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Friday - May 17, 2024

RPG General News - Book Excerpt: Ultima and Worldbuilding in the CRPG

by Hiddenx, 16:34

Couchpotato spotted an excerpt of the book Ultima and Worldbuilding in the Computer Role-Playing Game on Gamedeveloper.

Tuesday - May 14, 2024

RPG General News - Fire Emblem-style Strategy RPG by Helldivers 2 Veterans

by Hiddenx, 18:03

Couchpotato spotted an announcement for a strategy RPG on Gamesradar:

Helldivers 2 veterans are making a Fire Emblem-style strategy RPG complete with "horny" romance thanks to Baldur's Gate 3 and Hades 2

A group of Helldivers 2 veterans has spun off into another company to make a "narrative heavy" strategy RPG like Fire Emblem, complete with romance because one developer wants "the game to be horny."

Talking to Inverse, former Helldivers 2 lead writer Russ Nickel talks about the inspirations that informed his approach to the popular co-op shooter, D&D, and more. As the interview comes to a close, the chat shifts to what's next for the former Arrowhead Game Studios staffer.

"We just decided to spin off into our own company and we're making a tactics strategy RPG like Fire Emblem," Nickel says. "But it's very narrative-heavy, so Fire Emblem if it were published by Annapurna. So a deeply indie, emotionally poignant tactics game, that's also of course very funny with character-based comedy."

Nickel goes on to say that the idea is that the medium reflects the narrative and vice versa. While Helldivers 2 does "a really good job of that," the team is considering what that looks like for a tactical RPG. 

[...]

Saturday - May 11, 2024

RPG General News - Pentiment and We Are OFK win Peabody Awards

by Hiddenx, 21:25

Gamesindustry report that Pentiment and We Are OFK won the Peabody Awards.

Thanks Couchpotato!

Friday - May 10, 2024

RPG General News - Game Music Festival

by Hiddenx, 16:03

Games Industry talked with Borislav Slavov and Gustavo Santaolalla about the golden age of music in games:

From The Last of Us to Baldur's Gate 3: The success of the Game Music Festival

We talk to Borislav Slavov and Gustavo Santaolalla about the new golden age of games music

Two years ago, the Game Music Festival was held at London's Royal Festival Hall for the very first time, after five editions in its Polish homeland.

At the time, we noted how the venue, which can seat 2,700 people, was well attended, but not full. But the audience gave the two scores performed (Cuphead and both Ori titles) a very warm reception, and the event was undoubtedly a great success.

The Game Music Festival returned to London last Saturday, welcoming Larian's composer and music director Borislav Slavov for a concert presenting Baldur's Gate 3's music, and Oscar-winning Gustavo Santaolalla to perform The Last of Us' score. Both concerts featured the Philharmonia Orchestra and, in the case of BG3's performance, the Hertfordshire Chorus.

And the atmosphere was beyond anything we've previously witnessed at a games concert.

Santaolalla, one of the most revered film composers and musicians out there, was given a standing ovation before even playing a single note. His performance, changing instrument with almost every track alongside soloist and long-time collaborator Juan Luqui, explored every emotion, from tear-jerking instrumental pieces straight from TLOU's score, to electric songs from his repertoire extending that universe (if you've never listened to Ando Rodando, this is your sign to do so).

Later in the day, the Baldur's Gate 3 concert was filled to the brim, with the game's cast in the audience alongside many cosplayers, enjoying performances from solo soprani Ilona Ivanova and Mariya Anastasova on some of the game's iconic tracks, and the energy rising exponentially until a terrific finale that saw actor Andrew Wincott join Slavov on stage for a surprise performance of Raphael's Final Act.

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Slavov says video games music has reached a "very special" stage that he calls a "romantic period," with the music crossing boundaries beyond its core community.

"The moment where video game music crosses the border between the industry and media, and goes into everyday people's lives... This is very, very special and makes me incredibly grateful, and lucky to be able to witness [it], and to be part of [it]."

He adds: "And this is the proof and strongest indication that video game music is a thing in its own right. It's one thing to be part of the medium, as good as it is, but it's a completely different story when one day you realise that this particular element from the video game development is crossing the boundaries and becoming part of the people's everyday lives."

[...]

Thanks Couchpotato!

 

Wednesday - May 08, 2024

RPG General News - Lawrence Schick - The Inventor of the Term XP

by Hiddenx, 20:33

Learn more about Lawrence Schick on Eurogamer:

From creating D&D to making Baldur's Gate 3: meet the man who coined the term XP

"We were inventing a whole art form at the time."

A photograph of a white man with a pointed, Van Dyke white beard, and long white hair neatly swept back over his head, holding a magnifying glass up to some ancient document or other in the background.

"Role-playing games are only 50 years old. We're still inventing them every day. That's what's really exciting about it. We haven't found the boundaries of it yet, if there are any. We're still pushing out. That's what keeps me doing this stuff, years after most of my peers have retired or passed on."

Do you believe in fate, that there's an invisible force steering us through our lives and that we end up in certain places for certain reasons? Perhaps after hearing Lawrence Schick's story, you will.

It's not a name I expect you'll recognise, but you'll know some of the things he's responsible for. Take the term XP, for example. It's ubiquitous in gaming and possibly beyond it, and Lawrence Schick created it. It's primarily the reason I set out to track him down, to hear how that came to be, because it fascinates me to think of a gaming landscape where there's no established term for experience points, and possibly no such thing as experience points at all. I find it really hard to even conceive of that, given where we are now.

But it's not all I learn from Lawrence Schick when I do track him down. I discover a passion within him that has helped shape role-playing games in the past, and a passion that continues to shape role-playing games into the future.

[...]

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Sunday - May 05, 2024

RPG General News - Forgotten RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 07:51

C4G checked out some forgotten RPGs:

I Played 5 Obscure and Forgotten RPGs & Action Adventures (again)

0:00 Hello there my RPG lovers :)
0:05 Intro
0:42 Korgan
6:47 Daemonica
11:45 Anima: Gate of Memories
19:58 Dungeons of Sundaria
27:36 Ultra Age
35:49 Outro

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Friday - May 03, 2024

RPG General News - 2024 RPG Roundtable @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 13:23

Zloth spotted a roundtable discussion talking about the state of RPGs on PC Gamer:

2024 RPG roundtable: Baldur's Gate 3, Avowed, Cyberpunk, In Stars and Time, Elder Scrolls designers

PC Gamer's RPG roundtable returns with a powerful panel of RPG experts to talk lovable and hateable companions, romance (and thirst), how you make a great intro to a massive game, and much more. Joining our panel this year:

  • Swen Vincke, founder and director at Larian (Baldur's Gate 3)
  • Carrie Patel, game director and senior narrative designer at Obsidian (Avowed)
  • Sarah Gruemmer, acting lead quest designer at CD Projekt Red (Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty)
  • Adrienne Bazir, founder and sole developer at insertdisc5 (In Stars and Time)
  • Ted Peterson, co-founder Once Lost Games and former writer and designer at Bethesda (The Elder Scrolls 1-4)

Our developers each talk about their current or recent games, as well as other RPGs that have inspired them, from Nier to Disco Elysium.

 

Wednesday - May 01, 2024

RPG General News - 2024: The Year of XCOM-likes

by Hiddenx, 07:26

Henriquejr spotted an article about XCOM-likes on Tom's Gaming Blog:

2024, the year of X-com-likes

The X-com genre hasn’t exactly been dead, so I can’t say 2024 is the year it will make a glorious comeback, but hot damn, there sure are a lot of games coming out in the genre making it somewhat of an event. For X-com aficionados the world over it’s going to be a very busy year with a lot of turn-based tactical combat and the building of bases. Now, I can’t say for certain that all these titles will come out this year, but the prognoses are looking good for many of the games. I will list the games under three categories. Games that are set for a 2024 release (according to Steam), games with a more unclear release, and then games that are out already. Here we go!

Xenonauts 2
Zodiac Legion
Cyber Knights: Flashpoint
Project Haven
King Arthur: Legion IX
Crown Wars: The Black Prince
Menace
Every Day We Fight
Mars Tactics
Interregnum: False Prophet
Urban Strife
Archrebel Tactics
Twilight Wars
Classified: France ’44

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Monday - April 29, 2024

RPG General News - Annoying RPG Elements

by Hiddenx, 18:25

GamingBolt made a list of elements they don't like in RPGs:

16 Things We CAN'T STAND IN RPGs

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Sunday - April 28, 2024

RPG General News - RPGs of 2024 / 2025

by Hiddenx, 12:07

ENFANT TERRIBLE made a list of upcoming RPGs:

TOP 30 MOST INSANE RPG Single Player Games coming out in 2024 and 2025

  • 00:00 Kingdom Come: Deliverance 2 (CryEngine) - 2024 - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 02:16 Astropulse: Reincarnation (Unreal Engine 5) - No release date - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 06:50 No Rest for the Wicked (Unity) - April 18, 2024 Early Access - PC
  • 08:26 King Arthur: Legion IX (Propietary Engine) - May 9, 2024 - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 09:46 Crimson Desert (BlackSpace Engine) - No release date - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 12:24 Exodus (Unreal Engine 5) - No release date - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 14:31 Dragonkin: The Banished (Propietary Engine) - 2025 - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 15:44 Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree (Propietary Engine) - June 21, 2024 - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 18:25 Enotria: The Last Song (Unreal Engine 5) - August 21, 2024 - PC and PS5
  • 20:46 AI Limit (Unreal Engine 5) - 2024 - PC and PS5
  • 23:01 Stygian: Outer Gods (Unreal Engine 5) - 2025 - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 24:04 Last Sentinel (Unreal Engine 5) - No release date - PC
  • 25:48 Titan Quest 2 (Unreal Engine 5) - 2024 - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 28:21 Lost Soul Aside (Unreal Engine 4) - 2024 - PC and PS5
  • 29:57 New Mass Effect (Unreal Engine 5) - No release date - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 30:23 Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn (Unreal Engine 5) - Summer 2024 - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 31:33 GreedFall 2 (Propietary Engine) - Summer 2024 Early Access - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 33:08 Gothic Remake (Unreal Engine 5) - No release date - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 35:16 Flint: Treasure of Oblivion (Unreal Engine 5) - 2024 - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 36:25 Hades 2 (Unity) - 2024 Early Access - PC
  • 38:34 Where Winds Meet (Propietary Engine) - Late 2024 - PC
  • 44:15 Avowed (Unreal Engine 5) - 2024 - PC and Xbox
  • 46:19 Black Myth: Wukong (Unreal Engine 5) - August 20, 2024 - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 48:16 Witches of the New World (Unreal Engine 5) - No release date - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 49:37 Dragon Age: Dreadwolf (Frostbite Engine) - No release date - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 52:08 The First Berserker: Khazan (Unreal Engine 5) - No release date - PC, Xbox and PS5
  • 53:55 Eldrimar (Unreal Engine 5) - 2024 - No release date - PC
  • 55:12 Earthlock 2 (Unreal Engine 5) - No release date - PC, Xbox and PS5

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Wednesday - April 24, 2024

RPG General News - Assassin's Creed: Hexe

by Hiddenx, 18:32

Insider-Gaming collected some info about the next Assassin's Creed game ('Hexe' German = 'Witch'):

EXCLUSIVE – EARLY DETAILS ON ASSASSIN’S CREED HEXE

Details on Assassin’s Creed Hexe are few and far between. Officially, the series’ Vice President and Executive Producer, Marc-Alexis Cote, alluded that the game will be different from past entries and developed by Ubisoft Montreal. From the game’s official tease, we know that it will lean heavily into witchcraft, with the game rumored to be set in Central Europe during the 16th-century Holy Roman Empire (via Bloomberg).

Insider Gaming understands that the game is still in a relatively early stage of development and is expected to be released in 2026 on the Infinity platform. Hexe is understood to be a more linear experience compared to its predecessors with some elements of open-world exploration, somewhat akin to some of the earlier Assassin’s Creed games. As already reported by Insider Gaming, Hexe is poised to have a single female protagonist, currently named Elsa, who has some supernatural abilities.

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Tuesday - April 23, 2024

RPG General News - Astropulse: Reincarnation

by Hiddenx, 16:46

Couchpotato spotted a trailer for Astropulse: Reincarnation:

Astropulse: Reincarnation Official Reveal Cinematic Trailer | Extended Version

Monday - April 15, 2024

RPG General News - Turn Based Games

by Hiddenx, 17:10

Joel RPG recommends some turn-best games:

Top 15 Best NEW Turn Based Strategy-Tactics-RPG Games That You Should Try | 2024 Edition

TIMESTAMPS:
00:00 Intro
01:53 #15. No Plan B (PC)
02:30 #14. Slice & Dice (PC, Android)
03:07 #13. Solium Infernum (PC)
03:42 #12. Dominions 6 - Rise of the Pantokrator (PC)
04:19 #11. LONESTAR (PC)
04:53 #10. Headquarters: World War II (PC)
05:26 #9. Tendryll (PC)
06:00 #8. Dark Deity 2 (PC)
06:40 #7. ARC SEED (PC)
07:15 #6. Guild Saga: Vanished Worlds (PC)
07:52 #5. Sandwalkers (PC)
08:26 #4. Demonschool (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch)
09:03 #3. MENACE (PC)
09:40 #2. ZEPHON (PC)
10:16 #1. Spear Song (PC)

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Tuesday - April 09, 2024

RPG General News - Side Quests stealing the Show

by Hiddenx, 16:47

TheGamer is pondering about side-quests in current RPGs:

I’m Having Trouble Caring About The Main Quest In RPGs

Side quests are stealing the spotlight in all of the big RPGs of this generation.

I think we can all agree there is a lot to do in modern roleplaying games. In some games, like Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth or Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth, there are a massive amount of minigames. True, you will need to play a few minigames to get through the main storyline, but you don’t need to master them to finish the plot.

Other games like Baldur’s Gate 3 (and, for that matter, those games I already named) have an endless series of optional side stories that take hours to complete. Some, like Tears of the Kingdom, just make it fun to screw around for hours. But all of it is making it hard for me to care about the main quest in RPGs.

I’m not saying I don’t like the storylines themselves. Each of the games I’ve mentioned have incredible, fulfilling stories that take dozens of hours to complete. These are stories that make you laugh, make you cry, and make you go, “Wait, was that JK Simmons?”. They’re all intricately planned, beautifully written, and - in the case of Baldur’s Gate 3 - do in fact feature JK Simmons. I’m being genuine when I say that I deeply enjoyed the main quests of these roleplaying games - when I got around to it.

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RPG General News - What's next for Honkai Impact 3rd?

by Hiddenx, 16:36

Gamesradar interviewed the dev team of Honkai Impact 3rd:

What's next for Honkai Impact 3rd, the Genshin Impact dev's original hit RPG: Girl friends, aerial combat, and a "point of entry for newcomers" after 7 years of lore

Interview | Honkai Impact 3rd Part 2 is a comprehensive update for a surprisingly old game

As one of the older gacha games out there, Honkai Impact 3rd can be intimidating. It feels like I was seeing inescapable YouTube ads for this action RPG's launch just yesterday, but the original hit for Genshin Impact developer Hoyoverse is now somehow approaching eight years old. But it also feels a bit like a new game nowadays thanks to its recent Part 2 update, which delivered extensive combat and systemic changes and, most importantly, started a whole story chapter featuring fresh protagonists.

The enormous cast and frankly terrifyingly deep lore of Parts 1 and 1.5 haven't been forgotten, but new leading ladies Senadina, Helia, and Coralie take center stage in a bespoke new space-faring storyline currently orbiting Mars. Part 2 has been billed as an approachable jumping-on point for a game that was getting to be a bit long in the tooth, so as someone who's enjoyed Hoyoverse's more recent games but always skipped Honkai Impact 3rd, I was cautiously optimistic. I was also curious to chat with the devs about what's next for the game, how it got here, its penchant for stories about gals quite simply being good pals, and how it's co-existing with the many other Hoyo games that didn't exist when it launched, especially the loosely paralleled Honkai Star Rail.

GamesRadar+: I've come to think of Part 2 as a soft reboot for Honkai Impact 3rd. Is that accurate in your eyes?

Honkai Impact 3rd development team: This is an update to the existing one, with comprehensive optimization on story lines, combat system, UI design, etc.

I know Honkai Impact 3rd by reputation, and a lot of the praise I hear is related to the previous main character, Kiana. How long have you been planning to move onto an all-new cast with Part 2, and what pushed you to leave Kiana behind?

We always try to provide something new, something exciting, and something [imaginative]. We have been dedicated to creating new content and experiences for both new and avid gamers of Honkai Impact 3rd while inheriting the core spirit of the Honkai franchise. 

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Sunday - April 07, 2024

RPG General News - Games like Baldur's Gate 3

by Hiddenx, 16:58

You are missing Baldur's Gate 3? GGrecon searched for similar games:

13 best games like Baldur's Gate 3 in 2024, from Divinity Original Sin to Diablo 4

  • How I chose the best games like Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best games like Baldur’s Gate 3
  • What is the best game like Baldur’s Gate 3?

As the latest title from Larian Studios, Baldur's Gate 3 is a Dungeons & Dragons-based CRPG that comes complete with a ridiculously in-depth character creator, a vast amount of companions, dialogue, and a gorgeous world to go questing in.

What's more, it's no secret that Baldur’s Gate 3 was met with critical acclaim, even becoming one of our Game of the Year contenders. So if you've explored every inch of the game and want to dive into something else like it, I've selected some of the best games that you should be playing in 2024.

How I chose the best games like Baldur’s Gate 3
My methodology for picking entries for this list was to look for titles that have similar gameplay features or overarching themes. As Baldur’s Gate 3 is an RPG with plenty of dialogue where your choices can change the course of the story, you’ll find plenty of dialogue-heavy games here.

13 - Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition
12 - Disco Elysium - The Final Cut
11 - Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader
10 - Fable
9 - Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
8 - Divinity Original Sin 2
7 - Diablo 4
6 - Pillars of Eternity
5 - Elden Ring
4 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
3 - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2 - Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
1 - Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Thursday - March 28, 2024

RPG General News - Dune: Awakening - Preview

by Hiddenx, 20:30

IGN checked out the multiplayer survival game Dune: Awakening:

Dune: Awakening - The First Preview

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Monday - March 25, 2024

RPG General News - PAX East 2024

Wednesday - March 20, 2024

RPG General News - Holomento

by Hiddenx, 20:06

Splattercatgaming checked out the roguelike Holomento:

Exploration is King In This Post Apocalyptic Open World RPG - Holomento

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Sunday - March 17, 2024

RPG General News - Upcoming Hack and Slash Games

by Hiddenx, 07:32

GamingBolt compiled a list of Hack and Slash Games in the making:

15 Upcoming HACK AND SLASH GAMES of 2024 And Beyond​

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Thursday - March 14, 2024

RPG General News - Spiritual Prequel to The Witcher

by Hiddenx, 18:38

C4G presents a spiritual prequel to The Witcher:

Spiritual "Prequel" to The Witcher that Everyone Forgot

0:00 Hello there my RPG lovers :)
0:05 The Witcher from 1997?
2:08 Sponsored Segment: War Thunder
3:30 Archangel's similarities with The Witcher
6:49 How good was Archangel?

