We are approaching the end of the year and therefore we are starting to prepare this list for the most promising turn-based titles coming out for 2020. In the list, we include strategic, tactical, RPG as long as there is the turn-based component.
The titles in the list are in random order and include triple-A games and indie projects that have at least 2020 or TBA as the release date. As with all our lists, they will always be updated with new upcoming turn-based games. Just under the title, you can see the last update date.
For each game, you will find the developer’s name, release date, reference sites (official website, stores) video trailers taken from our YouTube channel (by clicking on the game image), description, and links to related articles.
If you want to help us keep the list updated or if you are a developer and you think your game should be on this list, just leave a comment or contact us via email or twitter. So, let’s start with our upcoming turn-based strategy RPG of 2020
1The Iron Oath
One of the titles that we most await. We follow him from the beginning and we can’t wait to try it. Delightful 2d pixel graphics and lots of original ideas. THE IRON OATH is a turn-based game set in a dark fantasy world where the main component is the tactics and management of the guild in a dynamic world that varies according to our choices. Learn more
2Empire of Sin
A strategic one. We play as one of the various Bosses available and launch ourselves to conquer the city of Chicago in the 1920s. Here is the official website. Learn more
A title reminiscent of Advance Wars but with giant mechs. Choose from different commanders, each with their own unique. Variable Armor, abilities and play style. Tactically place your units, clash with rival mecha, and watch the outcome in dramatic battle sequences inspired by 90s Japanese animation. Learn more
Actually not a strategic turn-based but a mix of turns and real-time. We are really curious to see how everything works.
Remember so much Final Fantasy Tactics from which it takes inspiration but with the addition of card mechanics. Follow the adventures of Eliza and her crew as they struggle to prevent an impending war. Learn more
Postponed several times, we finally have the definitive date for this highly promising roguelike rpg. Many interesting features, such as the possibility of developing your own caravan, hiring NPCs in order to unlock new objects and abilities up to the management of wounds and mental states, all accompanied by a fantastic pixel-art graphic. Our interview with the developer.
7Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen
After the great success of the Kickstarter campaign, Realms Beyond will arrive in 2020, but without a specific date. It is a Fantasy RPG where we can guide up to 6 characters at the same time and explore the world freely.
8Dark Envoy – TBA 2020
Style to sell for this interesting turn-based tactical game inspired by X-Com and Dragon Age. Thanks to our ship, we will be able to explore the game world looking for mythical locations, and procedurally generated dungeons with optional tactical objectives.
We have also been following this title for a long time. From the creators of Halcyon 6, comes this promising rogue-lite RPG. We put on the shoes of resistance against an evil authoritarian empire. Learn more
10Darkest Dungeon 2
Red Hook Studios | TBA | Official website |
There is no need for presentations for the new Red Hook Studios chapter. Unfortunately, the info is still few and we don’t know what the news could be. We look forward to learning more.
The new chapter of one of the most important post-apocalyptic series ever, under development at INXILE. Let’s go back to impersonating the desert rangers in the desperate struggle to keep ARIZONA alive. Choices that change the course of history, brutal turn-based battles, and many hours of exploration await us in this new chapter.
Poetic Studio | TBA | Official website
Sacred Fire is a narrative RPG in which your humanity and emotions impact your fight for survival and inner freedom. Inspired by ancient Caledonia, the story follows a group of resistance fighters and their rise to power. Learn more
RECO TECHNOLOGY | Q1 2020 | Official website
1971 Project Helios is a turn-based strategy game that combines modern warfare military tactics and close combat. Firearms and vehicles are scarce, conflicts and hostilities have no end, and the terrible freezing cold annihilates friends and foes in its path. Eight characters have to join forces for a common cause: find an important scientist kidnapped by a massive stratocracy. Along their way, they will have to avoid raider attacks, investigate military headquarters, and infiltrate into the territory of a dangerous anti-technological religious sect. Learn more
A turn-based tactical game inspired by games such as Xcom and Jagged Alliance. But it is from the latter that he takes more inspiration and that from the first screenshots reminds me a lot of Jagged Alliance 2. Could it be the real successor of the Jagged Alliance that we are all waiting for? Learn more
15Wizards of Unica
CarbonLaser games | TBA | Official website
When turn-based combats are combined with roguelike elements, puzzles, and spells, Wizards of Unica comes out. Learn more
Shockwork Games | Q1 2020 | Steam page
A dark world full of monsters awaits us in this very promising turn-based strategy game. In Alder’s Blood we will have to manage our caravan while we explore the world, taking care of our hunters, weapons and items to take on a mission. During the fights, the stealth component will be very important, in fact we will have to pay attention to where the wind blows, to avoid being intercepted by the scent of monsters. Definitely a title to keep under control. Our interview with Alder’s Blood developer
Steven Kaule | TBA | Official website
Homefall is a tactical turn-based game with light rpg elements. Set in a post-apocalyptic science-fiction scenario. Featuring four characters, a squad of scavengers, supported by the last bastion of humanity.
