Fortnite Snowflake Decoration Locations (Winterfest Challenge Guide)

Fortnite‘s Winterfest event is almost over, but there’s still a little time left to complete its challenges and unlock special holiday-themed rewards. One task that may pose a bit of trouble, particularly if you don’t know where to look, is to destroy snowflake decorations. If you need help finding those, we’ve put together this guide explaining where to go.

Where Are The Snowflake Decorations?

Unlike ice boxes, which you need to track down to complete a separate Winterfest challenge, the snowflake decorations are much more difficult to spot because they’re small and typically hanging in windows, so it’s easy to overlook them. However, the decorations are fairly plentiful, and you only need to destroy three of them to complete the challenge, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking the required number down once you know where to look.

As previously mentioned, the snowflake decorations are typically hanging on different houses, which can be found in specific named locations. We’ve spotted decorations in the following areas, so your best bet is to look in any of these places:

  • Holly Hedges
  • Frenzy Farm
  • Pleasant Park
  • Lazy Lake
  • Retail Row
  • Salty Springs

How To Complete The Challenge

Once you’ve tracked down a snowflake decoration, all you need to do is either shoot it with a gun you picked up or hit it with your pickaxe to destroy it. Repeat this process until you’ve destroyed three decorations and you’ll complete the challenge.

You don’t need to destroy all three within a single match, although you will most likely be able to anyway since the decorations are usually hung in bunches. After you’ve completed the challenge, you’ll unlock your reward: a special holiday back bling.

Fortnite’s Winterfest challenges will only be around a few more days, so you’ll need to act quickly if you’re hoping to complete them and unlock the special Winterfest rewards. You can see the full list of challenges, along with all of our maps and guides for this season’s trickier missions, in our ongoing Fortnite Chapter 2 challenges roundup.


Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Intro Leaked

The intro movie for the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo has leaked, and it will look awfully familiar to long-time fans of the classic RPG. The PS4 version is almost a shot-for-shot remake of the original PlayStation version, with a few notable changes.

Like the original, it opens with Aeris viewing wisps of lifestream energy through a grate in the city of Midgar. She walks away–this time seemingly spooked by approaching footsteps–and steps out into the bustling street. One addition to this version is that she drops some of her flowers, and one gets ignobly stepped on by a passer-by, but otherwise the rest remains very faithful. The camera pans back to show a wide shot of Midgar accompanied by the logo, and then pulls back in to show Cloud and his companions staging their attack from a train.

The leaked movie also shows a demo title screen with options, and the moment when control reverts to the player. It wasn’t released through any official PlayStation or Square Enix channel, so it appears that the demo must have leaked in some way.

The Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming on March 3, 2020, and it’s one of our most anticipated games. Unlike the original, though, this one is being split into individual chapters. The first part will focus on the beginning of the game in Midgar, while other chapters will fill in the rest of the story. Square Enix hasn’t detailed when to expect the other games to come. For more details, check out everything we know about the Final Fantasy VII Remake.


Fortnite Ice Box Locations Guide: Where To Search Ice Boxes (Winterfest Challenge)

We’re in the final stretch of Fortnite‘s Winterfest event, which means you only have a few days left to complete the limited-time Winterfest challenges and unlock some festive rewards. One of the holiday-themed missions asks you to search ice boxes, but unless you’re well acquainted with the game’s map, you may have some trouble tracking them down. If you fall in that camp, don’t worry; we’ve put together this map and guide to help you out.

Where Are The Ice Box Locations?

To complete this challenge, you’ll need to search two different ice boxes. This may seem daunting at first if you don’t already know where to look given the size of the island, but fortunately, there are many more than that scattered around the map, so tracking down two shouldn’t be too difficult. We’ve marked down the ice box locations we’ve encountered on the map below:

Fortnite ice box locations

  • Dirty Docks
  • East of Pleasant Park
  • Sweaty Sands
  • West of Holly Hedges
  • Weeping Woods
  • Northwest of Slurpy Swamp
  • In the mountains southeast of Lazy Lake

How To Complete The Challenge

Now that you know where the ice boxes are located, all you need to do is track them down. A few of the locations, such as Dirty Docks, house more than one box, so you should only need to head to one of areas listed above and you’ll be able to complete the challenge fairly quickly. The ice boxes look like typical freezers, so they shouldn’t be too hard to spot. Once you’ve searched two of them, the mission will be complete and you’ll unlock a special spray for your troubles.

The Fortnite Winterfest challenges will only be around a few more days, so you’ll need to act quickly if you’re hoping to complete them and unlock the special Winterfest rewards. Another task that may pose some trouble asks you to destroy snowflake decorations, so be sure to check out our guide for help completing that mission. You can see all of our other maps and guides for this season’s trickier missions in our ongoing Fortnite Chapter 2 challenges roundup.


