The Most Anticipated PC Game Releases of 2020

 

Cyberpunk 2077 a 2020 PC game release
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2020 has been an eventful year so far, to put it mildly. We’ve seen a few highly anticipated PC games land, from Doom Eternal to Half Life: Alyx. But many of the more eye-catching titles are still waiting for us between now and Christmas.

Let’s look at some of the more eye-catching PC game releases 2020 still has in store!

Upcoming Virtual Reality PC Game Releases in 2020

1. Half-Life: Alyx

 

Sitting firmly at the top of our most-anticipated VR list, the recently-announced Half-Life prequel is set to provide a revolutionary, immersive PC gaming experience. Developing company, Valve, have announced this epic-second series will be playable on most VR headsets, including the Oculus Quest.

Standing in the shoes of an expert hacker, Alyx Vance in this virtual reality realm,  PC gamers can work to form a resistance against the mysterious alien race, alongside Alyx’s father and a growing force of resistance. Your mission is to help carry out vital research in the hopes of discovering a crucial alien weakness. With crystal-clear graphics and stunning gameplay, Half-Life: Alyx could quite easily become the Cyberpower UK VR game of 2020. This next-gen VR experience is set to launch on SteamVR early March 2020.

Release date: 23rd March 2020 

Minimum System requirements for Half-Life Alyx

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD FX-8320.
  • GPU:  GTX 1060
  • RAM: 8 GB.

 

 

2. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Fans of the cult AMC TV series can expect two different VR game releases each inspired by the brutal zombie-slaying action of The Walking Dead this year. Currently,in development at Skydance Interactive, the first official tie-in to the gory, zombie-filled tv series is The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. Following a unique storyline set within the heart of New Orleans, fans can anticipate much of the same gripping, zombie fueled adventures the original series brought to our screens. Think gore, violence and threats coming from both the zombie and human population alike with this action-packed narrative.

Release date: 23rd January 2020

Minimum System Requirements for The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 / i7-8700K
  • GPU:  NVIDIA GTX 1060
  • RAM: 8 GB

 

 

3. The Walking Dead: Onslaught

 

And if you can’t get enough of the undead, VR specialists, Survios are also working in collaboration with AMC to create another brutal zombie gameplay. Already building a strong industry reputation thanks to the highly-polished Battlewake and Creed: Rise to Glory VR games, this epic adaptation of The Walking Dead is the one we’re most excited for at Cyberpower UK. The Walking Dead: Onslaught, is a single-player campaign gameplay, where desperate survivors are battling the relentless threat of walkers, all whilst confronting the horrors of the apocalyptic new world. Although Survios originally set to release The Walking Dead: Onslaught late 2019, the studio pushed the date back to enhance a users VR experience, so we expect nothing but the very best from this gripping gameplay. There’s no launch date as of yet, but due to Survious’ epic backlog of VR games, this is definitely one to watch.

Release date: 2020

Minimum System Requirements for The Walking Dead: Onslaught

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-6100
  • GPU:  NVIDIA GTX 970 
  • RAM: 7 GB

4. Phantom: Covert Ops

Already racking up a number of elite VR awards including the ‘best VR game of 2019’ before full game release, this stealth-action offering from nDreams brings a lethal military VR gameplay. Dubbed the Call of Duty on water, players can experience the tension and thrill of taking out enemies and infiltrating a base firsthand. This entirely seated VR experience is an exceptional new take on VR gaming and helps with mobility, as well as offering a sleek, immersive military experience. Driven through player movement and body awareness, Phantom Covert Ops delivers an action-packed level of reality, allowing players to infiltrate nefarious plots and remain unnoticed from the shadows. Full game launch is expected later this year, so Cyberpower PC gamers shouldn’t have to wait too long to get stuck into this one.

Release date: 25th June 2020 

Minimum System requirements for Phantom: Covert Ops

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k 
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 970 
  • RAM: 8 GB

Upcoming Role Playing Game Releases in 2020

5. Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 stole the show at the last E3. Not only did they unveil some more spectacular gameplay and cinematics, but they also had Keanu Reeves show up on stage to declare that the audience was breathtaking. CD Projekt’s trajectory as a company has earned it a lot of goodwill among gamers. The Witcher 3 built on the success of the previous two and provided an experience with surprisingly universal appeal.

