Rune Factory 5 Articles RSS Feed | Rune Factory 5 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Rune Factory 5 Review: Early Harvest Tue, 22 Mar 2022 10:33:14 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The rain pours down with no signs of stopping as I slip into the furniture store. The intolerable weather wouldn’t stop me from buying that new cooking table I saved up for. I greet Palmo, the proprietor, and eagerly get ready to hand over my hard-earned gold. There’s just one problem.

“OH NOES!” Palmo exclaims. My pick-up inventory is full. The chemistry table I bought last time and forgot to take home sits in the corner waiting for its new life to begin, and Palmo can’t  or won’t  just give me the cooking table. That means I have to trudge back home with the chemistry one, come all the way back to Palmo’s, and then take the cooking table home. I don’t mind; it’s a slog, but the excitement of finally doing something with those ingredients at home outweighs the drudgery.

It’s been almost 10 years since the last new Rune Factory was released, and you might have expected the developers to do something a bit different for Rune Factory 5  shake up inventory management, for example, or change how it works. Instead, the most significant change (aside from finally including same-sex marriage, though XSEED championed that) is the visuals.

Rune Factory 5 makes the jump to 3D, though the result is a downgraded experience and has a surprisingly negative effect on the sense of place. What makes Rune Factory 5 so endearing and worthwhile is its characters and the enduring appeal of its familiar, almost comforting, farm loop.

Rune Factory 5 Review: Early Harvest

After a stylish opening segment, Rune Factory 5 begins like any Rune Factory must, with a protagonist suffering from amnesia. Alice or Ares — the gender binary is still intact — may not remember who they are, but they know how to fight monsters. That’s good since your first task is defending a small child from a wild Wooly.

The girl wandered away from Rigbarth searching for her mother, but the monsters reached her before S.E.E.D. could. S.E.E.D. is the country’s self-appointed guardian group dedicated to defending the populace, and the Rigbarth branch is perpetually understaffed, or they were until you show up. Back to Rigbarth you go as the organization’s newest recruit, joining a close-knit village on the frontier.

As always with the series, Rune Factory 5’s broader story unfolds rather slowly, with several intriguing mysteries popping up along the way. People and were-folk turn into monsters, Rune energy runs wild in ancient ruins, and an enigmatic evil pulls the strings from behind the scenes. It hits some of the broader plot points from Rune Factory 4, even down to having a marriage candidate who’s a runaway royal of the Norad Kingdom. But it never quite reaches the same emotional heights as its predecessor.

What it does have is a warm and instantly likable cast of characters that positively sparkle thanks in no small part to a genuinely outstanding English script. Rune Factory 4’s characters fit into clear types from the start. Rune Factory 5’s cast still slots into distinct roles — the shy bookworm, for example, and the dad joke machine that is Heinz, the crystal shop owner — they feel and act much more human. Getting to know them is a pleasure, and it’s easily one of the strongest casts in a farm-sim game.

That said, the art falls into the stereotypical "anime woman" design for a few characters, which is a shame since Rune Factory mostly avoided that trite design choice in the past.

The bigger problem is that Rune Factory 5 often feels like it’s fighting itself. The cast and setting should feel more close-knit than ever. It’s a rugged outpost town where everyone looks out for each other and strives to make the world a better place, after all.

The town’s odd layout means everything and everyone feels too distant, though, like Rigbarth itself is a sea of isolation, and each building is an outpost of companionship. This is mostly okay, since the companionship makes it worthwhile, but it certainly lacks the strong sense of place found in Rune Factory 4.

Palmo’s shop, for example, is far on the edge of town with only the crystal shop nearby, and even they have a not-insignificant distance between them. That might be fine if the space was interesting, but it’s just dead space. There’s no decoration, nothing of visual interest. It's only blurry grass. Rigbarth feels like a beta version of itself, a sense worsened by the janky character movements. It’s difficult to feel attached to the place or its growth as a result.

The Nintendo Switch might struggle with more demanding games, but there’s no reason Rune Factory 5 should lack textures and have pop-in issues as it does, let alone the same framerate problems that plagued the original Japanese release in 2021. Those performance issues are disappointing, especially after Pioneers of Olive Town also released in a rough state last year, but one of the biggest issues is how it affects boss battles.

Rune Factory 4’s bosses have clearly telegraphed moves, but the battles are still tense and require careful timing and a good grasp of the weapon system. Rune Factory 5’s 3D models move so sluggishly and the animations take so long that you have ample time to escape and even start attacking the boss before they finish their own move. Boss fights are more of a tedious hindrance than an actual challenge or anything to look forward to.

There are a number of other minor issues too, including floaty and imprecise movement and big but empty and simplistic dungeons.

It’s a bit of a letdown, especially since Rune Factory is a combat farm-sim hybrid, but the farm-sim side is strong enough to carry the rest of the game — despite being nearly identical to Rune Factory 4’s.

You still have an overwhelming number of skills with their bewildering level-up requirements — “love magic” levels up when you throw enemies with the fist weapons, for example — villagers grow to love you if you spend time with them, and you’ll raise monsters instead of normal livestock.

Most of your farming takes place on the new Farm Dragons, essentially elemental-themed farms in the sky where you enjoy larger fields or more crop planting. It’s a bit annoying not having all your farm goods right outside your home, but you can feed the dragons special crystals to augment the weather and save time, create ideal growing conditions, or both.

This is all very much a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it." Maybe Rune Factory’s special blend of social simulation, farm work, crafting, and home decoration could be improved or even revolutionized after a decade, but perhaps Marvelous opted to introduce the series to a brand new audience before doing anything daring.

Longtime fans may find it disappointing, especially considering the lack of endgame content, though there’s such a sense of coziness and warmth to the formula, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in it anyway. 

Rune Factory 5 Review: The Bottom Line


  • Superb cast of excellently written characters.
  • Still the same cozy Rune Factory farm loop. 
  • Finally adds same-sex marriage.
  • Fun and worthwhile festivals.
  • It gives us Palmo.


  • Story follows RF4's beats a bit too closely.
  • Poor performance.
  • Still the same Rune Factory loop.
  • No endgame content.
  • Tedious dungeons and slightly pointless boss fights.

It's been 10 years, but I wish Rune Factory 5 had been delayed for a bit longer. The jump to 3D was inevitable, though more time and polish could have made a significant difference. The cast and daily life are still superb, beyond Rune Factory 4 in some instances, but there's a distinct sense that Rune Factory 5 wasn't finished growing before it was harvested. 

[Note: XSEED provided the copy of Rune Factory 5 used for this review.]

Rune Factory 5 Preview: Signs of New Life Mon, 07 Feb 2022 14:09:30 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Most farm games let you rest after a hard day’s work, but Rune Factory isn’t most farming games. After tending the fields and helping the local smith source some materials, I ventured into the forest and fought a mystical wolf – who then turned into the missing woman villagers had been so worried about for a week. 

I’ve spent a few hours in Marvelous’ latest, and while the soil still needs some tending to produce a high-quality crop, the early signs are promising.

Rune Factory 5 Preview: Signs of New Life

After a stylish opening sequence, you wake up in the woods outside Rigbarth village as Alice or Ares. Rune Factory 5 introduces same-sex marriage for the first time in the series, though the main character gender binary remains the same. Our hero lost their memories, though some early signs – and an overwhelming reaction from Rigbarth’s Soulsphere, a mystical item that helps protect the village – point to a secret past and special destiny. 

Which is fine. If the Fates insist on afflicting Rune Factory heroes with memory loss every time, at least we’ll get something interesting from it 30 or so hours later.

The opening feels a bit slow and stilted compared to Rune Factory 4, but thus far at least, I’ve grown attached to Rigbarth. There’s a rugged, close-knit feel to this frontier community that you don’t quite get from Selphia and its fairytale doesn’t quite have polish.