18Vagrus: The Riven Realms
A profound RPG experience with many different implications, given its procedurally generated nature. Let’s explore the wasteland in the role of Vagrus, the leader of a caravan. In his shoes we will have to make decisions that change the course of the adventure, manage the food and face turn-based fights by letting the various characters we meet during the journey help us. Our interview with the developers
19Sentinels of Freedom
Prepare for a story-driven campaign within the Sentinel Comics universe as you join forces with an ever-growing team of heroes to face a wide variety of villains. What seems like a typical bank heist reveals itself to be just the tip of a much more sinister plan! Learn more
20Land of Arxox
Explore the 8-Biomes of Arxox. Live the life of a Dwarf, Elf, or Human folk hero. Hunt. Fish. Master spell runes of the ancients and defeat a powerful Arch Villain. Learn more
21Path of Thalanos
Roman Dammer | TBA | Steam page
Path of Thalanos is a roguelike dungeon crawler with a rich random item and skill system. Encounter many random generated events, shrines, traps and enemies. Build your hero and find out how deep you can go into the dungeon. Each run is unique.
It’s a turn-based, strategic, party building, RPG. Sort of like a Deck Builder, sort of like an Action RPG.
The promising Horror Themed Tactical Turn-Based Game, Othercide by indie Parisian Lightbulb Crew developer where we will be leading female warriors who will have to deal with horrors coming from parallel realities. Gameplay Walkthrough with the developers
A promising low-poly turn-based tactical RPG with an innovative gridless battle system. A tactical combat system with great potential and deep and mature story that is shaped according to our choices, these are the pillars on which Shore Unknown is based. Learn more
Sleepy Sentry | TBA | Official website
Exploring the depths of the Atlantic ocean in a disturbing atmosphere in this promising turn-based tactical RPG. Stirring Abyss presents itself as a turn-based strategy RPG game, where we will control several sailors, each with their own characteristics, traits, and skills. Learn more
Zamolxis Entertainment Studios | TBA 2020 | Official website
Terran Shield is a turn-based strategy game developed in the same vein as X-COM and Jagged Alliance. Terran Shield has been designed as a strategy game that will test the player’s ability to adapt, plan and reflect on their own actions. Learn more
A turn-based tactical RPG about a group of troublesome magic students. Use timing mechanics to power your spells and block attacks, explore the twisted halls of a vast magic school, fight challenging monsters and bosses, and uncover dark secrets never meant to be found. Learn more
28The Protagonist: EX-1
A new Sci-Fi Turn-based game developing by 3MIND GAMES. An interesting mixing of XCOM, MASS EFFECT and DIVINITY. The game is inspired by XCOM regarding the combat-phase. They are turn-based with an Initiative and Action Points System (I.A.P.S.) The combat is focusing on a melee system, with combo, defense movements and more. Learn more. Learn more
29Sine Requie: Snake Eyes
Based on the multiple awarded tabletop role-playing game Sine Requie, Snake Eyes is an investigative horror RPG with a strong strategic component. The game reveals the investigative tale of inquisitor Rossano Mazzoni, that will bring him to travel between the Tuscan Mountains in an alternative version of 1954, in which the dead arise to eat the flesh of the living.
