Top 25 Upcoming Roleplaying Games of 2019, 2020, and Beyond
1. Greedfall on PC, PS4, and Xbox One
We're getting a new singleplayer RPG experience from Sony, this time under the care of Spider Studio. They don't exactly have the best repertoire and...it kinda shows in the trailers. The graphics and lipsync don't really compare to high tech realism of most modern titles.
Where hope lies though is in the game's 17th century fantasy narrative. It's coming out on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 10th.
2. Rune II
What's in a name? From Rune to Rune: Ragnarok, we come, finally to RUNE II. What's certain is that we're getting a new title from the RUNE universe under Human Head Studios. The fact that it's an Epic Games Store exclusive might be a little annoying to some fans though.
But, co-founder Chris Rhinehart does offer some ease in their continued updates. Comparing the new trailers to their Pre-alpha, the Viking adventures are definitely getting better. We’ll just have to sit back till its release sometime this summer.
3. Oninaki on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
We were already drooling over this game and we'll drool about it a little bit more. If you haven't heard, the reason this game looks so good is, one, it’s a Square Enix RPG.
And two, it’s under the direction of Takashi Tokita of Chrono Trigger fame. Play as the watcher and use the powers of the lost souls to aid you in your rescue missions. It's set to release on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 22nd.
Indie games are at it again with their emotional attachment to its characters, story and music. Children of Morta is no different.
Stand up against the evil corruption and defend the Mountain Morta from its doom. Mainly focused on a single family, control various characters with unique and inherited abilities depending on their personalities.
It’s taking the Family Tree concept to its literal sense. It just had its Demo released and players are enjoying the games visuals and combat. Coming this 3rd of September on the PC, PS4, X1 and Switch.
One of the best looking titles in 2011 is getting a Remastered version for the modern consoles and PC. Finally! This Studio Ghibli crafted adventure is oozing with beautiful art, a fantastic story and engaging combat.
Players who didn’t have a PS3 back then can finally experience this classic in better quality. It’s coming this September 20!
6. The Surge 2 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
Futuristic sci-fi action is what you get in this improved sequel Deck13’s violent high-tech RPG. While the first game suffered from mixed reviews, this sequel turns it up a notch with a more ambitious setting and gameplay upgrades.
Nothing will be as satisfying than building your own Exo-Rig and taking down a massive horde of enemies. Coming this 24th of September on the PC, PS4 and X1.
Trails of Cold Steel II just released and already, we can all rest assured that the third installment is on its way. In it, you'll play as Rean Schwarzer and fulfill his role as a new military professor.
Trails of Cold Steel III will continue a year and a half after the second game... and this chapter will put more focus on speeding battles and making it a seamless experience on the whole. The XSEED localization might raise some eyebrows, but what’s important is its coming to North America as a PS4 exclusive this September 24th.
8. Code Vein on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
It's been two years since its been announced and their souls-like direction has only gotten clearer and clearer. Their latest video showcases the power of the Sword, a fancy item which you can use you chop down all of the game's gnarly looking demons.
Code Vein is bringing Dark Souls action RPG to its true Japanese aesthetics and we're gonna see it live when it comes out on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 27th.
9. The Outer Worlds on PC, PS4, and Xbox One
When it comes to RPGs, everybody knows Obsidian Entertainment. The fruit doesn't fall too far from the tree of their previous achievements. Outer Worlds channels Terry Gilliam in a story of corporate dystopia.
On paper, it's all we ever expected with witty branching dialog, wacky weapons, and a lot of role-playing choices. The animations....could use a bit of work. Coming to the Epic Games Store, the PS4, and Xbox One this October 25th.
This first core Pokemon game for the Switch. It's the thing we were all excited for. But, with recent developments, like not getting to complete the Pokedex, there's been some disappointments there too.
On the whole, Sword and Shield is still a promising title. Not only are you getting new Starters, you're getting a whole new set of Pokemon too. With Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, the scale is just getting bigger...and bigger. It's releasing soon on Nov 15th.
11. Trials of Mana on PC, Switch, and PS4
From not ever getting a western localization, the fans of Mana are getting spoiled with a fancy makeover. So not only did we get the original version of the third Seiken Densetsu entry in the June Collection of Mana, we're also going to be treated to an improved remake.
The feedback to the trailer is positive so far and we can't wait for its Early 2020 release on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
We first knew this game as Dragon Ball Project Z. Officially called Kakarot, Bandai Namco makes sure we know that the highlight is going to be Goku and his arc in the Dragon Ball Z series.
Being the most popular arc, you've probably seen and played their moments more than once already. Hopefully, with the revitalized visuals and improved action RPG gameplay, it'll be worth revisiting the Dragon Ball quest once more. It's coming out in PC, PS4, and Xbox One early next year.
13. Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One
A surprise for everyone last E3, but the world is always a little happier with more Final Fantasy. This might be Square Enix's way of filling our lives until the very anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake. And we'll take it.
It's just a simple remaster but it means you get to experience the turn-based action and adventure of Squall and his friends with new eyes. It already has its ESRB rating so it'll probably arrive on your PCs and consoles sometime very soon.