You join SEED, a ranger squad dedicated to keeping the village safe from monsters, and that includes providing farm goods and handling requests for the inhabitants.

Rigbarth’s citizens and fellow SEED members initially seem subdued compared to the likes of Dolce, Clorica, and Dylas, but that’s potentially a good thing.

I knew what to expect from Selphia’s residents immediately, but most of Rigbarth’s folk have me wondering what makes them tick – the grumpy carpenter’s apprentice, the timid SEED assistant, the pint-sized commander. They slot less easily into caricatures, which ideally means there’s more room for growth and surprises, and the writing continues to sparkle in every instance.

The preview period covers the first two hours of the game, and it seems most of the traditional Rune Factory mechanics are here in much the same form as always. It’s a relatively simple action-RPG, where you can customize your style using Rune Powers, specialize in different weapon types, and face off against gigantic monsters when you’re not tilling the fields. 

The biggest difference is the world in which you’re doing all this. Rune Factory 5 is the first fully-3D Rune Factory game, and I’m not convinced it was a good or necessary change. Environments are sparse, character movements are loose and imprecise in the field, and it seems poorly optimized as well. 

Exiting a building drops the frame rate exponentially for a few seconds, and it even struggles to keep up with camera movements in busier parts of Rigbarth. Whether it’s by design or accident, even enemy movements seem off. There’s a good five or more seconds between a foe telegraphing its attacks and you being able to flee from them. I don’t think Rune Factory has to be challenging, but half of it is focused on combat. That level of looseness removes any semblance of tension from an important part of the experience.

The voice acting is implemented more haphazardly than usual as well. A few lines in a conversation will randomly be voiced – sometimes in the middle of what’s being said – before it reverts back to silence or sound bytes.

Minus the environments and oddly paced voicing, I’m sure the other issues can and will be addressed before launch on March 22. And that’s enough for me. I’m much more interested in getting closer to the good people of Rigbarth and seeing how their stories unfold, even if the world looks a bit sparse. We’ll have full review impressions in the coming weeks, so stick around.

Video Game Release Calendar 2022: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, & Switch Mon, 27 Dec 2021 18:19:18 -0500 Jonathan Moore

If you're looking for a complete rundown of all of the video game releases for 2022 for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, you've come to the right place. This evolving calendar collects all of the known video game release dates for games out in 2022.

We'll be updating this list as more information becomes available or as release dates shift. Click the links below to jump to each month or to the TBD and TBA sections. 

2022 Video Game Release Date Calendar

January Releases

  • Deep Rock Galactic (PS4, PS5) — January 4
  • Monster Hunter Rise (PC) — January 12
  • Astroneer (Switch) — January 13
  • Shadow Man Remastered (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — January 13
  • Spelunky 2 (Xbox One, Series X|S) — January 13
  • The Anacrusis (PC, Xbox One, Series X|S) — January 13
  • God of War (PC) — January 14
  • Shadow Man Remastered (Switch) — January 17
  • Nobody Saves the World (PC, Xbox One, Series X|S) — January 18
  • River City Girls (PS5) — January 18
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch, iOS, Android) — January 18
  • Blackwind (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — January 20
  • Expeditions: Rome (PC) — January 20
  • Rainbow Six: Extraction (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Stadia, Amazon Luna) — January 20
  • Windjammers 2 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch, Stadia) — January 20
  • Baby Storm (Switch) — January 21
  • Gnosia (PC) — January 23
  • Cities: Skylines Airports DLC (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — January 25
  • Reverie Knights Tactics (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — January 25
  • The Artful Escape (PS4, PS5, Switch) — January 25
  • Dread Hunger (PC) — January 26
  • Monster Harvest (PS5) — January 27
  • Circuit Superstars (PS4) — January 27
  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus (Switch) — January 28
  • Re:Turn 2 Runaway (PC, Xbox One, Switch) — January 28
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) — January 28

February Releases

  • Life is Strange: Remastered Collection (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia) — February 1
  • The Waylanders (PC) — February 2
  • Cavyhouse (PS4, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — February 3
  • Paradise Marsh (PC) — February 3
  • Dying Light 2: Stay Human (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — February 4
  • Crusader Kings 3: Royal Court (PC) — February 8
  • Model Builder (PC) — February 8
  • Olli Olli World (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — February 8
  • Sifu (PC, PS4, PS5) — February 8
  • Zorya: The Celestial Sisters (PC, Switch) — February 8
  • Action Arcade Wrestling (Switch) — February 9
  • Backbone (Switch) — February 9
  • GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon (Switch) — February 9
  • Castle Morihisa (PC, Switch) — February 10
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Switch) — February 10
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMix (Switch) — February 10
  • Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind (Switch) — February 10
  • CrossfireX (Xbox One, Series X|S) — February 10
  • Edge of Eternity (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — February 10
  • Kingdom of the Dead (PC) — February 10
  • Know by Heart (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — February 10
  • The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — February 10
  • Kingdom of the Dead (PC) — February 11
  • Lost Ark (PC) — February 11
  • Not Tonight 2 (PC) — February 11
  • Claustrophobia (PC) — February 14
  • Infernax (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — February 14
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — February 14
  • Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — February 15
  • Super Dungeon Maker (PC) — February 15
  • Home Behind 2 (PC) — February 16
  • Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection (Switch) — February 17
  • King of Fighters 15 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — February 17
  • Total War: Warhammer 3 (PC) — February 17
  • Horizon Forbidden West (PS4, PS5) — February 18
  • Rover Mechanic Simulator (Switch) — February 18
  • Deadness (PC) — February 22
  • Destiny 2: The Witch Queen (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Stadia) — February 22
  • Monark (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch) — February 22
  • Edge of Eternity (Switch Cloud Version) — February 23
  • Clouzy! (PC, Xbox One) — February 24
  • Dusk Diver 2 (PC) — February 24
  • Martha is Dead (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — February 24
  • Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream (PS4, Switch) — February 25
  • Elden Ring (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — February 25
  • GRID: Legends (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — February 25

March Releases

  • Conan Chop Chop (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — March 1
  • Elex II (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — March 1
  • Hero's Hour (PC) — March 1
  • Pants Quest (PC) — March 1
  • Shadow Warrior 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) — March 1
  • The Cruel King and the Great Hero (PS4, Switch) — March 1
  • 35mm (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — March 2
  • Babylon's Fall (PC, PS4, PS5) — March 3
  • Beholder 3 (PC) — March 3
  • Farm Manager 2022 (Xbox One, Series X|S) — March 3
  • Gran Turismo 7 (PS5) — March 4
  • Triangle Strategy (Switch) — March 4
  • Ironsmith Medieval Simulator (PC) — March 9
  • Ashwalkers (Switch) — March 10
  • Aztech Forgotten Gods (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — March 10
  • Chocobo GP Racers (Switch) — March 10
  • Distant Worlds 2 (PC) — March 10
  • Submerged: Hidden Depths (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — March 10
  • Workshop Simulator (PC, PS4, Xbox One) — March 10
  • Young Souls (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — March 10
  • Golden Light (PC) — March 10
  • Syndrome (Switch) — March 11
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — March 15
  • Phantom Breaker: Omnia (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — March 15
  • Tunic (PC, Xbox One) — March 16
  • Dark Deity (Switch) —  March 17
  • Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Video Game 5 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) —  March 17
  • Onde (PC) —  March 17
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PC, PS4, Switch) —  March 17
  • Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — March 18
  • Rune Factory 5 (Switch) — March 22
  • Animal Shelter Simulator (PC) — March 23
  • Crusader Kings 3 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — March 23
  • A Memoir Blue (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — March 24
  • Expedition Zero (PC) — March 24
  • Imp of the Sun (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — March 24
  • Mr. Prepper (PS, PS5) — March 24
  • Norco (PC) — March 24
  • The Ascent (PS4, PS5) — March 24
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (PC, PS5) — March 25
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch) — March 25
  • Tiny Tina's Wonderlands (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — March 25
  • Tunche (PS4) — March 25
  • Kowloon Highschool Chronicle (PS4) — March 26
  • Abermore (PC) — March 29
  • Crystar (Switch) — March 29
  • In Nightmare (PS4, PS5) — March 29
  • Death Stranding: Director's Cut (PC) — March 29
  • Green Hell: Spirits of Amazonia Part 3 (PC) — March 29
  • Agent Intercept (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — March 30
  • Cat in MeowmeowLand (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — March 30
  • Dead Man's Diary (PC) — March 30
  • Coromon (PC) — March 31
  • Lawn Mowing Simulator (PS4, PS5) — March 31
  • Midnight Ghost Hunt (PC: Early Access) — March 31
  • Moss: Book 2 (PS4) — March 31
  • Weird West (PC, PS4, Xbox One) — March 31
  • Tropico 6 Next Gen Edition (PS5, Series X|S) — March 31

