The first quarter of any year is generally pretty slow as far as big-name titles go. Not all is lost however, the slow period can be a great time to find potential gems on the indie or smaller fronts. I believe I’ve found 10 upcoming games in early 2020 you should look out for. Hopefully, by the end of the list, you will have found at least one game to be excited about.
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Last Oasis is scheduled to release into early access on Steam Q1 2020
Last Oasis was first unveiled at E3 and was supposed to release in 2019 but faced a delay to ensure the game would be higher quality when it reaches the masses. I’ve written an article about my thoughts on Last Oasis already. However, it is a multiplayer survival sandbox in the vein of games such as Ark Survival Evolved and Rust.
Last Oasis sets its self apart from other titles in the genre with it’s really rad desert walkers, deep melee combat and the concept of “no man’s land”. They are areas you can log off with your walker and stay safe from offline raiding while you are away from the game. I feel that the concept of offline raiding is the bane of the whole genre so I’m stoked about this concept.
The Developers seem dedicated and passionate about this project, and that can make all the difference for a game in the survival genre.
SpellSword Cards: Dungeon Top
Spell Sword Cards: Dungeon Top releases into early access on Steam January 15th
I am a sucker for card games and roguelikes/lites. SpellSword Cards Dungeon Top combines deck building, tabletop style combat, and roguelike elements into one. The game is being made by just two people and certainly has my attention. Movement and positioning in a deck builder are great ideas and I cant wait to see it in action.
GOFIG is an indie curator and trusted friend of mine who had some hands-on time with the game and loved it. One Up Plus Entertainment has previous experience making card-based video games to draw on and I’m interested to see the culmination of their work.
Kofi Quest Alpha Mod
Kofi Quest Alpha Mod releases January 28th on steam with a future Switch port in the works.
I’ve featured Kofi Quest on previous lists but it finally has a release date and it’s this month! Kofi Quest Alpha Mod is a comedy RPG about Kofi and other characters who in fact, know they are in a video game.
It features voice acting, lots of humor and real-time combat that is a sort of RPG and RTS hybrid where you control troops in addition to Kofi. The game itself was kickstarted with great success surpassing its requested goal.
Conan Chop Chop
Conan Chop Chop releases February 25th on Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Conan Chop Chop is the Conan The Barbarian game you never knew you needed. Conan Chop Chop lets you explore the randomly generated world with 1 to 4 players in co-op with visceral chibi combat. Words I would never have expected to write together.
The art style and slick animations make the game immediately attractive to me. It looks like a perfect, if strange, combination for some couch co-op fun. Conan Chop Chop should feature lots of loot and replay value too.
Mortal Glory releases on Steam January 29th
I’ve always had a weird thing for gladiator games. Heck, when running tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons, I’m always happy to throw my players in an arena and make them fight for their lives. Perhaps I have a problem?
Mortal Glory should help me scratch that itch at least. It is a tactical strategy RPG rogue-lite about recruiting, training and fighting teams of gladiators in tactical combat. Each playthrough should be different with random events and the combat looks strategical.
If you read Gideon’s Gaming content often, you will know that I haven’t been a Nintendo gamer for a while now. I haven’t played Pokemon since Gold and Silver so I have no horse in the Pokemon race. Yet I adore the monster raising genre. I miss the old Monster Rancher games something fierce.
TemTem is a new take on the monster raising genre in MMO form. You play cooperatively or competitively and take part in features such as a story campaign or player housing. In particular, I think the setting of floating islands is rad and the combat system looks nifty.
Risk Of Rain 2
Risk Of Rain 2 has been in early access since May 2019 and has received substantial updates since. Its full 1.0 release, however, is scheduled for this spring. If you don’t know, Risk of Rain 2 is a third-person shooting cooperative rogue-lite with plenty of unlockables, bosses, abilities and near-constant action.
It has received really high praise since its inception and if your like me and haven’t jumped on board yet the full release is getting pretty close, but it is totally worth jumping in early.
Gordian Quest releases to Steam early access March 20th
Gordian Quest is another rogue-lite deck builder RPG with tactical combat coming to early access. You can expect replayability, a bond system and lots of cards. Interestingly you can choose the difficulty, including whether or not you want to play with permadeath.
The tactical combat looks great alongside the art style and the gameplay seems to be pretty deep. It is a good year to be interested in turn-based tactical games.
Journey To The Savage Planet
Journey To The Savage Planet is an incredibly colorful first-person action exploration game. You can play the whole thing cooperatively with a friend as you explore, fight and catalog the planet’s creatures.
I love the vibrant color palette and while the game is said to be on the shorter side, it seems like a very interesting setting to explore with a buddy with lots of quirky things to find.
Sky Cannoneer releases to Steam in February 2020.
Sky Cannoneer is an action strategy game where you build up weapons and fortifications on your own floating island to combat other islands and bosses. It features tons of upgrades and a story campaign.
The gameplay looks to be both strategical and chaotic as you place weaponry, build your fort and fight in realtime. You will be able to use a variety of weapons and summons with different effects. I’ve always found these artillery type games to be a lot of fun. From Worms to Worbital, so I’m excited to check out this out.
I hope you found at least one game to look forward to. I will have reviews of some of them ready as they release, so keep watch and as always, Happy Gaming!