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Indie Games to Watch in 2020: The Final Batch

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My last article covered some of the cool roguelites and roguelikes coming out this year. Today, I’m going to wrap up the series with one last batch of indie and AA games to get excited about in 2020.

There isn’t any real theme to today’s highlights. Instead, I’m simply going to highlight 25 more games across a wide range of genres and platforms that didn’t make it to any of the other articles. No matter what your taste in games are, hopefully you’ll discover a few interesting indie games that you didn’t previously know about.

Here are 25 more games to keep a watch out for in 2020:


Starship Troopers – Terran Command
Publisher: Slitherine
Developer: The Aristocrats
Platform: Windows PC

Starship Troopers - Terran Command

Starship Troopers – Terran Command is an upcoming RTS set in the same universe as the movies. Command the Mobile Infantry in the war against the Arachnid threat, in a dynamic campaign that changes based on your decisions. Develop new technologies and equip your troops with more advanced weaponry to optimize your strategies against the bugs.

Starship Troopers – Terran Command doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Xenonauts 2
Developer: Goldhawk Interactive
Platform: Windows PC

Another strategy game about preserving the human race is Xenonauts 2, the follow-up to Goldhawk’s cult hit X-Com-like from 2014. Set in an alternate 1980s where the Cold War is interrupted by an alien invasion, players are tasked with building and maintaining a multinational task force to defend Earth from an unknown and technologically superior foe.

Xenonauts 2 doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Broken Lines
Publisher: SUPER.COM
Developer: PortaPlay
Platforms: Windows PC, Linux, Nintendo Switch

Broken Lines

Broken Lines is a tactical RPG set in an alternate history WWII. Control a squad of Allied commandos deep behind enemy lines after their transport is shot down. Scavenge for resources to survive and make difficult choices that can have a lasting impact on your soldiers.

Broken Lines is releasing in Q1 2020.

 

Chivalry 2
Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
Developer: Torn Banner Studios
Platform: Windows PC

Chivalry 2

Chivalry 2 is the follow-up to the hit competitive medieval slasher from 2012. Players will once again get a chance to brutally hack each other apart in melee-focused, objective-driven online battles for up to 64 players.

Chivalry 2 doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened
Developer: Chromatic Games
Platforms: Windows PC, Nintendo Switch

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is a soft reboot of the colorful and popular cooperative tower defense RPG franchise. With a new dev team behind the wheel, Dungeon Defenders: Awakened promises to bring the series back to its roots as four players work together to protect their crystal from waves of evil monsters.

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is releasing in Q1 2020.

 

Darksburg
Developer: Shiro Games
Platform: Windows PC

Darksburg

Another cooperative gaming coming this year is Darksburg, the next title from the developers of Northgard. This top-down action survival game can best be described as a fantasy take on Left 4 Dead.

The standard mode involves four heroes cooperating to escape a city infested with the undead, but there is also a Versus Mode where four additional players must stop the heroes as elite undead creatures.

Darksburg doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Ghostrunner
Publisher: All in! Games
Developers: One More Level, 3D Realms, Slipgate Ironworks
Platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Ghostrunner

Ghostrunner is a first-person slasher with a heavy emphasis on parkour-style platforming set in a cyberpunk dystopia. Ascend the last great tower-city as a cybernetically-enhanced ninja on your quest to obtain the power to kill The Keymaster, the dictator that rules over the last remnants of humanity.

Ghostrunner doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Spire of Sorcery
Publisher: The Merchant Guild of Rund
Developer: Charlie Oscar Lima Tango Interactive
Platform: Windows PC

Spire of Sorcery

Spire of Sorcery is the next game by the developers of Gremlins, Inc. ( Charlie Oscar Lima Tango Interactive). A survival strategy game inspired by board games, Spire of Sorcery tasks you with leading a group of rogue mages that have escaped into the Wild Lands.

Scavenge for resources, face the challenges of the Wild Lands, and evade the Empire and its Inquisition.

Spire of Sorcery is releasing in Q1 2020.

 

Yes, Your Grace   
Publisher: No More Robots
Developer: Brave At Night
Platform: Windows PC

Yes, Your Grace

Yes, Your Grace is a kingdom management sim RPG with a big focus on resource management. Listen to pleas from your loyal subjects, and decide who to help and who to ignore. Hire specialists to solve problems within the kingdom, but always remember that not everyone has you or your kingdom’s best interests at heart.

Yes, Your Grace is releasing in Q1 2020.

 

Astra Exodus
Publisher: Slitherine
Developer: Atomic Kaiser
Platform: Windows PC

Astra Exodus

Astra Exodus is a sci-fi 4X with a narrative-driven campaign about guiding humanity back home. Lead the Earth Legacy Task Force on their journey across the cosmos to find the lost heritage of the human race. Alternatively you can play the sandbox mode, and control one of the game’s alien factions.

Astra Exodus releases on January 30th, 2020.

 

Lord of Rigel
Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
Developer: Rhombus Studios
Platforms: Windows PC, Linux, Mac

Lord of Rigel

Another upcoming sci-fi 4X game is Lord of Rigel. Choose from one of 10 alien races currently engaged in a galaxy-wide cold war. Form alliances in preparation for the return of the elder races, or fight alongside them on their mission to exterminate all the lesser species across the galaxy.

Lord of Rigel doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Space Haven
Developer: Bugbyte
Platforms: Windows PC, Linux, Mac

Space Haven

Space Haven is a complex colony ship management sim about leading a group of voyagers across the known galaxy, in search of a new home. Construct your ship with a modular, tile-based system, mange your crew and their needs, and send out away teams to scavenge for resources and materials.

