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The best upcoming games of 2020 (and beyond)

Marvel's Avengers 

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Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release date: September 4, 2020

With the voice acting talents of Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Nolan North, Travis Willingham, and Jeff Schine, Crystal Dynamics has assembled an a stellar cast to from the team of Avengers. With a story that's entirely separate to the MCU, we'll be able to play as Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Hulk. After being blamed for the disaster in San Francisco, the heroes reassemble when the world comes under a new threat five years later. With four player co-op, Marvel's Avengers looks to be one heroic adventure. 

Cyberpunk 2077

(Image credit: CD Projekt Red)

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: September 17, 2020

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.

Halo Infinite

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Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Project Scarlett
Release date: Holiday 2020

Make no mistake; 343 Industries' follow-up to 2015's Halo 5 is still a long way off, but it's definitely happening. Bearing a curious new sub-header and running on a brand new game engine known as Slipspace, the first Halo Infinite trailer almost seems to suggest that Master Chief's next adventure will have MMO qualities to it, or at least be more open-ended and sandbox-like in flavour. That instantly familiar shot of his armour also teases a potential technological downgrade for everyone's favourite Spartan, though plot details remain threadbare for now. MMO or otherwise, Halo: Infinite could just be the Halo comeback we've all been waiting for. 

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.

Disintegration 

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release date: TBC 2020 

As an IP from the new studio V1 interactive, which was co-founded by Bungie's former creative director Marcus Lehto, Disintegration is set to be an interesting blend of FPS and RTS. You play as Romer Shoal, a Gravcycle pilot - which is like a motorcycle that can hover above the battlefield - who commands a small resistance group. Set in the "Earth's near future," where humanity is on the brink of extinction as a result of overpopulation, extreme climates, and food shortages, Romer's crew fight to "reboot" humanity. With a main campaign and the promise of a big multiplayer aspect, it's shaping up to look and sound very interesting indeed. Oh, and Halo's former co-creator is on board. Exciting stuff.

Little Nightmares 2 

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Platforms (s): PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Release date: TBC 2020 

Yes, Little Nightmares is getting a sequel and Six is back, but this time you'll be playing as new character Mano who journeys through the world with Six as his guide. The world is apparently rotten from the inside and Six is fading. Together, you'll have to venture through creepy woodlands and unsettling schools to reach a signal tower and try to find what is spreading evil to TV screens. With lots of new threats in your path and horrible inhabitants who certainly won't give you a warm welcome, it looks like we're in for another nightmarish adventure. 

Watch Dogs: Legion

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Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC,
Release date: TBC 2020

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. 

Spelunky 2 

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Platform(s): PC, PS4
Release date: TBC 2020

The sequel to the greatest modern rogue-like has been a long time coming, and we'll finally get to explore its treacherous caves in 2019. Spelunky 2 follows the adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," retaining the same extremely addictive gameplay featuring 2D platforming and procedurally generated levels full of inventive enemies and deadly traps. If you need a break from exploring the dangerous depths on your lonesome, you can band together with friends in local co-op or the newly added online play. The new biomes look fantastic, as does the cast of fresh characters - including Roffy D. Sloth, an arboreal mammal with a greaser haircut. You best believe I'll be picking him at the earliest possible opportunity.

Psychonauts 2

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Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release date: TBC 2020

The original Psychonauts is the kind of cult classic that's beloved by all who play it, and it set the tone for all of Double Fine's following games: fun, quirky, imaginative, and relentlessly clever. Now, after over a decade since the debut of their first adventure at Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp, Raz, Lili, and elite members of the Psychonauts are back for another mind-delving, 3D platforming adventure. Picking up where the PSVR-exclusive Rhombus of Ruin left off, Psychonauts 2 promises more whimsical, vibrant mental mindscapes to explore as Raz runs and jumps around the inner thoughts of idiosyncratic, often hilarious characters.  

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