Steam Awards 2019 Winners Announced

Steam has announced the winners of its community-voted Steam Awards, including the winners of both Game of the Year and VR Game of the Year. The Steam Awards also make a habit of giving out less traditional awards, including accolades for games that weren’t released this year.

The big winner is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice as the 2019 Game of the Year. Beat Saber won VR Game of the Year. Other winners from 2019 include A Plague Tale: Innocence for Outstanding Story-Rich Game, My Friend Pedro for Innovative Gameplay, Mortal Kombat 11 for Best Game You Suck At, and Gris for Outstanding Visual Style.

Steam also includes some esoteric awards for ongoing games. This year that included the Labor of Love award for best long-term nurturing, which went to Grand Theft Auto 5 for the second year in a row. Plus, DayZ earned the Better With Friends award.

Sekiro has been named Game of the Year by multiple awards, including The Game Awards and GameSpot’s Best of 2019. Check below for the full list of winners and nominees to see what each of the winning games beat out.

Steam Awards 2019

Game of the Year

  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Destiny 2
  • Devil May Cry 5

VR Game of the Year

  • Beat Saber
  • Blade and Sorcery
  • Gorn
  • Borderlands 2 VR
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted

Labor of Love

  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Warframe
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • CS:Go
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Dota 2

Better with Friends

  • DayZ
  • Risk of Rain 2
  • Dota Underlords
  • Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition
  • Ring of Elysium

Most Innovative Gameplay

  • My Friend Pedro
  • Baba is You
  • Slay the Spire
  • Oxygen Not Included
  • Planet Zoo

Outstanding Story-Rich Game

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Disco Elysium
  • Far Cry: New Dawn
  • Gears 5
  • Greedfall

Best Game You Suck At

  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Mordhau
  • Code Vein
  • Hunt
  • Remnant From The Ashes

Outstanding Visual Style

  • Gris
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
  • Astroneer
  • Katana Zero
  • Subnautica: Below Zero


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – December 31 Update

Infinity Ward has released a new playlist update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC updating the playlist options in-game.

These are the following Playlist Changes:

  • Grind is live, replacing Drop Zone
  • “Shot the Ship” has been removed, replaced by Shoot House 24/7
  • Snowfight mode has been removed

This is the final update of the year for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Season 1 continues through January in the game, but all of the content in the road map has since been released. It’s not clear what plans there are for new content in January, so stay tuned.

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Report: 2020 Call of Duty League will see fewer events as part of format change

On Christmas Eve, Activision Blizzard Esports announced that, after listening to feedback from team owners, players, and community, they would be changing the format of the Call of Duty League to a tournament based structure that is familar to the legacy of Call of Duty esports.

The announcement revealed that they were going to implement the tournament based structure and more details would come in early 2020.

We at Call of Duty League are incredibly excited to announce the addition of tournament-based play as part of the inaugural 2020 season. Beginning Week 2 in London, teams will compete in a format that is both familiar to the legacy of Call of Duty esports and fresh amidst the backdrop of our city-based franchise structure. This format, coupled with a brand new points system that goes into effect on Launch Weekend, will deliver a competitive experience where every match of the season matters. The result: fans will get to see more matches, more drama, and more teams competing each home series weekend.

Now, Adam Stern of Sports Business Journal has reported that sources tell him the 2020 Call of Duty League season will see fewer home stead events than originally announced by the company. This is because of the change in format and because some teams were overwhelmed with hosting CDL and OWL events.

Activision Blizzard has removed the Events tab from the Call of Duty League website, which showcased a schedule of events for the year. That is now removed.

We will update if Activision Blizzard says any updates on this.

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Pokemon Go’s Hatchathon Event Returns Today

Pokemon Go is ringing in the new year with a bunch of events, the first of which kicks off this week. Starting at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET today, January 2, the egg-centric Hatchathon event returns, giving you a chance to earn extra bonuses and hatch a few special Pokemon for a limited time.

Throughout the Hatchathon, you’ll be able to earn extra Stardust, Rare Candies, and other rewards like the Unova Stone when you walk certain distances. The Unova Stone is a particularly enticing reward as it is typically hard to come by in the game and is necessary to evolve certain Gen 5 Pokemon such as Lampent.

On top of that, Serebii reports that you’ll earn twice the usual amount of Candy and Stardust each time you hatch a Pokemon, and you’ll have a chance to hatch party hat-wearing versions of Pichu and Wurmple from 2 km eggs. Party hat Pikachu will also spawn in the wild, while party hat Raticate and Wobbuffet will appear in two-star Raids.

The Hatchathon runs until 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on January 16. You can read more details about the event on the official Pokemon Go website. In the meantime, Niantic has rolled out another Team Rocket Special Research questline, which leads to a chance to battle Giovanni and catch a Shadow version of Moltres.

