With some of the most memorable characters in gaming history, you’ll have plenty to do and plenty of fun to do it, with everything you do (including running) and using your allies (as well as using your weapons and armour) to advance the characters through a series of imaginative environments. Tango Gameworks is already hugely popular thanks to its open-world style, which allows players to freely explore and engage with the many characters around them in a large world that features over 150 to 200 pieces of the original game. The game is currently in Early Access, with a release date of TBC 2020, and you can expect plenty more releases since then. Platforms: PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android Release date: TBC Amadeus is a new IP from Ghost Town Games, the studio behind the cult classic survival horror series, The Borrower. Set in the same universe as the ’80s classic film, Amadeus puts you in control of a man who’s been tasked with retrieving a long-lost world from an asteroid. Feral creatures and an endless swarm of flying monsters known as “Hounds” attack you on a daily basis in this procedurally generated environment, and you have to manage your resources and build your defenses to survive. The gameplay loop is familiar, with stages where you’re tasked with completing quests and destroying the “Hounds” that attack you, and by exploring and working your way through the world, you’ll build up your skills and abilities to survive. It also features some elements from survival horror games, with some very tense encounters that will test your combat and exploration skills. Platforms: PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch Release date: TBC Arkane’s Dishonored series is another action-oriented first-person shooter that puts the assassination aspect of the first-person shooter genre to great use. This time, you’re not playing as a character in a series of prologue-like levels, but a very involved assassin called Corvo. Corvo’s on a mission to deliver a top-secret artifact from a long-lost era, and you’ll be tasked with finding out what it is that will lead to its completion. This time, though, you’ll be facing off against familiar characters from the series (including the game’s own Corvo), as well as a brand new enemy named the Machiavellis. It’s a stealth-focused game where you can hack and slash your way through levels as you please, but there are plenty of traps and enemies to encounter along the way. Platforms: PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch Release date: TBC A new IP from Arkane and Machine Games, Watch Dogs: Legion, is coming to consoles this year, with a new game from former lead designer David Pellas. In it, players will assume the role of a man known as “The Trapper”, who works to save the City from the Black Hand, an organization that seeks to maintain order within its increasingly dangerous world. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of characters and play them out in various missions set across three massive maps. You’ll also control a drone, which you’ll need to deploy frequently throughout the game. Set pieces will play a big role in your ability to secure and protect your objectives, as well as choose the right order of action to accomplish your objective. Watch Dogs: Legion will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One this autumn. Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch Release date: TBC An open-world action game set in the “Wild West”, Just Cause 4 puts players in control of Rico Rodriguez and his ragtag band of rebels. Set in San Esperito, the open-world setting features numerous vistas and locations to explore and it’s your job to go on missions to take out the various drug cartels that spread across the globe and some of the more nefarious organizations that are plaguing the region. You can choose from dozens of vehicles and customize them to your liking, as well as form your own special squad based on the vehicles you take apart. Just Cause 4 will be coming to consoles later this year. Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One Release date: TBC A remake of the PS2 classic, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, this side-scroller put players in the shoes of Terry, who had been sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit.