RPGs, PART ONE
Final Fantasy 15
Early 2018 | Square Enix | Link
The road trip to end all road trips is set to arrive on PC with some level of mod support, as well as all three DLC episodes that focus on Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto. It will also come with the Comrades expansion pack, which introduces an online multiplayer component, as well as a first-person mode, because why not?
Pillars of Eternity: Deadfire
2018 | Obsidian | Link
The sequel to 2015’s well-regarded isometric RPG Pillars of Eternity, Deadfire returns to the world of Eora, continuing the story of the telepathically gifted Watcher. Comandeer a pirate ship and sail the open-world tropics of the Deadfire Archipelago in search of the god Eothas, who destroyed the keep you called home by the end of the original game. Major overhauls include companion A.I., class systems, combat speed, afflictions, and more.
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
TBA | Taleworlds Entertainment | Link
It’s been a long wait for the sequel to Mount & Blade: Warband, and it may be a bit longer still, but previews have indicated a strongly expanded combat system to the cavalry battle simulator. Chief among those changes is a directional shield blocking system, chain attacks, and a command structure that allows you to focus on the task at hand while letting your A.I. commander dictate the overall flow of the fight.
Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
2018 | Level 5 | Link
This JRPG (featuring animation work from the renowned Studio Ghibli) features the tale of Evan, a child king who finds himself usurped from his throne and aided by a bevy of creatures and fantastical characters. Real-time fights replace the original’s turn-based system. Plus, a new mode called “Skirmish” pits two small armies against each other, blending Fire Emblem and a traditional tactics combat elements.
The Bard’s Tale IV
2018 | inXile | Link
The first entry in the classic dungeon crawler franchise since 1991, The Bard’s Tale IV mixes old school turn-based combat with decidedly more open, surface-level world exploration. With more than 20 dungeons to explore and some significant shake-ups to conventional dungeon combat (party members can be positioned in a two-row grid), it looks like fans old and new might find enough to surprise them.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
February 13 | Warhorse Studios | Link
Set in an immense, realistic depiction of medieval Bohemia, players take on the role of a young man thrust into the world of royal politics and violence after his family is slaughtered by the king’s mercenaries. Fight, steal, seduce, or do whatever else your heart desires in this non-linear story.
TBA | CD Projekt Red | Link
The studio behind The Witcher dives into the world of the Cyberpunk pen-and-paper RPG by Mike Pondsmith, and all signs point to an even bigger scale than the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. CD Projekt Red has also confirmed the game will have some multiplayer elements as well.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
TBA | Ubisoft Montpelier | Link
A prequel to the original cult classic, BG&E 2 introduces some significant shifts to what was originally a linear, cutesy adventure game. Though it’s hard to pin down what the end result will be, creator Michel Ancel has teased the idea of a galaxy-spanning RPG that lets you work up from the bottom rungs of society to a ship captain, with multiplayer components to boot.
Early 2018 | Digital Sun | Link
An adventurous shopkeeper named Will dreams of adventure in a world populated with strange dimensional portals and creatures. By day, tend to your humble shop, meet townsfolk, and try to figure out which customers will pay more for certain items. By night, leap into randomly-generated Zelda-style rooms filled with traps, enemies, and treasure.
Deep Sky Derelicts
TBA (Early Access) | Snowhound Games | Link
Hire and control up to three mercenaries to root through derelict ships for resources and hope in this dystopian sci-fi adventure with animation that flows like a motion comic book. Turn-based combat pits you against space zombies, gargantuan worms, and god knows what else by using randomly-drawn cards from a deck of possible actions.
2018 | OtherSide | Link
Picking up where the Ultima Underworld games left off, Underworld Ascendant is a first-person dungeon crawler and an immersive sim with a highly reactive environment. It's being designed to encourage improvisation and reward experimenting with its systems.
January 24 2018 | Semisoft | Link
If being bound to your PC meant that you missed out on a lot of classic JRPGs, Legrand Legacy might have you covered. With random encounters, 3D characters wandering around 2D areas, turn-based battles that evoke the likes of Final Fantasy VIII and recruitable NPCs like Suikoden, it’s definitely hitting that nostalgia button. There’s a prologue demo available now that offers up a single chapter of the game.
Early Access 2018 | Damian Schloter | Link
Slasher’s Keep is a first-person dungeon crawling game where you hack and slash a standard selection of fantastical enemies. Developer Damian Scholter has no qualms with self-deprecation, labeling Slasher’s Keep as a “roguelike” or “roguelikelike if you like”. Despite Schloter’s efforts to make it sound generic and derivative, Slasher’s keep has a bold art style and sounds like it will be borrowing the best elements from a lot of RPG subgenres. It’s coming to Early Access sometime in 2018 with plans for a full-release approximately five to seven months afterwards.
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion
2018 | Outright Games | Link
The land of Ooo has been flooded, sending Finn, Jake, BMO and Marceline (who is rocking an excellent pirate outfit) on a nautical adventure to find the source of the flooding. It’s a 3D open-world affair that immediately calls to mind The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker---that’s a lot to live up to. Expect RPG trappings, as well as tactical combat and naval exploration. Also, crikey does it look gorgeous.
The Quest Giver
2018 | Rest.less | Link
Instead of being an adventuring hero, in The Quest Giver, you take on the role of, you’ve guessed it, the person doling out quests. Start up a guild, create quests, hire heroes, and then send them out on adventures to increase your guild’s reputation. It looks a bit like Recettear or Epic Tavern. It didn’t get close to its Kickstarter target, but it’s now on BrightLocker.