April Releases

  • Craft Hero (PC: Early Access) — April 1
  • Before We Leave (PS4, PS5) — April 5
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — April 5
  • MLB The Show 22 (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — April 5
  • Chinatown Detective Agency (PC, Xbox One, Switch) — April 7
  • Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — April 7
  • Forgive Me Father (PC) — April 7
  • Green Hell VR: Quest Edition (Quest 2) — April 7
  • Happy's Humble Burger Farm (Switch) — April 7
  • Janitor Bleeds (PC, Xbox) — April 7
  • The House of the Dead Remake (Switch) — April 7
  • Total War: Medieval II (iOS, Android) — April 7
  • Lake (PS4, PS5) — April 8
  • Serious Sam: Tormental (PC) — April 8
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Switch) — April 12
  • Biota (PC) — April 12
  • Car Detailing Simulator (PC) — April 13
  • Cat Cafe Manager (PC) — April 14
  • Crimesight (PC) — April 14
  • Nobody Saves the World (PS4, PS5, Switch) — April 14
  • Pop Slinger (PC) — April 14
  • Sockventure (Switch) — April 14
  • Tormented Souls (Switch) — April 14
  • Aircraft Carrier Survival (PC) — April 20
  • Ember Knights (PC: Early Access) — April 20
  • Liberated: Enhanced Edition (PS4, Xbox One, Series X|S) — April 20
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Switch) — April 20
  • Anuchard (PC, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — April 21
  • Chernobylite (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — April 21
  • Godlike Burger (PC) — April 21
  • The Last Friend (Switch) — April 21
  • Bit Orchard: Animal Valley (Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — April 22
  • Neptunia X Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars (Switch) — April 22
  • Out of the Park Baseball 23 (PC) — April 22
  • Turbo Overkill (PC: Early Access) — April 22
  • Dune: Spice Wars (PC: Early Access) — April 26
  • King Arthur: Knight's Tale (PC) — April 26
  • The Serpent Rogue (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch) — April 26
  • Zombie Army 4 (Switch) — April 26
  • Bloodhunt (PC, PS5) — April 27
  • Prehistoric Kingdom (PC: Early Access) — April 27
  • Arise: A Simple Story Definitive Edition (Switch) — April 28
  • As Far As The Eye (Switch) — April 28
  • Bugsnax: The Isle of Bigsnax (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — April 28
  • Cities VR (Quest 2) — April 28
  • HunterX (PC) — April 28
  • Kaiju Wars (PC) — April 28
  • RICO London (Xbox One, Series X|S) — April 28
  • Rogue Legacy 2 (PC, Xbox One, Series X|S) — April 28
  • Tasomachi: Behind the Twilight (PS4, Switch) — April 28
  • Nintendo Switch Sports (Switch) — April 29

May Releases

  • Dungeon Defenders: Awakened (PS4, PS5) — May 3
  • Loot River (PC, Xbox One, Series X|S) — May 3
  • Oaken (PC: Early Access) — May 3
  • Dinosaur Fossil Hunter (PC) — May 4
  • Citizen Sleeper (PC, Xbox, Switch) — May 5
  • Trek to Yomi (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — May 5
  • MythBusters: The First Experiment (PC) — May 5
  • Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit (PC) — May 6
  • Deadly Broadcast (PC) — May 9
  • Eiyuden Chronicle Rising (PC, PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — May 10
  • NIS Classics Vol. 2 (Switch) — May 10
  • Salt and Sacrifice (PC, PS4, PS5) — May 10
  • Songs of Conquest (PC: Early Access) — May 10
  • This War of Mine: Final Cut (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — May 10
  • Unpacking (PS4, PS5) — May 10
  • We Were Here Forever (PC) — May 10
  • Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia (PC) — May 11
  • Soundfall (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — May 11
  • Source of Madness (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch)  — May 11
  • Achilles Legends Untold (PC: Early Access) — May 12
  • Cloud Gardens (Switch) — May 12
  • Stellaris: Overlord (PC) — May 12
  • The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch) — May 12
  • Cantata (PC: Early Access) — May 12
  • Harvest Days (PC: Early Access) — May 12
  • Evil Dead: The Game (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — May 13
  • Figment 2: Creed Valley (PC, Switch) — May 15
  • Deadcraft (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — May 19
  • Vampire: The Masquerade Swansong (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — May 19
  • Dolmen (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — May 20
  • Cotton Fantasy (PC, PS4, Switch) — May 20
  • Crossfire: Legion (PC: Early Access) — May 24
  • Hardspace: Shipbreaker (PC) — May 24
  • Green Hell Spirits of Amazonia Parts 1 + 2 (PS4, Xbox One) — May 25
  • Ni No Kuni Cross Worlds (PC, iOS, Android) — May 25
  • Sniper Elite 5 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — May 25
  • My Time at Sandrock (PC: Early Access) — May 26
  • Out There: Oceans of Time (PC) — May 26
  • Kao the Kangaroo (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Switch) — May 27
  • SnowRunner (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — May 31

June Releases

  • Lake (Stadia) — June 1
  • Silt (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — June 1
  • Behind the Frame (PS4, Switch) — June 2
  • Card Shark (PC, Switch) — June 2
  • Diablo Immortal (PC, iOS, Android) — June 2
  • Gigapocalypse (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — June 2
  • Souldiers (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — June 2
  • Spellforce III: Reforced (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — June 7
  • Yurukill: The Calumniation Games (PS4, PS5, Switch) — June 7
  • Star Wars: KOTOR II (Switch) — June 8
  • Green Hell VR (Steam VR) — June 9
  • Tour de France 2022 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — June 9
  • Pro Cycling Manager (PC) — June 9
  • Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles (Switch) — June 10
  • Mario Strikers: Battle League (Switch) — June 10
  • Metal Max Xeno: Reborn (PC, PS4, Switch) — June 10
  • Project Warlock II (PC: Early Access) — June 10
  • The Quarry (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — June 10
  • Deadly Premonition 2 (PC) — June 11
  • Symphony of War (PC) — June 11
  • Lumbearjack (PC, Switch) — June 13
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Biosyn Expansion (PC, PlayStation, Xbox) — June 14
  • Lumbearjack (Xbox One, Series X|S) — June 14
  • Blackguards 2 (Switch)  — June 15
  • Frozenheim (PC) — June 16
  • Horgihugh and Friends (Switch) — June 16
  • Mothergunship: Forge (Quest 2, Valve Index) — June 16
  • Neon White (PC, Switch) — June 16
  • OmegaBot (PC) — June 16
  • Redout 2 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — June 16
  • Skeleton Crew (PC) — June 16
  • Starship Troopers: Terran Command (PC) — June 16
  • Surviving the Aftermath: New Alliances (PC) — June 16
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — June 16
  • The Sims 4: Werewolves (PC, PlayStation, Xbox) — June 16
  • Zorro The Chronicles (PC, PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — June 16
  • OMORI (Switch) — June 17
  • West Hunt (PC EA) — June 17
  • Grindstone (PC) — June 20
  • Anvil Saga (PC EA) — June 21
  • Mago (PC) — June 21
  • Mindfulness Simulator (PC) — June 21
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm (PC) — June 21
  • Shadowrun Trilogy (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — June 21
  • Wreckfest (Switch) — June 21
  • Redo! (PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch) — June 22
  • Deliver Us the Moon (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — June 23
  • Disney Mirrorverse (iOS, Android) — June 23
  • Naraka: Bladepoint (Xbox Series X|S) — June 23
  • Sonic Origins (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — June 23
  • AI: The Somnium Files -- Nirvana Initiative (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — June 24
  • Capcom Fighting Collection (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — June 24
  • Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch) — June 24
  • Birushana (Switch) — June 28
  • Disgaea 6 Complete (PC, PS4, PS5) — June 28
  • DNF Duel (PC, PS4, PS5) — June 28
  • MTX vs. ATV Legends (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — June 28
  • Outriders Worldslayer (PC, PS4, Ps5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — June 28
  • Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — June 30
  • Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (PC, Switch) — June 30

