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Metro video games preview of 2020 – release dates for every new game – Metro

11 February – Ori And The Will Of The Wisps (XO/PC)
One of the last big Xbox One exclusives and the long-awaited follow-up to what remains one of the best Metroidvanias of the generation. There’s no clue yet if it’ll also be released on Switch.

14 February – Dreams (PS4)
The game creation tool from the makers of LittleBigPlanet has been in beta for a long time but February is the official launch date when everyone will be able to play it.

3 March – Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4)
Fans have been waiting for it for generations and now the first chapter of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake is almost here, and set to be one of the biggest games of the entire year.

13 March – Nioh 2 (PS4)
Considering how little of it has been seen in public we worry there’s going to be a delay here. But we hope not as the original is the best Dark Souls clone around.

19 March – PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini
It may not be the most famous retro format but we’re greatly looking forward to this new mini console featuring classics from Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood to Splatterhouse.

20 March – Doom Eternal (XO/PS4/NS/PC/Stadia)
It suffered a huge delay until this spring but the sequel to the Doom reboot was already looking great last summer and hopefully is even better now. A remaster of Doom 64 is being released at the same time.

20 March – Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NS)
This was also meant to be out last year but is now the only major game Nintendo game with a firm release date. Given how well suited the ultra cute life simulator is to the Switch we’re sure it’ll be huge.

24 March – Bleeding Edge (XO/PC)
The next game from Ninja Theory is not Hellblade 2 but this multiplayer-only, melee-focused multiplayer game. It’s looking pretty good too, with betas already available if you’re interested.

March – Half-Life: Alyx (VR)
Believe it or not there is a new Half-Life game out this year, but it’s not Half-Life 3. It’s a VR-only game set before the events of Half-Life 2 but whether it’ll still provide some sort of closure remains to be seen.

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3 April – Resident Evil 3 (XO/PS4/PC)
Everyone knew it was coming but perhaps not this soon. After the amazing Resident Evil 2 though the sooner the better, especially as it has a brand-new multiplayer component as well.

16 April – Cyberpunk 2077 (XO/PS4/PC)
CD Projekt’s follow-up to The Witcher 3 is another massive release for the first half of 2020 and from everything that’s been seen so far it seems impossible the first person sci-fi role-player will disappoint.

24 April – Predator: Hunting Grounds (PS4)
This promising looking asymmetric multiplayer game has survived Disney’s buyout of 20th Century Fox, although no one seems to know what happened to the planned Alien game.

28 April – Gears Tactics (PC)
We’re not sure why this isn’t also on Xbox but it looks like a decent XCOM clone, at least in terms of the turn-based combat – we haven’t seen any sign of a meta strategy level element as well.

April – Minecraft Dungeons (XO/PS4/NS/PC)
Microsoft’s first big action spin-off for Minecraft is looking pretty good, with no requirement that you know or care about the main game – as long as you’re up for some multiplayer dungeon-crawling.

15 May – Marvel’s Avengers (XO/PS4/PC/Stadia)
Square Enix’s mix of superhero brawler and Destiny style multiplayer experience still has some questions to answer but was looking surprisingly good in the early playable previews.

29 May – The Last Of Us Part 2 (PS4)
The hits just keep coming in 2020, and there seems zero chance that this won’t be both a critical and commercial darling. But will there be a PlayStation 5 remaster this year as well?

May – Fast & Furious Crossroads (XO/PS4/PC)
Since Project CARS developer Slightly Mad Studios are making it there’s every reason to hope this might be the first good Fast & Furious game. And if not, well… we’ve lived this long without one.

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Spring – Grounded (XO/PC)
The Outer Worlds developer Oblivion change gears with a multiplayer survival game where everyone is shrunk down to the size of an ant. So even if the game’s no good at least the setting’s different.

Spring – Dying Light 2 (XO/PS4/PC)
Techland has been taking a long time over this sequel but it does look a significant advancement on the first, with a better script, better gameplay, and a very malleable branching narrative.

