The 30 most anticipated games of 2020

Next year looks like an incredible one for gaming

Next year is going to be an absolutely epic year for video games.

Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett console are confirmed to release for the holiday season, but even before then, there's an enormous wealth of tremendous-looking games coming for the systems we already wield.

From The Last of Us Part II to Cyberpunk 2077 and Half-Life: Alyx, there are loads of games already filling up our wish list. Here are the 30 games we're most excited about right now, and we'll be updating this list as new games are announced and others release.

1) The Last of Us Part II

Platform: PlayStation 4

It's been three long years since The Last of Us Part II was first teased, and nearly seven long years since the original game – Stuff's pick for the greatest game ever – first released. Are we a bit eager for this sequel? Yes. Yes, we are.

Like all of Naughty Dog's games, The Last of Us Part II looks to be worth the extended wait, digging deeper into the tale of Ellie as she navigates life amidst the viral uprising… and seemingly gains a reason to seek out revenge. The Last of Us Part II looks incredibly harrowing and intense, not to mention incredibly well-produced. We can't wait.

Due: 29 May

2) Cyberpunk 2077

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Can CD Projekt RED do for cyberpunk fiction what it did for open-world fantasy with The Witcher 3? We can't wait to find out when the long-in-the-works Cyberpunk 2077 finally rolls out in April.

From what we've seen, Cyberpunk 2077 has sort of a futuristic Grand Theft Auto kind of feel, albeit with body modifications and incredible-looking cinematics. Night City, California looks like a place we'll want to explore again and again… and the surprise addition of Keanu Reeves as a main character only sweetens the pot in our eyes.

Due: 16 April

3) Final Fantasy VII Remake

Platform: PlayStation 4

This looks like one of the most glorious nostalgia bombs of all time. Unlike the various rezzed-up Final Fantasy remasters of the past, Final Fantasy VII Remake is a proper, modern reworking of one of the most iconic role-playing games of all time.

The trailers look stunning, capturing the essence of the influential original with the power of the PlayStation 4 – hopefully without losing the weirdness of the PS1 classic. One weird quirk, however: given the immense scale of the game, Square Enix will release it in parts. This initial Remake release will include the part of the game that takes place in Midgar, with the other chunks to release later.

Due: 3 March

4) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo had one hell of a "one more thing" surprise at E3 2019, dropping a first tease of a sequel to the absolutely brilliant The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – and that's all we've seen and heard officially so far.

Will it release in 2020? We don't know. Maybe! Will it have a different name? Undoubtedly. Are we super excited and hoping Nintendo has it ready by year's end? You bet. Recent rumours have suggested an early 2021 launch alongside a more powerful Switch hardware edition, but it's all wide-open speculation right now. We're certainly willing to wait for what looks like a darker sequel that perhaps makes Zelda a playable ally, but we still hope it's a holiday 2020 release.

Due: TBD

5) Doom Eternal

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

We were bummed to see Doom Eternal pushed out of 2019, but as ever, we're always happy to wait for something special to live up to its full potential. And damn does Doom Eternal look incredibly fun.

Building off of the intensely entertaining Doom reboot, Doom Eternal is still a speedy run-and-gun experience, albeit with more verticality in the levels thanks to a "meathook" grapple attachment to the shotgun, and what looks to be a heaping helping of deep-cut lore in the mix. We imagine that you'll want to play this on the largest screen you can commandeer… but then again, playing anywhere on Switch will be mighty appealing too.

Due: 20 March

6) Halo Infinite

Platforms: Xbox Scarlett, Xbox One, PC

Given that Halo 5: Guardians hit with a shrug and The Master Chief Collection was beset by tech issues for months, it's been some time since we've truly been excited about a new Halo game. Well, Halo Infinite looks to finally buck that trend.

Halo Infinite not only brings back Master Chief as the lead, but also introduces a gorgeous new game engine – and will launch alongside Microsoft's new Project Scarlett console, as well as Xbox One and PC. This E3 2019 trailer above gives us enough of a tease to get excited about, and the prospect of picking up a new Xbox with a new Halo next holiday is giving us serious old-school vibes.

Due: Holiday 2020

7) Half-Life: Alyx

Platforms: PC

Is this Half-Life 3?! Nope, it’s not. Half-Life: Alyx takes place between the first and second games, and on top of that, it’s a VR exclusive. We can just sense the disappointment from some long-suffering series fans.

