Ah, the time is upon us. A new year is dawning. So many games are ahead of us. But which ones do we want to play? Which titles might we have already preordered far in advance to ensure we get bonuses or are guaranteed a copy. We all have some anticipated games of 2020 that we can’t wait to talk about, and we hope you’ll share yours with us as well.
I’m fairly confident more than a few people are going to pick Final Fantasy VII Remake as their most anticipated game of 2020, so I’m going to pick a different Final Fantasy as mine. I can’t wait for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition! I’ll admit, I slept on the original. I didn’t have and couldn’t afford a GameCube at the time, then didn’t have enough people around and willing to play once I finally did have the proper access. So I’m really looking forward to properly playing it.
Especially since Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition will have cross-play! I’m so excited to see how it will work out. It’d be great if the feature was not only functional, but worked really well! – Jenni
When it comes to 2020 I don’t really know what to think yet. It’s hard to say how the gaming landscape will change and what will really be released and what will be pushed back another year. For what it is worth though the recent announcement of Bravely Default II really had me on cloud nine, and I definitely am looking forward to learning more about the game in 2020.
Team Asano has been releasing my favorite games from Square Enix over the past seven years and a new project from them is easily something I anxiously await especially since they are returning to the Bravely series. I don’t know if this new game will answer the questions I had at the end of Bravely Second, if it will be its own separate iteration, or if the title has some sort of clever hidden meaning meant to misdirect all of us–but that’s all part of the fun of the Bravely series. – Thomas
There’s so much to look forward to this year, and since I’ve been pretty fulfilled when it comes to other genres, I’m really excited for what’s to come with otome games! Jack Jeanne, in particular, has really caught my eye and is making the wait for August pretty hard. Broccoli and Sui Ishida is a combo I never expected, but Sui Ishida does like shojo manga and Broccoli already has a great rhythm x otome series with UtaPri, so I’m very eager to see how the writing and gameplay play out! – Puchinri
It can be difficult to choose particularly thanks to slow spells of info (see Bayonetta 3), however I can bet the farm on Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin. This is as the two-man team, Edelweiss (also behind the shmup sensation Astebreed), has shown polish and promise dating back to a demo trailer for Comiket 92 (Winter 2017) to last month’s Indie World.
The titular character is a banished harvest goddess assigned to protect a mountain village on a remote island through agricultural & social activities as well as to defend it against mythological monsters. While my interest lies in the portions involving Sakuna swinging herself or foes around with a celestial scarf between strikes with farmyard tools, I expect the additional character and context to enrich the action-RPG experience.
The game was delayed to a general 2020 window last month to increase the polish, but I’ll be there like white on rice regardless of when it is available to play on the PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. – British_Otaku
I’ve always liked the Yakuza series, and while I’ve always enjoyed Kiryu’s feats and antics, it’s been a while since we’ve had a completely fresh new experience. Well, that’s exactly what we’re getting with Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Ichiban Kasuga might not be a one-man army like Kiryu, but I’m hoping he’ll have the same sort of manly charisma that Kiryu embodied, or if not, grow into it over the course of the game.
I certainly didn’t expect the RPG genre shift, but this game brings back positioning-based JRPG mechanics that I’ve missed since the PS1 days of JRPGs, so I’m all for it. A lot of older series have suffered their demise from too much experimentation, so I do feel a bit worried, but as one of Sega’s flagship franchises, I think we’re in good hands. – Alistair
Final Fantasy VII Remake, easy answer. The original game is what really got me into the Final Fantasy series and I’m ready to dive back in. I always wanted to see more of Midgar since it was one of my favorite areas in the game, so I’m really looking forward to exploring every nook and cranny.
Several old friends I haven’t spoken to in years have reached out to ask about the game, and it made me realize how much I’m actually looking forward to just playing and nerding out with pals like the old days. I’m also curious to see how much they’ll keep from the original game with places like the Honey Bee Inn and how much is different. I just hope we don’t have to wait too long for part 2 once the first part releases in March, but until then I’ll be dumpster diving in the Midgar Slums. Let’s Mosey! –Sato