July Releases

  • F1 2022 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — July 1
  • FireSquad (PC) — July 1
  • Witch Strandings (PC) — July 7
  • Arcadegeddon (PC, PS5) — July 8
  • Madison (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — July 8
  • KLONOA Phantasy Reverie Series (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — July 8
  • Neon Blight (PC) — July 11
  • Time on Frog Island (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch, Stadia) — July 12
  • Xel (PC) — July 12
  • Loopmancer (PC) — July 13
  • Rune Factory 5 (PC) — July 13
  • Tamarindo's Freaking Dinner (PC) — July 13
  • Eyes in the Dark: The Curious Case of One Victoria Bloom (PC) — July 14
  • Xel (Switch) — July 14
  • Endling — Extinction is Forever (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — July 19
  • Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels (PC, Xbox) — July 19
  • Deer Journey (PC) — July 21
  • River City Saga (PC, PS4, Switch) — July 21
  • Wayward Strand (PC, PS4, PS5) — July 21
  • Capcom Arcade Stadium 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — July 22
  • Live A Live (Switch) — July 22
  • Fire Commander (PC) — July 27
  • Bear & Breakfast (PC, Switch) — July 28
  • Digimon Survive (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — July 29
  • Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (PS4) — July 29
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch) — July 29

August Releases

  • The Gallery (PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, iOS, Android) — August 1
  • Turbo Golf Racing (PC, Xbox One, Series X|S) — August 4
  • Retreat to Enen (PC) — August 5
  • Thymesia (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — August 9
  • Two Point Campus (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — August 9
  • Cult of the Lamb (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — August 11
  • Grid Force: Mask of the Goddess (PC, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — August 11
  • Madden NFL 23 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — August 19
  • Midnight Flight Express (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) — August 23
  • Saints Row (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — August 23
  • I Was a Teenage Ecocolonist (PC) — August 25
  • SD Gundam Battle Alliance (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — August 25
  • NHRA: Speed for All (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — August 26
  • Soul Hackers 2 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — August 26
  • Destroy All Humans! 2 (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — August 30
  • Tinykin (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One Series X|S, Switch) — August 30
  • Scathe (PC) — August 31

September Releases

  • Gerda: A Flame in Winter (PC, Switch) — September 1
  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R (PC) — September 1
  • Ooblets 1.0 (PC, Xbox One, Series X|S) — September 1
  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battel R (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — September 2
  • LEGO Brawls (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch)— September 2
  • OmegaBot (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Switch) — September 2
  • The Last of Us Part 1 (PS5) — September 2
  • Biomutant (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — September 6
  • Life in Willowdale: Farm Adventures (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch) — September 6
  • RE: Legend (PC) — September 6
  • Temtem 1.0 (PC, PS5, Series X|S, Switch) — September 6
  • Steel Rising (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — September 8
  • NBA 2K23 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — September 9
  • Splatoon 3 (Switch) — September 9
  • Isonzo (PC) — September 13
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (PC, Xbox Series X|S) — September 13
  • You Suck at Parking (PC, Xbox One, Series X|S) — September 14
  • Absolute Tactics: Daughters of Mercy (PC, Switch) — September 15
  • Metal: Hellsinger (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — September 15
  • Outer Wilds (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — September 15
  • Whateverland (PC) — September 15
  • Soulstice (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — September 20
  • Scrap Riders (PC, Switch) — September 21
  • No Place for Bravery (PC, Switch) — September 22
  • Potion Permit (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — September 22
  • Serial Cleaners (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — September 22
  • Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — September 22
  • The DioField Chronicle (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — September 22
  • Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival (Switch) — September 23
  • Moonscars (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — September 27
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero (PC, PS4, Switch) — September 27
  • Brewmaster (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — September 29
  • Railgrade (PC) — September 29
  • Undungeon (PS4, Switch) — September 29
  • Airoheart (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — September 30

October Releases

  • No More Heroes III (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — October 4
  • Overwatch 2 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — October 4
  • Triple Take (PC) — October 6
  • No Man's Sky (Switch) — October 7
  • Coral Island (PC EA) — October 11
  • Unusual Findings (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — October 12
  • Cultic (PC) — October 13
  • Triangle Strategy (PC) — October 13
  • Dragon Ball: The Breakers (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — October 14
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — October 14
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — October 18
  • Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — October 18
  • Batora: Lost Haven (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — October 20
  • Mario + Rabbids: Spark of Hope (Switch) — October 20
  • Norco (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — October 20
  • Scorn (PC, Xbox Series X|S) — October 21
  • Gotham Knights (PC, PS5, Series X|S) — October 25
  • Saturnalia (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — October 27
  • Bayonetta 3 (Switch) — October 28
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 — October 28
  • The Unliving (PC EA) — October 31

November Releases

  • Humankind (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — November 4
  • Sonic Frontiers (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — November 8
  • God of War Ragnarok (PS4, PS5) — November 9
  • Company of Heroes 3 (PC) — November 17
  • Pokemon Scarlet & Violet (Switch) — November 18
  • Evil West (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — November 22

December Releases

  • Marvel's Midnight Suns (PC PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — December 2
  • The Callisto Protocol (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — December 2
  • Hello Neighbor 2 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S) — December 6
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (PC, Xbox Series X|S) — December 8

TBD Releases 2022

  • Commandos 3 HD Remaster (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Game Pass, Switch) — September
  • Lemon Cake (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, Switch) — September
  • Scourgebringer (iOS, Android) — September
  • Sword Ship (PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch) — September
  • Astronite (PS4, PS5, Switch) — October
  • Sons of the Forest (PC) — October
  • Syberia: The World Before (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) — November

