Best Upcoming Open-World Games 2020 (And Beyond)

As technology continues to advance and the gap between console and PC gaming gets smaller, we’re seeing game developers create more detailed and immersive open-worlds than ever before. Genre defining titles like The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 continue to push the envelope of what’s achievable in video games while presenting players with living, breathing worlds. 

Here, we’ll be highlighting a curated collection of the best upcoming open-world games you can look forward to traversing throughout 2020 and beyond. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new entries. Lastly, if you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other lists:

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Originally scheduled to release in March 2020, Watch Dogs: Legion was one of many Ubisoft games to be delayed until the next financial year (April 2020 – March 2021). This was then followed by an announcement from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirming it will be available on both current and next-gen consoles.

The sequel introduces a host of new features, including the ability to play as any NPC you encounter in the open-world as you rebel against a private military that has seized control over London. Characters will possess special skills that affect different aspects of gameplay, such as hacking, combat, driving, etc. An online co-op mode is being included where players can team up to tackle missions and other activities.

Slated for this year, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be the next entry in the long-running action RPG. Set during the 9th century during the Viking invasion of Britain, the game sees you playing as a Viking raider named Eivor, who gets himself caught up in the ongoing conflict between the Templar Order and the Brotherhood of Assassins. 

It’s being reported that the game will feature a greater emphasis on stealth compared to recent AC entries like Origins and Odyssey. Additionally, Valhalla will introduce new gameplay systems such as the ability to increase your influence and gain the loyalty of NPCs along with building your own settlements and carrying out raids in enemy-occupied villages.

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. While the game’s PS4 release has been pushed back to September 2020, chances are it will come to the PS5 as well.

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.

During Sony’s Future of Gaming event, we were given our first glimpse of Insomniac’s follow-up to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. While there was some initial confusion surrounding whether it would be an expansion to the first game or a sequel, we’ve gotten confirmation that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a full-fledged, standalone game. 

Details are scarce at the moment, but the teaser trailer presents a slightly older Miles than when we last saw him. It’s unclear if we’ll still be limited to Manhattan’s open-world or get to visit other boroughs. What we do know is the game is set during winter, meaning we can look forward to swinging past snow-capped buildings and sipping on the occasional hot chocolate. 

Zeno Clash developer ACE Team is currently working on an open-world survival game called The Eternal Cylinder. In it, players are tasked with guiding various species of bizarre-looking creatures through life as they try to survive in an ever-changing world filled with a myriad of dangers, including predators and a massive, continually moving roller that kills anything in its path. 

As creatures explore, feed, and essentially thrive, they’ll start to experience evolution as their bodies adjust to the environment. The total number of evolutions is currently unknown, however, they include things like learning to breathe underwater, growing wings to fly, changing body shape to fit through narrow areas, etc. Every playthrough offers a unique experience with procedurally-generated worlds and random types of species. 

Another game to receive the delay hammer from Ubisoft is Gods & Monsters, which made its first appearance during E3 2019. Described by Ubisoft as a “storybook adventure,” the game appears to be taking some cues from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey in terms of setting whereas, its painterly art style evokes memories of playing Breath of the Wild.

You play as a long-since forgotten hero who’s been tasked with saving the Greek gods following a cataclysmic defeat at the hands of Typhon, a huge giant with a snake-like tail and one of Greek mythology’s deadliest creatures. Just like Watch Dogs: Legion, we can expect Gods & Monsters to release anywhere in the time cap between May 2020 and March 2021 for Xbox One and PS4.

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. 

Skull & Bones development has been plagued by numerous delays, reboots, and internal turmoil stemming from the departure of the game’s creative director during mid-production. This coupled with it being noticeably absent from Ubisoft’s upcoming release calendar, suggests Skull & Bones won’t be released until at least 2021 and may end up looking drastically different than the version we’ve seen up until now. 

However, some aspects are bound to stay the same, namely the game’s pirate-themed open-world and nautical-based combat system, which sees you battling other ships as you sail the open seas in search of treasure. It’s a shame the game won’t be coming out sooner because some of its systems are genuinely interesting, such as the ability to use landmasses for cover and territory control as well as being able to camouflage your ship by raising the enemy’s flag. 

Although Techland recently delayed the next entry in their zombie-parkour survival series, Dying Light 2 will likely end up being a cross-gen title and release for both current/next-gen consoles. 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. 

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 at all. Categorized as a “first-person shooter with RPG elements,” the game is well into the process of 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.

Even though Bethesda is more occupied with Elder Scrolls: Online and the latest flavor of the month Fallout 76 controversy, they still like to occasionally remind us Elder Scrolls VI is coming. That being said, we haven’t received an update since 2018, so it’s likely Bethesda will have something to show before the year is through.

Whether it’s a release date, gameplay, or another cinematic, rest assured the game will be coming to next-gen consoles. Current speculation suggests ES6 might be set in the Skyrim-adjacent region High Rock based on the announcement trailer depicting a mountainous northern province. It’s also rumored that the ongoing conflict with the Thalmor may be a key element in the game’s plot. 

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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.

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