10 upcoming indie RPGs for PC in 2020


In this video, I’ll showcase 10 upcoming
indie RPGs that are scheduled for release in 2020. This year is gonna be super heavy with all
manner of indie RPG releases and these are just 10 of the very promising titles that
I’ve been following for awhile. I can almost guarantee that there will be
at least a couple of titles on my list that you have not yet heard of. If this is the first time on my channel, welcome-welcome,
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and remember to click that bell button, it really helps a lot. So let’s get this list going. SKALD: Against the Black Priory proposes a
return to seminal RPG classics like the Ultima and Gold Box series, in terms of its aesthetic
and overall perspective approach, but at the same time it is aware that modern-day expectations
in terms of narrative possibilities are considerably more developed than they were back in the
1980s. As such, SKALD will feature dynamic dialogue
trees as well as interactive narrative prompts. It also promises to feature tactical turn-based
combat and a party of up to six characters. All of this will be framed in very era-appropriate
8-bit pixelart, that will come with an optional CRT filter, but I also think the developer
might be adding some extra bells and whistles to the animations, just to make better use
of modern capabilities. SKALD: Against the Black Priory is set for
release during the summer of 2020 and I am super interested in checking it out for reasons
that will become obvious as the year goes on. Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen is another
title that I am super interested in playing, but for other reasons than SKALD. At first glance, Realms Beyond is just another
fantasy set RPG with turn-based combat and pretty graphics, sure, but what sets this
one apart from other, similar offerings, is that it is based on the Dungeons and Dragons
3.5 Revised ruleset. Now that may not mean a lot to someone who
has never played DnD, or someone who jumped into it after 4th Edition, but DnD 3.5 Revised
was the ruleset I played DnD with. The ruleset I DMed in and I lived with for
many years, so I am quite excited about this game. And since I mentioned the pretty graphics,
it should be noted that the game is built with a custom engine, which has to be mentioned
nowadays, is pretty damn cool and intensely time-consuming. The game’s world promises to be vast, featuring
complex stories and world-building and you will also be able to create your own adventures
and campaigns. Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen is set
for release during the first half of 2020. Death Trash is one of the more striking visual
titles on this list. It is an action RPG which takes science fiction,
post-apocalyptic themes, cosmic horror and cyberpunk, throws them into a blender and
uses the resulting mass of gore to paint terrible and wonderfully grotesque pixelart flesh-monsters,
that are abominations to both man and the Cosmos. This game promises to be abso-fucking-lutely
fucking insane, with its handcrafted levels, dialogue trees, stealth options, ranged and
mellee combat, crafting system and a skill tree which features puking as a skill. Did I mention it also has robots? There’s also robots. If I haven’t convinced you yet, and what
you’ve been seeing on the screen hasn’t convinced you, I don’t think anything will. Death Trash is set for release during the
first half of 2020. Zoria: Age of Shattering is visually reminiscent
of Divinity: Original Sin and that is something to be applauded since this is an indie effort
with considerably less resources at their disposal than Larian’s. The game will be a story-driven affair, with
turn-based tactical combat and something extra. It wouldn’t be on my list if it didn’t
have something extra. In this case, it’s base building and character
management. You will be able to build new facilities in
your base, upgrade existing ones and have to manage your resources in order to expand
and improve it. Characters will have both combat and exploration
skills, not to mention a crafting system at your disposal to create butt-loads of potions,
weapons and who knows what else you’ll find recipes for in the mystical world of Zoria. Zoria: Age of Shattering is scheduled to be
released sometime around mid-2020. The Waylanders promises to bring back the
spirit of the first Dragon Age game, being designed around party-based tactical combat
in which the companions are crucial to the role-playing experience. The twist that this game brings to the recipe
is that it will feature time travel between two different eras, allowing you to explore
the same place, but at wildly different times. The game will feature multiple endings based
on player decisions and music composed by Inon Zur. Another reason why I’m keeping an eye on
this game is because one of its writers is Chris Avellone. Chris Avellone has written and/or helped design
titles like Fallout 2, Fallout: New Vegas and its DLCs, Pillars of Eternity, Tyrrany,
Divinity: Original Sin 2, Icewind Dale, Baldur’s Gate, the list of massively important RPGs
continues. The Waylanders is planned for a 2020 release. Dark Envoy is the second title on the list
that owes a debt of inspiration to the Divinity series, but it also adds in some XCOM-style
turn-based tactical combat to create its own unique feel as well as some non-linear world
exploration akin to that from FTL. Exploration will be real time while combat
will be turn-based. The devs say that combat won’t feature RNG
and you’ll have to rely on your tactical and party-building skills to succeed. I have to say that the no RNG in terms of
