The first quarter of 2020 was a relatively quiet time for gaming. Sure, we saw a couple of big releases, and a lot were much-awaited. However, most eyes were on the holiday season. This is when most people are expecting the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X to launch and hit store shelves. But while that’s still very much on the table, April is set to bring some hard-hitting titles that’s sure to warrant every gamer’s attention.
From long-awaited remakes to an unexpected entry in a long-running franchise that we have not heard from in quite some time, as well as a couple of original titles, you’ll want to start saving right now for what’s to come in April.
Below are some of the best upcoming video games of April 2020.
1. Resident Evil 3 – April 3
Platform/s: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC
Capcom has been on a roll lately. Their longtime franchises, such as Resident Evil and Devil May Cry, saw some of the most refreshing and commercially-successful releases in recent memory. This catapulted the Japanese company back into the conversation as some of the best in the industry, which is exactly why we’re excited for the release of the Resident Evil 3 remake in April 2020.
Hot on the heels of the success of the 2019’s Resident Evil 2 remake, the literal follow-up and sequel will see a completely updated version of iconic femme heroine Jill Valentine make her way through a more modern Raccoon City as she tries to escape from the infamous villain, Nemesis, that’s sure to stalk her every chance that it can get.
Just as the remake of Resident Evil 2, don’t expect Resident Evil 3 to be a shot-for-shot remake. There will be differences. But make no mistake, it’ll all be for the better.
In addition to the remake of the classic action-horror title, Resident Evil 3 will come with Resident Evil: Resistance. Unlike the more single-player focused remake, the multiplayer game is an asymmetrical title that will put one player in control of the zombies and other mutations alike as he or she plays dungeon master with the lives of the remaining survivors.
2. Final Fantasy VII Remake – April 10
Platform/s: PlayStation 4
Originally slated for a March release, the hype surrounding the release of the much-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake died down for a bit after it was delayed. However, it has since reached fever-high once again after Square Enix teased its fans with a free demo that’s currently still available on the PlayStation Store that shows a glimpse of what to expect.
Naturally, fans gobbled it up like they couldn’t get enough of it.
In we can be technical, this isn’t an actual remake. Or, at least, not yet anyway. This is because this will simply be the first part of an episodic release, mirroring the way that the original title came in multiple CDs. This means that, once the first part of the Final Fantasy VII remake releases on April 10, fans will have to wait for a while to get more.
In any case, reviews so far have been mostly positive. Many have praised Square Enix’s decision to implement a new combat system. Not to mention, many feel like this is as faithful of a remake as any can get.
With that said, it’s looking like the remake of Final Fantasy VII is set to please both longtime fans of the series, as well as those who are new to it.
Here’s to hoping that we won’t have to wait years in between releases
3. Trials of Mana – April 20
Platform/s: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
There are plenty of games that never made it out of Japan, much to the chagrin of gaming fans, in particular, those who’re craving for the classic JRPG experience. One of those titles is Trials of Mana, which is set to see a full-on 3D remake of the Japan-only Seiken Densetsu for the SNES.
Again, technically, this isn’t a full-on remake. As in, it will follow different characters. However, the intertwining narrative remains very much the same.
Just how different or similar it will be is something that we’ll only know for sure once the game releases on April 20. For now, all we can do is wait and hope it doesn’t turn out
4. Predator Hunting Grounds — April 24
Platform/s: PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows
We’ve seen asymmetrical shooters before, and we’ve seen a lot of them fail. However, with a successful franchise in Predator backing it up and a publisher like Sony Interactive Entertainment, it’s safe to say that we should expect good things from Predator Hunting Grounds once it releases in April.
Play either as a member of a 4-man team or as the titular Predator themselves. Either way, you’re in for quite the wild ride.
5. Gear Tactics — April 28
Platform/s: Xbox One and PC
Nobody asked for this. Yet, we’re getting it.
The Gears of War franchise has prided itself as an over-the-top action-shooter. This is why the decision to go from that to a strategy title is surprising, to say the least. But then again, we’d be lying if we flat out said that we weren’t intrigued by how Splash Damage, the game’s developers, are going to pull off something like this successfully.
With reports indicating that the title is going to draw heavy inspiration from the critically-acclaimed X-Com series, it’s safe to say that expectations will be far from tame.
April is already as big of a month as it is, but can you just imagine if Cyberpunk 77 was going to be released alongside the remakes of Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy VII? More wallets would’ve definitely been emptied!
Even with just these 5 titles though, April is already expected to be the biggest month in gaming so far.
But make no mistake, this is just the start.
So, what are you waiting for? Start saving up money and clearing your backlog of unfinished titles today!