Last year saw the release of noteworthy RPGs like The Outer Worlds, Kingdom Hearts 3, Disco Elysium, and Pokémon Sword and Shield. Now in 2020, we can expect to start seeing announcements for new role-playing experiences in addition to updates for upcoming releases such as Cyberpunk 2077, Dragon Age 4, and Elder Scrolls 6. If all goes well, 2020 may end up being one of the best years for RPG fans.

Here, we’ll be highlighting a curated collection of the best upcoming RPGs you can look forward to becoming immersed in throughout 2020 and beyond. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new entries. Lastly, if you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other lists:

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    Final Fantasy 7 Remake

    Release Date: April 10, 2020 – Platform: PS4

    Square Enix appears to be pulling out all the stops with the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which has now evolved into two separate releases. The first half of the game will be out later this year in March and mark the return of fan favorites Cloud, Barret, Aerith, and Tifa, who have all received upgraded character models to complement the game’s new highly-detailed environments.  

    FF7 Remake will also introduce a new modified combat system that blends elements of real-time action with tactical strategy. Numerous improvements are being included with the remake, such as gaining the ability to directly control party members in the heat of battle and mappable button shortcuts for different commands.

    Trials of Mana

    Release Date: April 24, 2020 – Platform: PS4 | Switch | PC

    Trials of Mana is a remake of the 1995 action-RPG originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 for the Super Famicom. The game is set in a world where Mana, a potent but finite energy source, has begun to disappear, resulting in widespread conflict across the land.

    With evil forces plotting to unleash ancient beasts known as the Benevodons, whose defeat is rumored to bring about more Mana, it’s up to the player to restore peace and prevent the world from falling into ruin. The remake will feature completely new 3D assets while retaining the gameplay structure of the original.

    Minecraft Dungeons

    Release Date: Spring 2020 – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

    All signs indicate Minecraft Dungeons will end up being a satisfying spin-off that makes clever use of the popular sandbox game’s blocky aesthetic. Inspired by classics dungeon-crawlers like Diablo, the game sees players exploring procedurally-generated labyrinths filled with dangerous mobs and untold riches.

    Devoid of any building mechanics, Dungeons emphasizes battling enemies using swords, hammers, axes, and bows in tandem with special artifacts that grant players unique abilities in exchange for resources. Similar to Minecraft, the game will support both local and online multiplayer for up to four friends.   

    Garden Story

    Release Date: Spring 2020 – Platform:  PC

    Indie developer Picogram has partnered with Rose City Games to publish Garden Story, a hybrid social sim/adventure RPG with farming sim mechanics.  The game sees you controlling an adorable-looking grape named Concord who’s just been crowned village guardian. Embracing his new title, Concord sets out to restore Grove Island to its former glory by identifying the source behind a mysterious Rot destroying the land. 

    With help from his friends and neighbors, Concord will travel to new regions, solve puzzles, and care for the environment. Over the course of the game, players will become well-acquainted with the numerous creatures that call Grove island home as they complete favors and create memories to fill Concord’s scrapbook with new skills.

    Maneater

    Release Date: May 22, 2020 – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

    Maneater is an upcoming action-RPG from Killing Floor developer Tripwire Interactive in which you become one of the most powerful apex predators, a deadly man-eating shark. Best described as “Grand Theft Auto with sharks,” Maneater sees you starting off as a vulnerable baby shark whose mother was killed by a fisherman. Carefully choosing when to feed or flee, you will learn to adapt to a hostile ecosystem where you’re not always at the top of the food chain.

    To this point, the game sets you free in a massive underwater open-world filled with secret locations, tantalizing rewards, and formidable threats. As you grow and adapt to your environment, your shark may develop new mutations that can prove useful in defending yourself against other animals and seeking revenge against the humans.

    Cyberpunk 2077

    Release Date: Sep 17, 2020 – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

    Arguably the biggest early release of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 has some pretty big shoes to fill. After all, CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 is considered to be one of the best games of the last decade and has set the bar extremely high for the Polish developer’s next project. 

    Described as a first-person action RPG, the game is set in a dystopian future where the lines between human and AI have become blurred more than ever. Taking on the role of a customizable protagonist named V, players will make their way through Night City, a sprawling open-world overflowing with technology, crime, and neon.

    Dreamscaper

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: Switch | PC

    Dreamscaper is an upcoming indie action RPG with a distinct art style and interesting story premise revolving around a young woman struggling with depression. In it, you take on the role of Cassie as she ventures into her subconscious each night in hopes of defeating nightmarish manifestations of her most negative thoughts.  