30Skald: Against the Black Priory
SCAPE-IT | TBA | Official website
A classic, turn-based RPG set in a dark and gritty fantasy universe full of tragic heroes, violent deaths and eldritch horror. Learn more
Small Saga is a turn-based RPG from a mouse-eye perspective. Venture into the labyrinthine sewers beneath Kings Cross station. Use a lost thimble as your helmet and a discarded scalpel as your spear. Befriend a lute-strumming dwarf hamster. Incite a prison riot and overthrow an oppressive squirrel regime. Clash with rodents, bugs, snakes, owls, and perhaps even the gods themselves.
Pahris Entertainment SIA | 28 Feb 2020 | Steam page
A passenger shuttle is damaged after the pirate attack and you must find replacement parts on a nearby derelict space ship. — Intentionally short hardcore role-playing game that borrows as much as possible from best isometric RPGs (Fallout, Fallout 2, Arcanum).
33We are the Caretakers
Inspired afro-futurist turn-based strategy RPG developed by Heart Shaped Games where we lead a group of a high-tech organization to protect the planet. The game introduces players to an original sci-fi universe with nuanced societies, deep mysteries, layered management challenges, and escalating conflicts that have no easy or absolute solutions. Our 10 Turns Interview with the developer
Iron Danger is a tactical combat game with a unique time manipulation mechanic. A never before seen combination that combines the tactical depth of turn-based games with the exciting action of real-time games.
35The Last Spell
The Last Spell is a turn-based tactical RPG immersed in roguelite mechanics in which you lead a team of hardened heroes to defend the last bastion of humanity against hordes of monsters. Learn more
Take control of a clandestine organization battling an alien invasion in this deep and challenging strategy game – can you hold humanity together long enough to end the extraterrestrial threat forever?
SYNSTASIS is a turn-based cyberpunk RPG with tactical elements, set in a post-libertarian future where governments have been deemed irrelevant and 90% of humanity live in megacities run entirely by corporations.
38Urtuk: The Desolation
Developed by Mad Sheep Studios, Urtuk is set in a dark fantasy world inspired by DARKEST DUNGEON and BATTLE BROTHERS, with turn-based combat on procedurally generated maps. Learn more
39Tactical Breach Wizards
Suspicious Developments | TBA | Steam page
Tactical Breach Wizards is a small-scale, turn-based tactics game where you play a team of wizards in modern-day tactical gear, breaching and clearing rooms full of armed hostiles by making clever use of interesting spells. It’s still in early development, so everything about it might change!
Rising Lords is a medieval turn-based strategy game with card and board game elements. Send your serfs to fight and die in your name… or let them prosper, and use them to your advantage! Learn more
41Tale of Ronin
Dead Mage | TBA | Official website
Live as a ronin, survive the consequences of your choices in a dynamic world of turmoil and violence featuring turn-based combats. An RPG game about camaraderie and betrayal, about war and peace, and above all honor, coming to PC and consoles. Learn more
42The Hand of Merlin
The Hand of Merlin by CroTeam is a turn-based rogue-lite RPG in which Arthurian legend clashes with sci-fi horror.
A love letter to classic JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Valkyrie Profile, and modern classics like Bravely Default and Persona 5. The possibility of moving in time, between past and future to change the course of events and also to overturn the results of a battle. Here is our gameplay video while here you’ll find our overview.
Crown Trick is a procedurally generated dungeon-crawler game with turn-based roguelike gameplay and hand-drawn art style. Take up the unbelievable crown and start your underground adventure with the power bestowed! Learn more
Bouncyrock Entertainment | TBA | Official website
TaleSpire is an online, digital, graphical way of playing classic P&P Role-playing games with your friends. As a DM, build your campaign in-game and invite your players for sessions. To your left you can watch one of our streams to see for yourself.
Creative Storm Entertainment | Spring 2020 | Steam page
You are not the hero – you are the villain. As the leader of a merciless band of post-apocalyptic raiders, build and manage your organization while pillaging, kidnapping, and battling mercenaries tasked with stopping your rampage. The wasteland doesn’t need another hero.
Terra Randoma is a turn-based tactical roguelike RPG with a fluent combat system. You live the life of an adventurer in a procedurally generated open world full of curiosities. Your actions affect the world and your story emerges as you play. Learn more
48The Monster Breeder
Fantasy Creations | TBD 2020 | Steam page
Turn-based fantasy game. Manage your monster-breeding enterprise. Tame and breed monsters, train warriors and mages, forge them into battle teams, and send them to the arena to fight for gold and glory.
