The best upcoming games of 2020

2020 has had some massive games so far, but we’re only just getting started. With the launch of next-gen consoles yet to come, the biggest games of 2020 are still yet to come.

We’ve already had DOOM Eternal, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Animal Crossing and The Last of Us Part II so far, with the likes of Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Halo Infinite yet to come.

And that’s before we even get to the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the next-gen consoles that are likely to transform the industry and usher in a new level of graphical fidelity.

Here are all the biggest games that are definitely on the way, whether they’re coming out this year or later, along with trailers, release dates, and pre-order info where we have it.

If you’d rather find out about great games that are already actually out, your best bet is to check out our individual guides to the best games on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch.

Iron Man VR

Platforms: PS VR
Release date: 3 July 2020
Pre-order: Amazon UK or Amazon US

We’ve all looked at Tony Stark and thought, ‘Man, I wish I had one of those Iron Man suits for myself’. Well, now you can. Iron Man VR is coming to PS VR,  in which you play the billionaire superhero who is facing off against a ghost of his past. You’ll be able to use the repulsor jets to shoot and control the flight movement for the suit, and as you progress through the game you’ll be able to add on nifty upgrades to make your suit even more advanced. 

Originally set to launch in spring, this was delayed over the coronavirus pandemic, and is now set for early July, though you can play a free demo right now.

Ghost of Tsushima

Platforms: PS4
Release date: 17 July 2020
Pre-order: Amazon, GAME

This PlayStation exclusive is an open-world game that puts you in the shoes of a Japanese samurai in the 1200s, defending the island of Tsushima from the invading Mongol Empire. Expect fierce melee combat, lots of stealth, and some seriously stunning visuals.

Read the latest Ghost of Tsushima news

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Platforms: Switch
Release date: 17 July 2020
Pre-order: Nintendo UK, Amazon

Paper Mario is finally coming to the Switch in The Origami King, his first game since 2016’s Color Slash on the ill-fated Wii U. Expect a return to the series’ RPG roots along with the usual mish-mash of puzzles, combat, and incredible paper-based puns.

Read more about Paper Mario on Switch

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 4 September 2020
Pre-order: Amazon, Microsoft

The first two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games are coming back in a comprehensive remaster package. Every map and skater is returning, along with new licensed tracks and skaters, improved tools for creating your own skaters and parks, and even online multiplayer. Graphics are getting a total overhaul, as are controls, which also feature a few of the key moves from later games, like revert.

Find out more about the Tony Hawk remaster

Marvel’s Avengers

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia
Release date: 4 September 2020
Pre-order: Amazon UK or Amazon US

After Marvel’s Spider-Man was a smash hit on the PS4, Marvel Games are taking things a step further. That’s right – The Avengers are assembling on the big consoles. Experience all the different super powers across some of the most iconic moments from the Marvel comics. Plus, we’ll also be getting the addition of fan favourite Kamala Khan, AKA Ms. Marvel. The developers have also promised that this game will be optimised for more content for the next few years, making this superhero title an investment for gamers all around. 

See more about our thoughts in our article on Marvel’s Avengers news and gameplay

Star Wars: Squadrons

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date:
2 October 2020
Xbox Store, Steam, Epic, Origin

The next Star Wars game is a smaller affair. Costing just £34.99/$39.99, this first-person aerial dogfighting game lets you step into the flight boots of a Rebel or Imperial pilot after the fall of the second Death Star. Despite the budget price tag there’ll still be a full single-player campaign, 5v5 multiplayer, and even VR support if you buy it on PS4 or PC.

Get the latest on Star Wars: Squadrons

Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: Autumn 2020
Pre-order: GAME

The Dark Pictures Anthology is getting its second game this summer: Little Hope. The follow-up to 2019’s Man of Medan will adopt the same interactive narrative structure, with the same pair of online and offline multiplayer modes too. It also features another famous face: Will Poulter.

Find out more about Little Hope.