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RPG General News - How to play Daggerheart

by Hiddenx, 18:15

Darrington Press (of Critical Role fame) just released a new TTRPG called Daggerheart:

How to Play Daggerheart | Open Beta

0:00 Intro
2:19 the basics
4:50 character creation
6:58 hit points & stress
8:47 game master stuff
9:48 how combat works
13:48 downtime

-> More info on PC Gamer

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Wednesday - March 13, 2024

RPG General News - Upcoming RPGs

by Hiddenx, 16:28

Mortismal Gaming presents some upcoming RPGs:

Five Upcoming Games & Announcements You Might Have Missed

Timestamps
00:00 Intro
00:49 Outward 2
02:25 No Rest For The Wicked
03:54 Greedfall 2
05:29 The Sinking City 2
06:48 Unknown 9
08:27 Wrap Up

Saturday - March 09, 2024

RPG General News - The Entire History of RPGs

by Hiddenx, 21:05

NeverKnowsBest tells the story of computer RPGs:

The Entire History of RPGs

Sunday - March 03, 2024

RPG General News - Indie Souls Like Games 2024

by Hiddenx, 10:46

Fextralife presents some upcoming Souls Likes:

Top 5 Indie Souls Like Games 2024

Timestamp
0:00 - Top 5 Indie Soulslike
0:37 - Enotria The Last Song
3:51 - The First Berserker: Khazan
5:58 - The Relic of the first Guardian
8:23 - AI Limit
10:12 - Flintlock the Siege of Dawn

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Friday - March 01, 2024

RPG General News - 39 upcoming J-RPGs

by Hiddenx, 18:14

In an older video The Gaming Shelf presents 39 upcoming J-RPGs:

39 NEW JRPGs Coming in 2024 You DON'T Want to Miss!

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth 0:00
Granblue Fantasy Relink 0:45
Persona 3 Reload 1:19
Dungeon Travelers: To Heart 2 in Another World  2:07
Trails of Cold Steel III & IV (PS5) 2:32
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth 3:02
Goblin Slayer Another Adventurer: Nightmare Feast 3:43
Unicorn Overlord 4:26
Dragon's Dogma II 4:58
The Legend of Legacy HD Remaster 5:47
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes 6:14
Megaton Musashi: Wired 7:15
SaGa Emerald Beyond 7:57
Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time 8:30
Arisen Force Vonimir 9:04
The Girl Who Kicked a Rabbit 9:35
Atelier Resleriana 10:10
Bloomtown: A Different Story 10:39
Blue Protocol 11:09
Dark Deity II 11:47
DecaPolice 12:21
Demon School 12:57
Guns Undarkness 13:29
Lost Soul Aside 13:56
LumenTale: Memories of Trey 14:35
Metaphor: ReFantazio 15:00
Neptunia Game Maker R: Evolution 15:36
Octopath Traveler II (Xbox) 16:08
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door 16:40
Project Mugen 17:12
Quartet 17:46
Sacrifire 18:13
Sand Land 18:39
Suikoden 1 & 2 HD Remaster 19:08
The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak 19:45
Visions of Mana 20:18
Zenless Zone Zero 21:07

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Saturday - February 24, 2024

RPG General News - Welcome to ParadiZe - Official Co-Op Trailer

by Hiddenx, 08:06

Couchpotato spotted a new trailer for Welcome to ParadiZe at IGN:

Welcome to ParadiZe - Official Co-Op Trailer

Thursday - February 22, 2024

RPG General News - Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - Announce Trailer

by Hiddenx, 20:03

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be released on June 21:

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - Announce Trailer | NSW, PS4/5, Xbox Series One, X|S, Steam, PC

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RPG General News - Stories from the Outbreak released

by Hiddenx, 18:42

The Roguelite Stories from the Outbreak has been released:

 Stories from the Outbreak - Release trailer

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Tuesday - February 20, 2024

RPG General News - Hidden Gems or Trash

by Hiddenx, 19:26

C4G checked out some obscure RPGs:

I Played Another 5 Forgotten and Obscure RPGs & Action Adventures

0:00 Hello there my RPG lovers :)
0:05 Intro
0:57 Sponsored Segment: Moonlight Blade
2:15 Call for Heroes: Pompolic Wars (2007)
7:09 Eternity: The Last Unicorn (2019)
13:10 Archangel (2002)
21:35 ReCore (2016)
26:49 Blacktail (2022)
32:24 Outro

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Monday - February 19, 2024

RPG General News - The History of the CRPG with Felipe Pepe

by Silver, 08:24

Voxel Smash interviewed Felipe Pepe about the history of the CRPG.

Voxel Smash's Damiano talks with editor and writer Felipe Pepe about the history of CRPGs, the importance of regional differences when talking and writing about gaming history, his work on the CRPG book and his personal history with RPGs.

Thursday - February 15, 2024

RPG General News - Phantom Blade 0 Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 21:11

Fextralife checked out Phantom Blade 0:

Phantom Blade 0 Gameplay Breakdown - Kung-Fu-Punk Hack & Slash ARPG

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RPG General News - Welcome to ParadiZe Launch on February 29

by Hiddenx, 20:27

The Zombie Sim Welcome to ParadiZe will be released on February 29:

Welcome to ParadiZe In 60 Seconds

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Tuesday - February 13, 2024

RPG General News - Soldak RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 16:29

C4G checked out RPGs made by Soldak Entertainment:

The Most Obscure RPG Franchise is a Real Hidden GEM!

0:00 Hello there my RPG lovers :)
0:05 Who is Soldak Entertainment?
0:57 Depths of Peril (2007)
10:29 Kivi's Underworld (2008)
11:23 Din's Curse (2010)
14:54 Drox Operative (2012)
20:26 Zombasite (2014)
26:45 Din's Legacy (2019)
31:00 Drox Operative 2 (2021)
32:28 Outro

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Saturday - February 10, 2024

RPG General News - Trend of Remaking classic RPGs

by Hiddenx, 10:52

Couchpotato spotted an article on Gameinformer about the current trend to create remakes:

Persona, Star Ocean, And Final Fantasy Developers Discuss The Trend Of Remaking Classic RPGs

Every RPG faithful has that formative experience that turned them into a lifelong fan. But what if you could experience it again for the first time? Or if you could recommend it to those who haven’t played it without needing to explain away the parts that haven’t aged well? In today’s gaming landscape, remasters are common, but we’ve seen an influx of full-on remakes of classic role-playing games in recent years.

While 1990’s Ys I & II is likely the earliest example of remade role-playing games, perhaps the most prominent early examples came in the form of the Pokémon franchise. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, 2004 remakes of the series’ debut titles less than a decade after their initial release, showcased the technological leap from original Game Boy to Game Boy Advance. However, when those games were remade for a second time through Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu & Let’s Go, Eevee on Switch in 2018, it was an even bigger jump ahead.

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Tuesday - February 06, 2024

RPG General News - Gavin Clayton's new Project

by Hiddenx, 18:52

Dualshockers reports that Daggerfall Unity creator Gavin Clayton is working on a new project:

Daggerfall Unity Creator Is Working On His Own 'Daggerfall-Like' Game

The creator of the popular remake is pursuing a childhood dream.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Daggerfall Unity creator Gavin Clayton and his team successfully recreated The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall in Unity, a monumental task that took years of effort.
  • Now that Daggerfall Unity is complete, Clayton plans to develop his own "Daggerfall-style" game, incorporating the elements he loves from the classic game.
  • Clayton is pursuing his childhood dream of making games, and while he acknowledges the challenge of creating an original game, he hopes it will receive even a fraction of the love that Daggerfall Unity has received.

[...]

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RPG General News - Steam Next Fest Highlights

by Hiddenx, 18:38

Mortismal Gaming presents some RPGs of the Steam Next Fest:

Steam Next Fest Highlights - February

Timestamps
00:00 Intro
01:15 Crown Wars
02:36 Geneforge 2
03:43 Soulmask
05:06 Coridden
06:43 INDIKA
07:51 Wrap Up

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RPG General News - Soulsborne Games

by Hiddenx, 17:20

Mp1st tries to answer the question:

Why Soulsborne Games Are So Popular Despite Being So Difficult?

It seems ever since the release of the original Demon's Souls, players have maintained a perpetual hunger for more games that can offer up a similar experience. An experience that is most often boiled down to one recognizable feature. It’s heart-crushing difficulty. But there are lots of games that offer a challenge, though none of them seems to have captured the hearts and minds of gamers like the Soulsborne games — so much so, that it spawned off its own sub genre of action-RPGs.

It seems odd that a genre most well-known for it’s ability to beat you into submission would be steadily rising in demand since its conception with absolutely no signs of slowing down. In fact, in the last five years, two of the five game of the year winners, Sekiro and Elden Ring, have been in this genre. So why have these games taken up so much of the gaming spotlight? Are they overhyped by their communities or is there a legitimate reason you should rethink passing them up due to their difficult reputation? There are actually a number of excellent reasons as to why the popularity of Soulsborne games have exploded in the last decade.

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Monday - February 05, 2024

RPG General News - Corsairs Legacy Impressions

by Hiddenx, 15:23

C4G checked out Corsairs Legacy - Pirate Action RPG & Sea Battles:

Corsairs Legacy - The WORST RPG of 2024... so far

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Sunday - February 04, 2024

RPG General News - Game of the Year 2023 @ Ye Old Entertainment

by Hiddenx, 09:56

Ye Old Entertainment presents the Game of the Year 2023:

Game of the Year 2023. We played Baldur's Gate 3, Fallout, Hades, Colony Ship and Many others!

06:31 - Character Creation & Character Progression
10:19 - Gameplay
17:05 - Story & Lore
22:26 - Companions Lorewise
25:52 - Companions Gameplaywise
29:35 - Secondary Mechanics & UX
32:44 - Sound Effects & Mix
35:02 - Music
39:31 - Voice Acting
41:10 - Graphics
44:28 - Performance & Stability
45:27 - GOTY

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Wednesday - January 31, 2024

RPG General News - 2024: A J-RPG Feast

by Hiddenx, 19:13

Exputer thinks 2024 will be the year of J-RPGs:

2024 Presents A Feast Of JRPGs, And I’m Ready To Dig In

From action RPGs to tactical combat, there's something for everyone.

2024 is going to be one hell of a year for JRPGs, with many brilliant titles releasing consecutively.
Infinite Wealth, Persona 3 Reload, Metaphor ReFantazio, and FF VII Rebirth are just a few of these.
There are a lot more games with an unconfirmed release date, that could make an appearance.

Ah, JRPGs. The genre I played the most in all my gaming years and something I grew up with fondly. The iconic animated-style characters, partying up to go on an adventure, creative gameplay elements both turn-based and action, and a thought-provoking and impactful story to keep you on edge and deliver meaningful concepts with music more impactful than the scene itself sometimes. Trust me I can go on and on when it comes to JRPGs.

JRPGs also possess a vibrant history that goes back to the very initial days of the advent of proper gaming. Pioneer franchises like the Legend of Zelda, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, The Legend of Heroes, and Ys started back in the late 1980s, and the concept of JRPGs can be traced even further back. Over the years, this genre has changed drastically, but it continues to go strong, and I can’t describe how overjoyed I am that 2024 is shaping up to be an excellent year for JRPGs.

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RPG General News - Jeff Vogel: Genres are Marketing Terms

by Hiddenx, 18:48

Soola spotted the newest blogpost from Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software:

Genres are Marketing Terms, and Your Advice is Bad.

Art is slippery. The firmer your grasp, the sooner it slips out of your hands.

If you really wanna go nuts, try to define what a “game” is. I mean, Hidden Object Games barely even count as an activity. And yet, we know they are games, because they have “game” in the name.
One of the great (?) things about making and writing about games for 30 years is the patterns you get to see. Arguments that come up again and again. Mistakes that keep being made.

I've found that creators and writers often have a phase where they try to come up with their hard, fast rules for art. It's a way to fail to bring soothing order to a process that is unnervingly chaotic and unpredictable.

This isn’t useless. When you're new to an art form, you need to study it. Learn everything that has been done and what has worked and what didn't. Organize it into categories according to what inspires you and what doesn't. It's a healthy waypoint on the way to a productive process of shaking all old ideas of rules and categories off and doing whatever the hell you want.

The problem is when these ideas escape containment from the soothing calm of your Mind Palace and become Tweets. Then debates, then arguments. It's a process that has been going on as long as art's existed.

It's fun to argue, but when you start proclaiming, "This is the one true way to make work," or "These are the rules that define what this piece of art is," you're probably well on the way to wasting time. And time is precious. The most important debates happen inside your own head.

I have to confess at this point that I was inspired to write this by seeing multiple discussions on Twitter/X. It's a very bad idea to take seriously anything you see on Twitter/X. It's a medium designed to prevent complex thought, a pedant's paradise, and really a very very VERY small corner of human thought.

Still, these arguments happen everywhere always, and it's good to be inoculated.

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Monday - January 29, 2024

RPG General News - New Deus Ex Game canceled

by Hiddenx, 21:36

PC Gamer reports that Embracer lays off 97 people at Eidos Montreal and that's the end of the new Deus Ex game:

Embracer lays off 97 people at Eidos Montreal, reportedly cancels new Deus Ex game

The Embracer Group's plummet hits one of PC gaming's most beloved series.

Eidos Montreal, developer of the Adam Jensen-centric Deus Ex reboots as well as 2021's Guardians of the Galaxy, announced today that it has laid off 97 employees "from development teams, administration, and support services." According to a Bloomberg report, the layoffs coincide with the cancellation of an unannounced Deus Ex game the studio was working on. 

Eidos didn't confirm the existence or cancellation of an unannounced Deus Ex project in its announcement, but Bloomberg describes the game as having been in development for two years, likely starting just before or immediately after the studio's acquisition by the Embracer Group in 2022.

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Sunday - January 28, 2024

RPG General News - Arco Preview

by Hiddenx, 21:26

Panic checked out the action RPG Arco:

Arco: A Closer Look at Gameplay

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Saturday - January 27, 2024

RPG General News - 10 best RPGs @ Gameinformer

by Hiddenx, 11:19

According to Gameinformer these are the best RPGs to play right now:

Top 10 RPGs To Play Right Now

If you’re playing an RPG, you’re in it for the long haul and want an experience that’s going to immerse you and keep you entertained the whole way through. A genre that is both familiar and constantly evolving, RPGs are often tasked with having the total package. The best ones contain all the key ingredients, masterfully combining exciting combat, memorable characters, larger-than-life bosses, and a gripping storyline.

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  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Sea of Stars
  • Tales of Arise
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
  • Disco Elysium: The Final Cut
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Yakuza: Like A Dragon
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Tuesday - January 23, 2024

RPG General News - Knight's Path Preview

by Hiddenx, 16:27

C4G checked out the open world RPG Knight's Path:

Knight's Path - New Open World RPG Inspired by Gothic and Sekiro

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Sunday - January 21, 2024

RPG General News - Top 20 RPGs of 2024

by Hiddenx, 08:33

Gameranx presents 20 upcoming RPGs of 2024:

Top 20 NEW RPGs of 2024

0:00 Intro 
0:14 The First Berserker: Khazan 
1:17 Nightingale 
2:16 Chrono Odyssey 
3:05 Gothic 1 Remake 
3:46 Phantom Blade Zero 
4:27 DokeV 
5:12 Path of Exile 2 
6:05 Where Winds Meet 
6:52 Witcher Remake 
7:35 ARK 2 
8:10 Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth 
8:52 Rise of the Ronin 
9:44 Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
10:35 Avowed 
11:20 Black Myth Wukong 
12:07 Fable 
12:53 Dragon Age Dreadwolf 
13:37 Persona 3 Reload 
14:12 Final Fantasy VII Rebirth 
14:49 Dragon’s Dogma 2 
15:34 BONUS

Wednesday - January 17, 2024

RPG General News - 18 upcoming RPGs

by Hiddenx, 16:14

GamingBolt presents 18 upcoming RPGs:

18 NEW Role-Playing Games (RPGs) of 2024 And Beyond

TIMESTAMPS
#1. Black Myth: Wukong 0:22
#2. The Elder Scrolls VI 0:52
#3. Crimson Desert 1:23
#4. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth 1:53
#5. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth 2:17
#6. Dragon's Dogma 2 2:53
#7. Fable 3:20
#8. Rise of the Rōnin 3:38
#9. The Next Mass Effect 4:06
#10. Where Winds Meet 4:32
#11. Chrono Odyssey 5:03
#12. Daba: Land of Water Scar 5:32
#13. Project Orion (Sequel to Cyberpunk 2077) 6:05
#14. The Next Witcher (Project Polaris) 6:43
#15. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League 7:18
#16. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes 8:07
#17. Monster Hunter Wilds 8:43
#18. Kingdom Hearts IV 9:11

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RPG General News - Swen Vincke: Subscription Services not for Larian Games

by Hiddenx, 16:05

Swen Vincke reacts to this statement of Philippe Tremblay, director of subscriptions at Ubisoft:

"I don't have a crystal ball, but when you look at the different subscription services that are out there, we've had a rapid expansion over the last couple of years, but it's still relatively small compared to the other models," he begins. "We're seeing expansion on console as the likes of PlayStation and Xbox bring new people in. On PC, from a Ubisoft standpoint, it's already been great, but we are looking to reach out more on PC, so we see opportunity there.

"One of the things we saw is that gamers are used to, a little bit like DVD, having and owning their games. That's the consumer shift that needs to happen. They got comfortable not owning their CD collection or DVD collection. That's a transformation that's been a bit slower to happen [in games]. As gamers grow comfortable in that aspect… you don't lose your progress. If you resume your game at another time, your progress file is still there. That's not been deleted. You don't lose what you've built in the game or your engagement with the game. So it's about feeling comfortable with not owning your game.

Swen on Twitter:

Whatever the future of games looks like, content will always be king. But it’s going to be a lot harder to get good content if subscription becomes the dominant model and a select group gets to decide what goes to market and what not. Direct from developer to players is the way.

Getting a board to ok a project fueled by idealism is almost impossible and idealism needs room to exist, even if it can lead to disaster. Subscription models will always end up being cost/benefit analysis exercises intended to maximize profit.

There is nothing wrong with that but it may not become a monopoly of subscription services. We are already all dependent on a select group of digital distribution platforms and discoverability is brutal. Should those platforms all switch to subscription, it’ll become savage.

In such a world by definition the preference of the subscription service will determine what games get made. 

Trust me - you really don’t want that.

TLDR ; you won’t find our games on a subscription service even if I respect that for many developers it presents an opportunity to make their game. I don’t have an issue with that. I just want to make sure the other ecosystem doesn’t die because it’s valuable.

 

Saturday - January 13, 2024

RPG General News - PC Gaming grows 18%

by Hiddenx, 14:32

Regarding to Wccftech 2023 was a strong year for PC Gaming:

Baldur’s Gate 3, Hogwarts Legacy, Starfield, Lethal Company Led a Record Year for PC Gaming

2023 was a big year for gaming in general, but it seems it was a particularly strong year for PC Gaming in specific. According to a report from VG Insights, which uses data from Steam and other sources to estimate sales with a fairly high level of accuracy, the global PC gaming market grew to $9 billion in 2023, an 18 percent year-on-year increase over 2022. This followed several years of steady yet slower growth.

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RPG General News - Upcoming RPGs @ GameSpot

by Hiddenx, 14:20

GameSpot is excited about these upcoming RPGs:

11 RPGs To Get Excited About In 2024

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Thursday - January 11, 2024

RPG General News - Former Witcher Devs create their Dream RPG

by Hiddenx, 21:31

PCGamesN reports that the studio Rebel Wolves is working on a new RPG:

Ex Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 devs plan to make their “dream” RPG

Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3, and former CDPR devs come together to build the RPG of their dreams, confirming it has officially entered alpha.

Former Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3, and CDPR developers have united to create “the RPG of their dreams,” confirming that the upcoming dark fantasy game has now entered its alpha stage. Rebel Wolves, a studio founded by Witcher 3 director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, has successfully recruited CP2077 quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, whose previous credits also include Thronebreaker The Witcher Tales. Tomaszkiewicz describes Rebel Wolves’ debut game as an RPG that its creators “would love to play ourselves.” More information is slated to arrive later this year.

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Monday - January 08, 2024

RPG General News - Top 10 RPGs of 2023

by Hiddenx, 17:43

Game Skinny assembled a top 10 list aswell:

Top 10 Best RPGs of 2023

These are the best RPGs of 2023, and all games that you should buy now or add to your wishlist.

When it comes to roleplaying games, whether they’re ARPGs, CRPGs, or those with hybrid elements, 2023 has been a fruitful year. Most of the AAA titles didn’t disappoint — with a few exceptions — and there were some masterful indie RPGs, as well. These are the Top 10 best RPGs of 2023.

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  1. Baldur’s Gate 3
  2. Sea of Stars
  3. Clash Artifacts of Chaos
  4. Armored Core 6
  5. Warhammer 40K Rogue Trader
  6. Lies of P
  7. Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  8. Hogwarts Legacy
  9. Remnant 2
  10. Final Fantasy 16

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RPG General News - Upcoming RPGs @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 17:22

PC Gamer presents some upcoming RPGs:

11 upcoming RPGs that might finally pull me away from Baldur's Gate 3

There are tons of exciting, ambitious RPGs in development, and lots of them are releasing this year.
 
The enormity of Baldur's Gate 3's briefly stirred up anxieties over raised expectations for future games: Are we going to feel let down by every subsequent RPG that can't match BG3's scope and complexity?

