Five Games You Didn’t Know Were Coming Out in January 2021

Continuing the trend from the December 2020 games you didn’t know were coming out, here are five more games you didn’t know were coming out in January 2021. These games range from an RPG starring a body part exchanging skeleton and a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure game.

Noch (January 7, 2021)

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Noch is a first-person adventure that takes place in a surreal apocalyptic world. You’re looking for the girl who destroyed the world. The game can be played solo or through online co-op. Fight against enemies and solve puzzles. Developer Fair Games Studios promotes the game for its co-op, crafting system, and blending of action and puzzle elements. Their press kit specifically says there will be “Full-fledged cooperative mode for up to 2 players – fight and solve secrets together or distribute roles according to game preferences and go all the way to Noch hand in hand with a faithful companion.” The game will be available on Steam.

Skellboy Refractured (January 13, 2021)

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Skellboy Refractured is an adorable-looking RPG starring Skippy. This skeleton has the ability to swap his body parts with friends and foes in exchange for special abilities. Explore the Kingdom of Cubold in a single-player experience or try their online co-op mode. There is even a NewGame+ mode for players interested in a challenge after they complete the game. The game will be released by developer UmaikiGames on PC, Mac, and Linux.

Encodya (January 26, 2021)

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Encodya is a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure game. The gamer can control two playable characters: Tina, a nine-year-old orphan, and her robot guardian, SAM-53. They navigate through the world of Neo-Berlin, which is under the stranglehold of corporations, including over 100 locations to explore. Developer Chaosmonger Studio lists the game’s various inspirations on Steam: “The sweetness and creativity of Studio Ghibli, the setting and atmosphere of Blade Runner and the humor and game style of Monkey Island: these are the ingredients that inspired ENCODYA, a point-and-click adventure game set in a dystopian future.” The game can be played through Steam on PC, Mac, and Linux.

Cyber Shadow (January 26, 2021)

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Cyber Shadow is a side-scrolling action-platform video game taking place in a world controlled by synthetic lifeforms. Play as the ninja Shadow, who is trying to uncover what caused the current state of the world by slicing and dicing his way through techno hordes in an 8-bit world. The game is developed by Aarne “MekaSkull” Hunziker and published by Yacht Club Games (whose first title, Shovel Knight, you may have heard of). It will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

The Medium (January 28, 2021)

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The Medium was initially scheduled to be released on the launch day of the new Xbox consoles. According to developer Bloober Team, the game was delayed due to the COVID-19 situation in Poland and competition with other games (namely Cyberpunk 2077, though look how that turned out). The Medium is a horror-thriller about a medium experiencing the real world and the spirit world. It is on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S as well as PC. This thriller was nominated by the Golden Joystick Awards 2020 as the “Most Wanted” game. Will it live up to the hype despite the delay?

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By Nicole D'Andria

Nicole D'Andria works as a freelance writer/editor specializing in comics. She adapted Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir to comics and writes her own ongoing comic book series, Road Trip to Hell. She works as a freelance comic editor on Tapas Media. Nicole's freelance clients include Action Lab (2015-2020, Submissions Editor/Marketing Director) and scholarly journals such as Clio's Psyche and JASPER. She writes a series of interviews showcasing Kickstarter creators for Comic Frontline and pop culture lists for CBR.