July 2020

2021 Video Game Release Schedule

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If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2021, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

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Game Informer Staff

Watch Dogs: Legion Is $49.94 on Console, Includes Free Next-Gen Upgrade

5 months 3 weeks ago
It's nearly here. Watch Dogs: Legion is set to release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 29, with a free PS5 and Xbox One upgrade available when those consoles launch. The third installment in the futuristic, tech-focused franchise is headed up by Clint Hocking, the creative director of Far Cry 2, and is set in an open-world version of London. When you need a specialist in your fight against the overbearing government, you can recruit (and play as) any NPC in the world, from hardened criminals to... (checks notes)... grannies? Our Watch Dogs: Legion review is up, so check that out if you're wondering what to expect from the game. And if you're ready to lock in your preorder for Watch Dogs: Legion, you're going to want to know what comes in each edition, how much it costs, and where you can get it.
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Chris Reed

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You could win a PlayStation 5 from Daily Esports GG

5 months 3 weeks ago

[Just a friendly reminder we're giving away a brand new PlayStation 5 -- just participate in the Daily Esports forums for your chance to qualify to win!]

Well, this is a pretty big one.

The next console generation is nearly upon us, which means it’ll soon be time for folks to trade up to some brand new hardware. However, the cost of entry for the next console generation is going to be considerably lower for one lucky individual. 

www.DailyEsports.gg is giving away a free PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. We launched some brand new forums and comments software and want people kicking the tires on it. If core esports aren't your thing, they also frequently cover Pokemon trade codes and various game guides, so please consider adding it to your feed.

Our family of websites have committed to purchasing the console for a member of the site’s forums. To win it, all you need to do is head on over to the Daily Esports forums and start chatting! It’s really that easy. Destructoid founder Papa Niero is also the invisible hand there, along with editor-in-chief and chief of all beards, Taha Zaidi. Go say hi! 

On November 24th, we’ll pick out one member of the forums and pre-order the console to be shipped directly to them. Or, if they’re not in North America, give them the equivalent cost of the console in US Dollars via bank transfer, Paypal, or Amazon gift card.

Head on over to the Daily Esports forums for more details. Good luck!

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Dennis Carden

Out Thursday: Nerf Halo MA40 Includes Halo Infinite Bonus Item

6 months 3 weeks ago
While Halo Infinite got delayed until next year, you can get a taste of the sci-fi shooter this week with a new Nerf replica of the MA40 used by Master Chief in the upcoming game. The blaster comes out Thursday, October 1, and you can preorder it from Amazon now. It even comes with a code that will unlock a "digital asset" in the game.

Preorder NERF Halo MA40

[poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=nerf-halo-ma40-motorized-dart-blaster"] The Nerf Halo MA40 comes with 10 darts and a removable clip big enough to hold all of them at once. Insert the loaded clip into the blaster, press the accelerator button to turn on the motor, and you're ready to shoot. The blaster fires one dart each time you pull the trigger. The weapon also includes a rail riser you can attach to the tactical rail to add other Nerf accessories that are sold separately. Also available for preorder is a Nerf Halo Mangler Dart Blaster for $19.99. It's set to release on January 11, 2021. Additionally, Hasbro has announced a Nerf Halo Bulldog SG, as well as two Halo-themed blasters from the Microshots line, the SPNKR and Needler. The latter two will cost $10 each. They're not up for preorder yet, but we'll update this article when they arrive. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=nerf-halo-blasters-revealed&captions=true"] You can catch up on all of the biggest Halo Infinite news as you prepare for the launch of Xbox Series X. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Chris Reed is IGN's shopping and commerce editor. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed. [widget path="ign/modules/recirc" parameters="title=&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=us-shopping&count=3&columnCount=3&theme=article"]
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Chris Reed

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Amazon's PS5 Placeholder Page Is Up Ahead of Preorders

7 months ago
Preorders for PS5 will begin tomorrow at select retailers, according to a tweet from Sony. What retailers, and what time tomorrow, remains to be seen. We've reached out to Sony for more details and we will update as soon as possible. Amazon already has a PS5 placeholder page, which you should absolutely bookmark. Also, bookmark this article for updates as fast as we can. At least we now know how much PS5 costs: $499 for the standard version, and $399 for the discless model, both with a November 12 release date in the US. At the start of the month in PS5 news, developers shared their takes on the SSD and 3D Audio features of the upcoming console. It's shaping up to be a very cool console, even if we still have no price or availability numbers.
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Seth G. Macy

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Preorder LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga for $49.94

7 months 2 weeks ago
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to release in spring 2021 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC (phew). The game is already available for preorder at number of retailers.
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Chris Reed

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Destructoid's So You Think You Can Stream finale is tonight! Tune in at 8:30PM ET

7 months 3 weeks ago

Update: Head on over to our Twitch channel at 8:30PM EST to watch all of the action!

