Sony’s family of PS4 consoles are set to have a fantastic 2020. If things go like many are expecting, this could be the final year of back-to-back blockbusters for the platform until the next generation is ushered in with the PS5 and Xbox Series X . If this turns out to be true, we’ll be very happy with The Last of Us Part 2, Death Stranding and Days Gone as swansongs for the 90+ million selling platform.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Developer: Square Enix
After years of rumours and anticipation, one of the most beloved JRPGs of all time is finally being reimagined in the form of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. The project is a gargantuan undertaking, which explains why it might be split into multiple entries simply to cover the original story.
Updates on its development have been thin on the ground lately, with many of Square Enix’s resources going into finishing Kingdom Hearts 3, which has now released. So, could 2020 see yet another glimpse at FF7 Remake? Fingers crossed for now.
Read our full Final Fantasy 7 Remake preview
Release Date: 20 March, 2020
Developer: id Software
After the explosive 2016 reboot, DOOM is on a resurgence nobody could’ve expected after such a long absence. Fighting hordes of demons as they spawned from the depths of hell as The Marine was bloody, satisfying and simply felt fantastic to play.
Now, we’re set to receive a sequel with DOOM Eternal. Just like the original DOOM 2, it’s Hell on Earth and your enemies leave the scorching surface of Mars in favour of our lovely little planet. Civilisation hasn’t taken too kindly to our new guests, so it’s time to kick some butt!
Read our full DOOM Eternal preview
Ghost of Tsushima
Release Date: Summer 2020
Developer: Sucker Punch
Ghost of Tsushima is a really easy sell, as demonstrated by Sucker Punch’s game director Nate Fox: “Is there a game that you always wished someone would make, but they never did?”
Assassin’s Creed could’ve done it, Nioh certainly got close, but so far, no game has provided an open-world experience in feudal Japan, even though the setting should be all the way up there with exploring space or becoming a pirate.
One thing is clear, the makers of Infamous know how to design beautiful open worlds. There’s a lot of love for detail in the trailer, and becoming a hero against the Mongol armies is likely going to teach you a thing or two about this part of Japan’s history, too.
Read our full Ghosts of Tsushima preview
The Last of Us Part 2
Release Date: 29 May, 2020
Developer: Naughty Dog
Even after Naughty Dog had broken with jump and runs and rebranded themselves as developers of action games with memorable heroes, the tone of The Last of Us was still new.
The consideration of the human elements in a zombie story made it a tense game to play. Violent and gruesome, it didn’t shock for the sake of shocking. The expectations to deliver something similarly nuanced in The Last of Us Part 2 are high.
Not much has been revealed, but it doesn’t look as if everyone miraculously made up. Instead, Ellie is older now and out for revenge, another addition to the growing team of female game protagonists who can take care of themselves.
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Developer: Experiment 101
Release Date: 2020
This open-world action-adventure seems to be combining the best elements of a world in the style of Monster Hunter and… Devil May Cry’s pistol and sword combat of all things.
In Biomutant, you take control of a raccoon-like creature that is trying to find a cure for its world, in which a mysterious poison turns all inhabitants into monsters. Body augmentations and a large number of weapons promise variety in combat, while the world with jungles, deserts, and snowy mountains looks too pretty not to explore.
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Release Date: April 16, 2020
CD Projekt Red has teased the existence of Cyberpunk 2077, inspired by the tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, for quite some time, before finally releasing a trailer during 2019’s E3.
Cyberpunk 2077 promises to be a hybrid of a first person shooter with an RPG, giving you multiple ways to complete missions through situational decision-making as well as plenty of ways to augment your character.
CD Projekt Red are by now renowned for detailed open worlds and a great narrative thanks to The Witcher series. To have them develop their own take on the world of tomorrow is an exciting prospect, although we may have to wait a good while yet.
Read our full Cyberpunk 2077 preview
Watch Dogs Legion
Release Date: TBA
If you’re tired of hearing about Brexit all the time, we’ve got some bad news for you. Watch Dogs Legion takes us to a futuristic vision of London where the referendum has transformed the British capital into a dystopian hellscape dominated by emergent fascists and bleak authoritarian regime.
Legion allows you to take control of any and all characters across the open-world recruiting them to DedSec as a supporter of the resistance. Each operative will have distinctive perks, occupying one of three classes you can customise. However, lose them in battle and they’re gone forever. This sounds like a wonderful spin on the Watch Dogs formula, and we can’t wait to play more of it.
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Resident Evil 3
Release Date: April 3, 2020
Following in the footsteps of the stellar Resident Evil 2 remake, Capcom is bringing back the third entry, rebuilding it completely with modern technology. Its last effort was absolutely fantastic, thus setting a very high benchmark for Jill Valentine and company to meet.
Taking place both before and after the events of its predecessor, Resident Evil 3 follows Jill Valentine as she tries desperately to survive amidst the Raccoon City outbreak. The world is filled zombies and other dangerous creatures, and it’s Jill’s job to escape and uncover the sinister truth behind the Umbrella Corporation.
Obviously, you’ll need to contend with NEMESIS. This evil beast is genetically engineered with the latest advancements of technological warfare, existing with one primal goal: eliminate every single member of S.T.A.R.S.
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Release Date: May 15, 2020
Given the rampant success of Marvel’s cinematic universe, we’re surprised it’s taken the company this long to break into the gaming realm. However, it’s clear the company has taken it’s time, ensuring the iconic team’s first foray into the virtual medium is done right, and is far more than a generic licensed tie-in we’ve seen hundreds of times before.
Developed by Crystal Dynamics (who you may remember from the Tomb Raider trilogy), Marvel’s Avengers is a sprawling co-operative adventure which will see you play as Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor and Miss Marvel. Each of these heroes has their own slate of abilities, enhanced by a sprawling customisation system where you can change every little component, whether it’s a belt buckle or an entire outfit.
Square Enix has confirmed Marvel’s Avengers will tell a completely original story and will be supported for years to come with new heroes, missions and unlockables for players to pursue. From what we’ve played, it feels like Marvel’s approach to something like Destiny or The Division, hoping players will invest a huge amount of time into its huge, inviting world.
Read our full Marvel’s Avengers preview
Dying Light 2
Release Date: TBA
The original Dying Light was a wonderful surprise, taking the underwhelming foundations established by Dead Island and transforming them into one of the generation’s best open-world adventures. Taking place across a city crawling with undead, you avoided them by running, jumping and climbing like a true athlete, using the environent to your advantage in order to survive.
It felt amazing play, only made better by additional expansions in the months that followed. The sequel aims to expand upon this with a larger, more ambitious setting which places player decisions at the forefront, ensuring each step, no matter how big or small, has consequences. Dying Light 2 has looks fantastic each and every time we’ve seen it here at Trusted Reviews, meaning it could easily be one of 2020’s biggest hits.