Let’s face it – 2019 has been knocking it out of the park with its relentless slew of AAA games, jaw-droppingly inspiring indies and everything in between. However, if you thought 2019 was going to be the peak for gaming it looks like you might be very, very wrong.
2020 is now on the horizon and it’s set to bring with it some of the most highly-anticipated titles and releases of all time. (And don’t even get me started on the next generation of consoles!)
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Let’s have a look at every game we’re excited for in 2020 (so far!)
CYBERPUNK 2077 (CD PROJEKT RED)
Not just one of the most highly-anticipated games of the decade, but also one of the most-wanted games of all time, Cyberpunk 2077 is set to really raise the bar.
CD Projekt Red describes the game as follows: “An open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.”
Release Date: April 16, 2020.
DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.)
Unveiled at E3 2019, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot! looks like it’s going to be the DBZ games fans of the series have all been hoping for.
The description reads: “Relive the story of Goku in DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT! Beyond the epic battles, experience life in the DRAGON BALL Z world as you fight, fish, eat and train with Goku. Explore the new areas and adventures as you advance through the story and form powerful bonds with other heroes from the DRAGON BALL Z universe.”
Release Date: 2020.
DYING LIGHT 2 (TECHLAND)
Finally we’re in the home stretch on the run-up to Dying Light 2, the much-wanted sequel to one of the best zombie games of all time.
Techland has promised this one’s going to be even bigger and even better so sign us up!
“The last great human settlement exists within an unforgiving, zombie-infested world, plunged into the dark ages. During the day bandits, factions and starving survivors roam the streets scavenging for scraps — or someone to take them from.
“At night the infected roam free, evacuating their hideouts to prey on the living. Exceptional agility and brutal combat skills make you a powerful ally and a valuable commodity. You can achieve things no one else can. Enter places no one else dares. With your unique abilities you have the power to be an agent of change within this decaying metropolis.”
Release Date: Spring 2020.
HALO INFINITE (PROJECT SCARLETT, XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC)
Confirmed during E3 2019, we finally know when Halo Infinite is coming. It’s set to be the launch title of the next-generation Xbox, which just makes this release about a million times more exciting.
“The Master Chief returns in 2020 when ‘Halo Infinite’ releases globally with Project Scarlett. This next chapter in 343 Industries’ legendary Halo franchise invites players to join the venerable Master Chief on an all-new adventure as he uncovers the mysteries surrounding the appearance of ‘The Pilot’ and the desolate remains of a Halo ring. ‘Halo Infinite’ is powered by the studio’s next-generation Slipspace Engine.”
Release Date: Holidays 2020.
ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC, STEAM)
Ori is one of those games that really makes you think about the ever-blurring lines between big game developers and indie studios. The next game in the beloved series, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, looks just as charming as the first.
“‘Ori and the Will of the Wisps’ is the highly anticipated sequel to ‘Ori and the Blind Forest,’ the acclaimed action platformer with more than 50 awards and nominations, and will be released Feb. 11, 2020. Brought to you by Xbox Game Studios and Moon Studios, the game will be available to buy on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Steam, and premiere in Xbox Game Pass for PC and Console. At E3 we showed off new, never-before-seen gameplay and provided a deeper look at the game’s intense all-new combat system with Ori fighting the different towering bosses in the game’s vast and exotic world.”
Release Date: February 11, 2020.
GODS AND MONSTERS (UBISOFT)
Another game showed off during E3 2019, Gods and Monsters has caught everyone’s attention thanks to its Breath of the Wild-style graphics and endearingly dark world. This is one to watch.
“From the creators of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, watch the world premiere of Gods & Monsters, an epic journey through the fantastical world of Greek mythology.”
Release Date: February 25, 2020
FINAL FANTASY 7 REMAKE (SQUARE ENIX)
This game needs no introduction. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is coming hard and fast and we love it.
“The world has fallen under the control of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a shadowy corporation controlling the planet’s very life force as mako energy. In the sprawling city of Midgar, an anti-Shinra organization calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their resistance. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to the group, unaware of the epic consequences that await him. A spectacular reimagining of one of the most visionary games ever, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE rebuilds and expands the legendary RPG for today.”
Release Date: March 3, 2020
WATCH DOGS: LEGION (UBISOFT)
One of the many games that leaked before their E3 conference, Watch Dogs: London looks like a highly ambitious title that’s gotten us seriously hyped.
“In the near future, London is facing its downfall: the people are being oppressed by an all-seeing surveillance state, private militaries control the streets, and a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the vulnerable. The fate of London lies with you, and your ability to recruit a resistance and fight back.”
Release Date: March 6, 2020
ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS (NINTENDO)
Unfortunately, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been delayed from 2019 to 2020, but we don’t mind as long as it’s as good as we want it to be!
The game’s description says it all:
“In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, start fresh on a deserted island and enjoy a peaceful existence full of creativity, freedom, and charm as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be. Collect resources you can craft into everything from creature comforts to handy tools. Embrace your green thumb and try out some new tricks of the gardening trade. Set up a perfect homestead where the rules of what goes indoors or out no longer apply. Go fishing, pole-vault across rivers as you explore your island home, make friends with new arrivals, kick back and enjoy the seasons, and more!”
Release Date: March 20, 2020
VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE- BLOODLINES 2 (PARADOX INTERACTIVE)
Another game that’s high on a lot of most-wanted lists is Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. This revisit to the cult classic is sure to impress a lot of players and we can’t wait to sink our teeth into this.
“Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is the successor to the cult-classic Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines and features reactive storytelling, fast-paced combat, and compelling characters with their own hidden motives. Created in an act of vampiric insurrection, players start the game as a fledgling Thinblood whose existence ignites a war among the vampire factions in Seattle. To survive in vampire society, players will enter into uneasy alliances with Seattle’s factions and join one of the full-blood vampire clans while stalking the city streets for prey, maneuvering complex political relationships, and balancing the need for blood against their withering humanity.”
Release Date: March 2020
TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX: QUARANTINE
Rainbow Six is set to get a lot more competitive thanks to Quarantine, a new tactical co-op FPS that’s definitely caught our attention.
The description says: “Just revealed, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine is a brand-new 3-player tactical co-op FPS and will be available in 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.”
Release Date: Early 2020
MARVEL’S AVENGERS (SQUARE ENIX)
It’s not open world, it’ll have microtransactions (though no loot boxes), and the character models haven’t impressed everyone. However, Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers is promising to deliver and we’re ready to sign for whatever they have for us.
“Marvel’s Avengers begins at A-Day, where Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor are unveiling a hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco — including the reveal of their own helicarrier powered by an experimental energy source. The celebration turns deadly when a catastrophic accident results in massive devastation. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband. Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, the only hope is to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix are excited to unveil Marvel’s Avengers, an epic action-adventure game that combines cinematic storytelling with single-player and co-operative gameplay. Developed by Crystal Dynamics in collaboration with Eidos-Montréal, Nixxes Software, and Crystal Northwest, Marvel’s Avengers will release for the PlayStation®4 system on May 15, 2020.”
Release Date: May 15, 2020
MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR (MICROSOFT)
The flying simulator has gone next-gen (sort of) thanks to Microsoft Flight Simulator A more modern take on the beloved genre, this one is definitely ticking a lot of boxes.
“Coming 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.”
Release Date: 2020
The Last of Us Part 2
If The Last of Us Part 2 doesn’t happen in 2020 then I will take it as a personal attack. Come on, Naughty Dog, sort it out.
Release Date: TBC
What 2020 release are you most looking forward to?
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