There’s also still time to catch Pokemon Go’s current Legendary, Virizion, which is scheduled to leave five-star Raid Battles on January 7. Following Virizion’s departure, the Gen 4 Legendary Heatran will return to Raids until February 4, and this time you’ll have a chance to encounter its Shiny form. You can catch up on other Pokemon Go news below.


Nioh 2: Release Date, Gameplay, Combat, Pre-Order Details, And Everything We Know

Nioh proved a fantastic iteration of the massively popular Souls-like genre. At the same time, it marked a return for its developer, Team Ninja, who struggled for years to create an action game experience that rivaled the quality of its work on the original Ninja Gaiden. In 2020, the studio is looking to continue that success by releasing Nioh 2.

The upcoming sequel looks to improve upon the first in a variety of ways, as well as change things up. Below we’ve compiled everything we know about Nioh 2, including its release date, story details, how its combat is changing, and a lot more.

Story And Characters

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Like its predecessor, Nioh 2 is set during the Sengoku period of Japanese history–this time in the year 1555, which is at the height of this era of near-constant military conflict and social upheaval. Thus, Nigh 2 serves as a prequel to the first game, and this time you play as the offspring of a human and a yokai (supernatural creatures in Japanese folklore) who goes on to become a nameless mercenary that battles hostile yokai. But with great power comes great responsibility, so it’s not long before you become embroiled in the more significant conflict sweeping across Japan. Early summaries describing the game’s story indicate that you’ll be encountering several real-life historical figures, including Oda Nobunaga, Maeda Toshiie, Masakatsu Hachisuka, and more.

Though what’s most interesting about Nioh 2’s story is the fact that the protagonist seems to be one half of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a famous historical figure who left an influential and lasting legacy on the country’s history during the Sengoku period–suggesting a fictional explanation that Hideyoshi is actually two different people. Currently, there are more questions than answers, so time will tell what this is all about!

Release Date

Nioh 2 is scheduled to release on March 14, 2020. It’ll be a timed-exclusive for PS4 up until November when it’ll then launch for PC.

Create Your Own Legendary Samurai

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Unlike the original, you create and customize your protagonist, so you’re free to choose your own gender and customize a host of other cosmetic characteristics. Based on the recent beta, it seems you can touch up your character’s appearance at any time after starting the game. It’s also possible to generate a shareable code that other players can use to take on your character’s appearance in their game.

New Combat Possibilities

Nioh 2’s combat looks to build upon the original in significant ways by expanding the abilities available. Your character’s unique half-yokai bloodline affords you a host of devastating supernatural powers, such as the ability to summon demons and even transform into one yourself for a limited time. All of these abilities are tied to unlocks on an extensive set of skill trees; Nioh 2 doesn’t feature one branching tree, but several–one for each weapon and playstyle in the game. There are tons of abilities you can invest in to tailor your character to your exact combat specifications.

Currently, we know there are four main playstyle categories: Ninja, Samurai, Onmyo Magic, and a new one called Shiftling. As you can imagine, the Shiftling playstyle focuses on increasing the potency and power of yokai abilities.

In terms of weapon types, everything from the first game is back, which includes: Sword, Dual Swords, Axe, Kusarigama, Spear, Tonfa, and the Odachi. Though, there are two new additions this time: the Dual Hatchets and the Switchglaive. The Dual Hatchets allows for quick combat attacks that can quickly close the distance, while the Switchglaive is essentially a Bloodborne-like weapon that can transform into various configurations, each with different attacks.

How Will Multiplayer Work?

Cooperative play is returning in Nioh 2, and this time you can have two friends join you instead of one. All this has us questioning just how tough the enemies and bosses will get in Nioh 2, but for now, we’ll settle for not thinking about it until the time comes, and we’re being killed hundreds of times, which will undoubtedly leave us with no choice but to call on the help of friends.

Other Major Additions

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The original Nioh’s world was a smattering of ravaged shrines and villages, which didn’t offer much in terms of visuals to make your journey through Japan that memorable. The demons you fought also lacked intrigue and were often repetitive in design. Based on early trailers, Team Ninja seems to be addressing these issues in the sequel. There are more intriguing otherworldly locales; your character is capable of traversing the demonic realm this time. And it appears there’s a larger cast of gruesome foes to slay, like a terrifying anthropomorphic horse creature and a fiery cat-lady demon with wagon wheels for legs.

The first game was pretty rough which isn’t bad, but it made for some frustrating moments early on. For less-skilled players, there exists a new feature in Nioh 2 called Benevelot Graves. These are essentially a friendly version of the Bloody Graves from the first game. But instead of summoning a hostile AI version of another player, it brings into your world a friendly one that can tag along with you as a companion.

Will My Nioh 1 Save Date Transfer?

Team Ninja has confirmed that you will get a bonus in the final version of Nioh 2 if you have a save from the first game. However, the specific benefits you’ll get from loading your old data are still unknown. But there is one entertaining bonus you may be able to get already…

Can You Play As William?