Back in June, we hosted our first ever So You Think You Can Stream contest, sponsored by G-Fuel and Luminosity. We got to see a lot of talented individuals, and a couple of impeccably sexy faces from the Destructoid community, compete to win $5,000. Not only was it a huge success, but it was also just a genuinely fun time for a lot of the folks involved. 

Well, as soon as that contest drew to a close, we decided that we should make an even bigger and better one happen in the very near future. Starting on August 2, that contest will be underway, and we hope to see as many folks from the Destructoid community check it out!

After listening to a lot of audience and streamer feedback, we’ve decided to make a few changes to the format for our second contest.

During the initial So You Think You Can Stream contest, entrants had twenty minutes to demonstrate their talents as Twitch streamers to the Destructoid community and Dreezy, one of our two resident streamers. They were then ranked both on skill and style points – essentially, how good they were at the game, and how entertaining they were.

From there, the top three, and a personality voted for by the community, battled it out for that top spot.

Here’s a few of the changes that we’ve made for our second contest:

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Dennis Carden

Cheetah Explained: Who Is the Wonder Woman 1984 Villain?

7 months 4 weeks ago
Wonder Woman 1984 sees the return of Gal Gadot's super-heroine, and joining her is Kristen Wiig as Barbara Ann Minerva, aka Cheetah, one of Wonder Woman's oldest and most nefarious foes. As of now, it remains unclear exactly how Wiig's character will become Cheetah in the film, or even how much of a villain she'll be, given that Pedro Pascal is also co-starring as DC Comics bad guy Maxwell Lord. But now that we've gotten a nice glimpse of Wiig in her full Cheetah look thanks to the DC FanDome Wonder Woman 1984 trailer, let's break down everything you need to know about Cheetah and the various women who have held that title in DC's comics. And be sure to also check out the full DC FanDome Schedule and DC FanDome: The Biggest and Best Announcements and Reveals So Far. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/06/18/cheetah-explained-who-is-the-wonder-woman-1984-villain"]

Cheetah Explained: The Basics

As a bridge between the world of men and the Greek gods, Wonder Woman has accumulated many enemies over the years. However, none of her foes have proven quite as deadly or tenacious as Cheetah. Powered by the plant god Urzkartaga (at times) and fueled by her hatred and jealousy of Wonder Woman, Cheetah brings a ferocious strength and savagery to every battle. However, that ferocity has never proven a match for Wonder Woman's love and compassion.
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Jesse Schedeen

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Microsoft Flight Simulator: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

8 months ago
Put on your aviator sunglasses, because Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available. The game uses real-time satellite data to create an intricately detailed representation of the planet. It's peppered with real-life airports, cities, geographical features, and even traffic and animals. You can fly over your house and see it represented in the game. You can even turn on real-time weather conditions to make the in-game weather match what's happening IRL around the globe. Or you can tweak the conditions however you prefer. If you're interested in how good the game is, you can hop over to our Microsoft Flight Simulator review to see why we gave it (spoilers, I guess) 10 out of 10. flight-simulator-edition-differencesMicrosoft Flight Simulator is available now. It comes in three editions, the differences of which are detailed in the above image.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Included in Xbox Game Pass

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Chris Reed

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Here Are The Games Hitting This Week

8 months ago

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Airplanes. Golf. Toads. This week's new releases scratch a bunch of different kinds of gaming itches. Some of the biggest games deliver a fair bit of nostalgia. We've been waiting for a long time for a new Battletoads game, and after making a return with playable characters in Killer Instinct a few years ago, the brawling amphibians are finally getting a new game. Battletoads release on Thursday. Other players may find a different kind of nostsalgia in Microsoft Flight Simulator, the beloved series is coming back in a big way on PC, led by gorgeous visuals and real airports and planes.

The other releases that stand out are Rogue Leagacy 2, the sidescrolling adventure about that explores family trees in unique ways, and PGA Tour 2K21, a new series from The Golf Club developer HB Studios.

Let us know what games you will be picking up this week in the comments section below:

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Andrew Reiner

(Update) Ask us anything on the Destructoid forums

8 months ago

[Update: The seventh of our popular Destructoid AMA sessions is now live! So stop by our official forums and take the opportunity to Ask Your Anything to Destructoid's Features Editor, Podtoid producer, and all-round good dude CJ Andriessen. Have Fun!]

