Game Informer's Most Anticipated Holiday 2021 Games

As September begins winding down, there’s no denying we’re rapidly approaching gaming’s holiday release season. While recent weeks brought us some amazing experiences like Deathloop and Tales of Arise, the next few weeks are absolutely jam-packed with highly anticipated releases the gaming community as a whole is looking forward to. 

As the busiest months of game releases approach, we’re just as excited as you are to get our hands on the huge games of this holiday season. As such, we ran down a list of our staff’s personal most-anticipated games. You can see the list of the games each editor is most looking forward to for the remainder of the year below. After checking out our picks, sound off in the comments about which game you’re most excited about as we brace ourselves for the fall release slate.

Halo Infinite – December 8

A great deal is riding on the release of Halo Infinite. Halo 5: Guardians was the last brand-new mainline entry in the Halo franchise way back in 2015, and it’s fair to say that game met with mixed reactions regarding its storytelling, campaign gameplay, and multiplayer. 

In a whole new console generation, Halo Infinite has the chance to be the defining flagship project of Microsoft’s new era of gameplay, turning around fan skepticism and reigniting enthusiasm for the series. Despite some setbacks in early showings of the games, there’s good reason to believe 343 Industries has something special on its hands. Frequent updates from the developers have revealed a game that walks a fine line between nostalgia to the original Halo aesthetic, and several rousing new ideas, from an open-world Halo ring to discover, to a grappleshot that should enable more vertical exploration. I’m thrilled about the opportunity to more freely uncover the secrets of a massive Forerunner facility.

While the depth and balance of multiplayer will take a long time to fully reveal themselves, the early tech tests exhibit a fast-moving and thoughtfully designed match structure alongside tight and enjoyable gunplay, as well as a progression system that I’m excited to use to customize my own Spartan.

I share some of the doubts about the return of Halo voiced by some fans, but at this point, my enthusiasm and excitement far outstrip any suspicion. Halo Infinite is undoubtedly one of the biggest releases of 2021, but I’m increasingly hopeful that it will also be one of the year’s best.

Halo Infinite

Neon White – Winter

Neon White is the upcoming first-person action-platformer set beyond the gates of Heaven. This lively genre-bender, developed by Ben Esposito, equips you with a growing deck of Soul Cards that you can use to attack demons or launch swift traversal abilities by discarding them on the fly. Fans of parkour games like Mirror’s Edge should follow this stylish action game when it releases later this year.

Neon White

Just because a game didn’t top our own personal lists doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be excited about it! There are a ton of other anticipated games coming out before the calendar turns to 2022, including Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Far Cry 6! To see the full release schedule, head to our 2021 calendar!

What remaining 2021 game are you most looking forward to? Which game did we overlook in our personal picks? Sound off in the comments section below!

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