2020 will be the last for the current generation of consoles – closer to winter, the PlayStation 5 and the new Xbox should go on sale. The developers chose not to wait for the sunset of the era, but to arrange a loud retirement for the PS4 and Xbox One. For the first six months, so many landmark releases are planned that it was not easy to fit them all in one material.
Final Fantasy VII Remake | March 3rd | Ps4
The original Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997 and not only became one of the most successful games in the series, but also significantly influenced the popularization of JRPG outside of Japan. With the advent of each new generation of consoles, there were more and more rumors about the FFVII remake – it was thanks to them that they announced it five years before the release.
The remake will save only the characters and plot, gameplay and visual it will be a completely new game, or rather, several games. According to the authors, several episodes are planned in FFVII, each of which will be a voluminous, full-fledged adventure. The developers divided the combat system into two modes: familiar to many action-RPGs and “classic” – with a large bias in tactics.
Nioh 2 | March 13th | Ps4
Nioh 2 is a souls-like RPG in a setting of fantasy feudal Japan. This means that players are waiting for samurai, monsters unusual for the Western world, loot with pumping and a specific combat system focused on timing and reaction. If the gameplay seems too complicated, the cooperative and the “ghosts” of other users will come to the rescue.
The plot of the second part will be a prequel to the original – events will unfold in the second half of the XVI century. Players will be able to independently customize the appearance of the new main character. He, by the way, is not a simple person, but half a demon. The protagonist will be able to turn into a youkai monster, which will provide him with supernatural abilities and the ability to absorb the essence of other monsters.
Doom Eternal | March 20 | PC, PS4, Xbox One
This is Doom – Mars, hell, fire, a dozen guns, hard rock, frantic speeds and hordes of demons who are very, very unlucky. They will be shot, sawn and torn to pieces over and over again. Because it is Doom.
The developers left the classic recipe for the game, which faithfully served more than twenty years, almost unchanged. There will be several new enemies that can teleport and erect walls. Praetorian armor will be surrounded by a couple of improvements. Levels will become more spacious and there will be more platforming. But the bottom line is Doom, brutal, bloody and uncompromising.
Half-Life: Alyx | March | PC (VR)
Half-Life: Alyx is the most anticipated VR project in the near future. This was largely influenced by the cult status of the franchise. Perhaps the joke about the third part of HL is even by those who are not aware that the main tool of a physicist is a mount. It is not surprising that Valve no longer has time to deliver Index devices to customers.
The new Half-Life will be a spin-off, chronologically located between the two parts of the original. The protagonist will be the well-known sequel to Alix Vance. Together with her father, she will organize resistance to the Alliance. An important part of the gameplay will be the heroine’s magnetic gloves – they will replace her gravitating gun and allow her to interact more effectively with the environment.
Resident Evil 3 | April 3rd | PC, PS4, Xbox One
“Everything new is well forgotten old.” This is precisely the motto that Capcom has followed in the last few years. In 2019, a remake of RE 2 became one of major games of the year and received the highest average rating on the Metacritic aggregator. After such success, it seemed strange that the publisher pays so much attention to the Resistance multiplayer spin-off and bypasses the third part.
The intrigue was resolved at State of Play 2019, when it turned out that Resistance is only one of the modes of the new RE 3. The game is being developed similarly to the previous remake – the same plot, but more content, modernized gameplay and controls, and a completely different level graphics, of course. The developers also said that the action will be more, but they promised to leave the atmosphere the same.
Cyberpunk 2077 | April 16th | PC, PS4, Xbox One
CD Projekt RED can be called a kind of Keanu Reeves from the world of the gaming industry. The studio has a gigantic credit of trust and immense love of fans, allowing Cyberpunk 2077 to be recognized as the most anticipated game of 2023. However, there are other reasons for this.
The game is based on the popular “desktop” Cyberpunk 2023 and will follow the canons of the classic “cyberpunk.” The developers promise an “adult story for adult players”, as well as non-linear quests. The main character’s leveling is based on augmentations, and the game world will be, though less than in the third “The Witcher,” but much richer.
Marvel’s Avengers | May 15th | PC, PS4, Xbox One
Over the past ten years, comics have managed to grow from a childhood passion into an integral part of popular culture. This was mainly due to Marvel’s Avengers, so a large franchise video game project was only a matter of time.
The team of heroes broke up after one of the cataclysms, and it will have to be reassembled. Players (alone or in a co-op) will be able to control different characters, including Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow. During the passage, they can be pumped, as well as choose different skins for them. According to the developers, Marvel’s Avengers will be the largest Crystal Dynamics game. Users were most confused by unfamiliar voices and faces – Marvel’s Avengers is not based on films, respectively, and the actors there are different.
The Last of Us Part II | May 29 | Ps4
In 2013, The Last of Us became the PlayStation 3 swan song, the final chord that showed the maximum that the console was capable of. The sequel promises to repeat the same for the PS4, coming out at sunset its life cycle.
The story will continue several years after the completion of the events of the original. The main character will become an adult Ally. The gameplay will not be much different from the first part, but the authors promise to deepen and improve almost every aspect of it. For example, all characters will have a dynamically changing heartbeat, enemies will have names, and the overall level of cruelty and naturalism will increase significantly.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 | Spring | PC, PS4, Xbox One
A few years ago, vampires were incredibly popular, and now almost no one remembers them. Another long-awaited sequel intends to correct the situation: Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. The continuation of the cult RPG promises unique quests with many paths. A new team is responsible for the development, but the story is written by the original screenwriter Brian Mizoda and Chris Avellone (Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment).
In Bloodlines 2, the main character will be a convert vampire. He can choose the background, and during the game – the clan and faction. The abilities available to the character will depend on this. However, when using them, it is important not to violate Masquerade, a set of rules that oblige vampires to keep their existence secret. Among the new mechanics is the “resonance”, thanks to which the drunk blood imposes different effects depending on the emotions of the victim.
Dying light 2| Spring | PC, PS4, Xbox One
Zombie action Dying Light was built on two key mechanics – parkour and changing the time of day, which distinguished it from the “classmates”. It was possible to move around the city inhabited by monsters not by neat steps, but at full speed and along the roofs. And with the onset of night, the game turned into a full-fledged horror.
The second part will traditionally try to improve its strengths. For example, according to the developers, a real nightmare will happen at night. Along with this, the authors plan serious innovations. For the script of the sequel meets the already mentioned Chris Avellone. As a result, the game will have some characteristic RPG features. The world of the “modern Middle Ages” will change depending on the choices of the protagonist, and his decisions will have long-lasting consequences.
The first half of 2023 promises to pass under the banner of sequels. Even those two games from the list that managed to turn out to be not spin-offs or remakes are based on large franchises. Other sequels to the popular series include Yakuza: Like a Dragon (January 16th in Japan), Ori and the Will of the Wisps (March 11th), and Wasteland 3 (spring). The most anticipated of the remasters can be called Warcraft III: Reforged (January 29). Among the notable new IPs, the humorous survival simulator Journey to the Savage Planet (January 28), sandbox constructor Dreams (February 14) and the gangster strategy Empire of Sin (spring) stand out.