Do you have an itchy trigger finger? That’s fine, we all do now and then. Thankfully, there are many great first-person shooters in development and for all likings. Here is our list of the Top 10 Best Upcoming FPS Games of 2019 and 2020, and I’m sure that you’ll find a couple of surprises in there.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 25, 2019
Apart from the completely moronic and confusing name, everything else about the new CoD game is bound to make you excited. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – not to be confused with 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – seems to benefit from a more focused Infinity Ward this time, with a desire to return to the origins of the Modern Warfare moniker.
A more realistic and gritty setting is also welcomed by many players after the surreal trip into the future with Infinite Warfare. The game is being strongly advertised as a shooter where conflicting moral choices will cause players to hesitate, with collateral damage being a part of the process. Innocent civilians may end up paying the price and there will be many emotional and controversial moments.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is going to stir up the press, but hopefully we, the players, will get a great first-person shooter that isn’t solely designed for shock value.
TBA – Coming to PC and PS4 (Beta in December 2019)
Weird furry creatures. Evil mustached mannequins. Floating chickens. These are just a few things that you get to see in one of Atomic Heart’s trailers. It’s completely nuts and yet strangely awesome, as if someone took inspiration from Bioshock but added a significant dose of insane to it. Or maybe that’s just your average day in Russia.
Developer Mundfish hails from Russia and Atomic Heart is set in an alternate universe during the primetime of the Soviet Union. It’s an adventure first-person shooter and a monster mash of inspirations like we don’t see very often – Fallout also springs to mind, although Atomic Heart really pushes it on the surreal side of things.
Even if Atomic Heart falls short when it comes to the shooting side of things, the bizarre game world alone is definitely worth exploring.
Back 4 Blood
TBA – Coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Since Valve seems to have an issue with the number 3, we won’t be seeing Left 4 Dead 3 in… well, ever! Fortunately, Turtle Rock Studios is now free from the clutches of the Steam creator and is working on a spiritual sequel called Back 4 Blood. If you don’t immediately connect the dots by looking at the name, you’re a lost cause.
Back 4 Blood is a co-op zombie first-person shooter built on Unreal Engine 4. There is very little info right now, but we know for sure that there will be PvP to go with the main campaign. While Left 4 Dead featured four charismatic characters in each game, Back 4 Blood seems to be hinting at another four players in co-op.
While Turtle Rock Studios says that this isn’t the third installment of Left 4 Dead as it adds stuff that makes it unique, this is surely the closest that you can get.
TBA – Coming to PC
The Astronauts revealed Witchfire a while ago via a trailer with a brilliant twist. Introduced as a hypothetical walking simulator “from the makers of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter”, it featured stunning graphics and a slow, cautious pace… until the character pulled a huge shotgun and the words “… but also Painkiller and Bulletstorm” popped up on the screen.
Suddenly, all hell breaks loose and the true nature of this game presents itself – it’s a first-person shooter, and an amazingly looking one to boot. It’s powered by Unreal Engine 4, but the stunning graphics are made with the same photogrammetry tech that supported The Astronauts’ previous game. It is used to 3D scan real-life objects including entire buildings and use them as in-game digital assets. The result is an unbelievably organic look, but I don’t know how they will scan those jaw-dropping horrific creatures and the fantastic ruined villages where part of the game unfolds. Under no circumstances should you ignore the huge potential of Witchfire.
After the original cancelation in 2012, a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. sequel seems to be back on track for a 2021 release. Alright, so it’s not quite 2020 as this list’s title suggests, but I couldn’t avoid mentioning it. While GSC Game World’s current development skills remain a mystery – their only recent work was the RTS Cossacks 3 –, the Ukrainian studio may eventually surprise us once again. After all, some of the original team members did go on to create the impressive Metro series.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will be powered by Unreal Engine 4, like most shooters nowadays. There is no info to sink our teeth into apart from promises of a “unique atmosphere” inspired by the original trilogy. GSC is funding the game itself and a Kickstarter isn’t planned, but that’s just dumb – with so many players dying to get an official sequel, it would rake in thousands, if not millions of dollars.
But hey, I’m not a businessman, so what do I know?
Any Arkane Studios game is worth paying attention to and Deathloop is no exception. This is one of the studios to beat when it comes to freedom to complete a mission, with several approaches available to resourceful players. The Dishonored games perfected this type of gameplay and we’re curious to see where Deathloop is going to take it.
Deathloop is a shooter about two assassins, Colt and Juliana, stuck in a loop. They have opposing goals, with Colt trying to break the cycle and Juliana protecting it, but we’re yet to discover their ulterior motivations. Sounds awfully simple but that is never the case with Arkane. I’m willing to bet that we’ll have an open-ended nature to the levels as well as some special abilities for each character, but will you be able to choose who you play… or will you take turns controlling both Colt and Juliana in a seamless narrative structure?
Surprise us, Arkane.
Coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Google Stadia on September 13, 2019
There would be no harm done if Gearbox decided to strictly stick to developing new Borderlands games. This is without a shadow of a doubt their most memorable franchise, with a unique visual identity, humor and everything that you need from a first-person shooter.
The unbelievable amount of loot, with bazillions of firearms, deep customization and guns that grow legs and insult their enemies are just a few of the additional perks coming with Borderlands 3. This is a potential game of the year candidate and by that I don’t mean the shooter category alone.
Coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and Google Stadia on July 26, 2019
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a spin-off that brings cooperative play to the limelight. It’s a risky bet that may ultimately pay off if the AI is perfectly finetuned – or if you have a friend, since this is a game about BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is set nineteen years after the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, with Jessica and Sophia Blazkowicz being the protagonists. This game feels speedier in comparison to the previous titles, but it features a more open-ended approach that is bound to surprise players. Dishonored makers Arkane Studios are involved and that surely explains a lot about Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s newfound freedom of tackling the mission objectives.
Coming to PC, Xbox One and Project Scarlett on 2020
Hope. That is the motto for Halo Infinite, as the Master Chief simply doesn’t give up the fight. This direct sequel to Halo 5: Guardians runs on the new Slipspace engine and unlike its predecessor, is coming to PC as well. The story is set in a fractured Halo ring, but most of it remains under wraps, same as the gameplay.
343 Industries is responding to the criticism of the previous game, bringing split-screen back for Halo Infinite, as well as the map building Forge mode.
Coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and Google Stadia on November 22, 2019
Doom Eternal is the loud and brazen, heavy metal laden shooter from id Sofware. It’s a game about ripping and tearing demons apart, a nonstop adrenaline rush where speed and gory kills are what matters the most.
Sure, there is an underlying narrative about discovering the Slayer’s origins, something that could turn out to be an interesting premise for Doom Eternal – who is he and where does he come from? I’m pretty convinced that this is far from quintessential storytelling, but who knows if there aren’t a few surprises in store for us?