Top 10 New Upcoming Narrative Video Games Of 2020

If you enjoy game narratives then you should be pleased to note that there is plenty of upcoming titles that will showcase a storyline likely to keep you intrigued from start to finish. 2020 is shaping up to be a big year and with it comes a slew of video game titles that are both available for current generation consoles and preparing for the next generation. In this list, we’re going to showcase our most anticipated narrative titles slated to release in 2020 but you’ll want to bookmark this page. We’re going to continue this list with more video game titles as they are announced.

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#10 The Forgotten City

  • Developer: Modern Storyteller
  • Publisher: Modern Storyteller, Dear Villagers
  • Platforms: XBO, PC
  • Release: 2020
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The Forgotten City started out just as a mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In fact, it was an incredibly popular mod that allowed countless downloads and even managed to win some awards. Now a few years later we’re going to get a more in-depth and fleshed out game but in a standalone version. If you didn’t play the original mod, then this is basically a murder mystery game. Overall, players discover an ancient ruin city from Rome, and through some time travel, our protagonist ends up within the thriving city.

From here, players are tasked with finding out what caused the city to fall. There is a bit of combat, but overall, the game is a narrative journey. You’ll meet with a variety of NPCs, get them to trust you, and find out just who in this city will result in its ultimate destruction. The narrative is also branching which means the game will adapt a bit by the choices you make in the campaign. In fact, there’s already said to be a total of four different endings you may get so there is some replay value. For now, the remake from the acclaimed mod will be released at some point during the Winter season of this year.

#9 The Outer World Peril of Gorgon

  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Publisher: Private Division
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: September 9, 2020
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

One of the biggest RPGs to come out from 2019 is Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds. It was a game that acted very similar to their previous work on the Fallout franchise, Fallout New Vegas. In this game, players are taken into the future where you have to decide on either helping a mad scientist that freed you from a life long of cryostasis or a government corporation that is overseeing how the universe is run. Along the journey, the game allows players to tweak the narrative through a series of different choices and actions.

Now that the game has been shipped out and Obsidian Entertainment has since been acquired by Microsoft, it looks like fans can expect to once again return to the IP later this year. It turns out that two DLC storyline expansions are planned for the game with the first being Peril of Gorgon. In this expansion, players will have a brand new journey that you can take alongside the crew you already formed.

From what we know so far, the game puts players in a noir-style investigation that takes you to a seemingly abandoned mining post. From there it’s all about the choices you make. Those that decide to take this quest will get to meet new NPCs, acquire some different weapons, visit new locations, and even get sent back to a few familiar areas. For now, we’ll have to wait and see just what all Obsidian Entertainment has planned for us as the game is set to launch this September.

#8 Bravely Default 2

  • Developer: Silicon Studio
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2020
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

After being a 3DS series, the Bravely Default franchise will find its way on the Nintendo Switch platform this year. A third installment if you count the spin-off title after the first installment was announced during The Game Awards 2019. Unfortunately, we actually don’t know very much about the game at all yet. We know that this will feature a new storyline, heroes and likely environments. With Bravely Default being quite a successful hit JRPG title when it was available on the 3DS, there is certainly a fan base eagerly awaiting to get their hands on the game. 

#7 Tell Me Why

  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2020
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

You may be familiar with Dontnod Entertainment. It’s a development studio that really hit its strides with the launch of their episodic adventure, Life is Strange. Since then, the studio has received plenty of fame and attention for their word on mature adventure titles. Currently, the studio is wrapping up the second season of Life is Strange and they have another adventure title slated to launch in 2020 called Twin Mirror, a game we make mention to in this post as well.

However, during XO19 we got the announcement of Tell Me Why, a new adventure title that will feature three episodes. From what we know so far, this game will tell a story revolving around twins, one of which had altered their gender. As a result, the story will have the twins going back to their child home in hopes of getting some clues and answers to their troubled childhood. We expect this story to be deep and aimed at a mature audience when it launches sometime next year.

#6 Marvel’s Avengers
  • Developer: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: Google Stadia, PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: May 15, 2020
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

After the success with Marvel’s Spider-man, a new Marvel video game IP is in the works. The video game is known as Marvel’s Avengers and it will toss players into various hero roles. With characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Black Widow, there are plenty of fan-favorite characters being represented from the Marvel franchise. We’re not going to get the game until May of 2020, but we do know the overall premise of the in-game narrative.

Marvel’s Avengers will take place during the event known as A-Day. What was supposed to be a celebratory day where the Avengers gather to unveil their new headquarters, it was instead marked down for a catastrophic accident. During the reveal, an accident caused most of the San Francisco area to be destroyed leaving the world to ban all heroes. Five years have passed since the Avengers disbanded but are now left to reform to save humanity from annihilation. While this game is available for players to go through alone, there is a cooperative option attached to allow up to four players.