49King’s Bounty II
The King’s Bounty turn-based tactics series returns with King’s Bounty 2! In addition to the tactical depth, fans expect from its combat, immerse yourself in the fantasy world of Antara with a whole new, non-linear narrative and deep RPG mechanics that give weight to your every decision.
Hardlane Studio | Q4 2020 | Steam page
Help your team of adventurers make it through a deadly desert and find the treasures of a lost civilization. Navigate a randomly generated map, make tough choices based on text events, and take part in fiendishly difficult turn-based battles.
51Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game
From Dungeon Rats and Age of Decadence developer, comes a promising isometric turn-based RPG, this time set in space, on a ship en route to colonizing a distant planet. Learn more
52The Way of Wrath
Animmal | TBD 2020 | Steam page
Starving, cold, hunted for days. You have clawed your way out of jaws of death and found shelter in the ruins of an old fort. Nowhere to run now. Fight or Die. The Way of Wrath is a story-driven, turn-based, tactical RPG.
53Angon: The Grim Age
SublimeGStudio | TBA | Indie DB
Enter into the journey that leads the world to chaos and misery, exploring unique places on the wasted land of Eradon. Take decisions that can shape the destiny of the people, battle on turn-based old rpg style and immerse yourself in the rich and deep lore with unique npcs that actually cares with your actions. The people of Hellstad waits for your arrival.
Experience the freedom normally only found in a tabletop RPG. Empowered with magic, you will create your own story, and experience real consequences from the decisions you make. Will you be the world’s savior . . . or its destroyer? The choice is yours.
Engage in classic car combat in a tactical RPG that roams across outlaw lands in a world where drivers are worshiped like celebrities. Salvage equipment and cars and build the sexiest, deadliest ride. Work for a corp, haul cargo, fight in the combat arena or become a savior. The choice is yours.
Dark Bestiary is turn-based combat-focused RPG with classless progression system and tons of skills. The main goal of the game is exploration but not huge open worlds but synergies of skills, talents and items.
Select Start | TBD 2020 | Steam page
Dark Drive 2D, a retro-graphic game with mixes many different genres, including RPG, Rouge-lite, Turn-Based and a distinct breathtaking fighting system.
58The Dungeon of Naheulbeauk: The Amulet of Chaos
Step into the wacky heroic fantasy universe of the Dungeon of Naheulbeuk. Lead a team of unlikely and clumsy heroes in an epic and challenging tactical RPG. Live an adventure filled with humor, surprises and silly encounters.
59Dungeons of Everchange
Badru | Early 2020 | Steam page
A tactical RPG inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics where elemental magic interacts with the natural world to have complex consequences. Learn more
Revolutionary Interactive | MID 2020 | Steam page
Fractalis is a procedurally generated roguelike that has turn-based/grid-based combat with a realtime feel.
62Get in the Car, Loser!
Inspired by choice-driven visual novels, and a battle system influenced by classic and modern JRPGs. WILL YOU STAND AND FIGHT IN THE FACE OF EVIL?
Graywalkers Purgatory is a turn-based strategy RPG set in a supernatural post-apocalyptic world where Heaven and Hell merged with Earth. You play the prophesied hero who is destined to gather all of the Graywalkers, and together lead the war to retake earth from its supernatural conquerors. Learn more
64Songs of Conquest
Lavapotion | TBA | Official website
An RPG inspired by Heroes of Might and Magic and Total War developed by the talented Lavapotions. In the game, we will have to manage the buildings, the troops and the commanders who will go to war in turn-based battles.
Griftlands is a deck-building roguelite where you negotiate, fight, steal or otherwise persuade others to get your way. Every decision is important, be it the jobs you take, the friends you make, or the cards you collect. Death comes quickly, but each play offers new situations and strategies to explore.