When we say "classic" RPGs, in a way, you can't get as classic as Vampire: The Masquerade. Well, cult classic at least. Far from its pen and paper origins, it's also--we hope--farther away from their 2004 digital debut.
Aside from the clunky facial animations, everyone's pretty happy about it. Continue your vampire adventures in 21st century Seattle and navigate earthly afterlife with their many dialogs and interactions when it comes out first quarter of 2020.
15. Torchlight Frontiers on PC, PS4, and Xbox One
Relive the glory days of your 8 year old self in this rekindled flame of the Torchlight experience. Frontiers finally embraces the game’s well sought-out online mechanic.
We can finally team up with our friends and other players in a shared, vibrant world. With all new classes to choose from and a huge map to discover, it feels like 2009 all over again. Coming sometime this year on the PC, PS4 and X1.
Remakes and Japan work well together. The next step of Square’s most celebrated Final Fantasy entry is nearing its release and its list of new content is fueling our hype.
Exchanging turn-based gameplay for slick hack and slash combat, control Cloud and the rest of the FF gang and liberate Midgar from the corrupt Shinra. Magic, huge swords, lovely ladies and memorable characters, this Remake is bound to get more beautiful once it comes out on PS4 on March 3 next year.
17. Cyberpunk 2077 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4
The hype becomes more palpable in each passing day as CD Projekt Red continues to tease us with new info about their ambitious RPG title. 2077 has everything. That includes Keanu Reeves, flying cars, neon lights and evil corporations slowly taking over the world.
Staying true to its table-top roots, make your own character and choose your own adventure as you hustle and bustle your way in this brutal technopathic society in stylish first person combat. We still have a city to burn, so brace yourselves once the game comes out this April 16, 2020 for the PC, X1 and PS4.
Klei Entertainment is moving on from their gothic undertones and into a science fiction card game. Griftlands combine two headache-inducing genres in one package: rogue-like and strategy.
Negotiate your way through a broken extraterrestrial world by crafting your own deck. Just like Slay the Spire, every level gets increasingly difficult and maybe, just maybe, your patience is getting thin. This is a fresh title from Klei and for any fans of the strategy genre, this is something you should look forward to. Coming this June 2020 on the PC.
19. Wasteland 3 on PC, PS4, and XBox One
The icy hell of post-apocalyptic Colorado isn’t as friendly as it was before in this much-awaited installment to the Wasteland series. We’ve come a long way from its 1988 release. As a fan-funded project, it’s never easy.
The party-based RPG is stepping up their game with asynchronous multiplayer, solid single-player experience and strategic turn-based gameplay. That means whether you want a friend, or not, you still get to taste the horrors and atmosphere of this frozen wasteland. Still in development, the game is slated for a 2020 release on the PC, PS4 and X1, let’s hope the wait isn’t that long.
20. Digimon Survive on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
Digimon are still alive and relevant in the year 2020. Bandai Namco really knows their player base well enough to offer a more mature story with impactful decision making moments. As the protagonists, you’re stuck to survive in another world.
Sticking to their Digivolution mechanic, your choices throughout the story will greatly affect your Digimon’s growth. It’s supposed to come out this July, but it was later delayed to 2020. Coming to the PS4, X1, Switch and PC.
The enhanced version of the PlayStation 4’s most beloved JRPG title is back for more good music and heart-stealing. No, it’s not a battle royale game. The Royal is no regular re-release. It’s a standalone expansion for Persona 5.
Giving you access to new storylines, Confidants and even a new playable character to date and maybe fool around with. It’s still the same Persona 5 with the same story and ending, but with added depth to some of its missing points from the original title. It comes out sometime this 2020.
Haven is a co-op adventure where you and a partner can go Adam and Eve and survive a harsh new planet. Essentially a game made for two lovers, or maybe friends, it could be played in Solo if =you’re really that lonely. This hostile environment has no room for weakness.
Go hand in hand with your partner as you stop foes from tearing your love apart. Sounds cheesy on paper, but the game actually does justice to that concept as far as we can tell. Coming this 2020.
23. Tales of Arise on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
It’s been awhile since we had a new Tales game set in another world with new characters. Tales Of Arise promises to be as ambitious as their last entries. Mixing anime tropes and hardcore combat, Arise doesn’t slow down with their flashy special effects and memorable characters.
Giving us the right balance of gameplay and story in its divided world. Details are pretty scarce at the moment, but the game comes out sometime this 2020 on the PC, PS4 and X1 so stay tuned.
24. NiOh 2
It just had its Alpha Test recently, showcasing the graphical and gameplay improvements of the game and let me tell you, it’s looking good so far. Of course, the game is still tough, and it feels like you just want to throw your controller hoping to kill the boss that owned you 10 times already. There’s no way they’re nerfing difficulty. No release date yet unfortunately.
Okay. We've already been waiting more than seven years, so what's a bit more, right?
Joking aside, getting an actual release date for this game that's seemingly been in development for literally forever is still unlikely. BUT, last March 29, we did get news of a coming closed BETA for the multiplayer aspect of this long-awaited RPG. So, it does look like things ARE happening here.
We'll just have to see where this very small lead takes us. We are patiently waiting with you.