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9 awesome multiplayer games coming out on Xbox in 2021

There are some great games coming out in 2021 for both Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. To help you find your next obsession, Bárbara and I have selected our 9 favorite multiplayer games coming out on Xbox in 2021.

Last Oasis

Developer: Donkey Crew
Publisher: Donkey Crew
Release Date: Q1 2021
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC

The end is near. In Last Oasis, at least. The Earth has stopped rotating, and now you and the few others who remain have to survive on a post-apocalyptic planet. Instead of building a base, in Last Oasis you move around with a wooden, wind-powered machine called a walker.

Last Oasis Xbox Announcement

This Microsoft exclusive is already available on PC since March 2020. Last Oasis is scheduled to release on Xbox One and Xbox Series later this year. Good news if you already have the game on PC: Last Oasis supports crossplay between platforms.

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey

Developer: Frontier Developments
Publisher: Frontier Developments
Release Date: Early 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

If you are a fan of Elite Dangerous, then Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is an absolute must on your list. The original game was released back in 2004 and it allowed players to fully explore the Milky Way, andOdyssey brings a lot of cool new features.

For starters, the game is no longer an exclusively single player experience, meaning you will actually be able to interact with other players. You will also supposedly get free range to do whatever you like, and set your own path in the Elite Dangerous world. You can take on mercenary contracts, form alliances, explore the various legal and illegal markets, and so on.

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Flea Madness

Developer: Missset
Publisher: Crytivo Games
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PC

Flea Madness is quite a unique little item in our list of multiplayer games coming out on Xbox in 2021. The game’s name says it all: there are fleas, and there definitely is madness involved.

Flea Madness Gameplay Update.

The Flea universe is home to two alien species: the Tentaculas and the Slobbers. These cute creatures crashed on an unknown planet, and now destroy all life forms to be crowned the most creepy creature in the world. I can’t wait to play Flea Madness with friends and finally fulfill my dream of being a hungry alien flea.

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis

Developer: Sega, Online R&D
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: Spring 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Android, iOS, PlayStation Vita

2021 is bringing us a total reboot of the original Phantasy Star Online 2, now called Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. The game features a new graphics engine as well as tons of new updates. The developers didn’t wipe out any of the old content, instead they created a parallel world with new content, whilst maintaining the original content in the “old world”.

The story focuses on the exploits of an organization by the name of Oracle, who travel the universe to find new settlements and establish colonies. A malevolent alien race known as the Falspawn enters stage, hellbent on consuming everything in their path. A military team by the name of ARKS is sent to investigate and destroy the threat.

Halo Infinite

Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Release Date: Fall 2021
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC

Halo is one of the most iconic Microsoft-exclusive games. Master Chief is back in 2021, with Halo Infinite hitting the racks Q3 2021.

On the narrative side, Halo Infinite continues the story of Master Chief, following the events of Halo 5: Guardians. But more than just another cool FPS, Halo Infinite promises to be one of the best multiplayer games coming out on Xbox Series. The multiplayer mode is free, and should support 120 FPS on Xbox Series X.

Elyon

Developer: Krafton
Publisher: Kakao Games
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: Unknown

Ascent: Infinite Realm, now known as Elyon, is an upcoming MMO by Kakao Games, which revolves around a war between two different realms, Vulpin and Ontari.

The reason the developers made the name change was because Ascent: Infinite Realm had received considerable negative feedback during its beta phase. The developers went dark for about a year, then announced a complete change in combat mechanics, flying mechanics, PvP, and overall performance – along with a name change. This total rebrand would hopefully herald a better game.

As for the plot, the new changes are being kept secret until the early access stage, so we’ll have to wait and see what the conflict between the Vulpin and the Ontari is all about.

ExoMecha

Developer: TwistedRed
Publisher: TwistedRed
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC

ExoMecha is a free-to-play competitive FPS mixing Call of Duty’s gameplay with Transformers. Oh, and did I mention the fire-breathing robot dragons? Yup, fire-breathing robot dragons.

EXOMECHA World Premiere Trailer

The main challenge for ExoMecha would be to release a balanced game, where giants in armor could face off a dragon, while soldiers run on the battlefield or drive vehicles. Star Wars Battlefront II managed to make a balanced competitive experience on a similar scale, so we are hoping ExoMecha will succeed as well.

Shredders

Developer: I-Illusions, LetItRoll
Release Date: Winter 2021
Platforms: Xbox Series X/S

More than just another skiing sim, Shredders offer the promise of a full multiplayer experience, even outside of the slopes.

Next-gen snow physics are truly impressive, and the only thing missing now is that cold breeze when you slide down the slopes. Unlike many titles coming to the Xbox Series X/S, Shredders is not yet backed by a huge company. However, the game looks ambitious and could set a new standard for sports games on next-gen consoles.

Odin: Valhalla Rising

Developer: Lionheart Studios
Publisher: Kakao Games
Release Date: Late 2021
Platforms: Mobile, PC

[Note: While we are pretty excited about Odin: Valhalla Rising, there is yet no confirmation as to an Xbox release. The developers have hinted that the game should launch on consoles as well, but with no release date yet.]

Odin: Valhalla Rising is a Viking and Norse mythology-inspired MMO coming out in the second half of 2021. The story is set within four different worlds: Midgard, Nidavellir, Jotunheim, and Alfheim. Each of these worlds is unique, having different architectural styles, NPCs, monsters and epic bosses. The players will have the privilege of interacting and acting on behalf of Gods and Godesses, such as Freya, Heimdall, Loki and even Odin himself.

There are four classes to choose from – Warrior, Sorceress, Priest and Rogue – and despite them all looking quite standard MMO-wise, the developers have promised each will have a unique touch. A feature that piqued our interest is the fact that there will be no loading screens within the massive open world. Plus, we will get to explore dozens of instanced dungeons and large-scale PvP content. Hurray!

All these multiplayer games are set to be released on Xbox in 2021, though as we know, with the current pandemic, anything can change. Bárbara and I are very eager to get our hands on these games, and I am sure it will be easier getting through the rest of lockdown season with an Xbox controller in our hands.

We definitely feel like 2021 is a good year for new game releases, and it is looking like we’ll have loads of new and entertaining content for all styles of players. Stick around for more console gaming content!

This article was written with the help of Bárbara Santos.

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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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