Here’s the thing, though: Half-Life: Alyx looks fantastic, delivering what’s said to be a robust, full-sized first-person shooter campaign within this beloved, long-ignored universe, while ratcheting up the intensity via the VR approach. It’ll work on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and other PC-based headsets - and Valve Index owners will get it free, to boot.

Due: March

8) Metroid Prime 4

Platform: Switch

Nintendo revealed Metroid Prime 4 way back in 2017, with Bandai Namco handling development – but something went wrong. At the start of 2019, Nintendo announced that it was handing the project off to original Prime developers Retro Studios instead.

Here's hoping all of the trouble and time proves worth it. It's been several years since a total new Metroid game, and the Prime series has been reliably excellent, turning the brilliant 2D design into a compelling 3D adventure experience. Hopefully we'll get the much-rumoured Switch port of Metroid Prime Trilogy beforehand, too.

Due: TBA

9) Ghost of Tsushima

Platform: PlayStation 4

Sucker Punch’s latest PS4 original has been on the horizon for a while now, and recently gone out of sight. Either that means it’s receiving a bunch of extra polish before we see it again, or it’s moving to PlayStation 5. Possibly both!

Whatever the case, we’re excited to play Ghost of Tsushima whenever it comes out and on whichever platform it arrives. This stunning open-world game takes place during the first Mongol invasion of Japan, and lets you take control of a samurai as you methodically slice and dice foes. It looks beautiful and super-compelling, although we’re curious to see how much has changed (if anything) since it went into stealth mode.

Due: TBA

10) Diablo IV

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Diablo is back, and it looks darker than ever. Blizzard's latest dungeon crawler hearkens back to the style of Diablo 2, but keeps the more polished play of Diablo 3, finding a seemingly ideal middle ground that could make this one a winner out of the gate. And did you see the bulky dude in the trailer above who turns into a bear? That's our guy, hands down.

Blizzard showed Diablo IV off for the first time at BlizzCon 2019, and it was playable – but as of now, there's no clear indication of whether it will actually release in 2020. Here's hoping.

Due: TBA

11) Overwatch 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Overwatch seemed like the kind of game that could just continue on forever with steady content updates, but Overwatch 2 does something we've been wanting for a long time: finally turns the excellent lore into real gameplay.

Overwatch 2 includes a selection of PvE (player vs. environment) modes that include story missions and co-op battles against A.I. opponents, rather than just straight-up online multiplayer. The Overwatch universe is full of great characters and intriguing story threads, so we're keen on experiencing all of that.

Furthermore, the sequel will pack in new characters, modes, and maps for multiplayer, and it will have a shared server setup with the original game so that everyone can still play together.

Due: TBA

12) Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Platform: Nintendo Switch

With Pokemon Sword & Shield released, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is arguably the next big Switch exclusive on the horizon. And unlike the recent mobile edition, this looks to be another full-fledged version of everyone’s favourite chill-out life sim.

As ever, the cute Animal Crossing is all about living on an island amidst a bunch of creatures, exploring the terrain, completing tasks, building up your home, and interacting with friends. Up to four local and eight online friends can play together, making this an ideal hang-out destination for Switch owners come spring.

Due: 20 March

13) Nioh 2

Platforms: PS4, PC

We were big fans of 2017's original Nioh, something of a feudal Japan take on the brutal, yet rewarding Dark Souls formula that has proven so popular over the last few years. And even if it beat us down, we'll gladly take another pummeling in the form of Nioh 2.

The sequel lets you create your own character – albeit one who can transform into a yokai (demon/monster) and tap into those powers. It also has new blessed and corrupted weapons, along with an enormous skill tree to try and max out. We also loved Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which treads some similar ground, so we're curious to see whether Nioh 2 surpasses it.

Due: 13 March

14) Marvel's Avengers

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The idea of a AAA, non-movie-based Avengers game is certainly exciting, although Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel’s Avengers didn’t make the strongest impression with its first glimpse last year. The realistic character designs (again, not based on the movies) were a bit jarring, and we weren’t sure the gameplay would live up to the franchise’s glory.

But the more they show of it, the more we’re getting excited about the premise. Playing as Ms. Marvel and helping to reassemble the team after a catastrophic event is a neat premise, and the myriad costumes and upgrades are appealing. Here’s hoping that Insomniac’s great Spider-Man game has set the bar for big-budget Marvel adaptations.

