January 2020 marks not only the beginning of a new year, but the start of a new decade. This upcoming month signals another fresh launching point for the gaming calendar. After the past few months of game releases, January levels off the amount of upcoming titles with a modest showing of new games.
More than one series is seeing new life by being released on different consoles. "Journey to the Savage Planet," for example, originally released on the PlayStation 4, but this January, the game will take one giant leap over to the Xbox One. Remastered editions of old favorites are also returning, such as the "Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition."
There is typically a slow build-up of game releases immediately after the holiday season, but January 2020 has got gamers covered with a solid showing of games. This month only serves as a springboard for the rest of the year, and judging from this month's offering, we can't wait to see what the new year, and the new decade, hold in store for us.
What to be excited for:
“Yakuza: Like a Dragon” (January 16)
The gritty, yet bombastic “Yakuza” series is seeing a fresh installment to the franchise this January. “Yakuza: Like a Dragon” is the latest entry in the popular game series about the criminal underworld of Japan. Fans of “Yakuza” can once more prowl the streets in search of a fight. This action, beat-em-up from Sega will be the series’ eighth main release.
“Journey to the Savage Planet” (January 28)
Space exploration games are making a comeback in a big way, and “Journey to the Savage Planet” is a prime example of how the rich formula has not gotten old. The originally PlayStation 4 title is making the move to Xbox One, which means a whole new selection of gamers can try their hand at this bright jaunt through outer space. “Journey to the Savage Planet” is available with co-op play.
“Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire” (January 28)
The “Pillars of Eternity” series is a sincerely underrated RPG experience that does not get as much credit as it deserves. Console gamers will finally have the chance to visit the rich narrative of Obsidian Entertainment’s latest venture with “Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.” This game of yesteryear will release on both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.
List of January 2020 releases:
Jan. 16: "Yakuza: Like a Dragon" — PS4
Jan. 17: "Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot" — PS4, Xbox One, PC
Jan. 17: "Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE" — Switch
Jan. 21: "Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection" — PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Jan. 21: "Moons of Madness" — PS4, Xbox One
Jan. 23: "Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition" — PS4, Switch
Jan. 23: "Oddworld: Strangers Wrath HD" — Switch
Jan. 23: "Rugby 20" — PS4, Xbox One, PC
Jan. 28: "Journey to the Savage Planet" — Xbox One, PC
Jan. 28: “Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire” — PS4, Xbox One
Jan. 30: “Through the Darkest of Times” — PC