March 2020 Is Becoming The Busiest Month Of The Gaming Year

A killers row of amazing-looking video games is due to be released in March 2020 and we're already preparing ourselves to live without sleep.

The saddest part about growing up is having the money to purchase any game you want, but not having any time to play them. It's impossible to purchase time, but it is possible to buy lots of Red Bull and just not sleep for a month, which is looking like a necessary prospect for March 2020, when a killers row of amazing-looking video games is due to be released.

Almost all of the major video game releases for 2019 are now in the hands of the public, with the exception of Phoenix Point, which is coming out at the start of December. The upcoming 2019 Game Awards will have the last batch of announcements for 2020 before the gaming public settles into a winter hibernation to actually play the games that came out over the past few months.

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The early months of 2020 are fairly lackluster outside of ports, with the exception of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and Ori and the Will of the Wispsbut things will enter overdrive at the start of March when Final Fantasy VII Remake is finally released. The hype surrounding that game is going to be intense and it will dominate headlines and social media feeds for weeks after its release.

Half-Life Alyx Title
Via: Half-Life

Fans won't have long to revisit Midgar, as Nioh 2 is set to come out shortly after Final Fantasy VII Remake. Nioh 2 initially seemed like it was going to be torpedoed by the existence of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twicebut the initial buzz for Nioh 2 has been extremely positive and it could win an audience made up of the people who were disappointed with Sekiro's focus on stealth and the restrictive nature of its combat options.

The week after Nioh 2 is released will see the strangest sales battle in the history of the industry, as Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal are hitting store shelves on the same day. It's hard to imagine two series more different than Animal Crossing and Doom Eternal, but they will both be fighting for headline space and for the cash of consumers around the world.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Doom Cover

There is also the wild card to take into consideration, as Half-Life: Alyx has been given a release date of March 2020 and it could come out at the same time as any of the games mentioned above. Fans have waited since 2007 for a new Half-Life game and the hype machine is already building up for a return to that universe.

There are also persistent rumors that Persona 5: Royal will be released in March 2020, which seems like suicide, as it will be released in the proximity of one of the most highly-anticipated JRPGs of all time.

Via: USgamer

The developers of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 were apologetic for delaying the game from March 2020 to later in the year, but it was the best decision they could have made, as any game released during that month is going into the meat grinder. Fans only have so much time and money, and a smart release date can mean the difference between success and failure. The original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines was crushed by Half-Life 2 in the marketplace and the next two entries in both series almost crossed paths again.

On the plus side, the first two weeks of April are fairly empty in terms of releases... until Cyberpunk 2077 is released on the 16th and the whole cycle begins once more.

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