Of course, when the Speed star made his appearance, he announced that the game would come out in April. It’s since been delayed, and then delayed again. At the time of writing, it’s due to land in November – which might persuade many gamers to make a few upgrades.

Release date: 19th November 2020 

Minimum System requirements for Cyberpunk 2077

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD FX-8320.
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 5700 X
  • RAM: 8 GB

6. Minecraft Dungeons

Experience the world’s most-popular RPG game, like you’ve never witnessed it before with the upcoming release of Minecraft Dungeons from gaming developers Mojang. Paying homage to all the classic fun of the original Minecraft game that PC gamers know and love, this spin-off passion project is filled with brand new weapons, new mines to uncover and new dungeon enemies inspired by the classic crawlers.

Brave the dungeons on an epic solo adventure, or enjoy a collaborative experience as Minecraft Dungeon allows four friends to play together. With wildly varied levels, creative components and new-and-nasty mobs to uncover, Minecraft Dungeons is set to be an epic, adventure quest for PC gamers that enjoy a classic experience. Expected to be released mid-April, this hugely anticipated dungeon crawler gameplay is set to be an exciting refresh of the tried and tested Minecraft formula.

Release date: 26th May 2020 

Minimum System requirements for Minecraft Dungeons

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 660,
  • RAM: 4 GB

7. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

The sequel to 2004’s Bloodlines is the second game from Paradox on this list, and the only game to not yet have a release date penned. The first game had the considerable misfortune of coming out on the same day as Half Life 2, and it was riddled with bugs. This time around, things look set to be more polished right out of the gate.

It’s a little bit of a surprise that there aren’t more vampire games made, given how neatly they can bring supernatural powers into just about any historical setting. Aside from 2018’s Vampyr, this is the only game in town for those looking to suck blood and fear sunlight (although World of Darkness vampires won’t have to worry about garlic or silver.

Release date: 2020

Minimum System requirements for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-560 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 805
  •  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 T.
  • RAM: 4 GB

8. Crusader Kings III

This much-anticipated strategy title brings more than a splash of RPG to the world map. You’ll play as an actual ruler rather than just as a faction. This means that putting points into your personal qualities is just as important as building fortifications and researching new kinds of catapult. What we’ve seen of the map suggests that there’ll be plenty of detail on offer when the game lands in September.

Release date: 1st September 2020 

Minimum System requirements for Crusaders Kings III

  • CPU:  Intel® iCore™ i5-750
  • GPU: Nvidia® GeForce™ GTX 460
  • RAM: 4 GB

9. Wasteland 3

Another threequel here, this time from inXile entertainment. Among the more noteworthy additions to the classic post-apocalyptic RPG is support for co-operative multiplayer, and a greater proportion of the dialogue being voiced. While experience with the first two games isn’t a necessity, it will help to make the plot that little bit more comprehensible – so now’s a great time to catch up!

Release date: August 28th 2020

Minimum System requirements for Wastelands 3

  • CPU:  Intel Core i5 2500K
  • GPU:  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • RAM: 8 GB

Upcoming Strategy PC Game Releases in 2020

10. A Total War Saga: Troy

The second in a planned trilogy of smaller-scale Total War games, Troy takes the action to the Mediterranean, where players can take part in the siege of the famous city. Of course, you can follow the plot of The Iliad, and simply form a massive army of Greeks to go and get Helen back from Paris (although you won’t be hiding in a wooden horse). Things look like they’ll be more historical than mythological here – the centaurs and minotaurs in the game are really just people dressed up.

Release date: 13th August 2020

Minimum System requirements for A Total War Saga: Troy 

  • CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6850
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 460.
  • RAM:  5 GB

Upcoming First Person Shooter PC Game Releases in 2020

11. Doom Eternal

The next leap in action-packed, first-person combat, Doom Eternal is an upcoming first-person shooter video game, developed by id Software. Cyberpower UK players take on the role of the Doom Slayer, an ancient warrior destined to battle the demonic forces of hell in a gruesome first-person perspective set in an ethereal demonic world. Become the slayer in an epic single-player campaign and expect new and improved, impressive firearms such as the heavy cannon, rocket launcher and plasma rifle to conquer demons across dangerous dimensions.

Fans of the original Doom PC game in 2016 are in for a treat, as the gameplay teaser released last month features new and improved high-difficulty Slayer challenges, the ability to take control over enemy units and additional movement upgrades such as wall-climbing, dash moves and more action-packed FPS fun. With impeccable graphics and an incredibly immersive gameplay, the fifth title in the Doom saga is set to be one of the biggest FPS games of 2020.

