The year ahead is one of the most significant in recent gaming history. Not only do we have the next generation of consoles set to land in the latter half of the year, but the new games of 2020 consist of ones we have been waiting years for and are bound to make a huge splash.
From the new game from the recently crowned kings of RPGs to the sequel to one of the best games of the last ten years, the 2020 video game release schedule is absolutely packed with quality. Let’s not forget that the Google Stadia will have a big year ahead of it, and the Nintendo Switch will also be looking to to build on its excellent start with a bunch of great exclusives.
The year belongs to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though, with 2020 acting as one long goodbye to the consoles that have been around since 2013. These new games of 2020 will be looking to give them the send-offs they deserve.
Below you can find an index by month of all the games coming out over the next year; those scheduled to drop in 2020 without a concrete release date can be found in the TBC section. We’ll be updating this with upcoming games as they arrive. We won’t be adding ports or Early Access graduates to this list.
The first-DBZ game post-FighterZ, Kakarot is perhaps the most ambitious game from the beloved license yet. Featuring an open world that you journey through as you relive Goku’s story and absolutely chaotic action, Kakarot is shaping up to be a cinematic Kamehameha early in 2020.
Zombie Army 4 isn’t looking like it will radically change the series, but it’s always fun to shoot Nazi zombies. With more of an emphasis on perks and skill alongside the game’s notorious chaos, this could be the perfect palate cleanser for Sniper Elite fans in early 2020.
Just when you thought it was safe to put the tissues away, along comes Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Following on from the surprise success of the first game, Will of the Wisps will somehow be even more beautiful in early 2020 with a heart of gold to match. The original is now also on Nintendo Switch, so no more excuses.
After a long, long time in development following its sensational E3 reveal a few years back, Final Fantasy VII Remake is finally ready to step out into the light. Older fans may not agree with the drastic changes to gameplay, but the inclusion of a classic mode makes that a moot point. You may never need to go back to the blocky but still fantastic original after this one drops in March.
Nioh 2 | March 13th, 2020
Developer: Team Ninja Publisher: Koei Tecmo Platform(s): PS4
A sequel to the popular soulslike of 2017, Nioh 2 will feature a change in protagonist from the original game to a character customisation system instead. There are a tonne of other gameplay tweaks, but the punishing difficulty will remain the same. As with the original game, Nioh 2 will launch exclusively on PS4 before coming to other platforms at a later date.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons | March 20th, 2020
Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch
Who’s ready to bow to capitalism and a very serious tanuki this March? Animal Crossing is finally back on a Nintendo console with New Horizons shaping up to be a tropical slice of loveliness. That is, of course, if you can keep the bells coming in. With a new crafting system and multiplayer for up to eight players, New Horizons might not let you see sunlight for a long time.
The scream of anguish when we heard in the office that DOOM Eternal would be delayed to 2020 could have brought down an airplane. Needing time to refine the game, id and Bethesda pushed the game back by five months with the Switch version left with no concrete release date. We’ve played it, and we can wait a little longer until we rip and tear.
New Games of April 2020
PC, PS4, XB1, Stadia
Trials of Mana
PC, PS4, NS
PC, PS4, XB1, NS
Cyberpunk 2077 | April 16th, 2020
Developer: CD Projekt Red Publisher: CD Projekt Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1, Stadia
One of the biggest and most ambitious RPGs in recent years, CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 has a lot of eyes on it — and that was the case even before Keanu Reeves became involved. Set in a dystopia where augments are as common as breakfast and with a breathtaking sense of scope to make every save feel like your own, Cyberpunk 2077 might go down as one of the best games of the generation. Watch this space.
A remake of the third game in the series, Trials of Mana looks to scratch that classic RPG itch when it launched in the second quarter of 2020. Though it is up against some stiff competition, the fact that it’s been rebuilt from the ground up with new 3D visuals and features complex narrative threads that change depending on your actions, Trials of Mana will almost certainly find an audience.
Announced long ago before quietly disappearing, Marvel’s The Avengers resurfaced to some mixed reactions online, the brunt of the criticism aimed at the designs for The Avengers themselves. Crystal Dynamics have since confirmed that they’re working on that, and with plenty of iconic heroes to choose from and things to smash, Marvel’s Avengers could follow in the footsteps of 2018’s Spider-Man as a great comic book adaptation.
The Last of Us: Part II | May 29th, 2020
Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: SIE Platform(s): PS4
The Last of Us: Part II’s release date is a curiosity, it being pencilled in for February before pretty quickly being pushed back to May. A delay isn’t always a bad thing, and with Naughty Dog known for delivering some very polished, impressive games, the extra time in the oven might do it the world of good. Dive back into the world of Joel and Ellie six years after the pair first debuted on PS3 with what might be the perfect goodbye for the PS4.
New Games of June 2020
Carrion | June 1st, 2020
Developer: Phobia Game Studio Publisher: Devolver Digital Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
A novel reverse horror game, Carrion is the exact kind of thing you’d expect the professional maniacs over at Devolver Digital to publish. You play as a red blob with tendrils that’s escaped from captivity and must unleash your revenge on everyone and everything around you. Keep an eye on this as one of 2020’s standout horror games.
