Fall is generally a huge season for new video game releases, and October’s release calendar was packed with major releases like Far Cry 6, Metroid Dread and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. While this November is a bit quieter than it typically is — at least compared to the massive month is was last year with the next-gen console releases and their launch window games — there are still quite a few titles to look forward to.
Between fresh entries in popular franchises, new versions of beloved games and other smaller experiences, there’s something for every kind of gamer to get hyped for. Here are the nine most exciting games launching in November 2021.
Releasing November 2 for PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
Perhaps the most intriguing indie game of the month, Unpacking is described as a “zen puzzle game” that tells its story in a subtle way. As players unpack boxes and place the items into a new home, they’ll learn about the people moving in, gaining intimate insight into their lives without ever seeing their faces or hearing their voices. With no timers or scores, this is a game players can take their time with, recreating the creative aspects of decorating a new living space without the stress of actually moving.
Forza Horizons 5
Releasing November 9 for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
The next entry in the Forza franchise, Forza Horizon 5 will give players the series’ largest, most diverse open-world yet to explore. Set in Mexico, players will be able to explore environments ranging from an active volcano and beaches to jungles and cities. In addition to its vast open world, Forza Horizon 5 has multiplayer races and a campaign mode, as well as hundreds of cars and customization options. It also adds new features and advancements, like a local weather system and the Horizon Arcade, adds multiplayer mini-games to the map.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Anniversary Edition
Releasing November 11 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
At this point, new releases of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are a meme, but of course Bethesda was going to mark the tenth anniversary of this iconic game with an anniversary edition. This new version is essentially 2016’s Skyrim Special Edition with all of the Creation Club content and some new features like a fishing mini-game, which will also be added to existing copies of the game via free update. While there may not be that much here for those who have already spend time in the game’s world, it definitely looks like a good way for newcomers to jump into a decade’s worth of Skyrim content.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition
Releasing November 11 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch
After months of speculation, Rockstar Games officially announced a remastered release of three Grand Theft Auto games. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will feature Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and San Andreas, three iconic games that helped define the open-world genre in the early 2000s. The new versions will upgrade the graphics and implement some modern gameplay improvements. Though Rockstar has been criticized for its choice to delist the currently available digital editions ahead of the remaster’s launch, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will offer gamers a fresh way to revisit these classics.
Shin Megami Tensei V
Releasing November 12 for Nintendo Switch
The next entry in the long-running Shin Megami Tensei franchise is finally releasing as a Nintendo Switch exclusive this month. Shin Megami Tensei V follows a young man living in modern day Tokyo whose life suddenly changes when he finds himself in a dangerous wasteland where he must fuse with a mysterious being to survive. As the Nahobino, players will be able to enjoy staple elements of the SMT series, including the press-turn battle system, demon negotiation and fusion, and a dark, post-apocalyptic story that examines the forces of good, evil, law and chaos.
CBR was able to go hands on with Shin Megami Tensei V, and we found it so far to be a intriguing sequel that blends the best elements of past SMT games with new elements and quality-of-life improvements.
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
Releasing November 16 for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions planned for later in 2021
Developer Frogware is no stranger to the world of Sherlock Holmes, and its latest game takes a new approach to the world’s only consulting detective. Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One follows a 21 year-old Sherlock at the start of his career as he investigates a mystery in his childhood home alongside his old friend Jonathan — no relation to the Watson fans are familiar with. While it is an action-adventure game, players who would prefer to focus on the mystery-solving aspects have to option to simply turn off combat in the game’s menu. Still, the combat system looks to be engaging and features enough customization options to suit a gamer’s preferred difficulty.
Releasing November 19 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Outside of its lineup of annual sports titles, Battlefield 2042 is EA’s big fall 2021 release. Set in the near-future, this multiplayer first-person shooter features futuristic weapons and vehicles players can use in the game’s various modes. Notably, Battlefield 2042 does not have a single-player campaign, instead telling its story through multiplayer gameplay. The game is launching with 10 playable Specialists, each of whom falls into one of the series four core roles: Assault, Engineer, Medic and Recon. With so many military-themed shooters looking to history for inspiration, Battlefield‘s approach could offer a refreshing departure for fans of the genre.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Releasing November 19 for Nintendo Switch
The long-awaited return to the Sinnoh region is finally coming in November with the release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. A faithful remake of the original Generation IV games, the developers have already shown off the game’s adorable (but divisive) art-style and some much-needed quality-of-life changes to bring these beloved games into a new era. From Pokémon following the player in the overworld to replacing Hidden Machine moves with a Pokétch app, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl look to be modernizing the Nintendo DS games without taking away their charm.
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Releasing November 23 for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
The long-running MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV is getting its fourth major expansion with Endwalker, which will conclude the game’s current storyline and add brand-new classes in the form of Sage and Reaper. However, while Endwalker is the final chapter in the arc that started with A Realm Reborn, the 2013 reboot that turned FFXIV into what it is today, the developers have assured fans that this is not the end of FFXIV — which is good to hear considering how good Endwalker already looks.
CBR was able to preview some of the new content, and while we didn’t see any new quests or story content, we found a lot to love about the new classes and settings. FFXIV has come a long way since its disastrous 2010 launch, and Endwalker seems to be another step forward in the game’s redemption story.
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