Cyberpunk 2077

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia
Release date: 19 November 2020
Pre-order: Amazon UK or Amazon US

CD Projekt Red is going big with its follow-up to The Witcher trilogy: a massive open-world, first-person, cyberpunk sci-fi game based on a cult tabletop RPG. Known about for years but only revealed for the first time at E3 2018, Cyberpunk looks like one of the most ambitious RPGs ever made, combining dense progression systems, branching narratives, and fast-paced FPS combat into one sprawling whole. Oh yeah, and it features the breathtaking Keanu Reeves. We’re ready to move to Night City now, please.

Read everything we know about Cyberpunk 2077, or check out our thoughts after seeing the game in action at E3.

Watch Dogs Legion

Platforms: PS4, Google Stadia, Xbox One, PC
Release date: Q3/Q4 2020
Pre-order: Amazon UK or Amazon US

One of the most anticipated games of 2020 has unfortunately been delayed until the latter half of the year. The third instalment in the Watch Dog series, this will be set in a post-Brexit London in which players have a choice of five main storylines and numerous protagonists. Each character’s stats will be influenced by their backstory, and allegedly you’ll be able to recruit and play as any NPC in the game. Watch Dogs Legion will also feature multiplayer, though we’re still waiting for more information on this. 

Check out our preview of Watch Dogs Legion

Gods & Monsters

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Google Stadia
Release date: 2020
Pre-order: GAME

The studio behind the renowned Assassins Creed: Odyssey is coming with a new storybook adventure that’s giving us big Zelda vibes. According to the trailer, you’ll be on a quest to save some Greek gods, and at some point face off against a big freaky looking bird creature. Other than that, we don’t know too much yet. But, we’re pretty hopeful that this’ll be one to watch. 

Read the latest on Gods & Monsters

Halo Infinite 

Platforms: Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X
Release date: Holiday 2020
Pre-order: Amazon

Halo Infinite will mark the return of Master Chief, but is also allegedly a spiritual reboot for the entire franchise – which is very intriguing. As of yet we have no footage of any gameplay elements; the trailer above was more just an announcement that the game is a thing. But stay tuned.

Read more about Halo Infinite

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Stadia
Release date: Holiday 2020
Pre-order: Amazon, Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed looks set to be one of the first games to hit next-gen consoles, with the Viking-set Valhalla launching across basically every platform except the poor Nintendo Switch. Set between Norway and Britain, you’ll play a Viking warrior trying to settle down and survive against the English, with new features including developing your settlement, raiding, and customising raiders to send into your friends’ games.

Read more about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Rainbow Six: Quarantine

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: 2020/21
Pre-order: Amazon

This standalone Rainbow Six title is inspired by the limited-time Outbreak event in Rainbow Six: Siege, and sees teams of three players work together against a technological parasite. It’s co-op PvE, rather than PvP like Siege, and could be a big hit if it breaks beyond the core Siege fan base.

Read more about Rainbow Six Quarantine

Resident Evil 8: Village

Platforms: Xbox Series X, PS5, PC
Release date: 2021

After a detour to remake Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, Capcom is returning to the main story in Resident Evil 8: Village. Continuing with the protagonist and first-person perspective of Resident Evil 7, this otherwise looks like a bit of a fresh start for the franchise, with a rural snowy setting and…werewolves?

Get the latest Resident Evil 8 news

GTA 5 Remastered

Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: Q3/Q4 2021

One of the biggest games of all time is getting its third release, as GTA V comes to next-gen consoles the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The ‘expanded and enhanced’ game is due in late 2021, and will also feature an updated GTA Online – now being spun-off as a standalone game too.

Find out more about GTA 5 on PS5 and Xbox Series X

New Pokémon Snap

Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release date: Unknown

Pokémon Snap, the adorable game from the N64 era where you went on safari and took photos of your favourite pocket monsters, is making a comeback on the Switch. Nintendo hasn’t said much about the aptly named “New Pokémon Snap” just yet, with no release date and no real gameplay details, but the company has confirmed that it’ll combine the gameplay of the 1999 hit with new worlds to explore and new Pokémon to snap!

