Dec 22 , 2019
Next year is going to be an absolutely epic year for video games.
Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett console are confirmed to release for the holiday season, but even before then, there's an enormous wealth of tremendous-looking games coming for the systems we already wield.
From The Last of Us Part II to Cyberpunk 2077 and Half-Life: Alyx, there are loads of games already filling up our wish list. Here are the 30 games we're most excited about right now, and we'll be updating this list as new games are announced and others release.
Platform: PlayStation 4
It's been three long years since The Last of Us Part II was first teased, and nearly seven long years since the original game – Stuff's pick for the greatest game ever – first released. Are we a bit eager for this sequel? Yes. Yes, we are.
Like all of Naughty Dog's games, The Last of Us Part II looks to be worth the extended wait, digging deeper into the tale of Ellie as she navigates life amidst the viral uprising… and seemingly gains a reason to seek out revenge. The Last of Us Part II looks incredibly harrowing and intense, not to mention incredibly well-produced. We can't wait.
Due: 29 May
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Can CD Projekt RED do for cyberpunk fiction what it did for open-world fantasy with The Witcher 3? We can't wait to find out when the long-in-the-works Cyberpunk 2077 finally rolls out in April.
From what we've seen, Cyberpunk 2077 has sort of a futuristic Grand Theft Auto kind of feel, albeit with body modifications and incredible-looking cinematics. Night City, California looks like a place we'll want to explore again and again… and the surprise addition of Keanu Reeves as a main character only sweetens the pot in our eyes.
Due: 16 April
Platform: PlayStation 4
This looks like one of the most glorious nostalgia bombs of all time. Unlike the various rezzed-up Final Fantasy remasters of the past, Final Fantasy VII Remake is a proper, modern reworking of one of the most iconic role-playing games of all time.
The trailers look stunning, capturing the essence of the influential original with the power of the PlayStation 4 – hopefully without losing the weirdness of the PS1 classic. One weird quirk, however: given the immense scale of the game, Square Enix will release it in parts. This initial Remake release will include the part of the game that takes place in Midgar, with the other chunks to release later.
Due: 3 March
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Nintendo had one hell of a "one more thing" surprise at E3 2019, dropping a first tease of a sequel to the absolutely brilliant The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – and that's all we've seen and heard officially so far.
Will it release in 2020? We don't know. Maybe! Will it have a different name? Undoubtedly. Are we super excited and hoping Nintendo has it ready by year's end? You bet. Recent rumours have suggested an early 2021 launch alongside a more powerful Switch hardware edition, but it's all wide-open speculation right now. We're certainly willing to wait for what looks like a darker sequel that perhaps makes Zelda a playable ally, but we still hope it's a holiday 2020 release.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
We were bummed to see Doom Eternal pushed out of 2019, but as ever, we're always happy to wait for something special to live up to its full potential. And damn does Doom Eternal look incredibly fun.
Building off of the intensely entertaining Doom reboot, Doom Eternal is still a speedy run-and-gun experience, albeit with more verticality in the levels thanks to a "meathook" grapple attachment to the shotgun, and what looks to be a heaping helping of deep-cut lore in the mix. We imagine that you'll want to play this on the largest screen you can commandeer… but then again, playing anywhere on Switch will be mighty appealing too.
Due: 20 March
Platforms: Xbox Scarlett, Xbox One, PC
Given that Halo 5: Guardians hit with a shrug and The Master Chief Collection was beset by tech issues for months, it's been some time since we've truly been excited about a new Halo game. Well, Halo Infinite looks to finally buck that trend.
Halo Infinite not only brings back Master Chief as the lead, but also introduces a gorgeous new game engine – and will launch alongside Microsoft's new Project Scarlett console, as well as Xbox One and PC. This E3 2019 trailer above gives us enough of a tease to get excited about, and the prospect of picking up a new Xbox with a new Halo next holiday is giving us serious old-school vibes.
Due: Holiday 2020
Is this Half-Life 3?! Nope, it’s not. Half-Life: Alyx takes place between the first and second games, and on top of that, it’s a VR exclusive. We can just sense the disappointment from some long-suffering series fans.
Here’s the thing, though: Half-Life: Alyx looks fantastic, delivering what’s said to be a robust, full-sized first-person shooter campaign within this beloved, long-ignored universe, while ratcheting up the intensity via the VR approach. It’ll work on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and other PC-based headsets - and Valve Index owners will get it free, to boot.
Nintendo revealed Metroid Prime 4 way back in 2017, with Bandai Namco handling development – but something went wrong. At the start of 2019, Nintendo announced that it was handing the project off to original Prime developers Retro Studios instead.
Here's hoping all of the trouble and time proves worth it. It's been several years since a total new Metroid game, and the Prime series has been reliably excellent, turning the brilliant 2D design into a compelling 3D adventure experience. Hopefully we'll get the much-rumoured Switch port of Metroid Prime Trilogy beforehand, too.
Platform: PlayStation 4
Sucker Punch’s latest PS4 original has been on the horizon for a while now, and recently gone out of sight. Either that means it’s receiving a bunch of extra polish before we see it again, or it’s moving to PlayStation 5. Possibly both!
Whatever the case, we’re excited to play Ghost of Tsushima whenever it comes out and on whichever platform it arrives. This stunning open-world game takes place during the first Mongol invasion of Japan, and lets you take control of a samurai as you methodically slice and dice foes. It looks beautiful and super-compelling, although we’re curious to see how much has changed (if anything) since it went into stealth mode.
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Diablo is back, and it looks darker than ever. Blizzard's latest dungeon crawler hearkens back to the style of Diablo 2, but keeps the more polished play of Diablo 3, finding a seemingly ideal middle ground that could make this one a winner out of the gate. And did you see the bulky dude in the trailer above who turns into a bear? That's our guy, hands down.
Blizzard showed Diablo IV off for the first time at BlizzCon 2019, and it was playable – but as of now, there's no clear indication of whether it will actually release in 2020. Here's hoping.