So much has happened since we published last month’s round-up; Nintendo kicked off Super Mario’s 35th-anniversary celebrations before Microsoft acquired publisher Bethesda and the PS5 and Xbox Series X pre-orders went live and sold out in record time. How can the month of October 2020 top all of that? A great selection of new games should do it. We’re talking space dogfights in Star Wars: Squadrons and open-world mayhem in Watch Dogs: Legion. Football fans will appreciate the return of FIFA, just as gearheads will want to check out motorcycle simulator Ride 4.
After years of hibernation, Crash Bandicoot returns for a new sequel. We’re also keen to get our hands on the new IP Ghostrunner and horror title The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope, which launches right in time for Halloween. Finally, Mario Kart expands to the real world with a new augmented reality game where you race a physical kart around your house that’s controlled and monitored via a Nintendo Switch.
Find all of this and more below as we explore the top 8 games launching throughout October 2020:
1. Star Wars: Squadrons
Star Wars fans are invited to master the art of flight and starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience that is Star Wars: Squadrons. Players buckle up for first-person multiplayer dogfights fought from the cockpits of both the New Republic and Imperial fleets, piloting X-Wings and Tie- Fighters through strategic 5 vs. 5 space battles. Then, strap into a cinemtic single-player story set after the events of Return of the Jedi. Both PC and PS4 players can also experience the game in VR.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: October 2
2. Watch Dogs: Legion
In the near future, an all-seeing surveillance state oppresses London, as private militaries control the streets, and a powerful crime syndicate preys on the vulnerable. Now, the people are ready to fight back.
In Watch Dogs: Legion, players explore a massive urban open-world and visit London’s many famous landmarks while playing as everyone. Any person you see on the streets can join your cause, becoming a playable character bringing along a unique skillset. Like in previous Watch Dogs games, hacking plays a large role with players able to weaponise infrastructure, hijack drones and covertly take down enemies with the augmented reality cloak. Once the credits have rolled, go online with your mates for new co-op missions and challenging endgame content.
Watch Dogs: Legion comes with a free digital upgrade to PS5 or Xbox Series X regardless of whether you’re playing a physical or digital copy of the game.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, PS5, XSX
Release date: October 29
3. FIFA 21
FIFA 21 raises the bar with fresh features like dynamic attacking and enhanced one-on-ones for increasing realism and rewarding you for creativity and ball control. Players can also jump back into the returning Career Mode, Ultimate Team and Volta street football and experience the unrivalled authenticity of The World’s Game.
If you pick up FIFA 21 for current-gen platforms, you can upgrade to PS5 or Xbox Series X versions for free right up ’til the release of FIFA 22.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, Switch PS5, XSX
Release date: October 9
4. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Crash Bandicoot is back for his first new adventure in 12 years. The villainous Neo Cortex is launching an all-out assault on the entire multi-verse. Crash, Coco and your favourite marsupials are tasked with saving the day by bending the rules of reality, harnessing new abilities and battling ridiculous bosses all while performing some tough-as-nails platforming. Reports suggest this title will feature over 100 levels, so expect the bandicoot to be front-and-centre for quite some time. The trailer is worth it alone for revisiting that Chemical Brothers hit.
Platforms: PS4, XB1
Release date: October 2
5. Ride 4
Ride 4 lifts the two-wheel challenge to a whole new level of realism. We’re talking hundreds of bikes and tracks along with a selection of riding gear all featuring extraordinary attention to detail.
The redesigned career mode now starts with Regional Leagues and continues your climb towards success in the World Leagues. Your decisions will decide your unique path. Then once you’ve got a feel for the bikes, Endurance World is a brand new mode dedicated to the most exciting long-distance motorcycle races. It features the most challenging motorcycle competitions you’ve ever faced—in the digital world.
Ride 4 also offers free upgrades to next-gen for those who purchase on PS4 or Xbox One.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, PS5, XSX
Release date: October 8
Ghostrunner is a hardcore first-person slasher packed with lightning-fast action, set in a grim, cyberpunk megastructure. Players are tasked with climb Dharma Tower, humanity’s last shelter to confront the tyrannical Keymaster, chasing that sweet revenge.
The streets of this towering city are full of violence. You wield the most advanced blade ever created, meaning, you’re always outnumbered but never outclassed. Slice your enemies, dodge bullets with superhuman reflexes, and employ a variety of specialised techniques to prevail. Make your way from the bottom to the top in a final attempt to set things right before humankind goes over the edge of extinction.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, Switch
Release date: October 28
7. The Dark Pictures: Little Hope
Following a bus crash, four college students and their professor become trapped in the abandoned town of Little Hope. Persued by nightmarish apparitions and witnessing terrifying visions of the witch trials, the group must work together if they want to make it out alive. Who will live and who will die? It’s all up to you. The choices you make will decide their fate.
Little Hope is the second game within The Dark Pictures Anthology—a series of stand-alone, cinematic horror games designed to present new, terrifying experiences. Little Hope follows last year’s Man of Medan, and it’s no coincidence that the new title launches the day before Halloween.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: October 30
8. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit turns your house, yard and beyond into a custom Mario Kart track. You race a physical kart around your house controlled and monitored via a Nintendo Switch. Place gates around the home to create tracks playable in-game, and the real-world kart can actually respond to boosts and items like banana peels.
Players can race against AI opponents in Grand Prix to unlock skins to customise courses and costumes for Mario and play with up to four players in local multiplayer mode. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit will be available in Mario and Luigi versions.
Release date: October 16
October 2020 Video Game Release Dates
- Super Mario Bros. 35 (Switch) – October 1
- Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (PS4, XB1) – October 2
- Star Wars: Squadrons (PC, PS4, XB1) – October 2
- Foregone (PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 5
- Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix (PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 6
- Ride 4 (PC, PS4, XB1, PS5, XBX) – October 8
- The Uncertain: Light at the End (PC) – October 8
- FIFA 21 (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch, PS5, XBX) – October 9
- The Survivalists (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 9
- G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 13
- Second Extinction (PC) – October 13
- Partisans 1941 (PC) – October 14
- Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition (PC) – October 15
- Cloudpunk (PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 15
- Monster Truck Championship (PC, PS4, XB1) – October 15
- Space Crew (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 15
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Switch) – October 16
- Amnesia: Rebirth (PC, PS4) – October 20
- Remothered: Broken Porcelain (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 20
- Transformers: Battlegrounds (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 23
- Carto (PC, PS4) – October 27
- Ghostrunner (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – October 27
- World of Warcraft: Shadowlands (PC) – October 27
- Song of Horror: Complete Edition (PS4, XB1) – October 29
- Watch Dogs Legion (PC, PS4, XB1, PS5, XBX) – October 29
- The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope (PC, PS4, XB1) – October 30
- Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch) – October 30
- Auto Chess (PS4) – October 31
Some of the biggest games launching this month include Star Wars: Squadrons, Watch Dogs: Legion, FIFA 21, the first new Crash Bandicoot game in 12 years and Mario Kart Live brings racing into your living room, quite literally.
Watch Dogs 3, or Watch Dogs Legion is finally launching on October 29 for PC, PlayStation and Xbox. Watch Dogs was initially planned for March 6 but experienced some lengthy delays.
FIFA 21 launches globally on October 9, but if you purchase the Ultimate or Champions editions, you can start playing from October 6.