    The game follows a rogue-lite structure, with each night of slumber presenting a different dungeon filled with unique challenges and in-game events for Cassie to overcome before her condition becomes fatal. The combat system is primarily inspired by Dark Souls and aims to blend elements of multiple genres, such as brawlers, top-down shooters, and classic dungeon-crawlers.  

    Biomutant

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

    2019 came and went and we still don’t have an exact release date for THQ Nordic’s upcoming action RPG, Biomutant. The game is currently in development by Stockholm-based Experiment 101, a studio founded by former Avalanche Studios creative director Stefan Ljungqvist, best known for the Just Cause Series.

    Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Biomutant sees you playing as a raccoon-like creature with the ability to acquire mutations and attach bio-mechanical body parts that affect combat and traversal. It seems likely the game will be released sometime in 2020, according to a recent financial report from the publisher’s parent company. 

    Cris Tales

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

    Cris Tales is a love letter to classic JRPGs that’s managed to pique our interest due to its gorgeous 2D visuals and clever implementation of time travel. The story is centered on an orphan named Crisbell who becomes a time mage and is tasked with saving the world from calamity. 

    While playing, you’ll be able to access past, present, and future versions of Crisbell’s world simultaneously and make decisions that affect each version. We’re still waiting for publisher Modus Games to announce a release date but in the meantime, there’s a Cris Tales demo worth checking out. 

    Eastward

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: Switch | PC

    Eastward proves it’s possible to have nostalgia for a game you haven’t even played, evoking memories of Saturday morning-cartoons and retro 16-bit video game soundtracks. This is further complemented by a striking pixel art style that makes for charming characters and interesting environments. 

    The game is described as an action-adventure RPG and closely follows an unlikely pair as they embark on an emotional adventure to uncover the truth behind their pasts and the universe. As you journey across the decaying cities of a post-apocalyptic world, you’ll encounter a colorful cast of strange creatures and humans with their own story to tell. 

    Diablo 4

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

    During BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard officially unveiled the next mainline Diablo game, which is currently entering development. While there’s currently no release date, the game was confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is an interesting decision considering next-gen consoles are scheduled to launch near the end of 2020.

    The most likely scenario is that Diablo 4 will end up being a cross-gen title and launch for both Xbox One and Series X. Although no gameplay footage has been shown, a cinematic trailer depicts Diablo 4 as being a dramatically dark and gory game, even by Diablo standards.

    Dragon Age 4

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: TBA

    Heading into 2020, EA and BioWare have maintained radio silence in regards to the next Dragon Age RPG confirmed to be currently in development. While we would typically chalk this up to the ongoing disaster that is Anthem, that doesn’t appear to be the case as both games are being worked on by two separate teams.

    With E3 2020 just around the corner, it’s possible EA and BioWare are holding off from sharing any new information until the next EA Play event which typically takes place during the same weekend. Considering how critical fans have been of both companies in recent years, Dragon Age 4 may end up being the tipping point for not only the series but also the future of BioWare.

    Starfield

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: TBA

    Chances are we won’t receive an update regarding Bethesda’s latest project for at least a few years as the company already has enough on their plate with the upcoming Elder Scrolls 6. This leads us to believe Starfield will most definitely release on next-gen consoles, which includes Xbox Series X and PS5.

    So far, all we know about the game is that it’s a single-player RPG set in outer space. Starfield will be Bethesda’s first new IP in over 25 years and has the potential of becoming the third pillar in their RPG catalog along with Fallout and Elder Scrolls.

    The Elder Scrolls 6

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: TBA

    Even though Bethesda is more occupied with Elder Scrolls: Online and the never-ending stream of Fallout 76 controversies, they still like to occasionally remind us Elder Scrolls 6 is coming at some point. That being said, we haven’t received an update since 2018, so it’s likely Bethesda will have something to show at E3 2020. 

    Current speculation suggests the game might be set in the Skyrim-adjacent region High Rock, considering the trailer depicts a mountainous northern province. It’s also rumored that the ongoing conflict with the Thalmor may be a key element in ES6‘s plot. 

    Elden Ring

    Release Date: TBA – Platform: TBA

    We don’t have a lot of information concerning FromSoftware’s next endeavor, aside from knowing George R.R. Martin was brought in to create the game’s overarching lore and world-building. Additionally, Hidetaka Miyazaki is the game’s director and responsible for converting Martin’s contributions into a workable plot.

    Similar to previous FromSoftware titles, Elden Ring will contain elements of “dark fantasy,” and allow players to create their own characters. Gameplay details are vague at the moment but it’s being suggested that players will be able to ride horses and explore dungeon-like ruins where they’ll encounter enemies. 

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