2020 has already been quite the year for gaming and we’re not even halfway through it yet. This spring, Call of Duty: Mobile has blown away expectations with its mobile eSports tournament, Animal Crossing has kept us enthralled with its adorableness, and die hard gamers have even begun showing blockchain RPGs a whole lotta love in their quest for new entertainment.
Summer is typically the time of year when things get a bit quieter on the big new releases front, but developers are making 2020 the exception. There are some really exciting games coming out across PC, mobile and console this summer, so here’s a quick roundup to whet your appetite!
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath
Due to be unleashed at the end of May, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is a bit of a suprise release for this summer. The new expansion for 2019’s unbeatable Mortal Kombat 11, the story picks up right where it left off, along with new content that brings DLC’s Nightwolf and Shang Tsung into the fold. Aftermath also unlocks some great new playable characters, including none other than Robocop!
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor
The latest annual expansion to the ever popular Elder Scrolls Online throws it right back to the world of Skyrim. Skyrim is arguably one of the most popular games of all time, so it’s no surprise that Bethesda have decided to revisit it in this latest entry to the library, due to hit the shelves between May 26th and June 9th worldwide.
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One
The Last of Us 2
The Last of Us was one of the most impactful games when it was released back in 2013, and has remained a favourite with Playstations ever since. The follow-up – due to be released in June – is set five years after the events of the original game, but don’t worry because both Joe and Ellie will be back and they’ll have plenty to deal with in their post-outbreak world.
Having recently launched in the U.S, PokerStars Zoom Poker will have iGaming fans covered this summer, and if you’re new to the phenomenon this is a great game to start with. Following a fast-paced ring tournament format, the action keeps going with every new hand as players compete against a pool of opponents, rather than a fixed table of opponents. Players are moved to a new table after every fold, and there’s even the option to ‘Fast Fold’ to speed the action up even more.
Platform(s): PC, exclusively on the PokerStars platform
Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor
The Isle of Armor is set to act as a major upgrade for both Pokemon Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch, which weren’t without their issues in 2019. This expansion will fix some of those issues, adding a brand new area to the original games and those missing Pokemon, as well as quite a few other extras and new content. The official release date is still TBA, but all indications point towards a date in June.
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Already a major hit on console and PC, ApexLegends is finally officially coming to Android in 2020. This classic strategy game will feature brand new challenges not available on the PC and console versions – which gamers have ingeniously managed to stream to their Android devices using Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming – and is likely to topple Fortnite and PUBG Mobile from their Android best-selling thrones.
Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall
Since season eight of Game of Thrones crashed and burned (quite literally) last spring, we haven’t quite been the same. But the latest GoT release for iOS (due out in August) will take us back to those good old days beyond the Wall. Unleash your inner Jon Snow and take control of the Night’s Watch; in this universe at least the White Walkers and the Night King are still pretty formidable threats to Westeros.