Game Debate's Gaming Predictions for 2020

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 4:13 PM

Alright, I'm on a roll now. The last couple of years my predictions have largely come to pass. Sadly, there's always something which comes along and ruins my fun. How was I to know EA would confirm there'd be no new Battlefield game until 2021. It'll be Battlefield: Bad Company 3 though, mark my words.

As for my more successful gaming predictions for 2019, I said all-you-can-eat gaming would go massive (see Xbox Game Pass), nothing would actually change about loot boxes despite some legislative changes in Europe, Half-Life VR would be announced, and Diablo 4 would be revealed at BlizzCon 2019. Thank you, where do I go and cash my cheque?

But it's time onwards, to the shiny new year which we're about to unwrap. 2020 is shaping up to be a big one. We've got a new player in the GPU industry, multiple console launches, and the small matter of Cyberpunk 2077. Feel free to come back and hurl insults at me in 12 months time when these all turn out to be completely and utterly wrong.

Intel fluffs its lines with graphics card launch

Whatever your thoughts on the big three of Nvidia, AMD and Intel, there can be little argument that a third player in the graphics card market will ultimately be more beneficial to the consumer. A duopoly lives and dies on perfect competition; if one has a terrible few years, the other can sit back, jack up the prices, and rake in the profits. All eyes are going to be on Intel in 2020 then, when its Xe GPU architecture is expected to debut. Intel's obviously no slouch in terms of silicon manufacturing but hitting the ground running is a very tall order. We expect Intel's GPU offerings in 2020 to be modest, and we'll be surprised if there's a genuine reason you should actually go out and buy a first-gen Intel dedicated graphics processor. 

Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t win the most Game of the Year awards

This one's a shot in the dark. A hunch, if you like. Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be a great game, of that we have little doubt. Will it be able to live up to the years of fevorous anticipation though? We're not so sure. Cyberpunk 2077 is going to win plenty of Game of the Year awards in 2020. Is it going to win the most though? We don't think so. The Last of Us: Part II is going to be high on the agenda, as is Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, provided it makes it out on time. The most important part though is we have no idea what the second half of 2020 will bring.

PS4 has a strong final year but Xbox Scarlett will have the better launch line-up

The PlayStation 4 is going to have a fine run during the home stretch, of that there is little doubt. The Last of Us: Part II, Ghost of Tsushima and Final Fantasy VII Remake are a truly formidable trio. What's Sony going to have cooked up in time for the PS5's launch though? Not much, we suspect, although Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 could definitely prove quite a hook. Instead, I think it's Microsoft which is going to come out all guns blazing at the next-gen console launches. Halo Infinite is already locked in, a new Forza is assured, and after all those studio acquisitions there could be heaps of surprises from Xbox Game Studios yet. The best bit though? Prospective Xbox Scarlett owners who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass will only have to buy the console itself; all the first-party titles will be playable on day one through XBGP.

 

Cloud gaming begins to achieve considerable success

After the abysmal roll-out for Google Stadia it's all too easy to be lulled into a false sense of security. The cloud gaming detractors are naturally eager to pounce on any slip-up and the pervading narrative is one of failure. Make no mistake though, cloud gaming is a one-way track. It may not replace local gaming as we know it but it will absolutely complement it and, after a shaky start, Stadia will probably come good. Then there's Microsoft's Project xCloud, which we assume will eventually be branded Xbox Game Streaming. If gamers can stream Xbox Scarlett games on launch day without buying a $500 console that is going to be a huge boost to streaming's prospects. 

Microsoft acquires Discord

Right now, you can bet there are a handful of tech giants all with an eye on acquiring the mighty Discord. Over a quarter of billion users have signed up to the gaming-focused the chat client and this represents a huge market to tap into. Amazon will be poking around, for sure, as will Tencent, who already own a stake, but Microsoft feels the likely suspect to me. Xbox Game Studios just announced an Xbox Game Pass deal where you get three months of Discord Nitro thrown into the mix. Xbox Game Pass and Discord Nitro together, in one package? Mark your calendars, it's happening sooner rather than later and would be a great, established compliment to Mixer.

So what are your predictions for the coming year? Can you see the predictions above coming true? Let us know!

