by Goran Damnjanovic, Gaming Columnist
Published in Gaming on 27th November, 2019
Microsoft has some pretty cool exclusive Xbox One titles in the works for 2020. On top of that, some amazing heavy hitters are landing on the Xbox One during 2020.
While the Xbox One doesn't have as impressive exclusive library as the PS4 the console will get a couple of impressive exclusives during the next year.
Titles like Halo Infinite, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are sure to noticeably improve the library of the aging console.
And you can bet that each of those titles will be cross-gen games that will also work on the upcoming Xbox Scarlett, the next-gen console with monstrous power capable of offering 4K 60fps gaming experience, first time on consoles.
Aside from these three major titles, the Xbox One will get an interesting PvP brawler called Bleeding Edge as well as a slew of AAA titles that will rock your socks off such as Cyberpunk 2077, Marvel's Avengers, and Watch Dogs: Legion.
The last batch of interesting titles coming on the Xbox One in 2020 are cool games from indie and AA developers that include titles such as Empire of Sin and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2.
This impressive Xbox One 2020 video games lineup is rounded up with the upcoming RPG set in Minecraft universe, Minecraft Dungeons and yet unannounced Forza Motorsport title which we think will be unveiled during the official Xbox Scarlet reveal (which will probably take place sometime during Spring 2020) and will come out both for the Xbox Scarlett and Xbox One before the end of 2020. Check out the best and biggest Xbox One games coming in 2020.
Do we really need to write anything about Cyberpunk 2077? The upcoming project from CD Projekt Red, the studio that gave us The Witcher Trilogy is shaping up to the biggest release in 2020 by far, and for all the right reasons.
The scope of the game is insane and developers promise hundreds of hours of gameplay with the story that will take well over 50 hours to finish.
The game is based on the cult classic tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2022 and is set in the Night City, a sprawling megacity that isn't as large as the map in the Witcher 3 but the presence of huge buildings gives the game lots of vertical areas to explore making the total explorable area much larger than in The Witcher 3.
The story's dark and gritty tale about V, a mercenary in pursuit of revenge who will do everything to deliver justice to the people who double-crossed them. And yes, Keanu Reeves stars in the game and he's not playing some five-minute cameo role.
The dude is Johnny Silverhand, one of the most infamous characters in the Cyberpunk universe and he will follow you throughout the game, which is awesome!
You can completely customize V and play the game any way you want. You like guns? No problem, just go with a gunslinger who's expert in all sorts of guns. Don't like Combat? Go with high charisma V who can talk out of every conflict.
Want to hack everything and everyone? Just invest skill points in the hacking tree and become the ultimate NetRunner. The game should come out in April 2020 but expect a delay since the scope of Cyberpunk 2077 is insane and April is quite close. Nevertheless, even with a delay, we expect the game to come out sometime during the second half of 2020.
Bleeding Edge is the upcoming multiplayer game from Ninja Theory, the studio that gave us games such as Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
The game is currently in development and since Microsoft bought the studio in 2018 you can bet Ninja Theory has a huge budget and lots of time on their hands to finish and polish the title. We thing Bleeding Edge will be one of the silent hits of 2020 and will surely rock Overwatch's throne once it comes out.
The game is designed as a 4v4 PvP brawler, in the vein of Overwatch and similar hero shooters. Each character has unique abilities and is either melee or ranged-based. We really like comic book style visuals and hero design.
Each hero looks unique and many are simply stunning in their design. The premise is simple - create a 4-player team and wreck the heck out of the enemy team. Heroes can be used as DPS, support, or tanks and different heroes are easier or harder to play with. We like what we see and can't wait to play Bleeding Edge in 2020.
This is the next game from the famous John Romero. You know him, the guy created Doom, the most popular shooter of all time. This time he went for 1920's prohibition-era Chicago and designed an interesting mix between a turn-based strategy and a sort of a tycoon game where you build your own Mafia Empire with the ultimate goal of becoming the sole crime family in the city. The game looks amazing and should be one of the best titles in 2020.
You can build your criminal empire by racketeering, importing illegal booze, destroying competition, opening side hustles (such as brothels, casinos, and underground bars), and much more.
The team behind the game created a huge map of Chicago with historical landmarks and real-life neighborhoods and players will be able to fully explore the city.
The best part of the game are combat encounters. In case rival families attack your establishments, or when you invade a rival family business, the game switches to X-Com like a turn-based strategy where you lead your team against opponents who are cunning, slick, and who will do everything to make your whole team dead. Empire of Sin really looks promising and the game should come out for Xbox One in Spring 2020.
Little is known about Halo Infinite at the moment. We know that Master Chief is back and we also know that the game will probably take place in a humongous open world filled with missions and other stuff to do.
The last thing we know is that Halo Infinite is a cross-gen title that will come out for the Xbox One and Xbox Scarlett at the same time. Oh, and visuals will be incredible, at least on the Xbox Scarlett but we are sure that the Xbox One X will also sport unbelievable graphics.
Now we enter the land of speculation. Firstly, the title suggests the game will be a live service title, which is expected. We could get seamless multiplayer integration and lots of new story chapters delivered after the release accompanied by the main story that will be delivered at the release.
No matter whether the game ends up as a live service title or not Halo Infinite looks promising and we can't wait to play in in on Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Scarlett in Winter 2020.
Marvel's Avengers left a sour taste after the game's reveal at this year's E3. No gameplay was shown, character models were meh, and the talk about live service game with lots of cosmetics to buy didn't sound positive at all.
