What has 2020 in store for gamers and the gaming industry? Apart from a plethora of new titles, there are some other great things happening next year that are truly exciting.
Let's take a quick look.
What games are coming out in 2020?
There are many great titles coming on the market next year. We've mentioned some of the most highly anticipated ones further down the article, but other great titles include, and are not limited to: -
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
- Gods and Monsters.
- Watch Dogs Legion.
- Animal Crossing New Horizons.
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
- Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated.
- System Shock.
What were the best video games of 2019?
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
- Slay The Spire.
- Super Mario Maker 2.
- Tetris 99.
- Void Bastards.
- Yoshi's Crafted World.
- Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order (honestly try it!).
7 reasons why 2020 will be massive for gaming
So, without further ado, here are 7 reasons that 2020 will be massive for gaming. This list is just a select few events to look forward to next year.
This list is in no particular order.
1. Tons of great games are a-comin'
As we enter a brand spanking new decade, gamers have a lot to look forward to in 2020. While most gamers have been treated in 2019, 2020 is shaping up to be another great year for new games.
We have already mentioned some great up and coming titles above, but other "hot" game titles coming out next year include (release dates courtesy of CNBC): -
- “Final Fantasy VII Remake” (release date: March 3) - Final Fantasy has accrued something of a cult status over its long career. Let's just hope the game doesn't let down this legendary and venerable game series.
- “Doom Eternal” (release date: March 20) - Doom is a game series that has achieved almost sacred status. With the massive success of the Doom reboot in 2019, there is a lot of pressure on the game developers to not disappoint fans.
- “Resident Evil 3” (release date: April 3) - Resident Evil is yet another game series that is widely loved by fans. With its previous installments all being huge successes, the latest iteration (well remake) has a lot to live up to.
- “Cyberpunk 2077” (release date: April 16) - From the creators of The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 shows a lot of promise. This should be quite an interesting title to explore in 2020.
- “Marvel’s Avengers” (release date: May 15) - With the huge success of the Marvel franchise on the big screen, it will be interesting to see how game developers are able to translate that to the gaming scene.
- “The Last of Us Part II” (release date: May 29) - Building on the success of the "The Last of Us", the second installment has big shoes to fill. Set five years after the first title, we wonder what's in store?
- “Dying Light 2” (release date: Spring) - The second installment of the highly successful Dying Light franchise, this game is set for release in the Spring of 2020. Be sure to keep an eye out for more details on Steam.
2. We should see the new Xbox in 2020!
Microsoft has recently, finally, revealed some information on their next-generation console. Called the Xbox Series X, this console may usher in the next evolution in console gaming.
With its peculiar, but aesthetically pleasing, monolith-esque design, the Series X looks like no other console that has come before. No price has yet been released, but it has been suggested that it should be on sale for the 2020 holiday season.
"The gadget comes with a peculiar monolithic design, almost resembling a PC tower, while its new wireless controller looks like something Xbox fans will be more familiar with. One new thing Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox controller contains is a share button that lets users capture screenshots and game footage, something the PlayStation 4 controller already features." - CNBC.
Revealed at the Game Awards in Los Angeles, Microsoft has fired the first shot in the upcoming war with its major rival Sony. How will they respond?
3. We should also see the next PlayStation console in 2020
Sony has also announced the potential release of their next-gen console too. Confirmed as being called the PlayStation 5, this console will go toe-to-toe with Xbox's new offering to gamers.
Both the Xbox and PlayStation 5 will probably be packed with processing power, not to mention top of the line graphics too. Both should have solid-state hard drives that will dramatically reduce loading speeds and make the gaming experience that much more immersive and enjoyable.
But this is all speculation at this point. No hard facts have yet been released about Sony's new console apart from an early prototype release in late 2019. But judging from past creations of Sony, their new console is bound to blow every gamer's mind.
4. Sony announces a new "haptic" controller
Sticking with the PlayStation 5 for a moment is another feature of the console that might be massive for gaming in 2020. Sony released some information back in 2019 about their new "haptic controller."
The controller promises to let users feel virtual things physically. Controllers will also feature something called adaptive triggers.
"With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field," said PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan. "You can even get a sense [of] a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud."
We cannot wait.
5. How will Google's Stadia fair in 2020?
Something else to look out for in 2020 will be the fate of Google's game-streaming service Stadia. It was launched in 2019 and is still very much in its early days.
With it, gamers can stream games remotely on their phones and laptops without requiring expensive hardware. Factor in the potential for liberating gamers from the constant burden of constant console obsolescence.
The service has received very mixed reviews so far but it shouldn't be written off just yet. Cloud-based gaming shows a lot of promise and 2020 might just be the year it breaks through.
6. Amazon and Apple may get into game streaming in 2020
Hot on the heels of Google Stadia, Amazon, and Apple also making some noise about their intentions to also enter the game streaming space. While not yet official, Amazon has been reported of working on its own version.
Apple has already debuted its game subscription service called Apple Arcade.
Microsoft has also made announcements of their intentions to also get in on the act this year. Called Project xCloud, it is currently in its Beta version but no release date has yet been confirmed.
How will 2020 fair for Amazon, Google and Apple in this arena? Only time will tell.
7. Will 2020 be the year VR takes off?
And finally, could 2020 be the year that VR actually makes it? With some limited VR titles being released on some of the larger consoles like PS4 in 2019, it has yet to really take off.
But one of the biggest surprises of 2020 could come from the well-known PC gaming god, Valve. They have recently announced a new iteration of their venerable "Half-Lie" series of games.
In a recent trailer, the new game called "Half-Life: Alyx", will be a virtual reality version of this highly popular game series.
"Setting aside the plethora of challenges VR faces — the biggest one currently being convincing enough consumers to buy a VR headset — the move marks a significant return for the publisher in 2020 and yet another attempt to make VR commercially successful." - CNBC.