Everyone has fond memories of playing at least one game during their childhood that’s now either trapped on old hardware, simply too outdated for today’s gaming standards, or a mix of both. Additionally, the studio and/or publisher who sold that game can definitely stand to expose their product to a new audience and ultimately make more money. Enter “the remake”, a phenomenon that’s already entrenched itself in film, tv, and video games.

2020 is jampacked with enough remakes of classic and iconic games to satisfy even the largest of nostalgia appetites. Here, we’ll be highlighting the most highly-anticipated ones along with any currently known release dates. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new entries and if you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other lists:

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    Resident Evil 3 Remake

    Release Date: April 3, 2020 – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

    Numerous leaks suggested Capcom was secretly remaking Resident Evil 3. After all, the RE2 remake ended up being a massive success for the company both critically and financially. It also helped revitalize the franchise overall, which began showing signs of exhaustion before the release of 2017’s RE7.

    For their next remake, Capcom appears to be employing the same strategy as before by creating reimagined versions of RE3‘s host of characters and environments. Even big bad Nemesis has received a facelift, now sporting an absolutely terrifying set of chompers that we’ll never be able to erase from our minds. 

    Final Fantasy VII Remake

    Release Date: April 10, 2020     Platform: PS4

    Square Enix appears to be pulling out all the stops with the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which has now evolved into two separate releases. The first half of the game will be out later this year in March and mark the return of fan favorites Cloud, Barret, Aerith, and Tifa, who have all received upgraded character models to complement the game’s new highly-detailed environments.  

    FF7 Remake will also introduce a new modified combat system that blends elements of real-time action with tactical strategy. Numerous improvements are being included with the remake, such as gaining the ability to directly control party members in the heat of battle and mappable button shortcuts for different commands.

    Trials of Mana

    Release Date: April 24, 2020 – Platform: PS4 | Switch | PC

    Trials of Mana is a remake of the 1995 action-RPG originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 for the Super Famicom. The game is set in a world where Mana, a potent but finite energy source, has begun to disappear, resulting in widespread conflict across the land.

    With evil forces plotting to unleash ancient beasts known as the Benevodons, whose defeat is rumored to bring about more Mana, it’s up to the player to restore peace and prevent the world from falling into ruin. The remake will feature completely new 3D assets while retaining the gameplay structure of the original.

    Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

    Release Date: May 29, 2020 – Platform: Switch

    Xenoblade Chronicles started as an obscure 2010 JRPG on the Wii but has managed to expand over the years through a spin-off, 2016’s Xenoblade Chronicles X, and later an official sequel on Switch, 2017’s XC2. Now that the series has amassed a substantially larger audience, Nintendo and  Monolith are looking to give new players a chance to experience the original game like never before. 

    Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition will feature high-definition graphics along with updated visual effects, aspects that were highly criticized at the time of the original’s release. Described as an open-world action-RPG, the game chronicles the adventures of a swordsman named Shulk and his friends as they become entangled in a war between humans and machines. 

    Destroy All Humans! Remake

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

    Slated for a 2020 release just in time for the series’ anniversary, Destroy All Humans! Remake will see players revisiting the 2005 cult classic from the Xbox/PS2 era. The game takes place during the late 1950s and has you playing as a wise-cracking alien named Cryptosporidium 137, aka Crypto, as he carries out a plan to harvest human DNA on planet Earth and use it to repopulate his species.

    Destroy All Humans! Remake is currently in development by Black Forest Games, a subsidiary of THQ Nordic whose previous credits include Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back and Fade to Silence.  All of the music and voice acting from the original are being maintained while new gameplay elements and adjustments attempt to bring the third-person shooter up to today’s gaming standards.

    XIII Remake

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

    Although we’ve previously seen a reimagining of XIII (thirteen) release back in 2011 as XIII: Lost Identity, the game ditched the first-person shooter gameplay of the first and was more of a hidden-object type game. Thankfully, fans of the original will get their due diligence when a faithful remake of the original is released later this year.

