Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the next chapter in the titular duo’s intergalactic adventures. Developed by Insomniac Games, it serves as a sequel not to the 2016 reboot of the series, but to the older PS3 title Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. That being said, the developers have stressed that Rift Apart has a stand-alone storyline and is a great starting point even if you aren’t familiar with the series.
In Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Ratchet and Clank are separated by a dimensional rift and traverse multiple realities to stop Dr. Nefarious from wiping out all organic life. They join forces with a female Lombax resistance fighter, a new playable character.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes the remastered games of the trilogy – Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 – as well as over 40 previously released DLC, promo weapons, armors, and packs. Among the touted improvements are enhanced visuals, higher framerates, and 4K-optimized UI.
While there won’t be a dedicated version of the game for next-gen consoles, the official announcement does promise “targeted enhancements” on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
Balan Wonderworld is a whimsical 3D platformer centered around the mysterious Balan theater. Led by the titular maestro Balan, the stars of the show Emma and Leo utilize special abilities from over 80 different costumes as they adventure in the bizarre land of Wonderworld filled with colorful inhabitants, tricks, and traps.
The game supports two-player couch co-op, allowing players to cooperate as Leo and Emma and combine the abilities of different costumes to open new paths through Wonderworld.
Pioneers of Olive Town is the next entry in the fantasy farming game series Story of Seasons. The game’s protagonist leaves the big city for a quiet Olive Town and takes over their grandfather’s old farm, which has been reclaimed by nature. Land needs to be cleared, the old facilities repaired, and new ones built. Meanwhile, the nearby Olive Town has hundreds of unique festivities and events to offer.
The standard edition of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town can be pre-ordered for $49.99 and includes just the game and the pre-order bonus, if applicable. There is also a retail Premium Edition and a digital Expansion Pass Set detailed after the jump.
MLB The Show 21 is the next installment in the long-running baseball game series from Sony’s San Diego Studio. The cover athlete this time is no other than the San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who is the youngest player to be selected for the game’s cover.
MLBTS21 is the first installment in the series to break the PlayStation exclusivity: not only will it launch on Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X, it will support cross-platform online play between PlayStation and Xbox. Players will also enjoy the convenience of cross-generation saves, albeit only within the same console family.
Inspired by the Nintendo 64 classic from 1999, New Pokemon Snap takes place in the Lental archipelago and involves photographing wild Pokémon in their natural habitats. Some of the Pokémon and vegetation in the region appear to glow, and the player will have to investigate this Illumina phenomenon alongside Professor Mirror.
New Pokemon Snap plays like an on-rail shooter, except instead of a gun, the player wields a camera. The islands in the Lental region have diverse environments such as jungles, deserts, and beaches, and its Pokémon are just as varied, with over 200 in total to discover and snap photos of.
Blackwood is the next expansion, or chapter, for The Elder Scrolls Online fantasy MMORPG from Bethesda. As a part of the year-long Gates of Oblivion adventure, Blackwood features a total of 30 hours of story content. It includes the titular Blackwood zone, new Companion system, a 12-player Rockgrove Trial, Oblivion Portals world event, and more.
Like the previous expansions, Blackwood can be purchased as an upgrade or a standalone game (collection) with access to all the previous ESO chapters. Both of these options have standard and CE flavors for a total of four different editions. Pre-ordering any edition of Blackwood nets the same in-game bonuses that are detailed after the jump.