Best Upcoming Game Remakes 2020 (And Beyond)

Every gamer can name at least one game from their childhood that’s now either trapped on old hardware or is simply too outdated by today’s standards. As gaming continues to mature, studios and publishers are looking to capitalize on this conundrum by revisiting their catalogs. Enter in ‘remakes,’ a phenomenon that’s already entrenched itself in film, tv, and video games.

This year is packed with enough remakes of cult classics to satisfy even the largest appetite for nostalgia. Here, we’ll be highlighting the best upcoming game remakes along with their current release dates. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new entries and while you’re here, consider reading through our other curated lists:

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Activision caught everyone by surprise with an announcement that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 were being remade for current-gen consoles. The game plans on staying true to the spirit of the PS1 originals while adding some modern amenities, most notably better graphics. Additionally, tricks from later Tony Hawk games will make an appearance alongside new Create-A-Skater and Create-A-Park tools.

Fittingly, developer Vicarious Visions has been tapped for the remake, whose previous credits include the recent Crash Bandicoot remake as well as ports of THPS2/3 for the Game Boy Advance back in the day. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is currently slated for a fall release and will support both local and online multiplayer at launch. 

Crytek and Saber Interactive have partnered to release Crysis Remastered, an updated version of the first-person shooter best known for its demanding graphics requirements. While gaming has come a long way since the days of using Crysis as a benchmark for your rig’s capabilities, the remaster looks to reclaim some of that former glory.

Crysis Remastered will feature high-quality textures, support for ray tracing, reworked lighting systems, and many more improvements. The original saw players controlling a super-soldier named Nomad, who finds himself wrapped up in a sci-fi conspiracy involving North Korea and aliens. 

Although we already saw 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.

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. 

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. This updated version 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.

A remake of the PS3 classic Demon’s Souls has been announced for Sony’s next-gen PS5 console. Created by FromSoftware, the 2009 action RPG laid the groundwork for games like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Bluepoint Games will be handling the remake’s development along with PlayStation’s Japan Studio. 

While the announcement trailer only displays brief cutscene moments running in-engine and no actual gameplay, it’s clear to see how much has been improved. Everything from lighting to character models to volumetric effects has been enhanced in the remake. Additionally, thanks to the PS5’s hardware capabilities, Demon’s Souls remake will support ray-tracing and run natively in 4K. 

Following THQ Nordic’s acquisition of Piranha Bytes back in May 2019, the company has begun working on a remake of the classic 2001 action RPG Gothic. At release, the game was praised for its ambitious plot and gameplay mechanics but failed to catch on due to its PC exclusivity. For the remake, THQ Nordic appears to be leaving the story alone, instead focusing on updating the game’s visuals and combat.

In it, you play as a prisoner of a mining colony who receives a letter requesting him to seek out a group of wizards knowns as the Order of the Magicians of Fire. In a post-Witcher 3 world, it’ll be interesting to see what Gothic has to offer players who likely never experienced the original. If you would like to check out the game for yourself, THQ has released a free playable teaser on Steam.

Less of a remake and more of an expansion, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is a fresh and improved 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.

One of Nintendo’s most iconic N64 titles will be making a return on the Switch at some point in the future. During a recent Pokémon presentation, the company announced that a remake of Pokémon Snap is currently in development at Bandai Namco Studios. Aptly named New Pokémon Snap, the remake will see players donning their cameras once again and visit new islands where Pokémon roam freely.

You’ll be able to photograph Pokémon in their natural habitats and see them interact with one another in real-time. Unlike the original, which only focused on the first generation of Pokémon, it seems New Pokémon Snap will feature cameos of creatures from every mainline game, including Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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 characteristics 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.

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 vibe 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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Justin Fernandez
Justin Fernandez

As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.