Space Haven doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Good Company
Publisher: The Irregular Corporation
Developer: Chasing Carrots
Platform: Windows PC

Good Company

Good Company is a business tycoon game about running a tech company in the 1980s. Go from a small startup in your garage, to a world leader in cutting edge products as you expand your business, hire employees, and automate production lines.

Good Company doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Azur Lane: Crosswave
Publisher: Idea Factory International
Developers: Idea Factory, Compile Heart, Felistella
Platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4

Azur Lane: Crosswave

Our weeb readers are probably pretty excited for Azur Lane: Crosswave, an action-RPG based on the wildly successful mobile series by Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi. Compete against rival teams in a world where famous WWII warships are cute waifus covered in heavy weapons.

Azur Lane: Crosswave is releasing on February 13th, 2020.

 

Little Witch Nobeta
Developer: Pupuya Games
Platform: Windows PC

Little Witch Nobeta

Another upcoming anime-inspired action-RPG is Little Witch Nobeta. Nobeta, an apprentice witch, has entered a mysterious dungeon to test her skills. Unfortunately, she soon realizes that she is in way over her head. Fight your way through dangerous ruins full of mystical enemies so that Nobeta can prove herself worthy of becoming a full witch.

Little Witch Nobeta doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Eastward
Publisher: Chucklefish
Developer: Pixpil
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch

Eastward

Our next cute adventure game is Eastward, an RPG set in a colorful yet grim apocalyptic future. You play as John, a miner that stumbles upon an ancient underground facility while on the job. There he discovers Sam, a mysterious girl that doesn’t know anything about herself.

Together, the duo embark on a journey to uncover Sam’s past, and discover the origin of the strange creatures devouring everything in their path.

Eastward doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Mineko’s Night Market
Publisher: Humble Bundle
Developer: Meowza Games
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Mineko's Night Market

Mineko’s Night Market is a whimsical adventure game that celebrates Japanese culture and cute kitty cats. Explore your new home on a superstitious island as Mineko, a curious young girl that loves adventure. Gather materials and craft items that you can sell during the island’s weekly night market so you can fund your activities.

Mineko’s Night Market doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Ragtag Crew
Developer: Hardlane Studio
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac

Ragtag Crew

Ragtag Crew is a turn-based RPG with roguelite elements, where you lead a band of adventurers across a desolate land in search of artifacts from lost civilizations. Travel across randomly generated maps, resolve text-based events that can help or hinder your party, and fight challenging turn-based battles against marauders and the planet’s vicious wildlife.

Ragtag Crew is releasing in Q4 2020.

 

Black Skylands
Publisher: tinyBuild
Developer: Hungry Couch Games
Platform: Windows PC

Black Skylands

Black Skylands is a sandbox action-RPG set in a world of floating islands, under siege from a race of giant monsters called the Swarm. Explore the world in a customizable airship, land on sky islands, and fight off attacks by monsters and pirates as you try to find the source of the Swarm.

Black Skylands is releasing in Q4 2020.

 

UnDungeon
Publisher: tinyBuild
Developer: Laughing Machines
Platform: Windows PC

UnDungeon

UnDungeon is an action-RPG roguelite where you play as a Herald, a mysterious being that wanders through the shattered remains of the multiverse. Power yourself up with artifacts you find on your journey, interact with the inhabitants of the different dimensions, and decide their fates.

UnDungeon is releasing in Q4 2020.

 

Scarf
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Uprising Studios
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac

Scarf is a relaxing 3D platformer with a heavy focus on its narrative. Explore three worlds that include different mechanics based on the powers that your scarf gradually acquires throughout your journey.

Scarf doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Sable
Publisher: Raw Fury
Developer: Shedworks
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Sable

Sable is a coming-of-age story that follows Sable, a young girl on a desert planet littered with the remains of an ancient civilization. Travel across the world on your jet bike, explore mysterious ruins, and uncover the history of the planet and its inhabitants.

Sable doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Destroy All Humans!
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Black Forest Games
Platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia

Destroy All Humans!

Pandemic’s cult hit returns in glorious HD on modern platforms. Destroy All Humans! once again allows players to terrorize humanity and topple governments as the mischievous Crypto-137. This remake promises to be a faithful recreation of the original game, and even includes some content that was cut from the first release.

Destroy All Humans! doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Disintegration
Publisher: Private Division
Developer: V1 Interactive
Platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Disintegration

Disintegration is a blend of FPS and strategy game set in a grim future. Pilot a heavily armed gravcycle and direct ground troops as you fight a rebellion against a totalitarian government trying to control humanity through Integration; a process that places a human brain into a robotic body.

Disintegration doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Project Wingman
Developer: Sector D2
Platform: Windows PC

Project Wingman

Finally, we come to Project Wingman, a flight action game inspired by Ace Combat. Jump into an advanced jet fighter and build a mercenary company in an alternate history Earth where an environmental catastrophe has thrown the world into chaos.

Project Wingman doesn’t currently have a release date.


After 10 articles and over 170 games, this finally concludes our series covering some of the most promising indie and AA video games set to release in 2020.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of every interesting game releasing this year, but we’ll be sure to cover more in the future as we find them. Hopefully, you are all now aware of some cool games you didn’t even realize you wanted until now.

Which games in this series caught your attention? Are there any games we missed that you are excited about? Tell us more in the comments below!

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Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.