Top 5 Upcoming Games (Holiday Season, 2020)

Here are all the most exciting new games for the 2020 Holiday season on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

1. Halo Infinite

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Project Scarlett
Release date: Holiday 2020

Make no mistake; 343 Industries’ follow-up to 2015’s Halo 5 is still a long way off, but it’s definitely happening. Bearing a curious new sub-header and running on a brand new game engine known as Slipspace, the first Halo Infinite trailer almost seems to suggest that Master Chief’s next adventure will have MMO qualities to it, or at least be more open-ended and sandbox-like in flavour. That instantly familiar shot of his armour also teases a potential technological downgrade for everyone’s favourite Spartan, though plot details remain threadbare for now. MMO or otherwise, Halo: Infinite could just be the Halo comeback we’ve all been waiting for. 

2. Godfall

Platform(s): PS5, PC (Epic Games Store)
Release date: Holiday 2020 

As one of the first games to be announced for Sony’s next-gen console, Godfall is set to land on the PS5 at the tail end of the year. Developer Counterplay Games describes it as a loot-driven action RPG, with a focus on real-time melee combat. The new IP is set in a fantasy universe with “heroic knights, arcane magic, and forbidden realms.” The game can also be played in its entirety in co-op or solo as you so desire. We don’t yet know much more about this looter-slasher, but the shiny action-packed trailer and the game’s high fantasy setting is certainly attention-grabbing.

3. Outriders

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X
Release date: Holiday 2020 

A brand new shooter IP from People Can Fly, and published by Square Enix, is Outriders. You play as a member of humanity who has had to flee Earth, and has landed on a planet called Enoch. But, an immense storm called The Anomaly forces them back into cryostasis. And yet, when they awake, they all find themselves imbued with ridiculous powers. It’s Mass Effect meets Doom and we are so in.

4. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X
Release date: Holiday 2020 

It’s time to make a leap of faith into the Viking era with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the latest entry in Ubisoft’s long-running series. You’ll play as Eivor (male or female), a Viking raider who must lead their clan from the icy plains of Norway into a new home in England. This is the Dark Ages though, so England is a nation lead by a collection of petty lords and warring kingdoms. Will you conquer this land? You’ll find out soon enough.

5. Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Platform(s): Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: Holiday 2020

Having already been released in Japan, Yakuza fans have been desperate to see a Western release for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and now it’s en route. Developer Sega is calling the game an “explosive entry point” to the series, as it’s the first to feature turn-based combat instead of the traditional beat ’em up style – a contentious decision for some fans too. It’s an attempt to make this entry more of an action RPG than other series’ entries. But otherwise, it’s a fresh slice of Yakuza action, with a new protagonist in the form of Ichiban Kasuga, a low-level Yakuza from a smaller family. The story picks up after Ichiban leaves prison after serving 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit, and discovers everything’s changed, including the family he left behind.