combat gives me hope that the most frustrating parts of XCOM’s combat can be completely
avoided. Some of the 15 character classes can only
be unlocked through exploring the world or particular quest chains. Also, there will be local and world events
randomly happening so you won’t get to see everything the game has to offer in one playthrough. Dark Envoy is a very intriguing title set
for release sometime during 2020. The Iron Oath caught my attention a long time
ago, thanks to its pixelart aesthetics. If you’ve been following my channel for
any period of time, you’ll know that I’m a big fan, and mark, for pixelart in general. The game is a turn-based tactical RPG that
will blend the tactical combat aspect with character development, guild management and
a dynamic and varied world. This world will shift as gametime passes,
new factions will rise and fall, cities can be conquered, raised to the ground and rebuilt. The passage of time will affect your characters
as well. They will grow old – and if they’re lucky
retire, and their motives, alignment and traits will change over time as well. The Iron Oath is set to release sometime during
2020. Tainted Grail is based on the eponymous board
game but it promises to be more than just a transferral of the board game to our computer
screens. The setting is a dark fantasy take on the
Avalon of Arthurian legend. But neither Arthur nor the Knights of the
Round Table are there anymore, and the only things making human life possible in this
realm – the Guardian Menhirs – are going dark as well. Your village has sent its best on a quest
to Kamelot but they have not returned. That’s where you and a bunch of other unlikely
heroes come into the picture, to take on the same quest. The B Team as it were. Tainted Grail looks very gloomy and ominous
and promises a story-focused turn-based exploration and combat experience, set to release in 2020. Solasta: Crown of the Magister is the second
videogame on this list that plans to adapt a Dungeons and Dragons ruleset, but in this
case it’s the latest one, the 5.1 edition. It caught my attention with a very fun and
funny animated trailer. Solasta plans to add verticality to what has
traditionally been a two-dimensional combat surface. The game will allow for a certain amount of
third dimension activities, including dropping things on enemies below or pushing them into
chasms. Solasta also promises a fair amount of environmental
interaction as well as attention to light levels and the size of characters. There is no clear release date for Solasta,
but considering what already is available on the net, I expect it to either go into
Early Access or full release sometime during 2020. Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game
ties up my list thanks, in part, to its overall idea but mostly due to its developer pedigree. The game is an isometric, party-based RPG
taking place in a massive generational spacecraft on its way to colonize a distant planet. The twist to the story is that nobody alive
now on the Ship will reach that point, since the trip will be taking centuries and cryo-sleep
isn’t a thing. You will have to deal with the various political
factions and other smaller groups that sprung up after a violent Mutiny sometime in the
past. This game promises to be heavy with atmosphere
and mood and I believe that the people from Iron Tower Studios can do it, considering
how much I absolutely loved their first title: Age of Decadence, which I reviewed back in
2016. Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game
is scheduled for release in the second half of 2020. And a couple of special mentions that aren’t
coming out in 2020 but you should have your eye on: Odd Gods – an RPG designed around
‘90s pop culture, Broken Roads – what looks to be an Australian Fallout, and Small Saga,
a JRPG-type game in which you adventure as a mouse with a pocket knife as a sword. Those are a LOT of super promising titles
to look out for this year and these are just ten of them. Let’s see how many of them I manage to play
and cover on the channel for you. Thank you very much for watching, which of
the titles on the list were new to you and which are the ones that you are looking forward
to in 2020? Let me know in the comments. I’ve been StefaNonsense, have a great rest
of the day and seeya next time.

8 comments

  • Randalf

    Looking forward to Skald

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  • TheCrimsonLion

    most of the links in the description go to colony ship

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  • erik0234

    I like that you show the list in the first 3 seconds of the video, and show the game title the entire time you're discussing it. I hadn't heard of ANY of these. Your clips from the games and the commentary is fantastic, thank you for the content. I also loved Age of Decadence and Tyranny and had not heard of their newest project (Colony Ship). Very excited for RPGs this year.

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  • PastaNoose

    Great vid with some real gems! Thanks 🙂

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  • Skald RPG

    Great vid Stefan! Thank you so much for the kind words!

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  • Cristian Popa

    Awwww you missed Chromosome Evil

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  • Bearded Giant Games

    Glad to see Zoria on the List!

    Reply
  • Douglas Almeida

    Nice Game https://store.steampowered.com/app/1168870/Mists_of_Noyah/

    Reply

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