Happy New Year from the GGA Video Games team! 2019 was an exciting year for games, but 2020 is about to usher in a new year for games. With exciting sequels, highly anticipated AAA titles, and the next generation of consoles on the way, there are a lot of things to be excited about in this new year!
Here are all the games we are looking forward to in 2020! While we know that some of these games do not have a set release date, we went with a few titles that are said to be released this year because we’re hopeful they will!
1 . Animal Crossing: New Horizons
I am an avid fan of the Animal Crossing series. I’ve always enjoyed the chill melodies, fun animal friends, and simplistic gameplay. From what we’ve seen in the Nintendo Direct, it appears that Animal Crossing: New Horizons promises the same sweet gameplay with a new level of innovation. In this title, players will be provided with their own Deserted Island! On this island you’ll be able to gather, construct, explore, and customize your new home. Likewise, you won’t have to do it alone! Up to four friends can play together on the same island. Between the customization and new crafting system, I know I’m going to pour hours and hours into Animal Crossing: New Horizons this Spring!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be available on March 20, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch.
2. Watchdogs: Legion
The Watchdogs: Legion announcement at E3 2019 absolutely blew me away. I was a huge fan of the first Watchdogs game due to its thrilling hacker gameplay and story. Watchdogs 2 sadly did not pack as big as a punch as it’s predecessor. But now, it looks like Watchdogs: Legion is going to blow both games out of the park. In this new installment, the NPCs are your playable characters. You can recruit anyone, from rebellious teenagers to ex-MI agents in their 60’s! Once recruited, characters will fall into one of three categories: Combat, Stealth, or Hacking. You’ll be able to customize your character’s gear, appearance, and experience the world through hundreds of eyes. Ultimately, it is up to you and the people of London to take down Albion from their surveillant control!
3. Psychonauts 2
Psychonauts 2 was one of my most anticipated video games from 2019. However, in July of 2019, it was announced that the game would be delayed until 2020. Despite this delay, my hype has not died down! During my E3 2019 press demo of Psychonauts 2, I got an in-depth look at the game, and it is packed with as much Psychonauts fun as the first! The creative platforming and humor that this series is known for is back and better than ever. Additionally, from the looks of the trailer and demo, Psychonauts 2 will not only dive further into the lore of Psychonaut HQ but also Raz’s family and subsequent curse. What stories and mysteries lie in the minds of others? We’ll just have to wait and find out later this year!
Psychonauts 2 will be available in 2020 for the PC through Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
1 . CrisTales
CrisTales is a love letter to every JRPG (Japanese Roleplaying Game) of your childhoods from publisher Modus Games and developers Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK. Players can build up their team, travel the expansive world, as well as take on several different enemies, all in an attempt to save the world. The time mechanic is what really drew me to this game. This feature allows players to access the past, present, and future during battles. You can do things like hit an enemy with water, and then fast forward to the future to see that armor rusted allowing the player to break through the defenses. Additionally, I was blown away by the art style for CrisTales. The game features gorgeous hand-drawn 2D art. This style captures the beautiful but dark fantasy landscape. A demo for CrisTales can be played on PC through Steam.
CrisTales is set to release in 2020 on the Nintendo Switch, PC through Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
2. Dying Light 2
Zombies, an End of the World scenario, AND parkour? Dying Light won me over in so many different ways and it looks like Techland’s Dying Light 2 is on the path to do it all again. With less zombies this time, the real battle is against those striving to survive and doing anything to get by. Set 15 years after the end of Dying Light, players will need to make decisions that will ultimately affect the world around them. Players will take control of Aiden Caldwell, another survivor who has become infected. Using his combat skills, exceptional agility and parkour, players will work to unlock new zones to explore, go where no one dares, and attempt to save this dying necropolis.
Dying Light 2 will be available in 2020 on the PC through Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
3. Resident Evil 3
After the success of the Resident Evil 2 Remake, it was only a matter of time before Capcom released the next installment. Announced earlier in December, we got a full look at the upcoming Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake and let me tell you, it looks amazing. Fan favorite Jill Valentine is back and trying to escape Raccoon City in the events leading up to and after Resident Evil 2. The updated graphics and gameplay look top notch and has me actually looking forward to hours of being chased by Nemesis. With this release, we are also getting the new 4 vs 1 survival horror Resident Evil Resistance, allowing players to either storm an Umbrella Corp warehouse in search of their secrets, or take control of Mastermind and root out the survivors.
Resident Evil 3 is set to release on April 3, 2020 for PC through Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
1 . Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red, the famed Poland-based developer of The Witcher series, is taking a hard turn into a new genre with their upcoming dystopian sci-fi RPG: Cyberpunk 2077. The game got a lot of attention at E3 2019 when it was revealed that Keanu Reeves would be playing Johnny Silverhand: a rebellious “Rockerboy” who will act as your “digital ghost” guide. Cyberpunk 2077 will offer a similar narrative-driven, open-world RPG experience like The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, but with a shorter game and a tighter world. A direct reason for this shorter storyline is higher replayability and more complex side quests. Instead of linear side quests with a few branching options, Cyberpunk 2077‘s side missions will feature “branches growing more branches, which often tie around each other”. The future may seem bright, but Night City is dark, polluted, corrupt, and grim. Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the Cyberpunk 2020 TTRPG system that Cyberpunk 2077 is based on, described the setting as “like a trap”. Will the dark allure of Cyberpunk’s slick weapons and technology draw you into Night City’s sleazy underbelly?
