Looking at the list of upcoming video games, there’s a ton to be excited about. With the next-generation launching in just around two months. We’re also rumored to see Nintendo unveil a bunch of projects during the upcoming year. I desire a lot of these games and frankly, can’t wait to get my hands on a few of these. The fact that a new Kingdom Hearts game focused on music, is releasing and isn’t on this list, is a testament of how good the upcoming launch schedule is looking.
Without further ado, let’s get into the list.
10. Horizon II Forbidden West
Back in March of 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn launched to great reviews and even set records for a new IP regarding how many copies it sold. The game turned out to be a smash hit for Killzone developer, Guerilla Games.
Well, a lot has happened since then. Guerilla Games have grown significantly and is rumored to be working on a second game at the same time as Forbidden West. (First Person, Multiplayer based game) and studio lead Herman Hulst has also gotten promoted to the head of Worldwide Studios, taking over the title from former head Shuhei Yoshida.
When Horizon initially launched, I loved it. Mostly because of its world, how well made the dinosaurs were, and how much Aloy shined as a protagonist. While I’m very excited about where the sequel takes us, I was also left a little underwhelmed by the reveal trailer.
Visually, it looks stunning. And I’m sure the game will be amazing, and fun from beginning to end gameplay-wise. However, the reveal didn’t really do anything to surprise me, which isn’t necessarily bad, but as it stands right now. I don’t desire it higher than the eight spots on the list.
The game is set to launch exclusively on the Playstation 5 in 2021. I’m excited to see more from the game, and hopefully, some more dino/monster reveals, like the teased Dragon.
9. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
At the Game Awards 2019, Phil Spencer came on stage to announce the Xbox Series X together with the sequel to the beloved title, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from Ninja Theory. We only received a short teaser for the game, showcasing its insane visual fidelity and animation.
The first game initially launched on Playstation 4 and PC in August of 2017, and the idea of the game was to make a AAA game with an Indie budget and the game was a hit. Doing great both sales-wise and review-wise. The game won awards, and players connected and related to Senua. Including me, who achieved the Platinum trophy for the game, absolutely loving the game and its world.
Because of its success, bundled with Microsoft’s expansion of its first party lineup, Ninja Theory got acquired by Xbox Games Studios. To this day, it’s in my opinion one of the best gets for Xbox through all of the acquisitions they’ve made. While we haven’t seen more from the game since its initial reveal, we learned that the game takes place in Iceland on the Series X showcase in July.
The game doesn’t have a confirmed launch window, but when it’s ready, it’ll launch on Xbox Series X and PC. Until then, I can’t wait to see more from the game.
8. Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red, one of the most beloved studios on the planet currently. Having released their magnum opus, the Witcher 3 and all of its expansions this generation, CD Projekt Red has gone from a good studio to a household name. The expectations for Cyberpunk 2077 are through the roof, and everyone’s favorite human being Keanu Reeves is in the game… And I still place the game on sixth (UPDATE, moved to eight) place? Well. Here’s why.
The game looks stunning, both visually and gameplay-wise. So far, every trailer has me hooked on the game, but there are two major factors that play into the game not being higher on the list. First of all, here’s a controversial opinion.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Witcher 3. I loved the visuals, the world, the story, but after having arrived at Skellige after around 50 hours of playtime on the Death March difficulty I just couldn’t continue. The gameplay was a big problem for me, I just didn’t like the gameplay as much as I’d like to.
That might’ve been a fault in me, and not the game itself. But its a sentiment I’ve seen being passed around on the internet from time to time.
The second reason I feel worried is that CD Projekt Red has time and time again shown that they aren’t a mature studio regarding certain social issues, like trans-rights and their views on women. This is mostly seen on their social media, however, in which they’ve made a lot of controversial and bad jokes and not as present in their games. (Well… At least not as much)
But if they fixed the gameplay issues, like it seems like they’re doing, and if the game isn’t immature regarding social issues, I see this being one of my top games of the year. As I said the game looks stunning in its previous showcases.
The game is set to launch on November 19th on PS4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC. It’ll also work with Backwards Compatibility on PS5 and Series X, and official versions will be released on a later date.
7. God of War Ragnarök
At the big PS5 event we got a small teaser trailer for the sequel to the beloved 2018 game, God of War. We’ll once again see Kratos and Atreus in another adventure, based on the Ragnarök part of the Norse mythology.
