The best upcoming games of 2020 (and beyond)

This list of upcoming games of 2020 and beyond is pretty darn dreamy. We've already been treated to plenty of top titles this year, but it's only going to get better from here. 

Games like The Last of Us 2 have proved that the current generation of consoles can still deliver ground-breaking experiences, and there are still more to come, like Cyberpunk 2077. If you're more interested in what you might be playing on your new PS5 and Xbox Series X, look no further than Godfall or Spider-Man: Miles Morales. You can find them all in the list if the best upcoming games of 2020.

This list covers all of the most exciting releases we'll be seeing in 2020 on a variety of platforms, and from the way it's already shaping up, it's going to be a very big year for exciting game releases. We also look beyond the year to more releases we can hardly wait to get our hands on. If you're wanting to buy a next-gen console, be sure to keep an eye on our PS5 pre-orders and Xbox Series X pre-orders pages.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One
Release date: October 2, 2020

Developer Toys for Bob bringing the famous anthropomorphic marsupial back for new adventure in this sequel to the original trilogy. With Crash and his sister Coco, you can play as either throughout all of the different levels, as well as former villain Dingdodile, and in some instances, original antagonist Doctor Neo Cortex. With a host of new features including character skins, the upcoming sequel is filled with colourful platforming goodness set across the multiverse. 

Watch Dogs: Legion

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Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X
Release date: October 29, 2020 (current-gen)
Buy: Watch Dogs Legion pre-orders

Ubisoft is taking the hacking action to a futuristic post-Brexit London. Originally set for release in March 2020, the studio announced Watch Dogs Legion was being pushed back and currently has a vague release date window between the 2020 - 2021 fiscal year. Still, with everything we know about the return of Watch Dogs so far, it certainly looks like it'll be worth the wait. One of the most exciting aspects of your adventures in London is that you'll be able to play as absolutely anyone in the city. Yep, every NPC is playable. If you want to play as a grandma with a taser, you can. Sold. 

Dirt 5 

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Platform(s): Xbox Series X, PS5, PC, Xbox One, PS4, Google Stadia
Release date: November 6, 2020 (current-gen), November 10, 2020 (Xbox Series X),  Google Stadia version in 2021

DiRT 5 is the latest off-road driving experience from Codemasters, and this time we're going more extreme than ever. Along with tracks set across a global stage, including New York City, Rio de Janiero, and remote areas of China and Greece, the game will also offer more ways to play than ever before: four-player split-screen modes are returning, and there's a new game mode specifically designed for co-op play ranging from your couch to global online battles. Plus, there's even a narrative-driven career mode to explore, which will feature voice acting talents like Nolan North and Troy Baker. All of this can be played in a non-linear format too, so you get to play more of what you want. 

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X
Release date: November 10, 2020 
Buy: Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-orders

It's time to make a leap of faith into the Viking era with Assassin's Creed Valhalla, the latest entry in Ubisoft's long-running series. You'll play as Eivor (male or female), a Viking raider who must lead their clan from the icy plains of Norway into a new home in England. This is the Dark Ages though, so England is a nation lead by a collection of petty lords and warring kingdoms. Will you conquer this land? You'll find out soon enough.

Cyberpunk 2077

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Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: November 19, 2020
Buy: Cyberpunk 2077 pre-orders

CD Projekt Red has given us some absolutely ravishing teases of Cyberpunk 2077 and its futuristic Night City, and until we get to play it for ourselves, we'll be poring over every trailer and screenshot in search of new details. As a customizable protagonist, you'll explore a dense metropolis from the first-person perspective - a departure for the studio that initially sent some Witcher fans in a tizzy. They'll get over it when they dive into Cyberpunk 2077's grungy world of high-tech weaponry and digital espionage.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Release date: November 20, 2020

Nintendo is kind enough to offer us a tantalizing stopgap to satisfy fans until Breath of the Wild 2 is released, and it's called Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. A sequel to Hyrule Warriors and a prequel to Breath of the Wild, Age of Calamity is a Dynasty Warriors-like hack-and-slasher that sets up the events to Breath of the Wild. It's the first in-canon Hyrule Warriors game, and you can bet we'll be ripping through Moblins in Breath of the Wild's post-calamity Hyrule as soon as Age of Calamity releases this November.

