2020 is shaping up to be one of the most stacked (and important) years in gaming. Along with the first half jam-packed with big video game releases, the latter half of the year will usher in the new generation of consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. We’ve decided to compile every major game release of the year, from titles with confirmed release dates to ones that have yet to receive an official one, but are confirmed to launch in 2020. We’ve only highlighted the biggest releases, so let’s dive into the gargantuan list.
Darksiders Genesis, the asymmetric take on the Darksiders franchise, sees the horsemen Strife and War take on a merry adventure that’s made all the more unique thanks to its change in gameplay formula. Darksiders Genesis launches on February 14th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but is now available on PC.
Arguably the first (and closest) big release of the year, Media Molecule’s Dreams has been highly anticipated since its announcements many years ago. However, now that they’re finally moving forward with their creative sandbox title, your imagination will have no limits come February 14th, exclusively on PlayStation 4.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
The exciting, artful sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest takes the form of Ori and the Will of the Wisps, coming to Xbox One and PC this March. With an eye-catching aesthetic and potentially solid emotional core, the game promises to be everything that The Blind Forest was, and hopefully more.
The Souls-like 2017 title, Nioh, certainly amassed a sizable fan base, and it’s no surprise that a sequel is moving forward with Nioh 2. To change things up, Team Ninja is doubling down on its hard-as-nails gameplay to deliver Yokai demon transformations, changing up the dynamic of combat even further. Make sure you don’t miss Nioh 2 on March 13th for PlayStation 4.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Nintendo fans don’t have a lot to look forward to yet, as the company is still keeping its big cards close to the chest regarding major releases in 2020. However, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will fill that void in the meantime. Be sure to visit Tom Nook and friends again on March 20th, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
If you’re in the market for demon slaying and relentless violence, why not step away from the wonderful world of Animal Crossing in favour of bloody chainsaws, bodily dismemberment, and heavy metal? DOOM Eternal, the sequel to 2016’s critical darling, DOOM, kicks things up a notch by introducing more verticality in gameplay, and an assortment of new bad guys to demolish. Rip and tear on March 20th, as DOOM Eternal hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Ninja Theory, the developers of DmC: Devil May Cry and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, make their Xbox exclusivity debut with their multiplayer brawler, Bleeding Edge. Taking cues from Overwatch and adding the developer’s touch of stylish hand-to-hand action, the game promises to be an intimidating presence as the new kid on the multiplayer block come March 24th, for Xbox One and PC.
Persona 5 Royal
Persona 5 remains one of the best games of the last decade, and to deliver even more great content to fans, developer Atlus will introduce Persona 5 Royal to the gaming world; a beefed up version of the original game, complete with new characters and story threads. Dive back into the world of the Phantom Thieves on March 31st for PlayStation 4.
We never thought we’d see the day when we’d be talking about a new Half-Life game, and while Alyx isn’t exactly Half-Life 3, it is showing plenty of promise in its VR approach. Taking the role of Alyx, players journey through a prequel of sorts that bridges the gap between Half-Life 1 and 2. The game has yet to receive an official release date, but will launch in March.
Resident Evil 3
Last year, we saw Capcom flex their creative muscles with the exceptional Resident Evil 2 remake, so it only makes sense that they’d move forward with a remake for the third classic Resident Evil title as well. With Nemesis being front and center as the new menacing brute, Resident Evil 3 shows a lot of potential – and if great, solidifies the franchise as back in top form. April 3rd can’t come soon enough, as it hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII Remake was first announced at E3 2015, and it’s been a very long and patient wait, but Square Enix is finally gracing us with the first part of this ambitious remake of a beloved classic. So far, the trailers have delivered on every promise, faithfully recreating the astounding world of Midgar, along with lovingly bringing its vibrant characters to a modern audience. Final Fantasy VII Remake reaches our shores on April 10th, with a one-year timed exclusivity deal for PlayStation 4.
Changing gears (we live for puns) from the typical Gears of War formula, Gears Tactics takes a decidedly different approach to its gameplay in the form of a turn-based strategy game. While it does seem alien to the more brute, violent third-person gameplay we’ve come to expect, we’re hoping that Gears Tactics delivers on the same potential of Halo Wars. Think smartly on April 28th, coming to Xbox One and PC.