Due: 15 May

15) Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Ori and the Blind Forest took our breath away… by punching us in the gut via intensely emotional moments. As charming and beautiful as it was, the gripping game took its toll on us. But now, years later, we’re ready for the sequel.

And it’s sure to pack a punch again, although it could come from these absolutely enormous bosses as much as the storytelling. Guardian spirit Ori looks as fast and capable as ever in these gorgeous, Metroid-style side-scrolling stages, and we fully anticipate that Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be appointment gaming for Xbox and PC players.

Due: 11 February

16) Minecraft Dungeons

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

Minecraft has been transformed into a whole bunch of different things over the last decade, en route to becoming the biggest game in the world - but now, Mojang is finally making a new Minecraft. And no, it’s not Minecraft 2.

It’s Minecraft Dungeons, which takes the Minecraft universe and applies it to a straightforward dungeon-crawler formula. This four-player battler looks fast and frenzied, with a classic franchise look paired with creatures and locales new and old. Should be a fun one!

Due: April

17) Bleeding Edge

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Ninja Theory has made some truly great action games over the last decade-plus, from Heavenly Sword to Enslaved and DmC: Devil May Cry—and now we’ll see if they can do it again with a multiplayer focus in the brand new Bleeding Edge.

Rather than a cinematic adventure, Bleeding Edge is a 4v4 team combat game that looks primed to be a super-fun esport, with plenty of distinctive characters and a captivating, comic book-inspired look. We’re a little surprised that it’s not a free-to-play game, but the modest pricing (£25) will hopefully draw in a large crowd of competitors.

Due: 24 March

18) Tell Me Why

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Dontnod Entertainment has enraptured players with its Life is Strange episodic series, which tells emotionally gripping stories while letting you manipulate the events with special powers… which tend not to make things better in the long run!

Now the studio will embark on a new tale with Tell Me Why, a Microsoft exclusive about a pair of grown twins—one who has transitioned from female to male—who revisit their childhood home to piece together painful memories involving their parents. The twins recall some moments differently, but are also bound by their twin connection. If the studio’s previous output is any indication, it’s bound to be interesting. All three episodes are due out in the summer.

Due: Summer 2020

19) Everwild

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Rare’s Sea of Thieves may not have been perfect from the outset, but it showed a spark and creativity that we hadn’t seen from the legendary studio in ages. It’s encouraging to see that the developer’s next project seems just as marvellously unique at first glance.

We don’t know a lot about Everwild just yet, as Rare let this trailer speak for itself at the X019 event—but it’s a gorgeous-looking affair, and one that we hope can live up to the Rare name. So far, it looks super promising.

Due: TBD

20) Watch Dogs: Legion

Platforms: PS5, Xbox Scarlett, PS4, Xbox One, PC

Each Watch Dogs game has come with a very different location and tone, all united by action amidst an increasingly tech-enhanced urban society. Watch Dogs: Legion jumps across the pond, as Ubisoft’s latest open-world game looks to take on a post-Brexit authoritarian regime in London.

The hook this time around, aside from that compelling premise, is that you can control literally anyone wandering around the city, including a hacker grandma. But when they’re dusted, they’re gone for good. Watch Dogs 2 was fun thanks in part to its lighter, sillier tone, and Legion looks to carry on some of that spunk. We’re not sure when, though, since it was delayed from its original March date to sometime later in 2020.

Due: TBD 2020

21) Kerbal Space Program

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Kerbal! The hardcore physics game that Elon Musk once championed eventually grew into a massive hit, and many years later, we’re about to embark on a return trip to the stars with Kerbal Space Program 2.

As ever, the goal is to create a functioning space program from scratch for a society of goofy little green creatures, but the sequel will expand out the premise with space colonies and a wider variety of vehicles to build. It’s also said to be more accessible than the first game, although we imagine it’ll still be plenty satisfying for die-hard builders.

Due: TBD 2020

22) Dying Light 2

Platforms: PS5, Xbox Scarlett, PS4, Xbox One, PC

The original Dying Light was more fun than a barrel of zombies… or a city of zombies, rather… and we’re looking forward to romping through the undead yet again in Dying Light 2.

As before, you’ll have to survive in a human settlement overrun with the spooky shamblers, with your parkour-style navigation paired with brutal, first-person combat. The infected zombies have changed since the first game, however, so your old tactics might not all carry over. Plus, the campaign can be played by up to four players this time around, bringing some classic Left 4 Dead vibes along for the ride.

