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Top Video Games and Release Dates for October 2021

We’re getting down to the business end of 2021, with all the heavy-hitting games launching before the holiday season. Unfortunately, Battlefield 2042 received a last-minute delay and is now on track for a November 2021 release. Still, there’s plenty of games to be excited for.

This month, we’re looking at Far Cry 6, which could introduce the most intense villain to date. Plus, there’s a highly anticipated zombie shooter, an open-world extreme sports title, the latest entry in an acclaimed strategy series, and Nintendo brings a space-faring bounty hunter back from a deep sleep. All this and more as we look at the top video games and release dates for October 2021.

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1. Far Cry 6

Welcome to Yara, a tropical paradise frozen in time. Dictator Anton Castillo is hellbent on restoring his nation to its former glory by any means, with his son, Diego, following in his bloody footsteps. Their ruthless oppression has ignited a revolution. It’s up to you and the other guerrilla fighters to liberate the nation.

Far Cry 6 features the series’ largest map/playground to date. Brimming with jungles, beaches and cities, there’s no shortage of unique locations to explore. Equip an arsenal of makeshift weapons and vehicles as you fight across the island against soldiers and wildlife chasing that elusive freedom from oppression.

And we can’t finish without mentioning that the villainous Anton Castillo is played by living legend Giancarlo Esposito who you may recognise as TV’s greatest villain from Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian and The Boys.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: October 7

2. FIFA 22

FIFA 22 moves football forward thanks to the most realistic, responsive and fluid gameplay in franchise history. We’re expecting innovations across every mode in the game. EA says its machine learning writes new animations in real-time to create organic football realism and compose across various interactions on the pitch. Plus, goal keeping scores a rewrite.

Players can live out their football dreams by creating and managing a custom club in Career Mode, while street football is back in a restyled Volta mode. You can welcome back football’s most memorable players with Ultimate Team Heroes, and feel the epic atmosphere with the most immersive matchday experience ever seen in EA Sports.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch
Release date: October 1

3. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Take a wild ride across the cosmos in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. This third-person action-adventure sees the popular ragtag team of heroes caught up in a struggle that will determine the fate of the universe.

Combining an original story and electrifying gameplay, players will be mastering Star-Lord’s element blasters and calling on the unique abilities of each Guardian to defeat a wild variety of interplanetary enemies. There’s also player-choice driven dialogue and interactions between Quill and the team that shapes the bonds of this dysfunctional family. You will only be playing as Star-Lord in this one, but he’s the only Guardian with jet boots, so it’s a fair trade-off.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: October 26

4. Age Empires IV

A beloved and iconic franchise returns with Age of Empires IV. This real time strategy sim places you in control of epic historical battles that will shape the world for centuries to come.

Build cities, manage resources, and lead your troops to battle on land and at sea. Play through 4 distinct campaigns with 35 missions spanning 500 years of history from the Dark Ages up to the Renaissance.

Live the adventures of Joan of Arc in her quest to defeat the English or command mighty Mongol troops as Genghis Khan in his conquest across Asia. Then, jump online and play with up to 7 friends in PVP and PVE multiplayer modes. Age of Empires 4 will be part of Game Pass from day one.

Platform: PC
Release date: October 29

5. Back 4 Blood

Co-op zombie slaying returns in Back 4 Blood. From the creators of Left 4 Dead, this new first-person shooter takes place after a catastrophic outbreak decimates humanity and infects the remaining population with the parasitic Devil Worm. You and up to 3 friends will fight for survival across a story campaign of increasingly challenging missions, choosing between 8 customisable characters and using lethal weapons to take on the adapting enemy threat.

Play 4 player co-op or 8 player competitive modes where it’s humans vs infected. A rogue-lite card system creates different experiences each time, putting you in control of crafting custom builds to undertake more demanding fights. Back 4 Blood features thrilling, dynamic moment-to-moment gameplay and highly variable action to keep players coming back for more.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: October 12

6. The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

In the ruins of a buried Sumerian temple deep beneath the Arabian desert, a military unit searching for chemical weapons unearths something far more shocking. Savage and unstoppable, a nest of ancient creatures has found a new prey to hunt.

House of Ashes is the third game in the Dark Pictures series of cinematic horror games where each provides new and terrifying experiences. House of Ashes sees players navigating a subterranean labyrinth with the story tailored to your choices. Will you prioritise your own survival or put aside differences to work together as a unit?

Little Hope can be played solo or with up to five friends with just one controller, making this a great choice for games night.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: October 22

7. Riders Republic

Jump, ride, grind and shred into the massive multiplier extreme sports experience that is Riders Republic. Meet and compete with other players online in a range of activities, including mountain bike, ski, snowboard, wingsuit and rocket wingsuit. Free roam a vast, vibrant open world inspired by America’s national parks with iconic features from Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley and Mammoth Mountain.

