2020 is well and truly upon us and there is no doubt that this is going to be an exciting year for video games. Despite the next generation of both the Xbox and the PlayStation consoles due for release in the Holiday season of 2020, there are plenty of current-gen games that are sure to cause a stir this year. PlayStation has plenty of upcoming titles so in this list we are going to be checking out some of the most anticipated games coming to the PlayStation in 2020. I’ll be focusing mainly on exclusives, but I will be including some games that will be released across other platforms too.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
The first of two remakes cropping up on this list, the remake of the classic PlayStation title Final Fantasy VII is arguably the most anticipated of all the entries that will be included here. Having been in full production since 2015 but speculated on since 2005, this remake of one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed PlayStation One titles has been awaited by gamers everywhere for a fair amount of time. The recent years have shown off more of the project and each trailer we get is even more promising. Game play looks revitalized yet familiar whereas infamous characters such as Cloud, Tifa and Aerith have developed far beyond their blocky beginnings. Their glow up is seriously unreal with the impressive graphics bringing realism to them and the world around them that was once confined to the limitations of the PlayStation One graphics. Remakes have been doing rather well in the gaming world, particularly PlayStation remakes such as Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot and Resident Evil 2. The remake of Final Fantasy VII has been in the pipeline since before any of these and the time that is being taken to perfect it can only be a good sign. Here’s hoping that the game will be worth the wait.
The Final Fantasy VII remake will be released March 3rd, 2020 and will be a timed PlayStation 4 exclusive. There is no news yet as to the other platforms it will be coming to but it likely will not be until 2021.
The Last of Us: Part II
Naughty Dog truly created one of the best narratives in gaming with 2013’s The Last of Us. The post-apocalyptic single-player story ended on a note that seemed pretty final so when a sequel was announced with a surprise teaser trailer in late 2016, the gaming community was shocked but excited to revisit the world and characters that were so affecting in the first game. Information on the game’s production has been few and far between, with a release date only being revealed- and subsequently pushed back- a few months ago. Naughty Dog is still holding their cards pretty close to their chest with this one, with vague notions of a storyline teased in the trailers. All we know is that we take on the role of Ellie five years after the conclusion of the last game and that she is on a mission for vengeance. This is probably my personal most anticipated game of 2020 and seeing as the first game was recently voted as the best PlayStation game of the decade by the general public, I don’t think I’m the only one waiting for this with excitement and anticipation.
The Last of Us: Part II is set to release on May 29th, 2020 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
Ghost of Tsushima
Original IP’s are becoming more of a rarity in all forms of media in this day and age. Sequels, reboots, and remakes are a dominant force at the moment (even the first two entries on this list fall under this). Ghost of Tsushima is breaking this mold-following in the footsteps of games like 2019’s Game Awards Game of the Year winner Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice– by offering an original, single-player narrative with an interesting setting and concept. The game is set on Tsushima Island, an island on the Japanese archipelago, during the year 1270. The player will take on the role of a samurai, the last of his kind, during the Mongolian invasion of Japan. A fascinating concept that will be taking place during a real conflict that occurred within that time period, Ghost of Tsushima is not only looking highly original but also interesting in terms of story and gameplay from what has been shown. I really hope Ghost of Tsushima does well and continues to show the importance of single-player games in a community that sometimes feels dominated by big, bombastic multiplayers.
Ghost of Tsushima does not have a specific release date yet, but it is said to be releasing in the second or third quarter of 2020 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
Resident Evil 3 Remake
Another remake of a classic PlayStation title that is highly anticipated in 2020 is Resident Evil 3. The game was officially announced in December 2019 but wasn’t too much of a surprise due to some leaked artwork of Jill Valentine, Carlos Olivera and nightmare fuel antagonist Nemesis. The game may well follow the huge success of the Resident Evil 2 remake-released at the beginning of 2019- which provided the same beloved template of the original RE2 whilst revitalizing it for the modern-day gamer. Certain changes already seem promising. The developers have suggested that Nemesis will be able to hunt down players even more menacingly due to new and improved artificial intelligence. There will also be a multiplayer game included alongside RE3 called Resident Evil Resistance. Little changes can make all the difference too, like Jill getting a more practical outfit (I can confirm that a strapless top, mini skirt and high heeled boots would not be particularly comfortable attire in the zombie apocalypse) but still having her original outfit as an unlockable skin. Capcom has managed to nail the remakes of their classic games by reinventing them in a contemporary way but still remaining true to the original titles. Resident Evil 3 will hopefully continue this trend.
Resident Evil 3 is not exclusive to the PlayStation. It will be released on April 3rd, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
Cyberpunk 2077 is another game that won’t just be exclusively PlayStation, but it is certainly worth a mention due to the excitement surrounding it. Developers of The Witcher game series CD Projekt Red announced the game in 2012 and the hype has been building ever since. Based on the tabletop role-playing Cyberpunk game, Cyberpunk 2077 is set in the futuristic and dystopian Night City. The player takes on the role of the mercenary V, a fully customizable character. From the trailers and demos presented so far, the game world looks alive, sprawling and full of various quests and activities. The scenery is vibrant and the inhabitants equally so. Cyberpunk 2077 is likely to be a significant addition to the gaming world and definitely has a lot of anticipation surrounding it. Let’s also not forget that Keanu Reeves plays a character called Johnny Silverhand in the game. Silverhand is a digital ghost of sorts living on a chip in V’s head. He will pop up throughout the game, a lot more so than he was originally intended to due to Reeves’s enthusiasm for the project. Quite frankly, I am sold a hundred times over by this prospect. Keanu is love; Keanu is life.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on April 16th, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia and Microsoft Windows.
Before we see the arrival of the next-gen PlayStation console at the end of the year, we will have these games plus plenty more to sink our teeth into. These are just a few of the most anticipated PlayStation games of 2020. Other games on the radar include Marvels Avengers (May 15th), Dreams (February 14th), Dying Light 2 (Spring), Watch Dogs: Legion (TBA) Doom Eternal (March 20th), Gods and Monsters (February 25th) and many more. 2020 is going to be a packed year for the PlayStation so let us hope that it will be one worth celebrating when 2021 rolls around.