There were some who said 2019 was a weak year for games, with no major AAA games breaking through leaving indie games to shine. 2020 looks like it’s shaping up a stronger year with some huge sequels and some brand new IP to get excited about. These aren’t in any particular order, just a few announced games that look exciting. Let’s get into my most anticipated games of 2020.
Ori and The Will of The Wisps
Ori and the Blind Forest was a great example of a Metroidvania game back in 2015. Since it’s initial release on Xbox it’s made it’s way to PC and most recently Nintendo Switch. The fluid movement, beautiful graphics, excellent soundtrack and challenging gameplay make Ori an important part of any video game collection. This one was coming in February but has been pushed back to March but Ori and the Will of the Wisps is definitely one to get excited for. This time it’s going to be released on all platforms at the same time. Personally, I’ll be picking this one up on Nintendo Switch as the side-scrolling platforming works great in hand-held mode or on a big screen.
Gods & Monsters
Ubisoft did say Gods & Monsters was going to be delayed, however, I’m still hopeful they will release Gods & Monsters sometime in 2020. This is inspired by Breath of the Wild for sure, with a colourful, rich open world to explore. This is likely to be one of the first games inspired by the latest Zelda game, I imagine we’ll see a few in 2020. This version combines Greek Mythology with open-world exploration – what’s not to love?
Streets of Rage 4
Streets of Rage brings back memories of the 16-bit consoles. I remember playing the originals on the Megadrive and SNES back in the day, and now Streets of Rage 4 is coming to modern consoles and bringing the side-scrolling beat ’em up into the twenties.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
This one could be interesting this year. I think it’s going to go either of two ways – the internet is going to love it and Square will be the darlings of the gaming industry for crafting a masterpiece, or perhaps much more likely, people are going to be outraged, angered and incensed that their childhood has been ruined. Square has decided to release Final Fantasy VII remake in parts, and this is only going to be part 1.
We don’t yet know how many years it’s going to be until the next part, or even how long this part is. I understand it’s going to be Midgard, however, apparently, some story content has changed. I’ve managed to avoid spoilers so far, but I think this one is on the edge. If you’re a fan of the original then you can’t help be impressed by the demos and if you’re new to the game then this is going to be an amazing gameplay experience.
This could be the one. We need that VR game that breaks through. We’ve had experiences, partial games and good attempts but nothing seems to have cut through to the mainstream. Sure we have Astrobot and Pistol Whip, but ask the layperson on the street if they have heard of those games then I wouldn’t have thought so.
We need the Super Mario Bros for VR, and Valve are hoping that Half-Life Alyx is going to be that game. Fans have been calling for a new Half-Life game for literally years, and finally, towards the end of 2019 we got that game – except its not Half-Life 3 as perhaps people wanted, it’s a VR game. But, this could be the best VR game ever made, and the short demo certainly looks like it’s going to be pushing boundaries. Only time will tell if this is the game that will cut through, but I’ll certainly be checking it out.
Hollow Knight Silksong
Hollow Knight: Silksong is the sequel to Hollow Knight. This time you play as the hunter Hornet, where you journey to new lands, discover new powers and battle new enemies. Hollow Knight is known as one of the best Metroidvania games of all time originally coming out in 2017. Silksong started as an expansion but turned into a full-fledged sequel.
Silksong has a whole new kingdom with forests, mossy grottos and gilded cities as you ascend to the shining citadel at the top of the world. There are new quests, new enemies to battle and no doubt it’s going to be as hard as it was before. Included this time is Silk Soul mode which will test your skills into a unique and challenging experience. There’s definitely lots to look forward to here.
Animal Crossing New Horizons
Animal Crossing New Horizons is the first outing for Tom Nook and gang on Nintendo Switch. Animal Crossing is a life simulation game, where you create a character and move to a desert island after buying a holiday package from Tom Nook. You then proceed to explore, build and develop a community.
Animal Crossing New Horizons has a crafting system which allows players to covert materials into tools and furniture, which you can then use to decorate your island home. You can also customise your character to your heart’s content. There’s dynamic weather, tasks to complete and you can invite animals to come and live with you. This has local and online co-op play with up to 8 players able to inhabit an island at a given time.
The game is set for release on March 20th, 2020 for Nintendo Switch.
Cyberpunk 2077 has been in development for a long time, but this is the next game from developer CD Projekt Red, creators of The Witcher games. They have a reputation for HUGE RPGs and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the best games ever made.
Cyberpunk 2077 promises to be a futuristic RPG with an incredible story and lots of side quests. The Witcher 3 was known for the depth of it’s side quests, with many of them being better than the content in some full games.
The game was delayed this week back to September 2020, but was originally slated for April 2020.
The Last of Us Part 2
The Last of Us was one of the best games for the PS4 era, developed by Naughty Dog and released in 2013. The Last of Us Part II is set 5 years after the end of the last game and we get to play as 19-year old Ellie who comes into conflict with a mysterious cult in the post-apocalyptic USA. It’s a third-person action-adventure stealth game and is no doubt going to be one of the biggest in 2020.
Breath of the Wild 2
This isn’t yet confirmed, but as I mentioned in my Ten Predictions for 2020 I think we’re going to get Breath of the Wild 2 in 2020. This is definitely hoped at this point in time, however, my thought process here is Nintendo is going to want something to go up against the new consoles. Nintendo could release an upgraded version of the Switch, as porting next-gen games is going to get much harder on the current Switch model (look at Overwatch, The Witcher 3 etc).
Nintendo let us know that Breath of the Wild 2 was in development at last years E3 at the end of their Nintendo Direct. This video showed Link and Zelda exploring an underground cavern and coming across what looked like Ganondorf’s corpse. There was also a close up on an entrance to a large dungeon-like area – perhaps hinting that more traditional Dungeons are coming back to the Zelda franchise.
Breath of the Wild 2 could be just what Nintendo needs to go up against the new console generations. It’s sceptical at the moment as to whether this will come out and if it is, then we are likely to hear more at either this year’s E3 or during a Nintendo Direct.
This is an interesting looking PS5 exclusive launching in the winter with the new console. It’s been called a looter-slasher, a live service Destiny-like game with swords instead of guns. A trailer was shown at the game awards towards the back end of 2019 and it looks very cool indeed. We also know the perils of launching a live service game, many have tried, and most have failed. Most come out half baked and strive to recover. Destiny made it, Anthem didn’t.
What will Godfall be like? One thing is for certain the amour looks very cool, the swords are huge and elaborate and I can imagine this one being a lot of fun. We haven’t seen much of this game yet, I would expect more during State of Plays in 2020 as Sony as going to want to start building the hype for the PS5. as this is a launch title we expect this one to launch winter 2020.
The Master Chief will be flying the flag for Xbox once again as a launch title, this time in Halo Infinite. I’m sure Microsoft will be hoping that Halo Infinite will do for the Xbox Series X what Combat Evolved did for the original Xbox. We don’t yet know what the Infinite means, are we going to get a live service game or does it mean something else?
We got a cinematic preview of this at E3 last year during the Microsoft press conference, however, we’re yet to see gameplay – surely E3 is going to be a big one for Microsoft and Chief will no doubt be there. This one’s a launch title for the new Xbox so again, we expect this in Winter 2020.