The exciting new games coming out in 2020, from Doom Eternal to last of us 2, on PS4, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Switch these are the games you need
From CD Projekt Red, the creators of the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, one of the most critically acclaimed games ever, The player takes the role of a mercenary in the open world metropolis of Night City, California. Fans have been waiting for this for years – ever since the game was announced back in 2013, and it was one of the hits of E3 2019 and starring Keanu Reeves.
Cyberpunk 2077 release date: April 16, 2020 on Windows, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One
The Last of Us 2
The Last of Us as among the most-compelling post-apocalyptic fictions ever created, so the long-awaited second instalment has much to live up to. Set several years after the original, it sees an older Ellie set out intent on revenge against foes unknown, and seemingly reuniting with surrogate dad Joel in the process.
The Last of Us 2 release date: May 29, 2020 on PS4 only
Final Fantasy VII Remake
The original Final Fantasy VII is hailed as one of the greatest RPG games of all time – and again, it was a huge hit at E3 in 2019. There’s a huge graphical step up over the PlayStation original – and this will be split across several releases. Several members of the original team have been brought back to add new content and adjust the character designs for the new format.
Final Fantasy VII release date: March 3, 2020 on PS4 only
Breath of the Wild 2
Finishing a truly brilliant game is like coming to the end of a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. The following days and weeks are filled with a longing to return to that place, to continue exploring it, to meet those characters again. You have flashbacks, your mind wanders there when you least expect it. Such is life having completed Breath of the Wild. The sequel has only been teased by Nintendo, and it might not make a 2020 release, but we live in hope. What to expect? More epic battles between good and evil; more expansive, beautiful landscapes to explore and more devilishly inventive puzzles – both big and small – to solve.
Breath of the Wild 2 release date: Q4 2020 on Nintendo Switch.
Resident Evil 3
A remake of 1999’s Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, the game follows protagonist Jill Valentine as she attempts to escape a zombie apocalypse, and the clutches of Nemesis, an intelligent bioweapon. Unlike the original, this will take a similar form to the recent Resident Evil remakes, and adopt a third-person shooter approach. There’s also an online multiplayer mode called Resistance which pits a team of four against a “mastermind” who can set traps and create enemies to try and defeat them.
Resident Evil 3 release date: April 3 2020 on Windows, PS4, Xbox One
The sixth instalment of the Halo series sees the iconic Master Chief return to a central role. But this won’t be a simple small improvement on previous entries – 343 Industries has developed the game using an entirely new engine, called Slipspace, and it’s likely to be one of the flagship launch games for Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.
Halo Infinite release date: Q4 2020: Xbox One, Windows, Xbox Series X
A follow-up to 2016’s well-received reboot Doom, fans are excited about Doom Eternal’s new range of weapons – including a ‘meat hook’ that can slingshot a player towards an enemy. The game will also feature twice as many demon types as the 2016 edition, with new types of enemies who will take visible damage during battles. Invasion, an asymmetric multiplayer mode will allow players to play as demons in someone else’s single-player campaign.
Doom Eternal release date: March 20 on Windows, PS4, Xbox One, TBA on Nintendo Switch
Empire of Sin
Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, strategy game Empire of Sin sees players take the role of a crime boss trying to gain control of the city. The action starts in 1920, when players select a character inspired by one of several real-world mob bosses, and is given until 1933 to build their empire. They can recruit underlings, build casinos, speakeasies and brothels.
Empire of Sin release date: Q2 2020 on Windows, macOS, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch
Forget for a moment that this is the first Half-Life series game since 2007, Half-Life: Alyx is the closest we’ve come to a ‘killer app’ for VR we’ve come since its noisey inception. Set between before Gordon Freeman’s return in Half-Life 2, you play as Alyx Vance as she battles the invading forces of the Combine. It’s bound to sell thousands of VR headsets and, given Valve’s track record, set new standards for VR games as a whole.
Half-Life: Alyx release date: March 2020 on PC
It’s kind of amazing it has taken this long. This official sort-of tie in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is being produced by Crystal Dynamics – best known for the Tomb Raider franchise. It will feature the same cast of characters from the long-running film series, including Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and Black Widow – albeit not voiced by the same actors. The story, which stands apart from the MCU timeline, follows the group reforming after a five year hiatus to save the world from an imminent threat. Bracing stuff.
Marvel’s Avengers release date: May 15, 2020 on Stadia, Windows, PS4, Xbox One
The block-based game Minecraft is renowned for letting you build and do pretty much anything. Spin-off Minecraft Dungeons is a simpler proposition – a dungeon crawler game where the player explores randomly-generated dungeons, fighting randomly-generated monsters and dealing with traps and puzzles.
Minecraft Dungeons release date: April 2020 on macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
Watch Dogs: Legion
The third in the Watch Dogs series is set in a fictionalised, even more dystopian version of London. You take on a private organisation called Albion, which has grown into a menacing surveillance state that’s distributed riot drones across the capital to keep people in line. It’s been repeatedly delayed, but should still be on track for release some time in 2020.
Watch Dogs: Legion release date: TBC on Stadia, Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One