New Games of July 2020
– None yet announced
New Games of August 2020
– None yet announced
New Games of September 2020
FIFA 21 | September TBC, 2020
Developer: EA Sports Publisher: EA Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
It’s not confirmed yet, but there are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and FIFA releasing every September. With the new consoles on the horizon, might FIFA makes its debut on the PS5 and Xbox 4 in 2020?
Just like FIFA, while nothing is confirmed yet, Activision would have to break a decade and a bit long habit if they weren’t to release a new Call of Duty game in October 2020. The word is Treyarch will be working on Black Ops 5, so watch this space.
A hugely ambitious sequel to one of the most underrated open world games of all time, Dying Light 2 will feature a world that reacts to your choices alongside the parkour of the original game and zombie-killing action. Dying Light 2 features quite the pedigree in the writing department, and if it’s supported half as well post-launch as the original game, we’ll be in for a treat.
Halo Infinite | Holiday 2020
Developer: 343 Industries Publisher: Microsoft Studios Platform(s): PC, XB1, Xbox 4
There’s a lot riding on Halo Infinite. Not only does it have to get the Halo series back on track after the disappointment of Halo 5, but it also has to prop up the appeal of the new Xbox console when it launches. We’ve not seen any gameplay of it at this time of writing, but it shouldn’t be too long until we get to see Chief in action again.
Psychonauts 2 | TBC 2020
Developer: Double Fine Publisher: Microsoft Studios Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Psychonauts 2, the sequel to the PS2 era cult classic, has been knocking around for nearly half a decade now, it receiving two delays after successful crowdfunding. With Microsoft now in control of Double Fine, here’s hoping they can finally steer it into our hands. Interesting side note: Microsoft will be publishing the game on PS4.
Following the success of a small scale spin off, No More Heroes 3 was confirmed exclusively for the Switch; NMH had its start on Nintendo’s consoles. If you’ve never played a game in the series before, expect some absolutely manic action and enough buckets of blood to make a vampire squeamish. Though not yet confirmed, the threequel may also return to open world.
Destroy All Humans! | TBC 2020
Developer: Black Forest Games GmbH Publisher: THQ Nordic Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1, Stadia
Anyone of a particular age (read: getting on a bit) will know just how much fun the original Destroy All Humans! was on the PS2 and original Xbox. You play as Crypto, an alien with bad intentions as he brainwashes his way through a 1950s American suburb. And, yes, we will get a game with an anal probe in 2020. The industry is saved.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 | TBC 2020
Developer: Black Forest Games GmbH Publisher: THQ Nordic Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
It was certainly a surprise to see Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 pop up, especially as the original game was only ever a cult game. It was so underappreciated, in fact, that it was the last thing its developer did before it went out of business. Bloodlines 2 has the intricacies of that classic RPG in a modern, bloodthirsty package, topped off with some sumptuous visuals. To avoid the mistakes of the first game, it received a small delay to make sure it was the best it could be.
Everybody loved the limited time mode introduced to Siege that turned it into a PVE experience similar to Left 4 Dead, so much so that Ubisoft have spun it off into its own game. Previously scheduled for a tentative 2020 but was one of three games to get pushed back at once because of the poor response of Breakpoint.
The second game to get a delay because of Breakpoint, Watch Dogs: Legion was all set for a March 2020 release before Ubisoft changed gears and swapped it to the 2020-21 financial year. It’s a shame, because Legion’s ability to let you play as a grandmother was making early 2019 very interesting.
The lowest profile delay from the Ubisoft trio, Gods & Monsters is also coming at an unspecified date. From the mind behind AC Odyssey comes a hero’s journey through Ancient Greece as he looks to save the gods. This open world game is certainly a looker, so here’s hoping we get another look at it before too long.
Ubisoft’s periodically delayed pirate simulator has had a staccato development since it was announced, it falling off the map multiple times and generally not capturing many headlines. With its most recent delay, Skull & Bones will have even more time to make it stand out amongst the crowd.
Ghost of Tsushima | TBC
Developer: Sucker Punch Publisher: SIE Platform(s): PS4
It’s been a bit of a weird one for Ghost of Tsushima since it was announced, it seldom being seen. Apart from the now probably dead WiLD and Deep Down, it will be the last PS4 exclusive to launch before the PS5. Can this beautiful looking samurai game deliver? And will it be launching on the new PlayStation as well? We’ll have to wait and see.
Bayonetta 3 | TBC
Developer: Platinum Games Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch
Not much is known about Bayonetta 3, other than that it will be exclusive to the Switch and will feature a nice witch. Based on previous games in the franchise, you can expect some absolutely absurd action and a killer soundtrack to match. No release date or gameplay for this one yet.
At this time of writing, Babylon’s Fall was pencilled in for a 2019 release after a very brief showing at E3 2018, but nothing has come of it yet. In fact, word on Babylon’s Fall has been very hard to come by in general. Perhaps Platinum are spread too thinly with many projects on the go at once, but there’s every chance we will see the game in 2020.
Metroid Prime 4 | February 31st, 2021
Developer: Nintendo/Retro Studios Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch
We didn’t see anything of Metroid Prime 4 for a long time and then it was announced that it would be receiving a pretty hefty delay with a change in developer. Even still, Nintendo are angling for an early 2021 release for this one. We just thought we’d put it here to remind you.
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