Top Upcoming Open World Video Games Of 2021

2020 was quite a unique year with this coronavirus health pandemic outbreak. It caused so many development studios to shut their doors and work remotely. As a result, some games got pushed back so we’re expecting 2021 to be quite filled with new exciting video games. Likewise, with the latest generation platforms available, there’s bound to be some titles well worth purchasing for the new console hardware.


#5 Hogwarts Legacy

  • Developer: Avalanche Software
  • Publisher: Portkey Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX/S
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

For a good little while, there’s been rumors and supposed leaks suggesting that Harry Potter was going to receive some type of an RPG title. It wouldn’t be until 2020 that we got the confirmation of Hogwarts Legacy, an RPG set within the Harry Potter universe. While set within the same universe as the popular Harry Potter novel and cinematic universe, don’t expect to see many familiar characters. Instead, this game takes place in the late 1800s where players take the role of a student heading to Hogwarts. However, you soon learn that inside you is some type of ancient power that can be easily used for the dark arts if you allow it.

As a result, the game is based more on player’s choices. Still, there’s a campaign to follow as you learn the various magical spells, potions, and magical beasts that roam the world. So far we do know that there is an open world element to this game which will follow players in different areas around Hogwarts along with certain grounds outside of the school. Unfortunately, it looks like this will be a single-player video game so don’t expect to conduct any type of magical combat duels with your friends online.

#4 Fable

  • Developer: Playground Games
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XSX/S
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

There have been rumors that Microsoft wasn’t going to keep the Fable IP on ice forever. Thankfully for fans, Fable is making a big return with a reboot. Unfortunately, very few details have been released so far at the time of writing this description. Fable has always been about adventure, making choices, and exploring the open world. With this being a reboot, we don’t know if we will experience a familiar narrative or if there will be any locations and characters making a return. What we do know is that the title is being developed by Playground Games.

If you’re not familiar with the name, Playground Games is a studio that is responsible for the Forza Horizon franchise. As a result, this is quite a different project for the studio to handle. While it’s clear that the development studio can craft up some beautiful landscapes for the Forza Horizon games, we’re uncertain just how well the team can pull off an action RPG especially one that has a big following.

#3 Far Cry 6

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX/S, Luna
  • Release: February 18, 2021
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

The Far Cry franchise will soon get its sixth mainline installment. This time around players are tossed into the fictional Caribbean island called Yara. Just like most of the games, there is a big tyrannical reign with a resistance group attempting to overthrow the leaders. In this game, the main antagonist is El Presidente Anton Catillo, a dictator who is raising his son Diego to show how he must use a heavy hand to keep the island inline. Meanwhile, players will be taking the role of Dani Rojas, a guerrilla soldier who is fighting to take control of the nation and restore a peaceful order.

Far Cry is known for having a large open world with plenty of firefight battles scattered across the area. With players helping NPCs in need or progressing through the storyline, this game will ultimately force players into making a trek across the map either by foot or through a variety of vehicles. It’s already been unveiled that Far Cry 6 will feature the largest playground map to date. While we haven’t seen just what is accessible to players in terms of traversing, there’s bound to be a slew of vehicles being incorporated into the game. Likewise, we’re sure that there is enough content scattered around the map to reward players in exploring outside of campaign missions.

#2 Horizon Forbidden West

  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Easily one of the more popular exclusives on the PlayStation 4 console was Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn. This was an action RPG that throws players into the distant future where mankind has fallen. Nature has taken over and large mechanical beasts roam the land, forcing what’s left of humanity to resort into small tribal villages. Not much is known about the world of metal and as a result, seeking the old city structures has been considered taboo. Meanwhile, in the first game players take the role of a young woman named Aloy who was banished from her tribe as a baby. Grown-up, Aloy is working to piece together where she came from and why the tribe would even banish an innocent baby.

Now it looks like we are getting a sequel in 2021 called Horizon Forbidden West. Players will once again take the role of Aloy who discovers a new infection plague that is spreading across the land. In hopes of fixing things, Aloy is forced into traveling to the Pacific Coast to find the plague’s source. However, along the way she will encounter some new mechanical beasts along with other hostile factions.

#1 Cyberpunk 2077

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt
  • Platforms: PS5, XSX/S
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

We would feel amiss not to include Cyberpunk 2077. While the game is launching in 2020 for current-generation platforms, next-generation platforms are set to receive a port of the title in 2021. This is an action RPG that follows a mercenary living in Night City, a rough and corrupt town. Taking place in the distant future, augmentations have become the norm and citizens make use of these augmentations to make their everyday lives a bit easier. Being a mercenary, players will be taking on a variety of odd jobs to get by which could mean working for different gangs to big-name corporations.

CD Projekt Red put a ton of effort into presenting a branching storyline. As players progress through the campaign, the decisions you make will alter the game world and even the narrative ending. In fact, there are a few different starting points in the game. The development team calls these starting points Lifepaths which will give players a specific background storyline and with it a few unique quests. Being the development team who was responsible for The Witcher trilogy, expectations are high for this action RPG.


Bonus

State of Decay 3

  • Developer: Undead Labs
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XSX/S
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

State of Decay is a third-person survival horror video game series that got its start back in 2013. Now we’re gearing up for a third installment although outside of a teaser trailer confirming the game is in the works, we don’t have much more to go off on. Overall, in the game series, players are tossed into an open world environment during a zombie apocalypse. From there, players must scavenge for items and build strongholds. The teaser trailer we’ve received so far showcases a snow tundra with mutated animals, but an exact location or what new hostile obstacles we’ll be facing against has yet to be revealed.