The Biggest Video Game Franchises Returning 2020

Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 10, 2020

One of the most cherished video game installments in the Final Fantasy series received a remake. Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to offer gamers a chance to either replay the original PlayStation RPG classic or for newcomers, a first time experience with the narrative adventure.

In this game, players will follow Cloud Strife, a mercenary who works with a cast of characters as they fight against the corrupt Shinra megacorporations. This game title had plenty of exciting moments in the story so gamers who previously played the Final Fantasy installment, are like just as excited to see how they look in today’s latest hardware and technology enhancements. With that said, there are some changes you will want to make note of. For instance, this is no longer a turn-based RPG title like the original but instead an action RPG. This is also a game split into parts with the first part available today.

Halo Infinite

  • Platforms: PC, XBO, XSX
  • Release: 2020

The Halo series has been popular since it first came out during the original Xbox generation. Now years later we’re gearing up for the next big release, Halo Infinite. This installment takes place after the events of Halo 5: Guardians but unfortunately, we don’t have too many details as of yet in what the narrative will hold. What has us excited is that the game has been stated to be Master Chief’s greatest journey to save humanity. With the less than stellar reviews for Halo 5: Guardians, we’re hopeful that the development team opted to go back and bring out an excellent story for veteran players along with a great jumping point for newcomers to the franchise.

Half-Life: Alyx

  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: March 23, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx might not be the Half-Life 3 that most of us have been waiting for, but Valve is finally giving players a chance to revisit the Half-Life universe once again. This is a unique experience than before as you’ll be going through the title in VR and as a result, outside of having a compatible PC for VR you’ll need the likes of an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive to enjoy the game. Overall, the title follows Alyx Vance, as she works with her father Eli to fight off the Combine.

Valve brought a narrative adventure despite being a VR title so you can expect a full story throughout the game. Likewise, the game will have the same elements from the franchise that you’ve come to know and love like puzzles, exploration and of course combat. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any push to bring out a non-VR version of this game so you likely won’t see this title launch on console platforms unless it receives a port for the PSVR later on.

The Last of Us Part 2

  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2020

The Last of Us was a massively popular video game from developers Naughty Dog. Overall, the game was a narrative-driven title that followed a man tasked with delivering a young girl across the country. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is dwindling down in numbers if attacked by an infected zombie-like creature. Why you’re risking your life for a girl to reach a destination so far away is unveiled during the journey. It’s quite the popular video game title and in 2020 we’re getting its sequel.

The Last of Us Part 2 follows the events of the first game several years later. In the game, players take on the role of Ellie who is living in a community where it seems that the threat is less on the infected and more with other human factions. From what we know so far, a cult-like group has killed Ellie’s love interest. Fueled by rage and hate, Ellie sets off to take out the group against all odds. This will be quite the journey for players and its one that Naughty Dog claims to be their biggest video game they worked on yet.

This will still be a survival game set in a third-person perspective. There was also a lot of work put into the movement system where characters are said to be more fluid and realistic when maneuvering around in the world. Likewise, you can expect some new infected enemies to appear throughout the game campaign such as a creature that can flood the area with a poisonous gas which also doubles as a smokescreen.

Resident Evil 3

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: April 3, 2020

The Resident Evil franchise has been an iconic one for several years now and has inspired several developers to craft up their own unique survival-horror video game experience. Over the years we’ve seen the franchise adapt and bring out several installments into the market. However, some would argue that Capcom started to really evolve the game series and made it more action-oriented. That changed when the developers reached Resident Evil 7 and opted to go back and deliver a game that resembled its roots of being a survival-horror experience. The move was quite successful and it allowed the remake for Resident Evil 2.

With all the success, there was hope that Capcom would continue on with new remakes with Resident Evil 3: Nemesis being one of the games asked about to various developers over at Capcom. Thankfully, that proved to be the case as we received a remake of Resident Evil 3 this year. Overall, the game will follow Jill as she attempts to escape Raccoon City after an outbreak has spread across the city, turning more people into mindless zombies. Likewise, a massive zombified creature is after Jill and her S.T.A.R.S taskforce.