January and February have been relatively quiet months for 2020 in terms of releases. However, things are about to ramp up as March introduces a couple of notable releases, and no, we’re not talking about the recently-delayed release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake — the highly-anticipated remake of the classic RPG was delayed from a March 3 to an April 10 release.
Below is a list of all the awesome titles releasing on a variety of consoles this March 2020.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Platform/s: Xbox One and PC
Release Date: March 11, 2020
Originally slated for a February release, the sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest will now instead arrive on March 11. And while it’s a shame that fans (including ourselves) will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on this gorgeous and enchanting title, most believe that the wait is well worth it.
In Ori and the Will of the Wisps, players will return to the dangerous but beautifully hand-painted world of Ori. But this time around, Ori won’t be alone. Or, at least, that’s what most of us have been led to believe. This is because of the multiple instances that we’ve seen Ori shown working closely with a purple-feathered owl-like creature.
Considering that Ori and the Blind Forest was one of the true gaming gems of its generation, it’s hard to contain our excitement for its sequel.
Platform/s: PC / Microsoft Windows
Release date: March 2020
Finally, we have a new Half-Life game on our hands. Unfortunately, it won’t be the same thing. After all, Gordon Freeman won’t be the main character this time around. But still, we’ll take a Half-Life game from Valve anytime over nothing, even if it will be a VR game, which has not really sat too well with many of the franchise’s longtime fans.
But what we do know? We’re not Valve. Considering how their releases have very rarely disappointed, it’s safe to say that they deserve the benefit of the doubt. Not to mention, after a rare failed release in Artifact, we’re betting that they want to win back some of their fan’s trusts.
As for the actual game itself, Half-Life: Alyx will feature Alyx Vance from the Half-Life 2 series of games in a role that puts her as the only thing standing between the survival and the end of the human race in a story that’s supposedly set between Half-Life and Half-Life 2.
How it all happens, we’ll find out soon enough come March 2020.
Platform/s: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: March 20, 2020
Was this ever a surprise? After the big hit that was the Doom reboot in 2006, veteran FPS developers, id Software, was all but guaranteed to have been given the green light to release a sequel, and now here it is.
A complete 360 from the more catious FPS of today, Doom makes the term “over the top” seem like an understatement. However, at the same time, it does much more than just shock and awe its audiences. It pairs a completely bonkers game design (and we mean that in an every positive way possible) with clever storytelling to tell the tale of an angry man who just wants to have demons for breakfast in a way that doesn’t feel forced.
Doom Eternal is set to take the same formula and arguably make it better, and more involved.
Whether or not it will deliver is the question. But what we can be sure of is that we’re in for a hell of a time once Doom Eternal releases on March 20.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Platform/s: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: March 20, 2020
How do you make the age-old formula of Animal Crossing better? Well, for starters, you could give players an entire island to build from the ground up.
Going from turning around a single town or farm to an entire island is a huge upgrade in and on itself. But that’s not all that players are getting once Animal Crossing: New Horizons release on the Nintendo Switch in March 2020. In addition to literally getting a much larger playground, fans can also expect multiple multiplayer options, better customizability, and a full-fledged crafting system, among many other new features.
The release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake might have dumbed down the hype surrounding title releases of March 2020, but as you can see, it’s still a pretty big month for gaming.
What’s even better is that it’s only the start of something bigger. This is because April, May, and the subsequent months of 2020, will see the release of titles that have been teased and highly anticipated for the better part of the past decade or so.