Due: Spring 2020

23) Phantasy Star Online 2

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Phantasy Star Online 2 came out in Japan in 2012, and we’ve just been… waiting. But it’s finally coming! Sega has confirmed a North American release on Xbox One and PC, and hopefully that will expand to Europe as well.

Why should we care about an old MMO? Those of us who savoured the original Phantasy Star Online on Dreamcast, Xbox, and GameCube have very fond memories of this formative experience, partnering with pals to take down massive beasts. It’s a much larger genre now, but nostalgia will carry Phantasy Star Online 2 a long way—and the free-to-play model will surely help, too.

Due: Spring 2020

24) Grounded

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Obsidian Entertainment’s Grounded transforms Honey, I Shrunk the Kids into a compelling survival game, as you guide a quartet of young pals around a backyard after being shrunk down to insect-sized dimensions.

That means average, everyday objects are huge to these youngsters, and you’ll have to work together to stay alive amidst unexpected obstacles and natural threats. This Microsoft exclusive will launch in early access in the spring, and we’re looking forward to seeing whether there’s a surprise Rick Moranis cameo in there somewhere (please).

Due: Spring 2020 (Early Access)

25) Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond

Platform: Oculus Rift

Medal of Honor was a series focused on the past—and one that fell short when it tried to make the Call of Duty-like move to modern-day skirmishes. Luckily, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond returns the series to its original, successful World War II setting… but now in VR.

Above and Beyond looks a fair bit like the past games, but shifting the action to the 360-degree world around you head should ramp up the excitement as you physically toss back grenades and snipe faraway Nazis with glee.

Due: TBA 2020

26) Deathloop

Platforms: TBA

We’ve only seen this teaser trailer for Deathloop, and there’s no release date as of this writing — but this clip is enough to get us excited. Well, that and word that it hails from Arkane, the folks behind Dishonored and the great Prey reboot.

Deathloop drops you onto the island of Blackreef, which seems to be… let’s call it time-challenged. Two assassins are in a seemingly eternal struggle to off each other, but they keep being reborn in a Groundhog’s Day-esque fashion. Can one of them finally do the deed and break the tiring routine? We’re excited to find out.

Due: TBA

27) Gods and Monsters

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was another great entry in Ubisoft’s long-running series, bringing Greek mythology into play for the first time. And Ubisoft must have really gotten into the source material, because Gods and Monsters will take players back there once more.

It’s a different kind of game, however. As a young warrior, you’ll seek to restore the powers that have been stripped from the Greek gods, who will imbue you with abilities along the way. The more colorful, “painterly” style is certainly eye-catching, and may signal a game that’s a bit more all-ages in design—maybe even akin to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Due: TBA 2020

28) Skull & Bones

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Skull & Bones is basically the naval combat parts of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag… without all of that pesky Assassin’s Creed in the mix. Essentially, it’s a straight-up pirate simulation, keeping what many thought was the best part of that fan-favourite entry.

And it’ll be a much more serious, combat-centric affair than Rare’s more freeform, cartoonish Sea of Thieves. Unfortunately, Ubisoft’s game sort of sank out of view over the last year, but the company confirmed that it’s still coming.

Due: TBA 2020

29) Disintegration

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Hailing from a new studio from a co-creator of Halo, Disintegration looks to pair a cool aesthetic with a compelling world and intriguing gameplay. The game takes place in a future in which humans implant their minds into robot bodies, on a planet that has been largely ruined.

We’re not entirely sure how that ties into riding around on hoving Gravcycles and blasting the living daylights out of enemies, but we’re excited to find out. Disintegration packs in a single-player campaign—with some of the trailer’s action reminding us of XCOM, surprisingly enough—and online PvP multiplayer battles.

Due: TBA 2020

30) Iron Man VR

Platforms: PlayStation VR

Iron Man is one of the Marvel heroes that seems like it’d be the most fun to be, so Iron Man VR makes perfect sense. This PlayStation VR exclusive puts you inside the armor as you fly around, blast enemies, solve some light puzzles, and try to save the day all the while.

The trailer makes it look fast and fun, although the PlayStation VR isn’t the most precise VR experience around, and we’ve certainly suffered through plenty of mediocre comic games over the years. We remain hopeful, however.

Due: 28 February