TBA Releases 2022

  • 30XX (1.0)
  • 9 Years of Shadows
  • Advance Wars 1+2
  • Afterimage
  • Afterlove EP
  • Aliisha — The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses
  • Amnesia: Memories
  • Amnesia: Later x Crowd
  • Asterigos: Curse of the Stars
  • Blood Bowl 3
  • Boyfriend Dungeon: Secret Weapons
  • Brewmaster: Beer Brewing Simulator
  • Dead Space Remake
  • Deathverse: Let It Die
  • Demon's Mirror
  • Disney Speedstorm
  • Earth From Another Sun
  • Elderand
  • Eville
  • Exo One
  • Exophobia
  • Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed
  • Gigabash
  • Goat Simulator 3
  • Goodbye Volcano High
  • GRIME (Switch)
  • Gundam Evolution
  • Homeworld 3
  • I am Future
  • Immortality
  • Inkulinati
  • Ixion
  • Little Orpheus
  • Loco Motive
  • LotR: Gollum
  • Metal Slug Tactics
  • Moon Farming
  • Moroi
  • Mortal Sin
  • Nightingale (PC EA)
  • Nobody — The Turnaround
  • No Man's Sky (Switch)
  • Not Tonight 2 (console)
  • One Lonely Outpost
  • Outbreak Island
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (console)
  • Phantom Galaxies
  • Planet of Lana
  • Portal: Companion Collection
  • Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator
  • Priest Simulator
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
  • Read Only Memories: Neurodiver
  • Red Frost
  • Restless Soul
  • River City Girls 2
  • Road Diner Simulator
  • Rocksmith+
  • Sable (PS5)
  • Samurai Gunn 2 (Switch)
  • Sea of Stars
  • Serial Cleaners
  • Shadows of Doubt
  • She Dreams Elsewhere
  • Slaycation Paradise
  • Slime Rancher 2
  • Somerville
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • Star Ocean The Divine Force
  • Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (PS4)
  • subROV : Underwater Discoveries
  • Super Dungeon Maker (Switch)
  • Sword Art Online Variant Showdown
  • Tchia
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection
  • Teravit
  • The Courier
  • The DioField Chronicle
  • The Fabulous Fear Machine
  • The Fridge is Red
  • The Last Hero of Nostalgia
  • The Smugglers
  • The Outlast Trials
  • There is No Light
  • Tower of Fantasy
  • Two Point Campus (Switch)
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PC)
  • Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi (PS5)
  • Valkyrie Elysium
  • Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2
  • Voidtrain
  • Wanted Dead
  • We Are OFK
  • Witchfire (PC EA)
  • Wipeout Rush
  • Wizard With a Gun
  • World Championship Boxing Manager II

And those are all of the video game release dates for 2022 for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch so far. All of these releases could change as we move throughout the year, so be sure to bookmark this page for quick and easy reference! 

Rune Factory 5 Release Window Announced in First English Trailer Sun, 13 Jun 2021 21:17:30 -0400 Josh Broadwell

XSEED debuted the first Rune Factory 5 trailer in English as part of E3 2021's Future Games Showcase and shared a Rune Factory 5 release window as well. The next installment in the fantasy-farm-sim will release in early 2022 on Nintendo Switch.

The Rune Factory 5 E3 trailer gives us a glimpse at a few of the characters, including Alice, Ryker, and Scarlett, along with some familiar and new monster faces, such as a giant, three-headed red dog and massive snake fiend.

It also shows some of Rune Factory 5's  fully 3D locations in more detail, from lush forests to idyllic farm vistas.

Rune Factory 5 continues the series' tradition of blending dungeon crawling and action-packed fights with sedate farming but adds a few twists. XSEED describes it like this:

After losing their memory, the hero lands in a small town blessed by nature. There, they are recruited into a band of peacekeeping rangers, and their new life begins.

In addition to their normal duties, the hero can farm the land, cast a line into the nearby river, and so much more! Team up with townsfolk to battle monsters and unleash powerful combination attacks—just one of the features new to the series.

Rune Factory 5 is currently slated for Nintendo Switch only. However, if you need more farming bliss in your life on other platforms, XSEED also announced it's releasing Rune Factory 4 Special on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

New Rune Factory 5 Characters, Combat Outlined by Marvelous Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:03:57 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Marvelous shared some more details on Rune Factory 5's quirky characters and combat ahead of the game's May 20 release date in Japan.

Randolph and Yuki are a husband-and-wife team managing Rigberth's bakery. She's easygoing and accepts everyone for who they are, while he's eager to develop a unique bread with his name attached to it.

Heinz is another local shopkeeper, though one who's decidedly less trustworthy. He never looks people in the eye and is desperate to offload his shop on someone else so he can enjoy himself.

Doug is his opposite, a sincere Dwarven blacksmith locked in a struggle with the town's older women who refuse to acknowledge he's not the bumbling young dwarf they knew of old.

The last new Rune Factory 5 character Marvelous introduced is Palmo Crasi Viviage, the town carpenter who looks suspiciously similar to Rune Factory 4's Porcoline. Like Porcoline, there's more to Palmo than meets the eye. He's an internationally renowned architect who built most of Rigberth.

Marvelous also briefly highlighted Rune Factory 5's combat, which seems similar to Rune Factory 4's. Players choose from eight weapons, including hammers, fists, swords, and spears, and they also use a variety of Rune Powers — Rune Factory speak for magic — to damage enemies and restore their own health.

Townspeople and befriended monsters can join exploration adventures, and members of Seed, the local monster ranger team, can capture or befriend monsters during battle using the Seed Circle.

Rune Factory 5's Western release date is still undetermined, though it's planned for release sometime in 2021. That gives you plenty of time to check out Rune factory 4 Special if you haven't yet.

[Source: Gematsu]

Action RPGs in 2021: 14 Games to Look Out For Tue, 02 Mar 2021 17:40:53 -0500 Ethan Anderson


Magic: Legends

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  • Release Date: TBD 2021
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Finally, we have Magic: Legends. In this three-player co-op ARPG, you'll become a Planeswalker in the Magic Multiverse. You'll choose a class, journey out into various locales, and build decks full of spells to use in fast-paced combat.


The deck-building mechanic leads to plenty of loadout combinations in battle, no matter whether you choose to be a Geomancer, Necromancer, Sanctifier, Beast Caller, or Mind Mage. The game's difficulty modifiers and challenges were recently outlined, and there's sure to be more news in the lead-up to the game's release later this year. 




That's it for our list on the ARPGs to keep an eye on in 2021. There's bound to be something in this list for almost every action RPG fan out there, whether you want to play alone or with friends. Be sure to make note of each game that catches your eye, and let us know if we missed any other releases that you're looking forward to!


Atomic Heart

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  • Release Date: TBD 2021
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Atomic Heart looks like it's set in a post-apocalypse, but it isn't. Instead, it's an ARPG set in an alternate timeline that explores what could have happened in the USSR following World War 2.


Set in 1955, there are plenty of surprising technological advancements, all centered on communism and aggression towards the Western world. You play as a KGB officer who finds himself in the middle of a huge robotic malfunction at "The Facility." Inside, you'll be faced with hostile machines that were originally made to be used in wartime combat.


So much of the game is still shrouded in mystery, and it's been rumored that the game has undergone significant changes since it was first announced in 2018. 


Horizon Forbidden West

  • Platforms: PS4, PS5
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  • Release Date: TBD 2021
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Circling back around to post-apocalyptic settings, Horizon Forbidden West is one of the most anticipated RPGs of the year. Period. 


Aloy is back, and this time around, she's exploring unseen lands as she attempts to stop a mysterious blight that's ravaging the world. This blight may bring on another extinction, so it's up to her to find out the truth behind it while going up against new machines and hidden foes.


While we don't have a definitive release date other than "sometime in late 2021," a recent Sony Instagram advertisement (courtesy of VGC), points to the game still hitting that vague release window. At least for now. 


Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
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  • Release Date: Fall 2021
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If you thought that NEO: The World Ends With You was lacking in info, you might not be too pleased here — especially if you're a D&D fan. Unfortunately, not too much is known about Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance at this point.


The good news is that it's confirmed to be a four-player co-op action RPG that supports both online and local multiplayer in the lands of Icewind Dale. The bad news is that the information more or less ends there. Regardless, this is still an exciting concept for D&D fans who are looking for their next adventure.


NEO: The World Ends with You

  • Platforms: PS4, Switch
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  • Release Date: Summer 2021
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The World Ends With You released all the way back in 2007 for the DS and mobile iOS and Android devices. The game was re-released in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch, but now, 14 years after the cult hit first released, a true sequel is finally on its way.


