There is only two months left of 2019 and yes, there’s still plenty of great games destined for this year- The Outer Worlds, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Death Stranding, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Shenmue III. But what about 2020? There’s a host of titles destined for the new decade that I simply cannot wait to talk about, and as you’re reading this, I assume you cannot wait either!
Cyberpunk 2077- 16 April 2020 (Google Stadia, PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Haven’t heard of Cyberpunk 2077? Please press Alt+F4 now, mobile users can simply throw their phones towards the nearest wall. Cyberpunk 2077 became mainstream news at E3 2019 where Hollywood star Keanu Reeves confirmed that he will feature in the game. Since then, Cyberpunk 2077 has quickly become one of the hottest titles of 2020, and there’s plenty of reasons why. CD Projekt Red have stated that Cyberpunk 2077 has been in development since 2012, has over 400 people working on its development and will utilize REDengine 4 (and boy, does it look impressive). Cyberpunk 2077 is set 57 years after the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020 (quick maths) and is an open-world, action-adventure story where you play as V, a mercenary outlaw that craves immortality and he knows exactly how to acheive it.
The Last of Us Part II – 21 Feburary 2020 (PS4)
Finally, we will be treated to the sequel of Naughty Dog’s award-winning action-adventure game The Last of Us. The Last of Us Part II is set 5 years after the brutal events of its original and promises to be a “complementary story to the first game, but together, the two combined are going to tell this much larger tale” according to director Neil Druckmann. The Last of Us Part II focuses on a now 19 year old Ellie, who is the only playable character this time, and her journey for vengeance against a mysterious and dangerous cult known as the Seraphites. One look at the trailer below and you can already sense that Part II promises to be more brutal, heartbreaking and insane than its predecessor.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine – 2020 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Remember the Outbreak event that came to Rainbow Six Siege as part of Operation Chimera update? Well, I have good news for you, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine is a stand-alone title that focuses on the same formula that made Outbreak a success- PvE. Quarantine takes a step away from Siege’s foundation of PvP, instead focusing on 3 player tactical co-op gameplay with a pinch of sci-fi, basically Left 4 Dead. Except that Rainbow Six Quarantine is set several years in the future where mutated alien parasites have infected human hosts and their surroundings.
Empire of Sin – 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Empire of Sin may not be on everyone’s radar, but you’re here reading my article so now its on yours! Empire of Sin is a strategy game that puts you at the heart of the ruthless criminal underworld of Chicago during the 1920’s Prohibition Era. As you would expect, your goal is to do what ever it takes to rise through the ranks and rule Chicago by the end of the 1933, where the prohibition era ended and the flow of booze was legalized. Empire of Sin follows X-COM’s successful turn-based combat system for all your killing bad guys needs (or good guys?), while careful management of your resources is critical to ruling the underworld.
Halo Infinite – Q4 2020 (Xbox One, Project Scarlett, PC)
The sixth entry into the Halo series (I’m talking about proper Halo games) is also the Master Chief’s next-generation Xbox debut and potentially one of the best Halo’s to date. Information is limited apart from that Infinite will follow on from the events of Halo 5: Guardians and its story will focus primarly on its main hero, The Master Chief, rather than the two Fireteams of Halo 5: Guardians. As Halo Infinite will likely be a launch title for Microsoft’s Project Scarlett, we can unfortuately expect a Q4 release.
Microsoft Flight Simulator – 2020 (Xbox One, PC)
Ok, I lied. There’s actually 6 titles that you simply cannot miss, and the final one is the prettiest of them all- Microsoft Flight Simulator. It’s been 13 long years since Microsoft’s last Flight Sim took to the skies and boy, the wait has been worth it. One glance at the gameplay footage and you’re in awe of what Microsoft and developer Asobo Studio’s have achieved. The use of cloud technology is amazing and shows it’s real potential in video games. If you didn’t know, Microsoft Flight Simulator utilizes data from Bing maps and Azure AI that allows it to generate 3D models of buildings, trees and basically any object imaginable, creating a photo-realistic 3D world. Combine this with realistic physics, real-life weather systems (if it’s raining in London in real life, then it will be replicated in your game), licensed planes and realistic aerodynamics, no simulator can even come close to Microsoft Flight Simulator.
What are you looking forward to in 2020? Did we miss any must have titles or did we nail it? Let us know in the comments below.