Release Date: March 20th 2020

Minimum System requirements for Doom Eternal

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz or AMD FX-8320
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 60 GB

12. Halo Infinite

The recent unveiling of the first gameplay footage has provoked a mixed reaction, with many observing that the game looks decidedly underwhelming. As Digital Foundry has noted, the lighting engine must bear a significant amount of the blame for this, and it’s surprising that we don’t see more real-time tracing techniques at work in the footage, given the support for the tech on the next-gen Xbox. That said, the fact that the game is coming to PC suggests that there will be a host of graphical options to tweak – and the fact that the game is running at 4K in the trailer suggests that we PC gamers will be able to push the frame rate up beyond the 100 mark.

Release Date: 2020

Minimum System requirements for Halo Infinite

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD FX-8320.
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 60 GB

13. Rainbow Six Quarantine

The epic Tom Clancy PC series doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon, with the new Rainbow Six Quarantine due to be released in 2020. Set several years into the future of the infamous Rainbow Six universe, your mission is to take on a vicious mutating alien virus that threatens the whole of civilisation. Taking FPS gameplay inspiration from the Rainbow Six Siege’s Outbreak event, the trailer reveals previews of a dark, tense atmospheric gameplay with the live, mutating threat of biohazard enemies lying around every corner. Drop into quarantine zones and enjoy the cooperative 3-player gameplay experience that relies on tactical collaborative action to take out the infected.

Although FPS gunplay and intense combat action is expected to be very similar to the previous Rainbow Six series, you won’t need to be a seasoned Siege player to pick up the quarantine, creating a totally chaotic and immensely unpredictable gaming environment. Expect radically redesigned action, with impeccable graphics and action-packed mutation madness. The Rainbow Six Quarantine is expected to be released early 2020.

Release Date: 2020

Minimum System requirements for Rainbow Six Quarantine

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K/AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • HDD: 50 GB

14. Serious Sam 4 

Following the success of Doom and Doom Eternal, the outrageous over-the-top shooter is in rude health as a genre. Serious Sam 4 will continue all of the franchise’s best-loved traditions, including ludicrous weaponry, sprawling environments, and thousands of enemies on-screen at any given time. If you haven’t yet had your fill of shooting monsters in the face, it’s a must-buy.

Release Date: August 2020

Minimum System requirements for Serious Sam 4 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-860/ AMD FX-8120
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti.
  • RAM: 8 GB

Upcoming Action-Adventure PC Game Releases in 2020


15. Mafia: Definitive Edition

If the newest trailer is reliable, this remaster breathes entirely new life into the 2002 classic. Developer Hangar 13 aren’t just tinkering around the edges; they’ve revamped the lighting, swapped out every asset, introduced a physics engine and woven in some fancy facial motion capture. The actual gameplay has been entirely overhauled, too, to bring it in line with modern expectations.

Release Date: 25th September 2020 

Minimum System requirements for Mafia: Definitive Edition 

  • CPU: Intel i5-2500K or AMD FX-8120.
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD7870.
  • RAM: 6 GB

16.Watch Dogs: Legion

The upcoming installment of the Watch Dogs franchise is surprisingly set in London. With a varied cast of Cockneys resisting an authoritarian corporation, it looks like a lot of fun. The characters are varied in their personalities and abilities, which means there are plenty of ways to approach any given encounter. Somewhat unfortunately for Ubisoft, there’s another near-future urban combat game due to land just a week or so later.

Release Date: 29th October 2020 

Minimum System requirements for Watch Dogs: Legion 

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-560 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 805.
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R7 360X or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
  • VRAM: 2 GB

Upcoming Sports PC Game Releases in 2020

17. Windjammers 2

Competitive frisbee might not seem like the stuff from which gaming legends are made, but a few minutes spent with Neo Geo classic Windjammers is enough to correct that misconception. As anyone who’s experienced the joy of Windjammers will tell you, it’s among the best two-player experiences it’s possible to have. The sequel is coming to PC and Switch this year, complete with hand-drawn sprites that call to mind Streets of Rage 4.

Release Date:  2020 

Minimum System requirements for Windjammers 2 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5+
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 960 / Radeon HD 5750 
  • RAM: 4GB 

 

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