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  • Sovereign Syndicate
  • Unforetold: Witchstone
  • Broken Roads
  • Dragon's Dogma 2
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 
  • Avowed
  • Dread Delusion
  • Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
  • Where Winds Meet 
  • The Wayward Realms
  • Lightforge Games' social RPG

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Sunday - January 07, 2024

RPG General News - Year of the Games: 2023 @ Shacknews

by Hiddenx, 04:59

Couchpotato spotted the Shacknews Awards 2023 celebration:

Year of the Games: 2023

2023 is coming to a close, and the Shacknews Staff has assembled an amazing list of games, people, studios, and other awesome things that shaped the year. Leading up to the Shacknews Game of the Year 2023 announcement on December 31, the staff got together to celebrate some other games worthy of praise for a number of reasons. Each award includes a deliberation video, if you want to get a look at the heated debates and intense staff votes. Games released between January 1, 2023 and November 30, 2023 are eligible for Shacknews Awards 2023 consideration, with December 2023 games eligible for awards in 2024. Please take a look.

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Saturday - January 06, 2024

RPG General News - Sandbox RPGs with Lore

by Hiddenx, 09:12

Ye Old Entertainment presents some sandbox RPGs with lore:

Great Sandbox RPGs that you want to look at: Star traders: Frontiers, Wartales and Vagrus

03:06 - Wartales
13:47 - Star Traders: Frontiers
21:38 - Vagrus - The Riven Realms

Friday - January 05, 2024

RPG General News - 10 most anticipated JRPGs of 2024 @ Noisy Pixel

by Hiddenx, 18:50

Noisy Pixel is waiting for these J-RPGs:

Noisy Pixel's 10 Most Anticipated JRPGs Releasing in 2024

00:00 Intro
00:44 Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
01:28 Persona 3 Reloaded
02:40 Granblue Fantasy: ReLink
03:49 The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered
05:07 SaGa Emerald Beyond
06:10 Metaphor: ReFantazio
07:19 Visions of Mana
08:28 Unicorn Overlord
09:19 Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
10:33 The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak

 

Wednesday - January 03, 2024

RPG General News - Lord of the Rings RPGs

by Hiddenx, 10:26

C4G checked out Lord of the Rings RPGs:

Terrible and Great Lord of the Rings RPGs and Action Adventures

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RPG General News - Release Dates of 2024 RPGs

by Hiddenx, 09:31

RPG Site made a release date list for upcoming RPGs:

The RPGs of 2024: Every RPG and their release dates

Here we list the upcoming RPGs we expect to see in 2024. This listing will often be updated throughout the year.

Now - we know - defining what exactly is an 'RPG' is can be a little tricky. While some of the games below may not best be labeled as an 'RPG', we wanted to include games that have evident role-playing elements. We allow for a little bit of wiggle room.

Here are some house rules of the list:

  • Our list only includes games with confirmed English versions set to release in 2024. Games that do not have confirmed English localizations or have not yet been announced with 2024 release plans will not be included.
  • There are many RPGs currently in Early Access that may see their full release in 2024. We don't try to predict when games will leave Early Access, so they will not be included until a hard date is announced.

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Tuesday - January 02, 2024

RPG General News - 2023: Winners and Losers

by Hiddenx, 08:53

VGChartz looks back at 2023:

2023 in Review: Winners and Losers - Article

Another year in the rear-view mirror, another year of both good and bad to look back upon. The video game industry has once again played host to a number of significant events, releases, and other assorted happenings over the last 12 months. So, before we completely forget 2023 and move on to the new year, let's take a look at some of the things that happened, both the nice and the nasty. Here are my winners and losers of 2023 in the world of video games.

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Monday - January 01, 2024

RPG General News - Biggest Games coming in 2024

by Hiddenx, 18:17

IGN presents some games that will be released in 2024:

The Biggest Games Coming in 2024

  • Intro & Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown
  • Tekken 8, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Suicide Squad Kills The Justice League
  • Persona 3, Helldivers II, Skull & Bones, Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth
  • Alone in the Dark, Dragon’s Dogma 2, Rise of the Ronin, Princess Peach: Showtime!
  • Black Myth Wukong, Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl
  • Star Wars Outlaws, Hades II, Metaphor: ReFantazio, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, Visions of Mana, Avowed, Zenless Zone Zero
  • Genshin Impact, Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, DOOM: Year Zero, Metroid Prime 4, Dragon Age: The Dread Wolf Rises

Sunday - December 31, 2023

RPG General News - Best Expansion 2023: Cyberpunk 2077 - Phantom Liberty @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 09:07

PC Gamer thinks Phantom Liberty ist the best game expansion of 2023:

Best Expansion 2023: Cyberpunk 2077 – Phantom Liberty

CDPR's RPG finally reaches its true potential.
 
In a comeback for the ages, Cyberpunk 2077 is now one of the best RPGs you can play, and enhanced even further with this year's Phantom Liberty expansion. For more awards, head to our Game of the Year 2023 list.

Fraser Brown, Online Editor: CDPR will probably never be able to escape the stink of Cyberpunk 2077's botched launch, but what a way to end things. Phantom Liberty's new district, Dogtown, and its cast of CIA analogues, militants and ne'er-do-wells allowed the game to go out on a high note, with a gripping yarn balanced between a slow-burning thriller and a balls-to-the-wall action movie. You get to meet the NUSA president, and much more importantly: Idris Elba.

The devs smartly weave this expansion into the base game rather than sticking it on at the end or making it a standalone romp, allowing it to elevate the rest of Cyberpunk 2077, a game that is lightyears ahead of the launch version thanks to the accompanying (and free) 2.0 update. Proper police chases, a progression system that doles out exciting abilities regularly, an overhauled cybernetics system - this is Cyberpunk 2077's potential realised.

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RPG General News - New Soulslike Mechanics

by Hiddenx, 09:03

PC Gamer spotted some new interesting game mechanics for Soulslikes this year;

There's plenty FromSoftware could learn from this year's crop of inventive Soulslikes—here are 7 ideas I'd love to see in one of their games

Lies of P and Lords of the Fallen both feature some smart little innovations.

Playing Soulslikes is a pretty standard experience for FromSoftware fans at this point. You spend your first few hours puzzling out the new names for the Estus Flask, Bonfires, Boss Souls, Titanite, and all the well-known mechanics you've come to expect from a familiar genre. But perhaps due to the fact that their formula is often carried over wholesale, Soulslikes tend to innovate in more minor ways. 

Bearing similarities to Bloodborne and Sekiro, Lies of P is one of the most pleasant surprises in terms of this year's Soulslikes, and has a tonne of great ideas. While Lords of the Fallen has an unfortunate tendency to recycle bad genre habits too often—an enemy hiding around every corner—it also shows off some clever little mechanics of its own. 

It's rare that an inherently derivative genre helps inform its source, but these seven mechanics below are all ideas I came across while playing and suddenly thought "Hey, it'd actually be really interesting to see these in a proper FromSoftware game". Maybe you'll agree, maybe not, but either way, food for thought surrounding an ever-developing genre.

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  1. Secret unlockable classes
  2. Boss weapon currency
  3. Quest item prompts for fast travel or dialogue
  4. Moveset as an aspect of weapon crafting
  5. Community events or ongoing questlines
  6. Build your own bonfires
  7. More puzzle mechanics please

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Saturday - December 30, 2023

RPG General News - CD Projekt's Roadmap

by Hiddenx, 08:38

Gamepressure presents the roadmap of CD Projekt:

The Witcher 4 Staff and Other Trivia From Interview With CD Projekt's CEO

Adam Kicinski, in his last interview as CEO of CD Projekt, talked about the company's upcoming projects.

Adam Kicinski, the CEO of CD Projekt, was interviewed by Parkiet [in Polish]. He talked about upcoming games, as well as the future of the company.

Upcoming projects

  • Work on Project Polaris (i.e., the new installment of The Witcher) is proceeding swiftly. Currently, the team working on the game consists of more than 330 people and is expected to increase to about 400 in the next six months. Don't expect the company to announce a planned release date anytime soon. Having learned from their experience with CP2077 the developers prefer to wait before announcing a specific date.
  • The company is also ramping up work on Orion, the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077. The concept stage has been going on for quite some time now, and the developers now have a good idea of what the game is supposed to be. However, the development will not start in full swing for some time, as the team in Boston responsible for the project is still being built. CD Projekt's Vancouver branch will also help with the work, as will developers in Poland.
  • Work is also still underway on Project Sirius, a game set in The Witcher universe, developed by The Molasses Flood. Added to this is a remake of the first The Witcher from Fool's Theory.
  • So there are four projects in the pipeline, but none of them will be released anytime soon. Nevertheless, CD Projekt has plans to develop its brands next year, but for now it's too early for any details. Most likely, however, it is about projects in other media, such as books or comics. In the interview, Kicinski praises the success Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, which has also boosted sales of the game. There are plans for a live-action adaptation, and the company has already found a partner for this project, although for now the whole thing is at a very early stage of work.
  • The interview also touched on Project Hadar, which is to be CD Projekt's third IP. Currently, the game is in the concept stage and the creators are busy inventing the world. It is too early for any details. All that is known is that it will be an RPG with an open world.

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Friday - December 29, 2023

RPG General News - Interview with Ex-Wizards Employee

by Hiddenx, 12:32

Commander's Herald interviewed an ex-Wizards of the Coast employee about the layoffs:

Exclusive Interview With Ex-Wizards Employee On Layoffs

Hasbro is not on the good list this year. Wizards of the Coast, the company that develops Magic: The Gathering, has been beset by layoffs from the toy and game giant this holiday season. As such, there is much discontent behind the hallowed walls of Wizards of the Coast's headquarters, and, unfortunately, now outside of it as well. More than 1,100 people were left unemployed after Hasbro went through these layoffs. This amount includes a large number of people now previously under Wizards' employ. We had the opportunity to conduct an exclusive interview with one of these ex-employees.

For reasons of their protection in the industry within which they are still aiming to be employed, we have omitted our interviewee's name from this article. Without further ado, here is what that ex-employee of Wizards of the Coast had to say.

Was the layoff something that came out of nowhere?
Yes and no. While there were communications that numbers were not where they were needing to be, all conversations pointed to this being due to the toys division of Hasbro and that changes would be taking place on that end. We had several Townhall Q&As with [Human Resources], Cynthia Williams, and Chris Cocks where this was brought up. In the one with Cynthia, she responded to HR's comment of "we are killing it" by correcting her and saying we actually were not. She then called out to someone in the back of the group saying "I believe Wizards' numbers are lower than last year" to which the person she was speaking to said they were actually up. She then tried explaining [this] as Wizards not hitting the numbers needed (what was promised to stockholders) and if not for Baldur's Gate 3 the company would be in trouble. When this was brought up in the Chris Cocks Townhall, he commented about it being more towards the toys division and that changes would be made.

Was there severance, and if so, was it reasonable?
There was, though in looking at what has been offered at other companies, it is definitely on the lower end.

Where are the internal fault lines, both within Wizards of the Coast and within Hasbro in general? Is there any generational divide, for instance?
The employees within Wizards all meshed really well. You had to. Teams were so short-staffed and begging for headcount before the layoffs that you didn't have a chance to clash about anything.

From your experience, were the layoffs targeted at upper, middle, or lower-class employees?
Across the board; the only exceptions were the execs who needed to be held accountable the most.

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RPG General News - Steam Bestsellers of 2023

by Hiddenx, 12:19

Steam listed the bestsellers of 2023:

Platinum

  • Sons Of The Forest
  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Call of Duty
  • Starfield
  • Dota 2
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Destiny 2
  • Counter-Strike 2
  • Lost Ark

Gold

  • Dead by Daylight
  • Resident Evil 4
  • War Thunder
  • ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON
  • NARAKA: BLADEPOINT
  • EA SPORTS FIFA 23
  • Warframe
  • ELDEN RING
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • EA SPORTS FC 24
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

RPG General News - Best RPGs of 2023 @ Kotaku

by Hiddenx, 12:04

Kotaku chose their top 12 RPGs of 2023:

The Best RPGs Of 2023

It was another great year for making the numbers go up and romancing our favorite NPCs

The last few years have been full of amazing RPGs, but 2023 took things to a whole new level. It was the year we got Final Fantasy XVI, Diablo 4, and Bethesda’s long awaited Starfield. It was also the year Baldur’s Gate 3 appeared and blew them all out of the water. Fans of stat-based combat, meandering side-quests, and spending way too much time navigating menu systems are eating well.

Not everything that may have deserved a spot on this list made the final cut. If you feel there’s a deserving game that’s not recognized here, more likely than not it was because we simply did not have the time to get to it. 2023 was a packed year, especially for games that take dozens of hours to complete. Honkai: Star Rail, The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Future Redeemed are three releases that are noticeably absent from the below. I plan to make more time for each of them heading into the new year. For now, here are our 12 favorite RPGs from 2023.

  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Fire Emblem Engage
  • Like a Dragon: Ishin!
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Persona 5 Tactica
  • Octopath Traveler II
  • Asgard’s Wrath 2
  • Sea of Stars
  • Starfield
  • Diablo IV
  • Star Ocean: Second Story R

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Wednesday - December 27, 2023

RPG General News - Biggest Surprises of 2023 @ COG

by Hiddenx, 07:31

COG made a list of the biggest surprises of 2023:

BIGGEST SURPRISES OF 2023

Prepare to be Surprised
We’re gamers. We’re used to surprises. Sometimes these are negative, like leaks, hacks, delayed games, and layoffs. Often though, we’re surprised by something good, like an unexpectedly great game or a game that defies the odds and evolves from terrible to awesome. Here are just a few of 2023’s happy surprises.

  1. Baldur’s Gate 3
  2. Lies of P
  3. Hi-Fi Rush
  4. Hogwarts Legacy
  5. Lethal Company
  6. Cyberpunk 2077 and Phantom Liberty DLC
  7. Dave the Diver
  8. Sea of Stars
  9. Super Mario Bros. Movie
  10. Metroid Prime Remastered

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RPG General News - 10 best RPGs of 2023 @ The Gamer

by Hiddenx, 07:13

Couchpotato spotted the 10 best RPGs of 2023 at The Gamer:

10 Best RPGs Of 2023

Get sucked into a new world with the best RPGs of 2023.

The whole genre of Role-Playing Games can be hard to encapsulate at times, since you can consider that all games are played while having a role within them. What the RPG label tends to mean, is a game where character expression and story are at the forefront, either through your own build, a customizable character, or both.

  1. Baldur's Gate 3
  2. Sea Of Stars
  3. Lies Of P
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  5. Cassette Beasts
  6. Octopath Traveler 2
  7. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
  8. Starfield
  9. Final Fantasy XVI
  10. Lords Of The Fallen

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Sunday - December 24, 2023

RPG General News - Top 10 RPGs of 2024 @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 09:08

C4G is excited for these upcoming RPGs:

TOP 10 RPGs I'm Looking Forward to in 2024

0:00 Intro 
0:05 Hello there my RPG lovers :) 
0:39 Sponsored Segment: War Thunder 
2:01 10. Fera: The Sundered Tribes 
3:29 9. Duel Corp 
04:49 8. Ardenfall 
06:10 7. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden 
07:31 6. No Rest for the Wicked 
08:56 5. Forsaken Realms: Vahrin's Call 
10:32 4. Black Myth: Wukong 
11:59 3. Rise of Ronin 
13:32 2. Avowed 
15:06 1. Dragon's Dogma 2 
18:13 Outro

RPG General News - CRPGs of 2024

by Hiddenx, 08:56

Wizard Worm presents some CRPGs that will be released in 2024:

GAME CHANGER ALERT: The 2024 CRPGs Will Amaze You! (The Best 10)

Unlock the gates to a new era of gaming! Immerse yourself in the excitement as I reveal 'The Best 10 Upcoming CRPGs of 2024.' From mythical realms to steampunk adventures, these games promise an unparalleled journey into the heart of role-playing excellence. Join me for an exclusive rpg preview and get ready to shape your gaming destiny in 2024. 

00:00 Welcome Adventurers!
00:16 Archaelund 
01:43 Sovereign Syndicate
02:49 Zoria: Age of Shattering
03:42 Broken Roads
04:40 New Arc Line
05:58 Passageway of the Ancients
06:42 SKALD: Against the Black Priory
07:22 The Way of Wrath
08:20 Edge of War
09:24 Unforetold: Witchstone

Saturday - December 23, 2023

RPG General News - Falcom Roadmap

by Hiddenx, 09:48

Couchpotato spotted Falcom's roadmap on Gematsu:

Falcom reveals upcoming titles lineup, including unannounced Trails game, action RPG, and more

Trails developer aims to increase output to four to five titles per year.

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  • Title A: The Legend of Heroes: Kai no Kiseki – Farewell, O Zemuria (TBD) – 2024
  • Unannounced Title B: Trails Series (TBD) – In Development
  • Unannounced Title C: Action RPG (TBD) – In Development
  • Unannounced Title D (TBD) – In Development
  • Ported Titles (TBD) – Suspended Development of Three Titles
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak (Switch) – February 15, 2024
  • Unannounced Switch Title E (Switch) – In Development
  • Unannounced Ported Title F (PS5, PS4) – In Development

Monday - December 18, 2023

RPG General News - Putting the "J" in the RPG

by Hiddenx, 18:35

The Digital Antiquarian talks about the origins of J-RPGs (part #1, part #2):

Putting the "J" in the RPG, Part 1: Dorakue!

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The roots of the JRPG can be traced back not just to the United States but to a very specific place and time there: to the American Midwest in the early 1970s, where and when Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, a pair of stolid grognards who would have been utterly nonplussed by the emotional histrionics of a Final Fantasy VII, created a “single-unit wargame” called Dungeons & Dragons. I wrote quite some years ago on this site that their game’s “impact on the culture at large has been, for better or for worse, greater than that of any single novel, film, or piece of music to appear during its lifetime.” I almost want to dismiss those words now as the naive hyperbole of a younger self. But the thing is, I can’t; I have no choice but to stand by them. Dungeons & Dragons really was that earthshaking, not only in the obvious ways - it’s hard to imagine the post-millennial craze for fantasy in mass media, from the Lord of the Rings films to Game of Thrones, ever taking hold without it — but also in subtler yet ultimately more important ones, in the way it changed the role we play in our entertainments from that of passive spectators to active co-creators, making interactivity the watchword of an entire age of media.

The early popularity of Dungeons & Dragons coincided with the rise of accessible computing, and this proved a potent combination. Fans of the game with access to PLATO, a groundbreaking online community rooted in American universities, moved it as best they could onto computers, yielding the world’s first recognizable CRPGs. Then a couple of PLATO users named Robert Woodhead and Andrew Greenberg made a game of this type for the Apple II personal computer in 1981, calling it Wizardry. Meanwhile Richard Garriott was making Ultima, a different take on the same broad concept of “Dungeons & Dragons on a personal computer.”

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RPG General News - Forgotten and obscure RPGs

by Hiddenx, 18:03

C4G checked out 50 lesser known RPGs:

I Played 50 Forgotten and Obscure RPGs & Action Adventures

0:00 Intro
0:53 Sponsored Segment: Star Trek Fleet Command
2:31 1. Venetica
5:28 2. The Fist Templar
8:39 3. Hunted: Demon's Forge
12:06 4. Rune II
15:19 5. Blades of Time
19:38 6. The Dark Eye: Demonicon
25:22 7. Loki
30:06 8. Rise of the Argonauts
35:02 9. Bound by Flame
39:33 10. Enclave
44:08 11. Hard to be a God
48:59 12. Vikings: Wolves of Midgard
54:26 13. Insomnia: The Ark 
59:21 14. The Cursed Crusade
1:05:00 15. Drakensang: The Dark Eye
1:11:20 16. Game of Thrones
1:16:35 17. Sacred 3
1:22:32 18. Dungeon Lords
1:28:44 19. Heavently Sword
1:36:38 20. Seven Enhanced Edition
1:43:44 21. Legends of Aethereus
1:49:25 22. BloodRayne 2 ReVamped
1:56:40 23. The Bard's Tale
2:01:16 24. Dungeon Siege 3
2:09:16 25. Sudeki
2:16:41 26. Warlander
2:22:56 27. Viking: Battle for Asgard
2:29:25 28. Shadows: Awakening
2:38:29 29. Blade of Darkness
2:45:27 30. Silverfall
2:54:38 31. Sword Coast Legends
3:00:28 32. Blood Knights
3:06:58 33. Hellgate London
3:13:42 34. Summoner 2 A Goddess Reborn
3:20:26 35. Spartan: Total Warrior
3:27:57 36. Mage Knight: Apocalypse 
3:34:27 37. Ascend: Reborn
3:40:34 38. Kult: Heretic Kingdoms
3:47:39 39. Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance
3:52:42 40. Knights Contract
4:00:57 41. Borderzone
4:07:43 42. Beowulf: The Game
4:15:53 43. Dawn of Magic 2
4:23:02 44. Requital
4:30:08 45. KotT: Infernal Crusade
4:37:41 46. The Waylanders
4:44:06 47. Extinction
4:50:03 48. Immortal Unchained
4:57:25 49. Bionic Commando
5:03:47 50. Champions of Norrath
5:11:25 Ways to support C4G

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Thursday - December 14, 2023

RPG General News - The Best RPG of 2023 @ IGN

by Hiddenx, 21:49

IGN has chosen the best RPG and the best Soulslike of 2023:

The Best RPG of 2023

One of gaming’s oldest genre’s had a remarkable 2023. It contained several long-awaited releases, a number of delightful surprises, and a stunning sequel that will be remembered as an all-time great. We knew it would be a good year for RPGs going in, but we didn’t know that it would be this good. Role-playing games of all different types were represented this year – turn-based and action, strategy and open-world, Japanese and European. It was a feast for fans of the genre, made all the more surprising that one of its anticipated releases spent less time in the limelight than many would have expected.

