The Holiday season is just around the corner and that means more games are gonna destroy our wallets. Whatoplay presents 10 of the BIGGEST Holiday releases for the year 2021! All arranged by release dates. To see the complete list, check out our page on all the upcoming games of 2021 on PS5, Series X, PS4, Xbox One and Switch.
1. Just Dance 2022 on PS5, Series X, PS4, XB1, and Switch
Another year, another Just Dance title. Ubisoft isn’t giving up their annual rhythm games any time soon. Like its previous entries, it has always been great for partying and for sweating it out by dancing to its many licensed tracks. This year’s version isn’t too different from the one’s before. It’s still Just Dance, the only thing new here is the new tracks and streamlined game modes. If you’re looking for some quick dancing, Quickplay is open, as well as the obvious co-op mode to play with other players. For some added competition , a World Dance Floor is available, pushing you into other players and competing for high scores. It’s set to release this 4th of November for the PS5, Series X, PS4, XB1, and Switch.
2. Call of Duty: Vanguard on PC, PS5, Series X, PS4, and XB1
There are three major first-person shooters coming out this Holiday season and we already know what they are. Call Of Duty is the first to come out of these big budget shooters. Vanguard takes the series to familiar territory, albeit with new and refreshed mechanics. The Campaign mode takes us once again into the biggest battles of World War II, but this time around it’s more rooted to personal experiences from real-life Veterans. Travel around the Eastern and Western Front and experience War in next-generation technology. Multiplayer is its major selling point. With 20 maps available at launch, combine tactical gameplay and skill in epic first-person gameplay. Oh, and of course it comes with Zombies too! It’s set to release this 5th of November for PC, PS5, Series X, PS4, and XB1.
We’ve got to thank Nintendo for not abandoning their beloved Animal Crossing for the Switch. Happy Homes Paradise is the first and biggest upcoming expansion for New Horizons. It puts us once again in a major capitalist undertaking under Tom Nook’s influence. Your player character enters an archipelago of Islands and manages a budding Beach Resort for up and coming guests. Satisfy their needs by interior design. You don’t need to worry about crafting and manual placements here. This Expansion takes place in a separate world and it comes with everything you need. All you need is to place the furniture in their perfect place, build fences and give your guests the 5-star treatment they need! It comes out this November 5.
4. Forza Horizon 5 on PC, Series X, and XB1
The biggest racing game to come out this Holiday season. Microsoft’s premier Forza Horizon series is getting the next-generation treatment it deserves. The verdant plains and steep mountains of Mexico await the new and old players. If what we’re seeing in the trailers is gonna be in the final product, then this might be the best-looking racing game ever. Horizon 5 maximizes the powerful technology the Series X has to offer with Ray Tracing support and photorealistic visuals set within lush South American landscapes. Just recently, its storage size was revealed so better save up your System Memory before downloading! It comes out this 9th of November as a Microsoft Exclusive.
The much-awaited follow-up to ATLUS’ cult-favorite JRPG. Before Persona took over, there was the original SMT. Five sets the stage for the future of the series with a scale that’s bigger than ever. Stepping into the shoes of your fabulous Protagonist is the series’ staple. Everyone familiar with the SMT universe knows that it’s just ‘Edgy Pokemon’. Throughout your journey, fight or befriend a variety of Mythological beasts and icons that are found in our history books. V’s combat remains the same from previous entries, but with more stylish flair added to every turn-based encounter. The story is still rooted in various philosophical themes, and unlike Persona, there’s no attractive anime waifus you can date here. It’s a Nintendo Switch exclusive and it comes out this November 12.
6. Battlefield 2042 on PC, PS5, Series X, PS4, and XB1
A stark contrast to the historical accuracy of the latest Call of Duty title. Battlefield 2042 takes the Battlefield name into a dystopian future. While the series is no stranger to high-tech warfare, 2042 manages to up the ante due to the evolving performance of the next-generation consoles. Multiplayer has always been the game’s strongest focus. The lack of a single-player campaign is compensated with its ambitious online modes. Enjoy a massive battlefield with you and 100 players in cutting-edge shootouts. Dynamic storms and environmental changes will shift the way you play the game. Like all big-budget shooters, the file size can be intimidating. Better save up space before you think of getting this game. It’s available this 19th of November for PC, PS5, Series X, PS4, and XB1.
Pokemon fans celebrate another year with a major release. Brilliant Diamond, also coming alongside Shining Pearl, are Remakes of the acclaimed 2007 Nintendo DS titles. Old fans of the series can enjoy a refurbished classic with quality of life improvements. There are numerous upgrades to its gameplay and exploration, including the Grand Underground, which brings even more hours and hours of content for players who want a challenge. It’s obviously catering to player nostalgia, and there’s nothing wrong with that. New fans will find this the ideal Pokemon game to start. Everything is simple from the get go and you get to know all the early Gen Pokemon without the hassle of Gigantamaxing and other evolutionary gimmicks. Both games will come out this 19th of November as a Switch exclusive.
8. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker on PC, PS4, and PS5
One of the biggest players in the MMORPG scene right now. XIV had a rough start, but we all know the Devs made the biggest switcheroo to its MMO content, resulting in a massive influx of new and returning players. We are going to the Moon! Endwalker is bound to be the biggest update to XIV yet. It puts a major close to the game’s long-running story and it will introduce a slew of new content drops such as new Jobs, Challenges and Systems. That means veteran players can enjoy another hundred hours worth of playtime. It’s set to release this November 23 for the PC, PS4, and PS5.
9. Solar Ash on PC, PS4, and PS5
Heart Machine, the developers behind the Indie favorite Hyper Light Drifter, is back for another game soaked with purple neon. While it’s no sequel to our Drifter’s story, it has familiar tones that somehow makes it feel like a follow-up. Gameplay is unlike Hyper Light though. Solar Ash is about us navigating around a world slowly be ing swallowed by a violent void. Everything in this game is falling apart and the best solution is to keep moving. Movement is the game’s main selling point, aside from its surreal and vibrant art style. Take down gargantuan bosses and traverse around the world with simple button controls. If there’s a game that could compare to its style, its Sony’s Shadow Of The Colossus, but with the absence of a horse buddy. It’s coming this 2nd of December for PC, PS4 and PS5.
10. Halo Infinite on PC, Series X, and XB1
Master Chief makes his grand return after many years in hiatus. This is Halo for Microsoft’s proprietary Xbox consoles, notably for the Series X and S. Infinite will take the series to new heights, literally. With the addition of the Grappling Hook, traversing around its seamless open-world will be no problem at all. As strong as the single-player campaign journey of Halo Infinite is, its Multiplayer mode is where the magic happens. Everyone who grew up with this futuristic sci-fi shooter will definitely hop into any lobbies without a second thought. Its December 8 release is the perfect date for anyone to overload the servers and enjoy Halo like the good ol’ days.