Luckily, the next presentation that took place a couple of months after E3 left a much better impression. Gameplay looks cool, with lots of powerful abilities and a stylish looking combat system that makes every punch and kick impactful and crushing.
Visuals are also looking rather good, and the voice cast that includes Nolan North, Troy Baker, and Laura Bailey (Nadine Ross from Uncharted) sounds amazing.
The game should be both a single-player and a co-op superhero action title with lots of superheroes to unlock along with a live service model where players receive new missions on a regular basis, and all new content should be free.
Overall, Marvel's Avengers looks like a fun AAA title that will be a treat for all Marvel fans once it comes out in May 2020.
This one looks cute and really fun. Minecraft Dungeons comes from Mojang and is basically an action RPG set in the Minecraft universe. You will take on quests alone or with friends and the game will offer a proper story campaign along with lots of extra dungeons to explore alone or with friends.
Visuals are cute and look a bit better than in classic Minecraft and the game will allow players to use any piece of equipment they wish. Minecraft Dungeons is set to release on the Xbox One during Q2 2020 and we are sure it will become a huge hit.
Microsoft Flight Simulator was in the dark since 2006 and the new title was announced out of nowhere during the last E3. And this game looks impressive, and we mean like awe-worthy!
Visuals are insanely detailed (for a flight simulator game) and in order to get the best visuals experience you will have to own a fast internet connection since the best graphics will be streamed from Microsoft servers because even the Xbox One X and the most powerful gaming PCs of today won't be enough to render the game in real-time. Not to talk about storage requirements, since even the most basic install size (with low res visuals) will take well over 100 gigabytes of space!
But the game will be worth it since the map covers the entire Earth in minuscule detail. Developers at Microsoft Game Studios simply took the digital map of Earth and transformed it whole into the game.
For instance, even if you live in a small village in Armenia you will be able to fly over it and to look at your house and backyard. Yes, the game is super detailed and this is why you'll need a constant internet connection to play it.
The whole map of Earth all with 3D buildings and true-to-life details cannot be simply installed on your local hard drive, it would probably take a couple of terabytes for that to happen.
And don't worry, if you don't like flight simulators and just want to chill while flying a small aircraft over your city the game will come with a simplified control options that will allow everyone to enjoy its beautiful vistas.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is slated for 2020 but we don't yet know the exact date. Aside from Xbox One and PC the game will also come out for Xbox Scarlett.
Ori and the Blind Forest is still one of the best Metroidvanias of this decade. Dreamy, fairytale-like visuals, heartbreaking story, tight and super precise controls, and challenging gameplay both in terms of combat and platforming challenges made the game one of the best Xbox One exclusives till date.
The sequel is shaping up to be even better. The game should bring a bigger map with more challenges and larger areas to explore as well as more abilities to unlock and wider arrangement of enemies to fight against.
And when it comes to visuals well, Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks better than any other Metroidvania including Hollow Knight and the first Ori game. The best thing is that we don't have to wait a year to play this one, it should come out for Xbox One and PC on February 11, 2020.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is one of the best RPGs of all time and a cult classic for all fans of vampires and video games. The sequel is in the works for quite some time and it looks quite nice. Gameplay videos we've seen show a pretty game that features detailed character models and beautiful lighting effects. The first-person playing perspective looks promising, with lots of shooting elements that weren't present in the first game.
Instead of opting for another open-world map developers decided to base Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 on larger hubs, similar to recent Deus Ex games and The Outer Worlds.
The action takes place in Seattle and from the footage we've seen the city looks amazing. There will be lots of local landmarks and fully recreated areas since developers are based in Seattle.
Expect lots of cool vampire powers, multiple ways to finish each quest, excellent story and plenty of side quests. The game will also feature a clan-based system where the can join one of the five vampire factions and help them take over the whole city while at the same time following their personal story. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 looks really promising and if all goes well this should be the second-best RPG of 2020, just behind Cyberpunk 2077.
Watch Dogs 2 was so much better than the original and we hope that Watch Dogs: Legion ends up being much better than the second game. Watch Dogs Legion takes place in London and by the looks of it, the open-world map will be insanely huge and will recreate real-life London to the smallest details.
Players will fight against Albion, a shady private security organization that plays the role of the city's law enforcement. London itself is a dark place filled with security cameras and other sources of surveillance and each and every citizen is followed 24/7.
You will be able to play as literally any NPC in the game, allowing players unrivaled options when it comes to picking their playable character. The game was planned for March 7, 2020, but it has recently been delayed and we expect it to land somewhere during Fall 2020.
We know that Microsoft didn't announce the new Forza Motorsport title but the thing is, every Xbox launch had a Forza game as a launch title. And we are certain Microsoft will announce the next-gen Forza Motorsport game during the official Xbox Scarlett reveal.
But since they are all about cross-play and backward compatibility we are also certain the game will be available for the Xbox One. Sure, it won't look as good as on the PC and Xbox Scarlett but it will be playable.
You should expect unreal visuals that will put every other racing game to shame; a large assortment of tracks, many of which will return from past Forza titles but also lots of new tracks and locations; the biggest assortment of cars in a Forza game ever (Forza Horizon 4 features almost 600 cars so you should expect about 600-650 cars in Forza Motorsport 8); huge single-player campaign that will take dozens of hours to complete; and improved multiplayer that will include lots of improvements we saw in Forza Motorsport 7 at launch. As for the release date, expect Forza Motorsport 8 to hit shelves sometime during the 2020 holiday season.