Runner-Up: Starfield
Runner-Up: Diablo IV
Runner-Up: Sea of Stars
Runner-Up: Octopath Traveler 2
Runner-Up: In Stars and Time
Runner-Up: Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Winner: Baldur’s Gate 3

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The Best Soulslike of 2023

It’s rare that a whole new genre emerges. It’s even rarer when a new genre breaks out of its niche and becomes a significant part of the medium as a whole. But that’s exactly what has happened with Soulslikes. There’s a whole movement of games inspired by Dark Souls, and with the likes of Lords of the Fallen, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, and Lies of P arriving over the past 12 months, 2023 was the ultimate proof of that. No longer just clones riding the coattails of FromSoftware, these games have built on the Souls ruleset and bloomed into a scene all of their own. Hence, there seemed no better time than now to give Soulslike its own category for this year’s IGN awards.

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Runner-Up: Remnant 2
Winner: Lies of P

Honorable Mentions:
Lords of the Fallen
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

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Wednesday - December 13, 2023

RPG General News - Larian should make a Star Wars Game

by Hiddenx, 18:37

PC Gamer thinks Larian should make a Star Wars RPG:

I've never wanted anything more than for Larian to make a Star Wars RPG in the vein of Baldur's Gate 3

It's already made the best D&D videogame, so why not adapt the Star Wars TTRPG?

A whopping 19 years ago last week, Obsidian and LucasArts released Knights of the Old Republic 2 - a rough, unfinished romp around the Star Wars galaxy. Despite being pushed out the door far too soon, the complex, philosophical yarn spun by Obsidian lifted it above the usual Star Wars fare, exploring the setting and the nebulous concept of the Force in a way that had never really been attempted before. 

With only a year and change between this and the first KOTOR, you could have been forgiven for assuming that a golden age of Star Wars RPGs was upon us, but it wasn't meant to be. Nearly two decades later, we've yet to see either a follow up or a brand new Star Wars RPG, at least not a singleplayer one, despite the fact that the licence has grown into an uncontrollable beast under Disney.

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Tuesday - December 12, 2023

RPG General News - 10 best RPGs of 2023 @ Screenrant

by Hiddenx, 11:29

Screenrant listed their 10 best RPGs of 2023:

10 Best RPGs Of 2023

From Final Fantasy XVI to Baldur's Gate 3, this was a great year for RPGs, but these ten games stood out as the best of the bunch in 2023.

SUMMARY

  • 2023 was an excellent year for RPGs, with standout titles like Baldur's Gate 3 receiving high praise from critics and players.
  • Honkai: Star Rail, The Legend of Heroes: Trails To Azure, and Super Mario RPG were also recognized as some of the best RPGs of the year, with strong critic reviews and positive player reception.
  • The selection process for this list considered criteria such as critic scores, awards, our own reviews, and the writer's expertise, ensuring that the chosen games truly represent the best of the genre.

The Games:

  • Honkai: Star Rail (HoYoverse)
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails To Azure (NIS America)
  • Super Mario RPG (Nintendo)
  • Starfield (Bethesda)
  • Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros. Games)
  • Octopath Traveler 2 (Square Enix)
  • Star Ocean: The Second Story R (Square Enix)
  • Sea of Stars (Sabotage)
  • Final Fantasy 16 (Square Enix)
  • Baldur's Gate 3 (Larian Studios)

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Sunday - December 10, 2023

RPG General News - Dungeons & Dragons Games ranked

by Hiddenx, 23:27

TripleJump ranked all Dungeons & Dragons viodeo games:

Every Dungeons & Dragons Video Game Ranked From WORST To BEST

Featured Dungeons & Dragons video games:
• Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Cloudy Mountain
• Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin
• Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse
• Baldur's Gate
• Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
• Baldurs' Gate III
• Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
• Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
• Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II
• Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance
• Blood & Magic
• Champions of Krynn
• Curse of the Azure Bonds
• Dark Sun: Shattered Lands
• Dark Sun: Wake of the Ravager
• Death Knights of Krynn
• DeathKeep
• Descent to Undermountain
• Dragons of Flame
• DragonStrike
• Dungeon Hack
• Dungeon!
• Dungeons & Dragons Online
• Dungeons & Dragons Tactics
• Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale
• Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance
• Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard
• Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder
• Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes
• Dungeons & Dragons: Order of the Griffon
• Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara
• Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom
• Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun
• Eye of the Beholder
• Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon
• Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor
• Fantasy Empires
• Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone
• Forgotten Realms: Unlimited Adventures
• Gateway to the Savage Frontier
• Heroes of the Lance
• Hillsfar
• Icewind Dale
• Icewind Dale II 
• Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms
• Iron & Blood: Warriors of Ravenloft
• Menzoberranzan
• Neverwinter
• Neverwinter Nights (2006)
• Neverwinter Nights (1991)
• Neverwinter Nights 2
• Planescape: Torment
• Pool of Radiance
• Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor
• Pools of Darkness
• Ravenloft: Stone Prophet
• Ravenloft: Strahd's Possession
• Secret of the Silver Blades
• Shadow Sorcerer
• Slayer
• Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace
• Stronghold
• Sword Coast Legends
• Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation
• The Dark Queen of Krynn
• The Temple of Elemental Evil
• Treasures of the Savage Frontier
• War of the Lance

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Saturday - December 09, 2023

RPG General News - 5 Forgotten RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 07:59

C4G checked out five lesser known RPGs:

So I Played 5 Forgotten & Obscure RPGs & Action Adventures

0:00 Hello there my RPG lovers :)
0:05 Intro
1:00 The Waylanders 
7:25 Extinction
13:22 Immortal Unchained
20:43 Bionic Commando
27:05 Champions of Norrath
34:43 New t-shirt! 
35:21 Outro

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Wednesday - December 06, 2023

RPG General News - Top 30 Action RPGs @ GamingBolt

by Hiddenx, 16:51

GamingBolt presents a top 30 list of action RPGs:

TOP 30 MOST AMAZING Action RPGs That Are Worth Your Time [2023 Edition]

0:27 - Fallout 3
1:01 - Dying Light 2
1:25 - Bastion
1:52 - X-Men Legends 2: Rise Of Apocalypse
2:28 - Weird West
2:53 - Transistor
3:28 - Diablo 4
4:00 - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
4:41 - YS9: Monstrum Nox
4:54 - Borderlands 2
5:18 - System Shock 2
5:45 - Dead Island 2
6:22 - Remnant 2
6:55 - Pokemon Legends: Arceus
7:22 - Lords of the Fallen
7:47 - Tom Clancy's: The Division 2
8:14 - Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
8:54 - Hogwarts Legacy
9:14 - Lies of P
9:49 - Demon's Souls
10:18 - Nioh 2
10:50 - Mass Effect 2
11:18 - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
11:48 - Starfield
12:10 - Cyberpunk 2077
12:44 - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
13:09 - Dark Souls 3
13:39 - Final Fantasy 16
14:13 - Horizon: Forbidden West
14:42 - Elden Ring
15:06 - Bloodborne

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Monday - December 04, 2023

RPG General News - The Story of Alternate Reality

by Hiddenx, 18:53

MetaStatistical looks back at Alternate Reality:

The Story of Alternate Reality: A Game Series Too Ahead of its Time

The full story of Alternate Reality, a Computer RPG series from 1985, which inspired many ideas and many more fans.

Wednesday - November 22, 2023

RPG General News - Class of Heroes 1 & 2: Remasters announced

by Hiddenx, 20:02

Remasters of the J-RPGs Class of Heroes 1 & 2 have been announced for 2024:

Class of Heroes 1 & 2: Complete Edition │ Announcement trailer

Tuesday - November 21, 2023

RPG General News - History of Kazuma Kiryu

by Hiddenx, 17:16

GameSpot tells the story of Kazuma Kiryu - a lead character in the Yakuza series:

History of Kazuma Kiryu

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Monday - November 20, 2023

RPG General News - We Who Are About To Die Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 17:03

Splattercatgaming checked out the Galdiator RPG We Who Are About To Die:

The Gladiator RPG That Has Rapidly Grown Into One of My Favorites - We Who Are About To Die

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Friday - November 17, 2023

RPG General News - Must Play RPGs November 2023

by Hiddenx, 17:15

The Turn Based Lovers think you should play these games in November 2023:

TOP NEW PC RPGS YOU MUST PLAY IN NOVEMBER 2023

We’re coming up at the end of the year, and that means that lots of new games will be dropping right before the holidays. Turn-based games are no exception, and November will be a great month for RPG and strategy fans in particular.

From long-awaited launches to exciting new early-access RPGs, the final months of 2023 are shaping up to be a stellar capstone to a stellar year in gaming. Which of these games are you most excited to play? Let us know below!

  • For the King 2 (2 November)
  • The Iron Oath (2 November)
  • Back To The Dawn (2 November)
  • Artifice: War Tactics (8 November)
  • Wantless: Solace At World’s End (8 November)
  • Demeo Battles (9 November)
  • Small Saga (16 November)
  • Persona 5 Tactica (17 November)
  • In Stars And Time (20 November)
  • Worldless (21 November)

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Thursday - November 16, 2023

RPG General News - The Last Faith released

by Hiddenx, 18:32

Couchpotato spotted that the Metroidvania The Last Faith has been released:

The Last Faith - Official Launch Trailer

RPG General News - Jeff Vogel: The Unity Debacle 

by Hiddenx, 18:09

Jeff Vogel talks about the Unity debacle:

So How Long Until My Business Just Dies? (Also, the Unity Debacle)

Be careful who gets to hold a gun to your head.

The financial statement for a fun little company called Unity. The important thing is the numbers in the bottom line. That are negative.
Not long ago, there was a big hullabaloo in the computer game development "community" regarding something called the Unity Game Engine. People got very justifiably upset and ran around screaming and then things got sort of fixed and all got quiet.

Happily, I was on vacation during most of this and was barely aware of it.

Still, it was a really interesting situation, and independent creators of all sorts could learn a lot from it. Lessons that they should learn, the easy earlier way or the hard later way.

When you're in business, someone will always be holding a gun to your head. But you can sometimes choose the gun.

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Tuesday - November 14, 2023

RPG General News - 25 forgotten RPGs

by Hiddenx, 22:08

Image Game presents 25 forgotten RPGs:

Rediscovering Lost Legends: 25 Forgotten RPGs

Games:

0:00 Ghost of a Tale
1:16 E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy
1:53 Legend of Grimrock 2
2:38 Necropolis: A Diabolical Dungeon Delve
3:13 Raven’s Cry
3:45 Tower of Time
4:27 DeathSpank
5:04 UnEpic
5:37 Arx Fatalis
6:24 Enclave
7:07 Archangel
7:44 Rune
8:21 Venetica
9:15 Drakensang: The Dark Eye
10:04 Loki: Heroes of Mythology
10:54 Legend: Hand Of God
11:39 Hunted: The Demon's Forge
12:29 Sudeki
13:21 Silverfall
14:03 The Cursed Crusade
14:52 Bound by Flame
15:46 Faery: Legends of Avalon
16:41 Rise of Argonauts
17:48 Numen: Contest of Heroes
18:49 Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Saturday - November 11, 2023

RPG General News - Grayshaft Preview @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 14:04

C4G presents the action RPG Grayshaft:

This NEW RPG inspired by Gothic Looks Very Promising | Grayshaft Preview

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RPG General News - Top 10 RPGs of 2024

by Hiddenx, 13:56

Fextralife is already looking at the RPGs of 2024:

Top 10 RPGs You Should Play in 2024

Game List:
0:00 - Top RPGs of 2024
0:24 - Honourable Mention: Like a Dragon Infinite Wealth
1:30 - 10. Banishers Ghosts of New Eden
2:46 - 9. Rise of the Ronin
3:56 - 8. Granblue Fantasy Relink
5:13 - 7. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
6:35 - 6. Avowed
7:42 - 5. Black Myth Wukong
8:42 - 4. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
9:56 - 3. Dragon Age: Dreadwolf
11:15 - 2. Dragon’s Dogma 2
12:44 - 1. Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

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Friday - November 10, 2023

RPG General News - Brian Fargo Interview

by Hiddenx, 16:33

Brian Fargo talks about AI, XBox and Clockwork Revolution:

inXile Entertainment's Brian Fargo talks working as part of Xbox, Clockwork Revolution, and AI in game development

A long journey.

Brian Fargo is the studio head of inXile Entertainment, a role-playing game development team acquired by Microsoft in 2018. 
inXile Entertainment is currently working on its first game under Xbox Game Studios, a time-bending role-playing adventure called Clockwork Revolution
Speaking on The Fourth Curtain podcast, Fargo discussed how his job has changed under Microsoft, what Clockwork Revolution is, if AI will be part of game development, and more. 
Role-playing game developer inXile Entertainment is working on its next game, and we've got a bit more insight into how the studio is operating. 

That's thanks to studio head Brian Fargo, who guested on The Fourth Curtain podcast to talk about his history in the gaming industry, how things have changed as part of Xbox under Microsoft, and more. Speaking on the many years of operating as an independent team, Fargo is quite clear that it was frequently financially stressful.

"There's this constant kind of running and panic, this gun to your head. I would come into the office and see people laughing and having coffee, and having a great time, and I used to think 'One day, I hope I can be like them, where I walk in without a care in the world,'" he says, adding that since inXile Entertainment became part of Xbox Game Studios in 2018, his efforts are now focused on the "creative aspects" of the business, and that he's enjoying being in design meetings.

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Friday - October 27, 2023

RPG General News - Tim Cain Interview

by Hiddenx, 17:41

TKs-Mantis interviewed Tim Cain:

A Conversation with Fallout Creator Tim Cain

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Saturday - October 14, 2023

RPG General News - Five new Action RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 12:29

C4G checked out five action RPGs:

I played 5 new aRPGs that you probably never heard of

Sands of Aura
Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms
Svarog's Dream
Dreadhunter on Steam
Achilles

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Tuesday - October 10, 2023

RPG General News - What's an RPG anyway?

by Hiddenx, 16:06

Mark Darrah asks the question

So Many RPGs in 2023! What's an RPG anyway?

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Saturday - October 07, 2023

RPG General News - Retro RPG Roundtable: Episode 3

by Hiddenx, 08:09

The developers of several Retro RPGs get together to chat about the challenges and joys making retro games:

Retro RPG Roundtable: Episode 3

SKALD - skaldrpg.com 
Call of Saregnar - callofsaregnar.com 
The Dark Unknown - tapestryofages.com 
World of Anterra - anterrarpg.com          
Realms of Antiquity - quixotic.adamantyr.com 
Nox Archaist - noxarchaist.com

TOPIC LIST

  1. What non video game were inspirations for your game's story, like books, TV shows, movies?
  2. Do you like to write extensive background and history for your game? Is it given to the player right up front, in manuals or dialogue, or do you feed it to the player a little at a time?
  3. Do you like a narrative driven story in a CRPG, where the story guides the player where to go, or a sandbox design where wherever the player goes, a story is presented for that area?
  4. Did you write the engine to support the story you had in mind, or did you make the engine first and crafted story afterwards?
  5. Did technical limitations change your games story, or did you aim to implement something specifically to achieve a story milestone?

Tuesday - September 26, 2023

RPG General News - Summer of RPGs

by Hiddenx, 09:17

PC Gamer thinks this has been the best summer for RPGs:

This has been the best summer for RPGs and I want to live in it forever

I'm going to hide from autumn by starting another playthrough of Baldur's Gate 3.

Like many of you, I suspect, each year sees me juggling more and more games in an effort to play all of the good stuff and avoid the dreaded FOMO, and when 2023 dawned I was well and truly in burnout mode. But it turns out that the solution to this was a summer fully immersed in some gargantuan RPGs, and I now find myself refreshed and once again excited about videogames. 

We've been inundated with RPGs of all shapes and sizes these last few months, but a quartet of heavy-hitters has dominated our hobby: Diablo 4, Baldur's Gate 3, Starfield and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Each of them long-awaited, from prestigious studios and part of a long legacy of mostly beloved games. The latest in the most popular ARPG series of all time, a sequel to a 20-year-old CRPG that we still talk about today, the first brand-new game from the master of sandbox RPGs since the Elder Scrolls began, and a second chance for a lavish but somewhat disappointing tabletop adaptation—big deals, the lot of them. 

Within these four games is something for nearly every RPG-lover, whether you like to simply smack monsters around with your mates or you want an epic yarn you'll be playing for months. I can't pretend I ended up loving them all, but there's no denying that each has proved to be an ambitious, mammoth undertaking that's kept their legions of fans exceedingly busy this summer, and that's something to celebrate.

Diablo kicked things off, with a basic loop that remains exceptionally compelling. Murdering hordes of monsters is still just good wholesome fun. The return to grisly, gothic horror was also much appreciated, as was a central villain who was more than just large and angry. I could have done with more distinct locations and more flexibility when it came to character builds—Path of Exile remains unrivalled in this regard—but what we got was still a polished, tight ARPG that I'm looking forward to watching develop, once Blizzard figures out how to make its seasonal structure more compelling. 

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Wednesday - August 02, 2023

RPG General News - Worldbuilding with Sidequests

by Hiddenx, 18:13

RPGamer thinks about worldbuilding in RPGs:

Using Sidequests to Carry On Worldbuilding

There often comes a point in RPGs where the main plot moves on in such a manner that there’s really no more time or space for it to keep building upon its setting. Though there may be secrets and special locations, plus major plot points about the underlying nature of or powers behind everything, these are far flung from what the people see in their day-to-day lives and are more about resolving the narrative than getting players to care about the world. While obviously the main concern of the protagonists, it’s often hard to see how — outside of any obvious destruction — these major turns impact the game world’s general populace and can disassociate players from the setting that has been established in the search of exciting main plot turns.

However, it’s in these times that sidequests can pick up the worldbuilding slack and carry on where the main story dropped it. Admittedly, there is always a curious sense about the timing of these things, as the point when the world is in its greatest danger tends to be the prime moment to gallivant around, but very often these sidequests act as a welcome calm before the storm that comes with finales. There are particular recent high-profile examples in the past year of games that have made sure to fully utilise sidequests in order to keep players engaged in the plights of those living in their worlds, doing their utmost to add further depth while offering reminders of what and whom the protagonists are fighting for. Final Fantasy XVI and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 both do excellent jobs of ensuring that though the main plot may be moving to loftier goals, there are still many more personal stories to be told, and both manage it in different ways.

