2020 has been a massive year for the mobile game industry. We’re not even a year into this brand new decade yet, but we’ve seen mobile gaming go mainstream, entertainment giants compete against each other with their cloud gaming releases, and an eSports favourite hit world domination.
This year has also been a big one for gaming releases, and it’s set to get even better. Autumn is traditionally the time when the year’s gaming blockbusters are unleashed, and boy, are some corkers in store for the 2020 season.
Here’s a roundup of what we can look forward to playing on the PC over the next three months.
FIFA 21 (EA Sports)
Everyone’s favourite football game will be back this October, and the focus this time around is on social gaming. FIFA Ultimate Team for 21 will feature brand new cooperative gameplay – FIFA Ultimate Team Co-Op, which will enable players to compete online against friends in Squad Battles, Division Rivals, or FUT Friendlies.
Release date: 9th October 2020
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
Transformers Battlegrounds (Coatsink/Outright Games)
We were kept in the dark for a while about Transformers: Battlegrounds, but now that the official trailer’s been dropped it’s pretty clear that Outright Games have taken it in a fresh new direction. Instead of being a pure action game, Battlegrounds will be a “tactical warfare” strategy game, with possibly even the opportunity for one on one fights between our favourite robots in disguise.
Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Arcee, Windblade, and Grimlock are some of the Autobots who will definitely be in the game, but we’ll have to wait and see which Decepticons will be making an appearance.
Release Date: 23rd October 2020
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
Football Manager 2021 (Sports Interactive)
Sports Interactive are keeping the details of Football Manager 21 pretty hush hush right now, but we can expect to see new features being showcased from later this month.
One thing we do know for sure is that the Xbox Edition of FM 21 will be a Play Anywhere title, which means that a single purchase will give gamers access to the game across the Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Xbox Series S/X platforms (save transfers will be possible across all versions)
Release Date: 24th November 2020
Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (Ubisoft)
This newest edition of the popular franchise will give gamers a choice between playing the protagonist Eivor as either a male or female character. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will see Eivor lead their fellow Vikings across the sea to the shores of England, where amongst the raiding, assassinating, and pillaging, they’ll have the opportunity to build settlements and educate the locals in the ways of Viking warfare. We can expect some crisp new mechanics for longships, survival, and raiding too.
Unfortunately, Ubisoft really hasn’t done itself any favours by only releasing the trailer featuring the male version of the lead character, particularly following the various controversies it’s become associated with recently.
Release date: 10th November 2020/12th November 2020 (PlayStation 5)
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Stadia
Current gaming gems
In the meantime, while you’re impatiently waiting for the crop of autumn/winter games to be released, now’s the time to revisit some online gaming classics. Our favourites are:
Zoom Poker – From global iGaming specialists, PokerStars, Zoom Poker puts an innovative, fast-paced spin on the traditional online poker tournament. Instead of playing fixed opponents during the tournament, with each hand, you’ll compete against an entirely new set of players.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar’s follow-up to its sell-out game was a major PC release in 2019, winning a stash of Game of the Year Awards and plenty of critical appreciation. It seems to have fallen by the wayside in recent months, so if you’ve got time to spare get on your horse for a meander around the very Wild Old West.
Resident Evil 2 – Very rarely is a remake ever equal or superior to its original, but when it comes to the revamped Resident Evil 2 that’s very much the case. Capcom did an outstanding job bringing the 1998 original bang up to date; even though the game pays homage to iconic puzzles and set pieces it never crosses the line into nostalgia.