People usually focus on the Christmas period when it comes to new releases. It’s for a good reason – December is when the last big titles of the year tend to drop just in time for that holiday season, with companies wanting to make good profits to round everything off. Still, that doesn’t mean that the gaming world just stops releasing games until the next big date.
Every month, a huge number of games are released to the public. From AAA titles to the small scale Indie productions, the sheer amount of content released every month is staggering. And, it seems, February is going to be no exception.
It’s somewhat surprising, considering just how bad 2021 was, that anything could be developed and release during these times. Covid-19 has continued to wreak havoc, forcing teams formerly in single offices to split off into home-based work, and this has no doubt dented production time schedules and productivity alike. But, those in the industry haven’t given up.
People have adapted fast to the Covid work environment, and so it is that there are a sizable number of titles due to release this month. Some have already come out at the time of writing, in fact. Here’s the complete list:
- Cultist Simulator (Switch) – February 2
Outriders (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) – February 2
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (PS4) – February 2
Skyforge (Switch) – February 4
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) – February 4
Nioh Remastered – The Complete Edition & Nioh Remastered – The Complete Edition 2 (PS5) – February 5
Little Nightmares 2 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One) – February 11
Gal*Gun Returns (PC) – February 12
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Switch) – February 12
Fallen Legion: Revenants (PS4, Switch) – February 16
Persona 5 Strikers (PC, PS4, Switch) – February 23
Darius Cozmic Revelation (PS4, Switch) – February 25
Ghosts ‘n Goblins: Resurrection (Switch) – February 25
Riders Republic (PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) – February 25
Bravely Default 2 (Switch) – February 26
Nintendo is coming out with a particularly strong selection, with Bravely Default 2 being long anticipated by many in the West, and a new Mario game (or even a re-release) always being a big event. They’re not the only ones with a good showing, however.
Games like Outriders have been greatly anticipated for some time now. Due to release back in December, this title was delayed for a few months to help iron out a few bugs and improve the gaming experience. Time will tell if this has paid off – but it did help take the game out of the release lineup of Cyberpunk 2077 and other big titles, which will likely help in of itself.
Nioh Remastered and Nioh 2 Remastered coming to the PS5 are somewhat expected, almost necessary releases at this point. The two games are nothing to sniff at, so the difficulty they offer will be welcomed on the latest console generation. But the PS4 isn’t being entirely left behind, what with Ys IX coming out for the platform exclusively at this point in time. Good to know, considering how difficult that console is to get still.
Xbox seems to have the slimmest lone pickings of the month. Plenty of cross-platform and multi-plat releases, certainly, but nothing exclusive to itself. Still, this isn’t an unusual thing for the Xbox platform as a whole. Especially as Halo Infinite has been delayed until the Fall at this point, it seems all hopes are pinned on that title making the new Xbox X|S series worth the purchase.
There are likely other games due to come out this month through the Indie scene, be it on the Steam platform or through their own distribution methods, but even just on this list alone there is a lot to look forward to in February 2021. Let’s hope the year keeps up the momentum!