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Friday - July 21, 2023

RPG General News - 15 best modern tactical JRPG

by Hiddenx, 20:51

Joel RPG assembled a top list of tactical J-RPGs:

Top 15 Best Modern Tactical/Strategy JRPG That You Should Play | 2023 Edition

TIMESTAMPS:
00:00 Intro
00:43 #15. Vestaria Saga II: The Sacred Sword of Silvanister (Platform: PC)
01:25 #14. Triangle Strategy (Platform: PC, Switch)
01:59 #13. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Platform: PS4, Switch)
02:41 #12. FRONT MISSION 1st: Remake (Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch)
03:19 #11. Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark (Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) 
03:56 #10. Brigandine The Legend of Runersia (Platform: PC, PS4, Switch)
04:35 #9. Super Robot Wars 30 (Platform: PC, PS4, Switch)
05:13 #8. Pokemon Conquest (Platform: DS)
05:51 #7. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
06:30 #6. Disgaea 5 (Platform: PC, PS4, Switch)
07:10 #5. Tactics Ogre: Reborn (Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch)
07:50 #4. Fire Emblem Engage (Platform: Switch)
08:24 #3. TROUBLESHOOTER: Abandoned Children (Platform: PC)
09:04 #2. Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga (Platform: PC)
09:44 #1. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Platform: Switch)

Tuesday - July 18, 2023

RPG General News - Project Survival announced

by Hiddenx, 10:30

Couchpotato spotted the action RPG "Project Survival" on Gamehaunt:

CRAFT, TAME, AND TRIUMPH: GET READY FOR ‘PROJECT SURVIVAL’ – THE ULTIMATE RPG EXPERIENCE

Shueisha Games and Magnus Games Studio have recently announced their latest RPG project, tentatively titled "Project Survival". This highly anticipated game is set to be released on multiple platforms, including PC through Steam. Fans are already buzzing with excitement as this anime-inspired fantasy game promises to deliver a unique blend of survival challenges, creature taming, and open-world exploration. Although the release date is still unknown, gamers eagerly await the opportunity to embark on this thrilling adventure. With the collaboration between Shueisha Games and Magnus Games Studio, “Project Survival” is sure to be an unforgettable gaming experience.

In "Project Survival", players are thrust into the midst of a desolate and unfamiliar universe, their original world left in ruins. The once vibrant and thriving landscapes have now become treacherous and unforgiving, filled with dangerous creatures and enigmatic mysteries waiting to be unraveled. It is a test of their adaptability, as they must learn to navigate through these treacherous terrains, using every ounce of their wit and cunning to survive. The game challenges them to not only overcome the odds stacked against them but also to thrive in this hostile environment. It is a captivating gaming experience that forces players to confront their fears and push their limits in order to emerge victorious.

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Tuesday - July 11, 2023

RPG General News - Ostranauts Preview

by Hiddenx, 15:19

Splattercatgaming checked out the space sim Ostranauts:

Ostranauts Offers a Sci Fi RPG Experience Unlike All the Others

Thanks Couchpotato!

 

Monday - July 10, 2023

RPG General News - Spoiled by the Classics

by Hiddenx, 21:13

Cochpotato spotted this article on Gamesradar:

It's not that we don't have enough RPGs, we've just been spoiled by the classics

Opinion | With Starfield and Baldur's Gate 3 on the horizon, quality over quantity is what separates the RPG goods from the greats

RPG fans are expecting nothing short of perfection from Baldur's Gate 3 and Starfield. Though offering two different universes – one intergalactic sci-fi adventure, one mystical dark fantasy – both games strive to deliver immersive, memorable, and dynamic role-playing experiences when they launch just a few days shy of each other on their respective platforms. This will come just weeks after Baldur's Gate 3 lands early on PC, creating a marked overlap between the two games. Lead writer Adam Smith says developer Larian isn't bothered by the release date proximity; "I don't think there's been enough big RPGs recently to sink your teeth into, and then a bunch all at once this year," he told us in an interview. "It's good to be in the company of other RPGs."

But is it really a case of us needing more in the way of "big RPGs" on deck, or do we just need better ones? There's a reason The Witcher 3 is still regarded by many as the best RPG ever, even eight years after being released, and I don't think that's down to map size and scale alone. With so much expectation heaped upon both games, I'm hoping Starfield developer Bethesda and Larian respectively don't fall prey to the pitfalls suffered by other, more recent RPG releases, which inevitably spelled out their own short-lived popularity.

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Thursday - July 06, 2023

RPG General News - Golden Summer of RPGs

by Hiddenx, 16:25

Fextralife presents the upcoming RPGs for this summer:

Golden Summer of RPGs - Must Buy Upcoming RPGs 2023

Timestamps
0:00 - Golden RPG Summer
0:27 - Jagged Alliance 3
1:40 - Remnant 2
3:06 - Baldur’s Gate 3
4:51 - Atlas Fallen
6:52 - Blasphemous 2
7:41 - Armored Core 6
8:45 - Baldurs Gate 3 PS5 Release
8:56 - Starfield
10:48 - Lies of P
12:14 - Lords of the Fallen
13:21 - Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader
14:33 - Final Thoughts

Thanks Couchpotato!

RPG General News - Open RPG Creative (ORC) License

by Hiddenx, 16:03

Paizo released their own open gaming license:

ORC License: The Final Version is Here!

This is it! After months of collaborative work, we are pleased to present the final version of the Open RPG Creative (ORC) License! The license is a system-agnostic, perpetual, and irrevocable open gaming license that provides a legal “safe harbor” for sharing rules mechanics so as to encourage collaboration and innovation in the tabletop-gaming space. After much commentary and iteration, the ORC License and accompanying ORC AxE (Answers and Explanations) document are now final and ready to be used by game publishers large and small.

We’ve posted the final drafts below. The public commentary portion of this process is now complete, and there will be no further changes. We’re grateful to everyone who contributed thoughts, criticisms, and suggestions since this process started back in February. We literally could not have done it without you, and we look forward to the amazing products the community will create using this license in the future.

The final text of the ORC License has been submitted to the Library of Congress and formally published on the website of Azora Law, the legal firm that conceived of and drafted it. All currently posted versions of the final ORC License text should be considered the Interim Final ORC License and ORC AxE. As soon as copyright registration is finalized, these documents will be updated with the final copyright registration number, which we expect will be ready in about six months. In the meantime, publishers are free to begin using the ORC License right now. No other elements of this document will be changing in the future.

Azora Law Managing Partner Brian Lewis and representatives from Paizo, Chaosium, and other publishers will be offering a panel on the ORC License at the upcoming Gen Con Indy 2023 in early August, where we will answer questions about the license and give suggestions on how best to use it.

From a purely Paizo-based perspective, we will shortly be updating our Community Use and Pathfinder Compatibility Licenses to incorporate the finalized ORC License. Watch this space in the coming weeks for more information regarding these company-specific documents.

Thanks again for helping us to get there. Now let’s make some games!

MAHak spotted PC Gamer's comment.

Friday - June 30, 2023

RPG General News - The Mercenaries Series on PC

Monday - June 12, 2023

RPG General News - PC Gaming Show 2023 Trailers

by Hiddenx, 17:11

Couchpotato spotted some trailers of the PC Gaming Show 2023:

Dune: Awakening Exclusive Interview and Gameplay Footage

Miasma Chronicles

Pax Dei Exclusive Interview and Gameplay Footage

PC GAMING SHOW 2023

Source: PC Gamer

RPG General News - Xbox Games Showcases 2023

by Hiddenx, 17:06

Couchpotato spotted some Xbox Games 2023 showcases:

Fallout 76 - Official ‘Road to Atlantic City’ Trailer

Like A Dragon Infinite Wealth - Reveal Trailer

Sea of Thieves: The Legend of Monkey Island - Official Release Trailer

Fable - Teaser Trailer

Why Avowed and Clockwork Revolution Surprised Us For Different Reasons

 

Source: IGN

Sunday - June 11, 2023

RPG General News - Cyanide Studio Games @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 09:02

C4G checked out the RPGs and Action Adventures of Cyanide Studio:

Terrible and Great RPGs / Action Adventures from Cyanide Studio

0:00 Hello there my RPG lovers :)
0:05 Who is Cyanide Studio?
1:09 Sponsored Segment: Raid Shadow Legends
2:27 Loki
7:11 Confrontation
10:48 Game of Thrones
16:03 Of Orcs and Men
23:55 Aarklash Legacy
30:40 Styx: Master of Shadows
37:30 Styx: Shards of Darkness
42:08 Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood
47:36 The Conclusion

Thanks Couchpotato!

Tuesday - June 06, 2023

RPG General News - Making of Bard's Tale Construction Set

by Hiddenx, 17:53

Tim Cain tells the story of his first game for Interplay:

Making of Bard's Tale Construction Set (1991)

Monday - June 05, 2023

RPG General News - Local Co-op/Split Screen Action Adventures and RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 15:36

C4G checked out five local co-op/split screen Action Adventures and RPGs:

I Played 5 Local Co-op/Split Screen Action Adventures and RPGs

Thanks Couchpotato!

Sunday - June 04, 2023

RPG General News - CD Projekt Veterans launch a new Studio

by Hiddenx, 08:39

Couchpotato spotted this on PC Gamer:

Witcher 3 director and Cyberpunk producer launch a new studio: 'After working for years in an increasingly conservative industry, we’re ready to make bold, impactful projects'

A team of CD Projekt veterans including Witcher 3 co-director Mateusz Kanik, producer Jędrzej Mróz, and Cyberpunk 2077 senior producer Marcin Jefimow, have launched a new studio called Blank that is currently working on "a character-driven game set in an apocalypse, with a twist or two."

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"After working for years in an increasingly conservative industry, we’re ready to make bold, impactful projects that share our unique creativity and values," Kanik said. "Where the industry champions a dictatorship of the creative individual, we want to give ownership to the team. Where the industry leans on crunch culture, we prefer work-life balance. Where the industry says bigger is better, we’re setting our sights on highly polished games with a focus on emotion, story, and craftsmanship."

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Wednesday - May 31, 2023

RPG General News - SIREN - Mermaid Game announced

by Hiddenx, 15:47

Couchpotato spotted SIREN - a mermaid RPG:

SIREN - Mermaid Game Announcement Trailer

Imagine your favorite RPG, but this time you're a mermaid fighting Abyssal Evil.

Monday - May 29, 2023

RPG General News - Essential RPG Terms for Beginners

by Hiddenx, 20:59

A nice overview of RPG subgenres:

Essential RPG Terms for Beginners

Sunday - May 28, 2023

RPG General News - Iron Tower Studio - Vince Weller Community Q&A

by Hiddenx, 06:10

Core-RPG.net interviewed Vince D. Weller from Iron Tower Studio about many RPG topics:

[Iron Tower Studio] Vince Weller Community Q&A

01.
The Interactivist: Since you are RPG enthusiast, please, tell us - what do you think about replacing standard persuade-streetwise-impersonate skills with "choose your rhetorical style in the beginning of the game (and there is also some sophisticated quest to get second style)" mechanic as can be found in Expeditions: Rome? Ethos for aristocratic characters and NPCs. Logos for rationalists and people of letters, who can be persuaded by arguments. Pathos for manipulators and their victims. There must be obvious restrictions for sure: a character with a plebeian background can't just pick ethos and so on. Don't you think this approach is better and more elegant than the classical one?

02.
Vince: Can't say I like it. There were many aristocrats who were skilled and well-educated 'rationalists' and philosophers, as well as good manipulators. Or low- /middle-class men who successfully did all three. Thomas Cromwell would be the best example.

03.
We prefer a skill-based approach and if we stay in business long enough, we'll try to evolve it to make it more tactical and less 'pick the line that corresponds to your highest speech skill'.

04.
The Interactivist: Can you recommend any books (like Dungeons and Desktops by Matt Barton and Shane Stacks or The CRPG Book Project) or blogs/sources (like Iron Tower Studio depository) to aspiring devs, RPG enthusiasts, connoisseurs or true video game journalists (who actually try to do their job properly and do want to learn history of gaming and game genres, game design concepts, role-playing game systems and other features)?

05.
Vince: The only way to learn more about game design is by playing games and (if you're an aspiring developer) by trying to make your own.

06.
The Interactivist: John Priestley long ago wrote a brilliant allegory: a conversation between a mage from XII century and a designer from XXI century. The mage explained how it took nine centuries for all mages to disappear: there was a great fear of uncontrolled power growth in students. So each master-wizard was teaching only small parts of their arcane legacy/spellbook. What could go wrong?

07.
Well, everything. Mages got wiped out by nested intervals, according to Cantor's intersection theorem. Inherited "parts" of knowledge were getting smaller and smaller. And one day - puff, nobody is competent anymore.

08.
In the context of game design: this is exactly what is happening with many RPG developers right now. Even the greatest studios/companies are losing their arcane design powers, being unable to reproduce "the magic" of their own past games.

09.
Vince: It's a cute theory but it's not applicable to game design. Because they're not trying to reproduce that 'magic'. They're trying to sell more units, which is a very different game.

10.
Do you think the former Interplay developers forgot how to make games like Fallout and Planescape? Fallout sold 400k units, Baldur's Gate sold over 2.5 mil (counting the sequel and expansions). That's where the magic went. That's why when Obsidian got a shot at making their own game, they went with BG (Pillars), rather than Fallout or PST.

11.
Plus, what do you need a game design book for? Play Fallout (or your favourite 'old magic' RPG) and analyze it to death. No hidden design secrets there.

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Thanks m00n1ight!

Friday - May 05, 2023

RPG General News - Redfall Review

by Hiddenx, 14:31

Mortismal Gaming reviewed the action adventure/FPS Redfall:

Redfall - Review After 100%

Tuesday - May 02, 2023

RPG General News - Redfall First Impressions

by Hiddenx, 18:32

Mortismal Gaming checked out the action adventure/FPS Redfall:

Redfall - First Impressions

Monday - May 01, 2023

RPG General News - Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - Review

by Hiddenx, 15:15

Mortismal Gaming checked out Star Wars Jedi: Survivor:

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - Review After 100%

00:00 Intro
01:45 Overview
02:25 Technical Issues
05:17 Steam Deck
06:10 Difficulty & NG+
07:31 Story Set Up & Thoughts
10:20 World (Galaxy?) & Gameplay
16:36 Progression Systems
19:46 Combat
25:01 Positives/Negatives
27:52 Conclusion
29:59 Wrap Up

Sunday - April 30, 2023

RPG General News - Top upcoming 2023 RPGs

by Hiddenx, 12:29

WolfheartFPS compiled a list of upcoming RPGs:

Top Upcoming 2023 RPGs / Action Adventures (& More) w/ Actual Release Dates

0:00 Intro
0:20 May 2 Redfall
1:45 April 28 Star Wars: Jedi Survivor
2:40 May 8 Darkest Dungeon II
4:02 May 12 Tears of the Kingdom (Zelda)
5:03 May 30 System Shock
6:20 June 2/6th Diablo IV
8:05 July 20 Immortals of Aveum
9:03 Aug 10 Atlas Fallen
10:26 Aug 31 Baldur's Gate 3
12:35 Sept 6 Starfield
14:12 Aug Lies of P

Thanks Couchpotato!

Friday - April 28, 2023

RPG General News - Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - First Impressions

by Hiddenx, 18:15

Mortismal Gaming checked out Star Wars Jedi: Survivor:

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - First Impressions

RPG General News - Every Day We Fight - Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 18:11

Splattercatgaming checked out the strategy game Every Day We Fight:

Every Day We Fight - Post Apocalyptic Sci Fi Strategy RPG

 

Sunday - April 23, 2023

RPG General News - RPG Roundtable Podcast

by Hiddenx, 08:07

MAHak spotted an interesting podcast on PC Gamer:

RPG roundtable podcast: Josh Sawyer, Mike Laidlaw, Strix Beltran, Paweł Sasko, and Lis Moberly go deep on writing and playing RPGs

Listen to our 80-minute discussion with five veteran RPG designers.

In March, PC Gamer's Fraser Brown wrote an editorial titled "The cinematic BioWare-style RPG is dead, it just doesn't know it yet," comparing the likes of Dragon Age and Cyberpunk 2077 to the more novel experiences of recent RPGs Disco Elysium and Citizen Sleeper.

RPG ROUNDTABLE
Our interviewees, from left to right:

Mike Laidlaw: Chief creative officer at Yellow Brick Games. Known for: Jade Empire, Mass Effect, Dragon Age series.

Paweł Sasko: Quest director at CD Projekt Red. Known for: The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077.

Strix Beltran: Narrative director on D&D game, Hidden Path Entertainment. Known for: Blubeard's Bride, Beyond Blue, State of Decay 2.

Lis Moberly: Narrative designer at Obsidian. Known for: Cursed to Golf, We Went Back, Singularity.

Josh Sawyer: Studio design director at Obsidian. Known for: Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas, Pentiment.

Just a few weeks later, at the 2023 Game Developers Conference, I assembled a group of five RPG designers with decades of experience between them—including Dragon Age lead Mike Laidlaw and Cyberpunk 2077 lead Paweł Sasko, whose games heavily featured in that editorial—and lobbed the headline out like a live grenade to start the conversation.

Thankfully no one caught any shrapnel.

"I know this article very well, because we've been discussing it at [CD Projekt Red] quite a bit," Sasko said, jumping in first. "We mostly agree, actually. At least when it comes to triple-A, we're running at a fucking wall, and we're gonna crash on that wall really soon."  You can read more from that bit of the conversation right here.

From there we roleplayed brilliant conversationalists for more than an hour, touching on:

  • How games are on the cusp of a procedural narrative breakthrough
  • What players expect from RPGs today
  • How their personal experiences playing RPGs have informed their games
  • Writing characters that really resonate with players

We also talked about the making of The Witcher 3's Bloody Baron quest, great tabletop systems that videogames should poach ideas from, and the impact of Elden Ring. 

You can listen to the full 80 minute conversation above (or find it on the PC Gamer Chat Log podcast feed in your podcast app of choice) and read highlights of the conversation here on the site.

Friday - April 07, 2023

RPG General News - Two new Pathfinder Games

by Hiddenx, 15:53

Couchpotato spotted that Paizo partners with BKOM on two new Pathfinder games. BKOM is the developer of Sunday Gold:

Paizo Partners with BKOM on Two Pathfinder Games!

BKOM Studios and Paizo are joining forces to bring two new Pathfinder video games to the market! One will be launching on Steam later this year, and the second is in early stages of development.

BKOM Studios and Paizo Logos over-layed over an image of the pathfinder Iconics battling a red dragon

"We are so excited about this collab," says Frederic Martin, CEO of BKOM Studios. "We absolutely love role playing games (lots of us at BKOM are already part of that community) and already were fans of the Pathfinder brand. In Paizo, we found the ideal partner with whom to collaborate to materialize a common vision. After 26 years in this industry, there are people whom you know you want to work with again. And John Feil (Director of Licensing at Paizo) is definitely one of them. We can't wait to reveal more about the projects we've been working on with John and his colleagues," he adds. "The upcoming titles are perfectly aligned with BKOM’s vision to bring unique and meaningful gaming experiences on PC and consoles."

"We at Paizo are incredibly excited to be working with BKOM," says Mark Moreland, the company's Director of Brand Strategy. "Their track record is impeccable, and we can't wait to expand the Pathfinder brand into new digital spaces with them."

Details about both projects will be revealed soon!

 

Saturday - March 25, 2023

RPG General News - Chris Avellone’s Accusers Retract Allegations

by Silver, 21:57

Forbes has reported that Chris Avellone’s accusers have issued a public statement retracting allegations of misconduct. Hopefully with all this cleared up he will be free to work in the industry again.

Back in June of 2021 I reported on video game writer Chris Avellone’s libel lawsuit against two women who had accused Avellone of sexual assault on Twitter. Avellone publicly denied the accusations and announced he was taking both women to court over their statements.

Now, nearly two years later, the case has been settled. Avellone’s accusers, Karissa Barrows and Kelly Bristol, have signed a joint statement retracting their previous claims on social media and clearing Avellone of any wrongdoing. A seven-figure payment to Avellone is part of a confidential settlement between the parties according to Avellone's lawyers.

“The parties resolved the matter and claims were dismissed with prejudice pursuant to a confidential settlement that provides for a seven-figure payment that includes the return of the attorney fee award entered against Mr. Avellone in California.

“I understand that Ms. Barrows has requested to retract her comments to the media about me.”

I have received a copy of the below statement from Mr. Avellone’s lawyers.

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Thursday - March 16, 2023

RPG General News - More SSI Games available again

Wednesday - March 08, 2023

RPG General News - Upcoming Indie RPGs

by Hiddenx, 18:08

Mortismal Gaming presents some upcoming indie RPGs:

Five Upcoming Indie RPGs You Might Have Missed

00:00 Intro
00:40 Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon
01:40 Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew
02:37 The Lamplighters League
04:26 The Thaumaturge
05:29 New Arc Line
06:30 Wrap Up

Thursday - March 02, 2023

RPG General News - Top 10 Expansions for RPGs

by Hiddenx, 21:30

Ye Old Entertainment made a top 10 list for RPG expansions:

Top 10 Expansion Packs in RPGs: Mass Effect, Dark Souls, Underrail, Diablo 3, what's your favorite?

Thanks MAHak!