    The cel-shaded first-person shooter is centered on the titular protagonist, XIII, who awakes with amnesia and spends a majority of the game’s story attempting to uncover his past, which is wrapped up in an elaborate government conspiracy. While the original was praised for its comic book presentation, many critics panned the game for its lackluster weapons and simplistic combat.

    Battletoads

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: Xbox One | PC

    More than two decades have passed since the release of Battletoads Arcade, leading many fans to worry they’d never get a chance to witness their favorite anthropomorphic toads on a new adventure. Fortunately, Microsoft has stepped in to help resurrect the iconic beat ‘em up with Rare and Dlala Studios partnering to handle production.

    2020’s Battletoads will maintain the series’ iconic gameplay along with support for local three-player couch co-op. The game features updated hand-drawn visuals, difficulty scaling, a checkpoint system, and reworked controls for those dreaded bike sequences. 

    Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

    SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is a faithful remake of the 3D platformer originally released during the Xbox/PS2/Gamecube era. Centered on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon character, Battle for Bikini Bottom has gained a cult following over the years, especially within speedrunning communities, so much so that publisher THQ Nordic has partnered up with Purple Lamp Studios to release an updated version.

    Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Rehydrated will feature better graphics, a new multiplayer mode, and additional content that was cut from the original such as a boss fight with Robo-Squidward. The game sees SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy fighting to defend their underwater home from an army of evil robots created by Plankton. 

    Fear Effect Reinvented

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

    The Fear Effect games had their run during the early 2000s on PS1 and are largely remembered for their cel-shaded visuals and clumsy controls. Following the release of a standalone spin-off, 2017’s Fear Effect Sedna, developer Kronos Digital is looking to capitalize on the series’ resurgence by producing Fear Effect Reinvented, an updated version that presents the original with more realistic-looking graphics.

    In addition to updating the original’s visuals, Reinvented will introduce gameplay modifications tailored for today’s players while staying faithful to the story. Described as a 3D action horror game, Fear Effect sees players controlling three mercenaries as they set off on a mission to rescue the daughter of one of Hong Kong’s biggest criminal leaders.

    The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

    Less of a remake and more of an expansion, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is an enhanced version of the narrative-driven walking sim from indie developer Galactic Cafe. The game sees you playing as Stanley, a man trapped working a boring 9-5 job until one day when he notices a strange voice is narrating his every action.

    This sparks the start of a hilariously cheeky first-person adventure with a myriad of possible endings based on the player’s actions, which are constantly reacted to and commented on by the Narrator. Ultra Deluxe will include a copy of the original game along with new content in the form of additional endings and an extended script.

    Kingpin Reloaded

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

    A remake of the 1999 PC-based first-person shooter Kingpin: Life of Crime is currently in development and expected to release later this year. Described as an “enhanced re-release,”  Kingpin Reloaded will revisit the Quake II engine classic while supporting up to 4K resolutions and introducing an Enhanced Mode with adjusted graphics.

    Additional features include controller support, new quest and dialogue systems, and more. However, the story remains unchanged for the most part and sees you becoming the leader of a street gang as you set out to exact revenge on your enemies and dethrone the Kingpin. 

    System Shock Remake

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: TBA

    When the original System Shock released in 1994, critics praised the game’s relatively realistic physics and the scale of its 3D environments. Today, the series is remembered for elevating the first-person genre even though its success was short-lived. Fortunately, developer Night Dive Studios is looking to bring the original back to life with a backer-funded remake currently in the works.

    The scrappy developer has been taking their time with the project, carefully recreating the look and feel of the original System Shock and even collaborating with former members of Looking Glass Studios, the game’s original developer. Players can expect to take on the role of a resourceful hacker as they explore a space station brimming with terrifying creatures and a hostile AI named SHODAN.

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