It’s never too early to start marking down what video games to keep track of in the months to come. If you’re hunting down some anticipated 2020 video game titles to keep tabs on then we recommend checking out this list, especially if you enjoy open world games. In this particular list, we’re going to showcase some hyped games so far but you’ll want to keep this page bookmarked. We’ll continue to update this article over time with new and exciting video game titles as they are announced and are either confirmed for 2020 or if they have a potential to release within the year.
#10 The Eternal Cylinder
- Developer: ACE Team
- Publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: 2020
The ACE Team is bringing out a unique looking open world for players to check out in 2020. This video game is called The Eternal Cylinder, where players are taking on the role of an alien creature trying to avoid a massive roller that is destroying anything that crosses its path. Within the game, not only are you avoiding the massive roller, but you’ll be devouring other creatures that you’ll find along the way which will give you unique abilities to aid in your escape.
You’ll be able to enjoy this game quite often as you’ll find that The Endless Cylinder offers a procedurally-generated world. Each playthrough you’ll be able to find a newly created world to explore and escape from and while it’s slated to launch into the market in 2020, this is a timed exclusive for the Epic Games Store so if you’re wanting to enjoy the game on Steam then you’ll, unfortunately, have to wait until 2021.
#9 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Developer: Nintendo
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Platforms: NS
- Release: March 20, 2020
Animal Crossing has been a fan favorite from Nintendo for years and it’s really just a simulation title that you can relax playing. The game puts players into a new resident of a particular area and from there it’s all about maintaining your home and socializing with NPCs. For instance, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players move into a deserted island and with it comes the chore of cleaning up the area as you slowly build up a community. This particular game was slated to release in 2019 but Nintendo opted to push it back to 2020. So far we’ve only seen one video for the game online through Nintendo E3 2019 Direct and there are some new elements being placed into this installment. Take for example the workbench where players can gather resources they’ve collected and turn it into specialized tools. There is a slight change to the gameplay from what we can tell. It’s becoming more in the same style as Harvest Moon, but we’re not complaining as both franchises have been pretty great.
#8 Ghost of Tsushima
- Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Platforms: PS4
- Release: TBD
Set in 1274 Tsushima Island, the game puts players into the role of Jin Sakai, the last samurai who is fighting against the Mongol invasion within Japan. Being outnumbered and trained traditionally, the only way players will have a chance at overturning the odds is by learning the new fighting style known as the way of the Ghost. This will be a third-person video game that has a focus on being stealthy when traversing the open world and taking out the Mongol hostiles that are scattered around.
It’s worth venturing out into the open world as the game does feature a variety of side quests, but at the moment details are still a bit scarce. Currently, Ghost of Tsushima is releasing exclusively on the PlayStation 4, but there is no specific release date at the time of writing this so we’re holding out hope that we’ll see it launch into the market within 2020.
#7 Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
- Developer: TaleWorlds Entertainment
- Publisher: TaleWorlds Entertainment
- Platforms: PC
- Release: 2020
The wait is finally over in 2020 as we’re finally getting a sequel to the much-beloved medieval RPG Mount & Blade: Warband. This particular title takes place a couple of hundred years before the events of the first installment. Outside of the multiplayer combat where you can embark on sieges and skirmishes, players will find that there is a campaign mode attached as well. Within this mode, you’ll be able to explore the open world, seek out the different towns, aid NPCs, rob thieves or innocents, and partake in massive battles either by yourself or by gaining a group of troops who may be willing to lend their sword for a bit of gold.
A good bit of strategy is used within the game as well during combat. You’ll need to monitor stats, aim properly, block efficiently and of course, go into battle with the right equipment. Depending on your playstyle preference, you may opt for a particular weapon type such as a sword or spear. Likewise, you’ll be able to command your army to take on specific formations for better control of the battlefield.
#6 The Elder Scrolls VI
- Developer: Bethesda
- Publisher: Bethesda
- Platforms: TBA
- Release: TBA
After years of dealing with releases of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda made the announcement at E3 2018 that the next iteration of the franchise is in development. The problem here is that we have practically no information at all about the game. Bethesda didn’t offer any details but instead stated that the next installment to The Elder Scrolls franchise will be a next-generation game and will release after their newest upcoming IP, Starfield. It’s likely that this game won’t release in 2020 but crazier things have happened. Likewise, it’s highly unlikely the title will launch on current generation platforms, outside of PC, as Bethesda has spoken of both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI is a next-generation title. If by chance this RPG hits into the market this year we’ll update this post with new information.