66Veil of Entropy: Norfolk Warriors
Mouchet Software | TBA | Official website
A Turn-based RPG with a strong ‘gamebook’ feel, set in a medieval fantasy world where players control a set of characters to achieve their desired goal. The goals are set out by the player and can change from game to game. Learn more
Broken Lines is an original tactical turn-based game set in Eastern Europe during World War II, full of style, roguelike elements and a compelling story inspired by titles like Frozen Synapse, X-Com and Banner Saga. Learn more
Tau Ceti Studios | May 2020 | Official website
Void Eclipse is a new blend of tactical card battler and immersive sci-fi story RPG. You’ll be challenged by turn-based strategic combat, where you choose how to evolve your character and military with interesting abilities. Learn more
Take a pinch of Jagged Alliance & Xcom, put hordes of zombies, mix well and you’ll have Urban Strife, a very promising isometric turn-based RPG. Our interview with the developer.
70Curious Expedition 2
Maschinen-Mensch | TBA | Steam page
Curious Expedition 2 is the follow-up to the award-winning 19th century expedition simulation. Join the legendary Explorer Clubs and venture on unprecedented expeditions to regions never explored before for fame, science and treasures.
HUMANKIND is Amplitude Studios’ magnum opus, a Historical Strategy game where YOU will re-write the entire narrative of humankind – a convergence of culture, history, and values that allows you to create a civilization that is as unique as you are. HOW FAR WILL YOU PUSH HUMANKIND?
72Alliance of the Sacred Suns
KatHawk Studios, LLC |Early Access Q1 2020 | Steam page
A millennia in the future, humanity is scattered and broken, forced to flee from a diabolical alien species that obliterated Earth and hunts humanity to this day. In this revolutionary 4X/Grand Strategy game, you are the last Emperor of the Celestial Empire.
Redbeak Games | Q1 2020 | Steam page
Mortal Glory is a fantasy-themed tactical roguelike game about recruiting a team of gladiators and pitting them against the brutal competition in a blood-soaked tournament. Train your gladiators, find a legendary sword, learn ancient spells, recruit a celebrity, cheat – do whatever it takes to bring glory to your name!
74Warhammer Underworlds Online
Lead your fighters to Glory in the ultimate dice-and-cards strategy combat video game. Warhammer Underworlds: Online pits mighty warbands against one another in an eternal battle for glory in the realms of the Age of Sigmar.
Awaken Realms Digital | TBA | Steam page
Unravel the mysteries of the Guardian Menhirs and save your hometown in this narrative-driven, turn-based open-world RPG – a bold reimagining of the classic Arthurian legends.
76Spellsword Cards: DungeonTop
One Up Plus Entertainment | 16 Jan 2020 | Steam page
A promising indie roguelike turn-based RPG sapiently mixed with card mechanics and delightful graphic arts. Learn more
Something similar to Disco Elysium. As a private detective, it’s your job to solve crimes inside virtual worlds. What decisions will you make in a world where child slavery is a F2P game, where murder over a game-clan dispute is an every-day reality? Who will you become in the XXII century?
Yokogosystems | Jan 7 2020 | Steam page
ReversiQuest2 is a single-player tactical JRPG with a battle system based on Reversi. Those good ole days of pixel art, characters, and sounds reminiscent of video games of the mid 90’s. No need to know the previous ReversiQuest to enjoy ReversiQuest2!
79Ruined King: A League of Legends Story
Airship Syndicate | TBA | Official website
Ruined King is developed by Airship Syndicate (Battle Chaser, Darksiders Genesis) and it will be a story-driven turn-based RPG set in the world of League of Legends.
Gears Tactics is a strategic spin-off of the Gears of War saga, a kind of XCOM that seems to be really well done.
81The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
BonusXP | 4 Feb, 2020 | Steam page
In The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, you will lead a fledgling resistance of Gelfling against their oppressive overlords, the Skeksis, across more than 50 unique turn-based tactics RPG battles.
82As Far As The Eye
Unexpected | TBA | Steam page
Embark on an exciting journey in the gorgeous world of A FATE. Build a mobile village and travel with your tribe toward the center of the world, called The Eye. This turn-based resource-management game is made of procedural situations, natural events, skill-trees and hard choices. Ready to move?
