As a normal person, you probably watched The Witcher 3's trailer, thought, "yes, that is a mighty fine trailer," and then didn't go searching for hidden paragraphs of text buried in a single frame at the end. However, there exists a secret cabal of super-powered internet users that, rather than waste their time saving the world, are instead committed to uncovering hidden facts about upcoming RPGs. As such, new details about CD Projekt's anticipated sequel have been revealed.
Bioware have released a bumper selection of screenshots from the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition—one of the few AAA releases still clinging to a 2014 launch. The new environmental shots show a series of areas set to debut in the RPG sequel, and also offer a look at the returning 'Fade'.
PC players got to defend the world from a brutal alien invasion in UFO/X-Com: Enemy Unknown/UFO Defense. But don't think console players were deprived of turn-planning tactics. Thanks to games like Final Fantasy Tactics, PlayStation 1 owners got to stretch their tactical muscles, albeit through the medium of wizards, summoners and funny-looking yellow birds. Whichever platform you grew up with, then, there's reason to be interested in Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians. It's a tactical-RPG, being created by FF:Tactics designer Yasumi Matsuno, that's looking to raise $600,000 on Kickstarter.
Stoic Games have reached the end of a long and arduous journey; one that required the help of an army of crowdfunders, and contained a short intermission for some free-to-play battling. To celebrate the end of their adventure, here's a celebratory trailer. To be clear: their adventure is in the more metaphorical sense of the development and release of tactical-RPG The Banner Saga. As far as I know, they have not personally carried some giant axes through a harsh and mythical wilderness.
It's the calm before the storm of E3, so now's the perfect time to highlight a game that isn't going to be crammed into the noisy event. Unrest describes itself as "An Unconventional RPG Set in Ancient India", concerning such topics as famine, drought and civil unrest. Rather than playing as some heroic adventurer, you'll play as the sort of everyday citizens they'd usually chat to on their way to the weapon shop - for instance "a young girl betrothed against her will, who is trying to escape to a nearby kingdom". While Unrest has already been funded, and then some, you still have 11 days left to pledge your support for the game, should this fresh take on the RPG appeal.
Knights of Pen & Paper is an RPG where you play an RPG - specifically, an old-fashioned pen-and-paper one, the sort that I'm quite jealous not to have played in real life. The 'action' happens at the back of the screen, illustrating what the Dungeon Master and five heroic adventurers are describing at the front. It looks marvellous, and it will soon be a marvellous-looking game we can play at our desks, as PC and Mac versions of the previously mobile-only title have just been announced. Not only that, but we're getting a shiny '+1' version with all sorts of extra stuff, including new dungeons and additional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles references. Yes.
Richard Garriott's Avatar gets a little less shrouded in mystery with the announcement of the game's lead story designer. If Lord British's fantasy credentials weren't enough, it's been revealed that Tracy Hickman - of Dragonlance fame - is overseeing Shroud of the Avatar's story. If you're a fan of '80s/'90s RPGs and fantasy novels, you probably just spilled something on your keyboard. Sorry about that.
An MMO reaching the grand old age of 14 is a pretty big deal, so I hope EverQuest's anniversary bash has jelly, cake, pin-the-tail-on-the-goblin, and all the other things that make a party worth attending. The event - scheduled for this weekend - definitely features new "epic ornamentation quests", five player-created missions and all previous anniversary content, so now might be a good time to revisit the planet of Norrath if you've been more active in other fantasy worlds lately.
Husband-and-wife team Ville and Anne Mönkkönen (AKA Instant Kingdom) have been working on the sweet-natured, lighthearted RPG Driftmoon for seven years, which in game development terms equates to at least an ice age. Thankfully, it's an ice age that has now come to a close, with the glacier thawing to reveal a massive, slick, isometric RPG featuring powerful modding tools - and with a big old demo to try out too.
CD Projekt RED have given us our first glimpse of their sci-fi RPG, Cyberpunk 2077. Well, a sumptuously pre-rendered version of its world, at any rate. There's not much in the way of detail about the game itself here—we'll have to wait until next month for that—but what we see paints a picture of the dystopian Night City, replete with flickering neon skyline, flying cars, scantily-clad, bulletproof androids and heavily-armed police-o-bots.
Spicy Horse, the Shangai developer founded by American McGee (of Quake and Alice fame), says it's "out of time and money" to finish polishing its free-to-play ARPG, Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. Money buys time, or is time, or something like that, so McGee is asking for $200,000 on Kickstarter to port the PC/Mac game to tablets, build in co-op multiplayer, add an equipment crafting system, hire dedicated community managers, and bulk up the game with other, smaller features before release.