Yup! You heard that right. Starting this month, we’ll be hosting a series of AMA ("Ask Me Anything") sessions with members of Destructoid and our sister sites on the new and improved Destructoid forums.

If you've never been to one of these, the way it typically works is that the host commits to an hour to thoughtfully answer questions as they are submitted in semi-real time. You can come on the event day to participate, or enjoy the responses any time after.  It's a great way to connect with the people that run this joint.

Here's the full schedule so far:

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Dennis Carden

Fairy Tail Giveaway – Win One of Two PS4 or PC Copies by Sharing Your Comments [UPDATED]

8 months 1 week ago

Koei Tecmo and Gust just released their Fairy Tail JRPG, and we’re celebrating with a brand new giveaway.

With this giveaway, you can win one of two PS4 or PC codes for Fairy Tail kindly offered by Koei Tecmo. 

The way to get involved is really, really easy.

All you have to do is to comment on our articles, everywhere on the site. The more you comment, the better your chances. We want to hear your opinions and insight, and there is no better way for that to happen than sharing your comments with us.

An important caveat is that comments on this post are not eligible for the giveaway. Of course, you’re welcome to comment here, but in order to participate, you need to comment at least on one other article.

On August 7 at 11:59 EDT we’ll randomly select two comments made after this post has been published, and the authors of these comments will win one of the prizes.

Of course, spam comments and throwaway one-liners will be disqualified, as we’d like to promote interesting commentary and conversations among our readers.

The winners will be able to select platforms and regions, but with a caveat. Unfortunately, due to limited availability of codes at the sources, we won’t be able to offer the Nintendo Switch version. On top of that, we have only one North American PS4 code available.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Review: Nioh 2: The Tengu's Disciple

8 months 2 weeks ago

After spending an absurd amount of time with Nioh 2 this year in pursuit of the platinum trophy, New Game+, and incrementally better character builds, I wasn't sure if I was ready to return so soon. It's a testament to this game – and Team Ninja's general update and DLC strategy – that I'm not burned out.

The Tengu's Disciple is the first of three story expansions, but it feels pretty self-contained. If you aren't holding out for the (hopefully inevitable) PC version of Nioh 2, it's time to travel back in time to 1185.

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Jordan Devore

Early Access Review: Grounded

8 months 2 weeks ago

All of my favorite survival games tend to have an unspeakable horror to keep me on my toes, and Grounded – a shrunken-down solo/co-op adventure from RPG powerhouse Obsidian – is no exception.

Even if you're the kind of person who refuses to squish spiders and goes out of their way to carefully capture and release them outdoors, you aren't ready for these towering eight-legged freaks.

Some of them hide in creepy tunnels. Others prowl in the open, bending tree-sized blades of grass off in the distance. They scurry. They can take you out in just a strike or two. And they must be stopped.

Obsidian included an Arachnophobia Safe Mode for a reason.

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Jordan Devore

Review: Hotel Sowls

8 months 2 weeks ago

I am, admittedly, a sucker for unique art styles. Sure, I enjoy lush graphics, beautiful pixel art, or stylish cel-shading, but they don’t grab my attention in the same way as something that forges a path in a different direction. I get excited around the styles that Bernband, Burrito Galaxy, or even the simple papercraft worlds of Brendan Chung’s Citizen Abel games pull off. Heck, I’ll admit to being fascinated by Paper Mario.

That’s what drew me into Hotel Sowls. I was instantly charmed by its blobby, lo-fi art style. It’s something I haven’t really seen before in a video game. It seems to wear its personality on its sleeve. That’s only the start, though. Now it’s time to get it up on the autopsy table, peel back its skin, and see if there’s any of that personality seeped into the meat itself.

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Adzuken

Review: Destroy All Humans!

8 months 2 weeks ago

Destroy All Humans is the kind of game that's a perfect subject for getting the remake treatment. Originally released in 2005 by the now-defunct Pandemic Studios (I'll never forget the controversy around The Saboteur's launch DLC that enabled nudity), Destroy All Humans is spirited but doesn't hold up to modern gameplay conventions. Go watch some YouTube videos. It hasn't aged gracefully.

Developer Black Forest Games has tackled a beat-by-beat remake 15 years later. It's extremely competent, and every bit as lively and spunky as the original. This just feels like a franchise that means a lot to some people. Still, we're left wishing more creative liberty had been taken.

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Brett Makedonski

Podtoid has all the right answers, but do you have the right questions?

8 months 2 weeks ago

I don't know where you all stand on this whole "Should we even have E3 anymore?" debate, but after getting through the last two months, I'm more than ready to welcome back a week of hell in Downtown LA. It has been an exhausting couple of months, and now that it's August, the Podtoid team is looking to kick back and relax a bit.

