Upcoming JRPG Releases in 2020
The end of the last decade of the JRPG genre is upon us. Use this calendar to plan your hype around upcoming JRPGs in 2020 and get the most out of the year.
I update the 2020 JRPG release calendar daily, so any newly confirmed dates will always be included on this page. Be sure to check back as more months fill up with announced JRPGs.
Update: As we wrap up 2020, continue onward with the 2021 JRPG release calendar.
The Year 2020 is a Juggernaut for JRPGs
Everyone understands that Final Fantasy VII Remake is the showstopper this year. April 10th, 2020 can’t come soon enough.
But beyond the historic remake, there are many more exciting upcoming JRPGs in 2020.
We have Tales of Arise welcoming a total redesign of the ‘Tales of’ series, featuring re-imagined exploration and action gameplay. Then, Dark Souls creator, Hidetaka Miyazaki, is joining forces with Game of Thrones Author George R.R. Martin for his new game Elden Ring.
I am personally hyped for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox and Trials of Mana. And hey, I’ll even give Persona 5 another shot when the new version, Persona 5 Royal, releases with new content and playable characters.
What upcoming JRPG are you most looking forward to in 2020?
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Don’t Miss Out on Past JRPGs
Curious about previous years of JRPG releases? Catch up on other JRPGs from my past calendars:
- JRPG releases of 2017
- JRPG releases of 2018
- JRPG releases of 2019
- JRPG releases of 2021
- JRPG releases of 2022
And remember to check out the Icicle Disaster JRPG Podcast! Discover new JRPGs from every era, play along with the show, and recommend the next JRPG everyone will play.
Onto the JRPGs releasing in 2020!
The year 2020 begins with a number of remasters.
One of them is none other than Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for the Switch. It was previously only on the WiiU so you may have easily missed it the first time around.
|Monster Hunter World: Iceborne||PC||9-January|
|Super Robot Wars X||PC||9-January|
|Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack||PS4, PC, Switch||14-January|
|Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls||PC||15-January|
|The Alliance Alive HD Remastered||PC||16-January|
|DRAGON BALL Z: Kakarot||PS4, PC, Xbox One||16-January|
|Tokyo Mirage Session FE Encore||Switch||17-January|
|Arc of Alchemist||PS4, Switch||20-January|
|Kingdom Hearts III ReMIND DLC||PS4||23-January|
|Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception||PC||23-January|
|Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth||PC||23-January|
|Labyrinth of the Witch||PC||30-January|
For February, 2020 we see Azur Lane: Crosswave, DLC for Kingdom Hearts III, and Rune Factory 4 Special on the Switch.
A number of other JRPGs have also begun to fill out the month.
|Yakuza Remastered Collection||PS4||11-February|
|Azur Lane: Crosswave||PS4, PC||13-February|
|Death end re;Quest 2||PS4, PC||13-February|
|Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl - Gold||Switch||14-February|
|Persona 5 Scramble||PS4, Switch||20-February|
|Kingdom Hearts III ReMIND DLC||Xbox One||25-February|
|Rune Factory 4 Special||Switch||25-February|
|Hero Must Die. Again||PS4, PC||26-February|
Nioh 2 releases on March 14th 2020 on the PS4. Its big new feature is character creation and the ability to go into demon form.
Persona 5 Royal also lands in March, featuring the new character, Kazumi Yoshizawa, and other new content.
|Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team Dx||Switch||6-March|
|Langrisser I & II||PS4, Switch, PC||10-March|
|The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III||PC||23-March|
|Persona 5 Royal: Phantom Thieves Edition||PS4||31-March|
Final Fantasy VII Remake now releases April 10th, 2020 (after an announced delay) and Tifa looks stunning. The other characters too, I guess.
Next, the legendary JRPG that never came West back in the early 90s is getting a full blown remake. Trials of Mana releases April 24th 2020.
If interested, read my full Trials of Mana review. I thought it was a great time.
|Final Fantasy VII: Remake||PS4||10-April|
|Dragon Marked for Death||PC||12-April|
|Trials of Mana||PC, PS4, Switch||24-April|
Xenoblade Cronicles Remastered had its release date announced for May 29, 2020. The visual changes look amazing so far!
Another confirmed JRPG for May 2020 is Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen.
|Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen||PS4, Vita||26-May|
|Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition||Switch||29-May|
Brigandine The Legend of Runersia is based on the original tactical RPG on the PSX. It’s awesome to see such a niche game get the modern treatment.
Update: Surprise surprise! Persona 4 Golden is coming to PC on June 13, 2020.
|Ys: Memories of Celceta - Timeless Adventurer||PS4||9-June|
|Persona 4 Golden||PC||13-June|
|Little Town Hero: Big Idea Edition||PS4||23-June|
|Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia||Switch||25-June|
|The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - Extracurricular Edition||Switch||30-June|
After being pushed back a couple months, Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris will now release on July 10th, 2020.
Then we have a mobile game called SINoALICE from director Yoko Taro of the Nier series.
There’s also Fairy Tale, which has been delayed twice now. It is a JRPG based on an anime series (currently available on Netflix). It now releases July 31, 2020 for the PS4, Switch, and PC platforms.
|Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris||PS4, Xbox One, PC||10-July|
|Paper Mario: The Origami King||Switch||17-July|
|Fairy Tail||PS4, Switch, PC||31-July|
Crystal Chronicles Remastered comes out August 27th, 2020 for PS4, Switch, iOS, and Android.
No Gameboy Advanced required!
|Phantasy Star Online 2||PC||5-August|
|Death end re;Quest 2||PC||18-August|
|Crystal Chronicles Remastered||PS4, Switch, iOS, Android||27-August|
After several delays, Vanillaware’s 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim comes out for PS4 on September 22nd.
Vanillaware is the studio behind cult favorites like Dragon’s Crown, Odin Sphere, and Muramasa: The Demon Blade.
|Moero Crystal H||Switch||17-September|
|13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim||PS4||22-September|
|Genshin Impact||PC, PS4, iOS, Android||28-September|
|Undead Darlings: No Cure for Love||PS4, PC, Switch||28-September|
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV releases October 27, 2020 on the PS4.
PC and Switch versions will come at a later date.
|Code of Princess EX||PC||1-October|
|The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV||PS4||27-October|
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a unique action JRPG that uses the cultivating of rice crops as a means of strengthening your character.
Great to see a good looking and creative new IP in the JRPG scene.
|Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia||Switch||3-November|
|Sakuna Of Rice and Ruin - Divine Edition||PS4, PC, Switch||10-November|
|Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Day Ichi Edition||PS4, PC, Xbox One||13-November|
The year wraps up with Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition landing on additional platforms.
A nice win for team Xbox!
|Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate||Switch, PC||2-December|
|Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of An Elusive Age - Definitive Edition||PS4, Xbox One, PC||4-December|
|Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light||Switch||4-December|
|Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia||PS4||10-December|
|COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGEND||Switch||15-December|
To Be Confirmed…
This page is updated daily, making it the most accurate release calendar for upcoming JRPGs in 2020.
Here are all the JRPGs that are known to be in production and loosely rumored for a 2020 release.