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11 new games for anime fans in 2021 and beyond

Anime lovers, unite! There are so many great animes and video games it is sometimes hard to keep track of which game is available in English and which one is not. To make sure you can enjoy these games to the fullest, every entry on this list has an English version either confirmed or at the very least rumored. Here are the best anime games coming out in 2021!

Digimon Survive

Developer: WitchCraft
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Digimon anime, Bandai Namco is introducing a brand new game for the license: Digimon Survive.

Digimon Survive - Teaser Trailer | PS4, X1, PC, Switch

With Digimon Survive, the license is stepping back on the main stage. This survival strategy RPG follows the school camping trip of a group of teenagers. Everything goes just fine until they get lost and find themselves in a strange world filled with monsters and danger.

Bravely Default 2

Developer: Claytechworks
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Fans of the original Bravely Default were somewhat disappointed with its sequel, Bravely Second: End Layer. But 2021 is the year their dreams come true, and we finally have a decent successor to Bravely Default, simply titled Bravely Default 2.

Bravely Default II - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Bravely Default 2 follows the adventures of a group of very different yet equally chibi individuals who meet randomly and now are on their quest to restore harmony to their the world. This JRPG features a great story, whether you like anime or not.

Infinity Strash – Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai

Developer: Game Studio
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

Dragon Quest is celebrating its 35th birthday in 2021! For the occasion, a brand new action RPG is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch later this year, called Infinity Strash – Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai.

Dragon Quest: The Adventure Of Dai: Infinity Strash - Official Trailer (Japanese)

Infinity Strash – Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai follows the story of the anime. There are two other games set in the Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai universe, with Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken Tamashii no Kizuna on mobiles and Dragon Quest Xross Blade on arcade machines.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software
Release Date: Summer 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Disgaea is one of the most popular SRPG series, and its newest entry is finally coming out after six long years. Disgaea 6 – as for the sixth installment of the license, not the six years it took to develop – bears the subtitle Defiance of Destiny, and is a tactical RPG putting you in the shoes of a zombie trying to overcome a god. Standard Disgaea stuff.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny - Announcement Trailer (Nintendo Switch) (EU - English)

For the first time since the original Disgaea game back in 2003, Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny features 3D visuals. It also packs new features, such as the Super Reincarnation mechanic. This title seems to be a good fit for both veteran Disgaea players and complete newbies to the series.

Love Live! School Idol Festival ~After School ACTIVITY~ Wai-Wai! Home Meeting!!

Developer: KLab, Bushiroad, SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: March 24, 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4

Seeing that title alone made me want to put this one on my list of games for fans of anime.

Love Live! School Idol Festival ~after school ACTIVITY~ Wai-Wai!Home Meeting!! - Teaser Trailer

Love Live! School Idol Festival ~After School ACTIVITY~ Wai-Wai! Home Meeting!! is a free-to-play arcade rhythm game. The free version includes 8 songs and 3 costumes, but you can go up to 125 songs and 69 costumes if you open your wallet.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Developer: Nihon Falcom, Engine Software, PH3 GmbH
Publisher: Nihon Falcom, Nippon Ichi Software, NIS America
Release Date: February 2, 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is finally coming to North America, Europe, and Australia! Ys IX: Monstrum Nox was already available for players in Japan, and is now getting a Western version.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox - Launch Trailer (PS4)

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a third-person action RPG in which you can switch between different characters on-the-fly. Each character not only has unique abilities but also a personality to discover. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox mixes RPG elements with a great story and exploration, and its core feature is fast-paced combat with powerful enemies.

Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes

Developer: Level-5
Publisher: Level-5
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS

Between 2008 and 2011, Inazuma Eleven told the story of a football team and its captain, Endou Mamoru. Ten years after the end of the anime series, Endou is back in Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes.

Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes Trailer

There is yet little to no news about Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes, as its publisher Level-5 decided to promote Yo-Kai Watch Jam: Yo-Kai Academy Y in Japan and delay Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes for later. We are now effectively in later, and can only hope that we get some news soon, and that the game is worth the wait,.

Fate/Extra Record

Developer: Type-Moon Studio BB
Publisher: Type-Moon Studio BB
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (TBC)

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Fate/Extra is getting a remaster. Fate/Extra Record keeps the same exploration gameplay as the original game but changes the combat mechanics to feel more intuitive.

Fate/EXTRA Record Trailer [HD 1080P]

More information about Fate/Extra Record will be available on July 22, as the series blows out its 10 candles.

Guilty Gear: Strive

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: April 9, 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC

Guilty Gear: Strive is a fighting game with a heavy focus on the viewer experience, of all things. The game features a number of viewing modes, slow motion, and zoom-ins.

GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE- Trailer#8 - Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable#2

Guilty Gear: Strive seems very action packed, and I am curious to see the first homemade videos made in the game, especially considering the multiple options included for video editing.

Code Geass: Genesic Re;CODE

Developer: Sunrise
Publisher: Sunrise
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: Android, iOS

Code Geass: Genesic Re;CODE is a mobile game coming out this Spring in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Code Geass franchise.

「コードギアス Genesic Re;CODE」ゲーム紹介PV

Code Geass: Genesic Re;CODE is a must-have for fans of Lelouch, Akito, and morally ambiguous storytelling. It features exclusive artwork and original story scenarios from the creators of Code Geass. But if you haven’t watched any Code Geass yet, don’t worry. Code Geass: Genesic Re;CODE is centered around a new character, Al, who has no memory from his past. So you get to start fresh and slowly dip into the series’ universe.

A word of caution, though. While Code Geass: Genesic Re;CODE has been confirmed in Japan, there is still no official news as to its publishing in NA.

Tribe Nine

Developer: Too Kyo Games
Publisher: Akatsuki
Release Date: 2021 (TBC)

The creators of the wildly unique Danganronpa series are back with a new project! Tribe Nine is set in a futuristic version of Tokyo, where outlaws duel each other through violent quasi-baseball fights. These duels are street fights, mixed with baseball and extreme sports.

Tribe Nine - Official Cinematic Reveal Trailer

Between fights, you can take some time to stroll through the fictional Neo Tokyo. Unfortunately, that is pretty much all we know so far about Tribe Nine, but more information should be available shortly. It looks pretty interesting, that much is safe to say.

I hope this list of games for anime fans gave you some gaming ideas for 2021. Good luck finding your senpai in one of those titles.

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Ophélie Castelot

I was born with a gamepad and played my first MMORPG at 8. I'm scared to death by Resident Evil's dogs. FPS enthusiast, I like to pewpew people. I love both video games and writing, so naturally, I'm a gaming writer. Want to pitch an idea or debate the latest game you played? Let's talk!
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