#5 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Developer: Treyarch, Raven Software
- Publisher: Activision
- Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX
- Release: November 13, 2020
- Co-op: TBA
- Competitive Multiplayer: Online
After a slew of leaks, Call of Duty 2020 was confirmed to be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. After the previous Black Ops installment was released to be a multiplayer-only video game installment, we are finding Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to make a return back to the traditional Call of Duty franchise with a single-player campaign along with various multiplayer game modes. Fans of the Black Ops series will see some familiar faces return in this 1980s Cold War setting as they attempt to track down a Soviet spy.
We’re still waiting to see some more information release regarding this installment much like what we can expect in terms of multiplayer and even the zombies game mode. Likewise, we’re interested in seeing what this installment release will mean for the already established Call of Duty: Warzone video game. This battle royale title has proven to be incredibly popular with fans around the world and in the past, we’ve seen statements regarding the game’s upcoming evolutions that will take place when a new Call of Duty title launches. Perhaps we’ll see a map change or various weapons being incorporated into the game.
- Developer: People Can Fly
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: 2020
- Co-op: Online
- Competitive Multiplayer: TBA
During E3 2019, we got the reveal of Outriders, a new video game being developed from the Bulletstorm studio People Can Fly. Because the initial announcement of the video game came from this year’s E3 event, not too many details has been put out to the public, though we do know that this is a shooter set in a sci-fi universe. From what we have learned so far about the narrative it seems that Earth is dying and it’s left the rest of humanity to seek out a new place to live. This is where a group sets off to colonize an alien planet known as Enoch. However the group learns that the planet is far from being a safe and compatible home for colonization.
There are plenty of hostiles residing in the planet and you’ll have to fight your way through the planet in what we assume is a means of escape. We’re definitely keeping tabs on this game for more information but for now, we know that the developers are aiming to see Outriders release for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms this coming 2020.
#3 Doom Eternal
- Developer: id Software
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS, Google Stadia
- Release: March 20, 2020
- Co-op: N/A
- Competitive Multiplayer: Yes
Doom Eternal is easily one of the more anticipated video game titles launching in 2020. This franchise has been around for decades and thanks to the resurgence to the series from the 2016 Doom remake, the fan base is bigger than ever. Now eyes are on the upcoming installment which follows the events of the remake while taking players back to planet Earth. Without going into too much backstory, Doom Slayer is humanity’s last hope of survival when the demonic plague hits society.
Fans can expect the same overall gameplay from the Doom franchise, especially from the 2016 remake. This will be an over-the-top action-packed game filled with taking down demonic baddies. Being an FPS you’ll have a center stage seat when you battle against enemies using a wide assortment of weaponry including the infamous BFG 9000. There is one small change up that you may find interesting going into Doom Eternal and that’s the new Invasion mode. This will allow another player to invade your game as a demon and attempt to take you out. This will add a nice level of randomness and complexity to the game, but you can opt to turn this game mode off.
#2 The Last of Us Part 2
- Developer: Naughty Dog
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Platforms: PS4
- Release: February 21, 2020
- Co-op: N/A
- Competitive Multiplayer: TBA
A staple franchise for the Sony PlayStation 4, The Last of Us, is receiving a new installment. Set years into the future where Ellie has gone from a child to a young adult and is living life a bit more normally considering the overall pandemic. Even though there is still the growing threat of the zombie-like virus that is turning into mindless hostile creatures, it seems that the main threat in this world is opposing human groups. The storyline for the sequel is more or less focused on a cult-like group though we’re still relatively in the dark on their motives.
After Ellie’s love interest is captured and seemingly killed, our main protagonist decides to embark on a journey of revenge. Fueled by hate, Ellie will take on the group even if the odds are not in her favor, but luckily she will have some help along the way. In a trailer released during the Sony State of Play, we get the confirmation that Joel is not only alive but willing to put his life on the line once again to aid Ellie on her journey.
Naughty Dog developers have stated before that this is the biggest video game they’ve worked on to date. With that said, we’re not going to get an open-world game, but according to Neil Duckmann, the creative director behind The Last of Us Part II, the developers are providing players with a more linear style of gameplay which will result in tense moments. Only a small snippet of this game has been unveiled to the public so much of the story and gameplay is still tightly under wraps until its release for release in February of 2020.
#1 Cyberpunk 2077
- Developer: CD Projekt Red
- Publisher: CD Projekt
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, Google Stadia
- Release: April 16, 2020
- Co-op: N/A
- Competitive Multiplayer: Post-Launch
Cyberpunk 2077 is easily one of the most anticipated video game titles releasing in 2020. Within Cyberpunk 2077 players are set in a futuristic world, though to be more exact, a dystopia Night City. Big corporations and crime thrive making those who inhabit the area to be tough. That’s where players step into the role of a mercenary name V. You’ll have to handle small jobs and work your street cred up to earn high paying jobs. There’s a lot to do in Night City and the development studio has been stating that the in-game map is dense along with being very lively.
We’ve also seen some ambitious gameplay footage so far from the game which showcases just how the developers are allowing players to handle any mission however they see fit. As a result, there is plenty of choices throughout that will alter the narrative and give players specific endings. Speaking of choices and the futuristic setting of Cyberpunk 2077, players will find that there are several customization options. A big role in the game is augmentations where players can tweak their protagonist and supply various improvements that may help towards your play style.
If you want to craft your character to be more of a brute and go in with plenty of armor as you gun down your opponents then that seems to be available through the various skill trees or augmentation upgrade pathways. However, you can opt to stay rather hidden and use stealth as an advantage of reaching restricted areas. One thing is for sure, CD Projekt Red is making sure fans can enjoy this game in a wide variety of ways which should give it plenty of replay value.
No More Heroes 3
- Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
- Publisher: Marvelous
- Platforms: NS
- Release: 2020
- Co-op: N/A
- Competitive Multiplayer: N/A
It’s been ten years since No More Heroes 2 released but next year we’ll get the release of No More Heroes 3. The video game doesn’t have a ton of information out yet but we do know that this will still be a hack-and-slash title with our leading protagonist Travis fighting an alien invasion. It’s bound to be over-the-top action much like the previous installments, though like the past installments, this will be a Nintendo exclusive with No More Heroes 3 set to launch at some point in 2020.
More details are bound to release for the video game before it launches but we can still expect the action-packed moments as you slash through countless enemies. One element that the developers over at Grasshopper Manufacture is striving for is for fan feedback and incorporating the ideas players would like to see in this game.