Let’s face it, 2019 has been a bit of a boring year for games. Sure, Call of Duty managed to make $600 million in three days, but compared to last year, it’s been dull. Only the magic of Disco Elysium, The Outer Worlds, and Resident Evil 2 have entranced us.
Luckily, next year looks set to be a frankly incredible year for video games. The games coming out in 2020 include new entries in cult franchises, huge blockbusters, amazing RPGs, and inspired indies. Would you like to know more?
Then join us as we take a look at our most anticipated games of 2020. No matter whether you’re interested in upcoming war games, upcoming RPG games, or upcoming experimental games, we’ve got you covered.
Ready to see why 2020 is going to be an amazing year for games? Then read on!
1. Doom Eternal
When Doom came out in 2016, it changed video games forever. After a solid decade of shooters that wanted to be cinematic, with “serious” subject matters and regenerating health, we got, well, Doom again. It brought all of the original’s silliness to the table: you have a chainsaw and an array of weapons and are here to kill demons.
Doom Eternal looks set to continue this, which makes it one of the most exciting games of 2020. You are set to return to Earth as the Doom Marine and cook twice as many different kinds of demonic scum off our planet. There are to be new weapons, a grappling hook, and more thumping metal.
We can’t wait.
2. Cyberpunk 2077
When the developers of the stunning Witcher franchise are bringing out a new game, you sit up and take notice. Cyberpunk 2077 looks to be the open-world RPG of the decade.
Set in the fictional Night City, California, the game is everything you’d want from a Neuromanceresque world. You can specialize however you want and explore an amazing world. It’s also got Keanu Reeves as the main character, which is a massive boon.
Cyberpunk 2077 utilizes 3D scanning to model incredibly realistic facial expressions and detailed characters. The result is one beautiful game. We’re sure it’s going to be one of the best games coming out in 2020.
3. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Blind Forest was one of the most loved games of 2015. Its touching story, gorgeous art, and sumptuous gameplay proved a huge critical success.
The sequel is set to follow in its footsteps. The sequel has abandoned the old upgrade system in favor of a Hollow Knight-style shards system and will rely on autosaves rather than manual ones.
If you loved the first game, then this superb iteration on it will entrance you in 2020. If you never played the first, now’s the time to check out this wonderful franchise.
4. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
The original Bloodlines is one of the greatest RPG games you’ve never played. It featured a level of freedom not seen since Deus Ex. What’s more, every single playthrough would be different thanks to an in-depth class system.
When the sequel was announced, I went wild. Out of all the games coming out in 2020, this is the one I’m looking forward to most.
You will create a character who will be part of the thinbloods – weakened vampires. As the story progresses, you will be able to join one of the vampire clans from the World of Darkness mythos.
Ready to explore Seattle as a prince or princess of darkness? We bet you are.
5. Persona 5 Royal
If you never played the majestic JRPG that is Persona 5, you need to check out Royal.
Now you can explore the thoughts of Tokyo’s citizens for a whole other semester of high school. This expanded Persona 5 will also feature a new area, new characters, and extra story. If you didn’t play Persona 5, then drop everything and grab this game when it comes out.
6. Resident Evil 3
The Resident Evil 2 remake was amazing for a couple of reasons. It showed the world that Resident Evil could be campy and scary again. It also proved that the old games were worthy of being redone.
In April, we’re going to get to explore the world of Resident Evil 3 again. If you thought that Mr. X was scary, get ready to meet Nemesis. This horrendous mutant packs a rocket launcher and is not afraid to use it.
This remake is also set to feature the multiplayer Project Resistance too. If you’re a fan of horror, then this will be one of your favorite games coming out in 2020: guaranteed.
7. Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond
One of the most interesting upcoming war games, Above and Beyond marks a return to World War II for the franchise. Set in VR, you fill the boots of an OSS operative fighting against the fascist menace. One of the game’s teasers talks about using music to coordinate attacks on Nazi troops, as the French resistance historically did.
