Gotham City, Middle Earth and the entire Star Wars Universe are all hot travel destinations for 2021 – thanks to an incredible line-up of games set to be released this year.

And with the launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X now firmly behind us, expectation could not be higher. Whether it's action, platform, space survival or multiplayer, there’s a game on the horizon just for you.

With that in mind, here's a preview of some games to keep an eye on...

Hitman 3 (January)

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The world of assassination is on the brink – all because of one man, Agent 47.

Hitman 3 sees the return of Agent 47 as he embarks on his final, most important contracts of his career. Expect immersive gameplay which rewards creativity, thrilling suspense, and a multitude of locations for you to replay over and over again.

And whilst Hitman 3 marks the final chapter in the World of Assassination trilogy, it's the first in a long list of hotly anticipated titles to be released this year.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

Kena: Bridge of Spirits (March)

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an action-adventure game with undeniable beauty and a charming story at its core.

You play as Kena, a young spirit guide, who uses magical abilities to aid and befriend spirit companions known as the Rot. As you gather more of these delightful creatures, you'll fight, solve puzzles, and alter the world around you in various ways.

The game blends action and storytelling seamlessly across a series of enchanting levels and epic boss battles, as Kena ultimately tries to uncover the mysterious demise of the village.

Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (TBC)

Ratchet, and Clank: Rift Apart puts the spotlight firmly back on one of the world's most beloved action platformers, back for another eagerly-anticipated installment. 

The trailer above was used by Sony to showcase the PS5’s potential and advanced gameplay. Expect every fight, every puzzle, and every scene to be a cinematic spectacle.

And with brand new weapons, gadgets, characters, and worlds to explore, you can be certain there’ll still be plenty of surprises to the otherwise classic formula we know, love, and expect from Ratchet & Co...

Platforms: PS5

It Takes Two (March)

It Takes Two is a game centred around co-operative play. Clashing couple Cody and May have been turned into dolls by a magic spell and must overcome their differences to break it.

The true delight found in this game will be found in the zany gameplay, as the trailer shows numerous puzzles, races, enemies, and more that will test the mettle of any friendship as you try and work together.

Additionally, the game features Friend's Pass, essentially allowing two players on the same platform to play It Takes Two with only one copy of the game required; more reasons to stay at home, and play together.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story (TBC)

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Capitalizing on the phenomenal success of League of Legends, Ruined King is the first single-player game set in the world of Runeterra, with new art, new battle combat systems, and expanded lore.

Play as some of the most iconic characters of the hit MMOBA game including Miss Fortune, Ahri, Yasuo, and Braum in a turn-based RPG hybrid, all the while tracking down the Ruined King and investigating the origins of the deadly Black Mist.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

Lord of the Rings: Gollum (TBC)

Prepare to fall back in love with all things hobbit, orc, and Mordor-related, as Gollum takes centre stage in his very own game.

Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a story-driven action adventure where you'll chase the only thing that truly matters – the one ring. Along the way, you’ll re-explore the lands of Middle Earth in a story which promises to fully utilize Gollum’s two-sided personality and complexity with plenty of tricks up its sleeve.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Returnal (March)

In Returnal, you play as space pilot Selene who becomes stranded on an alien planet. With only high-tech equipment for company, Selene searches through the barren landscapes of ancient civilizations in hopes of escape.

It also just so happens Selene is stuck in a time loop, meaning if/once she's defeated – you’ll restart your journey from the beginning, every time.

Each time loop brings new changes to the world around you and to the items you carry, giving you new strategies and challenges to saving Selene.

Returnal also promises to take full advantage of the PS5’s DualSense controller and the system’s 3D audio to create an immersive player experience.

Platform: PS5

Balan Wonderworld (March)

A new action-platformer sure to capture the world's imagination, Balan Wonderworld comes out in March and is the brainchild of legendary creators Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima.

