As technology continues to improve 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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    Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

    Release Date: March 30, 2020 – Platform: PC

    Fans of the beloved Medieval RPG Mount & Blade: Warband will be getting a sequel early this year. Taking place hundreds of years before the first game, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord includes a single-player campaign where players can explore an open-world, travel to different towns, and participate in battles solo or as a work-for-hire mercenary for rivaling armies.

    The game will also feature a multiplayer mode where teams of players go head-to-head in sieges and skirmishes using the strategic combat system the series is known for. This includes monitoring your character’s stats, timing your attacks and blocks, and learning the complex differences between weapon types and their role in battles.

    Maneater

    Release Date: May 22, 2020 – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

    Maneater is an upcoming action-RPG from Killing Floor developer Tripwire Interactive in which you become one of the most powerful apex predators, a deadly man-eating shark. Best described as “Grand Theft Auto with sharks,” Maneater sees you starting as a vulnerable baby shark whose mother was killed by a fisherman. Carefully choosing when to feed or flee, you will learn to adapt to a hostile ecosystem where you’re not always at the top of the food chain.

    To this point, the game sets you free in a massive underwater open-world filled with secret locations, tantalizing rewards, and formidable threats. As you grow and adapt to your environment, your shark may develop new mutations that can prove useful in defending yourself against other animals and seeking revenge against the humans.

    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. 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.

    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 during 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.

    The Eternal Cylinder

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

    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, constantly moving roller that kills anything in its path. 

    As creatures explore, feed, and essentially thrive they’ll start to experience evolution as their bodies adapt 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. 

    Watch Dogs: Legion

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

    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.

    Gods & Monsters

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

    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 while 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 massive giant with a snake-like tail and one of Greek mythology’s deadliest creatures. Just like with Watch Dogs: Legion, we can expect Gods & Monsters to release anywhere between April 2020 to March 2021 for Xbox One and PS4.

    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. 

    Skull & Bones

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: TBA

    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. 

    Dying Light 2

    Release Date: TBA    Platform: TBA

    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. 

    Atomic Heart

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

    The 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 Bethesda will likely 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. 

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