Fans of the first game know what to expect. Spoilers for the final scene if you haven’t played it: We’ll most likely fight Thor in the sequel, since the first game ends with the showdown between Thor, Kratos, and Atreus.
While I’m bat shit excited about this game since I’m a huge fan of the entire franchise, I can’t put it any higher than what I’ve currently done. The reason is that we simply didn’t see anything other than a logo. And apparently, the title isn’t even decided yet according to Sony.
What does excite me, however, is that the game is targeted to launch in 2021 on the PlayStation 5. I can’t wait to see more during the upcoming months, and I’m sure that the team over at Santa Monica Studios will deliver yet another amazing game.
6. Resident Evil Village
I’m a new fan of the Resident Evil franchise, having only played Resident Evil 1 and 2 so far. Having loved both titles I’m stoked to explore the rest of the series, with 3 being downloaded on my PS4 as we speak, I’m trying to push through the entire series for Village.
Capcom in general has been on such a streak with their latest game releases, Monster Hunter World, Resident Evil VII / 2, Devil May Cry 5 among others. And in June they yet again blew us away with the first trailer for Resident Evil Village.
I’m going to be honest, and say that since I’m playing through the franchise I don’t want to get into too many story details because of spoilers. All I know and will be able to share is that Umbrella is teased in the trailer, there are now Werewolfs and Chris Redfield is back. (Which I assume is big, but I’ve only seen him in RE1 haha)
The game is targeted to launch in 2021 on Playstation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC, and we’re also confirmed to see more from the game at Tokyo Game Show later this month!
5. Elden Ring
The second controversial take on this list will surely be that I’m not huge From Software fan. However, that is my fault more than anything.. Having played Bloodborne in a way it wasn’t meant to be played, resulted in me getting the platinum in the worst possible way for the game. Long story short, I thought you lost all your character progress when dying, resulting in me backing up my save file every area and reloading it when dying. This made the game way longer, having to sit through infinite load screens.
Since then, I haven’t dabbled in the Souls franchise, even though I realize (d) I made a fatal mistake. However, Elden Ring is all I want. The next Miyazaki game, bringing his game and world design. Then mixing in George R.R Martin in the mix, for the world-building and story. And finishing it with the fact that it’ll be From Software’s first open-world title. The games setup sounds like fanfiction, that’s how good the game premise is.
Even though the game currently doesn’t have a lot of information, and only one, very vague trailer has been shown, the game still easily manages to be one of my most anticipated games. I’m also excited, to once again be on the From Software bandwagon, talking with everyone about the game.
We don’t have a release window, nor do we know when the game will be shown the next time, all we know is that it’s launching on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. I’d recommend everyone keep an eye out for this one. I think it has the potential to be one of the greats.
4. Spider-Man Miles Morales
Being a huge Marvel fan, doing everything from playing the games, watching the movies to reading the comic books, and then bundling that together with one of my favorite game development studios, Insomniac Games is a dream come true.
When I said that Elden Ring sounds like fanfiction, I feel like Marvel x Insomniac was someone’s fanfiction long before it happened. It simply writes itself. Back in 2018, Spider-Man launched to amazing reviews, unprecedented sales-numbers, and an astonishing amount of photos taken by fans. I platinumed the game in a few days because I couldn’t get enough of it, and I’ve since replayed the game twice. (Being the only game this generation I’ve done so with, I believe) the game is one of my favorite games of the generation.
Opening the Playstation 5: Future of Gaming Showcase with the announcement of a sequel which is a PS5 launch title was something I couldn’t believe. The fact of the matter is that this game would undoubtedly be my number one, but the reason that it’s not is because of the fact that it isn’t a ” full-scale game”, even if it’s big. (Quote is, that its similar in scope to Lost Legacy, which is still great) From a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Creative Director Brian Horton said the following
”This is a full arc for Miles Morales that started in Spider-Man [PS4]. We really are completing this hero’s coming of age in our game. It is a complete story”
The game’s latest showing further proved the game and its qualities. With a great gameplay demo, focusing on Miles and his powers. Both the story and combat looks great, and Miles is as usual a lovable protagonist. And one of my favorite parts? The hero theme has a trap drum to go with it, which makes me feel all kinds of things.