The game will let you use a wide array of weapons to carry out your wetwork, including, judging from the trailer, saucepans and ambient objects.
While VR games have a fairly shonky track record, this game looks genuinely interesting. If you’re into VR games, we’d recommend giving it a look.
8. Watch Dogs: Legion
Set in an authoritarian post-Brexit Britain, this game tasks you with building a resistance to fight against the new government. Do you remember how in Driver San Francisco, you could warp into any car that you liked? In Watch Dogs: Legion, you can play as any citizen of this disunited kingdom.
Want to play as a granny who’s ready to kick some serious butt and hack killer drones? You can do that. Grandmas haven’t looked so threatening since that Monty Python sketch.
If these characters die, you’ll lose them for good, so take care of them.
The game will also feature four-way cooperative gameplay, letting you and your friend’s band together to fight for freedom. The Watch Dogs franchise has struggled to set the world alight. This one, one of the most unique 2020 games, might just change that.
9. Kerbal Space Program 2
The original Kerbal Space Program was one of the breakout indie hits of the last decade. If you loved building haphazard rockets and trying to land on distant planets, you’ll love the sequel even more.
This time, you’ll have to guide the little green weirdos even further along the path of space exploration. The sequel will feature space colonies, more vehicles, and a more accessible gameplay style.
10. Marvel’s Avengers
We’re very wary of any tie-in games. They don’t exactly have a history of being good. That being said, the Avengers game looks kind of awesome.
Avengers features a huge range of our favorite superheroes, awesome costumes, and gameplay that looks fantastic. We’ll withhold judgment, but we can’t help but think this could be one of those 2020 games that defy expectations.
11. Half-Life: Alyx
That’s right, guys! We’re finally getting a new Half-Life game. While it may not be the long-awaited Half-Life 3, this VR experience is looking interesting.
A prequel to Half-Life 2, this game puts you in the shoes of Alyx Vance, and tasks you with helping to lead the resistance against the Combine. The game will feature puzzles, combat, and “environmental interactions,” whatever that means. Knowing Valve, we’re sure that there will be one of their famous see-saw puzzles in there somewhere.
12. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The Animal Crossing games have long been firm favorites. It’s easy to see why, with their cutesy animals making the game much more than a Sims/Harvest Moon lookalike.
In the next charming installment from this franchise, you will get to explore a new locale of a tropical paradise. The game will feature all of the crafting and customization that you’ve come to expect. Get ready to spend tons of bells upgrading your house!
It’s bound to be one of the cutest games coming out in 2020. If you want something gentle to play, you can’t go wrong with Animal Crossing.
13. Minecraft Dungeons
Minecraft is brilliant, and while this isn’t a full-fledged sequel, it’s a cool spin-off. Dungeons takes the Minecraft formula and crafts it into a fun dungeon crawler.
It supports coop gameplay and has an awesome retro look. If you enjoy classic dungeon crawlers and/or Minecraft, you’ll need to check this out.
14. Dying Light 2
While Resident Evil 3 might have the mainstream attention, Dying Light 2 will be a whole other take on the zombie apocalypse. This game expands on its superb predecessor.
If you like crafting barbed wire baseball bats and kicking undead butt in an open world, you’re going to love this one. The improved combat is bound to win you over. It’s also going to look far, far better than the original.
15. The Last of Us Part 2
The Last of Us was one of the best narrative games of the last generation. It had a heartrending story and an awesome world.
In the sequel, you’ll play as Ellie five years after the end of the original game. Like Vampire, it will be set in Seattle: what is it about games and the pacific northwest?
While it was slated to come out in 2019, Naughty Dog pushed it back to 2020 for extra polish. We can’t wait.
Final Thoughts on Games Coming Out in 2020
Are you excited? We bet you are. There are a huge number of awesome games coming out in 2020: it’s going to be one of the best years for games in recent memory.
Which games are you most excited about?
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