Gaming in 2020: why we expect it to be a great year in video games
We are still recovering from the holidays, but here at Sherwa we are ready to start the new year. In addition to the typical feeling of renewal in these early January days, we’re excited for what’s coming in gaming in 2020!
2019 was a busy year for the gaming world. While there hasn’t been any major groundbreaking event in the industry, some announcements have set the stage for the year that has just begun. With so many events planned for the next twelve months, 2020 is expected to be one of the best years of the decade for gamers.
Games to be launched in 2020
In 2019, we witnessed the expansion of the Battle Royale phenomenon with the release of Apex Legends and Fortnite Chapter 2, not to mention the consolidation of the popularity of other games in the same genre, such as Free Fire. And this fever seems far from over. In as early as February, Epic Games is set to release the long-awaited second season of Chapter 2, after the longest season of the game so far.
One announcement made last year that has many players excited about 2020 is the release of Half Life: Alyx, due in March. After years of speculation, announcements and disappointments, Valve returns to the Half Life universe with a game exclusive for virtual reality platforms, which should increase — and how! — the hype surrounding these experiences.
In addition to Half Life: Alyx, 2020 will bring other major and long-awaited releases. Capcom, for example, will continue an incredible series of hits. After the amazing Resident Evil 2 remake, the company has already announced that the franchise’s third game will be released in April this year. And it promises to extend not only the single player experience — something they nailed in the RE2 remake — but it will also feature Project Resistance, a brand-new asymmetric multiplayer experience for the franchise.
The year also promises to be the greatest one for RPG fans in some time, with two of the biggest releases of its kind. In the coming months, we will have the much-anticipated remake of one of the greatest classics from Playstation1, Final Fantasy 7 and Cyberpunk 2077, the upcoming game from CD Projekt Red, creators of The Witcher franchise. Both rocked their E3 2019 performances. While FF7 features Cloud and Sephiroth, two of the most iconic characters in gaming history, Cyberpunk blew our minds by announcing that none other than Keanu Reeves will play an integral role in the story as Johnny Silverhand. It will really be breathtaking!
And there is much more coming! Sequels of acclaimed classics such as Doom and The Last of Us arrive in the first half of the year and promise to push the consoles of this generation to their limit. Not to mention much-anticipated games like Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima and Ubisoft’s WatchDogs: Legion.
New generation of consoles
We are already expecting fantastic releases and new gaming experiences in 2020, but buckle up, because there’s more to come. Both Sony and Microsoft have announced the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Scheduled for the end of the year, both companies are stockpiling ammunition for the next chapter of the console wars.
If Sony was the big winner of this generation — having sold over 100 million PS4 units and launched the biggest first-party hits of recent years — Microsoft doesn’t want to stay behind and promises to launch the most powerful console ever. The new Xbox will have backwards compatibility with all previous generations, a top-notch catalog through the excellent Gamepass service and will be released alongside the long-awaited Halo Infinite.
More news about the new generation of consoles and further announcements of the games that will be available at launch are expected throughout the year at E3 2020. The Sherwa team will be there to catch up in June this year.
The scenario is promising for esports, which become more popular each year. This market is expected to reach $1.6 billion by 2020. In a move that seeks greater interaction between traditional and electronic sports, Intel will host the Intel World Open, an esports tournament expected to take place just before the Tokyo Olympics. We won’t see Olympic esports competitions this year just yet, but this possibility seems to be increasingly closer.
As you can see, gaming in 2020 promises a lot. And the Sherwa app is coming up to enhance the experience of gamers around the world. Who knows? Maybe this is the year you’ll be able to start training to compete in Fornite. Or maybe you’ll earn extra money by training other gamers in Counter Strike: Global Offensive strategies. We don’t have a crystal ball, but we are looking forward to all the incredible things to come this new year!