Despite being a prequel, you can play as Nioh 1 protagonist William in Nioh 2. During the previous beta, if you had a save from the first game, you could gain access to a cosmetic skin that turns your character into William. Whether or not this fun nod the original makes it into the final game remains unclear.

When’s The Next Beta?

The last Nioh 2 beta took place in November 2019. Team Ninja has not announced plans for another beta in the coming future, but if the studio handles things as it did with the first game, there’s a chance there will be a final demo for Nioh 2 a few weeks before launch.

How Do I Pre-order?

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There are two versions of Nioh 2 available for pre-order: standard and the special edition. Priced at $60 USD at major retailers, the standard edition is just the game. However, pre-ordering it will net you bonus DLC, which includes the Hades armor set, a Sudama Netsuke charm, and an exclusive PS4 theme and avatar set.

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On the other hand, the special edition costs $80 and nets you the game, the DLC mentioned above, a steelbook case, the season pass, and an artbook. Currently, you can only pre-order it on GameStop and Best Buy.


Polygon’s 50 most anticipated games of 2020

The new year is upon us, and with it comes the promise of new games, and even new games consoles. There are many games coming in 2020 that have yet to be announced, or that have not been given a release window. But as of now, here are the 50 games (listed alphabetically) that we’re most excited to see.

We should mention that there are some big name games that we know are on the way, but have not been confirmed for 2020, including Atomic Heart, Babylon’s Fall, Biomutant, Diablo 4, Hellblade 2, and Overwatch 2. They may come in the year ahead, but their developers and publishers haven’t made a public commitment, so we’re respecting their caution. We’ve also skipped annual sports franchises and games that are currently commercially available and playable in early access.

In the days ahead, we will also have a story on notable indie games that did not quite make this list, so keep an eye out for that. Please do add any games you feel we’ve missed in the comments.

12 Minutes

12 Minutes 12 Minutes Luis Antonio/Annapurna Interactive

A man opens his front door to find a cop. The cop beats the man to death and accuses the man’s wife of murder. Rewind to the moment before the man opens the door, and replay the scenario again and again, Groundhog Day-style. Overhead-view adventure 12 Minutes, from indie developer Luis Antonio, is coming to Windows PC and Xbox One some time in 2020, published by Annapurna, which has a good record with indie games, including What Remains of Edith Finch, Gorogoa, Donut County, and Outer Wilds.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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The long-awaited Animal Crossing Switch debut begins with our old friend Nook giving the player a ticket to a deserted island. From there, the player-created character begins the job of creating a settlement by seeking out resources, doing chores, inviting friends, and otherwise being a good neighbor. Animal Crossing: New Horizons expands the franchise’s personalization features; skin color can be changed at any time in the game, while gender neutral characters are available. More good news: Isabelle is in the game too. It’s out on March 20.

Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge is the newest game from Ninja Theory, one of six studios scooped up by Microsoft in 2018 to make Xbox and Windows PC games. Ninja Theory is the studio behind well-regarded titles including Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and DmC: Devil May Cry. The new game is a melee-based multiplayer title in which teams of stylized combatants go head-to-head in 4-vs-4 battles, featuring a vicious array of weapons. It’s out on March 24.


Carrion Carrion Phobia Game Studio/Devolver Digital

Carrion is a horror game where you play the monster. It’s a metroidvania game in which you take on the role of a slithering tentacled monster that moves from room to room, eating scientists and growing, blob-like. We saw the game at E3 and enjoyed its premise, as well as its satisfying monster animation. It’s coming out on Xbox One and Windows PC via Steam some time in 2020.

Crusader Kings 3

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The next installment in Paradox Interactive’s 15-year-old grand strategy franchise is arriving next year on Windows PC. Once again, players scheme and strategize as they build a medieval dynasty. This time, we’re promised a map four times more detailed than the one in Crusader Kings 2 and 3D-rendered characters. Crusader Kings 3 takes place from the Viking Age through to the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul. As in the real medieval world, leaders can create cadet branches of their dynasty, usually via marriage negotiations and the placement of a favored love child. These can be brought to heel, when necessary.

Cyberpunk 2077

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We’ve been waiting a long time for this one; the very first teaser trailer showed up back in 2013. Developed by CD Projekt Red, the team behind The Witcher 3, it’s a neon tale of greed, technology, and deception. The first-person game is set in a future megacity, run by various factions of militarized corporations and criminal gangs. It stars a class-based customizable mercenary with upgradeable combat abilities. It’s out on April 16 for Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope

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Developed by Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope is the second entry in an interactive horror series, following 2019’s Man of Medan. Set in a spooky small town, the game features scary tropes including a creepy doll and a clawed creature hiding in the shadows, ready to pounce on terrified locals. It’s coming out on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Doom Eternal

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Bethesda and id Software’s sequel to the well-received 2016 shooter franchise reboot is aiming for even more speed and combat fluidity. The story features the Doom Slayer’s return to Earth, to save the human race from monstrous hordes. It also includes an Invasion Mode, which will allow players to enter someone else’s game as playable demons, and will be available as a free update shortly after Doom Eternal launches on March 20. Eternal’s coming out on Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One in March, with a Nintendo Switch port available at a later date.