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01:51 Jan-09-2020

I kinda get the feeling a switch pro might get announced this year. I finally broke down and bought one so that would only make sense.

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23:50 Jan-06-2020

Bold prediction: Star Citizen is not coming out this year.

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15:09 Jan-05-2020

Darksiders 4 and Dead Island 2 better be announced this year

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16:09 Jan-02-2020

Streaming won't be a thing for as long as there are those ridiculous data caps.

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16:20 Jan-02-2020

Do many people actually have caps? You don't get caps here in the UK unless you get a really cheap package

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18:21 Jan-07-2020

There are non at all here in The Netherlands, it is US thing

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06:51 Jan-02-2020

Death to Streaming!

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16:36 Jan-01-2020

  1. Intel one - hard to say there is a probability.



    • That is my personal opinion too, its going to be great game but it wont be the best game in 20 years or so.





    • no opinion.





    • there is a probability but in my opinion its too soon, there are number of reasons why game streaming wont be a thing in quite a while.





    • Yeah that is very realistic, and once it becomes reality it might become trash with unnecessary bullcrap.


    Please let the game streaming die



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14:23 Jan-01-2020

Those super hyped games like Cyberpunk, just like RDR2 or GTA V before it seem to get extremely generous ratings despite their flaws anyways because many "Gaming Journalists" don't have the balls to say something bad about them and potentially anger the fan army.
And I'm very excited about the intel graphics cards, and very NOT excited about potential stream-exclusive titles..

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13:26 Jan-01-2020

I think that Cyberpunk will most likely win GoTY. It had so much time in development and all the anticipation and also the fact that it will be available on all the big platforms compared to Breath of The Wild and The Last of US .

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13:28 Jan-01-2020

Even if by some chance it doesn't win, it will matter extremely little as it will 100% be the most successful game of the year in terms of sales, at least.

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10:30 Jan-01-2020

definetly cyberpunk wont win the award
definetly intel releasing beautiful well priced gpus
cloud gaming becomes a thing
xbox magically neck to neck with playstation
agreed : )

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03:49 Jan-01-2020

There will really be some fighting for goty. CP2077 is still the most anticipated at this point but I think it would have gotten more goty's if it was released later, with all of the commotion happening with PS5/XBX , focus is bound to change.

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02:40 Jan-01-2020

My predictions


1) Final Fantasy 7 remake will be a great game but Final Fantasy fans will call it bad because that's what they do


2) There will be some sort of drawback with either the PS5 or Xbox Scarlett which may or may not be corrected by launch


3) Nvidia will release the RTX 30 series, they'll be more expensive than the 20 series at launch and people will still buy them


4) E3 2020 will be very underwhelming due to the focus on next gen (and let's face it, consoles rarely ever get a good amount of solid launch titles nowadays)

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14:24 Jan-01-2020

I mean if they wanna make a proper remake they should've sticked to the turn based combat. It worked flawlessly in DQ11, why wouldn't it work in FF7 again?

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14:30 Jan-01-2020

The game will actually have a turn based mode called 'classic mode' which, if what I've heard is correct, should function exactly how it did in the original

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11:16 Jan-02-2020

Yeah I think it's pretty neat they're doing that. I'll probably go real-time though, played the turn-based version to death already

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15:33 Jan-02-2020

That would be great, gotta look into it a bit more I guess.

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20:43 Dec-31-2019

The intel GPU seems iffy they dont really care for the average consumer they´ve been after the data center forever. As for the Cloud gaming it will take time i dont see it gaining huge momentum in a year.

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19:44 Dec-31-2019

I'll make a few quick 2020 predictions for myself:



  1. I will buy a laptop with a ray tracing GPU.

  2. I won't be buying a PS5 or Xbox console at launch.

  3. Ghost of Tsushima probably will be the only 2020 game I buy Day One as I'm a Sucker Punch Productions fanboy.

  4. People will tire of the battle royale genre.

  5. No WWE game in 2020 after the debacle of WWE2K20.

  6. An old person will be elected President of the United States.

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16:42 Jan-01-2020

I dont follow battle royale games, but isnt it quite dead yet? i mean, I cant remember now any recent battle royale games that got released very recently and is as popular as all other top dogs in the same genre? for example pubg, bf battle royale, fortnite, apex cod battle roale.

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