The coronavirus situation at the moment is quite unbelievable, and it’s affecting near enough every aspect of both businesses and our everyday lives. Not only are companies and small businesses coming to a standstill due to social distancing and self-isolation practices, but several arms of the entertainment industry (such as film, television, theatre and video games productions) are having to come to a halt.
While times are currently hard and uncertain, with the COVID-19 pandemic even affecting the release dates of video games in some instances (which we will get onto), that doesn’t mean that we don’t still have titles to look forward to in the pipeline. If you’re looking for some reasons to get excited about video games coming in the (hopefully) near future, check out this short list of some of the top up-and-coming video games that should be on your wishlist.
The Last of Us Part II
The apocalypse-themed PlayStation blockbuster The Last of Us has had its sequel on the horizon for quite some time now, and if the incredibly impressive trailers and gameplay showcases are anything to go by, it’s set to be as outstanding (if not, more so) as the original game. Even if you’re not a PS4 owner, it’s surely one that should be on your radar for the future.
The Last of Us 2 is a bit of a bittersweet title to look forward to for PlayStation fans that have been waiting for ages for this one to come out, as the game has already been delayed multiple times before in the past, and was slated most recently to be coming out in May this year. Unfortunately, due to logistical issues that have arisen surrounding the coronavirus (likely surrounding the physical production of copies and retail releases worldwide), the game has been delayed indefinitely by Sony, with more news to come when the time is right. According to a top game studio, the game is pretty much finished (just in need of some QA testing and polishing assumably), and so shouldn’t be too far out of reach.
A Sci-Fi based RPG from the creators of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is of course something that’s going to turn a lot of heads, and CyberPunk 2077 looks like it’s going to be everything you could want from a game of this type. The world looks rich and expansive, the quests and skill trees will be plentiful, and the graphics are absolutely stunning to look at. If that wasn’t enough, the game also stars John Wick himself Keanu Reeves as a badass NPC named Johnny Silverhand that you will interact with along the way.
Another title that has fallen victim to delays, CyberPunk was originally slated for an April release, with developer CD Projekt Red stating understandably that they needed more time in order to polish and prepare the expansive world they were working on. However, the Polish team have remained adamant that the current release date is still on in spite of COVID concerns, and so we should definitely be playing it by the end of the year. Currently the release date is September.
Iron Man VR
Fans of virtual reality and Marvel comics rejoice, as this next PlayStation title is one that encompasses both into an exciting looking package. A unique take on the Iron Man IP in the same vein as the way that Insomniac took the Spider-Man source material with their exclusive game on the PlayStation 4, Iron Man VR is a game coming exclusively to the PSVR games system, and will put you in the signature metal suit with a range of different abilities and weapons at your disposal. The trailer that was revealed some months ago doesn’t show too much, but you should be feeling like Robert Downey Jr. in no time through a series of on-rails first personal stages.
Perhaps not as notable as The Last of Us Part II, Iron Man VR was also announced as a title that has been delayed indefinitely due to logistical issues surrounding COVID-19. Considering the fact that the PSVR headset peripheral is a requirement to play this title it’s quite understandable that Sony would want to hold back on this title so they can get it into the hands of as many gamers as possible. Some have even speculated that there is a planned bundle for this game and the VR headset for new adopters eager to don the iron suit, and so it might be a case of waiting for production to go back to normal on those units before the release can go ahead.
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