Q2 – Empire Of Sin (XO/PS4/NS/PC)
Doom creator John Romero returns with… an XCOM clone set in Prohibition Chicago. That’s not what you’d expect from him but from what we saw it’s looking pretty good.

Q2 – Disintegration (XO/PS4/PC)
One of the co-creators of Halo is looking to make this the next big multiplayer game. We’re not sure it’s going to dethrone Fortnite but the squad-based tactical elements are interesting.

Summer – Ghost Of Tsushima (PS4)
Sony’s last big PlayStation 4 exclusive now has at least a vague release date, although we’ve still seen relatively little of its grounded, historical-based samurai action.

Christmas – Xbox Series X
There’s no exact release date for either new console yet but if they follow tradition they’ll both be out in November, at almost exactly the same time.

Christmas – PlayStation 5
When Microsoft or Sony will announce a release date is impossible to say, but there’s a good chance it’ll be at dedicated events in the spring or early summer.

Christmas – Godfall (PS5/PC)
The first PlayStation 5 game to be seen in public is published by Gearbox, not Sony, and is also on PC. But that’s about all that can be divined about it at the moment, beyond a vague fantasy setting.

Christmas – Halo Infinite (XO/XSX/PC)
Clearly intended to be the Xbox Series X’s biggest launch exclusive, and yet at the moment we know virtually nothing about it. But you can expect that to change very quickly once Microsoft’s marketing gets going.

Christmas – Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 (XSX)
Also introduced as a launch game, although plans do change. Its trailer at The Game Awards was certainly highly impressive in terms of graphics, even if we know nothing about the story yet.

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2020 – Watch Dogs Legion (XO/PS4/XSX/PS5/PC)
After disappointing sales for The Division and Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ubisoft delayed the new Watch Dogs to sometime later in 2020. Although it always looked more promising than either of those games.

2020 – Psychonauts 2 (XO/PS4/PC)
One sequel we’ll only believe when we’re actually playing it (although technically we have seen a hands-off) demo, it’s staying multiformat despite Microsoft having bought developer Double Fine.

2020 – Rainbow Six Quarantine (XO/PS4/XSX/PS5/PC)
Rainbow Six in space seems a really odd way to go with the franchise, but we’ve never had a serious, grounded space marine game, so maybe this will be it. It’s not replacing Rainbow Six Siege though.

Also confirmed for 2020: 3 Jan – Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training For Nintendo Switch (NS), 17 Jan – Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (XO/PS4/PC), 17 Jan – Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore (NS), 28 Jan – Warcraft 3: Reforged (PC), 4 Feb – The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance Tactics (XO/PS4/NS/PC), 4 Feb – Zombie Army 4: Dead War (XO/PS4/PC), 28 Feb – Marvel’s Iron Man VR (PSVR), 31 Mar – Persona 5 Royal (PS4), 24 Apr – Trials Of Mana (PS4/NS/PC), 5 May – Maneater (XO/PS4/NS/PC), 19 May – Wasteland 3 (XO/PS4/PC), Q2 – Phantasy Star Online 2 (XO), mid-2020 – Tell Me Why (XO/PC), Q3 – Outriders (XO/PS4/PC), Autumn – Axiom Verge 2 (NS), Autumn – Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance, 2020 – Evil Genius 2: World Domination (PC), 2020 – Kerbal Space Program 2 (XO/PS4/PC), 2020 – Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (XO/PS4/NS/PC), 2020 – Microsoft Flight Simulator (XO/PC), 2020 – No More Heroes 3 (NS), 2020 – Oddworld: Soulstorm (XO/PS4/PC), 2020 – The Settlers (PC), 2020 – Spelunky 2 (PS4/PC), 2020 – Streets Of Rage 4 (XO/PS4/NS/PC), 2020 – Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (XO/PS4/PC), 2020 – Bravely Default 2 (NS), 2020 – The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope (XO/PS4/PC), 2020 – Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise (NS)


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