2020 is here and it’s looking to be a very interesting year in gaming. With big blockbuster games, brand new hardware, and a console scene that is rapidly evolving. So we got the team together to make our predictions for what’s in store for the industry in 2020. Enjoy!
1. KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS GOES 1ST PARTY
Sony decided to put a ring on it by acquiring Kojima Productions as a 1st party studio, then at the PlayStation 5 reveal event, Kojima teases their upcoming PS5 exclusive title.
2. XBOX SERIES X BREAKS THE BANK
The Xbox Series X will debut as the most powerful home console on the market, but also as the most expensive at $500. They’ll hope to offset this large price tag with the Xbox All Access plan.
3. XBOX HAS AN AMAZING LAUNCH LINEUP FOR THE NEW XBOX
By far the biggest criticism of the Xbox One has been exclusives. Microsoft remedies that with 4 Xbox Game Studios games on day 1. Halo Infinite, Hellblade 2, A New Forza, and a big-budget single-player adventure from The Initiative. And all available on Game Pass.
WILDCARD – NINTENDO BRINGS THE GAMES
With the big guns like Mario, Zelda, Smash & Pokemon out, Nintendo focuses on their lesser-known 1st party games. We get announcements for a new Pikmin, Wave Race AND Star Fox game in 2020.
1. SONY SKIPS E3
In a move both surprising and somehow not surprising at all given recent trends, Sony opts not to bring the Playstation 5 to E3 and instead holds a Playstation Experience this Summer to give gamers and press the opportunity to go hands-on with this year’s juggernaut console. This leaves many to speculate even further about how long E3 will continue in its current state.
2. FIRST GLIMPSE OF THE SUPER MARIO BROS MOVIE FROM ILLUMINATION
While the film itself is not due to hit theaters for another 2 years, we will get some conceptual images and perhaps test footage of Illumination’s Super Mario Bros animated feature film this year. Nintendo will use their new theme park opening this Spring in Japan in coordination with Universal Studios to give us a first look at the much-anticipated feature film. It will also give the Nintendo property shot in the arm as both Microsoft and Sony are set to take their next step in the gaming future, reminding gamers exactly why we love Nintendo so much.
3. HALO INFINITE IS THE MOST PLAYED GAME OF 2020
Microsoft will continue to position itself into a nebulous space of tracking success not with sales data but with concurrent player numbers. With the recent announcement that nobody will need a Series X to play the next generation of Xbox games for several years, the doors have been blown wide open in regards to cross-generational expectations and transitions. Halo Infinite will “launch” side-by-side with Series X, be free on Game Pass for SX and XB1 owners alike and will also champion the arrival of X Cloud, making it a groundbreaking success. Microsoft will highlight this with concurrent player data that shatters all records.
WILDCARD – PLAYSTATION 5 LAUNCHES WITH FAMILIAR MASCOT FACES
The Playstation 5 will have an unprecedented launch lineup of smash hits, making it clear why the last couple of years were relatively quiet in terms of releases. Among these launch games are a handful of older properties returning with new groundbreaking installments. Ratchet & Clank, Ape Escape, AND Crash Bandicoot will all usher in the new age of Playstation both in new fresh games, but ALSO with their lineage of games available thanks to the much-rumored backward compatible functionality of PS5.
1.PS5 LAUNCHES FOR $449
Sony will have a debut price for the PS5 at 449.99. They will reveal this info and release date during a special State of Play event. Like last time the show will take place in New York and be 30 minutes.
2020 will be a year of remasters and re-releases for Nintendo, with big tent pole games like Metroid and Zelda at least two years off we will see plenty of remakes this year to hold people over
3.STADIA CIRCLES THE DRAIN
Everyone will forget Stadia ever existed and when it is mentioned people will refer to it as something that came out “a really long time ago”
WILDCARD – HALF-LIFE: ALYX TO PSVR
Half-Life Alyx will be coming to the PSVR. It won’t launch side by side with the PC version but will either with the PS5 or early 2021
Xbox Series X sales numbers will pale in comparison to PS5. (GamePass Ultimate & Project XCloud will be incredibly successful/popular)
2. STREAMING EVOLVED
Xbox Series X will feature Mixer/ Lightstream technology allowing for streamers to play games while viewing chat overlays and graphic interactions on a single game screen.
3.THE LAST OF US 2 SHINES
The Last of Us 2 is the 2020 GOTY at GameAwards and most outlets.
WILDCARD – SAM FISHER RETURNS
A new Splinter Cell game debuts as an Xbox Exclusive launch window title.
1.3-TIERED XBOX LAUNCH
The Xbox series X will have 3 levels of consoles. The highest level will be more expensive than the PS5 and more powerful. The mid-level will be slightly higher than the OneX, diskless, and $100 cheaper than the PS5. The lowest level will be an Xcloud machine and will be $150
A remake of Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker will be announced for Switch. The internet will lose its mind and I will own a third copy of that game.
3.ROLLER COASTER TYCOON ON PSVR
Roller coaster tycoon will come to PSVR. You will be able to ride each roller coaster you or your friend design. The special edition will come with a reusable barf bag.
WILDCARD – VIRTUAL BOY MINI
Nintendo will release the Virtual Boy Mini. You’ll have to buy two because one will only cover one eye.