Help us start the month off right by asking us a question in the comments below. The more creative and original the question, the more likely it is to be asked on air. 

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CJ Andriessen

Will the massive Nintendo asset leak have negative repercussions for the industry?

8 months 2 weeks ago

The big story of the weekend has been the massive dump of assets and source codes for a decade's worth of Nintendo games. Where some companies are a bit too carefree with how they store their history, Nintendo doesn't appear to throw anything out. We've seen strange early versions of Yoshi, never-before-seen Zelda enemies, and the source codes to some of the greatest games on the SNES just dumped on the internet. It's fascinating, but could leaks like this and the gargantuan The Last of Us: Part II leak from a few months ago have a negative ripple effect for the people who work in and around the gaming industry?

That's just one of the topics discussed on this episode of Podtoid. CJ, Charlotte, and Occams are on hand to talk asset leaks, Ghost of Tsushima, Void Terrarium, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, and our favorite titles from last week's Xbox Games Showcase. All that, plus the idea that games starring women don't sell is bullshit, on Podtoid Episode 452.

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CJ Andriessen

Guilty Gear -Strive- Also Announced for PC on Top of PS5; Leo Whitefang & Nagoriyuki Get Screenshots

8 months 2 weeks ago

Following the new reveal for Guilty Gear -Strive-, Arc System Works sent in an accompanying press release with new information and screenshots.

First of all, we learn that the game isn’t going just for PS4 and PS5, but also for PC via Steam. The release window has also been updated to a slightly more precise “spring” 2021.

I’m not exactly sure why the Steam release was not included in the trailer we just saw, but it’s official, straight from the lion’s mouth.

On top of that, we get to see the first screenshots of the newly-revealed characters, the returning Leo Whitefang and the brand new Nagoriyuki.

You can check out the full gallery below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Guilty Gear -Strive- Announced for PS5; Leo Whitefang & Nagoriyuki Revealed

8 months 2 weeks ago

The Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable livestream is in full swing, and Arc System Works made a few announcements for Guilty Gear -Strive-.

First of all, we get the reveal that the game is also coming for PS5 and then we get the reveal of a couple of characters.

The first fighter revealed is a returning one, Leo Whitefang. The second is brand new, named Nagoriyuki. That being said, this is not the first time we see him, as he was showcased at the end of the very first announcement trailer last year.

Below you can enjoy the trailer that was revealed during the show

On top of the Guilty Gear news, we also get the reveal of the ArcRevo Online tournament, which will start in October in North America and Japan.

It will feature BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Granblue Fantasy: Versus, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue CentralFiction, and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r].

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Tekken 7 Officially Announces Season 4; Coming This Fall

8 months 2 weeks ago

The Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable livestream is in full swing, and Bandai Namco announced a new season pass for Tekken 7.

The new season pass will be the fourth and will come this fall with various updates and improvements to the game. 

Season 4 will come with plenty of updates and features for the game including new moves for all characters, an improved online experience, and a lot more, as showcased in the trailer.

Incidentally, Bandai Namco also mentioned that new DragonBall FighterZ announcements are coming in August.

Below you can enjoy the trailer that was revealed during the show. You’ll also see what has been mentioned to be a character tease, which never hurts.

Tekken 7 is currently available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can also check out our review.

If you’re unfamiliar with the game, below you can read an official description. 

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Giuseppe Nelva

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SoulCalibur VI Reveals Setsuka as Returning DLC Character

8 months 2 weeks ago

The Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable livestream is in full swing, and Bandai Namco announced a new character for SoulCalibur VI.

The new warrior is Setsuka, and she will be released as the game’s 11th DLC on August 4. The 12th DLC is also coming on the same date featuring the Character Creation Set E.

On August 3 we’re also getting free update 2.20, which will bring a lot of new goodies, including Setsuka’s classic costume parts, a new stage, and battle adjustments for all characters.

The two DLC packages will be launched within the second season pass of the game, which already includes Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown and Hilde.

Below you can enjoy the trailer that was revealed during the show

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Street Fighter V Summer Reveal Event Coming Next Week

8 months 2 weeks ago

The Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable livestream is in full swing, and Capcom announced when you’ll know more about Fighter V: Champions Edition.

Capcom will hold its own event on August 6 at 2 am Japan time, which means it’s going to be August 5 in the west. It converts to 10:00 am PDT, 1:00 pm EDT, 6:00 pm BST, and 7:00 pm CEST.

The show will include the latest information from the development team and special guests are also said to appear.

Unfortunately, no further information was revealed for now about the new season of the game, which we already know will include five additional playable characters.

Below you can enjoy the announcement slide that was revealed during the show.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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