The Last of Us: Part II
Easily one of the most anticipated games of 2020, Naughty Dog’s sequel to the widely agreed upon game of the decade is shaping up to be another rollercoaster of emotions. This time, players assume the role of an older, more seasoned Ellie while an aging Joel takes a backseat. Horror and feels await us come May 29th, as The Last of Us: Part II lands exclusively on PlayStation 4.
After a hefty delay, Marvel’s Avengers is finally coming to us from the minds behind the new Tomb Raider franchise, Crystal Dynamics, and publisher Square Enix. Paving its own path in the video game world (much like Insomniac’s Spider-Man), this fresh take on The Avengers includes a terrific voice cast playing some of our favourite heroes in Marvel’s catalog. Let’s hope the gameplay delivers too when the game hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 4th.
Topping our polls as the most anticipated game of 2020, CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 sees the developer shy away from the fantasy elements of The Witcher series, embracing a new sci-fi aesthetic and first-person gameplay. There’s a lot riding on Cyberpunk 2077 to be the smashing success that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt once was, and we believe it might sore far beyond those lofty goals. We’ll see how if it delivers on the hype come September 17th, as Cyberpunk 2077 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Ghost of Tsushima
Another potential heavy-hitter for Sony, Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima has shown a lot of promise in its absolutely gorgeous visuals, stunning open world, and smooth gameplay. We wouldn’t expect less from the minds behind Resistance and the Infamous series. Ghost of Tsushima currently doesn’t have a release date, but is expected to land exclusively on PlayStation sometime in the second half of 2020.
Death Stranding (PC)
Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding divided the gaming world last year when it landed on PlayStation 4, but eccentric creator Hideo Kojima has aimed to reach a larger audience this year when it hits PC as well. With a stunning open world, excellent graphics, and a bold story, Death Stranding is definitely something that PC gamers can look forward to when it releases sometime in the second half of 2020.
Guilty Gear Strive
Arc System Works took the fighting game scene by storm with the release of 2018’s Dragon Ball FighterZ, but they’re returning to their roots by bringing us a new title in the fighting franchise that defined them. Guilty Gear Strive takes everything that made previous entries great, and injects it with the fast-paced and accessible (but hard to master) gameplay of FighterZ for an experience you don’t want to miss this year.
Halo Infinite might release alongside the Xbox Series X later this year, including coming to Xbox One and PC, but that hasn’t stopped fans from anticipating this promising return to form for the Halo series. While details are kept tightly under wraps, we can look forward to plenty of exploration, addictive gameplay, and the oh-so-charming Master Chief when Halo Infinite launches in late 2020.
Tales of Arise
The Tales series has finally received a welcomed change of pace with Tales of Arise, focusing on far more fluid, breakneck gameplay akin to a hack-and-slash while combining all the greatest elements of their RPG strengths. Tales of Arise will definitely scratch that itch for more Tales greatness sometime in 2020, but we’ll await Bandai Namco for an official release date.
Watch Dogs Legion
Previously scheduled to release in the first half of 2020, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs Legion has now been pushed back to an unconfirmed date in 2020. However, everything we’ve seen so far of the gameplay shows immense potential, including the ability to take control of any NPC in the game and recruit them into your squad. Let’s hope that Watch Dogs Legion provides the lively urban style of Watch Dogs 2.
Untitled Assassin’s Creed
We’ve known about the next Assassin’s Creed for a few months now, thanks to a leak that revealed it would follow the viking era. Details are still quite sparse as Ubisoft has yet to pull the curtain back on the next big entry in the franchise. Continuing the RPG format of Origins and Odyssey, the next Assassin’s Creed is sure to be one of the year’s biggest titles when it releases (possibly) in late 2020.
That’s all for the major video game releases of 2020! While we couldn’t include every game to release this year, we did fail to mention two big titles, Elden Ring and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, as the former isn’t exactly confirmed to release this year. The latter deserves an honorable mention, despite not finding a place on the list. However, we will provide a revised list in the next few months once more information becomes available to us regarding some yet-to-be-announced new games, and some unconfirmed dates on our most anticipated ones.
Which games are you most looking forward to in 2020?