2019 was a big year for gaming, but 2020 is about to take things up a notch. In fact, 2020 is set to become one of the biggest years in gaming history.
For starters, 2020 is the year where we’ll see the release of Sony and Microsoft’s next generation consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, respectively. Although we most likely won’t see either one release before the tail end of 2020, that doesn’t mean the months leading up to it won’t be easy. Most developers and studios will be busy trying to squeeze out as much as they can from the current generation of consoles before jumping onto the next one.
In addition to the arrival of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, 2020 is the year where we’ll see some of the most highly anticipated games in years finally make their way onto the market.
We’re talking about the likes of the much-awaited Final Fantasy 7 Remake and The Last of Us 2, among others. But that’s not all. Like just about any other year, 2020 will see a variety of indie releases. This will only make the year bigger and more memorable than it’s already set out to be.
With that said, we decided to cover all of the most exciting releases for 2020, starting with January.
1. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Release Date: January 17 (PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4)
Bandai Namco is all aboard the Dragon Ball hype train.
After a successful run from 2015-2018 with Dragon Ball Super, with Dragon Ball Super: Broly grossing north of $100 million worldwide, and a trio of successful Dragon Ball games in Dragon Ball Xenoverse and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, as well as Dragon Ball FighterZ, Bandai Namco is set to try and make a fourth one with Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a retelling of the entire Dragon Ball Z series, although it’s still unknown if it will include parts of Dragon Ball Super.
In addition to playing as Goku, players will get a chance to take control of other characters from the Dragon Ball Z mythos. This includes Gohan, Vegeta, Future Trunks, and even Vegito, among others. Not only that, but Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will see the introduction of Bonyu, a brand-new character designed by Akira Toriyama himself.
2. Monster Hunter World: Iceborn (DLC)
Release Date: January 9 (PC)
DLCs usually don’t warrant that much attention. But then again, not every DLC is for a game as deep, complex, and as expansive as that of Monster Hunter World.
Literally EVERYTHING is bigger in Monster Hunter World.
As such, it only makes sense that Monster Hunter World: Iceborn, its latest DLC, makes its way on our list as it finally releases on the PC.
Iceborne doesn’t necessarily change the formula of Monster Hunter World, Capcom’s best-selling games ever. However, it does make the already large world of the game even bigger. It’s easily an entire game in on itself, adding a new area, dozens of new monsters, and upping the difficulty for those who had already gotten bored with what the base Monster Hunter World game had to offer.
3. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore
Release Date: January 17 (Nintendo Switch)
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE was a crossover role-playing game released for the Nintendo Wii U back in 2015. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is an enhanced version of the same game. This time, it is released for the Nintendo Switch.
While the name doesn’t ring the bell quite as well as that of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, fans of the game have long waited for a portable version of the game to release.
For those wondering, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore follows a group of teenagers who command Mirages — which are basically reimagined heroes of the game Fire Emblem — to protect Tokyo from foreign invaders.
In addition to the base Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE game, the Nintendo Switch edition will also include all of the downloadable content. It’s also set to receive more content than the original game as well. This includes, among others, additional story elements, more songs, and characters, among others.
4. Warcraft III: Reforged
Warcraft III: Reforged caps off an eventful month of January for 2020.
A complete remaster of one of the all-time greats of PC gaming, Warcraft III: Reforged comes with the original Reign of Chaos and its Frozen Throne expansion. It’s also more than just your typical remaster. In fact, it’s basically like a new game, complete with overhauled visuals and a wide number of changes. Blizzard even went as far as to improve the social and matchmaking features of the old client, while also making a couple of balancing changes to keep the game more modern.