NEO: The World Ends With You follows four new protagonists stuck in a city playing a deadly game. Longtime fans will recognize the premise, visuals, and even the gameplay shown off in the trailer above.


Square Enix hasn't revealed any more details beyond what's in the trailer but is sure to share more soon if the summer release window holds strong.


Rune Factory 5

  • Platforms: Switch
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  • Release Date: 2021
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In a slight change of pace from Dying Light, Rune Factory 5 is a vibrant RPG sim with a bit of action thrown in for good measure. After suffering from memory loss (because no farm-sim game with action elements would be complete without it), you end up in a small town where your story begins.


Since Rune Factory is first and foremost a simulation game, a lot of your time will be spent farming, fishing, taming creatures, building relationships, and more.


But outside of the town, there's plenty of action to be had as you become a member of a band of peacekeeping rangers. There's plenty to do, whether you choose to live a domestic life, a dangerous one, or both in this upcoming Switch exclusive. 


Dying Light 2

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
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  • Release Date: 2021
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Dying Light 2 is another post-apocalyptic action RPG that should be on everyone's radars this year. Like so many other titles, this is another game that was delayed indefinitely in early 2020. Since that announcement, we've heard very little about how development's going, but hopefully, it will be ready for release before 2021 comes to a close.


Combining survival and role-playing elements, Dying Light 2 is much like its predecessor and is played from the first-person perspective. Set in a new setting, but one that's still post-apocalyptic, Dying Light 2 follows a new protagonist 15 years after the outbreak of the virus. Your agility and talent will help you survive, but it's your decisions that will determine the outcome of your story.



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  • Release Date: May 25, 2021
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Jumping from vampires to varmints, the next game you should keep an eye on in 2021 is Biomutant, a post-apocalyptic open-world RPG that somehow manages to mix shooting, kung fu, and tiny creatures into what looks to be a unique ARPG experience.


You'll dive deep into systems involving crafting, customization, and mutant powers as you're tasked with uniting the game's many divided Tribes. Of course, you're also tasked with saving the New World from a plague that is slowly killing the Tree of Life, a task no good RPG would leave out. 


Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
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  • Release Date: Beyond 2022
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If you're not one for linear tales and want a bit more choice in your action RPGs, Vampire: The Masquerade  Bloodlines 2 is one of the games that you should be looking forward to the most. 


You begin the game as a human, before getting attacked during a vampiric Mass Embrace in the city of Seattle. From then on, the discipline you choose, faction you align with, and clan you join will shape your narrative as a newly born vampire. 


As the sequel to the longstanding cult-classic Vampire: The Masquerade  Bloodlines, there's a lot to live up to. Though it's disappointing for fans, Bloodlines 2 has been indefinitely delayed as publisher Paradox Interactive looks for a new developer. Hopefully, we'll learn more before the end of the year. 



  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
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  • Release Date: Summer 2021
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In SCARLET NEXUS, players will jump into a world where humans have gained extra-sensory powers. And of course, with more powers comes more problems. As if right on cue, aggressive mutants with a thirst for human brains start falling from the sky. These mutants, known as Others, are the main threats in the world of SCARLET NEXUS.


To piece together the game's whole story, players will take on two paths from two different characters. One is the tale of new recruit Yuito Sumeragi, and the other is the tale of the prestigious Kasane Randall. How their stories intertwine remains unknown, but there will be plenty of action along the way. 


Gotham Knights

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
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  • Release Date: 2021
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If shooting and looting don't scratch your co-op action RPG itch, then maybe taking down criminals in Gotham City will. Gotham Knights is basically what you get when Batman is nowhere to be found and crime runs amok in DC's darkest city. Batgirl, Knightwing, Robin, and Red Hood are filling in for him, and from the looks of it, their plates are full.


However, despite having four playable characters to choose from, Gotham Knights only allows for two-player co-op, as seen in the first gameplay reveal for the game. That being said, a co-op game set in DC's famous city should still be an experience that you won't want to miss out on, and like Outriders, it's drop-in/drop-out, allowing players to team up anywhere, anytime. 



  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia
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  • Release Date: April 1, 2021
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Outriders is a third-person story-driven co-op RPG looter-shooter (a lot of qualifiers, I know) that takes place on the dangerous planet of Enoch. It's post-apocalyptic through and through, underpinned by a dark, sometimes morbid narrative. 


Leading up to release, one of the game's most appealing features is crossplay between all platforms and drop-in/drop-out co-op throughout its entire story. You can journey across this dangerous alien world with friends, regardless of their respective setups or in-game progression.


It's similar in nature to other looter-shooters like Destiny and The Division, but it's been made clear that Outriders won't follow the games-as-a-service model. Developer People Can Fly and publisher Square Enix have said the entire Outriders experience will be in a single package at launch. 


There is beta/demo out now on all platforms, and it will remain live even after the game launches on April 1. That gives those interested in checking it out plenty of time to do so. 


Monster Hunter Rise

  • Platforms: Switch, PC
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  • Release Date: March 26, 2021 (Switch), TBD 2022 (PC)
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Monster Hunter Rise is Capcom's first follow-up to the ultra-successful Monster Hunter: World. This is another storied RPG series that can easily fill the action RPG void in your life with hundreds of hours of gameplay. Launching in just over a month on March 26 for the Nintendo Switch, Monster Hunter Rise takes its name literally, featuring more verticality than previous installments. 


According to recent reports, it will release on PC sometime in 2022. There's no firm release date just yet, but producer Ryozo Tsujimoto said it's definitely happening. 


If you didn't get a chance to try the game's demo earlier this year, you should know that Rise a new adventure that features four-player co-op, new locations, improved traversal, and of course, new monsters. You can read more about it over here on our game page


Tales of Arise

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  • Release Date: TBD 2021
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More than a few games set for release in 2020 were delayed to 2021 (or further) due to working conditions in the COVID-19 pandemic. Tales of Arise is one of those games. It was originally set for an "early 2020" release window, but now, it's slated for launch sometime this year. 


Tales of Arise is the 17th mainline entry in the long-running series, and the last game, Tales of Berseria, came out in early 2017 for the PS4 and PC in the West (it released in 2016 in Japan). 


For the first time in ages, a Tales game is being made without using the series' usual in-house engine used for previous releases, such as Berseria and Zestria. Sporting a brand-new Unreal Engine 4 makeover and a tweaked battle system, Arise looks to shake things up for Tales fans in more ways than one. 


We just recently worked up a list focused on the upcoming turn-based RPGs that you should be on the lookout for in 2021, including games like the just-released Bravely Default 2, Loop Hero, and Darkest Dungeon 2. It's only right that we do the same for action RPGs as well.


2020 gave us memorable action-oriented titles such as Nioh 2, Genshin Impact, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake. This year is looking like it will provide more than a few notable releases too.


If you prefer more fast-paced combat in your RPGs, this is the list for you. Here are 14 action RPGs that you should definitely have on your radar in 2021.

Rune Factory 5 is Ready for Harvest on Nintendo Switch in 2021 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:49:04 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Marvelous showed off a first look at Rune Factory 5 during Nintendo's September Mini-Direct. The latest entry in the Rune Factory series is set for release on Nintendo Switch in Spring 2021 in Japan and sometime in 2021 in the West.

Rune Factory 5 follows the series' usual pattern of amnesiac heroes waking up in seemingly idyllic villages where things go awry. This time, the player character is in a "small town blessed by nature," where the residents recruit them into a ranger force.

These rangers are tasked with keeping the peace in the land. In Rune Factory fashion, that means getting into fisticuffs with the local monster population. Players can team up with NPCs to fight their foes and work together to unleash combo attacks, which is a first for the series.

