Top 10 New Upcoming Narrative Video Games Of 2020

Starfield

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: TBD
  • Release: TBD
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

Bethesda is known for delivering an in-depth RPG experience with their franchises and it was unveiled during E3 2018 that the studio has a new IP in the works. Known as Starfield, this new title will likely bring out the same experience that the development studio is known for. While we don’t have any real details about the game story, the trailer shows off some constellations so perhaps this science fiction title will receive a proper announcement in the near future.

The Elder Scrolls VI
  • Developer: Bethesda
  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Platforms: TBA
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: 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 this coming year but crazier things have happened. It’s also highly unlikely the title will launch on current generation platforms, outside of PC, as Bethesda has spoken of both their upcoming titles Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI as a next-generation title.

Bethesda’s line of games normally has a decent narrative that expands across a large world and The Elder Scrolls franchise is no exception to that. We’ve seen a number of video game titles release with their own expansions and add-ons to help craft more of a unique world for players to explore. With The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim being such an iconic title that will easily go down as a classic, we can’t wait to see what the development team brings out into the market next.

Grounded

  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Platforms: XBO, PC
  • Release: 2020
  • Co-op: TBD
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBD

Grounded is the first game being developed by Obsidian Entertainment after being owned by Microsoft. The new upcoming title was highlighted during Xbox Insider which showcases the game as a survival title. Players take the role of a kid that gets shrunken down to the size of an ant. Now forced to survive in their own backyard, players will find that once harmless bugs may soon find themselves as a new delicious treat. Being Obsidian Entertainment, we do have some big expectations for a narrative storyline attached as well. Unfortunately, we don’t know much in terms of the story quite yet. There is certainly something unusual going on behind the scenes as players will stumble upon bases made from a secret group.

The Wolf Among Us 2

  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Platforms: TBA
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

Telltale Games was a beloved video game development studio. They focused mainly on old school adventure-style video games with plenty of exploration and choosing your actions along the way in an alternating story. With working on several big IP franchises such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, the studio was seemingly doing great. However, behind the scenes, the studio was falling behind. As a result, Telltale Games eventually closed down and with it came the cancellation of several video game installments that was in the works.

One of the video game titles that the studio had a big following for was The Wolf Among Us, an adaptation of the Fables comic book series. Originally released in 2013, the game ended with a second season in mind. Unfortunately, when the studio closed the game was scrapped. With that said, new management stepped in and brought Telltale Games back to life with The Wolf Among Us 2 being announced once again.

We don’t know what this means for the narrative or if it’s the same story that the original studio had worked on but it does seem that Bigby has another case he needs to solve. For now, we don’t know just when it will hit the marketplace but we’re hoping the first episode at least makes its way out before 2020 wraps. 

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.