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.
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 from it we can see that 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.
- Developer: CD Projekt Red
- Publisher: CD Projekt Red
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: April 16, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 has been a highly anticipated video game title from development studio CD Projekt Red. The same folks that brought out the successful RPG series, The Witcher, is bringing out a futuristic open-world dystopia for players to enjoy. In this game, players will be taking on the role of a mercenary that relies on street cred to get new jobs and offers from different companies. Also, a large part of this game is focused on choices and allowing the players to determine the best way in their opinion to handle the situation at hand.
This game is also set in an open world environment and it’s quite lived in. From the footage shown off so far, there appears to be plenty of NPCs going through their own daily routine and likewise, the city itself will be filled with buildings that players can enter. In my opinion, we’ve only scraped the surface so far as to what all we can expect from this in-game world such as the augmentations you can acquire, the gangs you’ll run into and the random events that will be playing out on any given street. With so much hype building up from this title, we’re holding onto hope that the famed development studio can deliver a fun and thrilling game to enjoy for hours on end.
Dying Light 2
- Developer: Techland
- Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: 2020
Dying Light 2 was unveiled during E3 2018 where we are once again tossed into the zombie apocalyptic world and forced to fight for survival. Players will be in a new city location where factions are at a constant battle to retain control of the area. However, the developers are giving players more freedom as they can choose to go down a variety of pathways though they will all have their own particular consequences.
Just as before, this is an open world game that will allow players to traverse freely. However, you’ll have to battle the undead if you choose to leave beyond the city walls. Set fifteen years after the events of the original title, Dying Light 2 will still retain the same hostile zombie creatures though they will continue to be lethargic during the day and more aggressive at night.
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.
Watch Dogs Legion
- Developer: Ubisoft
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, Stadia
- Release: March 6, 2020
Watch Dogs will have a third main installment released in 2020, Watch Dogs: Legion. This time around the game takes place in a fictionalized version of London where DedSec is now focusing on a new regime that’s taken over the United Kingdom. The title was announced during E3 2019 and it has one particular attribute that Ubisoft was thrilled to share worldwide during the expo. Unlike the past installments where the game focuses on one particular protagonist, Watch Dogs: Legion will have a seemingly endless amount of playable characters.
The goal of the game at times will be recruiting potential players to aid in the DedSec cause. Take for example the gameplay footage revealed during E3 2019 where the main protagonist begins a hunt to find a civilian that is hand with hacking drones. During the mission, our protagonist dies but instead of a typical game over screen, we are instantly swapped to another formerly recruited member to complete the task. As a result, players may be able to freely gather new recruits that may have a specialized skill or attribute that may prove to be useful during a certain mission.
We don’t know just how big of the game world will be just yet but developers have included a number of different regions and areas for players to explore.