The Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Which Game is Number One?

Most Anticipated Games of 2020

With 2019 behind us, it’s time to look ahead to the coming year and see what the video game industry has in store. To help ring in the new year, we’re counting down the top twenty most anticipated games of 2020. Some of these games were only just announced, while others we’ve been craving for nearly a decade. 

While plenty of great games came out in 2019, if we’re being honest, the year was… a little underwhelming. That said, plenty of titles got pushed back to 2020, which promises to make this quite the year for the gaming community, so without further delay, let’s take a look at the obsessions that await us in 2020.

20. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Iron Man VR (February)

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Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 was the best game we’ve seen from the Stan Lee-created studio in ages, which has gotten us pretty excited for its upcoming Iron Man title. The progenitor of the MCU, Iron Man is a natural fit for a VR game, given that it allows players to practically inhabit the suit. He’s also one of the most likeable heroes, like Spider-Man.

Players will get to fly around, blast enemies, solve some puzzles, and—time permitting—save the world. The trailer promises plenty of fast and fun action, so hopefully, this won’t be another disappointing comic book adaptation. Luckily, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

19. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Gods and Monsters (February)

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Combining Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with the aesthetics and gameplay of Breath of the Wild to create Gods and Monsters might just be the smartest move Ubisoft has made in a decade. Ancient mythology is such a fertile playground for games (see the great success of God of War from 2018), so Gods and Monsters will hopefully be able to deliver some deep, lore-based storytelling.

As a young warrior, the player will work to restore powers that have been stripped from the Greek gods. To help you along your journey, the gods will grant you increasingly powerful abilities. The art design of Gods and Monsters has been getting a lot of gamers excited, placing it on our list of the most anticipated titles of the new year.

18. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Watch Dogs: Legion (March)

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Thanks to a sillier, more playful tone, Watch Dogs 2 was a major improvement upon the original title. Watch Dogs: Legion, promises to continue in this vein as players can control just about any NPC wandering around a post-Brexit, authoritarian London. That’s a pretty compelling concept, which fits perfectly with the franchise’s hacker-action gameplay.

Watch Dogs games have traditionally underperformed, but Legion seems like the franchise’s best chance of finding the fanbase that it deserves. With some smart satire and innovative gameplay, Legion may be able to pick up where Saints Row left off, and if that’s the case, then this could be the Watch Dogs game that finally delivers. 

17. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Bleeding Edge (March)

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Ninja Theory is the studio behind some of our favorite action games, including Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and more. It’s next title, Bleeding Edge, represents a departure, however, as it’s Ninja Theory’s first foray into multiplayer brawler territory. On top of that, it’s going to be an Xbox exclusive title.

Many observers have already drawn comparisons between Bleeding Edge and Overwatch, with a little bit of Power Stone thrown in for good measure. It’s going to be a 4v4 team combat game, making it ripe for esports competition. Whether or not it becomes the next global competitive gaming phenomenon depends on early fan reaction, so keep your eyes peeled for more from this title.

16. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Animal Crossing: New Horizons (March)

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The next big release for the Switch is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is bringing in many features from the Pocket Camp mobile spinoff, including a crafting system. It’s been a while since there’s been a proper Animal Crossing game for consoles, and from what we’ve seen, New Horizons is a pretty ambitious addition to the beloved chill-out franchise. 

Just like the previous Animal Crossing games, New Horizons will be all about living on an island with a bunch of creatures. Players will get to explore the terrain, complete tasks, build homes, and interact with friends. Up to eight online friends can play together, making this an ideal hang-out game for Switch owners.

15. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Wasteland 3 (May)

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More than five years after the release of Wasteland 2, the third title in this post-apocalyptic series promises a sleeker, snowier version of the future than we’ve seen before. Crowdfunding has helped the trilogy get off the ground, as fans of games like Fallout and Borderlands clearly want to see more from the granddaddy of wasteland warrior titles.

Wasteland 3, like the previous titles in the series, is a throwback to the isometric RPGs of the 90s. What it trades in for 3D graphics, it more than makes up for in deep mechanics and an incredibly open world. Wasteland 3 will also introduce a greater emphasis on vehicles and is sure to feature the series’ trademark sense of humor.

14. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Skull and Bones (TBA)

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If you have fond memories of sailing the Carribean ocean singing sea shanties in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, then chances are you’ve already got Skull and Bones on your radar. If not, know that this is likely the best chance you’ll ever get to live the pirate life. Ubisoft is taking the best parts of Black Flag and turning them into their own game, which seems like a recipe for success. 

This game was originally scheduled for release in 2019, but the development team was given extra time to get it right. Hopefully, it will improve upon the underwhelming Sea of Thieves by delivering more engrossing seafaring and naval combat mechanics. We’ll have to wait and see if this title sinks or swims when it finally hits the high seas later this year.

13. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Ori and the Will of the Wisps (February)

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Ori and the Blind Forest was an unexpected delight. Everything from its incredible art style, skill-challenging puzzles, fantastic soundtrack, and gut-punching emotional heft helped to take our breath away. It was a true indie darling, and it gives us plenty of optimism for Will of the Wisps. 

So far, it very much looks like Moon Studios has put just as much love into the sequel as it did the original. In Will of the Wisps, guardian spirit Ori looks as capable as ever in these gorgeous, Metroid-like side-scrolling stages. Get your XBox controllers ready for this one, and you might want to grab a box of Kleenex while you’re at it, just in case.

12. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Nioh 2 (March)

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The first Nioh game from 2017 featured exciting combat and awe-inspiring aesthetics, making it one of the better Dark Souls-inspired Action RPG games. It was also Team Ninja’s best work in years. There’s no doubt that they’ll try to outdo themselves with Nioh 2, but in a gaming genre where the stakes are always being raised, can studios and developers simply keep improving? Honestly, we’re not sure, but we’re excited to find out!

Either way, feudal Japan is such a great setting for Nioh’s action that we’re liable to have fun with this one even if it doesn’t live up to the original. In Nioh 2, the player will be able to create their own character and advance through a massive skill tree. So look forward to that!

11. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Marvel’s Avengers (May)

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After dominating the box office all decade, the Avengers is finally coming to consoles and PC with a full-fledged AAA title. Rumors about the secret, Square Enix Avengers project have had us salivating for quite a while now, and now that there’s actually a trailer out there, we can confidently say we’re expecting some big things from this one. 

Fortunately, Square Enix has already committed to expanding and improving the game for a number of years after its release. If the developers can stay true to this promise, its Avengers game could do for Marvel video games what the MCU has done for superhero movies—namely, inject some much-needed innovation into a tired format.

10. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Minecraft Dungeons (April)

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On its way to becoming the biggest game in the world, Mojang has gradually transformed Minecraft. It’s no longer a solitary, lego-like mine-and-build game. It’s a veritable gaming genre unto itself, and Mojang is clearly hoping to capitalize on the game’s brand by finally releasing a new Minecraft game, Minecraft Dungeons. 

In many ways, a Minecraft-themed dungeon crawler is a natural extension to the original game. Our favorite experiences from the original title all involved exploring the seemingly endless caverns discoverable beneath the surface. Unlike the original, though, this four-player battler looks fast and somewhat frenzied. We expect it to hit the sweet spot!

9. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Metroid Prime 4 (TBA)

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Nintendo revealed that it was working on Metroid Prime 4 all the way back in 2017. Unfortunately, there was some issue with the development, and at the beginning of 2019, Nintendo swapped out the new developer Retro Studios, who made the original Prime. Fans of the series remain optimistic that MP4 will be released in 2020, but further complications could certainly arise.

Fortunately, the Prime series has been reliably fun and compelling, turning the brilliant 2D design into a fantastic 3D adventure experience. The fourth title in the series promises to bring a lot of innovative features to improve upon the original trilogy, which sounds just fine with us.

8. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (TBA)

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In the interest of full disclosure, the only reason this title isn’t much (MUCH) higher on our list is that we fully expect Breath of the Wild 2 to be delayed until 2021. Zelda games, especially ones as ambitious as the open-world Breath of the Wild series, need a lot of work to be as good as they are. If that means we’ve got to wait longer to play them, so be it. We’re still getting mileage out of the original game, to be honest.

When BotW is released, it will no doubt be one of the biggest games of the year. The first one is a top contender for game of the decade, and if Nintendo can improve on any element of the formula, the sequel has a shot at being the game industry’s crowning achievement for the 2020s.

7. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Doom Eternal (March)

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The 2016 Doom remake was an unexpected dynamo. It had all the charming demon slaughter of the original, along with some intuitively modern updates. If the forthcoming sequel can live up to its predecessor, that means we’ll have plenty of absurdity, action, levels, and enemies to look forward to, all in the trademark Doom style. 

The game was originally set to be released last November, but Bethesda pushed the date back to March, saying the development team wanted to “make sure we’re delivering the best experience.” If that means they’re perfecting the way Doomguy rips a demon’s backbone out of its twitching carcass, we’ll say the wait is worth it.

6. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Final Fantasy 7 Remake (March)

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For decades, fans of the Final Fantasy franchise have been waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) to get a remake of Final Fantasy 7. Widely regarded as the most beloved title in the series, expectations for the remake pretty much could not be higher. 

Rather than releasing a beat-for-beat remake with updated graphics and smoother mechanics, Square Enix decided to completely re-imagine one of the greatest JRPGs of all-time. They’ve essentially created a full-length version of just one section from the original game. While the results will likely be divisive, there’s still plenty of reason to expect this to be an exciting and rewarding experience. 

5. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Halo Infinite (Holidays)

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In almost any other year, a new Halo title would likely take the top spot on our list, but honestly, the shine has worn off this genre-defining series lately. Still, Halo Infinite, a.k.a. Halo 6, is gearing up to be a return to form for the franchise. The fact that it’ll be a launch title for the next-generation Xbox console also makes this a game pretty much everyone is watching closely. 

From what we know so far, Halo Infinite is a soft reboot for the Halo series. The main storyline will continue, but fans have noticed a lot of God of War-type gameplay additions. Seeing as it’s only been a few years since Bungie released Halo 5, changing things up is probably a smart play. Not all that much is known about this game, though. So we’ll have to wait and see.

4. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: The System Shock Remake (TBA)

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Remaking a beloved and highly influential 90s title for the modern era seems like a no-brainer. It certainly worked for the recent Doom reboot (and for the aforementioned Doom Eternal). But the System Shock remake has struggled to get off the ground. After a promising Kickstarter campaign, developer Nightdive Studios ran into some unfortunate roadblocks that put the future of the project in question.

Luckily for fans of the original title—and for fans of great games in general—the remake is comfortably back on track. Judging from the footage that’s been made available, this revamped System Shock should bring a whole new generation of fans to the series. It also stands to benefit from all the goodwill belonging to Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite. 

3. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Half-Life: Alyx (March)

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This one was a shocker. Nobody expected a new Half-Life game in 2020, but once again, Valve’s made fools of us all. Rather than a direct sequel, this title will be set between the first two Half-Life games, and rather than playing as the series’ long-standing silent protagonist Gordan Freeman, we’ll be playing as Alyx Vance, who’s on a mission to save her father from the Combine. 

At about 15 hours long, this might be a shorter gaming experience than what a lot of modern gamers are used to. But 15 hours was plenty of time for the first two games, and our hopes are sky-high for this VR title. Does Valve still have what it takes to make a Half-Life masterpiece? We won’t have to wait too long to find out!

2. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: The Last of Us Part 2 (May)

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Seeing as The Last of Us was one of the most beloved games of the decade, The Last of Us Part 2 is a natural pick for this list. Developers Naughty Dog are faced with the monumental task of delivering a sequel that lives up to seven years of hype, but if anyone can do it, it’s probably them.

The Last of Us Part 2 will pick up several years after Joel and Ellie broke out of the Firefly facility. The world is, naturally, still overrun by parasite-infested monsters and camps of generic thugs, and at some early stage in the game, Ellie will be forced to leave her safe environment and accept a call to adventure. Thus far, the teaser trailers and the leaked info have kept us reliably optimistic about this title. Let’s hope we’ve got nothing to fear.

1. Most Anticipated Games of 2020: Cyberpunk 2077 (April)

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Our pick for the single most anticipated game of the coming year is the Keanu Reeves-featuring Cyberpunk 2077. From the developers of the acclaimed The Witcher series, this title is already being considered one of the biggest and most intense sci-fi RPG experiences of all time.

As the name implies, Cyberpunk 2077 is inspired by the works of people like William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, the forefathers of the cyberpunk subgenre. That means the game will feature plenty of cyborgs, Victorian-inspired fashion, and scary corporations. And if the open-world map is anything like The Witcher 3’s, it’ll be gigantic. 

We literally can’t wait for this one. Can you? Let us know what you think of this list.

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