Dreams Dreams Media Molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Media Molecules’ Dreams is similar to the UK developer’s much-loved LittleBigPlanet series, which the studio created in the PlayStation 3 days. Once again, it’s as much about creating as it is about playing. Along with a single-player campaign of stages authored by Media Molecule, Dreams offers an expansive suite of level creation tools for budding game designers. But where the LittleBigPlanet games were limited to a side-scrolling 2.5D perspective, Dreams on PlayStation 4 lets you build in full 3D, which vastly increases both the possibilities and the complexity of what is possible. A limited version of the game was made available in early access in April 2019, and has yielded some remarkable user-made stories, but the full release is slated for February 14 on PlayStation 4.

Dying Light 2

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Techland’s Dying Light 2 refines the original game’s first-person parkour action gameplay, with a focus on swiftness and skill. Once again, a hardy protagonist must leap across rooftops, trying to avoid direct engagements with zombies. Useful items, like hooks and paraglider wings, can help. The game’s city-based location is built in such a way that higher elevations are less dangerous than lower floors. Dying Light 2 is coming out in the first half of 2020 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Empire of Sin

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Paradox’s Empire of Sin, developed by Romero Games, is an XCOM-style turn-based combat-strategy game set in Prohibition-era Chicago. Players take on the roles of gangsters who compete for territory. It’s an overhead-view game in which players try to take over speakeasies, distilleries, and brothels by outsmarting enemies in combat, making use of appropriate units and cover. There’s also a narrative element in which rivals can be charmed or bullied into making concessions via dialog trees. Empire of Sin is being released on Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

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Although based on one of the greatest RPGs of all time, Final Fantasy 7 Remake features much that’s new, including a full graphical remake and a realtime combat system (though a classic turn-based system will also be available). It’s being released in episodes, starting March 3 for PlayStation 4.

Gears Tactics

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Microsoft’s turn-based strategy game was first shown during Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference. Developed by The Coalition along with Splash Damage, it’s a single-player game that takes place 12 years before the original Gears of War. Set in the early parts of the Locust Wars, the top-down game features a character-based story as well as first-person action cutaways. Alongside a new trailer reveal in December, Microsoft announced that the game will be out on Windows PC and Xbox One on April 27.


Ghostrunner Ghostrunner One More Level/All In Games

Set in a sci-fi tower complex, One More Level’s Ghostrunner looks to be a blend of fast-paced parkour and violent first-person stealth. The player must switch between the real world and a cyber reality, where more enemies await, making use of melee weapons and guns. It’s due out on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One in the summer.

Ghost of Tsushima

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Sucker Punch Productions is best known for the Infamous series of action games. Ghost of Tsushima is the Sony-owned developer’s first game since 2014, and it’s looking extremely pretty. Set in an open-world medieval Japan, it’s a third-person stealth/combat game featuring samurai-era weapons as well as fancier gadgets like smoke bombs and flaming projectiles. It’s due out on PlayStation 4 in the summer.


Godfall Godfall Counterplay Games/Gearbox Software

First shown at The Game Awards in December, Godfall is the first game confirmed for PlayStation 5, and is scheduled to launch alongside the new console in late 2020. Developed by Counterplay Games and published by Gearbox, it’s a gothic-look third-person looter-slasher with an emphasis on multiplayer. As well as PS5, it’s also coming to PC via the Epic Games Store.

Gods and Monsters

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From its swishy fairytale meadows to the heroic pose of its elf-faced protagonist, Ubisoft’s Gods & Monsters looks a lot like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Developed by the team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, this action-crafting exploration RPG takes place on a fantasy island populated by characters inspired by ancient Greek legends. It’s coming out late in the year on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.


Griftlands Griftlands Klei Entertainment

Griftlands is a deck-builder RPG from Klei, the team behind much-loved hits including Don’t Starve and Oxygen Not Included. Players use their cards in conversation-style battles that solve specific narrative tasks, like rescuing a hostage. It’s planned for a Windows PC early access release in July, via the Epic Games Store.


Grounded Grounded Obsidian Entertainment/Microsoft Game Studios

Obsidian Entertainment is best known for role-playing games like The Outer Worlds, one of the best games of the last 12 months. But Grounded takes a different route; it’s a cooperative survival game that shrinks players down and sets them loose in their own backyard, Honey I Shrunk the Kids-style. Four characters explore a world populated by ants, ladybugs, fireflies, and hunting spiders. It’s coming out as an early access title, this spring, on Windows PC and Xbox One.

