The next speedrunning charity marathon from Games Done Quick is due up in January, but the games list for Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 went live today. Of all the submissions, a choice number were selected to take the stage in Orlando, Florida, including some retro throwbacks, some runs of new games, and of course, TASbot.
You can find the full game list here on the GDQ site, but there are a number of standouts coming to this winter's marathon. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a high-interest run, and it'll be an All Beads/Memories race organized by Distortion2, who ran Dark Souls 2 at the last summer event. Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Devil May Cry 5, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses round out some of the newer releases, the latter of which is fun to watch for Three Houses fans; for those curious, it takes the Black Eagles route, even if the Golden Deer are clearly superior.
A big highlight is the Destiny 2 raid run-six players will team up to tackle every encounter in the Last Wish raid at an estimated time of just 30 minutes. Hopefully ongoing patches don't affect the routing, but speedrunning raids seems like a really impressive feat to behold. My thoughts are with the GDQ production staff in getting all those cogs and gears in order.
I'm personally excited for two runs: Clone Hero, which is a showcase of some incredible Guitar Hero play, and the Any% co-op Final Fantasy 8 "speedrun," which clocks in at a breezy estimate of eight hours and 45 minutes. Long RPG speedruns are beautifully complex and meticulous, and I try to make time for them every year they make it in.
The usual suspects of Zelda (including another randomizer), Mega Man, Castlevania, and TASbot are all here too, but I'm happy to see unexpected runs like Destiny 2 and Clone Hero make it in. Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 kicks off Jan. 5 and runs through Jan. 12, raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. You can find more info on their site here.