Summer is slowly but surely coming to an end as the gaming community sets its sights on cooler autumn months and fresh AAA releases.
5. Far Cry 6
It's Far Cry and the name recognition alone makes a staple on a list like this. Nevertheless, and you can chalk it up to the Ubisoft burnout syndrome, but the upcoming instalment in the Far Cry franchise just doesn't get the fans excited as its predecessors used to. We're certain that the imminent offering will deliver a fun experience, especially with Giancarlo Esposito as the game's big bad, but also expect Ubisoft's paint-by-the-numbers formula.
We could, of course, be wrong as Far Cry 6 did have some time to stew during its development and the pandemic.
Far Cry 6 release date: October 7, 2021.
4. Back 4 Blood
Left 4 Dead's spiritual successor, Back 4 Blood comes to us from Turtle Rock Studios. The new shooter borrows a lot from its precursor: the gameplay is mostly the same, it's a 4-person shoot-em-up, developed by the same team. One new mechanic in B4B is the use of cards: players will be able to adjust their stamina, damage and health levels at the start of each match.
The devs did promise that Back 4 Blood will have a lighter tone than other Zombie games on the market and that's something to look forward to.
Back 4 Blood release date: October 12. 2021
3. Battlefield 2042
Battlefield 2042 is the 17th (!) instalment in the franchise and it has made some waves in the last month. We got some leaks, some news about the Hazard Zone, a possible main menu image and more. The devs started their limited playtests last week and even an NDA didn't prevent some of the playtesters from leaking information about the upcoming game.
Battlefield 2042 release date: October 22, 2021.
2. Age of Empires IV
Announced back in 2017, Age of Empires IV will be a special treat to everyone who fell in love with the real-time strategy's older brother from 1999. Age of Empires II served as a huge inspiration for the 2021 game: Age of Empires IV will feature some core gameplay mechanics from the time as well as some that were planned but never made it into the now 22-year-old game.
Age of Empires IV release date: October 28, 2021.
1. Metroid Dread
Samus is coming back! The events of Metroid Dread will pick up in the aftermath of Metroid Fusion from 2002.
Metroid Dread will keep the sidescrolling gameplay with free-aim and melee attacks but also add some stealth portions that will have the players sneak around some deadly robots without being noticed. Stealth will include hiding behind covers, reducing the noises you make while blinking in a giant mech and using a special cloak.
Metroid Dread release date: October 8, 2021.