Also a first is Rune Factory 5's graphics. The game retains the series' classic character art for conversations. But the perspective shifts from top-down to over the shoulder, and the world is billed as massive, with multiple environments ranging from snow-covered fields to coastline vistas.

Apart from that, players can expect the same Rune Factory gameplay. Time is divided between battling monsters, tending the farm, and cultivating friendships, and a wedding ceremony could be waiting at the end of the road.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Rune Factory 5 news as it sprouts up.

14 Upcoming Switch Games to be Excited About in 2020 Sat, 30 Nov 2019 12:39:27 -0500 Josh Broadwell


LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga


Developer: Traveller's Tales
Release Date
: TBA 2020


Another Lego Star Wars game? I hear you cry in exasperation. Yes, it is another Lego Star Wars game — with a twist.


Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga includes Lego versions of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, the two films that haven't yet been turned into Lego games (partly because The Rise of Skywalker hasn't actually debuted yet, of course).


More importantly, the other seven Lego Star Wars games have been completely rebuilt. These aren't the same games you've already played with a fresh coat of paint. They take advantage of more recent changes to the Lego formula, like open worlds with big hubs, more emphasis on character abilities, and things like that.


The galaxy changes as you progress too. While you might explore Tatooine in A New Hope and everything looks hunky-dory, when you go back under a later game to explore, portions of it (i.e. Luke's home) are completely unrecognizable.


It's taking advantage of Star Wars mania, sure, but in all the right ways thanks to these changes. Here's a chance to experience the entire Lego Star Wars saga afresh, even after the Skywalker story ends this December.




While Nintendo is still playing its cards close about first-party Switch releases in 2020, there's definitely not going to be a shortage of games to play on the Switch.


Whether you're longing for escape to an island paradise, keeping Tokyo safe from Fire Emblem demons bent on world domination, or just casually carrying out corporate conquest on a planet far, far away, 2020 is going to be another busy year for Switch owners.


For more lists detailing the biggest games coming in 2020, be sure to check out the list of articles below: 


DOOM Eternal


Developer: id Software
Release Date
: TBA 2020


Doom Eternal is a good metaphor for the series' relationship with Nintendo. It starts promising but ends up hitting so many complications on the way.


Doom Eternal was supposed to be out this year for all platforms. Then it got pushed back to March 20, 2020 — and the Switch version got a TBA for 2020.


Really, it's okay because a finished game is better than a crap one, and hopefully it gives the dev team time to work without having the life completely crunched out of them.


Whenever it launches, Doom Eternal looks like it's going to be well worth the wait. It takes a slightly different approach from other Doom games, since it takes place on Earth, plus it's said to be twice as long as the usual Doom games.


Other than that, it's the same over-the-top combat against hordes of demonic aliens, with wild weapons, showers of blood, more blood, and more demonic aliens bent on murdering you — definitely not for the squeamish or anti-violent.


Disappointing though the delay may be, Doom 64 is still set to launch on the Switch on March 20, 2020.


No More Heroes 3


Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Release Date
: TBA 2020


E3 2019's announcement of No More Heroes 3 was a welcome surprise.


Suda51's cult classic No More Heroes series first debuted in the Wii era as a tribute to hardcore action fans. Protagonist Travis Touchdown takes on the role of hero by using his modified lightsaber-ish beam sword to essentially hack anything and everything to pieces.


That irreverent attitude towards the establishment, plus some equally unorthodox gameplay mechanics (like how you recharge your weapon and save), carved a niche for the series and created an intense demand for more.


There was a sequel in 2010. 2010. Almost ten years ago, ten years with no more No More Heroes.


That changed a bit with Travis Strikes Again, but it didn't really scratch the itch. Finally at E3 this year, a proper sequel was announced. Other than knowing No More Heroes 3's release date is 2020 and that it features Travis returning to Santa Destroy after ten years to find an artificial city hovering over the real one.


From there is anyone's guess what happens and why. This is Suda51 after all.


The Outer Worlds: Nintendo Switch


Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Release Date
: Early 2020


Obsidian Entertainment's The Outer Worlds is coming to Nintendo Switch early in 2020. Let that sink in for a minute.


The Outer Worlds is a sci-fi game set in a distant world you're tasked with bringing under the control of a massive intergalactic corporation. The story and gameplay elements aren't anything revolutionary, true. But The Outer Worlds gets its characters just right, with each party member and even NPC playing an important role alongside your own. It's the kind of depth Obsidian is known for, and it makes every playthrough unique.


Not only is it one of 2019's most anticipated — and successful — AAA titles, but it's a tremendously short span of time from its launch on other consoles to its Switch launch. Where Skyrim took six years to arrive on a Nintendo console, The Witcher 3 took four, and now The Outer Worlds is potentially going to take less than a year. It's quite an achievement and bodes well for the Switch's future, as we predicted would happen.


Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition


Developer: Monolith Soft
Release Date
: TBA 2020


Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a remastered version of the Wii original Xenoblade Chronicles — and that's about all we know. It was first shown off in the September Nintendo Direct, and other than boasting gorgeous new graphics, releasing sometime in 2020, and potentially using material cut from the original, there's still a lot that's unclear about this remaster.


Fortunately, we know the most important part: it'll be amazing. The original Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best JRPGs of its era. Granted, that isn't saying much seeing as it launched in a period with relatively little competition. But the narrative scope, massive and intricate settings, blending of fantasy with sci-fi, and unique battle system still stand strong after almost ten years.


If you've played Xenoblade Chronicles 2, you'll notice a few key differences, namely that combat is simplified with no Blades and relatively fewer combo opportunities. That's a trade-off for a streamlined narrative that starts strong and never lets up and massive areas to explore that somehow seem more open than the sequel's.


Most important is the graphical update, though. It's not like the original was nightmare-inducing, but...oh wait, yes it was.



Rune Factory 5


Developer: XSEED
Release Date
: TBA 2020


Marvelous has been keeping a tight lid on Rune Factory 5, so tight, the above trailer showcasing a few bits of monster art and maybe the protagonist's house is all we've seen about the upcoming Rune Factory game. Other than knowing it'll be out sometime after Rune Factory 4 Special and has some kind of crossover connectivity, that's it.


Sure, we could put Rune Factory 4 Special on here instead, but RF5 is kind of a big deal. By the time it releases, it'll be the first new Rune Factory game we've seen in seven years. That's a long time in general, but even longer considering the release gaps between the first four Rune Factory games were even longer.


The series might be a spinoff, but it has plenty of strong points to make it worth looking into. For one, it's the reason we have monsters and dangerous exploration in Stardew Valley, being the first of its kind to introduce monster hunting and ranching into the usual farming mix. It also goes a step further Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons with the detail of its world map and characters. While there might be plenty of other farming-sim games vying for your attentionRune Factory offers a completely different kind of experience.


Digimon Survive


Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date
: TBA 2020


Digimon games have been on a roll in recent years. The Cyber Sleuth games revitalized the series in the West — which I ramble about at length elsewhere — and encouraged the development team to keep localizing games for international distribution.


That's a good thing, because Digimon Survive is looking like another big step forward for the franchise, and it's set to launch sometime next year on all platforms, including Nintendo Switch.


Survive takes elements of visual novels, adventure games, and strategy RPGs as it tasks players with choosing which friends to bond with, how they bond with their Digimon, and then how they manage these bonds on the battlefleds to try and, some sort of alternate, post-apocalyptic world.


Outside time and bond management, Digivolving will play an even bigger role than usual, as Digimon can evolve or devolve at any point during a battle, if certain requirements are met. Normally, Digivolution depends on the Digimon's stats, but in Survive, it'll all relate to how you've forged your bonds outside battle.


It's been delayed already, but it certainly seems worth the wait and might just be the most ambitious Digimon game yet.


Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack


Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date
: January 14, 2020


Gust and Koei Tecmo have been busy pumping out games in the long-running Atelier franchise this year, with Atelier Lulua earlier, that building-sim disaster we won't talk about, and Atelier Ryza just last month. All these and the original Arland trilogy are available on the Switch, which leaves one noticeable gap: the Dusk trilogy.


Koei Tecmo America is filling that gap first thing in the new year with the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack. It's the DX, expanded versions of Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha & Logy, and Atelier Shallie, all of which were previously only available on the Vita, though the vanilla versions were on the PlayStation 3.


The Dusk trilogy is praised for moving the series forward in terms of narrative scope and character development. While it's still very much a case of cute girls doing cute things and making items, there's an overarching narrative tying their stories together. Plus, it brought some much-needed changes to the brutal time system and improved item synthesis a good bit as well.


Like the Arland trilogy, all three will be available separately on the eShop as well.


Minecraft Dungeons


Developer: Mojang
Release Date
: April 2020


Minecraft Dungeons is Minecraft meets Diablo, and that's not a bad thing by any account. The above footage is from an Xbox event, but it does a much better job showcasing what the game is about than the original reveal trailer.


The idea is your party of adorable little Minecraft figures explores a variety of dungeons built in Minecraft fashion, takes on hordes of enemies, gathers loot, then uses said loot to get even stronger by making weapons, armor, and the like.


The focus is on everything you can't do in regular Minecraft, like explore for a purpose or deck your avatar out in gear that makes them a complete killing machine. It's looking like you'll need that gear too, since Minecraft Dungeons doesn't appear to skimp on the mob hordes. Luckily, you'll get special abilities and magic to help keep you alive too.


It's a clever twist to the usual build-and-craft formula. It's surprising this didn't happen earlier, really, though it's in keeping with Microsoft's desire to expand the Minecraft property in new ways.


Trials of Mana


Developer: Square Enix
Release date
: April 24, 2020


Remember how we pined for any release of Seiken Densetsu 2 — now known as Trials of Mana — before 2019, even if it was just a fan translation? Well, not only did Square Enix (finally) bring the Collection of Mana west over the summer, complete with the (finally) localized Trials of Mana, but the game is being completely remade from the ground up for a standalone release in 2020.


Secret of Mana is widely regarded as a masterpiece of an RPG, and Trials of Mana manages to do one even better. It builds on Secret of Mana with branching storylines, multiple job classes, and an overall more epic narrative scope. Part of that scope is because the story can change depending on how you construct your party; it's not necessarily a huge deal now, but for the SNES era, it was something we didn't typically see outside the SaGa games.


The Trials of Mana remake boasts completely redesigned 3D maps and models and a revamped battle system. While some of the character modeling looks a bit iffy, and it seems the characters are definitely on the chatty side during battle, this is an RPG to keep an eye on.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons


Developer: Nintendo
Release Date
: March 20, 2020


E3 2019 gave us a delicious glimpse of the newest Animal Crossing game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons — and then told us it wasn't out until March 2020. Investors might have flipped out over that fact, but it definitely looks worth the wait.


New Horizons moves away from the town mayor feature of New Leaf — which is the only thing it could do to stay fresh — and instead puts everyone on a deserted island. You're tasked with building a town there, but the major gameplay elements and flow of progression remain largely the same, with a few notable exceptions.


One is crafting. You'll be making a lot of your items, tools, and possibly even furniture in New Horizons with the materials you find on the island. Then, a la Happy Home Designer, you can put your furniture anywhere you want, on the beach, near a tree — whatever floats your handicraft boat. In typical Nintendo fashion, it's a small change that simultaneously opens up a huge range of new possibilities (and it's one of the Animal Crossing changes this writer was hoping for the most).


Whatever New Horizons does or doesn't change, we just hope that jazzy tune from the trailer makes a reappearance.


Fairy Tail


Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date
: March 19, 2020


Gust, makers of the Atelier and Ar Tonelico games, are behind the brand-new video game version of the popular manga and anime series Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail follows protagonists Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia as they join a guild and journey across the dangerous land of Fiore.


It's your typical shonen-style anime, with big hair, bigger attacks, and even bigger personalities, but those characters are what make Fairy Tail stand out for so many people. There are a lot of stories to follow, and each one's usually interesting enough to stand on its own. You can catch a glimpse of some of those characters in the release date trailer that was just unveiled too.


Like Sword Art Online it's looking like Fairy Tail for Nintendo Switch is really going to be for fans of the franchise, with a boatload of familiar figures, places, and concepts featuring in every trailer so far. The game's goal is to be faithful to the manga, though, so it very well could be a decent entry point for anyone unfamiliar with the series too.


Langrisser 1 & 2


Developer: NIS America
Release Date
: Early 2020


Langrisser was one of those somewhat elusive strategy RPG series most Western fans couldn't get their hands on — legally, at least. Most of the games and their remakes stayed in Japan, but now, partly thanks to the mobile version's success and probably thanks to Fire Emblem's roaring rebirth in recent years, that's about to change.


Langrisser 1 & 2 is a full remake of the series' first two titles (y'know, in case that wasn't obvious) with new designs, plenty of quality of life improvements, dual voice, and brand-new orchestrations.


Gameplay-wise, Langrisser is a lot like Fire Emblem, with an emphasis on character class and army organization. One thing that Langrisser does differently, though, is its story. The entire series centers around an ages-old conflict between divine beings that regularly plays out in the normal world. This time, it takes the form of invasions from kingdoms suddenly turned aggressive and the forces of darkness working behind the scenes.


"So... like Fire Emblem" you say. Yes, but these stories and the lands they're set in are connected; the games take place on the same continent with connections between characters and kingdoms stretching back to the past.


Right now, it's not completely clear when the collection will launch; some listings say February, others don't. Just expect it sometime early 2020.


Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore


Developer: Atlus
Release Date
: January 17, 2020


It's name is certainly a mouthful, but Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is definitely not an RPG to overlook. On the surface, it's a bizarre mashup of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei series and Nintendo's Fire Emblem, with a huge portion of J-pop on top.


Underneath that, it's still a bizarre mashup of all those things, but its seamless execution and exhilarating, over-the-top battles make it a strong RPG that was sadly trapped on a dying system, the Wii U.


It's coming to the Switch almost first-thing in 2020 and brings with it even more content than the original.


The mashup works like this: basically, the setting and battle system are SMT, while characters and narrative influences are Fire Emblem. You've got the evil forces from beyond this world trying to invade, and battle requires careful exploitation of enemy weaknesses to get an advantage, just like SMT. But you'll be summoning Mirages instead of demons, and these Mirages just so happen to be famous Fire Emblem heroes.


Oh, and your party is an aspiring band of J-pop Idols and every battle is a performance, because Japan.


When Tokyo Mirage Sessions first released, Fire Emblem Fates and Awakening were "the" big Fire Emblem hits, so most of the FE portions revolve around those characters. Even though Three Houses has taken over that top spot and Encore includes new material, don't get your hopes up for an Edelgard Mirage.


The Nintendo Switch had a stellar year in 2019, from excellent ports like Dragon Quest XIS to new entries in long-running franchises like Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokemon Sword and Shield. With such a jam-packed year, it's hard to imagine 2020 could have anything similar in store.


That goes double when you consider a lot of the big hitters are still missing from next year's schedule. Persona 5 Scramble might not release in the West next year, Shin Megami Tensei V might get a new trailer for 2020, and Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4 are still just distant blips on the radar.


Fortunately, there's still plenty of goodness ahead, making owning a Switch in 2020 still worth it.


There's first party goodness like Animal Crossing: New Horizons to look forward to and a veritable ton of third party software on its way, from The Outer Worlds and Trials of Mana to Doom Eternal and a new Minecraft game.


So buckle up (your wallet) as we take you through the top 13 upcoming Switch games for 2020 in the order of release dates.