Biggest Upcoming New Fighting Games of 2021 & Beyond


There are few genres more competitive or fun than fighting games. Matches are a tense back and forth affair, as you try to establish mind games, bait out your opponent’s attacks and punish them with some devastating combos. Alternatively, you can also slap your palm against the controller haphazardly in order to perform something ludicrous, and have just as much fun. I guess fighting games are whatever you choose them to be.

Anyway, there’s a number of exciting fighting games to look forward to over the next 12 months and beyond, including some debuts, reboots and long-anticipated sequels to some legendary fighting game franchises. You just might have to look a lot harder to find them. Let’s take a look at the biggest fighting games of 2021 and beyond on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Switch.
 

New Fighting Games of 2021

Game Platform(s) Release Date
Guilty Gear Strive PC, PS5, PS4 April 9th, 2021
Phantom Breaker: Omnia PC, PS4, XB1, Switch TBC 2021
Project L TBC TBC
The King of Fighters XV TBC TBC
Virtua Fighter x Esports TBC TBC
Injustice 3 TBC TBC

 

Guilty Gear Strive | April 9th, 2021

Guilty Gear Strive
Guilty Gear Strive

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Arc System Works, Bandai Namco
Platform(s): PS4, PS5, PC

Arc System Works have made a name for themselves as one of the premier fighting game developers on the market, particularly with hits such as Dragon Ball FighterZ and the Blazblue series, but their bread and butter has always been the Guilty Gear series, a franchise they’re returning to for Strive in 2021, and it could be the best entry in the series yet.

Strive is somewhat of a soft reboot for the game’s system, making the game more accessible to casual players while retaining that high skill ceiling for those online lobby monsters that want to flex on some noobs. Strive also boasts some of the most beautiful graphics ever shown in a fighting game, or any game for that matter, and with Arc System at the helm, the gameplay is going to be top notch to boot. Keep an eye out for this one.

 

Phantom Breaker: Omnia | TBC 2021

Phantom Breaker

Developer: MAGES Inc.
Publisher: Rocket Panda Games
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

This one is for anyone who fancies another anime fighter as Phantom Breaker: Omnia is an anime fighter at its most anime, complete with Japanese schoolgirls street fighting each other with giant swords. If nothing else, Phantom Breaker: Omnia is unapologetic in what kind of game it is and what value it offers, and that level of dedication has to be commended.

Phantom Breaker: Extra has been available in Japan since 2013, but Omnia is the series’ debut over the West. The game will include a roster of 20 characters, including Makise Kurisu from the popular Steins;Gate series, along with 3 fighting styles to ensure there’s a varied amount of characters and abilities to play around with.

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