There’s no denying that 2019 has been a great year for gaming, with a wide selection of titles from well-known studios in addition to exciting indies from emerging developers. And while many of us are still clamoring to clear out a backlog of games, the best upcoming games of 2020 rapidly approaches.

Here, we will be highlighting the most-anticipated releases along with their release dates and supported platforms. Make sure to check back as we’ll updating this list in the future with new entries. If you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

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    Resident Evil 3 Remake

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

    Numerous leaks were indicating that 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 7 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. There is a myriad of QoL improvements included with the remake, such as now being able to directly control party members in the heat of battle and mappable button shortcuts for different commands.

    The Last of Us 2

    Release Date: May 29, 2020     Platform: PS4

    Originally slated for a February 2020 release, Naughty Dog and Sony have agreed to hold off releasing TLOU2 until May to “bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality.” While this means fans will have to wait a bit long, at least they’ll be getting the best version of the game. 

    The original TLOU managed to capture the hearts and minds of many players and critics thanks in large part to its emotionally-gripping story chronicling the relationship between Joel and Ellie. Set five years later, the sequel closely follows a now much older Ellie as she comes face to face with a dangerous cult.

    Dying Light 2

    Release Date: Spring 2020     Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

    Techland’s sequel to the zombie-parkour survival title Dying Light is also slated for a 2020 release. The first-person action RPG is set after the events of the first game and introduces Aiden Caldwell, an infected zombie virus survivor who uses his superb dexterity and combat prowess to gain allies and constantly escape the clutches of the undead. 

    Dying Light 2 plans on delivering a refined traversal system with more fluid animations along with highly-interactive environments where players can swing from ropes and even ride on the roof of vehicles. Techland has also included more player-choice this time around, offering a dynamic open-world that evolves throughout the game. 

    Minecraft Dungeons

    Release Date: Spring 2020     Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

    All signs indicate Minecraft Dungeons will end up being a satisfying spin-off that makes clever use of the popular sandbox game’s blocky aesthetic. Inspired by classics dungeon-crawlers like Diablo, the game sees players exploring procedurally-generated labyrinths filled with dangerous mobs and untold riches.

    Devoid of any building mechanics, Dungeons emphasizes battling enemies using swords, hammers, axes, and bows in tandem with special artifacts that grant players unique abilities in exchange for resources. Similar to Minecraft, the game will support both local and online multiplayer for up to four friends.   

    Ghost of Tsushima

    Release Date: Summer 2020     Platform: PS4

    Ghost of Tsushima is the next project to come out of Sucker Punch Studios, best known for the Infamous series. The game was officially revealed during Paris Games Week in 2017 but has spent the better part of the last two years shrouded in mystery until recently when it was confirmed to be releasing sometime this summer.

    The open-world action game sees players assuming control of Jin Sakai, the last remaining samurai on Japan’s Tsushima Island amid a Mongol invasion. Sporting some similarities with FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the game focuses on close-quarters combat using a katana in tandem with other tools including a grappling hook. 

    Cyberpunk 2077 

    Release Date: Sep 17, 2020     Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

    Arguably the biggest early release of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 has some pretty big shoes to fill. After all, CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 is considered to be one of the best games of the last decade and has set the bar extremely high for the Polish developer’s next project. 

    Described as a first-person action RPG, the game is set in a dystopian future where the lines between human and AI have become blurred more than ever. Taking on the role of a customizable protagonist named V, players will make their way through Night City, a sprawling open-world overflowing with technology, crime, and neon.

    Biomutant

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

    2019 came and went and we still don’t have an exact release date for THQ Nordic’s upcoming action RPG, Biomutant. The game is currently in development by Stockholm-based Experiment 101, a studio founded by former Avalanche Studios creative director Stefan Ljungqvist, best known for the Just Cause Series.

    Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Biomutant sees you playing as a raccoon-like creature with the ability to acquire mutations and attach bio-mechanical body parts that affect combat and traversal. It seems likely the game will be released sometime in 2020, according to a recent financial report from the publisher’s parent company. 

    Atomic Heart

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

    Originally planned to release in 2018 and then later 2019, Atomic Heart has had one of the more interesting development stories, with rumors suggesting it may not even be the same game anymore. Categorized as a “first-person shooter with RPG elements,” the game is well into development at studio Mundfish, a Russian-based indie game studio.  

    Evoking memories of sci-fi staples like BioShock and Fallout, Atomic Heart takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union’s research has led to a technical revolution. Players assume control of a Soviet KGB officer tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.

    Halo: Infinite 

    Release Date: TBA     Platform: Xbox One | Xbox Series X | PC

    Microsoft has been surprisingly tight-lipped regarding the next Halo entry, considering they plan to release it in less than a year. Halo: Infinite will be the sixth mainline entry in the first-person shooter franchise and one of the first games officially confirmed to be launching on Xbox’s next console, the Series X. 

