In Fast Forward each month we take a look at a handful of up-and-coming games that have us excited, and hopefully have you excited too!
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction
They came from space in a meteor, and they sure ain’t friendly! They’re the Archaens, they’re parasites, and we need to obliterate them! Players will join the REACT team, assembling a one to three-player squad of operators from a pool of 18 and level them up to take on the icky scourge in 12 maps set in four different US regions. In a very cool move, Ubisoft promise full cross-play, cross-save and cross-progression between formats.
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4 – Shooter – Multiplayer? Yes – Release date: 20/1/22
This “Official Game of The Ashes” is the follow-up to the Aussie-developed Cricket 19, and is set to finally deliver a bunch of new things to Switch that are shinier than a brand-new Kookaburra ball. On top of playing the venerable Ashes series, face up at the crease to everything from the Big Bash to overseas competitions, featuring licensed teams from Australia, England, The West Indies, New Zealand and Ireland. Plus, both women’s and men’s competitions feature.
Switch – Sports – Multiplayer? Yes – Release date: 28/1/22
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
The Pokémon world takeover continues apace, with this latest action meets RPG entry in the long-running franchise. A totally new game rather than an update of a classic, prepare for a blend of action and exploration in the early days of the Sinnoh region, with the RPG roots of the Pokémon series still shining through. There’s set to be plenty of classic Pokémon Poké Ball catching – and tossing your ally’s Poké Ball near wild Pokémon to join in the battle, too!
Switch – Action RPG – Multiplayer? No – Release date: 28/1/22