Half Life: Alyx

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The future of Valve’s Half-Life series has been a running joke almost since the release of Half-Life 2 in 2004. Valve’s November announcement of Half-Life: Alyx was some way short of the yearned-for “Half Life 3,” but it’s something. Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, the VR exclusive will tell the story of established franchise character Alyx Vance and her father Eli as they form a resistance to take on the invasion of the alien force known as the Combine. The first-person exploration, combat, and puzzle game will be released March 2020 on Steam, and is compatible with all PC-based VR headsets.

Halo Infinite

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Microsoft’s Series X console launch next fall will arrive alongside Master Chief. Halo Infinite takes place after Master Chief has been asleep and his forces have already lost the war. Developer 343 Industries promises an emphasis on open exploration, which we’re guessing will take advantage of Series X’s much vaunted capabilities.


Humankind Humankind Amplitude/Sega

Developed by Amplitude, Humankind is a turn-based strategy game that places the player in charge of a growing civilization. As players settle cities, build units, explore, and fight, they take on the cultural auras of various empires throughout history. It’s being published by Sega for Windows PC.

Journey to the Savage Planet

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Journey to the Savage Planet is a whimsical, comedic first-person game, in which the the player explores a colorful alien planet, causing mayhem along the way. The game’s developer, Typhoon Studios, just got bought by Google, so this will likely be its only independent project. Savage Planet is coming out on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Kerbal Space Program 2

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The follow up to 2011’s hugely successful Kerbal Space Program will expand on the original’s suite of player-created possibilities. Once again, it’s all about creating a space program for the little green Kerbals. This time, we’re promsed “exciting new parts, stunning visuals, colony building, interstellar travel, enhanced modding, and multiplayer,” according to the developer. A trailer shown at Gamescom in August revealed a more sophisticated art style for the game, which is coming to Windows PC in April, followed by other platforms later in the year.

The Last of Us Part 2

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The long-awaited follow-up to Naughty Dog’s original sees the first game’s co-protagonist Ellie take the central role. Set five years after the events of The Last of Us, the game will also feature Ellie’s previous caretaker, Joel. The Last of Us Part 2 was first unveiled in December 2016 at Sony’s PlayStation Experience. It’s a tale of love and vengeance, coming out on PlayStation 4 on May 20.

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Nintendo

We’re going to break our own rule here. Every other game on this list has been announced as coming in 2020 (even if some of them will inevitably slip). Nintendo hasn’t officially confirmed whether Breath of the Wild 2 is coming out in 2020, but we’re willing to go out on a limb here and hope it will show up in the next 12 months. Nintendo released a trailer during E3. It was only two minutes long, but it spawned a frenzy of online speculation about the game. We do know that the game was originally planned as DLC for Breath of the Wild, and is closely tied to that game’s narrative threads. Nintendo has a history of delaying Zelda games, and it certainly won’t rush this one. But with two rival console launches coming in 2020, there’s a lot of motivation to get the job done and to delight Switch owners.

Little Nightmares 2

Little Nightmares 2 Little Nightmares 2 Tarsier Studios/Bandai Namco

The wonderfully creepy puzzle stealth game Little Nightmares is getting a sequel. While the first game was entirely focused on main character Six as she attempted to make her way out of the Maw, the sequel will give her a little companionship with a new character called Mono. A trailer released during Gamescom showed more outdoor locations than we saw in the first game, which spent a great deal of time in grimy rooms. Little Nightmares 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Marvel’s Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers Marvel’s Avengers Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix

Fresh from its labors on the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy, the team at Crystal Dynamics is working on a different kind of superhero project. In this action-adventure game, San Francisco is under attack and The Avengers are called upon to save the day. Players take on the roles of favorite characters including Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Black Widow, each with their own special powers. The game will be released on May 15, for Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator Microsoft Flight Simulator Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studios

The 11th entry in the long-running series (it goes all the way back to 1979) simulates the entire planet, making use of search engine Bing’s maps and Azure cloud services. That means its in-game assets will include all of our planet’s 197 million square miles of land and water, more than two million cities and over 40,000 individual airports. Judging by the time we’ve spent with the game, it looks beautiful, though how it will manage to stream those assets, as the game plays, remains to be seen.

Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons Minecraft Dungeons Mojang/Xbox Game Studios

Mojang’s action-adventure is an overhead-view, Diablo-like game featuring characters and assets from Minecraft. Players explore randomly generated areas alone, or as part of a team of up to four players. In-game loot drops can be collected and spent on upgrades like weapons, potions, and armor. Random goodies, including health boosts and other consumables, are also dropped. Minecraft Dungeons is coming out in April on Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Minute of Islands

Minute of Islands Minute of Islands Studio Fizbin

Minute of Islands from Studio Fizbin is an exploration/puzzle game painted in a lovely comic book style. It’s coming out on Windows PC, Mac, and unnamed consoles next spring, and features the journey of Mo, a skilled mechanic who comes across all manner of strange machines that are in need of a fix.