Friday - January 13, 2023

RPG General News - Paizo announces System-Neutral Open RPG License

by Hiddenx, 17:06

Paizo announced a new open, perpetual, and irrevocable Open RPG Creative License (ORC). Kobold Press, Chaosium, Green Ronin, Legendary Games, Rogue Genius Games, and a growing list of publishers have already agreed to participate in the Open RPG Creative License:

Paizo Announces System-Neutral Open RPG License

For the last several weeks, as rumors of Wizards of the Coast’s new version of the Open Game License began circulating among publishers and on social media, gamers across the world have been asking what Paizo plans to do in light of concerns regarding Wizards of the Coast’s rumored plan to de-authorize the existing OGL 1.0(a). We have been awaiting further information, hoping that Wizards would realize that, for more than 20 years, the OGL has been a mutually beneficial license which should not–and cannot–be revoked. While we continue to await an answer from Wizards, we strongly feel that Paizo can no longer delay making our own feelings about the importance of Open Gaming a part of the public discussion.

We believe that any interpretation that the OGL 1.0 or 1.0(a) were intended to be revocable or able to be deauthorized is incorrect, and with good reason.

We were there.

Paizo owner Lisa Stevens and Paizo president Jim Butler were leaders on the Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards at the time. Brian Lewis, co-founder of Azora Law, the intellectual property law firm that Paizo uses, was the attorney at Wizards who came up with the legal framework for the OGL itself. Paizo has also worked very closely on OGL-related issues with Ryan Dancey, the visionary who conceived the OGL in the first place.

Paizo does not believe that the OGL 1.0a can be “deauthorized,” ever. While we are prepared to argue that point in a court of law if need be, we don’t want to have to do that, and we know that many of our fellow publishers are not in a position to do so.

We have no interest whatsoever in Wizards’ new OGL. Instead, we have a plan that we believe will irrevocably and unquestionably keep alive the spirit of the Open Game License.

As Paizo has evolved, the parts of the OGL that we ourselves value have changed. When we needed to quickly bring out Pathfinder First Edition to continue publishing our popular monthly adventures back in 2008, using Wizards’ language was important and expeditious. But in our non-RPG products, including our Pathfinder Tales novels, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and others, we shifted our focus away from D&D tropes to lean harder into ideas from our own writers. By the time we went to work on Pathfinder Second Edition, Wizards of the Coast’s Open Game Content was significantly less important to us, and so our designers and developers wrote the new edition without using Wizards’ copyrighted expressions of any game mechanics. While we still published it under the OGL, the reason was no longer to allow Paizo to use Wizards’ expressions, but to allow other companies to use our expressions.

We believe, as we always have, that open gaming makes games better, improves profitability for all involved, and enriches the community of gamers who participate in this amazing hobby. And so we invite gamers from around the world to join us as we begin the next great chapter of open gaming with the release of a new open, perpetual, and irrevocable Open RPG Creative License (ORC).

The new Open RPG Creative License will be built system agnostic for independent game publishers under the legal guidance of Azora Law, an intellectual property law firm that represents Paizo and several other game publishers. Paizo will pay for this legal work. We invite game publishers worldwide to join us in support of this system-agnostic license that allows all games to provide their own unique open rules reference documents that open up their individual game systems to the world. To join the effort and provide feedback on the drafts of this license, please sign up by using this form.

In addition to Paizo, Kobold Press, Chaosium, Green Ronin, Legendary Games, Rogue Genius Games, and a growing list of publishers have already agreed to participate in the Open RPG Creative License, and in the coming days we hope and expect to add substantially to this group.

The ORC will not be owned by Paizo, nor will it be owned by any company who makes money publishing RPGs. Azora Law’s ownership of the process and stewardship should provide a safe harbor against any company being bought, sold, or changing management in the future and attempting to rescind rights or nullify sections of the license. Ultimately, we plan to find a nonprofit with a history of open source values to own this license (such as the Linux Foundation).

Of course, Paizo plans to continue publishing Pathfinder and Starfinder, even as we move away from the Open Gaming License. Since months’ worth of products are still at the printer, you’ll see the familiar OGL 1.0(a) in the back of our products for a while yet. While the Open RPG Creative License is being finalized, we’ll be printing Pathfinder and Starfinder products without any license, and we’ll add the finished license to those products when the new license is complete.

We hope that you will continue to support Paizo and other game publishers in this difficult time for the entire hobby. You can do your part by supporting the many companies that have provided content under the OGL. Support Pathfinder and Starfinder by visiting your local game store, subscribing to Pathfinder and Starfinder, or taking advantage of discount code OpenGaming during checkout for 25% off your purchase of the Core Rulebook, Core Rulebook Pocket Edition, or Pathfinder Beginner Box. Support Kobold Press, Green Ronin, Legendary Games, Roll for Combat, Rogue Genius Games, and other publishers working to preserve a prosperous future for Open Gaming that is both perpetual AND irrevocable.

We’ll be there at your side. You can count on us not to go back on our word.

Forever.

–Paizo Inc

Saturday - January 07, 2023

RPG General News - Top 10 RPGs you should play in 2023

by Hiddenx, 13:16

Fextralife presents their RPG top list for 2023:

Top 10 RPGs You Should Play in 2023 

0:00 - Top RPGs of 2023
0:36 - Honourable Mention: Baldur’s Gate 3
2:03 - 10. Blue Protocol
3:19 - 9. The Lords of The Fallen
4:24 - 8. Forspoken
5:30 - 7. Wild Hearts
6:57 - 6. Final Fantasy XVI
8:24 - 5. Lies of P
9:40 - 4. Starfield
11:21 - 3. Hogwarts Legacy
12:55 - 2. Wo Long Fallen Dynasty
14:20 - 1. Diablo 4

Thursday - January 05, 2023

RPG General News - Strategy RPGs 2023 @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 11:12

PC Gamer reports that like 2022 many strategy RPGs are coming up in 2023:

Strategy-RPGs to look forward to in 2023

2022 was a strong year for SRPGs on PC, and 2023 looks even better.

If you're into managing a squad of individuals with varied abilities through both tactical battles and some kind of strategy layer where they improve and maybe all become friends, then you sure were well served in 2022. Games like Midnight Suns, Triangle Strategy, Expeditions: Rome, Hard West 2, Tactics Ogre Reborn, and plenty of others kept our plates real full.

Last year, we wrote about 12 strategy-RPGs on PC and called it a lot, but that's nothing compared to this year. There are at least 18 scheduled to come out in 2023, and seven more that are likely to either enter early access or leave it, or both.

About the only way things could look better is if someone would finally confirm that Final Fantasy Tactics remaster we've been waiting for. Fingers crossed.

[...]

Demonschool
Capes
Mahokenshi
Metal Slug Tactics
R-Type Tactics I • II Cosmos
Miasma Chronicles
For the King 2
Shardpunk: Verminfall
Redemption Reapers
Nemire
Dungeons 4
Banchou Tactics
Zoria: Age of Shattering
Untamed Tactics
Desktop Dungeons: Rewind
Arcadian Atlas
Railroads & Catacombs
Cyber Knights: Flashpoint 

Early access SRPGs

Depersonalization
Crimson Tactics: The Rise of the White Banner
Songs of Conquest
Wartales
The Iron Oath
End State
Darkest Dungeon 2
Epicentrum: Hunt! Stream! Invade!

Upcoming SRPGs that might be out in 2023

Jagged Alliance 3
Xenonauts 2
Spellforce: Conquest of Eo
Spiritlink Tactics
Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions
Crown Wars: The Black Prince
Neon Ronin
SacriFire
Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2

Upcoming CRPGs you might like if you're into SRPGs

Broken Roads
Baldur's Gate 3
Sovereign Syndicate
Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader
Esoteric Ebb

Thanks Pappy!

Monday - January 02, 2023

RPG General News - Wccftech’s best RPGs of 2022

by Hiddenx, 16:40

Wcctech's best RPGs of 2022 are mostly J-RPGs:

Wccftech’s Best RPGs of 2022 – The Year of the JRPG

Wccftech's Best RPGs of 2022
2022 was another standout year for RPGs, from brand new IPs from the progenitor of the Souls subgenre to indie darlings that surprised in more ways than one. Whether you prefer your RPGs more verbose or leaning more towards stylish action, there’s plenty to fill entire weeks of your free time.

Notably, it was an especially great year for JRPG fans. Almost every game on this list comes from Japan, although something like Elden Ring cannot truly be classified as a JRPG. Without further ado, here's our list of the best RPGs released in 2022.

Weird West (8)
Elden Ring (10)
Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin (8.2)
Star Ocean: The Divine Force (8)
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (10)

[...]
Honorable Mentions
For avid roleplaying game fans, here's another five titles that nearly made our best RPGs of 2022 list.

Chained Echoes
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
The Legend of Heroes: Trails From Zero
I Was a Teenage Exocolonist
Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Friday - December 30, 2022

RPG General News - Fextralife GotY 2022

by Hiddenx, 14:29

Fextralife pesent their GotY 2022 awards:

Game of the Year Awards 2022 - The Fexy Awards

0:00 - The Fexy Awards 2022
0:17 - Best Storytelling: God of War Ragnarok
0:54 - Best Gameplay: Elden Ring
1:45 - Best Visual & Audio: God of War Ragnarok
2:23 - Best Multiplayer: Overwatch
3:00 - Best Value: Elden Ring
3:42 - Best Soulslike: Steelrising
4:09 - Best DLC: Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak
4:42 - Best Indie: King Arthur Knight’s Tale
5:26 - Best Surprise: Marvel’s Midnight Suns
5:55 - Game of the Year: Elden Ring
6:48 - Fexy Community Awards 2022

Sunday - December 25, 2022

RPG General News - Top 50 upcoming RPGs

by Hiddenx, 17:54

WolfheartFPS listed his top 50 upcoming RPGs:

Top 50 New Upcoming RPGs / Action Adventure Games of 2023 & Beyond

CHAPTERS
0:00 Intro
0:31 Forspoken
1:43 Hogwarts Legacy
3:05 Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
4:25 Star Wars Jedi Survivor
5:33 Flintlock Siege of Dawn
6:46 Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
7:25 Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League
8:30 Diablo 4 IV
9:58 Final Fantasy 16 XVI
11:24 Starfield
12:58 Baldur's Gate 3
14:27 Banishers Ghost of New Eden
15:43 Lies of P
17:08 Unawake
18:24 Black Myth Wukong
19:31 Assassin's Creed Mirage
21:03 The Awakener Arisen
22:25 Forsaken Realms Vahrin's Call
23:43 Broken Roads
24:46 Atlas Fallen
25:56 Zoria Age of Shattering
27:08 Immortals of Aveum
27:57 Warhammer 40k Rogue Trader
29:22 The Lords of the Fallen
30:50 Bleak Faith
32:13 Dark Envoy
33:25 Avatar Frontier of Pandora
34:38 The Wayward Realms
36:24 Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines 2
37:31 Crimson Desert
38:42 Dragon Age Dreadwolf
39:49 Archaelund
40:55 Greedfall 2
42:11 Gothic Remake
43:22 The Lord of the Rings Gollum
44:45 Avowed
45:41 Tainted Grail The Fall of Avalon
47:04 Where Winds Meet
48:34 Fable 4
49:42 Senua's Saga Hellblade 2 II
50:51 Blight Survival / Ravenbound
52:24 Nazralath The Fallen World
53:33 Death Stranding 2
54:47 The Outer Worlds 2
55:42 Star Wars Eclipse
56:37 Wonder Woman
57:43 Knights of the Old Republic Remake
58:57 The Elder Scrolls 6 VI
59:48 Wyrdsong
1:00:51 Quick Mentions / Outro

Friday - December 23, 2022

RPG General News - Top 5 NEW RPGs of January 2023

by Hiddenx, 13:17

Frextralife presents some RPG releases for January 2023:

Top 5 NEW RPGs of January 2023 - (Space-Sim RPG, Action RPG, Turn-based RPG, and JRPG)

0:00 - Top 5 RPG January 2023
0:26 - HM: Monster Hunter Rise Console Release
2:31 - Gatewalkers
3:47 - Spacebourne 2
4:59 - One Piece Odyssey
6:19 - Fire Emblem Engage
7:35 - Forspoken

RPG General News - Steam Winter Sale Highlights

by Hiddenx, 13:12

Mortismal Gaming recommends some RPGs from the current Steam deal:

Steam Winter Sale Highlights

Lots of games from the RPGWatch Steam Curator are on a sale as well (Click on the tab Discounts).

Thursday - December 22, 2022

RPG General News - Future of the D&D OGL

by Hiddenx, 00:26

Wizards of the Coast announced via D&D Beyond plans to change their Open Gaming License (OGL):

OGLs, SRDs, & One D&D

by DND Beyond Staff

We love the interest and passion the community has for D&D. We love D&D, too. So, when we see the D&D community concerned by rumors and misunderstandings, we want to clear the air and share the facts with you, even if it’s a bit earlier than our original plan. You all matter to us, and we want to provide transparency on how D&D will continue supporting third-party creators. 

So, here are the facts: 

1. Will One D&D include an SRD/be covered by an OGL?

Yes. First, we’re designing One D&D with fifth edition backwards compatibility, so all existing creator content that is compatible with fifth edition will also be compatible with One D&D. Second, we will update the SRD for One D&D as we complete its development—development that is informed by the results of playtests that we’re conducting with hundreds of thousands of D&D players now. 

2. Will the OGL terms change?

Yes. We will release version 1.1 of the OGL in early 2023.  

The OGL needs an update to ensure that it keeps doing what it was intended to do—allow the D&D community’s independent creators to build and play and grow the game we all love—without allowing things like third-parties to mint D&D NFTs and large businesses to exploit our intellectual property.

So, what’s changing?

First, we’re making sure that OGL 1.1 is clear about what it covers and what it doesn’t. OGL 1.1 makes clear it only covers material created for use in or as TTRPGs, and those materials are only ever permitted as printed media or static electronic files (like epubs and PDFs). Other types of content, like videos and video games, are only possible through the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy or a custom agreement with us. To clarify: Outside of printed media and static electronic files, the OGL doesn’t cover it.

Will this affect the D&D content and services players use today? It shouldn’t. The top VTT platforms already have custom agreements with Wizards to do what they do. D&D merchandise, like minis and novels, were never intended to be part of the OGL and OGL 1.1 won’t change that. Creators wishing to leverage D&D for those forms of expression will need, as they always have needed, custom agreements between us.  

Second, we’re updating the OGL to offer different terms to creators who choose to make free, share-alike content and creators who want to sell their products.  

What does this mean for you as a creator? If you’re making share-alike content, very little is going to change from what you’re already used to.  

If you’re making commercial content, relatively little is going to change for most creators. For most of you who are selling custom content, here are the new things you’ll need to do:  

  1. Accept the license terms and let us know what you’re offering for sale 
  2. Report OGL-related revenue annually (if you make more than $50,000 in a year) 
  3. Include a Creator Product badge on your work 

When we roll out OGL 1.1, we will also provide explanatory videos, FAQs, and a web portal for registration to make navigating these requirements as easy and intuitive as possible. We’ll also have help available to creators to navigate the new process. 

For the fewer than 20 creators worldwide who make more than $750,000 in income in a year, we will add a royalty starting in 2024. So, even for the creators making significant money selling D&D supplements and games, no royalties will be due for 2023 and all revenue below $750,000 in future years will be royalty-free. 

Bottom line: The OGL is not going away. You will still be able to create new D&D content, publish it anywhere, and game with your friends and followers in all the ways that make this game and community so great. The thousands of creators publishing across Kickstarter, DMsGuild, and more are a critical part of the D&D experience, and we will continue to support and encourage them to do that through One D&D and beyond. 

Thursday - December 08, 2022

RPG General News - Positive Surprises 2022 @ Mortismal Gaming

by Hiddenx, 15:56

Mortismal Gaming talks about his RPG suprises of 2022:

Four Games That Were Better Than I Expected In 2022

Timestamps:

00:00 Intro
01:13 Expeditions: Rome
02:18 Marvel's Midnight Suns (Card Combat)
04:06 WH40k: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters
06:11 Elden Ring
08:23 Wrap Up

Monday - December 05, 2022

RPG General News - Tactical RPGs 2023

by Hiddenx, 12:47

ColdBeer shows a selection of tactical RPGs that are planned for 2023:

The 2023 Tactical RPGS are INSANE!!! 16 Upcoming Tactical and Turn Based RPG Games You CAN’T MISS!

 

0:00 Dark Envoy
0:48 Lords of Ravage
1:35 End State
2:21 Night is Coming
3:04 Jagged Alliance 3
3:50 Railroads & Catacombs
4:31 Baldur's Gate 3
5:18 Broken Roads
6:05 Crown Wars: The Black Prince
6:43 Miasma Chronicles
7:21 Capes
8:20 Spellforce: Conquest of Eo
8:57 Zoria: Age of Shattering
9:33 Stargate: Timekeepers
10:20 Cyber Knights: Flashpoint
11:03 Urban Strife
11:44 More Upcoming RPG & Strategy games!

Thanks Redglyph!

Sunday - December 04, 2022

RPG General News - Blobber News @ Wizard Worm

by Hiddenx, 19:27

Wizard Worm found news for Legendary Journeys, Wardens Of Chaos and The Fellowship Saga:

Blobbers News - Excellent, Sad and Promising News (Might and Magic & Wizardy Like)

Wednesday - November 02, 2022

RPG General News - Adam Heine Interview

by Silver, 09:44

Digimancy Entertainment have posted an interview with renowned game writer Adam Heine.

One of your first game credits is as a scripter for Planescape: Torment. What was it like working on this classic computer role-playing game?

That project was a dream. None of us knew at the time, of course, that it would become a classic (and it didn't sell terribly well upon release either—its "classic" status came much later). We only knew that we loved what we were making. I read every design doc I could find on the company server. I couldn't get enough of this strange, compelling world and the mystery of who the Nameless One really was.

It was also my first project, which made it even more of a dream—a culmination of a dream, really. My job was mostly taking designers' outlines for different areas and implementing them in the game—cutscenes, boss battles, cranium rats, immortal tomb puzzles, brothel NPC pathing and barks... all of it. It sounds like it might not be very creative, but I loved it.

And it was creative. I frequently discovered that what the designers wanted to do wasn't supported by the engine, and I had to figure out clever workarounds or alternatives all the time. I gained a reputation as a kind of troubleshooter, but really, I was just trying to make the game as good as I could make it.

Much as I loved the team and the project, I left the game industry shortly after Torment's release to focus on my personal life. But the connections I made on that project were strong enough (apparently) to pull me back in several years later for Torment's spiritual successor and several gigs after that.

 

You worked as the Design Lead for Torment: Tides of Numenera later in your career. How did this opportunity come about for you and what was it like stepping into a Design Lead role for this production?

This project was a Godsend for me. My wife and I live in Thailand, and our primary work is taking in children with nowhere to go. But by 2011, our expenses had slowly outstripped our income. It was at exactly that time that Colin McComb, whom I'd worked with on Planescape: Torment, asked me if I wanted to work on a spiritual successor to that game. I probably would've done it for free, but I needed a paying job—or at least a chance at one.

Before and during the Kickstarter campaign, all my work was on-spec. The idea was that if the Kickstarter met its goal of $900,000, I would have a job for a few months as a writer. But the campaign turned into a record-breaking success raising over $4 million, and I was made a full designer for the length of the project. A few months later, Kevin Saunders promoted me to Design Lead (partially because that's kinda what I was already doing?).

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Sunday - October 30, 2022

RPG General News - Most anticipated RPGs of 2023

by Hiddenx, 06:30

HQ Gaming News compiled a list of interesting RPGs which will be released in 2023 or later:

10 MOST ANTICIPATED upcoming SINGLE PLAYER RPG games of 2023 and beyond

  • Forspoken
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Warhammer 40.000: Rogue Trader
  • Dragon Age: Dreadwolf
  • Diablo IV
  • One Piece Odyssey
  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Mass Effect
  • Starfield
  • Final Fantasy XVI

Saturday - October 29, 2022

RPG General News - The History and Legacy of the Infinity Engine

by Hiddenx, 15:01

Mortismal Gaming takes a deep dive into the Infinity Engine:

The History And Legacy Of The Infinity Engine

Monday - October 17, 2022

RPG General News - New Turn Based Releases

by Hiddenx, 17:11

The Turn Based Lovers present the recently released turn-based games:

Top Turn-Based RPG News & Releases of the Week | 16 October 2022

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:25 The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk new DLC
  • 0:57 Lords of Ravage new demo
  • 1:30 Wartales massive update
  • 2:06 The Pegasus Expedition Release date
  • 2:48 Top Releases - Warkind
  • 3:16 Lost Eidolons
  • 3:40 Unders_Core
  • 4:03 Dark Chess
  • 4:28 Alina of the Arena
  • 4:47 Sunday Gold
  • 5:08 One more Gate
  • 5:34 Craft Hero
  • 5:48 Acretia - Guardians of Lian
  • 6:17 Triangle Strategy
  • 6:45 Ozymandias
  • 7:09 Outro

Sunday - October 16, 2022

RPG General News - Invoke Studios develops a D&D RPG

by Hiddenx, 07:37

Wizards of the Coast works together with Invoke Studios to create a new game in the Dungeons & Dragons universe:

Invoke Studios: a new name in Triple A video games in Montreal

Wizards of the Coast studio is developing a game from the legendary Dungeons & Dragons franchise

The Montreal-based video games developer Invoke Studios has just launched. Incorporating the team that worked under the name of Tuque Games, a company opened in 2012 and recently purchased by the American publisher Wizards of the Coast, Invoke has launched in Canada’s vibrant AAA development scene with an original Dungeons & Dragons inspired game under development.

