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Gamers have voted Halo Infinite and God Of War: Ragnarök as their most-antipcated releases of 2021 in a new survey. I should point out that we don't actually know if SIE Santa Monica Studio's follow up to 2018's God Of War is even set to release this year, but I sure do love that wide-eyed optimism.
Halo: Infinite, meanwhile, is scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2021. Barring any further delays, it's much more likely that the Xbox exclusive will drop this year.
Researchers at ManySpins have analysed over 395,000 gaming comments on Reddit since the start of 2021, and calculated from the number of comments mentioning the games due to be released this year which ones have gamers most excited. Master Chief's upcoming adventure was mentioned nearly 10,000 times, while Kratos and Atreus' second outing was mentioned just over 8,000 times.
This is hardly definitive of course, since there are all kinds of reasons the good folk of Reddit might be more inclined to talk more about one game over another. Still, it's interesting to see how much chatter Halo Infinite seems to be generating right now. Here's hoping after the delays and muted reception from fans after the big E3 reveal, developer 343 Industries knock it out of the park and return Master Chief to former glories.
Other 2021 releases mentioned by Reddit include New Pokémon Snap (4,592 mentions), Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (3,675 mentions), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild 2 (1,971 mentions, although 971 of those were probably just from me).
In a recent post on the PlayStation Blog that looked ahead to the many games coming to PlayStation 5 in 2021 and beyond, PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst explained that the sequel to 2018's God Of War is probably the PlayStation game he's most excited for us to see.
"Playing God of War in 2018 was a great experience for me," Hulst wrote. "That series has always had amazing action and combat, but the emotional depth Santa Monica brought to Kratos' story as a father was very memorable - especially since my son was only a little bit older than Atreus when I played it. So to see and hear the reaction to that tiny glimpse we unveiled at the PlayStation Showcase last September was very exciting. I can't wait for people to see what Santa Monica is making."
If God Of War: Ragnarök really does release this year alongside Halo Infinite? Well, that's gonna make 2021 one hell of a year for Xbox and PlayStation gamers. Fingers crossed, eh?
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