New World

New World New World Double Helix Games/Amazon Game Studios

Amazon Game Studios’ massively multiplayer game is set on a strange and dangerous island. It’s a survival game with elements of exploration, resource exploitation, and expansion. Players join teams that scavenge resources, craft tools, and build bases. They then fight against other human teams, as well as against environment enemies in order to take territory. It’s due out on Windows PC in May.

Nioh 2

Nioh 2 Nioh 2 Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo

PlayStation 4 exclusive Nioh 2 is a prequel to the well-received 2017 original. Developed by Team Ninja (best known for the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden games), it’s a challenging “masocore” hack-and-slash RPG inspired by Dark Souls. A fully customizable player-character takes on fearsome yokai and demons using a variety of blades. Players can also transform into yokai and take the fight to enemies in an underworld realm. It’s out on March 13.

No More Heroes 3

No More Heroes 3 No More Heroes 3 Grasshopper Manufacture

Grasshopper Manufacture’s hack-and-slash adventure No More Heroes 3 marks the first mainline game in the series in a decade. Slotted for release on Nintendo Switch in 2020, it tells the anime-style story of a boy who meddles with alien technology, unleashing powers he cannot control. Hero assassin Travis Touchdown returns from retirement to battle a host of increasingly skilled alien warriors.


Nuts Nuts Joon

Nuts is all about surveillance and squirrels. Players are dropped into a stylized forest of blue, green, yellow, and orange. Their job, as directed by a boss on a telephone line, is to set up night cameras which will record the movements of a family of squirrels. Each day, players review the footage and move the cameras in order to find out more. There are also helpful items scattered about the world. It’s targeted for release in 2020 on Windows PC and as-yet unannounced consoles.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Ori and the Will of the Wisps Moon Studios/Microsoft Game Studios

The follow-up to 2015’s delightful Ori and the Blind Forest is a stylish sideways-scrolling platformer, coming to Xbox One and Windows PC on March 11. Moon Studios’ colorful, challenging game stars a spirit creature which earns new movement abilities as it explores the world. It features a new auto-save system and a more sophisticated upgrade tree than the original.

Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal Persona 5 Royal Atlus

Atlus’ re-release of Persona 5 is coming to PlayStation 4 on March 31. Persona 5 Royal — aka Persona 5: The Royal in Japan, where it’s already available — adds a ton of new features to the 2017 role-playing game, including a new playable character, a new area to explore, and a host of tweaks and streamlining changes.

Predator Hunting Grounds

Predator Hunting Grounds Predator Hunting Grounds Illfonic/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Illfonic’s asymmetrical co-op combat game Predator: Hunting Grounds is due out on PlayStation 4 on April 24. It’s a battle between a dangerous monster and a group of less powerful human soldiers. The monster will kill anyone who strays from the group, but it’s vulnerable to the coordinated teamwork of its enemies.

The Red Lantern

The Red Lantern The Red Lantern Timberline Studio

The Red Lantern from Timberline Studio was first shown at GDC earlier this year. Coming to Switch and Xbox One, it’s the survival story of a woman who enters the Iditarod dogsled race in Alaska and is forced to cope with extreme natural obstacles, such as a bear attack, frostbite, and even a moose-licking. She must manage her meager resources and make smart choices in order to survive.

Resident Evil 3 Remake

Resident Evil 3 Remake Resident Evil 3 Remake Capcom

The third entry in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil 3 was originally released in 1999. The survival horror shooting game tells the story of Jill Valentine and her escape from an urban center affected by a biological weapon. Like last year’s excellent remake of Resident Evil 2, the new version modernizes controls, offers new camera perspectives and updates visual fidelity. It also comes with 1-vs-4 multiplayer game Resident Evil Resistance. It’s out on April 3 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.


Sable - scaling the side of the mountain screen Sable Shedworks/Raw Fury

Shedworks’ Sable was first shown at E3 2018’s PC Gaming Show. It has the look of a smart graphic novel, with a pleasing color palette and stark lines. Players assume the role of a young explorer named Sable, who finds themselves on a foreign planet. The landscape is a pretty, stark desert, with just a few structures dotting the landscape. Originally scheduled for release in 2019, it was pushed back earlier this year and is now due out in 2020.


Saturnalia Saturnalia Santa Ragione

Saturnalia’s art style shows an animated world of haunting pencil sketches. Developed by Milan, Italy-based Santa Ragione, the game is a horror title in which different characters try to survive in an abandoned village. It looks like a beautifully designed piece of macabre storytelling. This is a game for anyone who thrills at the thought of creeping around in the dark. It’s coming in 2020, with platforms to be announced.


