The turn of the decade has always been a treat for gamers everywhere. For instance, the year 2000 saw the very first release for The Sims, as well as the debut of the PS2. The latter arguably had the best library of games to date, boasting titles like Metal Gear, Kingdom Hearts, Silent Hill, Dragon Quest VIII, and many more. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360, which continues to be Microsoft’s best-selling console, first hit the market in 2010.
Following on from this, it will be pretty exciting to see what 2020 holds, especially in terms of video games. So below, we have listed 10 of the most anticipated releases of the year.
10 Most Anticipated Video Game Releases This 2020
1. Doom Eternal
It’s generally accepted that Doom (2016)—the reboot of the original Doom (1993)—is the undisputed king of the franchise. However, Doom Eternal shows a lot of promise. The game intends to improve on the aspects that made Doom (2016) good in the first place, so expect it to be more barbaric, bloody, and gruesome. It will be released on the PC, PS4, Stadia, and XONE on March 20.
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
After eight years of waiting, Animal Crossing is finally going to get a new main title called New Horizons. Nintendo has even announced a Switch design to go along with its release. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is coming out on March 20 (the same day as Doom Eternal), while the new console comes out a week before it.
3. Persona 5: Royal
The Phantom Thieves are coming back—but this time with a new member to join their heists! This isn’t the first time that ATLUS re-released a Persona game with additional content (think Persona 3: FES and Persona 4: Golden), but we’re still here for it. Persona 5: Royal comes out on March 31 for the PS4.
4. Half-Life: Alyx
A new Half-Life game is in the making. And while it isn’t the Half-Life 3 that fans were begging for, it’s still pretty exciting to see what this virtual reality (VR) prequel has in store. The game is set to be released sometime in March for all PC-compatible VR headsets such as the Oculus and Valve Index.
5. Resident Evil 3 Remake
Released in 1999, Resident Evil 3 set the standard for survivor horror games everywhere. In fact, at this point, the only thing that’s better than Resident Evil 3 is a Resident Evil 3 in HD—which is exactly what we’re getting on April 3 for the PS4 and PC.
6. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Between 1997-1998 was a great time to be a Final Fantasy fan. It was when Cecil from Final Fantasy IV saw his re-release for the PlayStation. An article on the best turn-based strategy games for PC by HP adds that it was also the year when Square Enix (SE) jumped on the turn-based tactics bandwagon with Final Fantasy Tactics. Fusing signature fantasy elements with military strategy, it was something that had never been explored before. But most importantly, this was the time when SE released their best-selling franchise—Final Fantasy VII, marking another important milestone for the iconic game. And on April 10, it’s coming back on the PS4—in complete 3D glory, no less.
7. The Last of Us 2
The much-awaited sequel to Naughty Dog’s tearjerker is finally upon us—and it looks great! By May 29, we’ll finally be able to play as an older Ellie on the PS4, who’s on a quest for revenge after the death of her lover. The saga can only get more dramatic from here.
8. Cyberpunk 2077
The (arguably) most anticipated game of the year easily goes to Cyberpunk 2077. This game is an alleged sequel to a tabletop RPG in the ’80s called Cyberpunk 2000. EconoTimes reports that the team behind it, CD Projekt Red, is also the same people behind the first games in the multi-awarded series, The Witcher. This is why everyone’s buzzing in anticipation to see what new game these gaming geniuses have come up with. The game is set for a September 17 release on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia.
9. Halo Infinite
The reason why this game was never named Halo 6 is because 343 Industries didn’t want its fans associating it with the mess that was Halo 5. Halo Infinite is their attempt to redeem the franchise. We haven’t seen much gameplay so far, but the developers are claiming that it’ll be released sometime late 2020. Perhaps as a launch game for the Xbox Series X?
10. Plants vs. Zombies 3
Plants vs. Zombies was huge when it came out, and it still is. EA Games, the brains behind The Sims, is well aware of this fact and is planning their third installment sometime in 2020 for mobile devices. It’s going to have better graphics, more thrills, and new adventures to explore.
To those who say that 2020 may be the best year for video games—they’re not exaggerating. Between big remakes, outstanding sequels, and new titles, the hype couldn’t be more real.