Cyberpunk 2077 will release on April 16, 2020 for the Google Stadia, PC for Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
2 . Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
Irvine-based developer Obsidian Entertainment is finally bringing it’s fan-favorite RPG to consoles: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire! Players will take the role of the “Watcher” (a person able to read people’s souls), and must sail in their ship across the Deadfire Archipelago to stop the reborn god Eothas. The game’s artistic style is very much in the layout of old-school isometric RPGs like Baldur’s Gate. However, the Deadfire Archipelago is a lore-rich, pirate-inspired setting that provides new swashbuckling spins on classic RPG tropes. Both a Collector’s Edition (featuring an amazingly detailed 10-inch Od Nua: the giant Adra statue possessed by Eothas) and a Standard Edition will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One. Moreover, both editions will include the core game, plus all three DLC packs: Beast of Winter; Seeker, Slayer, Survivor; and The Forgotten Sanctum. Whether you are leaping into the world of Eora for the first time or looking to get a new gaming experience, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is definitely one release you don’t want to miss out on!
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire will be avaiable on January 28, 2020 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on December 31, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch.
3. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Fans of both the Vampire: The Masquerade TTRPG and the cult-classic Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2004 RPG video game were ecstatic to learn that a sequel was in the works. Set in contemporary Seattle, you are a human who was recently a victim of a Mass Embrace: the conversion of several humans into vampires in a single attack. The player must use their newfound abilities to discover who was behind the Mass Embrace, and to maintain the fragile peace between Seattle’s factions: the Pioneers, the Camarilla, the Anarchs, the Newcomers, and the Unseen. What also stands out about this sequel is the design and artistic direction the game has taken. Specifically, the inclusive addition of female and non-binary body type options and gender pronouns has excited many players. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has yet to settle on a concrete release date, and some fans were disappointed when the release was delayed from its original Q1 2020 target. Paradox Interactive says the game was delayed so they can work to avoid the technical issues that plagued its predecessor. However, it was announced on December 18, 2019 that the game was moving into Beta. Hopefully, we’ll be able to sink our fangs into Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 this year!
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is set to release in 2020 on the PC through Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
1 . Ori and the Will of the Wisps
If anyone was to ask me what my favorite games are, Ori and the Blind Forest from Moon Studios will always be on that list. So imagine my sheer excitement (and absolutely giddiness) when the highly anticipated sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, was announced at E3 2017. You are back as Ori, a guardian spirit, and this time you have an owl companion, Kuro’s baby from the first game. The game is set in a land outside of Nibel and there you will meet new friends and make new enemies. The game mechanics are similar to the previous game, but with some notable changes like autosaving and a shard system for ability upgrades. The game has the same beautiful aesthetic and music that sets this apart from a lot of games out there. If you haven’t had a chance to play the first game, now is the time to get your hands on the Definitive Edition.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be released on March 11, 2020 exclusively for Xbox One and PC.
2. The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us was just voted as the Game of the Decade among PlayStation bloggers, and that in itself is a tremendous achievement. This makes The Last of Us Part II one of the most anticipated games of this year (and maybe this decade). The story is set 5 years after the events of the first game and Joel and Ellie have settled in Jackson, Wyoming. While Joel will be featured in the new game, we will be following Ellie’s story as she goes on a journey to “carry out justice and find closure” after events of a tragic incident. “As she hunts those responsible one by one, she is confronted with the devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions.” After The Last of Us Part II was announced at E3 2018, the buzz behind it was enormous with a lot of high expectations placed on this game. But Naughty Dog has proven to be a solid developer, so they might very well have another Game of the Decade on their hands.
The Last of Us Part II will be released on May 29, 2020 exclusively for PlayStation 4.
3. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII is one of the most beloved games ever developed. It’s the story of a group of fighters, AVALANCHE, going up against a corrupt mega-corporation, Shinra, in an attempt to save Gaia (Earth) and the Lifestream that flows through it. We experience an incredible hero’s journey through Cloud Strife, and were introduced to memorable characters such as Barret, Tifa, Aerith, Cait Sith, Red XIII, Yuffie, Cid Highwind, Vincent, and of course, Sephiroth. Gamers had been asking for a remake or a remaster for years, so when Square Enix announced the official remake at E3 2015, we all lost our collective minds. While Square Enix might have announced its release a little too soon, it was well worth the wait. The playable demo at E3 2019 showed us the massive undertaking remaking this game is, and based on what we saw we are in for an incredible nostalgic ride.
It is important to note that the full game will not be released all at once. Square Enix plans to release episodic installments of the game.
The first installment of Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on March 3, 2020 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
What releases are you looking forward to in 2020? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!