Skatebird Skatebird Glass Bottom Games

Glass Bottom Games’ skateboarding game Skatebird is coming to Nintendo Switch and Windows PC. Players control colorful skateboarding birds in miniature parks made of household products like bendy straws, staplers, cardboard, and sticky tape. The game was funded via a Kickstarter campaign back in June, when it raised $67,220 from backers.

Skull & Bones

Skull & Bones - ship classes Skull & Bones Ubisoft Singapore/Ubisoft

Skull & Bones will be familiar to anyone who played Ubisoft’s ship-to-ship combat sections in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (2013). Players steer warships and galleons using the wind to their advantage, and fire off broadsides. The game will also include multiplayer battles called “Hunting Grounds.” It’s coming out on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Spelunky 2

Spelunky 2 Spelunky 2 Blitworks

Derek Yu’s Spelunky 2 is the follow-up to 2011 indie smash Spelunky, in which players navigate a series of randomized locales, including temples, caves, and tombs. Pretty and visually vibrant, with fiendish traps and enemies, Spelunky is one of the best games of the past decade. The new game promises a greater variety of locations, and more brutal levels. It’s coming out on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.


Spiritfarer Spiritfarer Thunder Lotus

Spiritfarer is a painterly, whimsical game with some deep themes. Players take on the role of the ferryman, transporting newly arrived souls to the next world. These souls are humans, but they manifest as animals, revealing their inner personalities. They give the player jobs to do as a kind of last wish. As the game progresses, its narrative opens out into a tale of acceptance and finding comfort in existence. It’s coming to Xbox Game Pass as well as Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (2015) is a tactical shooter that is, for the most part, grounded in combat realism. But the game’s limited time Outbreak event, which included an enemy alien biohazard, proved so popular that it helped spawn Quarantine. It’s a three-player tactical co-op first-person shooter that tasks teams of operators to work and fight together against the intensifying threat of a technological parasite. Rainbow Six Quarantine will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.

A Total War Saga: Troy

A Total War Saga: Troy A Total War Saga: Troy Creative Assembly/Sega

Total War games have been around since 2000, but 2019’s Chinese history epic Three Kingdoms proved to be the best to date. For this year’s game, developer Creative Assembly and publisher Sega are planning to go all the way back to the Bronze Age. Once again, players will manage a kingdom’s economy, expansion, and personnel, while directing real-time battle strategies. In honor of the time period and the mythological roots of the Trojan story, players will also be required to gain the favor of the gods. A Total War Saga: Troy is expected some time in 2020 for Windows PC via Steam.

Wasteland 3

Wasteland 3 Wasteland 3 InXile Entertainment/Deep Silver

With a budget three times larger than that of its five-year-old predecessor, overhead-view squad-based RPG Wasteland 3 looks like a snowier, sleeker, and more substantial version of Wasteland 2. The post-apocalyptic story moves on from Wasteland 2’s arid locations of Arizona and Los Angeles to the freezing heights of Colorado. It centers around a local boss called The Patriarch who leads a society founded by formerly mega-wealthy Armageddon preppers.

Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion Watch Dogs Legion Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft

Like many of the Ubisoft games on this list, Watch Dogs Legion had a firm 2020 release day, until Ubisoft announced in October that it would come out in the next fiscal year. That ends in April 2021, but the company is still likely targeting 2020. The third installment in Ubisoft’s open-world hacking series puts players in a futuristic post-Brexit London, where things aren’t going well. Players can recruit and play as any NPC in the game world, building up a resistance force and freeing the city from the grip of tyranny. It’s coming out on Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, as well as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

You can read unfolding coverage of these games as they arrive, by visiting Polygon or following us on Twitter.


Pokemon Sword & Shield Max Raid Event Brings Out Lots Of Shiny Magikarp

A new event is now underway in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Much like the games’ recent holiday event, which brought an influx of Delibird to Max Raid dens for a brief period of time, this New Year event only runs for a few days and stars another seemingly useless Pokemon: Magikarp.

While this event may not initially sound exciting, what makes it special is that you have a much greater chance of encountering a Shiny Magikarp in Max Raids. Shiny Pokemon are exceedingly rare in Pokemon games, and any Shiny Magikarp you evolve will retains its special coloration, making this a good opportunity to add a few Shiny Gyarados to your collection.

There’s another incentive to take on any Magikarp Raids you come across: You’ll receive a ton of nuggets when you defeat or capture the Pokemon. These items can be sold for high prices at Poke Marts, allowing you to start the year off with some extra in-game pocket change.

As previously mentioned, the New Year Max Raid event only runs for a couple of days, from December 31 to January 3, so you’ll need to act fast if you want to take advantage of it. You can read more details about the event on the official Pokemon website.

In other Pokemon news, Sword and Shield players can claim 20 free Battle Points for a limited time via Mystery Gift. There’s also still time to claim a handful of rare Poke Balls and a free Gigantamax Meowth, both of which will only be available until January 15. You can see all the freebies available in Sword and Shield right now in our roundup.