• Jennifer Barlow

Top Games We're Looking Forward To

Updated: Feb 26, 2020

We’re calling it now: 2020 is going to be the year of the gamers. With both Microsoft and Sony set to debut new consoles, the list of upcoming titles is sure to be stacked. Meanwhile, services like Apple Arcade and Xbox Game Pass are poised to usher in a new era of how we purchase games. The team here at ownable has been abuzz with excitement for the newly announced releases. There are several comebacks to massive franchises, like Halo, The Last of Us, and Animal Crossing, but we’re just as pumped to explore the uncharted territory of some brand new IPs. Here’s a rundown of what we’re most looking forward to.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Consoles: Nintendo Switch Release Date: March 20, 2020

After almost eight years, we’re finally reuniting with our old friends, Tom Nook and Isabelle. This time, the beloved life simulation game drops players on a deserted island, leaving them to build their own village from the ground up. Much of the laid back, habitual gameplay is expected to remain the same, with familiar tasks, like fishing and collecting insects. The real draw is the new crafting aspect, allowing players to collect materials around the island and use Tom Nook’s workbench to turn those materials into tools and furniture. All new elements will be controlled through the Nook Phone, which you’ll receive after settling down on your island. Furniture can now be placed outside your house (gamechanger– we know), and you get to decide where your neighbors live. Let’s get these Bells.

Marvel’s Avengers

Consoles: PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 Release Date: September 4, 2020

Feeling some post-Endgame withdrawal? Fear not, Marvel is slated to revive the beloved heroes for a brand new storyline in this upcoming adventure. After tragedy strikes at the new San Francisco Avengers headquarters, players will have to navigate a city where superheroes are banned and conspiracies run deep. Taking on the roles of favorite characters such as Thor, Black Widow, the Hulk, Iron Man, and Captain America, players can expect an array of abilities and customization. The game will offer both offline, single-player mode and online, with up to four players.

Halo Infinite

Consoles: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X Release Date: Holiday 2020

The new Xbox Series X console is expected to arrive alongside the return of Master Chief. Open exploration is expected to receive more emphasis in this iteration, taking advantage of the new console’s much hyped capabilities. The game continues the Halo 5 storyline and 343 Industries promises huge advancements in the series thanks to their new Slipspace Engine. This marks a return to the original Master Chief formula that is sure to delight OG gans. To be honest, we’re most excited about hearing the newest voice actor: Gyoza the pug.

Cyberpunk 2077

Consoles: PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 Release Date: September 17, 2020

Toss a coin to your… Keanu Reeves? Yes, the studio behind the Witcher games, CD Projekt RED, is back with an adaptation of the 1988 Cyberpunk tabletop RPG. And they got none other than John Wick himself to voice one of the main characters, Johnny Silverhand. Set in dystopian Night City, the game is played in first person as V, a mercenary who’s every trait is customizable. With over 70 unique street quests, no set morality system, and multiple endings, Cyberpunk 2077 is sure to give new meaning to the “choose your own adventure game.”

There are some big returns in games coming out this year. Will it be the best year for gamers? Who knows. But we know that, here at ownable, we can’t wait to see what these new games have in store. Let us know what games you're most excited about in the comments below!

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