Each year bring exciting new releases in the gaming world, but it seems that many of the developers have been keeping their powder dry for the new decade. As such, there is a bumper harvest of new games coming out this year. Here, we take a look at some of the most highly-anticipated across a variety of platforms.
Animal Crossing â€“ New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)
Can you believe it is almost 20 years since this gentle, crowd-pleasing social sim was first released? The imagery might have a vintage-like quality, but the game has built a loyal fanbase across all age groups, and the announcement of a new game in the series is exactly what they have been waiting for. The seemingly endless crafting and customization possibilities will satisfy existing fans and will win the game plenty of new ones. Itâ€™s due for release in late March.
Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior (PC / mobile)
Those of us of a certain age will be coming over all nostalgic at the very words Street Fighter. The most popular game of the 90s has been reimagined 30 years later in the slots world by NetEnt. It features eight selectable characters from the original game, and we are promised an experience with gameplay, graphics and sounds that will immediately send us back to those bygone days. For anyone new to slot-style gaming, this is where to start if you love your 90s retro! The game will be released in May.
Half-Life: Alyx (PC)
Thereâ€™s nothing retro about Valveâ€™s new addition to the Half-Life series, which takes the game into the realm of Virtual Reality. The action is set in between the events of the first two games, and as Alyx Vance, youâ€™ll need all your wits about you. The alien race known as The Combine is truly sinister and we canâ€™t wait to try it when the game is released in March.
The Last of Us Part 2 (PS4)
The original game that came out in 2013 is still one of the most compelling and immersive adventure horror games you can play. This sequel picks up the story of Joel and Ellie as they continue their fight to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Developer Naughty Dog originally had this slated for a February release, but have pushed it back to the end of May to ensure the end result is as polished as it can be.
Halo Infinite (Xbox, PC)
Itâ€™s been in the works for well over a year, but the follow-up to Halo 5 is definitely coming. The time 343 industries have spent developing and the fact that it will be using an all-new game engine all point to the fact that this will be more than just a tweaked update. Trailers released so far suggest more of a MMO theme, although we are still being kept in the dark regarding plot. Rumors are that the game will hit the shelves towards the end of the year, just in time for holiday season.