As a fan of Destiny, the news of New Looter Shooters always piques my interest. Not always do they turn out great. Many of them die off almost immediately. But some have stuck around, like wireframe, destiny, and the Division, to name a few. Today, I thought we’d take a look at five upcoming outer Shooters to release in 2021 that are similar to the mesa prime build from warframe.
We have Plan 8, which the Developer Pearl abyss is calling an open-world exosuit shooter. Pearl abyss is known for their popular MMO game Black Desert online, and it looks like they’re trying to extend into the Looter Shooter market with Plan 8. The game is visually imposing and looks pretty solid mechanically as well. I know this is just trailer footage, but the movement’s abilities, the shooting look extremely polished. This is the first time Pearl Abyss has made a shooter, but they have an extensive history with MMO games in the past, which can likely translate positively into a looter shooter.
Gamers with funny steam names have said it looks like a combination of The Division, The Surge, and Anthem, which at a glance, I understand that assessment. A release date is still unconfirmed but is speculated to be sometime this year.
We have Outriders. Outriders is an upcoming 3rd person looter shooter developed by People Can Fly, known for their development on Gears of War Judgement and Bullet storm. The game is a Drop-in Drop out co-op experience like many other games in the looter shooter genre.
The gameplay seems to be a solid mix of shooting3 different weapons similar to Destiny and various abilities. Personally, the gameplay looks a lot like Remnant from the Ashes, which is a stalwart soul like the shooter released last year. I loved my time with Remnant from the ashes, and Outriders looks to be very similar. The game will have four separate classes, 3 of which have been shown off. Pyromancer, Trickster, and Devastator, each with seemingly unique play styles and abilities.
The loot and character customization look very similar to Destiny, which isn’t something I’d complain about personally. I think Destiny’s UI is great and to see something similar in outriders is more of a positive for me. Loot will have varying qualities to them like uncommon, rare, legendary, etc. and overall seems like your typical looter shooter. I imagine big boss fights in the game will be a massive part of the endgame experience, which the Developers are saying they are trying to focus on.
They state they wanted a complete endgame experience for players on the launch, not something you’d have to wait for to release later. Outriders are set to release in December 2020.
The Hive is a first-person round-based looter shooter inspired by games like STALKER and Hunt Showdown. The game takes place in a world where legends and folklore are a part of reality. As a player, you have to survive, progress, and fight for weapons and resources before extracting those items to improve your character’s strength.
Doing so will unlock more challenging areas to tackle further into the game. There are also Elements of PvP similar to something like Escape from Tarkov or the Divisions Dark Zone. The game was announced back in November 2019, but there hasn’t been any news about the game.
At number 2 is Witchfire. Being developed by a company called The Astronauts, the game is inspired by From Software’s Souls series and Bungie’s Destiny. Still, the Developers said it’s not just another looter shooter game. The developers strictly said they don’t want to fall into the typical looter shooter “business model” formula that so many looters shooters fall into. Rather they want to create a complete and deep gameplay experience even if it means the game won’t be treated as a live service.
It reminds me how games like borderlands handle itself as a “looter shooter” feel more like a complete package than some endless live service. Witchfire also looks extremely beautiful graphically, and the gameplay looks pretty smooth and addicting. Witchfire is definitely on my highly anticipated list this year.
We have God fall, which is being developed by Counterplay Games and published by Gearbox, and is set to release as a PS5launch title and being released on PC. Rather than a Looter Shooter, they call it an action role-playing looter slasher, as combat is melee-focused rather than ranged, like shooting. The game is set in a high fantasy setting, split into Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Spirit. Players take the role of one of the last holy knights, Oder, to Prevent a major apocalyptic event. The player has three primary classes to select from, based on which armor set they equip.
Additional armor sets, or as they’re called “valor plates and Augments can be equipped to customize how this character class plays out. It supports single-player and up to three players in Drop-in drop-out co-op. Counterplay Games is a 75 person studio in California with several developers that had worked on other looter shooters such as Destiny2. It will be interesting to see how a melee combat-focused “looter” game will pan out.
I imagine the game will have some ranged attacks, maybe by throwing your sword or maybe a “pull” ability to pull enemies toward you, but we’ll have to wait and see. The graphics and the world design look gorgeous, and it’ll be amazing to see this game in action. Like I mentioned, the game is set to release this holiday season as a launch title for the PS5 and PC. I think if I had to pick which ones I’m most excited for, it’d be Godfall and Outriders.
Outriders are by far the game we’ve seen the most of at this point in terms of gameplay and progression systems, and its similarities to a game I loved, that being remnant from the ashes. So maybe it slightly gets the edge for that reason. But witchfire looks incredible and right up my alley as a fan of the Souls games and the graphic and art style they’re going with. Seriously looking good, and I can’t wait to see more from these games.