Slawomir Bryk | TBA | Steam page
Han Zhiyu | Spring 2020 | Steam page
A pixel-art turn-based Galaxy total war game. You can select 14 factions, 54 heroes, hundreds of warships and mecha, and command multiple fleets to carry out great strategic operations on the map of the galaxy.
85Bright Red Skies
Mark Viola | TBA | Steam Page
Bright Red Skies is a story-driven post-apocalyptic tactical turn-based JRPG where you make decisions that affect the story.
Coda Games | TBA | Official website
Liege is a JRPG with tactical turn-based battles. The gameplay focuses on strategic placement of units and movement, and is inspired by games like FF Tactics, Fire Emblem, and chess. Like chess, combat in Liege is designed to be easy to learn, difficult to master.
From indie developer Spearhead Games, comes a promising turn-based sandbox RPG which takes shape according to the choices we make in the game. Read my overview
Go through the Slavic Myths in this dark turn-based Rpg that mix adventures point and click elements with card mechanics. Read the overview
I if you like Pokemons, you must be excited about Coromon. Coromon is a modern monster taming game with retro pixel art that brings an immersive storyline, strategic turn-based combat and challenging puzzles to a classic genre.
Bonfire is a rapid, deeply tactical turn-based roguelike RPG about journey, failure, and heroes who care a little too much.
91Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Master
Goblinz Studio | TBA | Steam page
Legend of Keepers is the perfect mix between Dungeon Management and Roguelite. You have been hired as a dungeon master by the Dungeons Company. Your job is simple: protect their dungeons! We tried it and immediately fell in love with pixel art settings and animations.
92Ultimate Adom: Caverns of Chaos
Thomas Biskup | TBA | Official website
Pick up your blade, prepare your spells, check your daggers and ready your bow, for you are about to enter the ominous Caverns of Chaos. Choose your allegiance carefully, for nothing less than the fate of the world depends on your actions and your success or failure.
A tactical turn-based RPG, with a gritty story for a mature audience. You command the Steel Dragons, a mercenary outfit fighting for survival in the harsh, urban near-future that is Haven City. Read the overview
LevenLiu | TBA | Steam page
“Hyper Galaxy Squad” is a Sci-fi turn-based tactical game.In the 24th century, with the application of FTL technology, the human colony spread throughout the galaxy.You accepted the request of the Galaxy Republic to perform a dangerous mission.
4 Dimension Games | Fall 2020 | Steam page
Explore a vast open world and crawl through dungeons in first person, then fight tactical turn-based battles from a top-down perspective. Guide your adventuring party through Archaelund, mankind’s last frontier, and uncover its many secrets.
96We are the Plague
A hand-drawn tactical turn-based game where we are guided by the Plague as he seeks revenge around a dark-fantasy world. Read the overview
Arcadian Atlas is a 2D isometric tactical role-playing game about the choices people make in pursuit of the things they love, and the havoc it wreaks on a kingdom. Read the overview
Alexander Kamen, Wyrmring | TBA | Steam page
A dark tactical roguelike RPG with gritty turn-based combat, atmospheric dungeon exploration, deep hero customization and a Dark Souls feel, Eidolons: Netherflame pits you against fearsome bosses and tests your mastery, enfolds you in a melancholy story inspired by Planescape: Torment. Read our interview to the developer
99Iris and the Giant: Card Deck Roguelike
Iris and The Giant is a fusion of the CCG, RPG and roguelike genres. You play as Iris, who must brave her fears in her imaginary world. Dive into a melancholic and gripping adventure, filled with cute monsters and buried memories. Ready to face your inner demons?
100Dead Age 2
Silent Dreams | Early 2020 | Steam page
The successful indie survival RPG “Dead Age” (84% very positive) is back with a vengeance! No other game offers this mix of role-playing, rogue-like, fast-paced turn-based combat and survival all in one. Inspired by Darkest Dungeon, Fallout 1+2, This War of Mine and The Walking Dead.
Dreadlands is a turn-based skirmish strategy game in a shared world where you battle for the valuable resource – Glonithium, “Glow” for short. Explore the lush world in Dreadlands by travelling across its many regions with your misfit gang of miscreants and mercenaries.
I will try to keep this list updated, with release dates and new entries instead when a game is released, it will be removed from the list. Please help me by writing in the comments any games you think should be on this list.