Soon entering January means we can finally leave the tortuous 2020 behind us. The new year brings with it a fresh start, and with it a handful of major game releases that are well worth checking out on every platform. This is our monthly round-up blog where we run through exactly that. Because although most of us will still be polishing off some of November and December’s blockbuster games, we just know there are players out there waiting for their next big fix of contemporary releases.
The biggest releases is inarguably the next chapter in IO Interactive’s Hitman series, which looks to be kicking off 2021 in a rather slick and smooth fashion. Outside of this, though, we think there are a couple more treats worth highlighting. Here’s what’s in store for consoles in January 2021.
MXGP 2020: The Official Motocross Videogame (January 14th)
Two weeks into the new year comes MXPGP 2020, marking the first time the official motocross video game will have appeared on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X. It offers enthusiast gearheads the ability to saddle up and rev out as 68 riders from the MXGP and MX2 categories, letting you duke it out across 19 real-life circuits as part of the thrilling 2020 season. MXPGP 2020 comes to last-gen consoles as well as the new boxes, but this is a racing game perfectly positioned to take advantage of the new hardware. Look forward to it on January 14th.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition (January 14th)
Delisted on digital storefronts quickly after its 2010 debut, fans of either the original Scott Pilgrim comic or movie can rest easy knowing that Ubisoft’s video game version returns in January 2021. Known officially as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition, it’s a remaster of the side-scrolling 2D beat-em-up classic that also bundles in both DLC packs. It might not be coming to Xbox Series S|X and PS5 but they’ll play just as great on those machines in their last-gen versions. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition is a true cult classic that’s returning on January 14th.
Hitman 3 (January 20th)
The biggest release to hit in January 2021 is Hitman 3 on the 20th, arriving on both previous and current-gen consoles to let players fulfil their dream once again as the world’s best assassin. It introduces six new locations, ranging from Dartmoor and Dubai, all of which provide a suite of kill opportunities for Agent 47 to take advantage of. As was the case with the move from Hitman to Hitman 2, locations from the previous games will be made playable in Hitman 3; you’re never short on sandboxes to explore. It’s the third and final entry into IO Interactive’s reboot truly, so expect it to go out with a bang.
Ride 4 – PS5/Xbox Series S|X (January 21st)
Ride 4 may have already released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 back in October, but January is when the souped-up versions of this classic racing series arrive on current-gen. For those unaware, Ride 4 is considered by many to be the ultimate racing experience for two-wheel racing lovers, painstakingly recreating hundreds of bikes, tracks and riders in incredible detail. This it does while still being fun to play and control, easily making January 21st a date to watch for racing fans.
The Medium (January 28th)
The Medium is the next big horror game from Layers of fear developer Bloober Team, acting as a true console exclusive that is only playable on Xbox Series S|X (and PC). It challenges players to traverse two different worlds simultaneously as the titular hero, inspired heavily by the horror stylings of Silent Hill. You’re the only one able to navigate between these two worlds and thus are needed to solve the unravelling mystery. Play it on January 28th when it arrives on Xbox.