The 7 Most Anticipated Games of 2020
Though 2020 will be filled with various titles, including those delayed from 2019 to hit the new console generation, some games remain on top of the list. Here are the seven most anticipated games that will change the gamescape of the year — and maybe the entire industry. Some of them are remakes and sequels, with only two original titles. Yet in gaming, sequels and remakes can be just as significant. So here we go.
Date: March 20
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
The reloaded DOOM was received very well in 2016; it’s a real achievement when it comes to relaunching classics like this. The sequel will provide more of the same tough experience. You’ll follow the Doom Slayer through Mars, its satellites, and the Earth, fighting demons and trying various tools of destruction. The promos deliver even more spectacular gameplay than the previous one. The most impressive elements, like ray tracing, may be delayed until the next generation consoles arrive, though.
The game will be released on all the platforms it can reach. It will be a hard experience in any meaning. Along with gory brutality, DOOM Eternal will feature bosses so hard to kill that you will throw your gamepad against the wall after another failure. There’s even more to that — the enemies are not just opponents; they were designed to be hated and disgusting. But that’s what you love DOOM for, right?
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Date: March 20
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
If you get too tired by bloody combats of DOOM Eternal, you can relax in a beautiful village with anthropomorphic animals by Nintendo. The famous idyllic adventure series gets another sequel on the same day. Incredible as it sounds, it will be the first official Animal Crossing game for Nintendo Switch, and the first major installment since 2012. Nintendo could just port the story of a human living in a village with animals from previous versions. It’s still about crafting things and growing flowers, making friends and having nice talks with animals, and having fun with nowhere to hurry.
If you get tired of your everyday life and people around you, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the place to escape. It uses the real time from your console to change the daytime, and it has no final to reach; it’s just the process. Maybe for some it’s a reason to finally buy that Switch. If you’re hesitating, you can refresh your experience with Pocket Camp for Android and iOS, and then think of how much better New Horizons will feel on the original Nintendo console.
Resident Evil 3
Date: April 2
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
It’s another remake of the famous game by Capcom; the franchise is under total reconstruction, and it’s time to meet the third installment completely remade. The core story remains the same as in the 1999 version. You still follow Jill Valentine in her escape and confrontation with Nemesis, the AI directing the zombie apocalypse from Raccoon City. But, just like the previous game, this one delivers more than the old tale in more detail.
The new version will have an online multiplayer mode. That’s probably the most exciting part of it, as the storyline should be preserved, and the mode should cause no contradiction. There is an asymmetrical 1-vs-4 multiplayer, a mastermind versus the survivors, quite a rest from a typical team or Battle Royale gameplay.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Date: April 10
It’s another remake as strongly expected as any original title. The seventh installment is considered by many as one of the best in the cult series. The story of the eco-terrorists opposing Shinra Corp in order to prevent it from grabbing all the Earth’s energy sources is retold in a new manner. Of course, it’s way more spectacular and detailed than the 1997 original.
It will only be the first episode released on that day. The next episodes will appear later, and it will be the experience worth the wait. The previous remakes have proved that Square Enix does the job with tact and understanding, preserving what the game owes its reputation to.
Ghost of Tsushima
Imagine Die Hard set in medieval Japan. A lonely samurai set on Tsushima island oppose the Mongol army that has occupied his home. A lone survivor, he is alone in this fight, but he’s well prepared and determined to pay for what’s lost. The Mongols, though, are led by Khotun Khan, an invader just as determined.
As there is one-against-an-army story, the mechanics will involve stealth as well as combat. It will be a single-player adventure based on real historical environments, making its own legend. Despite the fictional story, the environment, from biomes to Japanese and Mongol weapons and combat styles, is recreated thoroughly.
The Last of Us 2
Date: May 29
The game that started the wave of post-apocalyptic tragic thrillers is about to get a sequel. It’s the second sequel in this collection. But, unlike DOOM Eternal with its action boiled harder but remaining the same, The Last of Us 2 concerns people in a post-apocalyptic world, with their problems, feelings, and attitudes. This time the developers say they will focus on hate instead of love that dominated the first installment.
As for other elements, they’re still here, from the fungus that infected and zombified people to the characters trying to rebuild their lives. Yes, the Fireflies are still around. This time, though, the engine is completely reworked, to show even more spectacular violence in an interactive environment.
Date: September 17
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
And it’s the most expected game of the year. The new project by CD Projekt RED, responsible for revolutionizing single-player RPG with The Witcher series, is set in the future and based on eponymous tabletop games. Set in the abstract Night City somewhere in the US, it shows the technologies of the future affecting the common people’s life. The player will have more freedom in selecting and developing the character, yet there will still be more about them than in most RPG’s.
The world of Cyberpunk 2077 will be much larger and denser than that of The Witcher 3, still considered the reference for single-player RPGs. The protagonist, played by Keanu Reeves, is not the only star appearance in the game. And there’ll be even more spectacular visuals than in any other project of the studio.
Which of these games do you anticipate the most? What unlisted game would you add to this? Have you preordered any of them? Share your thoughts and expectations in a comment. We’ll be glad to read from you.