    Xbox One owners need not fret as Infinite will be coming to both platforms on day one. Current speculation suggests the game’s story is set during the “Reclaimer Saga” of Halo and plans to tell a more serious story centered around Master Chief and Cortana’s relationship. Additionally, it will see the debut of 343’s new Slipspace Engine, which was developed alongside Halo: Infinite

    Psychonauts 2

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

    Announced back in 2015, Psychonauts 2 was scheduled to release in 2018 before getting delayed to 2019. It appears fans will have to give developer Double Fine Productions a bit more time as the sequel has been pushed back yet again, now slated for a 2020 release. 

    In a recent statement to fans, the developer explains, “We know it’s always disappointing when you have to wait a bit longer, but we also know that you are an amazing, supportive bunch, who … want the game to be as good as possible.” The sequel looks to maintain the third-person platforming action of the original while telling a new story centered around Raz’s family.

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel

    Release Date: TBA     Platform: Switch

    Arguably one of the biggest surprises to come out of E3 2019 is Nintendo’s announcement that production on a sequel to 2017’s Breath of the Wild has already begun. The first game was praised for its detailed world, open-ended gameplay, and would go on to receive multiple awards including several “Game of the Year” honors.

    Judging by the reveal trailer, the next entry will maintain BOTW‘s art style while taking on a much darker tone. At one point, we’re able to see Ganondorf’s reanimated corpse before the camera switches to an exterior shot where Hyrule Castle is seen rising into the air. Fans have already begun comparing the sequel to Majora’s Mask, another heavy hitter in the Zelda series known for its darker themes and mature undertones.

    Overwatch 2

    Release Date: TBA     Platform: TBA

    Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan took to the stage during BlizzCon 2019 to reveal that Overwatch 2 has entered early development. Along with a new cinematic setting up the sequel’s story, a series of gameplay footage videos were shown highlighting a host of new features and modes. 

    One of the biggest takeaways is how committed Blizzard is to having players experience Overwatch 2‘s story through in-game events, which the original severely lacked. Whether the introduction of new heroes, modes, and cosmetics are enough to garner a full-blown sequel is yet to be seen; however, we anticipate Blizzard will have more to share at a later date.

    Diablo 4

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

    During BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard also officially unveiled the next mainline Diablo game, which is currently entering development. While there’s currently no release date, the game was confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is an interesting decision considering next-gen consoles are scheduled to launch near the end of 2020.

    Either way, it’s more than likely Diablo 4 will also be available for both PS5 and Xbox Series X. Although no gameplay footage has been shown, a cinematic trailer depicts Diablo 4 as being a dramatically dark and gory game, even by Diablo standards.

    Elden Ring

    Release Date: TBA     Platform: TBA

    We don’t have a lot of information concerning FromSoftware’s next endeavor, aside from knowing George R.R. Martin was brought in to create the game’s overarching lore and worldbuilding. Additionally, Hidetaka Miyazaki is the game’s director and responsible for converting Martin’s contributions into a workable plot.

    Similar to previous FromSoftware titles, Elden Ring will contain elements of “dark fantasy,” and allow players to create their own characters. Gameplay details are vague at the moment but suggest players will be able to ride horses and explore dungeon-like ruins where they’ll encounter enemies. 

    Elder Scrolls 6

    Release Date: TBA     Platform: TBA

    Even though Bethesda is more occupied with Elder Scrolls: Online and the never-ending stream of Fallout 76 controversies, they still like to occasionally remind us Elder Scrolls 6 is coming at some point. That being said, we haven’t received an update since 2018, so it’s likely Bethesda will have something to show at E3 2020. 

    Current speculation suggests the game might be set in the Skyrim-adjacent region High Rock, considering the trailer depicts a mountainous northern province. It’s also rumored that the ongoing conflict with the Thalmor may be a key element in ES6‘s plot. 

    Back 4 Blood

    Release Date: TBA     Platform: TBA

    With Valve pretty much refusing to make a new Left 4 Dead game, Back 4 Blood is the closest we’ll ever get to a new installment. Thankfully, it’s being created by Turtle Rock Studios, the team behind the original L4D whose credits also include the asymmetrical multiplayer title Evolve.

    Described as a spiritual successor to Turtle Rock’s zombie shooter, Back 4 Blood will include genre staples such as support for four-player co-op, replayable story missions, and a PvP component. There’s not much else to share but we should hear more as the year progresses.

    Fable 4

    Release Date: TBA     Platform: TBA

    There are a handful of leaks suggesting Playground Games, the studio behind Forza Horizons, has been assigned by Xbox to work on the next Fable game. If proven true, this will be the first new mainline entry in over a decade. Any details should be taken with a grain of salt but there are some interesting rumors worth noting.

    The main one being that Fable 4 will feature a fully-explorable open-world where players can team up with friends to build towns and take on sidequests. The main story is rumored to involve traveling back in time to prevent a “mad king” from using the Tattered Spire to destroy Albion and Aurora. 

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