Since I’m currently reading through Michael Bendis Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles) run and absolutely loving Into the Spiderverse, I cannot wait for this to release. It’s my most exciting launch title for the PS5.
3. Kena Bridge of Spirits
An indie game from a small gaming studio founded in 2009, Ember Lab, takes my second spot. Having never released a game during their time as a team, previously only having made animations Ember Lab somehow succeeds in reaching the second spot on my list. How did they do that?
Well, during the Playstation 5: Future of Gaming showcase, I expected to be blown away by some of the games shown (Which I was), but in the middle of the entire showcase, sandwiched between huge games like Demon’s Souls and Gran Turismo 7, Kena Bridge of Spirits appeared.
And oh wow was I speechless. From the art style and animation, that looks so good it’s hard not to compare it with Studio Ghibli. The game has animation on a level that is rarely seen in the gaming industry. And to top it off, it also has amazing looking gameplay, with stylish combat, a seemingly likable protagonist, and an endearing villain. The game looks absolutely stunning in every possible way.
I’ve been interacting with Ember Lab on social media, and it’s hard containing your excitement about the game to the point of me being starstruck by them. It also helps that every interaction I’ve had with the studio has been nothing short of spectacular. A big kudos to the marketing team and people over at Ember Lab for everything so far.
As icing on the cake, we’re set to see more from Kena Bridge of Spirits NEXT WEEK since it was announced that they would be the next cover story for Game Informer. A big 14-page spread with information on the game.
For Zelda fans, it’s also worth pointing out that Ember Lab created the amazing ”Terrible Fate” Majora’s Mask animation a few years ago. I’m sure the studio is big fans of Zelda and we might see some inspiration in the Kena.
The game is set to launch in Q1 2021 for Playstation 4, Playstation 5, and Epic Game Store.
2. Final Fantasy XVI
At the latest PS5 Showcase we got our first, lengthy look at the next installment in the Final Fantasy franchise. Directed by Naoki Yoshida, and developed by the development team of the MMO, FFXIV, the first glimpse we got of the game was nothing short of incredible.
A return to the high fantasy setting after a few mainline titles leaning into the modern aspects of final fantasy. The first glimpse was everything I wanted, and more. It seems like it’ll be the first mainline PG18 Final Fantasy, with blood and general darker themes.
Since I’m a relatively new fan of Final Fantasy, which has only played VII, IX, and XV (And is currently playing through X) I’ve quickly learned to love the franchise. This is why it went up to the top three with only one trailer.
And for those of you who believe that it’ll be released in 2025, Yoshida said that the game is further along than what all of us expect. I can’t wait to see more from it, but whatever they show will be a great bonus, since I’m already sold on this new mainline title.
The game will launch on Playstation 5 and PC in the coming years.
1. Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart
My number one, most anticipated game is Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. After having been a huge fan of the Ratchet & Clank series, having achieved all 12 platinum trophies for the series, everything about Rift Apart is what I wished for.
Having the initial reveal in June, on the Future of Games event, the game got extended gameplay reveal last Thursday on the Opening Night Live Gamescom show. We also got some details, like the fact that the game once again takes place in the Future timeline with it being a sequel to the 2012 game Into the Nexus.
Other than that, we also got our first look at one of Playstation’s best villains of all time, Nefarious. The game focuses on a rift in the universe, and the separation of Ratchet and Clank, a theme that previously worked very well (Looking at you A Crack in Time). But it also seems to deal with the multiverse, and I’m positive we’ll see some great callbacks to earlier games (Which was hinted at during the ONL segment) But I’m also sure we’ll see at least one fun crossover. The chance is too good to miss. Jak and Daxter and/or Sly Cooper appearance throughout the multiverse?
Sony, make it happen.
My expectations for this game is through the roof after R&C 2016 was one of the biggest pleasures I had during the current generation. But I’m also a bit biased since I very much love this duo and their games.
Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart is set to launch around launch window for Playstation 5.
How has the list changed? Read about previous titles that made the list.
UPDATE 10/04/2020: After the latest showcase from Sony, and with general events like TGS happening, the first two titles that lost their place on the list was Returnal and Immortal’s Fenyx Rising.
Thanks for reading this list, I’ll update this through the upcoming year. Hopefully, you aren’t too disappointed your favorite games didn’t make the list!