In only 3 years, the video gaming industry has gone from a $79 billion market to one worth over $90 billion in 2020.
Of the most popular games, it’s fantasy video games that tend to take the lead. Considering the escapism and their superior storylines, it’s no wonder.
You’re ready to spend your year taking down made-up corporations and preparing sieges against impressive castles. These 9 incredible fantasy releases of late 2019 and early 2020 can help.
Want to know the top RPVGs you should be picking up to play this year? Then you better keep reading because this one’s for you.
1. Destiny 2: Season of Dawn
On December 10th, 2019, Bungie released Destiny 2: Season of Dawn. Yes, that’s right: Warlock, Hunter, and Titan are back at it after October’s Season of the Undying release. After Osiris calls you back to Mercury, you’ll battle the Red Legion’s return.
Read on here for why you’ve got to pick up this game in 2020!
2. Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood
Love the RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse? Then you’ve got to pick up Earthblood by Cyanide when it goes on sale later this year. This game is set in the so-called “World of Darkness” and follows the titular werewolf, Cahal, as he fights against a pollution-causing vampire corporation.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is for you if:
- You like a little politics in your action role-playing video games
- Dystopians and paranormals are your jam
- You don’t mind single-player game
3. Wasteland 3
The sequel to Wasteland 2, Wasteland 3 will be released by inXile Entertainment on March 19th, 2020. Riding high on the post-apocalyptic video game trend, Wasteland 3’s story will be set in the snowy wasteland of dystopian Colorado. This game allows multiplayer squad mode, where you become part of Ranger Squad, Team November.
You’ll enjoy Wasteland 3 if:
- You liked Wasteland 2, but want something more polished in 2020
- You can’t get enough post-apocalyptic games
- You want XCOM-style combat
4. Minecraft Dungeons
Minecraft Dungeons is an upcoming April 2020 release from E3. This game is a dungeon crawler ala Diablo 3 that’s built by Mojang, the same company behind Minecraft. Dungeons is set in the same world, but its good vs. evil story and focus on combat make this game 100% fresh.
Minecraft Dungeons is for game players who:
- Like a little humor in their fantasy video games
- Enjoy mixed combat like of Diablo
- Want Minecraft art style without the mining and building
5. Final Fantasy VII Remake
On April 10th, 2020, fans of Final Fantasy VII will be lining up to pick up the newest remake from Square Enix. Each episode will be released in installments following the initial release date. You’ll control the mercenary Cloud Strife as he and AVALANCHE take down a corrupt megacorporation.
You should play Final Fantasy VII Remake if:
- You loved the original Final Fantasy VII story
- You want to get nostalgic about FF VII with better graphics and more realistic character redesigns
- You’ve enjoyed all the other additions to Square Enix’s Remake series
6. Bloodlines 2
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is yet another RPG-to-RPVG adaptation from the same minds behind Werewolf: The Apocalypse. It’s also the sequel to the original Bloodlines from Hardsuit Labs, which came out almost 16 years ago now.
The newest installment will take place during the Christmas season in Seattle, set in the same World of Darkness as Earthblood.
Pick up Bloodlines 2 from EA in late 2020 if:
- You don’t mind 1st person POV
- You were one of the few people who played and loved the original Bloodlines
- You want fewer limitations on character creation than you got in Bloodlines 1
7. Half-Life: Alyx
Arguably the most anticipated release of 2020, Half-Life: Alyx is an upcoming VR first-person shooter game from Valve Software. After a 13 year hiatus, the latest Half-Life installment is coming out in March this year and will feature titular character: Alyx Vance. This game serves as a prequel of sorts since we follow Alyx before the events of the original Half-Life.
Here’s why you don’t want to miss Half-Life: Alyx:
- You need something to curb you over until Half-Life 3 comes out
- It’s Valve Software’s priciest and most collaborative project so far
- Even though it isn’t Half-Life 3, it’s as long as a typical Half-Life game
8. New World
May 26th, 2020 will see the release of Amazon Game Studios’ massive multiplayer project, New World. It’s a blend of something old and something new, with the setting taking place in a North American-like continent in the 1600s. The fantasy part comes in with supernatural threats and exciting siege battles.
Ignore the critics and pick up New World if you:
- Like a mix of the real and the paranormal
- Love the so-called Age of Exploration
- Will never get tired of MMO games
9. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
TaleWorlds is sticking to its love of Mount & Blade, releasing the prequel to Mount & Blade: Warband in March of this year. Bannerlord will still take place in Calradia, but its set over 200 years before Warband. You’ll build up your army of soldiers before heading out on a quest to fight other local factions.
Bannerlord is a must-have if:
- You love games based in Ancient countries like Greece and Rome
- You wanted more strategic sieges out of Mount & Blade: Warband
- You want to explore a ton of cool castles
Keep an Eye Out for New Fantasy Video Games Coming Soon!
While these may be the top fantasy video games you should be playing in 2020, we’ve barely even scratched the surface of the awesome games out there. Make sure to keep checking back here to be in the know about all the upcoming releases!