2020 promises to be an explosive year for the gaming industry. Not only is the next console generation fast approaching, but there’s also a number of hotly anticipated major releases scheduled to launch — and for once, they aren’t all sequels! Here, we’re going to discuss new IPs we think have a big chance at becoming the next big video game franchises and why.
A no brainer to kick things off — Cyberpunk 2077 is already being tipped to become one of 2020’s best-selling games, which is obviously first and foremost paramount to the likelihood of becoming a series. But Cyberpunk 2077’s destiny as a series is secured as a result of more than just its likely commercial success.
Last year during a quarterly earnings call, developer CD Projekt Red outlined its intentions to adopt a dual franchise studio model. Meaning, in the same vein as, say, BioWare with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, the Polish studio is looking toward both its popular The Witcher series and Cyberpunk 2077 to drive revenue going forward.
So the writing is on the wall: unless Cyberpunk 2077 completely bombs it’s absolutely going to get a sequel and could become one of the gaming industry’s marquee franchises.