Biggest Videogames Releasing In October 2021
September was a good month for games.
We saw stand-out releases like Arkane's Deathloop and Bandai Namco's Tales of Arise, the latter of which has gone on to sell a million copies in under a week after launch.
We also got treated to PlayStation's 2021 Showcase, which showed off a range of titles coming to the platform in the future. The 40-minute presentation included a double-whammy from Insomniac Games in the form of Marvel's Wolverine and Marvel's Spider-Man 2, fresh trailers for Gran Turismo 7, Forspoken, and the newly titled God of War Ragnarok, an official reveal of the long reported Knights of the Old Republic: Remake, and much much more.
Delay announcements were also plenty. Dying Light 2, which was originally scheduled for an early December launch, was pushed to February 2022. The highly anticipated Battlefield 2042 recoiled back a month into November.
Uncertainty hangs in the air in the videogame industry, with work from home impacting game development timelines, and the global chip shortage impacting console and graphics cards supply.
But what's for sure is that next month is set to deliver more exciting games into our hands.
So, what's coming to the world of videogames in October this year?
Far Cry 6
Ubisoft's long-running Far Cry series began in 2004 with german developer Crytek, and shifted to internal development with 2007's Far Cry 2. Since then, the first-person shooter has gone on to see a total of five mainline entries and a long list of spin-offs. The Far Cry games don't share a narrative but rather share the premise of setting the player in a unique open-world where they face off against different threats. As of September 2019, the Far Cry series has sold over 50 million copies.
Developed by Ubisoft Toronto, Far Cry 6 -as hinted at by its title- is the sixth main instalment in the franchise. Set on the living and breathing fictional Caribbean island of Yara, the game aims to provide the 'gritty experience of an improvised modern-day guerrilla' as you take down the island's ruler Antón Castillo, played by the excellent Giancarlo Esposito.
The player takes control of Dani Rojas, who has grown up in Yara under Antón's brutal rule and barely escaped the regime's forces. Playing as Dani, you join the Libertad, a group of guerrilla fighters, in an attempt to free your homeland from Antón's grip of tyranny.
Yara is a vast and expansive tropical island cited as being the biggest world the series has ever been to. Far Cry 6's gameplay consists of using makeshift guns and other rag-tag equipment, along with the help of animal companions known as 'Amigos', to clear the island of all foes.
The game is set to release on the 7th of September for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna.
Metroid fans have been waiting. For a long time. At E3 2017, Nintendo announced Metroid Prime 4, the latest entry in the "first-person adventure" sub-series. Originally being developed by Bandai Namco, the game restarted development under Retro Studios in 2019. For now, the project has mostly gone silent, apart from Nintendo stating that work on the game is going well.
Much to the surprise and subsequent excitement of the fanbase, Nintendo revealed Metroid Dread at E3 2021. Co-developed by MercurySteam and Nintendo EPD, the game follows up the events of 2002's Metroid Fusion and stars series icon Samus Aran, as she faces vicious and murderous foes on Planet ZDR. The game is a reimagining of a DS game in the mid-2000s that was eventually cancelled.
The game is a return to Metroid's side-scrolling roots, but this time with a flashy new 2.5D aesthetic to boot. Also set to feature are new stealth mechanics that let the player sneak through the game's labyrinthic hallways and past its various threats.
From veteran series producer Yoshio Sakamoto, Metroid Dread launches on the 8th of October, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.
Back 4 Blood
Valve's Left 4 Dead series was beloved in its heyday. The series, from ex-Valve owned Turtle Rock, was a survival-horror first-person shooter where players could team up with friends to take down hordes of zombie-like enemies. Front and centre was the campaign mode which could be played with up to 3 other players, with the computer controlling them instead of you chose to play solo. Fans lauded the game for the enjoyment of taking down waves of zombies with an arsenal of firearms and other throwable items.
But the fairytale was not going to last forever. When Valve acquired Turtle Rock before the release of the first Left 4 Dead in 2008, they renamed the studio Valve South. Following the release of both the games in the series, Valve and the team at Valve South had a falling out. Valve felt that the team was too small to continue operating at a AAA scale, while the developers were unsatisfied and frustrated with the communication issues between themselves and Valve HQ. This led to the closure of Valve South, and the founding of a brand new Turtle Rock Studios as an independent developer by the same team.