Wizards of the Coast is responsible for some of the most prestigious international brands of fantasy games. Among others, its portfolio includes Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Dungeons & Dragons is one of the largest role-playing games in the world with more than 50 million people around the world having played.

An autonomous and independent studio
Located in the Saint-Henri district, Invoke enjoys the autonomy of an independent studio, but with access to the vast resources that are the result of belonging to a great global family. “We have our own culture and our own specific work methods,” explains Dominic Guay, Vice President and General Manager. “We value the autonomy of each team member, so that each person can express his or her talents in order to have the maximum productive impact on our games. In that way, we are not just the Montreal division of an international group. We will also continue to put forth the ideas and the direction of the game universes we expand and create.”

The studio is currently working on a AAA game derived from the Dungeons & Dragons universe and developed on the Unreal 5 engine. Invoke is one of the major Montreal studios concentrating on AAA fantasy games and the only one in Canada to do so with Wizards of The Coast.

“We have the largest and most popular brand of fantasy role-playing games in Dungeons & Dragons,” says Guay. “Such a brand, with 50 years of history behind it, inspires developers and gives us enormous creative freedom. Our focus is on high-quality AAA games and we will have the means to achieve our ends.”

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Thanks Couchpotato!

Wednesday - October 12, 2022

RPG General News - Fallout Homage

by Hiddenx, 17:44

PC Gamer reports that New Blood is working on an RPG in the Fallout tradition:

New Blood's Fallout homage will have first-person combat

It'll be in the vein of dungeon crawlers, not Doom.

New Blood's Fallout-style isometric RPG

New Blood teased a new CRPG (opens in new tab) back in June that's very deliberately taking cues from the original isometric Fallout games. Not only does the project boast two veterans of the Fallout modding scene, but original composer Mark Morgan will provide the soundtrack.

It's clearly a homage, but it isn't a copy. The still untitled game will deviate from the original games in at least one obvious way: the combat. In a Twitter thread, New Blood head Dave Oshry offered a rare update on the project, which will not be playable or even fully revealed "for a long time" (consider what you know and have seen of the project officially unrevealed, then).

"Surely the biggest complaint about classic Fallout games has always been the slow n' clunky nature of the turn based combat," Oshry wrote. "While we're still keeping things turn based, by switching up the style and perspective more akin to classic dungeon crawlers, we find it much more engaging."

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Thanks MAHak!

Tuesday - October 11, 2022

RPG General News - Now on Kickstarter: Fear Of The Unknown

by Hiddenx, 17:48

The Zero Prep Horror Mystery Roleplaying Game Fear Of The Unknown is now on Kickstarter and already funded:

Fear of the Unknown - Zero Prep Horror Mystery Roleplaying

Every game is a horror film. Solve mysteries, encounter horrors, face peril, and see how that changes you as a person.

Fear of the Unknown is a zero prep horror mystery roleplaying game where every game is a horror film. Solve mysteries, face perils, encounter horrors, and see how that changes you as a person. 

Together, one Oracle and one or more other players will collaboratively create the small town setting and populate it with a diverse and contentious cast of characters. Each player creates their protagonist, and then the Oracle creates a horrifying mystery for them to solve. Every game has a real mystery to solve with a real secret to uncover, with zero prep required!

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RPG General News - 8 Upcoming CRPGs & TRPGs

by Hiddenx, 16:03

Morstimal Gaming talks about the games he's waiting for:

The 8 Upcoming CRPGs & TRPGs I'm Looking Forward To

Monday - October 03, 2022

RPG General News - Top 25 Tactical/Strategy RPGs

by Hiddenx, 13:13

Joel RPG compiled a top-list of tactical RPGs:

Top 25 Best Tactical/Strategy RPG Games of All Time | 2022 Edition

00:00 Intro

00:36 #25. King Arthur: Knight's Tale (PC)

01:13 #24. Solasta: Crown of the Magister (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC)

01:52 #23. Hard West 2 (PC)

02:38 #22. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One)

03:20 #21. The Banner Saga 3 (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One)

04:08 #20. Super Robot Wars 30 (PC, Switch, PS4)

04:48 #19. Battletech (PC)

05:33 #18. Expeditions: Rome (PC)

06:22 #17. Heroes of Might & Magic V (PC)

07:06 #16. Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga (PC, Switch)

07:53 #15. Disgaea V (PC, Switch, PS4)

08:34 #14. Phoenix Point (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

09:06 #13. Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters (PC)

09:55 #12. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One)

10:55 #11. TROUBLESHOOTER: ABANDONED CHILDREN (PC)

11:48 #10. Wildermyth (PC, Switch)

12:33 #9. Battle Brothers (PC, PS4, Switch, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

13:23 #8. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (Android, PSP)

14:21 #7. Triangle Strategy (PC, Switch)

15:14 #6. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)

16:01 #5. Wasteland 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

16:58 #4. XCOM 2 (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One)

17:50 #3. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

18:32 #2. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One)

19:21 #1. Divinity Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One)

Saturday - October 01, 2022

RPG General News - Mandragora - First Look

by Hiddenx, 18:18

SplatterCatGaming checked out Mandragora. The vampire hunting RPG is already funded on Kickstarter:

Mandragora - Vampire Hunting Gothic Medieval Action RPG

Friday - September 30, 2022

RPG General News - Looking back at Tibia

by Hiddenx, 17:23

Felipe Pepe (RPG historian) looks back at the old MMO Tibia:

How a 25-year-old German MMO became a Pokémon fangame

AKA Brazilians strikes again

When talking about the pioneer MMORPGs of the 90s — Meridian 59, Ultima Online, EverQuest, etc — there is a name that is often overlooked: Tibia, a German free-to-play MMO first released in 1997.

More than just curiosity or historical artefact, Tibia has one of the longest and most interesting stories among MMOs.

Tibia 1.0, from January 1997

The game was created by students at the University of Regensburg in Germany. In 1995 they began planning to develop something similar to MUDs (text-based online games), but with graphics and more elements from single-player RPGs:

    “We were inspired by the Ultima series, especially Ultima VI and the possibility to interact with everything in the world of the game. Every item that was there could be taken and used — we wanted to combine that with the possibility to be on the move together with others in the game world.”
    — Stephan Vogler, CipStudio’s Founder

Just like Ultima, Tibia has a very interactive world, allowing you to move objects around and combine them. Even on the very first version you could combine flour with milk and place it over the fire to bake cookies.

While Tibia would go online on January 7th, 1997 (predating MMOs like Ultima Online and Everquest), the truth is that this first version was an alpha release with barely any content. It would take six more months until enemies and NPCs were added, and only in May 1998 would classes, skills and spells be introduced.

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Saturday - September 17, 2022

Campfire Cabal - New Narrative RPG Studio

by Silver, 23:35

@THQNordic Campfire Cabal is a new narrative RPG studio formed from the ashes of Logic Artists, who developed the Expeditions series of games.

Copenhagen, Denmark / Vienna, Austria, September 13, 2022 –THQ Nordic has set sail on a new expedition to Denmark with the formation of a new development studio called Campfire Cabal! The studio was formed by industry veterans who worked on titles such as the highly acclaimed Expeditions: Rome, the Hitman-series, and Hunt: Showdown. Campfire Cabal will focus on high-quality, narrative-driven RPGs and is currently working on a project that has yet to be publicly disclosed.

Check out the intro teaser for Campfire Cabal: https://youtu.be/heTIhlF0mFc

Campfire Cabal will be an independent development studio under THQ Nordic and will be led by its management team and Creative Director, Jonas Wæver.

Tuesday - September 06, 2022

Descent to Undermountain - Retrospective Review

by Silver, 02:04

William SRD reviewed the notorious RPG Descent to Undermountain.

Descent to Undermountain was a Dungeons and Dragons video game released in 1998 by Interplay. Despite coming between Interplay releasing back-to-back classics like Fallout and Balder's Gate - Descent still manages to go down in history as one of the greatest trash fires of the 90's.

Maybe they shouldn't have programmed it on a spaceship combat engine?

Saturday - September 03, 2022

RPG General News - Torchlight Infinite Open Beta September 5th

by Silver, 03:38

DSOGaming reports that Action RPG Torchlight Infinite is set to go into open Beta September 5th.

XD GAMES has announced that the open beta phase for the next part in the Torchlight series, Torchlight: Infinite, will begin on September 5th. This beta will be available to everyone and will last until September 18th.

Torchlight: Infinite is a loot-based action RPG that will be using Unreal Engine 4. The developers claim that the game will combine the classic series gameplay with high-quality graphics. Moreover, the game promises to have a deep powerful skill system that will allow players to create a rich variety of character builds.

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Thursday - September 01, 2022

RPG General News - Gerda: A Flame in Winter released

by Hiddenx, 19:37

The Adventure game Gerda: A Flame in Winter has been released:

Gerda: A Flame in Winter - Launch Trailer

Gerda: A Flame in Winter is a meaningful narrative RPG-lite game inspired by real life events and civilians who tried to stand up to oppression in any way they could during the German occupation of Denmark in World War II.
This fateful story begins not on the front lines, but in the small village of Tinglev where Gerda Larsen was born and raised. The good-natured nurse has no weapons to wield and no army to speak of, relying instead on herself and her knowledge of the village and its people to try and save her husband, who was arrested by the Gestapo.
You'll be challenged with moral dilemmas as you to try guide Gerda through a much more complicated world - a world now full of dangerous situations and difficult choices that will lead you down different paths. So, how far will you go to save your loved ones?

Sunday - August 28, 2022

RPG General News - Alrik's Impressions from Gamescom 2022

by Hiddenx, 12:49

Watcher Alrik visited the Gamescom 2022 - I have edited his report into a thread under General RPG, so that you can ask further questions. The thread can be found here.

Thanks Alrik!

Sunday - August 21, 2022

RPG General News - Dungeon Crawlers - Best Of GameJam 2022

by Hiddenx, 10:51

Our local dungeon crawler expert Kordanor presents the best entries of the Dungeoncrawler Game Jam 2022:

Dungeon Crawlers - Best Of GameJam 2022 [EN] by Kordanor

  • 00:00 Intro & Info about the Game Jam
  • 00:24 Definition of Dungeoncrawler
  • 00:57 Where to download games & find more
  • 01:25 Dumbest Dungeon by Inkus Games
  • 02:07 Aegir Rising by steamknight, CrowMaster2525
  • 02:36 Larrikin of Splorr! by The Grumpy GameDev
  • 03:00 Xeno Seekers by HiImWren, dorii, Evan G. Griffith
  • 03:38 Labyrinth by Danga
  • 04:17 Wizard Force by Snoydger
  • 04:53 Planet of the Beast by Ruben Tipparach, fokai, Twitchywhalez, Suule
  • 05:19 Robots and Zombies by Rebello
  • 05:42 The Gift of Fire by Matt Kimball, Rubikow, Duskey, Aimainiac, Jaco van Hemert, Jaime Alonso, FossilGarden
  • 06:14 Deep Dark by SadSmileGames
  • 06:54 Nano Ruins by DamienDe
  • 07:26 It came from the Forest by Zooperdan, Travsul
  • 08:36 Out of the Blue by Bozo Attila Bertold
  • 09:09 Outro

Friday - August 19, 2022

RPG General News - George Ziets Interview @ GameBanshee

by Hiddenx, 10:38

GameBanshee has interviewed George Ziets about his current projects:

George Ziets Interview

Back in 2019, during a Matt Chat episode, George Ziets told the world about Digimancy Entertainment, his new studio dedicated to developing RPGs and RPG hybrids. And while the studio is yet to release its debut project, it now employs a number of Obsidian and inXile veterans, as well as some promising fresh faces from the team behind Disco Elysium.

With that in mind, we figured it was past time for us to reach out to George, who you probably know as the creative lead on the Mask of the Betrayer expansion for Neverwinter Nights 2 and a contributor to many an Obsidian and inXile RPG over the years, and ask him a few questions about Digimancy Entertainment, his previous projects, and game design and development in general.

So, without further ado, here's our interview with George Ziets:

GameBanshee: Let's start with the basics. Please tell us a bit about yourself, your notable projects, and your current endeavors. Basically, give us an elevator pitch for George Ziets.

George Ziets: I’m a narrative designer at heart who has worn a lot of hats. And I love RPGs – both playing them and making them. My current hat is CEO of Digimancy Entertainment, but I spent most of my career as a writer and designer at InXile and Obsidian Entertainment.

I got into the industry at the tail end of the Infinity Engine era, dreaming of making more of those games (just as they were going out of style), but I did get to work on Neverwinter Nights 2, and I was creative lead on its expansion, Mask of the Betrayer. Since then, I’ve been a designer and writer on all manner of RPGs of varying quality and infamy, from Fallout: New Vegas to Wasteland 3 to Torment: Tides of Numenera.

More recently, I co-founded Digimancy Entertainment with two other RPG veterans – Steve Dobos and Kevin Saunders. Our mission is to make narrative-driven RPGs, create new worlds, and work with like-minded devs from all over the world. We have one self-funded, internal project in development, but we’re also collaborating with other studios on RPGs and adjacent games and developing original pitches for publisher-funded RPGs.

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Thanks Farflame!

Wednesday - August 17, 2022

RPG General News - Some hidden Gems

by Hiddenx, 15:33

Tensor Gaming assembled a list of ten hidden RPG gems:

Top 10 RPG Games Hidden Gems on Steam - PC / Consoles

0:00 Intro
0:17 Orangeblood 
1:29 Tenderfoot Tactics 
2:09 Shadows of Adam 
2:55 Long Gone Days 
4:40 Eternal Radiance 
6:30 Heroine Anthem Zero 2: Scalescars Oath 
7:00 Heartbeat 
8:58 Game #3 
10:19 Game #2 
11:28 Game #1 

Sunday - August 14, 2022

General News - Project Relic Gameplay Trailer

by Silver, 11:27

@DSOGaming The new gameplay trailer for Dark Souls inspired Action RPG Project Relic.

...
As always, this trailer showcases a game that is in development, meaning that its visual style, graphics and levels may change. In other words, this trailer does not represent the quality of the final product.

We should also not forget that Project Cloud Games is a small team. Therefore, you should temper your expectations, and you should not expect a Dark Souls 3-quality game.

Saturday - August 06, 2022

General News - Desktop Dungeons is getting a 3D Remaster

by Hiddenx, 11:05

Redglyph spotted that Desktop Dungeons will be remastered:

Desktop Dungeons: Rewind Announcement Trailer

Wednesday - July 27, 2022

General News - Moo Lander Review @ WP

by Hiddenx, 15:45

Worthplaying has reviewed the action adventure Moo Lander:

PC Review - 'Moo Lander'

Moo Lander is an action-adventure RPG with Metroidvania elements featuring an epic story about cows and milk.

When you think of games trying to emulate the Metroidvania formula, you tend to think of gaining powers over time and backtracking to use those powers to access previously inaccessible areas. You think of a large bestiary to fight. Most of all, you think of platforming; just about all of the big games in the subgenre have featured creatures shooting, jumping, and slashing. Moo Lander isn't exactly a formulaic Metroidvania, but it offers something good for those willing to give it a chance.

The game has you playing the role of Lander who, along with his AI companion Hamilton, have been sent on a mission to save their species. The war that their people have been in for ages has taken its toll, and resources are dwindling. The last hope is an artifact known as the Ewlvir, which can produce an infinite amount of the most precious energy and food: milk. Using the last interplanetary vessel their people have, Lander and Hamilton go to Mars, the last known location of the artifact, in hopes of finding it and saving their species.

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In the end, Moo Lander is a solid adventure game that works despite the genre being mislabeled. The placement of more physics puzzles is a welcome one, even if a few can be a little frustrating. Combat is solid enough, provided you know beforehand that the boss fights tend to be a huge pain. The world may not have much in the way of exploration, but it feels anything but sterile, and the tools are quite fun to use. It's an enjoyable game overall and one that adventure fans might be interested in if they wanted something a little different.

Score: 7.0/10

 

Saturday - July 23, 2022

General News - Five Post Apocalyptic RPGs

by Hiddenx, 07:23

Mortismal Gaming recommends five post-apocalyptic RPGs in the tradition of the early Fallouts:

Five Great Post Apocalyptic CRPGs You Should Play (That Aren't Fallout)

  • Atom RPG
  • Wasteland 3
  • Underrail
  • Death Trash
  • Encased

 

Saturday - July 09, 2022

General News - 20 new turn based RPGs

by Hiddenx, 09:22

Uncanny Games gives an overview over the recently released turn based RPGs and their current patch state:

Top 20 New Turn Based RPGs Recently Released (Apr-Jun 2022)

Friday - June 17, 2022

General News - Upcoming tactical RPGs

by Hiddenx, 15:21

Wizard Worm presents some upcoming tactical RPGs:

The Best Tactical RPGs of Steam Summer Fest (2022)

00:13 Railroads & Catacombs
01:50 Stones Keeper: King Aurelius
03:01 Legends of Kingdom Rush
04:29 Tilefinder
05:46 Rising Spire
06:53 Castle Greyrot
08:08 Pry Into The Void

Monday - June 06, 2022

General News - Diablo Immortal Review

by Hiddenx, 08:50

But Why Tho checked out Diablo Immortal:

REVIEW: 'Diablo Immortal' Is Good, to a Point (PC)

The announcement of Diablo Immortal is a moment in the games industry that will live in infamy. Seen by many as a tone-deaf move by series developer Blizzard Entertainment, the heavily memed “don’t you guys have phones?” moment put Diablo Immortal in a more complicated position than any AAA franchise moving into the mobile space would normally be. But now that the NetEase Games developed and Blizzard published title is out, how does it actually stack?

For my time with the game, I only played the PC port, so I cannot comment on how the game runs on mobile phones. Unfortunately, PC ports of mobile games don’t have the best track record, and Diablo Immortal is no different. The settings are terribly barebones, the UI is garishly large, and the hitbox for selecting items and interacting with points of interest is tiny. The control prompts are also nearly unchanged for the PC port, like clicking is almost always called tapping to fit a phone’s touch screen. 

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The worst part about this system is that there is no free alternative. As of the time of writing, Legendary Crests cannot be earned by grinding for a free currency or saving up a trickle of premium currency that the game gives you for free, as is an option in games like Genshin Impact. Instead, the only way to get them is through microtransactions, with some outlets, like Forbes, reporting that endgame builds are expected to cost players anywhere from $40,000 to $100,000.

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TL;DR

For most of my time with Diablo Immortal, I was pleasantly surprised. But when I reached the endgame content it became clear that all of that was to trap me in an exploitative revenue scheme. I would have been more than willing to buy a battle pass here and there or even some cosmetics or expansions to support Diablo Immortal into the future, but its bold and scummy approach to manipulating vulnerable players not only soured my entire experience with the game but marks a dangerous cornerstone in the monetization of similar products in the future. 

Score: 5/10

 

Sunday - June 05, 2022

General News - Games like Might & Magic and Wizardy @ Wizard Worm

by Hiddenx, 14:56

Wizard Worm presents six RPGs in the tradition of the Wizardry and Might & Magic series:

Top 6 Upcoming Games Like Might and Magic & Wizardy (2022-2023)

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00:40 A Quest That Became Legend
01:42 Legendary Journeys
02:40 Archquest
03:39 Archaelund
05:07 Aledorn
05:49 The Fellowship Saga

Wednesday - June 01, 2022

General News - 48 Amazing Women in RPGs

by Hiddenx, 18:01

RPGFan made a list of memorable women in RPGs:

FemPower Up: 48 Amazing Women in RPGs

A lot of us at RPGFan sometimes get fed up with how much male-centric narratives dominate the RPG landscape. All different types of people play RPGs, and we want the landscape to reflect that.

