2020 looks like it could possibly be one of the best years in gaming history. The imminent arrival of next gen consoles is one thing, but there’s an incredible set of games coming up to get through on this generation first. Here’s a look ahead to some of our most anticipated games of the upcoming year.
Dreams – February 14th, PS4
While Dreams is technically already available, it’s currently only in early access and will release fully this year. The latest title from Little Big Planet developer Media Molecule again focuses on creativity, allowing players to create games and levels to be shared with other players online.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps – March 11th, PC, Xbox One
Will of the Wisps looks to build on what made the original title so popular, continuing with the excellent art style and gameplay mechanics. One new feature is the move away from the manual save system to an autosave one… That, as well as the upgrade system from the original.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – March 20th, Switch
Probably the most wholesome game on the list, New Horizons follows a gameplay pattern that will be familiar to those who have played the series before. Your character will move to a deserted island, giving you the freedom to explore as it becomes more populated and a community develops. One of the newer features is the crafting mechanic, which allows you to create furniture to decorate both inside and out.
Doom Eternal – March 20th, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia
The formula for Doom games is pretty much set in stone by now: big guns, loud music and lots of explosions. Eternal promises to be no different, this time adding new weapons, enemies and movement types.
Half-Life: Alyx – March 2020, PC
For years the gaming community has been crying out for a Half Life 3, this isn’t it but it’s a new Half Life game. Looking to capitalise on Valve’s foray into the world of VR, this is in fact a VR Half-Life game. Set before Gordon Freeman’s return in Half-Life 2, the story will follow Alyx Vance and her father Eli as they battle the combine.
Resident Evil 3 – April 3rd, PC, PS4, Xbox One
Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 remake in 2019 was one of the best games of the year. This version will follow in the footsteps on the recent remake with updated systems, such as the removal of fixed camera angles. It will also add a new multiplayer mode, Resident Evil: Resistance, which pits 4 survivors against a ‘mastermind’… Similarly to the likes of Friday the 13th and Dead by Daylight.
Final Fantasy VII – April 10th, PS4
Remaking old games has become something of a craze these days, with the likes of Resident Evil 2 and the Spyro trilogy releasing last year. The game will build on the already excellent original, with a more modern take on the game. With plenty of content in the game already, Square Enix has decided to release content episodically, rather than cut from the game.
Minecraft Dungeons – April 2020, PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One
‘Minecraft Dungeons’ moves away from the traditional Minecraft formula, with no crafting, building or breaking of blocks, focusing more on exploration of dungeons. Playing with up to 4 players in co-op mode, you’ll navigate traps, puzzles and find loot in a series of randomly generated dungeons.
Iron Man VR – May 15th, PS4 – VR
VR might not have taken off completely, but there is still a steady stream of good games being released on the platform (with a few AAA titles releasing this year!). The premise here his pretty simple, you’re Iron Man, it’s VR, there aren’t many superheroes better suited to VR than this one. The story will follow Tony Stark as he “confronts ghosts from his past – powerful forces who seek to ruin him and everything he stands for.”
The Last of Us 2 – May 29th, PS4
The long awaited sequel to 2013’s incredible The Last of Us, which was originally set for release in February until delays pushed it back. The game follows on from the last, with an older Ellie seemingly acting as the main protagonist this time with Troy Baker’s Joel returning as well. Gameplay again will focus on the stealth mechanics and improvised weapons as the player comes up against both infected and human enemies.
Marvel’s Avengers – September 4th, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia
The MCU has made The Avengers a household name and now Marvel are capitalising on that success with a video game starring Earth’s mightiest heroes. The game will follow the team’s stories after a crushing defeat, but don’t worry Thanos isn’t responsible. You’ll be able to control a range of heroes in single player and multiplayer missions with regular content drops promised by developers Square Enix.
Cyberpunk 2077 – September 17th, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia
The next title from the developer of The Witcher games and games industry darlings CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk is a hugely ambitious RPG set in a grim future. Players will control protagonist V in a branching story across the underworld of Night City. Also Keanu Reeves is in it.
Assassin’s Creed (Ragnarok) – TBA
It’s been two years so it’s time again for another Assassin’s Creed game. While nothing has been officially announced, strong leaks point to the game focusing on Viking mythology, encompassing much of Northern Europe.
Dying Light 2 – TBA, PC, PS4, Xbox One
The 2015 original was a solid attempt at an open world, action horror game with the sequel looking to build on that. Set 15 years after the original, players will control a new protagonist in an open urban environment named ‘The City’. The map is roughly 4 times the size of that in the original, with additions including more parkour moves, more weapons and more enemy types.
Ghost of Tsushima – TBA, PS4
For years and years gamers have been calling for an Assassin’s Creed game centred around the samurai. This might be that, but it looks to be the closest thing we’ve gotten so far. Players will control the last samurai on Tsushima Island, during the Mongol invasion of Japan in the 1270s. The game features an open world, although unlike Assassin’s Creed games don’t expect your map to be full of icons, as there’s no waypoints to follow.
Gods & Monsters – TBA, PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia
When it was unveiled, Gods & Monsters was instantly compared to Breath of the Wild, which is understandable given the similar art style, open world design and range of puzzles and dungeons.. This game though is the next from the team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and focuses again on Greek mythology, with the player on a quest to save the Greek Gods.
Halo Infinite – PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Officially announced as the questionably named Xbox Series X’s first launch title, the latest installment in the Halo franchise will also be coming to Xbox One. We don’t know much so far, but can expect a more grounded story, and a more prominent role for Master Chief.
Watch Dogs: Legion – TBA, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS5
While the Watch Dogs series has yet to really take off, Ubisoft Toronto’s take on a dystopian London looks very impressive indeed. Taking a different approach, with no set protagonist, players will have to recruit an army from a range of characters with various strengths and weaknesses. If you get killed playing as one character, that will be permanent and they’ll be gone for good.
Kerbal Space Program 2 – TBA, PC, PS4, Xbox One
Kerbal Space Program was a big success when it launched in 2015, drawing praise from fans, critics and even actual scientists. The sequel is set for release this year, building on the already proven formula with additions such as multiplayer, interstellar travel and new propulsion methods.
Lego Star Wars the Skywalker Saga – TBA, PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One
There’s been a lot of Lego Star Wars games over the years. In fact, there’s been one for almost every film (except the Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker). This though combines all 9 films, allowing players to jump between films in whatever order you want, unlike the previous titles in the series. There’s also an update to the combat system, with a new range of force attacks and lightsaber moves to try.
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