More than a decade later, Turtle Rock are back for blood with their newest game. Back 4 Blood is a spiritual successor to the studio's iconic Left 4 Dead series and follows in the same footsteps with 4 player co-op against zombies and 8 player PVP.
Will you be back for more when Back 4 Blood comes to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on the 12th of October?
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel has seen a resurgence in the videogame space over the past few years. From Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is SquareEnix's second crack at success with a licensed superhero IP, after the cataclysmic disaster that was the Avengers.
The game features the rag-tag group of heroes we've come to know and love from the MCU films. The player takes control of Star-Lord (Peter Quinn), and while the other members of the team aren't available as playable characters, they can be issued commands during combat. Combat in the game also entails 3rd person brawler action, with Star-Lord's gun and jet boots being used to mix up the flow of combat.
The game is also set to feature some choice and consequence, with the player able to make key decisions along their journey that impact the relationships with their companions. However, the game doesn't have multiple endings and a solitary story path. And fear not, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is a singleplayer only title with no microtransactions.
It is scheduled to launch on the 26th of October for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. The game is also playable on Nintendo Switch through cloud streaming.
Games, Games, And More Games
With Konami's PES going free to play and rebranding as eFootball, EA has a lot to prove with their bestselling FIFA franchise. While every new entry will no doubt sell incredibly well, it'll be interesting to see what, if anything, EA will do as a response. FIFA 2022 rolls out on October 1st for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia.
Remedy's Alan Wake came out in 2010 on Xbox 360 and PC, and was very well received at launch. Now, in 2021, Alan Wake finally makes the jump to other platforms with updated visuals. Alan Wake Remastered comes to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on the 5th of October.
First-person shooting meets rhythm game in Bullets Per Minute, a roguelike where you shoot and reload to the beat of the soundtrack. Following its PC release last year, the game blasts and tap-dances its way onto the PS4, and Xbox One on October 5th.
|Bullets Per Minute. Source: AWE Interactive|
Jett: The Far Shore is an adventure exploration game set on an ocean planet where the player commands an aircraft and Star War's style speeder to navigate across its varied landscape and investigate its flora and fauna. It jets onto the PC, PS4, and PS5 on the 5th of October.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a crossover fighter starring characters from all styles of Nickelodeon media. The game is set to release on the 5th of October for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a party game from Sega that consists of enhanced remasters of the first three titles in the series. The game parties its way onto the PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch on October 5th.
Moon Studios' excellent Ori games already have a home on the Switch, but now they arrive as one complete package. Ori: The Collection includes 2015's Ori and the Blind Forest and 2020's Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The collection glides onto the Nintendo Switch on the 8th of October.
|Ori: The Collection. Source: Xbox|
We all know the meme about whether your PC can run Crysis or not. Crysis Remastered Trilogy, which includes Crysis 1, 2 and 3, shoots its way onto PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on October the 15th. Each title is also available to purchase individually.
Ice hockey sports game NHL 22 pucks onto the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on October 15th.
The Dark Pictures Anthology is an eight-game series from developer Supermassive Games and publisher Bandai Namco. House of Ashes, the 3rd game in the series, is an interactive thriller where 1 CIA officer, 3 US military men, and 1 Iraqi army lieutenant are trapped inside a Mesopotamian temple during the Iraqi War in 2003. The game arrives on the 22nd of October for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
The gorgeous looking 3D platformer Solar Ash is a game centred around fluid, fast, and fun traversal. It skips onto PC, PS4, and PS5 on the 26th of October.
|Solar Ash. Source: PlayStation|
Historical real-time strategy game Age of Empires IV releases on the 28th of October for PC.
Massive multiplayer extreme sports game Riders Republic from Ubisoft is an attempt to go further and achieve more than what the publisher did with 2016's Steep. The game bikes, glides, and skiis onto PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Google Stadia on October 28th.
Mario Party Superstars was announced during E3 and is the 12th home console instalment in the Mario Party franchise. It comes exclusively to the Nintendo Switch on October the 29th.
|Riders Republic. Source: Xbox|
And that's a wrap on the biggest, along with many other, videogames releasing next month. Which one of October's games are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below.