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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of many games set to release this year

Time flies when you’re having fun. Great games — such as The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot — have already been released this year, and we’re only in March. Whether you’re a Nintendo fan or a PC-loyal, you'll be able to play new games this year with any console. We talked to gamers in Columbia and asked which games they are most looking forward to. Don’t stay AFK (away from keyboard) for too long. If your favorite game won’t be released until much later or doesn’t yet have a release date, don’t worry. Columbia gamers also shared some already-released games they're playing in the meantime.

Here are games to look forward to:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

This popular franchise is back with more. In New Horizons, you create your own paradise on a deserted island. Choose to live in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, experience all four seasons and help castaways when they come onto shore.

Console(s): Nintendo Switch

Release date: March 20, 2020

DOOM Eternal

Another popular franchise returns. Play as a Slayer and conquer demons across dimensions to stop the destruction of humanity.

Console(s): Sony Playstation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch (later this year)

Release date: March 20, 2020

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Remaking movies into live actions and remastering classic games seems to be a trend. But, the remake of Final Fantasy VII, which originally released in 1997, has something extra to offer. The story features Cloud Strife, a mercenary who is hired by an eco-terrorist group. Strife helps this group fight against an electric power company that attempts to drain the planet’s lifeblood as an energy source.

Console(s): Sony Playstation 4

Release date: April 10, 2020

The Last of Us Part II

The very long-awaited game is almost here. After five years, the beloved characters Ellie and Joel have settled down and live in a thriving community of survivors. Soon, their relaxation is interrupted by violence, and Ellie embarks on a journey to seek closure.

Console(s): Sony PlayStation 4

Release date: May 29, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077

Two words: Keanu Reeves.

Console(s): It will be available in Sony Playstation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. Also, it will be available for 4K gameplay in Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. Stay tuned for Google Stadia release dates.

Release date: Sept. 17, 2020

Watch Dogs Legion

The people of London are being oppressed by corrupt opportunists. Take London back by hacking, infiltrating and recruiting anyone you see in the city.

Console(s): Sony Playstation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia

Release date: The initial release date was March 6, 2020, but it has now been pushed back to an undetermined date.

Twelve Minutes

Twelve Minutes features a husband and his wife who are stuck in a 12-minute time loop. The player must find a way to change the outcome or relive the time loop over and over.

Console(s): Microsoft Windows

Release date: There is no release date yet, but the hype around this interactive narrative earned it a spot on this list.

While you wait:

For some gamers, their favorite anticipated game is already out or will be released very soon. For others, theirs might not have a release date yet. Don’t play the waiting game. Play these instead:

Dreams

If you’re a fan of LittleBigPlanet and like to personalize your own games, then Dreams is for you. You can create the music that goes along with it and discover the creations of players around the world. With this game, you're literally stepping into, well, a dream.

Console(s): Sony Playstation 4

Released: Feb. 14, 2020

Devil May Cry 5

Action, action and more action. Demon hunter Nero is now heading his own brand of the demon-hunting business. He enlists a craftswoman named Nico to help build prosthetic arms that give the main character effective combat abilities.

Console(s): Sony Playstation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Released: March 8, 2019

Detroit: Become Human

Decision-based games have great replayable value. Detroit shows how fascinating, yet flawed, the future can be. Playing as three distinct android characters, you have the choice to either submit to the needs of humans or rebel and change the status quo.

Console(s): Sony Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows

Released: May 25, 2018 (Sony Playstation 4); Dec. 12, 2019 (Microsoft Windows)

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