Dying Light 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC 
Release date: Unknown
Pre-order: GAME or Gamestop

Dying Light proved to be a pretty great zombie game, and the sequel will only build on this even further. Advancements in the plot, combat gameplay and world should give you everything you need to go out and face the undead. The game will also be getting a Left 4 Dead 2 crossover, including using a guitar as a weapon to slay zombies with – pretty rockin’.

It was previously set for a spring 2020 launch, but in January it was delayed and right now there’s no set release date – though hopefully we still see it sometime this year.

Age of Empires 4

Platforms: PC
Release date: Unknown

After remastering the original Age of Empires in 4K, Microsoft has recruited RTS legends Relic to move the franchise forward with Age of Empires IV. We don’t know much about it yet, including when it’ll come out, but expect classic historical strategy with confirmed armies including the English and the Mongols.

Read the latest Age of Empires 4 news

Skull and Bones

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: Unknown

Remember how great the naval combat was in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag? Well this essentially expands that into a full game in its own right, as you lead a pirate crew in the Indian Ocean with your very own customisable ship. There’ll be both single-player and 5v5 multiplayer whenever the game eventually comes out.

Read more about Skull and Bones

Beyond Good and Evil 2

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: Unknown
Pre-order: GAME

This long-awaited follow-up to the cult classic action RPG has been in and out of development for years, and it’s pretty clear that creator Michael Ancel is being nothing if not ambitious with the sequel. There’s a lot that’s still unknown, but confirmed details include that it’s technically a prequel, it’ll have a seamless open world with a whole star system to explore, and will include both ground action and controllable spaceships.

Find out more about Beyond Good and Evil 2

Diablo 4

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: Unknown
Pre-order: GAME

Finally revealed after years of leaks and rumours, it’s no real surprise that Blizzard is working on a fourth Diablo game. Set years after Diablo 3 this includes a new big bad – Lilith – and five classes at launch, including the Sorceress, Barbarian, and Druid. There’ll be both solo play and multiplayer, though it’s all online, with dedicated areas of the huge open world map for PvP combat too.

Read more Diablo 4 news

Overwatch 2

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC
Release date: Unknown
Pre-order: GAME

Overwatch 2 marks a shift in focus for the series, with a greater emphasis on the PvE modes that have proved popular in the base game, and less on the 6v6 multiplayer combat where it made its name. Expect new maps, loot, and customisation options, with all the loot you’ve already earned in the first game even carrying over into the second title – and  plenty of the new game’s updates even working their way backwards into the first Overwatch.

Read the latest Overwatch 2 news

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Platforms: Switch
Release date: Unknown

Breath of the Wild is arguably still the best game on the Switch – and one of the best games of the decade, period – so we were pretty relieved when Nintendo announced a sequel at E3 2019. We don’t know when it’ll come out, or what to expect, but fans are hoping for Zelda herself to be playable in some form – and either way for it to be as radical and weird a follow-up as Majora’s Mask was for Ocarina of Time way back when.

Read the latest Breath of the Wild sequel news

Metroid Prime 4

Platforms: Switch
Release date: Unknown

We barely know a thing about Metroid Prime 4, but that won’t stop us getting excited. First announced way back in 2017, in 2019 Nintendo announced it was starting from scratch, and moving the game from Bandai Namco back to original series devs Retro Studios. The original Prime trilogy was absolutely phenomenal, so we have the highest hopes for the fourth game – but know we might still have a while to wait.

Find out more about Metroid Prime 4

BioShock 4

Platforms: Unknown
Release date: Unknown

We don’t know much about BioShock 4, and there’s no trailer yet. But it is coming, and that’s something. Publisher 2K created a whole new studio – Cloud Chamber – to develop the title, which has already been in the works for a couple of years. Original creator Ken Levine isn’t involved, but then he didn’t touch BioShock 2 either, and that was unexpectedly brilliant.

Grand Theft Auto 6

Platforms: Unknown
Release date: Unknown

We don’t know anything concrete about GTA 6 except that Rockstar is definitely working on it. Rumour has it there’ll be a return to Vice City, potentially along with a section set in South America. There’s been some talk that it might go smaller than GTA 5 rather than bigger – a response to the studio’s crunch problems – along with some speculation that it might not come out until 2023.

Get the latest GTA 6 news


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