Godfall

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Platform(s): PS5, PC (Epic Games Store)
Release date: Holiday 2020 

As one of the first games to be announced for Sony's next-gen console, Godfall is set to land on the PS5 at the tail end of the year. Developer Counterplay Games describes it as a loot-driven action RPG, with a focus on real-time melee combat. The new IP is set in a fantasy universe with "heroic knights, arcane magic, and forbidden realms." The game can also be played in its entirety in co-op or solo as you so desire. We don't yet know much more about this looter-slasher, but the shiny action-packed trailer and the game's high fantasy setting is certainly attention-grabbing.

Outriders

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X
Release date: Holiday 2020 

A brand new shooter IP from People Can Fly, and published by Square Enix, is Outriders. You play as a member of humanity who has had to flee Earth, and has landed on a planet called Enoch. But, an immense storm called The Anomaly forces them back into cryostasis. And yet, when they awake, they all find themselves imbued with ridiculous powers. It's Mass Effect meets Doom and we are so in.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Platform(s): PS5
Release date: Holiday 2020

Insomniac is bringing another web-slinging adventure towards the end of the year, and it will feature Miles Morales as Spider-Man. Set to come to the PS5, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a standalone game where we'll follow the story of Miles as he masters his new spidey-senses. Set to expand and build on the 2018 PS4 release, this latest Spider-Man game is said to take full advantage of the PS5's SSD, making fast-travel across New York City near-instantaneous. 

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

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Platform(s): Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: November 13, 2020

Having already been released in Japan, Yakuza fans have been desperate to see a Western release for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and now it's en route. Developer Sega is calling the game an "explosive entry point" to the series, as it's the first to feature turn-based combat instead of the traditional beat 'em up style - a contentious decision for some fans too. It's an attempt to make this entry more of an action RPG than other series' entries. But otherwise, it's a fresh slice of Yakuza action, with a new protagonist in the form of Ichiban Kasuga, a low-level Yakuza from a smaller family. The story picks up after Ichiban leaves prison after serving 18 years for a crime he didn't commit, and discovers everything's changed, including the family he left behind. 

Ratchet and Clank: A Rift Apart

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Platform: PS5
Release date: "PS5 launch window"

A brand new Ratchet and Clank adventure from Insomniac games is arriving around the same time as the PS5, and it's a dimension-smashing adventure. Dr. Nefarious has got the Dimensionator and is ripping holes between worlds, dragging our duo of heroes with him. There will be new gadgets, new worlds, and more to discover in Ratchet and Clank: A Rift Apart, including a brand new, playable, female Lombax from another dimension.

Eastward

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Platform(s): PC, Nintendo Switch
Release date: TBC 2020

Wrapped up in a charming pixelated art style, Eastward's post-apocalyptic setting takes inspiration from 90s Japanese animation. In a world that's fallen to ruin, Pixpil Studios "dual character RPG" sees you play as a digger called John who meets Sam, a mysterious girl John must guide. Together they navigate their way through decaying cities filled with danger on an "emotional journey." Along the way, you'll solve puzzles and encounter all manner of strange creatures and people who still remain in this dying world. The retro pixelated art style is very appealing, and with a lot of mystery surrounding the story and the setting of Eastward, it should make for an interesting release this year. 

Boyfriend Dungeon

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Platform(s): PC, Nintendo Switch
Release date: TBC 2020

Kitfox Game's Boyfriend Dungeon lets you date your weapons. It makes sense, really. If you think about it, fighting side by side in close quarters is the perfect set up for romance to blossom. You get a summer job fighting creatures in "the dunj," and it's here that you discover your weapons can transform into datable singles who just so happen to be up for some lovin'. Any money you earn can be used to take your weapon out on romantic adventures, and as you fight together to clear out monster infestations your bond will grow. With an inclusive line-up of characters and romances, this dungeon-crawling dating sim mash-up already looks like one of the most swoon-worthy upcoming indie releases.