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Game Releases January 2021: The Most Important Game Highlights

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Game Releases January 2021: The Most Important Game Highlights
The hottest new games in January 2021 (Image Credit: IO Interactive)

The Christmas holidays are over, and the new year is just around the corner. The gaming year 2020 gave us some unforgettable highlights, but 2021 promises to be even more exciting. Let's take a look at the first game highlights and releases in January 2021.

It was only in November that Microsoft and Sony ushered in the new console generation with the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, respectively, but we can expect the first real highlights only in 2021. A new gaming year traditionally starts rather cautiously, but you can already look forward to a few exciting game releases in January 2021.

Hitman 3

  • Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, Switch
  • Release: January 21

The most famous assassin in the gaming world (sorry, Assassin's Creed) returns to screens in January. We're talking about our favorite barcode tattoo, Agent 47, of course, who is once again sneaking around the globe for the conclusion of the trilogy.


This time, Hitman 3 takes 47 to places like Dubai, Dartmoor, and the Chinese mega-metropolis of Chongqing, where you can spy on your targets and find a variety of creative ways to accomplish your mission in the huge levels. This will once again be a feast for stealth fans - and on PS4 and PS5, optionally even in VR.

Stronghold: Warlords

  • Platform: PC
  • Release: January 26

Strategy game fans on the PC will start the new gaming year 2021 with an absolute highlight. The popular Stronghold series, which began in 2001, returns at the end of January with Stronghold: Warlords.

Our fortress in Stronghold: Warlords. The strategy game represents the first PC highlight of the gaming year 2021.
Stronghold: Warlords takes you to medieval Asia for the first time. (Image Credit: Firefly Studios)

As typical for the series, the construction and defense of your own castle play an important role, but in the latest installment, you won't be transported to the European Middle Ages. Warlords is set in medieval Asia and includes China, Japan, Vietnam, and the Mongols. With an extensive economic simulation and the new AI-Warlords, you will also be offered a number of innovations in terms of gameplay that will make genre fans click their tongues.

The Medium

  • Platform: Xbox Series X|S, PC
  • Release: January 28

Fresh horror game fare awaits us in January with The Medium, which will be released exclusively on Xbox Series X|S. The developers from Bloober Team have already impressively proven that they are masters of the genre with Layers of Fear and Blair Witch.


In The Medium, you slip into the skin of the protagonist Marianne, who can communicate with the real and the spirit world as a medium. The game's special feature is that you travel in both worlds at the same time on a split screen to uncover the tragedy of a murdered child in an abandoned hotel. This should be an exciting start to the gaming year 2021 in terms of both gameplay and technology because according to game designer Wojciech Piejko, the title could only be realized with the help of next-gen console power. We are excited.

Even if the number of new game highlights in January 2021 is quite manageable, we are looking forward to the new games. Read more about gaming and esports on EarlyGame. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date.


Original article by EarlyGame's Philipp Briel.