MLB The Show 21 by San Diego Studio – April 20th
Sony’s San Diego Studio has built an impressive reputation for itself, delivering one critically-acclaimed MLB The Show game after the next. This year’s baseball game is especially notable, however, as MLB The Show 21 will no longer be PlayStation exclusive. For the first time ever, an MLB The Show game is coming to Xbox consoles as well, with MLB The Show 21 slated for release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
While MLB The Show 21 coming to Xbox consoles is significant enough, it’s not the only reason that this year’s entry is historic. MLB The Show 21 also marks the franchise’s debut on next-generation platforms, and that will include some next-gen exclusive features. One of the biggest next-gen exclusive features is the ability for MLB The Show 21 players to create their own ballparks, which can then be shared with other players online.
Platforms: PlayStation 5 / 4, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One
Maskmaker by InterspaceVR – April 20th
In an all new mysterious universe built by the developers of the award-winning A Fisherman’s Tale, you play as a Maskmaker‘s apprentice and learn the magic of crafting masks to immerse yourself in the intriguing enigmatic beings within the game. Maskmaker provides a captivating VR adventure full of mystery and a sense of constant wonder. A story of apprenticeship and power mixed with spell-binding twists. Explore your way through the “mask realm”, solving puzzles. Seek Prospero who appears to rule it and ultimately unravel the secret of this identity.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
NieR Replicant Ver.1.22 by Toylogic – April 23rd
NieR Replicant Ver.1.22 is not a remake or a remaster of NieR but is instead a prequel to the critically-acclaimed masterpiece NieR:Automata. An updated version of NieR Replicant, originally released in Japan in April 2010. Now with a modern upgrade, experience masterfully revived visuals, a fascinating storyline and more.
In the distant future, humanity is on the brink of extinction. A black scrawl disease and strange beasts threaten the world. A young kindhearted boy makes a promise to his little sister. A thousand-year lie that would live on for eternity. In order to save his sister, who fell terminally ill to the Black Scrawl, our hero sets out with Grimoire Weiss, a strange talking tome, to search for the “Sealed verses.”
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Returnal by Housemarque – April 30th
After crash-landing on this shape-shifting world, Selene must search through the barren landscape of an ancient civilization for her escape. Isolated and alone, she finds herself fighting tooth and nail for survival. Again and again, she’s defeated – forced to restart her journey every time she dies.
Every roguelike replay will change the planet with every cycle, so do the items at your disposal. Every loop offers new combinations, forcing you to push your boundaries and approach combat with a different strategy each time. Exclusively for the PlayStation 5.
Platform: PlayStation 5
New Pokémon Snap by The Pokémon Company – April 30th
Twenty years after the original Pokémon Snap we finally have the long awaited sequel coming up. If you’ve never played the first Pokémon Snap, it’s a single-player photography simulation game. Where you’re sent to different areas to take pictures of Pokémon for Professor Oak. Study Pokémon in their natural environment, out in the field to catch them in action
Each photo receives a grade and gets points based on size, the Pokémon‘s pose, and staying in frame. Earn more points for a little stylistic flair, such as catching more than one of the same Pokémon in the photo or capturing a unique pose. Of the original 151 Pokémon, 63 were available in the game.
Platform: Nintendo Switch