You play as Leo and Emma as they follow the maestro Balan through Wonderworld, a place where imagination and reality are intertwined. Together with over 80 different collectible costumes and abilities, this platformer is sure to challenge players and tug at their heartstrings in equal measure.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

Deathloop (May)

Deathloop is an innovative take on a first-person action game. You play as Colt, an assassin searching for a way to end a time loop that is trapping the island. To do this, you need to take out 8 targets before the day resets.

All the while, you'll be hunted by a rival assassin, Julianna, whose sole mission is to take you out. Learn from each cycle, explore new paths and approaches, and try to break the loop in a game that is sure to leave a mark this year.

I suspect the true fun of Deathloop, besides the main storyline, lies in the optional multiplayer element, where you can play as Julianna and sneak into another player’s campaign to kill their Colt, and imprison them in the loop.

Platforms: PS5, PC

Gotham Knights (TBC)

In Gotham Knights, Batman is dead, and a wave of lawlessness has descended upon Gotham. It's up to Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin to 'step into the knight’, and restore justice.

Each hero has their own unique playstyle. Work alone, or team up with a friend to create the ultimate hero duo. And as you travel around an open-world Gotham, you’ll meet familiar faces like Mr. Freeze and the Court of Owls as you rid the city of chaos...

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Horizon Forbidden West (TBC)

In this sequel to the powerhouse that is Horizon Zero Dawn, Forbidden West continues Aloy's story as she moves west to a far-future America. Here, she’ll brave a majestic but dangerous frontier where awe-inspiring machines and mysterious new threats will emerge.

Although the PS5 is still in its infancy, this is a console-defining game if ever there was one.

Platform: PS5, PS4

Stray (October)

Otherwise known as "the PS5 cat", Stray was arguably one of the breakout stars of the PlayStation's live showcases last year.

Tipped as a third-person adventure game, you explore the neon-lit alleys of a decaying cyber city as an unassuming cat, whose mission is to untangle an ancient mystery to find their way home. All the while you’ll befriend (and annoy) the many droids who live around you and help shape your story.

Platform: PS4, PS5, PC

Far Cry 6 (TBC)

The Far Cry series returns once again, promising high octane action set to the backdrop of political anarchy.

Far Cry 6 is set on the fictional Caribbean island of Yara, where you play as local Dani Roja. As a guerrilla soldier fighting for freedom, Dani attempts to restore their nation to its former glory, at the peril of dictator "El Presidente" Antón Castillo.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Google Stadia

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Spring, TBC)

Although there are seemingly endless LEGO games, one thing links them all together – they're incredibly fun to play.

The Skywalker Saga should be no exception to this, as it combines all nine Star Wars films into one tidy game. Experience fun-filled adventures, whimsical humour, and the freedom to fully immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe in typical LEGO fashion.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

Halo Infinite (Late 2021, TBC)

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If you're hungering for action-packed interstellar warfare with the latest Halo, you may have to bide your time.

Originally planned as an Xbox Series X launch title, Halo Infinite has been delayed until late 2021 for more fine-tuning. Expect fanfare and anticipation in the month leading up to its release...

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

God of War: Ragnarok (TBC)

As one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the year, God of War: Ragnarok is also one of the titles we know very little about...

As trailers go, the information at hand is minuscule. On a hunch, we'll assume it continues the story of Kratos and son Atreus, leading up to the Norse event of Ragnarök, a series of events which bring about the end of days and the end of the Norse Gods and which was foreshadowed about in the previous God Of War game.

One thing is certain, however, is that this is a game not to be missed.

Hogwarts Legacy (2022)

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Are you still waiting for your letter from Hogwarts? Because that letter may take a little while longer to come...

Sadly, one of the first games to suffer amid the Covid19 pandemic and be delayed until next year is the hotly anticipated Harry Potter game Hogwarts Legacy, which was originally scheduled to release later this year.

Set in the 1800s, you play as a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Here's hoping that treat can wait until 2022, when the game is scheduled to release.

And there's more: Gamer Mode's Nevan Corcoran tells us what video games he is looking forward to in 2021.