Monthly Gaming Update: December 2021

November is past and our bellies are full. It’s the end of the year, and we can't avoid hearing that dang Christmas song everywhere we go. You know the one I am talking about! November was packed full with some of the biggest releases, and we even got Halo Infinite’s multiplayer three weeks early! December is a lighter month as most of the major titles have landed or been delayed into next year, but we get Halo Infinite’s campaign, and who knows what other surprises may pop up! December may still have some contenders to ..erm contend with.

December’s Highlights

ANVIL -  Dec 2nd (Xbox Game Pass, PC Early Access) 

ANVIL is a top-down sci-fi roguelike action shooter where you control characters called Vault Breakers to explore various galaxies that are crawling with monsters. Find relics inside Vaults to increase a Breaker’s ability to survive and fight on this godforsaken galaxy. ANVIL will be hitting Xbox game preview, and the developer (Action Square) has stated that they intend to spend the next year finishing the game and adding tons of entertaining content. ANVIL looks like Hades meets Anthem as you select a class of Breaker and choose from over 100 customizations to drop planetside with up to 2 friends

Chorus - Dec 2nd (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC, Stadia)

Chorus is a space combat game where you play as Nara, a wanted fugitive on a quest to destroy the dark cult known as the Circle. Pilot Nara’s sentient starfighter, Forsaken, and unlock mind-bending abilities and devastating weapons. Explore the galaxy engaging in exhilaration zero-g combat, venture beyond reality as you seek redemption, and destroy the dark cult that created her. The team behind Chorus says that they love sci-fi and grew up playing space-combat shooters like Star Fox, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, and Eve Online. They wanted to capture the magic from those games to make Chorus the best space-combat shooter to date.

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker - Dec 7th (PS4, PS5, PC)

The fourth expansion for the beloved MMORPG, which was supposed to release in November, was delayed and is now releasing on Dec 7th. Final Fantasy XIV has become one of the most popular MMOs available, and the game has already seen a massive spike of new players prepping for the launch of this newest expansion, joining the existing base of 22 million players. If you haven’t played FF 14 before, or it has been a long time since you last tried it, the game is better than ever and now may be the time to play it. Experience the climax of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark story, and encounter an even greater calamity than ever before as you travel to the far reaches of Hydaelyn, even to the moon. You will have to play to know what all that means.

Halo Infinite - Dec 8th (Xbox, PC, Game Pass)

Easily the biggest release for the month of December, Halo Infinite is the long-awaited continuation of the beloved Halo franchise of games. It has been six years since the release of Halo 5, and 343 Industries has been working diligently to make Halo Infinite the largest Halo game ever made. An all-new story that follows Master Chief as he explores the vast open world of Zeta Halo to find clues to what happened to his ex AI companion, Cortana. Master Chief now faces the Banished, an army of ex-Covenant troops that want to eradicate the human race. Halo’s free-to-play multiplayer is already getting heavy praise since its early release and the campaign is looking and sounding better with every new trailer. Grab your assault rifle and finish this fight on December 8th.

The Gunk - Dec 16th (Xbox, PC, Game Pass)

The Gunk is a new game from the developers of the award-winning SteamWorld franchise from Image & Form Games, developed by Thunderful. You play as Rani, a space hauler looking to make any money she can. Rani and her partner discover an untouched planet full of valuable resources. There, you will use your trusty Power Glove to remove a toxic gunk parasite to heal the planet, reveal secrets, and find treasures! With an intimate narrative and moving performance by Fiona Nora as Rani, The Gunk is a deep and moving exploration and discovery game. For anyone that loved playing Luigi’s Mansion and sucking up all the dirt with the Poultergust, The Gunk looks to fulfill that ever-so-satisfying sensation of clearing up space.

Coming exclusively to Xbox and Game Pass on Dec 16th.

Among Us: Crewmate Edition - Dec 21st (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

The massively popular Twitch betray-your-friends game is getting its official console release so you can lie and betray your friends on your console, too. For those that don’t know of this game’s existence, Among Us is a multiplayer game where you and several other players assume the role of crew members. Randomly, certain members are selected to play as imposters and their mission is to sabotage and kill all the other members. It boils down to a game of “Who’s the best liar Amongst my friends”. Get it?... Yea. Well, you get to do that on December 21st, just in time for Christmas.

December 2021’s Release Schedule

ANVIL -  Dec 2nd (Xbox, PC Early Access) 

Century: Age of Ashes - Dec 2nd (Xbox, PC Early Access)

Chorus - Dec 2nd (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC, Stadia)

Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani - Dec 2nd (Switch)

Grim Dawn: Definitive Edition -  Dec 2nd (Xbox

Miracle Snack Shop - Dec 2nd (Switch)

The Kids We Were - Dec 2nd (Switch, PC)

Ghost Sync - Dec 2nd (Switch)

Solar Ash - Dec 2nd (PS4, PS5, PC)

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain - Dec 3rd (Switch)

Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp - Dec 3rd (Switch)

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary - Dec 3rd (Switch)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary - Dec 3rd (Switch)

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary - Dec 3rd (Switch)

Disney Magical World 2 -  Dec 3rd (Switch)

Happy’s Humble Burger Farm - Dec 3rd (Xbox

The Jackbox Party Pack 7 - Dec 3rd (Xbox, Switch)

After the Fall - Dec 6th (PS4)

Beyond a Steel Sky - Dec 7th (Switch)

Ever Forward - Dec 7th (Switch)

Gang Beasts -  Dec 7th (Switch)

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker - Dec 7th (PS4, PS5, PC)

Grand Theft Auto: Trilogy - The Definitive Edition (Physical) - Dec 7th (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch

Halo Infinite - Dec 8th (Xbox, PC)

Dam & Max: Beyond Time and Space - Dec 8th (Switch)

Transient: Extended Edition - Dec 8th (Switch)

Loop Hero - Dec 9th (Switch)

Monopoly and Monopoly Madness - Dec 9th (PS4, Xbox, Switch)

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX - Dec 9th (Switch)

Super Impossible Road - Dec 9th (Switch)

RICO: London - Dec 9th (Switch)

The Eternal Cylinder - Dec 10th (PS4, Xbox) Delayed from last month*

Wild & Adventure Pinball -  Dec 10th (switch)

My Universe - Doctors & Nurses - Dec 13th (Switch)

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon - Dec 13th (Switch)

Clockwork Aquario - Dec 14th (Switch)

Gear Club Unlimited 2: Definitive Edition - Dec 14th (PS5, Switch)

One Hand CLapping - Dec 14th (Switch)

The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf Standard Edition - Dec 14th (PS5)

Murder Diaries 3 - Dec 16th (Xbox

The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel- Dec 15th (Switch)

Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzles - Dec 16th (Switch)

Hashihime of the Old Book Town append - Dec 16th (Switch)

The Gunk - Dec 16th (Xbox, PC, Game Pass)

The Wild at Heart - Dec 17th (PS4, Switch)

Carebotz - Dec 20th (Switch)

Among Us: Crewmate Edition - Dec 21st (PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

Miss last month's update? Check out November 2021’s releases right here!