We’re past the halfway mark in 2020 already (phew) but there’s still plenty to look forward to for gamers: Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and FIFA 21 are all on the way in the second half of this year.
And that’s not even mentioning the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the next-gen consoles that are going to transform the industry and usher in a new level of graphical fidelity.
Here are all the biggest games that are definitely on the way, whether they’re coming out this year or later, along with trailers, release dates, and pre-order info where we have it.
If you’d rather find out about great games that are already actually out, your best bet is to check out our individual guides to the best games on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch.
Star Wars: Squadrons
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PCRelease date: 2 October 2020Pre-order: Xbox Store, Steam, Epic, Origin
The next Star Wars game is a smaller affair. Costing just £34.99/$39.99, this first-person aerial dogfighting game lets you step into the flight boots of a Rebel or Imperial pilot after the fall of the second Death Star. Despite the budget price tag there’ll still be a full single-player campaign, 5v5 multiplayer, and even VR support if you buy it on PS4 or PC.
Get the latest on Star Wars: Squadrons
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Switch, StadiaRelease date: 9 October 2020Pre-order: Amazon, Xbox Store, PS Store, Steam
Are you ready for the first FIFA game on next-gen consoles? That’s right, FIFA 21 is coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X – along with just about every other platform you can game on. And if you buy it on a current-gen console, you can even upgrade to next-gen for free.
Get the latest FIFA 21 news
Watch Dogs Legion
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Google Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PCRelease date: 29 October 2020Pre-order: Amazon UK or Amazon US
The third instalment in the Watch Dog series, this will be set in a post-Brexit London in which players have a choice of five main storylines and numerous protagonists. Each character’s stats will be influenced by their backstory, and you’ll be able to recruit and play as any NPC in the game.
Check out our preview of Watch Dogs Legion or get the latest news about Watch Dogs 3
Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PCRelease date: 30 October 2020Pre-order: GAME
The Dark Pictures Anthology is getting its second game this Halloween: Little Hope. The follow-up to 2019’s Man of Medan will adopt the same interactive narrative structure, with the same pair of online and offline multiplayer modes too. It also features another famous face: Will Poulter.
Find out more about Little Hope.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PCRelease date: 13 November 2020Pre-order: Microsoft, PlayStation, Battle.net
Call of Duty is going back to the ’80s in this direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Expect the usual: a cinematic single-player campaign, full multiplayer, Zombies, and integration into the free Call of Duty: Warzone battle royale too.
Get the latest Black Ops Cold War news
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, StadiaRelease date: 17 November 2020Pre-order: Amazon, Ubisoft
Assassin’s Creed looks set to be one of the first games to hit next-gen consoles, with the Viking-set Valhalla launching across basically every platform except the poor Nintendo Switch. Set between Norway and Britain, you’ll play a Viking warrior trying to settle down and survive against the English, with new features including developing your settlement, raiding, and customising raiders to send into your friends’ games.
Read more about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Google StadiaRelease date: 19 November 2020Pre-order: Amazon UK, Amazon US
CD Projekt Red is going big with its follow-up to The Witcher trilogy: a massive open-world, first-person, cyberpunk sci-fi game based on a cult tabletop RPG. Known about for years but only revealed for the first time at E3 2018, Cyberpunk looks like one of the most ambitious RPGs ever made, combining dense progression systems, branching narratives, and fast-paced FPS combat into one sprawling whole. Oh yeah, and it features the breathtaking Keanu Reeves. We’re ready to move to Night City now, please.
Read everything we know about Cyberpunk 2077, or check out our thoughts after seeing the game in action at E3.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, SwitchRelease date: 2020
Original graphics card-buster Crysis is getting a remaster for modern consoles. It’s even already come to the Switch too, the first time Crysis has appeared on Nintendo hardware, but the launch for other consoles is still on the way. A leaked trailer disappointed fans who were expecting a more radical graphical overhaul, so the devs have gone back to work to bring a little more polish to Crysis Remastered.
Find out the latest on the Crysis remaster
Rainbow Six: Quarantine
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PCRelease date: 2020/21Pre-order: Amazon
This standalone Rainbow Six title is inspired by the limited-time Outbreak event in Rainbow Six: Siege, and sees teams of three players work together against a technological parasite. It’s co-op PvE, rather than PvP like Siege, and could be a big hit if it breaks beyond the core Siege fan base.
Read more about Rainbow Six Quarantine
Gods & Monsters
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Google StadiaRelease date: 2020/21Pre-order: GAME
The studio behind the renowned Assassins Creed: Odyssey is coming with a new storybook adventure that’s giving us big Zelda vibes. According to the trailer, you’ll be on a quest to save some Greek gods, and at some point face off against a big freaky looking bird creature. Other than that, we don’t know too much yet. But, we’re pretty hopeful that this’ll be one to watch.
Read the latest on Gods & Monsters
Far Cry 6
Platforms: PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, StadiaRelease date: 18 February 2021Pre-order: Amazon, Game, Walmart, Ubisoft, Microsoft
Far Cry 6 is breaking bad as Giancarlo Esposito steps into the lead villain role of Ubisoft’s biggest shooter franchise. He’ll be the dictator of a South American country, you’ll be one of the people instigating a revolution against him. Expect sneaking, shooting, and all manner of open-world nonsense.
Read the latest Far Cry 6 news.
