Best Upcoming FPS Games 2021: Halo Infinite, Call of Duty 2021, More
2021 is the year in which we will finally see the release of some of the biggest video games of all-time. This year is important for several reasons, the least of which is that this is the first full year that the new consoles are out. So, what are the best upcoming FPS games 2021?
Best Upcoming FPS Games 2021 List
For this list, I will give you the top 10 best upcoming FPS games 2021 and a couple of other third-person shooters thrown into the mix. These are the 10 games that you should be keeping an eye on in the coming weeks and months, especially if you are a FPS or third-person shooter fan.
With this new year now upon us, we are likely to see many games come out this year that wasn’t originally supposed to. There were many video games delayed from 2020 to 2021 and beyond due to the global pandemic that is still raging across the world.
Because of this, though, 2021 looks pretty stacked in terms of video games with some massive releases happening this year, so long as they all release in 2021 like we hope they do. With that said, I wanted to go over. Specifically, the best upcoming FPS games 2021, including third-person ones as well.
For those of you who are like me and love a good battle royale or first-person multiplayer game, you will likely find a healthy mix of exciting releases scheduled for this year. These even include some more games-as-a-service titles and even some more singleplayer-focused content.
Overall, 2021 will be a pretty diverse year for games in general and definitely for first and third-person shooter games. But before we jump into this list, there are some key points that you should keep in mind with how I determined what would make this list.
These are the games that are confirmed to be coming out this year at the time of writing this post. Some might not come out this year, but they were scheduled for this year when I was putting this list together.
As such, the recently delayed Overwatch 2 did not make this list as, while I and many others were hoping for its launch this year, it does look like we will have to wait until at least 2022 for it to come out. Also, there are games like Halo Infinite that could be delayed but haven’t been officially delayed to next year, so it is included on this list.
And I tried to avoid rereleases of games, but I didn’t shy away from the ports of existing games to other noteworthy platforms. And last but not least, this list is in no particular order except kind of in order of what we know about their release windows and dates for those who do have one. Without further ado, here are the best upcoming FPS game2021 along with a couple of third-person ones.
Best Upcoming FPS and Shooter Games 2021: Apex Legends Switch
Kicking off this list is one of the only ports on here: Apex Legends. Right around the time of making this list, this massive battle royale game is celebrating its second anniversary with the launch of its eighth season of content. The game is still going nearly just as strong two years later.
2021 looks poised to be an even bigger year for Apex Legends than last year since it will launch at least one new platform for the title, if not more. The long-awaited Nintendo Switch version was supposed to launch last year with the Steam release but was delayed into this year.
Finally, the Apex Legends Switch version has a release date and is coming out in March of 2021, so it may be out by the time you are reading this post. Battle royale games work well for me on the Switch. I can’t wait to play one of my favorite ones in the genre on here.
With the release of the Switch version of Apex Legends, the game is likely to only raise even more in popularity and player base, as was the case for its competitor Fortnite when it launched on the platform. With the release of mobile versions potentially also coming this year, Apex Legends is a game that you should not ignore any longer if you haven’t played it before.
This spring is a very different game in our second pick for this list: Outriders. Coming from publisher Square Enix and the developer People Can Fly of Bulletstorm fame, this service title is a third-person shooter with character abilities that has our attention.
In all honesty, this game’s marketing and release haven’t been as hyped as it could be. That does worry me since I wonder if this game will be yet another games-as-a-service dud at launch. But the premise and promise that it offers are intriguing enough.
The gameplay is where the game shines as the Bulletstorm developer knows shooters and looks ready to offer us something wholly unique with Outriders. The story-driven RPG-shooter hybrid is something exciting at a glance with fluid and intense gameplay that at least looks worthy of a try when it comes out this year.
Back 4 Blood
The last game on this list with an actual release date and only three games is Back 4 Blood. This game wasn’t even known about a few months ago, but here we are with many players already having their hands on it and more will be able to soon with its release date rapidly approaching.
For those who don’t know, Back 4 Blood is not just a similarly designed name like Left 4 Dead for no reason. It is a spiritual successor to that title and one that fans have been clamoring for, for ages. From the original developers of Left 4 Dead comes the first-person horror experience you’ve been waiting for.
Back 4 Blood features that classic wave-based zombie survival experience that fans fell in love with in the first two Left 4 Dead games with next-gen ready graphics and gameplay. With the original developers behind it, we have high hopes for this one to turn out quite well this year.
CrossfireX is one of the strangest games on this list, simply because even with its release impending for this year, we still don’t know too much about it. Seemingly the next-gen console version of the original 2007 Crossfire game, this is a free-to-play first-person shooter experience.
For those of you who are Xbox fans, it will be an Xbox console-exclusive, bringing the very popular shooter to consoles for the first time. If CrossfireX is like the original PC title, it will be something similar to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is currently missing on consoles.
