The last few months have turned the world of gaming topsy-turvy. Gamers looking forward to the release of Halo: Infinite, the next big title in the Halo series, will now have to wait till 2021, after game developer 343 Industries announced a delay in development because of the pandemic.
And the mobile gaming and e-sports community in India took a massive hit in September when PUBG Mobile was banned by the government as border tensions with China intensified.
But it is not all bad news for gamers—2020 still has a lot to offer, with some exciting titles set for release. Here’s a look at what to expect.
FIFA 21 | Expected release date: October
It is impossible to imagine a gaming calendar without a new FIFA title. The next massive football video game from EA Sports is set to be bigger and better. FIFA 21 is powered by the impressive Frostbite engine and will feature completely new attacking systems for players, including gameplay highlights like agile dribbling, creative runs and a natural collision system, which aims to make player interactions smoother all over the pitch. The much touted Career Mode will get a facelift with an interactive match simulation option where you can jump in and out of gameplay. Player transfers will be more realistic and you will have greater control over player growth in this mode. FIFA 21 promises a whole new level of football gaming and you know that there is a new generation of football video-game fans waiting when the cover star is Kylian Mbappé.
RIDE 4 | Expected release date: October
RIDE 4 is the next instalment in the hugely popular RIDE franchise that allows players to experience two-wheel racing in some of the most realistic gaming environments. The game will feature more than 175 licensed motorbike models from 22 official manufacturers and 30 tracks from around the world. How realistic can the game get? Well, for starters, bike control will be more intuitive and accurate, depending on player inputs and the asphalt, apart from the effect of mass and aerodynamics. The game will not only look real but also sound real, for it will feature the actual recorded sound of 30 new engines. Time to start your engines!
Cyberpunk 2077 | Expected release date: October
This one’s the biggie. With detailed graphics, an open-world format and mind-boggling depiction of a dystopian world, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most highly anticipated games of 2020. Users will be able to play as V, a mercenary and “cyberpunk” who is equipped with multiple cybernetic enhancements. The game is set in the fictional Night City, a dystopian megapolis mired in crime, violence and glamour. The incredible gaming detail, achieved through a rendering technique known as ray tracing, is one of Cyberpunk 2077’s highlights. If that’s not enough, you also have Hollywood star Keanu Reeves, who appears and lends his voice as a character in the game.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla | Expected release date: November
The 12th major instalment in the famed Assassin’s Creed series, Valhalla is a sequel to the 2018 title Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. Users take up the role of Elvor, a Viking raider in England’s Dark Ages who must conquer and build his clan in new territory. According to the developer Ubisoft’s website, the character is playable as female or male. The game will also feature a new combat system and tougher, varied enemies. With incredible gameplay features and a gripping soundtrack, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla promises to be an exciting experience.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 | Expected release date: November-December
The sequel to the 2019 tactical shooter video game Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts was announced earlier this year but there isn’t much information on the game’s plot and features. But if reports from major gaming websites are anything to go by, users can expect more action-packed missions and stealth shooting (from a distance, mind you), like the 2019 game. Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 could also feature an open-world format.
All titles expected to be available across multiple platforms and consoles: Xbox, PlayStation, PC and Google Stadia, among others.