Create and shape your own rider by unlocking progression-based gear and rise to the top of the leaderboard in career mode. Squad up with your mates and compete in a wide range of multiplayer modes. Feel the rush of downhill races, dominate maps in team vs team competitions, or give it your best shot in epic mass PvP races with more than 50 other players on next gen platforms.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1
Release date: October 28

8. Metroid Dread

Metroid Dread is the first new 2D Metroid game in 19 years. It sees bounty hunter Samus Aran descend upon planet ZDR to investigate a mysterious transmission. Vicious lifeforms and chilling mechanical menaces overrun the remote planet. Using new and familiar abilities, players will be sliding through tight spaces, countering attacks and even employing some parkour to survive the dangerous alien world.

Metroid wouldn’t be complete without new abilities and upgrades hidden throughout the sprawling map. So there are plenty of reasons to revisit locations to uncover secrets and alternate paths – whatever it takes to overcome the dread plaguing ZDR. Metroid Prime 4 might still be years away. But, thankfully, Nintendo is ending the Samus drought, and Metroid Dread should tie us over, at least for a while.

Platform: Switch
Release date: October 8

9. Chronicle: Unit Eight

Old school gamers will want to check out Chronicle: Unit Eight – a high action bullet-hell shooter that successfully captures the look and feel of classic arcade shooters with a few modern features in the mix.

Inspired by classics like Raiden and the 19XX series, you’re a mercenary pilot on a mission to sabotage and destroy a group of space pirates. Chronicle: Unit Eight stands out thanks to its rogue-like progression and RPG-style upgrades. Players will discover new weapons, skills, and defensive maneuvers, including the ability to stop enemy bullets in their tracks. The campaign is the real bread and butter, but it’s the leaderboards and Arcade Mode that will keep you playing well into the future.

Platform: PC
Release date: Available now

October 2021 Video Game Release Dates

  • FIFA 22 (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 1
  • Phoenix Point (PS4, XB1) – October 1
  • Alan Wake Remastered (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – October 5
  • Hell Let Loose (PS5, XSX/S) – October 5
  • Jett: The Far Shore (PC, PS5, PS4) – October 5
  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 5
  • Far Cry 6 (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – October 7
  • Moonglow Bay (PC, XSX/S, XB1) – October 7
  • No Longer Home (PC, XB1, Switch) – October 7
  • Knockout Home Fitness (Switch) – October 8
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch) – October 8
  • Metroid Dread (Switch) – October 8
  • Tetris Effect: Connected (Switch) – October 8
  • NERF: Legends (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 11
  • Back 4 Blood (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – October 12
  • Ori: The Collection (Switch) – October 12
  • Crysis Remastered Trilogy (PC, PS4, XB1) – October 15
  • Demon Slayer: The Hikonami Chronicles (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – October 15
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (PS4, XB1) – October 15
  • Into The Pit (PC, XB1) – October 19
  • War Mongrels (PC) – October 19
  • Sands of Aura (PC) – October 21
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – October 22
  • Iron Harvest 1920+ (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – October 26
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – October 26
  • Solar Ash (PC, PS5, PS4) – October 26
  • The Unliving (PC) – October 26
  • Age of Empires 4 (PC) – October 28
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 28
  • Riders Republic (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – October 28
  • Mario Party Superstars (Switch) – October 29

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General FAQ

What games are coming out in October 2021?

Some of the biggest and most anticipated games launching in October 2021 include the open-world adventure Far Cry 6, FIFA 22, extreme sports title Riders Republic, zombie shooter Back 4 Blood, Age of Empires IV and Metroid Dread for Nintendo Switch. Battlefield 2042 was recently delayed into November.

Who is the villain of Far Cry 6?

The villain of Far Cry 6 is Antón Castillo, a charming yet violent dictator who wants to return the island nation of Yara to its former glory at any cost. Castillo is played by Giancarlo Esposito, who’s renowned for playing bad guys in Breaking Bad, The Boys and The Mandalorian, to name a few of his most iconic roles.

Is Back 4 Blood like Left 4 Dead?

Back 4 Blood should feel instantly familiar for anyone who plays Left 4 Dead. Beyond the similar title, Back 4 Blood is a first-person co-op zombie shooter from the same development team who worked on the Left 4 Dead games. The gameplay is almost identical, but we have a new franchise with new characters and enemy types. Plus, there’s a new PvP multiplayer experience for those who love competing online.

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Michael Vane is an experienced journalist with a demonstrated history of working in the online media industry. Specialising in gaming, technology and entertainment reporting, Michael is extremely adept at navigating new technology innovations, updates and providing reviews on the latest releases. Michael completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies at Griffith University in 2015 and his work has been featured in publications such as Wine Selectors, Game Informer and Power Up.