Possibility: Final Fantasy 7
A remake of what is arguably the best Final Fantasy game ever has been in the works for quite some time. Final Fantasy VII was announced all the way back in 2015 and was only revealed to the public through promotional images in 2017. Other than that, does it even exist?
Despite the remake’s elusive reputation, the game is in active development. According to Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura via The Verge, the game is way past the concept stages and was being worked on alongside Kingdom Hearts III. After years of development time and Kingdom Hearts finally hitting shelves, Nomura’s team will be able to devote more resources to Final Fantasy VII.
Possibility: The Elders Scrolls VI
Bethesda has two massive games coming out in the near future. The one that everybody cares about is Skyrim‘s successor, The Elder Scrolls VI.
The game is still a total mystery. The only tidbit anybody knows about the project is that it is slated to be a “next-gen” video game on the next generation of home consoles.
Rumors indicate that this could be as early as 2020, but for a game as massive as Elder Scrolls, it could be years and years away. Next-gen consoles would love to flaunt Elder Scrolls as a launch title, so here’s hoping that development is way farther along than Bethesda lets on.
Possibility: Bayonetta 3
Developer Platinum Games has been tight-lipped on details, but they have hinted at their work on several new projects. The studio says that they have several big announcements to make in 2019 — is a Bayonetta 3 release date one of them?
For all anyone knows, they could announce that the game will be on sale next week, but if Bayonetta 3 is still in the cards, a 2020 release date wouldn’t shock us. It could even drop in late 2019, though the studio probably needs to reveal a bit more before gearing up for a full release.
Possibility: Payday 3
Starbreeze hopes to increase revenue by then, putting the sequel on the back burner until their goal is met. Hopefully, Dallas and the gang will be back for more heists and havoc soon.
Payday 2 is still receiving fresh content for players to enjoy in the meantime, so feel free to keep on heisting while you wait. Keep an eye out for Payday 3 come 2020.
Possibility: Beyond Good And Evil 2
After a cinematic trailer in 2018, the game seems closer than ever with reveals of classic characters. Not only is the game a prequel, but it is said to be a gameplay revamp of the original with a gigantic open world and an entirely new engine. Beyond Good and Evil 2’s beta phase is slated for late 2019, making 2020 a safe bet for an official release.
Coming Out: Gridiron Champions
The game features generic yet fully customizable teams, colleges, players, stadiums — an entirely malleable college football league for the player to create and personalize. Since the game isn’t beholden to the real-life history of the sport, developer iMackulate Vision Gaming is aiming for one of the most creative experiences in the sports game genre.
Very little has come out about the game since its initial announcement though, so hopefully that 2020 release date isn’t just a placeholder. Delays are possible, but look out for Gridiron Champions in 2020.
Possibility: Cyberpunk 2077
On top of the time-consuming development, the game could be subject to delays for other factors. The game’s creative director, Sebastian Stepien, left the company recently for a position at Blizzard Entertainment. Could this interrupt development somehow? This is only speculation, but if Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed until 2020, it might be for the better. There is no reason to rush a game that boasts so much potential.
Possibility: Ghosts Of Tsushima
Ghosts of Tsushima is a narrative-driven game with gorgeous graphics and an intense combat system, inspired by the classic films of Akira Kurosawa. Not only does it boast a huge open world to explore, but it has traversal features, a realistic damage system, dynamic weather, and it even comes with Japanese localization for players who want an authentic experience. It’s ambitious, to say the least.
While the game still has no official release date, it seems to be in its latter stages. A late 2019-early 2020 release seems likely, but only time will tell.
Possibility: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Electronic Arts has done a terrible job with their exclusive license to make Star Wars games. Aside from two half-baked Battlefront titles marred with controversy and microtransactions, EA has done nothing but delay or cancel other Star Wars projects. The only hope for Star Wars fans — aside from that Obi-Wan movie — is Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
The Titanfall 2 developers have set their game in the prequels during the fall of the Jedi. It is said to be single-player, story-driven, and brimming with lightsaber action. Other than that though, nobody has so much as seen a screenshot from the game. It’s supposed to release later this year to coincide with Star Wars Episode IX, but with EA’s bad track record, this could easily land in 2020 if not end up canceled altogether.
Coming Out: Avatar
A video game based on James Cameron’s Avatar series is currently in development. When we say series, we mean it — there isn’t just one sequel, not two, not even three, but four Avatar sequels in development.
The new Avatar game is being created by Ubisoft (specifically by The Division studio Massive Entertainment) and there are essentially no details about it in circulation. Supposedly the game’s development is focused on recreating Pandora, the franchise’s setting, in the most authentic way possible. Massive Entertainment wants to make that world come to life for players to experience in any way they see fit.
The game isn’t supposed to release until late 2020, likely around the release of Avatar 2, currently slated for December 18, 2020.
Possibility: Squadron 42
Squadron 42, the game’s single-player portion, is set for its beta phase in mid-2020. It features a great cast, too — Gary Oldman, Mark Hamill, Liam Cunningham, Gillian Anderson, and Andy Serkis are only a few of the big names involved.
Players can expect a full release soon after — as for Star Citizen itself though, we got nothing.
Possibility: Halo Infinite
Despite the renewed interest in the Halo series, the game still has no real release date. Main entries in the franchise have a history of dropping during the Fall. Most gaming news outlets are guessing November 2019. However, rumors suggest that Infinite may have a split release — one date for the single-player, and one for multiplayer.
Possibility: The Next Call Of Duty
No shocker here — Call of Duty‘s yearly releases seem to be right on schedule, with the next franchise installment set for 2019. However, if you’re looking for the true successor to the franchise, it sounds like the next-gen release of 2019’s Call of Duty won’t be hitting shelves until 2020.
Rumors indicate that the game will appear on current and future consoles. It may be designed using next-generation development kits, meaning that the next-gen version of the game could easily be ready alongside the debut of Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles.
While your average Call of Duty installment will surely arrive in 2019, the “superior version” (we hope) won’t arrive until 2020 or later. The different versions will be similar, but if you want to stay on the cutting edge, players may want to wait for a few months.
Coming Out: System Shock
This cult classic sci-fi thriller is long overdue for a remake, but it seems like the game will finally return in early 2020.
System Shock‘s remake has been in the works for a long time now, with each build of the game containing better graphics and implementing new features. However, development seemed to halt and restart from scratch in 2018 when Night Dive Studios fell into “feature creep” — a game development phase where creators become preoccupied with adding new features to a game while losing sight of their goal.