Platforms: PCRelease date: Spring 2021Pre-order: Amazon
This long-delayed MMORPG from Amazon Game Studios started life as a game based on the colonisation of America (hence the title), before being re-tooled into something a little more fantastical when everyone pointed out the political ramifications. It’s clearly been through the ringer along the way, but we enjoyed the game when we got to play it so there’s definitely promise there.
Read more about Amazon’s New World
Resident Evil 8: Village
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X, PCRelease date: 2021
After a detour to remake Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, Capcom is returning to the main story in Resident Evil 8: Village. Continuing with the protagonist and first-person perspective of Resident Evil 7, this otherwise looks like a bit of a fresh start for the franchise, with a rural snowy setting and…werewolves?
Get the latest Resident Evil 8 news
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PCRelease date: 2021Pre-order: Amazon
Halo Infinite will mark the return of Master Chief, but is also allegedly a spiritual reboot for the entire franchise – which is very intriguing. We’ve now seen the first gameplay from the title, but that was a short-lived relief, as quickly afterwards it was delayed until next year – so it’ll miss the Series X launch.
Read more about Halo Infinite
GTA 5 Remastered
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X, PCRelease date: Q3/Q4 2021
One of the biggest games of all time is getting its third release, as GTA V comes to next-gen consoles the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The ‘expanded and enhanced’ game is due in late 2021, and will also feature an updated GTA Online – now being spun-off as a standalone game too.
Find out more about GTA 5 on PS5 and Xbox Series X
New Pokémon Snap
Platforms: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: Unknown
Pokémon Snap, the adorable game from the N64 era where you went on safari and took photos of your favourite pocket monsters, is making a comeback on the Switch. Nintendo hasn’t said much about the aptly named “New Pokémon Snap” just yet, with no release date and no real gameplay details, but the company has confirmed that it’ll combine the gameplay of the 1999 hit with new worlds to explore and new Pokémon to snap!
Dying Light 2
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC Release date: UnknownPre-order: GAME or Gamestop
Dying Light proved to be a pretty great zombie game, and the sequel will only build on this even further. Advancements in the plot, combat gameplay and world should give you everything you need to go out and face the undead. The game will also be getting a Left 4 Dead 2 crossover, including using a guitar as a weapon to slay zombies with – pretty rockin’.
It was previously set for a spring 2020 launch, but in January it was delayed and right now there’s no set release date – though hopefully we still see it sometime this year.
Age of Empires 4
Platforms: PCRelease date: Unknown
After remastering the original Age of Empires in 4K, Microsoft has recruited RTS legends Relic to move the franchise forward with Age of Empires IV. We don’t know much about it yet, including when it’ll come out, but expect classic historical strategy with confirmed armies including the English and the Mongols.
Read the latest Age of Empires 4 news
Skull and Bones
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PCRelease date: Unknown
Remember how great the naval combat was in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag? Well this essentially expands that into a full game in its own right, as you lead a pirate crew in the Indian Ocean with your very own customisable ship. There’ll be both single-player and 5v5 multiplayer whenever the game eventually comes out, though it’s now rumoured to have been rebuilt from the ground up as a Fortnite-style live game, so everything we knew until now may be wrong.
Read more about Skull and Bones
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PCRelease date: UnknownPre-order: GAME
This long-awaited follow-up to the cult classic action RPG has been in and out of development for years, and it’s pretty clear that creator Michael Ancel is being nothing if not ambitious with the sequel. There’s a lot that’s still unknown, but confirmed details include that it’s technically a prequel, it’ll have a seamless open world with a whole star system to explore, and will include both ground action and controllable spaceships.
Find out more about Beyond Good and Evil 2
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PCRelease date: UnknownPre-order: GAME
Finally revealed after years of leaks and rumours, it’s no real surprise that Blizzard is working on a fourth Diablo game. Set years after Diablo 3 this includes a new big bad – Lilith – and five classes at launch, including the Sorceress, Barbarian, and Druid. There’ll be both solo play and multiplayer, though it’s all online, with dedicated areas of the huge open world map for PvP combat too.
Read more Diablo 4 news
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PCRelease date: UnknownPre-order: GAME
Overwatch 2 marks a shift in focus for the series, with a greater emphasis on the PvE modes that have proved popular in the base game, and less on the 6v6 multiplayer combat where it made its name. Expect new maps, loot, and customisation options, with all the loot you’ve already earned in the first game even carrying over into the second title – and plenty of the new game’s updates even working their way backwards into the first Overwatch.
Read the latest Overwatch 2 news
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Platforms: SwitchRelease date: Unknown
Breath of the Wild is arguably still the best game on the Switch – and one of the best games of the decade, period – so we were pretty relieved when Nintendo announced a sequel at E3 2019. We don’t know when it’ll come out, or what to expect, but fans are hoping for Zelda herself to be playable in some form – and either way for it to be as radical and weird a follow-up as Majora’s Mask was for Ocarina of Time way back when.
Read the latest Breath of the Wild sequel news
Metroid Prime 4
Platforms: SwitchRelease date: Unknown
We barely know a thing about Metroid Prime 4, but that won’t stop us getting excited. First announced way back in 2017, in 2019 Nintendo announced it was starting from scratch, and moving the game from Bandai Namco back to original series devs Retro Studios. The original Prime trilogy was absolutely phenomenal, so we have the highest hopes for the fourth game – but know we might still have a while to wait.
Find out more about Metroid Prime 4