2020 is here and that means we now have a new decade ahead of us. While we got some great content in 2019, I have to believe that 2020 is shaping up to be even better thanks in large part to a new generation of consoles.
As I do every January, it is time to look ahead at what’s coming this year and what I’m excited about. So, it’s time to bust out the GamerCast. Basically, this is my not so subtle version of the “FutureCast” segments that weathermen use to show you what the weather is going to be over the next few days.
Unlike the 7 day forecast, I’m bringing you a years worth of games and hardware that should be arriving over the next 12 months. Granted, sometimes my picks don’t actually make it to the finish line, but that’s part of the fun with forecasting releases this year in advance. Of course, if there’s something you’re excited about that I missed, let me know in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for quality games.
So as I like to say, it’s time to dust off that crystal ball and have a sneak peek into the future to see what’s coming out in 2020.
My picks await you after the jump…
The Obvious Names
Okay, before we get to the software size of things, how can we not first talk about the PlayStation 5 and Xbox. There’s still an absolute ton of information we don’t know about these two devices such as the price, official tech specs, and even launch games.
With that said, the start of a new generation is always an exciting time, even if you don’t plan on jumping on board on day 1. While Sony hasn’t been afraid to casually talk about the PlayStation 5, Microsoft got the juices flowing last month at The Game Awards with a surprising trailer showing off the system in full. How it wasn’t leaked before hand, I’ll never know.
To be fair, the impending arrival of new hardware is also causing a bit of chaos with the back half scheduling, much of which is still very much open. My guess is that E3 2020 is going to be quite the show as we’re going to see plenty of new games aimed at these new systems.
Ghost of Tsushima
I feel like I’ve listed this game for years now so I’m thrilled to finally say that it’s coming in just a few months. finally. With the PS5 on the horizon as well, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this game become a cross-gen title, perhaps with a better looking version readied for the launch.
So what’s this game all about? Well, the experience takes place in 1274 on the island of Tsushima, Japan. Kublai Khan and his Mongolian Empire are expanding destroying everything in their path. As the last surviving Samurai on the island, you take it upon yourself to protect what remains. Marketing efforts should increase as we get closer to its summer release, but I’ve already been blown away by what we’ve seen so far. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
The Last of Us Part II
After delay upon delay, The Last of Us Part II is finally coming in 2020. I can’t decide if I’m excited about that or not.
Don’t get me wrong, the first game was impeccably made and will linger in my mind forever. However, and I’ve written about this in the past, I wouldn’t call the game ‘fun’ in the context as you would most games. It was stressful, tense, emotionally draining, and totally memorable. Based on what we’ve seen so far, I’d expect Part II to really up the ante in nearly every single way. Emotional moments, brutal violence, tense filled action, and incredible storytelling. Will I get this game, probably. However, it’s likely going to take me a while to beat it considering the amount of breaks I’ll need to take.
Oh ho, this is the year. CD Projekt RED’s next game is only a few months away and if it’s anything like The Witcher 3, my body is totally ready.
There’s still a ton we haven’t seen, but the world building once again completely shines in the futuristic Night City. I can only imagine how dense this game is with content, how many hours people will be dumping into it, and how well it’ll be supported after it launches in April.
Games We Don’t Know Much About But I’m Optimistic About
There’s not a ton we know about this game, but it is scheduled to launch this year and it is going to be a launch game for the next gen Xbox. Outside of that? Microsoft isn’t saying or showing much.
It’s likely going to continue the story from the previous two games, of which I really can’t recall. Cortana is acting a little bizarre, which I believe is due to her AI systems suffering from rampancy and Master Chief is likely on a solo quest to save her. For many people the big draw of this game will be the multiplayer, especially when paired with the new tech that the next gen Xbox will provide. Obviously, expect to see a lot more on this game in 2020.
Metroid Prime 4
Okay, I understand that this may be a long shot, but I’m listing it anyway. We basically know nothing about this game outside of the fact that its development was rebooted and handed back to Retro Studios. That was early last year so my hope is that the game will be ready by the end of 2020, or at the very least, finally get some trailers and gameplay footage.
It’s been entirely too long since Samus has been in the spotlight. It’s time Nintendo.
Boy, this game struggled when it was initially revealed. The presentation wanted the game to seem cool, but it ultimately left fans more confused than anything. A large part of that was due to the hands-off and essentially guided tutorial mission. In the months that followed, we’ve finally gotten a better idea of what this game is trying to be.
Thanks to new details and very short gameplay clips, this Avenger’s game seems to lean towards games like Destiny 2. So naturally, players will have access to a continually expanding roster of super heroes, each one can be customized through different outfits as well as loot that’s found during gameplay. Players will have story missions as well as the more dynamic Warzone Missions, which are intended to be replayable cooperative missions. With the promise of free post-launch DLC, Marvel’s Avengers aims to have a long shelf life.
Dying Light 2
The first game really surprised me with its addicting blend of first person parkour gameplay and zombie survival combat. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t been following this game very closely, so there’s a lot I don’t know about it, but if it’s anything like the first game, this will be worth checking out.
Godfall made its debut last month at The Game Awards. Since that time, the developer has released a very short gif to go along with it’s incredibly impressive CG trailer. I can’t tell you what Godfall will be outside of the fact it’s a next gen game and that it’s an action RPG looter-slasher.
So naturally, expect different character classes, cooperative missions, and plenty of loot to customize your hulking knight style character.
Hellblade 2: Senua’s Sacrifice
Underrated and overlooked is how I’d label the first Hellblade. While the game was ported to numerous platforms and enjoyed success for Ninja Theory, the studio is likely eyeing greater things with this sequel thanks to now being a Microsoft first party studio.
I have no clue when this game is going to launch. My assumption is that it’ll be a launch title for the Xbox Series X (with a day and date PC launch as well) but considering a very cool CG trailer was showcased last month at The Game Awards, it could be that this game has a ways to go in terms of development. Either way, I’m looking forward to figuring out what’s new with Senua whenever it does launch.
Other notable games: Resident Evil 3, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Warcraft 3: Reforged, Final Fantasy VII Remake, DOOM Eternal, Animal Crossing: New Horizons