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Biggest Game Release Dates (March 2020): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC

March 2020 is packed with big-name releases, from Animal Crossing: New Horizons to the long-awaited return of Half-Life and more.

Aside from a few big-name games that arrived back in January and February, 2020 has gotten off to a fairly quiet start, but that's all about to change this month. March features a variety of highly anticipated releases for every platform, from the arrival of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to the long-awaited return of the Half-Life series and more.

Those aren't the only major titles coming out this month, however. Nioh 2, the sequel to Team Ninja's popular Dark Souls-inspired samurai game, launches on March 13, while Ninja Theory's PvP brawler, Bleeding Edge, lands on March 24. And capping off the month is Persona 5 Royal, an expanded version of one of 2017's best games.

That's only a small taste of this month's releases. To give you a look at what lays ahead for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch, we've rounded up all the biggest games of March 2020 below. For a wider look at the titles still to come this year, be sure to check out our list of game release dates in 2020.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) -- March 20

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Nintendo's beloved life sim series is making its long-awaited Switch debut on March 20 with the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This time around, rather than settling down in a pre-existing village, you'll be moving to a deserted island, where you'll be able to build your town from the ground up. That's not all that's new in New Horizons; the game features a swathe of quality-of-life improvements, including the ability to terraform your island. It also makes clever use of the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app with a companion service called NookLink, which allows you to scan pattern designs and text chat with other players.

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Doom Eternal (PS4, Xbox One, PC) -- March 20

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Ironically arriving alongside Animal Crossing: New Horizons on March 20 is Doom Eternal, the anticipated sequel to 2016's critically acclaimed Doom reboot. Like its predecessor, Eternal is an unrelentingly violent shooter that pits you against the forces of Hell, which this time have overtaken the Earth. While the core gameplay remains the same, Doom Eternal introduces a slew of new weapons into the mix, as well as some new traversal options. Rounding out the package is an asymmetrical multiplayer mode called Battlemode, which has one Doom Slayer facing off against two player-controlled demons. Doom Eternal is also coming to Nintendo Switch later this year.

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Half-Life: Alyx (PC) -- March 23

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After more than a decade of dormancy, Valve's beloved shooter series is finally making a comeback this month with the release of Half-Life: Alyx. Set between the events of the original Half-Life and its sequel, the game follows the eponymous Alyx Vance and her father, Eli, as they're relocated to City 17 following the Seven-Hour War. Half-Life: Alyx can only be played in VR, but Valve assures it's a full-fledged Half-Life game, with a campaign approximately as long as Half-Life 2. The game is compatible with a range of VR headsets, including Valve's Index; if you picked one of those up by the end of last year, you could get Half-Life: Alyx for free.

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Full March 2020 Release Schedule

Release DateGamePlatformsPre-Order
March 3Granblue Fantasy VersusPS4N/A
March 5Murder By NumbersSwitch, PC (March 6)Eshop
March 6Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DXSwitchAmazon
March 10Langrisser I & IIPS4, Switch, PCAmazon
March 11Ori and the Will of the WispsXbox One, PCXbox Marketplace
March 13My Hero: One's Justice 2PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PCAmazon
March 13Nioh 2PS4Amazon
March 17MLB The Show 20PS4PlayStation Store
March 20Animal Crossing: New Horizons SwitchAmazon
March 20Doom EternalPS4, Xbox One, PCAmazon
March 20Doom 64*PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PCEshop
March 23Half-Life: AlyxPCSteam
March 23The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIIPCAmazon
March 24Bleeding EdgeXbox One, PCXbox Marketplace
March 27One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PCAmazon
March 27Saints Row IV: Re-ElectedSwitchEshop
March 31Persona 5 RoyalPS4Amazon

*Doom 64 is only available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC as a Doom Eternal pre-order bonus.

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