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Big in 2020: Exploring the games that will define the year

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This is going to be a monumental year for the video game industry. There is new hardware on the near horizon, as the PS5 and Xbox Series X usher in the ninth generation of consoles. There's a whole host of new games coming too, with the industry's best developers looking to put all of their talent, experience, and expertise with the PS4 and Xbox One into practice to deliver truly groundbreaking video games. If that weren't enough, Nintendo is making a serious play for our time with some wonderful looking titles and Valve is attempting to take virtual reality mainstream. It's all happening in 2020.  

That's why we have decided to highlight some of the most exciting games coming this year, and we will be running in-depth features on all of them. All throughout January, Big in 2020 will contain a mixture of hands-on previews, new interviews, new details, and fresh perspectives on the 20 games that will define 2020. 

Big in 2020 covers the games that will define the conversation; titles that we believe display the potential to cut through the noise being generated by the next-generation and get all of us talking. Be sure to check back every day in January as we update the list below. 

Big in 2020: The year's most exciting games in detail

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Why it's games, not hardware, that are the most exciting part of 2020
While it's good to get excited about new hardware, you shouldn't forget that there's still some absolutely incredible games on the near horizon for PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. Here, we get into why it's the games that have the spotlight in 2020. 

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Big in 2020: Cyberpunk 2077
We take a fresh look at Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red's hugely ambitious 2020 release that is threatening to redefine the RPG. We are also joined by quest designer Patrick Mills to get some insight into just how complex Cyberpunk 2077 will be compared to the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. 

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Big in 2020: The Last of Us 2
Naughty Dog is looking to deliver an emotional gut-punch with this highly anticipated sequel, a game that will surely change the way we think about video game violence. We've played it, we've spoken to co-writer Halley Gross, and we've put all of that information into this Big in 2020 preview. 

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Big in 2020: 12 Minutes
Developer Luis Antonio puts the point-and-click adventure on repeat with 12 Minutes, a mind-bending murder mystery that you won't want to miss. Having had the opportunity to sit down with the game and speak with Luis Antonio, we explore why 12 Minutes is going to a breakout hit of 2020. 

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Big in 2020: Kentucky Route Zero
Cardboard Computer closes out an adventure seven years in the making with Kentucky Route Zero Act V and its long-awaited console collection, TV Edition. Developers Jake Elliott and Tamas Kemenczy join us to reflect on this powerful journey worth taking.

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Big in 2020: Overwatch 2
As Blizzard attempts to work out how it can expand the scope of play of one of its core games while keeping the community together, we sit down with Jeff Kaplan to learn how Overwatch 2 is going to redefine the video game sequel in 2020. 

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Big in 2020: Godfall
With all eyes on the next generation, we investigate the first game confirmed for the PS5, Godfall. Counterplay Games has Destiny, Diablo, and Borderlands in its sights as it prepares to drop its looter-slasher, and this is is undoubtedly the most comprehensive breakdown you'll find of the upcoming game yet. 

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Big in 2020: Ooblets
It's all getting a bit much, isn't it? That's why we are looking towards games that put kindness and friendship front and centre as a way of navigating 2020. We explore why Ooblets is going to be one of the must-play games of the year, a comforting break from the chaos of everyday life.

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Big in 2020: Animal Crossing New Horizons
One of Nintendo's biggest hitters for the new year is just weeks away, which is why we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to explore why it's is all set to pole vault the series into exciting new territory. 

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Big in 2020: Dying Light 2
Techland's most ambitious game to date might be delayed indefinitely, but it certainly won't be forgotten! Here, we explore what the studio is attempting to achieve with creative director Tymon Smektala.

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Big in 2020: Watch Dogs Legion
GamesRadar sits down with Sean Crooks, lead producer for Ubisoft Toronto, to get a better sense of how Watch Dogs Legion's promise that we will be able to "Play as Anyone" could make it the first true next-gen experience. 

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Big in 2020: Marvel's Avengers
Crystal Dynamics isn't trying to deliver your typical superhero game. In fact, it's doing something else entirely! Shaun Escayg, creative director of Marvel's Avengers, details how the team is working with Marvel to create something truly special. 

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Big in 2020: Half-Life: Alyx
Valve is known as one of the most secretive developers in the games industry, but it was willing to pull back the curtain of secrecy to discuss Half-Life: Alyx, the exciting prequel nobody knew to ask for. The game's designer, Greg Coomer, was only too happy to welcome us back into City 17. 

Extended Reading

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New games of 2020
The best of the rest! Here's all of the most exciting new games of 2020 (and beyond) that are releasing on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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The emerging trends in 2020
This is set to be a landmark year for the industry, which is why we have sat down to try and work out what the biggest and most important emerging trends will be

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Xbox Series X: Everything you need to know
Here is all of the latest information on Microsoft's Xbox Series X, from its rumoured release date and price, to all of the latest details on its specs and power.

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PS5: Everything you need to know
Here is all of the latest information on Sony's PS5, as we take a look at the confirmed specs, its rumoured release window, and potential launch line-up.

GamesRadar+ is tracking the 20 biggest games that will define 2020. Be sure to return to this page every day in January – or look out for the Big in 2020 badges on the homepage – to read more on the most exciting games of the year. 

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