New games release all the time, many of which fly under the radar of their bigger brethren. I’ve compiled a list of 10 upcoming games in April 2020 that might help ease the pain of the current global crisis. I’ve opted to list games that have concrete release dates rather than vague windows.
Given the criticism I received about my March 2020 list, I need to be a bit more transparent. I did not “forget” the big-name games like Doom Eternal last month. I don’t feel the need to list games such as the Final Fantasy 7 Remake this month. If you are reading an article about video games, you very likely already know about those games and when they release. I feel that it is redundant to make a list of the most anticipated releases and would rather focus on games you may not know about.
Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike
Convoy released to Steam quite a while ago but is now releasing to consoles on April 8th. Convoy is a neat Mad Max style roguelike where you control and manage an armored convoy across a dangerous planet.
It takes clear inspiration from FTL’s exploration and risk versus reward events and intense tactical realtime combat. It’s challenging and ramming an enemy vehicle in an oncoming obstacle is really satisfying.
Ancient Enemy releases to Steam on April 9th 2020.
Inspired by Slay The Spire and Darkest Dungeon, Ancient Enemy is an RPG card battler utilizing a unique solitaire style battle system. I’ve always loved card games and Slay The Spire devoured my life for a while. I’m always happy to see new a new approach to the concept.
Ancient Enemies looks to include the aspects of its inspirations that everyone loves while also doing its own thing. Its visually appealing and the gameplay looks intriguing. It’s time to duel!
Alder’s Blood is a creepy mixture of Lovecraftian Themes, the wild west, and the Victorian era. You are the chief of a group of hunters taking on supernatural beasties in tactical turn-based combat. The game is supposed to be challenging and hardcore and features a unique stealth mechanic based on scent.
The presentation gives me the creeps, but I’m really intrigued by the game-play and the unique mix of themes is strangely alluring.
Fractalis release into Steam Early Access on April 15th 2020
Fractalis is an upcoming traditional roguelike. The combat looks neat where different weapons have their own areas of attack. The game also features magic. There is a demo of Fractalis on Steam if you’re on the fence. Roguelikes and its sibling terminology are one of my absolute favorite genres. They offer insane replay-ability when they are designed well.
Artificer: Science of Magic
Artificer: Science of Magic releases on to Steam on April 16th 2020 (After this article was published the release date changed to June 4th.)
Artificer is a single-player RPG survival game with an incredibly unique concept. As a man of science marooned on a magical planet. You have to adapt and mix your scientific nature with the arcane to survive. The game is based on the idea of learning through exploration and the crafting of consumable items and magical spells.
Artificer could have been a bog-standard survival game, but it seems to play its theme close to its heart. You can, for example, perform a dissection on fallen creatures to learn about them. I seriously can’t wait for this one.
Merchant of the Skies
Merchant Of The Skies is currently in early access on Steam, it’s full release is slated for April 17th 2020
Merchant Of The Skies is a game that difficult to fit into a genre box. You play as an Airship captain. It’s a sandbox-style game about business and trading in a unique setting with gorgeous pixel art.
Merchant Of the Skies is already available in early access but will complete its run on April 17th. It was received pretty well on Steam so the 1.0 release is exciting. Not all early access games get to cross that finish line.
Help Will Come Tomorrow
Help Will Come Tomorrow is a survival game where you guide and take care of a group of survivors from a derailed train in 1917 Siberia. In addition to the standard tropes of the survival genre, the game has a focus on the personal story of your survivors.
Class animosity isn’t something often explored in Video Games. It will be interesting to see how the game handles it with its survival theme.
Nira releases into Steam Early Access on April 24th
Nira is a fast-paced survival game where you hunt for food, build shelters and get attacked by monsters at night. It has a simple yet attractive presentation. You can farm, fish, tame animals and build vehicles such as planes which I found interesting. I’m always up for a quality survival game!
Moving Out gives off serious Overcooked vibes, but instead of cooking meals in wonky kitchens you and your friends are tasked with moving furniture in physics-based chaos. My partner and I love these crazy couch co-op games but they tend to be hit or miss in quality. Moving Out looks to be one of the good ones, however.
Dread Nautical is a turn-based rogue-lite where a cruise ship is assaulted by Lovecraftian horrors. Players will attempt to traverse the ship’s 20 decks with one of four survivors. Resources are limited and panic may overtake your companions. The games theme and aesthetics clash, yet in a way that strangely works for it.
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