Video game releases to look out for in May 2020
Last month was a doozy of a release month with some of the biggest AAA titles of the year hitting the shelves. This month?
Well, look. It’s May. You know the drill. This is the beginning of the summer dry season, and this year with everything else that’s going on in the world, it’s dryer than ever. There just aren’t a whole lot of new releases this month, at least nothing compared to what we had last month. There were going to be a few really big AAA titles coming out this month, but they have all been delayed.
Still, we rounded up a couple of new releases, re-releases, and indie games to keep you occupied this May. But considering all the amazing releases that came out in April, you probably still have a backlog to work through this month anyway.
Someday You’ll Return (May 5 - PC)
One of the strange things about this month is that there is a peculiar amount of horror releases. You’d expect that in October, but bright and sunny May? Huh…
Anyway, Someday You’ll Return is actually a holdover from April that was delayed due to COVID-19, but it’s still worth your time despite the delay. It’s a psychological horror game inspired by games like Silent Hill, Outcast, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and Resident Evil 7. That’s a start studded list of horror titles right there and if it’s anything like it’s inspirations, its a title you aren’t going to want to miss.
Wintermoor Tactics Club (May 5 - PC)
Versus Evil, the publisher behind The Banner Saga, Skyshine’s bedlam, and Pillars of Eternity, know their way around tactics games. They also know their way around a grimdark gritty realistic storyline. That’s why I’m excited to see them try the exact opposite with Wintermoor Tactics Club.
While still a tactical RPG, it’s a lot more tongue-in-cheek than Versus Evil’s other titles. You play as a bunch of misfits at the prestigious Wintermoor Academy. A massive snowball fight breaks out and you and your nerdy friends decide to inhabit the personas of their own tabletop roleplaying characters to have a little fun and win the fight. Of course, this snowball fight has some dark secrets to unfold, secrets that will determine the fat of the world! Or at the very least the fate of the couple hours you spend after school.
With a few new social elements and a lot of interesting tactical maps, Wintermoor Tactics Club is a nice, accessible, tactical RPG with an almost Undertale vibe to it’s story. It’s a refreshing bit of brightness in Versus Evil’s grimdark catalogue.
Those Who Remain (May 15 - PS4)
Taking a hard left into some more horror, Those Who Remain is another psychological horror title, though it seems to be focusing more heavily on the psychological aspect. In a semi-Lovecraftian tale that deals more directly with the supernatural, Those Who Remain will take you to the sleepy darkness of Dormot, a small town with some dark secrets. There, you’ll realize that the biggest threat might not be loss of life, but loss of sanity.
The Wonderful 101: Remastered (May 19 - PC, PS4, Switch)
When it comes to the Switch, everything old is new again. The Wonderful 101 was a superb action title from Platinum Games that had you controlling a tiny horde of super powered superheroes. But it came out on the Wii U, so nobody played it. Of course, it is the fate of every Wii U game to eventually come out on the Switch, and in this case the PC and PS4 as well! Together with a heaping dose of new content, this is a great way to introduce a whole new audience to this sadly overlooked classic.
Maneater (May 22 - PC, PS4, XBO)
Do you like RPGs? Do you like open world RPGs? Do you like open world RPGs with heavy customization systems and interesting quest trees?
Final question… DO YOU WANT TO BE A MAN EATING SHARK!?
Of course you do. Well that’s exactly what you can do in Maneater, one of the craziest action-RPG concepts you have ever seen. Explore, feed, evolve, and avoid sinister fishermen as you cause carnage off the coast in a way only a shark controlled by a sadistic gamer going stir crazy can.
Minecraft Dungeons (May 26 - PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
Here’s another holdover delay from April. Minecraft Dungeons is basically what it says on the tin. It’s an isometric dungeon crawler with a Minecraft theme. It also features online co-op and procedurally generated dungeons. Frankly, you probably already know if you are the target audience for this title just from that description, but is it weird that I’m actually quite interested in how this game expands Minecraft’s lore? Maybe I’ve just been watching too much Game Theory.
Nijala (May 27 - Switch)
This is a game that kind of came out of nowhere, but it’s strangely one of the most exciting Switch releases this month. It’s a multiplayer competitive action game where you get to play brightly colored bubble gum ninjas that can grind on rails, hide as objects in the scenery, and use all sorts of Ninjutsu techniques to defeat your opponents. It really has a sort of Splatoon vibe to it, which is what makes it so exciting. However, it’s also a free-to-play game, so we will have to wait and see if that actually means pay-to-win or not.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (May 29th - Switch)
Another Nintendo remake, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition gives a hefty graphical upgrade to the Wii classic, along with a ton of extra content that links this with the universe of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It’s a great opportunity to play this classic if you’ve never had a chance to before, and a wonderful time to come back and see it in a new light if you are a dedicated fan.
Fast & Furious: Crossroads (May TBA - PC, PS4)
Do you want to drive fast cars and rant about family for a few hours? Well you might want to chew the scenery with Fast & Furious: Crossroads. We all know it doesn’t look that great and we haven’t seen much gameplay at all, but hey, there's a certain sort of person who likes the Fast & Furious franchise and that’s the same type of person that will like this game. It’s OK, video games can be guilty pleasures too.
Which games are you excited for this May? Let us know in the comments.