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ⓘ 2020 in video gaming




2020 in video gaming
                                     

ⓘ 2020 in video gaming

Numerous video games are scheduled to be released in 2020.

In the video game industry, 2020 is expected to see the launch of the next generation of video game consoles, with both Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment poised to release the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles near the end of the year, respectively.

                                     

1.1. Major events Impacts of the coronavirus outbreak

The contagious and potentially fatal Coronavirus disease 2019, first observed in China in December 2019, had a major outbreak across China and the globe starting January 2020. Within China, steps to prevent spread of the disease included large-scale quarantine of affected populations which impacted production within the country. This had a large number of impacts on social, medical, and economic systems worldwide. The video game industry was impacted by the outbreak in various ways, most often due to concerns over travel to and from China or elsewhere, or related to slowdowns in manufacturing processes within China.

                                     

1.2. Major events Esports competitions

  • The League of Legends Championship Series opening was indefinitely postponed.
  • The live Rocket League World Championship for its 9th season, planned in April 24, 2020 in Dallas, was indefinitely postponed.
  • The Overwatch League, having planned to being homestead events in its 2020 season, cancelled those occurring in China and moved them to later in the season to South Korea. Some of the China-based teams relocated their training groups to Korea or elsewhere as well. Later, Blizzard cancelled and rescheduled those South Korean matches due to the spread of the coronavirus to that country.
                                     

1.3. Major events Trade shows and similar events

  • Similarly, several companies pulled out from the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March 2020, forcing the organizers to postpone the show until later in 2020. However, the event organizers devised a scheme to run the GDC as a virtual conference following a similar schedule across the same set of days using streaming services, and outside of some events requiring physical activity, will go on as otherwise planned.
  • Several vendors withdrew or scaled back plans to present at PAX East in Boston at the end of February 2020, including Sony Interactive Entertainment, Square Enix, Electronic Arts, Capcom, CD Projekt, and PUBG Corporation.
  • The Entertainment Software Association ESA said as of early March 2020 that it was still planning to hold E3 2020 despite states of emergencies declared in both California and Los Angeles Counties. However, on March 11, 2020, the ESA affirmed they had cancelled the physical E3 show amid fears of the outbreak, through were looking to arrange for virtual presentations from its exhibitors.
  • The Taipei Game Show, planned from February 6–9, 2020, was postponed until June 25–28, 2020.
  • The 16th British Academy Games Awards, normally presented at a ceremony in London, were moved to a live streamed event due to concerns over the coronavirus.
  • Other game-related conventions, expositions, and trade shows that were cancelled or postponed included: South by Southwest planned in Austin, Texas in March, the Emerald City Comic Con planned for Seattle, Washington in March, TwitchCon Europe planned for Amsterdam in May, and the Minecraft Festival planned in Orlando, Florida in September 2020.
  • The Mobile World Congress, to have been held in Barcelona, Spain in March 2020, was cancelled as several of the China-based vendors had to cancel plans.


                                     

1.4. Major events Game releases

  • Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch, which involves physical activity using special accessories, had seen high demand in China as a result of the quarantine as residents sought something for physical activity, leading to shortages and price gauging in the Asia and nearby regions.
  • Some games were delayed due to the virus such as the Nintendo Switch version of The Outer Worlds.
                                     

1.5. Major events Hardware production

  • Nintendo Switch production in Vietnam had been scaled back due to reduced supply of components out of China due to production slowdown from the quarantines. As a result, supplies of the Switch were significantly reduced in Japan and with retailers fearing similar shortages in Europe and North America.
  • Konami delayed release of the TurboGrafx-16 Mini in March due to production chain issues in China due to the coronavirus.
  • Valve announced that its production on the Valve Index virtual reality headset was reduced due to the impact of the coronavirus, and would have fewer shipments expected than planned by the release of Half-Life: Alyx.
  • Atari delayed the Atari VCS that was initially supposed to release in March 2020 due to the coronavirus.
                                     

1.6. Major events Sales

  • 2012 game Plague Inc. by Ndemic Creations saw a large boost in sales as a result of the coronavirus. The game had temporarily become the top-paid app on several regional app stores beating out the perennial Minecraft. Some analysts believe those that worry about the coronavirus have used the game to see how they would spread as a means to placate their fears. While the game was based on scientific models of the spread of contagious diseases, Ndemic had to remind players the game was not meant to be taken as an accurate model for transmission and spread and referred those interested to the Centers for Disease Control and other national and international health organization websites.
  • The 2018 digital adaption of Pandemic by Asmodee saw sales boosts.
                                     

2. Game releases

Series with new installments include Animal Crossing, Deadly Premonition, Digimon, Doom, Dragon Ball, Final Fantasy, Guilty Gear, Half-Life, Halo, Kerbal Space Program, The Last of Us, The Legend of Heroes, Lego, Mana, Medal of Honor, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Minecraft, MLB: The Show, No More Heroes, Oddworld, One Piece, Ori, Persona, Psychonauts, Resident Evil, Rune Factory, Streets of Rage, System Shock, Tales, Tom Clancys Rainbow Six, Total War, Vampire: The Masquerade, Wasteland, Watch Dogs, Windjammers and Yakuza.

Unscheduled releases

Below is a list of games which have been announced to be released in 2020, but have no exact release date or month yet.

                                     
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