2020 in video gaming

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Notable Events[edit | edit source]

In 2020, a pandemic called Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), also known as the Wuhan virus, Chinese flu, Coronavirus, or by the respiratory disease the virus causes, COVID-19, began sweeping across the Earth, originating in the Wuhan province in China before spreading to many other countries, most notably Italy, Iran, the United Kingdom and the United States. Due to the high risk of death from those of advanced age and those with other health problems, many changes have had to take place since the seriousness of the pandemic first became apparent in March, with many sports matches and tournaments being either cancelled or postponed, with most Football leagues (including the European 2020 Championship), many Formula 1 races (although a 17-race championship starting in June and ending in December was agreed) and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games among those affected, with the Olympic Games rescheduled to 2021. Many gaming conferences were also canceled, most notably GDC 2020 and E3 2020, although some, such as EA and Ubisoft, did host their own livestreams. Sony and Microsoft also announced release dates for both of their new home consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X via livestreams. By the end of the year, multiple companies had developed a vaccine for the virus, and these began to be rolled out from December onwards.

In December 2020, a new, more virulent strain of Coronavirus, dubbed the South African strain was detected in the United Kingdom, with many countries quick to seal their borders in response. On 23:00 GMT on December 31, 2020, the United Kingdom ended its transition period with the European Union, with both sides announcing prior to the date that a trade deal had been agreed.

Console releases[edit | edit source]

Both Microsoft and Sony launched their respective consoles on time, both were marred by hardware shortages and mass buying from scalpers that persisted into 2021.

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VII Remake launched in April despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, although the game's controversial ending caused debate on social media. Cyberpunk 2077, originally slated for April 2020, had its release date pushed back to December 10, 2020, with CD Projekt coming under heavy fire for hamstringing reviewers from testing the console versions of the game, or from including any footage from the PC release they did test. After release, players complained that the base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles were practically unplayable due to low framerates, and while owners of the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles did not have these performance issues, the game was still riddled with bugs and crashes. This also affected the PC version, with PC users finding an additional problem after some found that the save file was limited to 8 MB in size; if the save file went above it, the save file would irrecovably corrupt. Many of these issues were fixed in various patches released up until the Christmas period.

While Among Us released in 2018, the game saw a resurgence in 2020 due to a large number of Twitch streamers and YouTubers picking up the game and livestreaming it. Blizzard Entertainment released World of Warcraft: Shadowlands after pushing back the game's original release date by six weeks. Both No Man's Sky and Fallout 76 have continued to receive updates in the wake of their disastrous launches, although No Man's Sky is in a better position reputationally than Fallout 76.


Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim September 22, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
140 January 9, 2020 Video Game International Nintendo Switch
ABZÛ February 27, 2020 Video Game Japan Nintendo Switch
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition October 15, 2020 Video Game, Special Edition International Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Store, Steam
Animal Crossing: New Horizons March 20, 2020 Video Game International Nintendo Switch
Assassin's Creed Valhalla November 10, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
Biomutant 2020 Video Game International Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War November 13, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Classic Trek 80 January 26, 2020 Video Game International Android, Play Store
Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection June 5, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, Steam, Origin
Control August 27, 2020 Video Game International Steam
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time October 2, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
Cyberpunk 2077 December 10, 2020 Video Game International Epic Games Store, GeForce Now, GOG.com, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Store, Stadia, Steam, Xbox One, Xbox Games Store
Death Stranding 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows
Destroy All Humans! (2020) July 28, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Detana‼ TwinBee January 16, 2020 Video Game Japan Nintendo eShop
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition November 10, 2020 Video Game International Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
DOOM 64 March 20, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Bethesda.net, PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store
DOOM Eternal March 20, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, Stadia, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Dreams February 14, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
Empire of Sin 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Mac OS, Steam
FIFA 21 October 9, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Final Fantasy VII Remake April 10, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4, PlayStation Store
Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo March 2, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4, PlayStation Store
Final Fantasy VII Remake: 1st Class Edition April 10, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
Final Fantasy VII Remake: Deluxe Edition April 10, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
Final Fantasy VII Remake: Digital Deluxe Edition April 10, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
Final Fantasy XI: The Voracious Resurgence - Part 1 August 6, 2020 DLC International Microsoft Windows
Final Fantasy XI: The Voracious Resurgence - Part 2 November 10, 2020 DLC International Microsoft Windows
Genshin Impact September 28, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4, iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows
Ghost of Tsushima July 17, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
Ghostrunner October 27, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Godfall November 19, 2020 Video Game Europe Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5
Godfall November 12, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5
Gravity Error January 15, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
GRIS April 1, 2020 Video Game International Android
Hades September 17, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch
Half-Life: Alyx March 23, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, Steam, Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality
Halo: The Master Chief Collection November 17, 2020 Video Game International Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity November 20, 2020 Video Game International Nintendo Switch
Journey to the Savage Planet January 28, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Lumini January 21, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
Maid of Sker July 28, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Marvel's Avengers September 4, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox One
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales November 12, 2020 Video Game Australia PlayStation 5
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales November 12, 2020 Video Game North America PlayStation 5
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales November 12, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
Mass Effect 3 June 11, 2020 Video Game International Steam
Mass Effect 3 DLC Bundle June 11, 2020 DLC, Bundle International Microsoft Windows, Steam
Mass Effect: Andromeda June 11, 2020 Video Game International Steam, Microsoft Windows
Minecraft Dungeons May 26, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Mortal Shell August 18, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Nioh 2 March 13, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
No More Heroes III 2020 Video Game International Nintendo Switch
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath January 23, 2020 Video Game International Nintendo Switch
Ori and the Will of the Wisps March 11, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, Steam, Xbox One, Xbox Games Store
Othercide July 28, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Steam, Xbox One
Paper Mario: The Origami King July 17, 2020 Video Game International Nintendo Switch
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind August 20, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Persona 5 Royal March 31, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4
Persona 5 Strikers February 20, 2020 Video Game Japan PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Pikmin 3 Deluxe October 3, 2020 Video Game North America Nintendo Switch
Pokémon Café Mix June 23, 2020 Video Game North America Android, App Store, iOS, Nintendo eShop, Nintendo Switch, Play Store
Resident Evil 3 April 3, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Samurai Shodown February 25, 2020 Video Game International Nintendo Switch
Shenmue III November 20, 2020 Video Game International Steam for Windows
Slay the Spire 2020 Video Game International iOS, Android
Soul Saga: Episode 1 February 28, 2020 Video Game International Wii U, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux
Spiritfarer 2020 Video Game International GNU/Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam
Star Wars: The Old Republic July 21, 2020 Video Game International Steam
Stendhal July 15, 2020 Video Game International Java
Summer in Mara June 16, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam
Super Crush KO July 28, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows
Super Mario 3D All-Stars September 18, 2020 Video Game North America Nintendo Switch
The Last of Us Part II June 19, 2020 Video Game International PlayStation 4, PlayStation Store
The Medium 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, Steam, Xbox Series X
The Outer Worlds October 23, 2020 Video Game International Steam
The Ultimate DOOM March 20, 2020 Video Game International Bethesda.net, Microsoft Windows
UnderMine 2020 Video Game International Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux, Steam, Xbox One
Untitled Goose Game 2020 Video Game International Steam
Warcraft III: Reforged January 29, 2020 Video Game Australia Blizzard Battle.net, Microsoft Windows, macOS
Warcraft III: Reforged January 29, 2020 Video Game Brazil Blizzard Battle.net, Microsoft Windows, macOS
Warcraft III: Reforged January 29, 2020 Video Game Europe Blizzard Battle.net, Microsoft Windows, macOS
Warcraft III: Reforged January 29, 2020 Video Game South Korea Blizzard Battle.net, Microsoft Windows, macOS
Warcraft III: Reforged January 28, 2020 Video Game North America Blizzard Battle.net, Microsoft Windows, macOS
Warcraft III: Reforged January 29, 2020 Video Game Russia Blizzard Battle.net, Microsoft Windows, macOS
Warcraft III: Reforged January 28, 2020 Video Game United Kingdom Blizzard Battle.net, Microsoft Windows, macOS
Watch Dogs Legion October 29, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands November 23, 2020 Expansion International Microsoft Windows, macOS
Xenoblade Chronicles 2020 Video Game International Nintendo Switch
Zombie Army 4: Dead War February 4, 2020 Video Game International Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
PlayStation 5 November 12, 2020 Home Console Australia
PlayStation 5 November 19, 2020 Home Console Europe
PlayStation 5 November 12, 2020 Home Console Japan
PlayStation 5 November 12, 2020 Home Console South Korea
PlayStation 5 November 12, 2020 Home Console North America
PlayStation 5 November 12, 2020 Home Console New Zealand
PlayStation 5 November 19, 2020 Home Console United Kingdom
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition November 12, 2020 Home Console Australia
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition November 19, 2020 Home Console Europe
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition November 12, 2020 Home Console Japan
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition November 12, 2020 Home Console South Korea
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition November 12, 2020 Home Console North America
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition November 12, 2020 Home Console New Zealand
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition November 19, 2020 Home Console United Kingdom
Xbox Series S November 10, 2020 Home Console International
Xbox Series X November 10, 2020 Home Console International