The year has been rather slow in terms of video game releases, but the pace is picking up for the latter half of 2020. There are several high-profile releases coming in October and November, including games from giants like Ubisoft and CD Projekt Red.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of game premieres of the October-November launch window, and after that we’ll pay some attention to some of the biggest things to come out in the coming weeks.

Video Game Releases in October and November (Autumn 2020)
Spelunky 2 2020-09-29 Platformer Blitworks
Drake Hollow 2020-08-28 Base building The Molasses Flood
Star Wars Squadrons 2020-10-02 Space Combat MOTIVE
Ea Sports Fifa 21 2020-10-09 Sport Electronics Arts
Baldurs Gate 3 2020-10-06 RPG, Dungeons & Dragons Larian Studios
Age Of Empires III Definitive Edition 2020-10-15 RTS Tantalus Media
Amnesia Rebirth 2020-10-20 Horror Frictional Games
Ghostrunner 2020-10-27 Action, Cyberpunk One More Level, 3D Realms, Slipgate
Watch Dogs Legion Standard Edition 2020-10-29 Action Ubisoft Toronto
The Dark Pictures Anthology Little Hope 2020-10-30 Horror Supermassive Games
Dirt 5 2020-11-06 Racing Codemasters
Assassins Creed Valhalla 2020-11-10 Action RPG Ubisoft Montreal
Godfall Ultimate Edition 2022-04-07 Action RPG Counterplay Games
Yakuza Like A Dragon Legendary Hero Edition 2020-11-10 Adventure, Single-player Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Call Of Duty Black Ops Cold War 2020-11-13 FPS Raven Software, Treyarch
Cyberpunk 2077 2020-12-10 Action RPG CD PROJEKT RED
Football Manager 2021 2020-11-24 Sports Sports Interactive

Star Wars Squadrons

Genre:Space combat
Developer:Motive Studios

Star Wars: Battlefront games had space combat segments, but they were little more than a side dish to the main course of ground combat. There hasn’t been any dedicated Star War flight sim since the days of TIE Fighter and X-Wing. Thanks to Motive Studios this is no longer true, because their Star Wars: Squadrons game, released on October 2nd, is a great space combat sim and is faithful to the movies.

Once you step into your ship (one of many available, including the iconic TIE fighters and X-Wings) you get to see cockpits authentic to their appearance in the original trilogy. You also get to decide where the bulk of your power goes: shield, engines, blasters, as situation requires. Better yet, each ship has a different interface, so indicators in a B-wing will be very different than those in Interceptor.

Key features
  • Singleplayer story campaign, partially taking place after the Battle of Endor
  • Authentic ship cockpits
  • Great multiplayer with several modes
  • VR support

Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access

Developer:Larian Studios

Although the full release is still quite a ways off, the Early Access version of Larian Studios’ Baldur’s Gate 3 promises a large amount of content on its own. Going by the numbers provided by Larian, the starting location available in Early Access is much more densely packed with dialogue, combat, and exploration than its counterpart from the Divinity: Orignal Sin 2 EA, Fort Joy.

The story of Baldur’s Gate 3 takes place about a hundred year after Baldur’s Gate 2’ and follows up on events which happened in the region. One such event, from which people in the region are still recovering, was the forceful descent of a certain city into Avernus, the first layer of Hell. Now the game is going to inflict Mind flayers on these poor people too, unless you do something about it.

Key features
  • Eight playable races, six playable classes available at launch of Early Access
  • About 25 hours of content, with branching dialogue and potential combat encounters
  • Much bigger than Fort Joy, the area from Original Sin 2 Early Access
  • Interesting streamer-friendly features

Watch Dogs: Legion

Developer:Ubisoft Toronto

Moving the narrative of Watch Dogs series ever froward, Watch Dogs: Legion presents a downright cyberpunk-ish vision of London in “near future”. After a devastating attack on the Houses of Parliament London accepts ctOS to restore control, and armed mercenaries police the population. DedSec, the hacktivist group from previous games, is framed for the destruction and needs to clean its name.

A very interesting aspect of Watch Dogs: Legion is that there isn’t a single protagonist. Instead, you’re recruiting procedurally generated people from the streets of London by helping them with their troubles. Each recruit has a unique combination of special abilities and aptitudes, in addition to a model drawn from a diverse collection. A drone-using, shotgun-using grandma is a possibility in WDL.

Key features
  • Dynamically generated recruits
  • Opt-in co-op
  • When your operatives die it sticks, the game features permadeath
  • A degree of customisation for characters in your organisation

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

Genre:Action RPG
Developer:Ubisoft Montreal

A Viking-era Assassin’s Creed game was inevitable. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes place some time after the death of world-famous Ragnar Lothbrok, and depicts a new raid against Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. The new main character is a Viking warrior named Eivor, who can be a man or a woman, based on your decisions, taking a note from Mass Effect’s Commander Shepard.

Valhalla seems to take design ideas from the wildly successful Origins and Odyssey, and supports kill missions with a lot of additional activities. Some of the most thematic ones are building cairns (markers built by piling stones), and flyting, Norse insult battles. You’ll also set up and support settlements, which are said to have much more use than the equivalent segments in previous games.

Key features
  • Assassin’s Creed Vikings
  • Flyting can be quite entertaining
  • You’ll get to conduct raids on vital locations
  • You get a pet raven called Sýnin

Cyberpunk 2077

Genre:Action RPG

After they were done with The Witcher license, CD project Red went full steam ahead into the development of Cyberpunk 2077, based on the classic tabletop RPG system by Mike Pondsmith. The game takes place a few decades after the events of the Cyberpunk 2020 edition of the setting: Night City, ruled by corporations up top, gangs down below, with many people caught in the middle.

CD Project Red promise a sprawling, detailed city, full of side activities, many of which are to feed into and influence the main storyline in interesting ways. There are several separate lifepaths which influence in a big way the way you start the game and might influence which options you’ll have at your disposal in dialogues. After a long time in the making, CP2077 finally comes out on November 19th.

Key features
  • First-person perspective with a focus on shooting mechanics
  • Many different cybernetics enhancing your abilities in curious ways
  • Stunning futuristic-urban environment
  • Coming from the makers of one of the most beloved games of the last generation

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Genre:Hack and slash
Developer:Omega Force

Age of Calamity is the latest instalment of the Legend of Zelda spin-off series, Hyrule Warriors. It’s a LoZ version of the Dynasty Warriors franchise, taking place in kingdoms and environments familiar to the series veterans. Age of Calamity is a special treat, because it’s going to be prequel to the fan-favourite Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, taking place before Link got very sleepy.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

You’re going to get control of quite a few characters, including, of course, Link, who’s going to get a nifty armour set, if the trailers are anything to go by. Princess Zelda will also see some battle, as well as the Four Champions you likely know from breath of the Wild. Using their considerable power they will face the hordes of Ganon’s servants during the event known as the Great Calamity.

Key features
  • A more combat-oriented trip to Hyrule
  • Shows the events which preceded Link’s long sleep
  • Several playable characters
  • Compatible with certain amiibo figures