SGO Roundtable: What Do You Want From Sports Games in 2020?

SGO

As we enter 2020, what do you want to see from sports games this year?

The Natural: I don’t really want a specific feature for 2020. More of I would like to not lose any features. We all know that this upcoming year the next gen consoles are going to come out and so I would like the graphics to be upgraded but don’t want to lose any features making the transition from this gen to that gen.

Mike Straw: I’m kind of in the same boat as Natural. I just want to see fully-featured games debut on the PS5 and Xbox Series X this year. The last thing I want to see is a watered down version of the games I enjoy like when Madden came to the 360 or NHL to the PS4 and Xbox One.

If I had to pick something I want to see added this year, it’s more options for Franchise players. I’m talking Created Teams in MLB The Show, more expansion/relocation options in Madden, and stable servers for online leagues across the board.

Brandt Frye:  Something I’d like to see from sports games next year is a bigger skill gap in competitive play. While some sports titles do a better job than others rewarding the best of the best gamers, it’s a universal problem that needs to be addressed. Madden took a significant step backwards this year in that area, and other games have had a stagnant skill gap for years. Madden, along with MLB The Show, NHL, 2K and other series, must provide a way for the best players to compete against each other and showcase their talents properly. Until that happens, sports video games will continue to be a laughing stock in eSports.

Chris Studley: Developers focusing less on “Ultimate Team”-like modes. Yes, I know they bring in the most revenue, but these modes all also the ones that developers focus on. It brings down all the other modes as a result, and I’d like to see developers and publishers focus on other modes and features to give gamers a more complete experience. Otherwise, people will feel more and more like they’re spending $60 on a roster update and new bundles.

Geordie Connell: Aside from EA bringing back NCAA Football, in 2020, I’d like to see more strides made in the single player franchise/gm modes. Minor changes have been made here and there but I’d love to see the deeper rosters of minor league teams and players that we’ve had in the past but were abandoned. I want to feel fully immersed in running my favorite teams.


Sports Gamers, what do you want to see in 2020? Let us know in the comment section below and subscribe to SGO on YouTube.