel how this installment connects to the overall Resident Evil lore. Some fans might not find it as creepy as Resident Evil 7, but overall the reception for this installment has been great.

#3 Far Cry 6

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX/S
  • Release: October 7, 2021
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

Far Cry 6 is taking players to the Caribbean island of Yara, and it’s going to be quite the island to explore. According to Ubisoft, this is the most extensive Far Cry map to date. After a harsh regime being controlled through a fascist dictator, players step into the resistance and attempt to overthrow the control of El Presidente Anton Costillo and reclaim a peaceful state of Yara once again. This series is known for its big over the top villains, and this installment should deliver on that aspect. Actor Giancarlo Esposito portrayed Anton Costillo, and if you’re not familiar with the name, this actor is known for his antagonist characters. You might recall seeing him as Gus Fring in Breaking Bad or Moff Gideon on The Mandalorian.

Meanwhile, players will be stepping into the role of a guerrilla fighter named Dani Rojas, who hopes to overthrow the regime. Being a guerrilla fighter, your weapons might be limited, so that means tweaking gear with whatever resources are available and stealing from Yara’s military. With that said, since you’re a guerrilla fighter, it will be easy to blend in as an ordinary citizen. By holstering your weapons, Dani should be able to pass by guards without bringing up any attention. This will allow players to freely explore Yara and allow them the element of surprise when planning an attack.

#2 Call of Duty Vanguard

  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games
  • Publisher: Activision 
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Release: November 5, 2021
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Online

What can I say about Call of Duty: Vanguard that you’re probably not already familiar with? It’s an extensive upcoming installment to the franchise. We expect a new game annually, and this time around, we’re going back to the World War II era. Players will go through four frontiers, so you can expect to see some different characters and environments within campaign. It’s still an over-the-top, action-packed game with a ton of gunplay. Outside of the campaign, there’s a multiplayer component, just like with the past installments. Likewise, there will be a zombies mode, so if you’re already a fan of the franchise, chances are you’ll be picking this game up at launch. Of course, with this launch, we’ll also see the free-to-play battle royale Call of Duty: Warzone get some integration. If you’re not much of a fan of going back to World War II for the game setting, then you still have Battlefield 2042 as an alternative until Call of Duty 2022 drops.

#1 Halo Infinite

  • Developer: 343 Industries
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer – TBA

Halo Infinite was a massively anticipated video game title for fans who have been enjoying the Halo franchise since it first launched into the market. Still, after the game title was announced, fans were forced to wait a bit longer before getting any information or even gameplay footage. Finally, in E3 2019, we got our first big cinematic reveal for Halo Infinite, promising that gameplay footage would be released for the public during E3 2020. As you know, that event didn’t happen because of the coronavirus, but we did get gameplay footage to reveal during an Xbox Series X stream from Microsoft. Unfortunately for 343 Industries, fans quickly pointed out the lack of quality and details for what was essentially a next-generation video game title.

At any rate, the developers opted to go back and delay the game to ensure it would meet fans’ standards. Now we haven’t seen much of the single-player campaign quite yet. That’s something 343 Industries is keeping a bit under wraps. Although, the studio has been showcasing the multiplayer and even providing beta tests for players to try the game out. Speaking of the multiplayer component, this is set to be free to play. Everyone can jump online and go through the multiplayer gameplay of Halo Infinite, which is a plus. There are also seasonal updates planned, so players should expect new content to be added to the game regularly. Of course, we already know that Forge mode won’t be available for Halo Infinite at launch. 343 Industries has stated that this mode will be added later on through a season update. This is essentially a level editor for those of you who might not be familiar with the mode. Players can craft up unique levels and settings. That has sparked many great custom games in the past, and we’re expecting that trend to continue with Halo Infinite.