This way, it could fill a unique space in competitive first-person shooter gameplay like CSGO that hasn’t been seen in a long time on consoles. Couple this with the new singleplayer story campaign from the beloved developer Remedy. We could have a possible sleeper hit with CrossfireX.
Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 is a game unlike some of the other delayed ones on this list where we thought it would be coming out in 2021 at the beginning of the year, and it didn’t. We would have been playing it by now had the delay not happened.
It has no current release date but is still scheduled to come out this year at some point. The sixth main game in the series, this title takes us to a seemingly Cuba-inspired island location where the main character has to, yet again, stop a villain from using his power to do bad things.
Little else is known about this game at this time, likely because of the delay, but we do know that it will most likely feature the standard open-world first-person shooter chaotic gameplay that the series is known for. We imagine that we should find out more about this one soon.
Rainbow 6 Quarantine
One of the most mysterious games on this list is none other than Rainbow 6 Quarantine. Announced a while back by Ubisoft, this title is about taking the Rainbow 6 franchise in a new direction. Since Siege is still an overwhelmingly popular and beloved game, Quarantine is different.
With a name that is just a hilarious coincidence with current events globally, Rainbow 6 Quarantine seemingly takes the Outbreak event from Siege and breaks it out into a full game. What little we do know about it is that it is a three-player first-person tactical co-op shooter.
In practice, it is likely a zombies-like game mode where players are trying to survive against the undead horde in various missions. Will it be wave-based like other similar games or something unique of its own? Hopefully, that is something that we will find out later this year as it is currently set for 2021.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Following up next in the list is Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. This is a unique one in that it is a third-person shooter and something that isn’t necessarily always regarded as a shooter. But I would, personally, give it that distinction for most of its action-packed gameplay.
Ratchet & Clank games are third-person shooters in a way. Sure, gadgets, platforming, and other gimmicks are thrown in there, but it does have that core shooter gameplay that you would expect from the genre.
Also, Rift Apart is the newest entry and looks even more fast-paced and exciting than past games. It is stunning, too, as one of the showcase PS5-exclusive games Sony will be releasing this year. While there is no release date currently, it is set to come out pretty soon.
From there, we come to yet another exclusive game on this list: STALKER 2. The Stalker franchise has been one of the most beloved and cult classic PC game series of all-time. The unique horror open-world shooter experience is quite unlike anything else when the first game is released, and there is still nothing like it today.
So, the long-awaited announcement of a Stalker 2 was an exciting one as it meant that we could get yet another dose of this horrifying but exhilarating first-person shooter gameplay once again, but with the added benefit of using the modern hardware that we have today.
Stalker was ahead of its time when it was released. We wouldn’t be surprised if Stalker 2 is a similar situation. Set to release sometime this year (we’ll see if that happens or not), Stalker 2 is one of the most anticipated games for what it will bring to PC and Xbox communities.
Call of Duty 2021
Ending this list are two games that we know are coming out at some point but have a level of mystery surrounding them, especially this next entry: Call of Duty 2021. This is the only game on this list with no title because it hasn’t been officially unveiled at this point.
It will still be several months before we even find out more about what this game is. We don’t even know the developer, but we know that there will be another annual Call of Duty game this year. While we don’t know much, we can speculate quite a bit on what it will be.
For one, the developer is all but assured to be Sledgehammer Games from what we can tell, as it was the original developer on the 2020 game but moved off of it due to issues. Since then, Sledgehammer has likely been hard at work finalizing what was supposed to be last year’s game or something new.
As for what that will end up being, that is something of a mystery. Sledgehammer Games has only made two Call of Duty titles on its own to date, and they were vastly different from one another. But given the popularity and success of WWII, it wouldn’t be surprising if it was another period piece this year.
And finally, on this list, we come to potentially the most anticipated out of all of these games and the most troubling one: Halo Infinite. Initially set to be a launch game for the Xbox Series X and S, Infinite went through a messy announcement and a sudden delay.
Now it has no release date other than by the end of the year. We expect that it will be late in the year if it even comes out in 2021. Halo Infinite has so much hype and legacy to live up to after the much-maligned Halo 5: Guardians and 343’s track record as a whole.
Without a doubt, Halo Infinite has to be a hit and an overwhelmingly amazing one at that. Xbox needs this exclusive to be the game-changer that Halo has been in the past. The future of the first-person alien-fighting franchise is likely riding on this title.
With the exciting decisions to split up the story campaign and multiplayer into paid and free-to-play titles, respectively, there is a lot of risk going into Halo Infinite. But the payoff, if as excellent as we want it to be, could set the bar and reshape the first-person shooter genre like Combat Evolved once did nearly two decades ago.