That isn’t to say, of course, that there haven’t been a ton of amazing women in RPGs over the years. At least 48 of them, in fact! Today, we’re here to present our picks for the most amazing women in RPGs. This list is of course in no ways exhaustive. In fact, there was so much enthusiasm for this feature that we had to cut back on a few! Nonetheless, we’re pleased with the variety and breadth of amazing female characters in the games we love.

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Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Monday - May 23, 2022

General News - A Talk about Armor Systems

by Hiddenx, 19:16

Josh Sawyer introduces you to armor systems in CRPGs:

Armor Clash: Mistrials and Mishaps on the Road to Better Armor Systems

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Saturday - May 14, 2022

General News - Obscure Forgotten and Underrated RPGs

by Hiddenx, 08:14

Avalanche Reviews presents some lesser known RPGs:

Obscure Forgotten and Underrated RPGs

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00:00 Intro 
02:42 Shining Soul
09:27 Suikoden I and II 
12:44 Suikoden IV
14:30 Suikoden V
14:50 Suikoden Tactics
16:12 Eiyuden Chronicle
17:38 Emerald Dragon
21:55 Grandia
23:44 Grandia II
25:08 Grandia Extreme
25:27 Grandia III
29:11 Wachenroder
33:14 Legend of Dragoon
39:05 Growlanser Generations
42:18 Growlanser Heritage of War 
43:18 Growlanser Wayfarer of Time 
45:19 Resonance of Fate 
50:51 Ring of Red 
01:00 Wrapping Things Up 

Friday - May 06, 2022

Dying Light - Upgraded to Enhanced Edition

by Silver, 13:24

Standard Edition owners of Dying Light get a free upgrade to the Enhanced Edition on Steam.

So if you own the base Dying Light game, now you’ll also get:

  •     The Following expansion,
  •     Bozak Horde,
  •     Cuisine and Cargo,
  •     Ultimate Survivor bundle,
  •     and Crash Test skin bundle!


Enjoy playing with your new content, and see you in Harran!

Interested in the details of the upcoming patch? Check the changes below:
FULL PATCH NOTES

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Thanks Henriquejr!

General News - New Dark Eye RPGs Planned

by Silver, 04:07

Gamestar reports that more Dark Eye RPGs are planned.

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Instead, Wagner came up with a new plan, which included empowering Ulisses-Verlag to develop the games themselves. This is the only way to guarantee that the necessary love and care flows into the product, which the publisher and the fan base want.

It's just that Ulisses simply can't develop any games at the moment. That should change in the next few years. That's why there is a master plan :

  • The visual novel: It starts as early as May 2022, when Wolves of the Westwind , a new DSA game , will appear on Steam. Only this is a visual novel, with very little RPG content. It is a story to read and with beautiful pictures. Things that Ulisses is already good at without too much financial risk.
  • An Action Game: The next project will be a standard action game for the studio to try their hand at. However, without a DSA license. Because with this brand loved by fans, according to Wagner, you only have a few shots free , and they should sit.
  • A first role-playing game: What you have learned should then be implemented in another game, which this time will actually be a role-playing game. But again without a DSA license, another Pen&Paper work is to be used instead: Hexxen 1733.
  • The new DSA RPG: And when all these points are ticked off, the staff is increased and trained and hopefully the funding and the international reputation of the studio are in a good place, then a new DSA role-playing game is to be created, with a reasonable production effort.

The goal is to have a game that is internationally competitive even without the brand's appeal and that satisfies DSA fans in Germany.

Thanks Couchpotato!

Tuesday - April 26, 2022

Lords of Ravage - Announced

by Silver, 13:18

Lords of Ravage has been announced and is described as a reverse dungeon crawl RPG/TBS game when you are the boss at the end of the dungeon.

Lords of Ravage Dev Diary 1: Announcement.

Hello everyone, ShiftyCode here with a new dev diary series! Today, I am proud to officially announce our next project: Lords of Ravage. It is a reverse dungeon crawl RPG/TBS game when you are the boss at the end of the dungeon. If you haven't seen our trailer, check it out:

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The Idea.

Ever since the original Dungeon Keeper, I was fascinated by the games that let you experience the gameplay from the other side. You're used to picking quests around the world, but what if you are the quest giver? You are used to shopping for items, but what if you are an item shop owner? You are used to carefully babysitting a party of the heroes in a dungeon crawler, but what if your party will be completely expandable? Those are by no means novel concepts, but I think they are underrepresented in games nevertheless. So I've decided to twist the original dungeon crawler formula and focus on the gameplay side of things.

Gameplay.

In this game, you play as one of the Lords of Ravage. You roam the world in a desperate search for a powerful artifact thought to be only a legend. The gameplay consists of sending your minions on a lot of missions, some of which will be presented as short visual novel-styled experiences. Those experiences usually involve cutscenes and some choices that will affect the combat conditions, lead to additional rewards or allow to skip the combat altogether. In combat, you deploy your "followers" - units with unique abilities and mechanics that are totally expendable, adding to this "I am the evil overlord" feeling that this game is aiming for. And of course, you can reveal yourself at any point, personally dealing with the heroes. The game will be pretty challenging though, as you can easily run out of your followers if not careful, or end up with a severely wounded leader facing fierce heroes.

As usual, stay tuned for more dev diaries and help us to spread the word about the game!

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Monday - April 25, 2022

Project Relic - Gameplay Video

by Silver, 11:16

A new gameplay video for Project Relic from Project Cloud Games. The game is a third person action RPG targeting a 2023 release.

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'Project Relic', an action game, developed by Project Cloud Games

Although it is a small game company consisting of 10 developers, with our passion and insight, we are making a sensuous game.

Hope you enjoy. Thanks.
Contact - info@projectcloudgames.com

- Title: Project Relic (Working on title)
- Platform: Console (Playstation, Xbox) / PC

Sons of Valhalla - Announced

by Silver, 10:06

2D Side Scroller Strategy/RPG game Sons of Valhalla has been announced.

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What is Sons of Valhalla?

Sons of Valhalla is a side-scrolling base-building strategy game that catapults you into the Viking Age.

Story

You slip into the role of Thorald Olavson as he leaves for England to save the love of his life. When Thorald's village is burned down and his love captured by Valgard, a Viking Jarl, Thorald swears revenge.

Gameplay

Sons of Valhalla challenges you to play the role of both builder and destroyer in your quest across England. You will develop and fortify settlements, while raiding villages and laying siege to enemy strongholds. 

Longboats filled with warriors and great siege weapons will be at your command, but you will also have to rely on your personal skill with the sword to overcome the many enemies in your path.

You will explore a beautiful pixel-art recreation of Viking Age Britain, as days turn to nights, sunshine to storms.

Nazralath: The Fallen World - Announced

by Silver, 05:33

DSOGaming reports on a new game inspired by Planescape: Torment and Dark Souls called Nazralath: The Fallen World. Screenshots at the link.

Euclidean Studios has announced a new story-driven, third-person, dark fantasy action-adventure game that is heavily inspired by Dark Souls and Planescape: Torment, called Nazralath: The Fallen World. In order to celebrate this announcement, the studio released the game’s debut trailer that you can find below.

Nazralath: The Fallen World promises to focus on a compelling narrative and exploration through a rich, strong sense of atmosphere and world.

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Sunday - April 24, 2022

General News - PAX East

by Hiddenx, 07:47

Steve Esposito from Seasoned Gaming spotted some new games at PAX East 2022:

PAX East Day 2: More Games to Check Out

With Day 2 of PAX East coverage down, it is time for me to reflect on the great titles that I was able to get my hands on before I head off onto day 3. While Dark Souls inspired RPGs seem to be a growing trend, the talk of the convention is still Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.

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Dwerve – Half Human Games
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising – Natsumi Atari / 505 Games
Spiderheck – Neverjam / Tiny Build
The Last Oricru – GoldKnights / Prime Matter
No Place for Bravery – GlitchFTY / Ysbryd Games

 

Friday - April 22, 2022

General News - Vampire: The Masquerade - Heartless Lullaby released

by Hiddenx, 18:29

The free RPG Vampire: The Masquerade - Heartless Lullaby has been released on Steam:

Welcome to the World of Darkness

Step into the night as Zak Riley and Diane, mortal and Kindred, as their fates intertwine in an ominous plot involving a weakened Camarilla, the vampiric sect that wants to remain hidden, and a rising Sabbat, the fanatical group that sees humanity as cattle.

Meet dozens of characters, venture deep into the shadows and see the world through the eyes of both mortal and vampire, as you explore the Heartless Club.

Take your chances with the dice, face the consequences of your actions, and embrace the duality of Humanity and the Beast in this story rich cRPG set in the World of Darkness.

Covering just the prologue of the story, with well over an hour and a half of gameplay and several different endings, Vampire: The Masquerade - Heartless Lullaby was created in less than a month in celebration of the Vampire: The Masquerade Jam.

Features:

  • Use your vampiric Disciplines (powers) to influence the world. Either by supernatural strength, sinister charm or sheer cunning, take your place in vampire society.
  • Semi-open locations with several ways to approach every situation. Leave no stone unturned.
  • A detective story embedded in a personal horror setting: heed the call of the Beast, or cling to your Humanity.
  • Experience the rule system of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition like never before; a seamless transition between pen & paper and cRPG.

 

Tuesday - April 19, 2022

Winter Ember - Released

by Silver, 09:46

Action/Stealth RPG Winter Ember has been released on Steam.

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You are Arthur Artorias – the sole survivor of a massacre that devastated your family’s legacy and tore them out of the history books. Thought to be dead, you emerge from exile 8 years later, the faceless man kindled by the flame and seeking vengeance.

Embark on an adventure unravelling a dark tale filled with twisted characters, centered around a militant religion hell bent on keeping control. 

A True Stealth Experience

As Arthur, you must stick to the shadows, infiltrate homes and explore hidden passageways; but, be careful not to be spotted! Choose your playstyle: knocking out enemies may keep them quiet for some time, but they will eventually wake up; a quick slice to the throat may be a more permanent solution, but the bloodstain you leave on the carpet might be a dead giveaway! Keep your wits about you, dispose of bodies, peek through keyholes and pickpocket unsuspecting victims.

Deep Arrow Crafting System

Prepare for your mission by planning your loadout. With over 30 arrows to craft, experimentation is key to your success! Do you craft a smoke arrow to blind your opponent, or do you add on a poison element to create poisonious gas? Use your arrows offensively or defensively: break down weak walls with a blunt arrow to surprise your enemy, or use a rope arrow to reach a higher place and take out your enemies from a distance.

Skill Tree

Customize your playstyle from 3 distinct skill trees – stealth, combat, and utility. Unlock over 70 unique passive and active skills to choose from and seek vengeance your way. 

Explore A Dark World

Return home to the cold Victorian town of Anargal, on the verge of technological breakthrough. Infiltrate and explore vast environments brimming with treasure and mystery. From rival gangs to unique characters, approach each scenario in a myriad of ways. Take advantage of the environment, find solutions to every problem, and move past any challenge standing in your way. 

Sunday - April 17, 2022

General News - Stones of Arnhem announced

by Hiddenx, 15:22

Cleveland Mark Blakemore announced that Stones of Arnhem is in development on the RPG Codex:

OFFICIAL "STONES OF ARNHEM" DEVELOPMENT THREAD

I don't want to announce this to the Codex until I have my first alpha version running and up on Steam for "Coming Soon" but I will share details here for diehard fans of Grimoire. When I get Steam to accept my prototype and allow me to set up the page for SOA I will start sending out press releases.

I have all-new portraits that nobody has seen yet but they are fantastic, higher quality than anything displayed previously for Vault of Terror or other games I have been tinkering on. Looking at them and how far my blobber engine has come along were what gave me the motivation to begin working on SOA.

I have distilled the races and classes down into a synthesis of Grimoire, Crusaders and other influences. I am really happy with them and have built the RPG logic engine and editors around them. The tables necessary for character creation are done and I am thinking of pursuing a bold new mechanism of character creation that will combine ideas from other RPGs to produce a very cool easy start to the game without any library creation necessary. Characters in the library will be semi-created but experienced grognards can edit and refine them. Newbs can simply pick them and add them to the party at the start and jump right into the game ala EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.

This game is aimed at 40+ hours of play and will be a fraction of the size of Grimoire. It will be far superior in many ways but it will still be a turn-based blobber inspired by Wizardry 6 & 7.

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Monday - April 04, 2022

General News - Blacksmith Legends: Coming soon

by Hiddenx, 15:09

The Early Access title Blacksmith Legends will get new features:

Coming soon!

Hello dear crafters,

just wanted to share some stuff that I've been working on lately!

1. New Game Modes

This is pretty self-explanatory and will finally be able to shift the game in 2 ways that I've been wanting to achieve for a longer time now.
For people who want to play something closer to economical simulation, there is the Interactive play mode, but for the ones that want to chill, Casual (AFK) mode is the way to go.

Now, the AFK mode isn't really a fully auto mode like in some other games, where you would just exit the game and then start it other day just like you would be playing. It's pretty much a mode where you start with Overseer and most features automated.

2. Overseer automatic manuscript setup + quests option

The more items of certain type you sell, the better will the manuscript setup of that particular item be. Counts after each quantity of 50. So, if you sold 50 hammers will have different impact on the setup than if you already sold 100 of them!

Quests will also now be handled automatically, meaning, whatever you accept will be calculated and entered for production.

All the above features will be included in the Casual (AFK) game mode from the beginning of the game!

Interactive (Classic) game mode will have them too, but Overseer will be achievable much later in the game.

3. Event log window (resizable + movable)

According to the great feedback, players will have an event log window, that will be logging anything that happened with their current system time, just in case. From that, it will be easier to track on what happened.

I'll need few more days to polish all the changes, especially the auto quests handling of the overseer. Rest is pretty much ready.

Stay tuned and please support my game as that greatly helps me in my work!

VM Machal <3

Thanks Farflame!

Saturday - April 02, 2022

General News - Five Square Enix RPGs that Deserve an HD-2D Remake

by Silver, 21:22

TechRaptor looks at five Square Enix RPGs that deserve an HD-2D Remake.

Square Enix really found itself a winning formula with 2018’s Octopath Traveler. Despite being an entirely new IP, it had the hallmarks of an old-school turned-based RPG both in terms of gameplay and visuals. Its patented HD-2D art style, combining SNES-era sprite work with polygonal environments and flashy, modern effects immediately caught a lot of peoples’ interest and elicited a wonderful sense of nostalgia for the company’s early years.

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3. Terranigma

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We could easily fill this list out with nothing but Final Fantasy games, but that wouldn’t make for an interesting read. Plus, remakes aren’t just opportunities to re-experience the most popular games ever made, but also to give lesser-known titles a new lease on life and perhaps introduce them to new audiences. For example, Terranigma.

No one can be blamed for not recognizing the name considering it’s an Enix property not called Dragon Quest and it never made it to America. Released in 1995 for the SNES, Terranigma is an action RPG that sees a young boy named Ark tasked with resurrecting life on Earth.

While it may not be as famous as Dragon Quest, Terranigma received rave reviews when it came out, and there is a demand for it to be revived in some form. Its own development team petitioned Square Enix for a remake only last year alongside passionate fans (thanks Nintendo Life). Unfortunately, according to character designer and manga artist Kamui Fujiwara, apparently no one can contact the game’s original director, which could be the reason why a remake hasn't got off the ground.

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Friday - April 01, 2022

General News - How Black Isle became a Legend

by Hiddenx, 14:52

PC Gamer takes a look at the history of Black Isle:

How Black Isle became a legend

CRPGs wouldn't be the same without its trips into post-apocalyptic California and the Forgotten Realms.

The Black Isle isn't even an island, in reality. It's a peninsula in the Scottish Highlands, home to B&Bs and commuters working in nearby Inverness. Visitors frequent cottage museums and peer out across the damp beach, looking for bottlenose dolphins. 

In the imaginations of Interplay's internal development team, however, Black Isle became a blasted rock in the middle of the ocean, illuminated by fierce lightning strikes—more akin to The Witcher's Aretuza than the real-life place accessible by the A9 trunk road. 

Yet that's the spirit with which Black Isle Studios was founded—an enthusiasm for extrapolating mystery and adventure from a mundane world. It first did so with Fallout in 1997. Developed by '80s kids who had grown up under the perpetual threat of nuclear holocaust, it organically became a Californian vision of the postapocalypse—not so much The Golden State as a land baked until it cracked and bubbled. The stroke of genius, though, was to juxtapose that wasteland with imagery ripped straight from utopia—the perfect, picket-fence existence portrayed by '50s American advertising. The finished game dripped with irony right from character creation, where a Monopoly Man-esque mascot grinned winningly as he blew enemies into chunks. 

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Thanks Henriquejr!

Wednesday - March 30, 2022

General News - SSI Goldbox and other RPGs released on Steam

by Hiddenx, 18:22

Blue's News reports that the old RPGs of SSI are now available on Steam:

The Games:

  • Forgotten Realms: The Archives Collection One (Eye of the Beholder I, II, and III)
  • Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Two (Curse of the Azure Bonds, Gateway to the Savage Frontier, Hillsfar, Pools of Darkness, Pool of Radiance, Secret of the Silver Blades, Treasures of the Savage Frontier, and Unlimited Adventures)
  • Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Three (Dungeon Hack, Menzoberranzan)
  • Krynn series (Champions of Krynn, Death Knights of Krynn, The Dark Queen of Krynn)
  • Dark Sun series (Shattered Lands, Wake of the Ravager)
  • Ravenloft series (Strahd's Possession, Stone Prophet)
  • D&D Stronghold: Kingdom Simulator
  • Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse

Thanks Redglyph!

General News - RPG Game Creator: Eldiron

by Hiddenx, 18:13

Eldiron is a software suite to create Ultima 4/5 style RPGs:

Eldiron v1

Eldiron v1 will be able to create games similar to Ultima 4 and Ultima 5 or every RPG or tactical game utilizing square tiles.

Eldiron is cross platform and runs on all Desktops. The game client will work on Desktops but also on iOS and Android devices and any other device Rust compiles on. It is designed from the ground up to be extremely portable.

Eldiron comes with a range of freely usable tilemaps for environment and characters, however you can of course use your own tilemaps, see the instructions below.

The game engine contains client and server modules, although currently no multi-player options exist yet, the code has been written with multi-player support in mind from the ground up.

Support for retro 3D areas like dungeons is upcoming. In general I want to explore many different ways to display and create content, from procedurally created tiles to 3D assets. These kind of features will get implemented over time.

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Monday - March 28, 2022

One Piece Odyssey - Announced

by Silver, 21:01

@DSOGaming Bandai Namco has announced a new One Piece RPG called One Piece Odyssey for 2022.

Players will join this brand-new RPG featuring new character and monster designs produced by Eiichiro Oda, the author of One Piece. The game will also have beautiful music from Motoi Sakuraba; a composer well known for his various contributions to video games such as the Dark Souls and Tales of series.

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Thursday - March 24, 2022

Lords of Ravage - Turn-based strategy RPG Announced

by Silver, 19:58

Turn-based strategy RPG Lords of Ravage has been announced by Synthetic Domain.

It is said that only in the darkest of times, true heroes are forged. But others may be lured by this darkness onto a much easier path. Some follow this path out of selfish greed and lust for power, while others do so out of a corrupted sense of duty, stopping at nothing to achieve their higher goals. A few of the most powerful ones have the dubious honor of being proclaimed Lords of Ravage. You'll take on the role of one of these Lords on the brink of their defeat. Search for a great artifact that can change the fate of this world. Deal with any heroes brave or foolish enough to interfere with your plans. Hunt for forgotten artifacts, forge dark alliances, and undertake daring raids to take by force everything your heart desires.

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Thanks Couchpotato!

Monday - March 21, 2022

General News - Casey Hudson working on Science Fiction RPG

by Silver, 23:53

Video Games Chronicle reports that Casey Hudson is working on an RPG set in a new science fiction setting. The newly formed development studio is called Humanoid Studios.

“Our current project is a multi platform AAA game, focusing on character-driven narrative in an all-new science-fiction universe,” it says.

The website also features several pieces of concept art (see below).

Canada-based Humanoid has offices in British Columbia and Alberta, “offering a flexible work environment combining from-home, in-office, and remote work so that developers can work where they feel happiest”.

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Friday - March 18, 2022

General News - Triangle Strategy Worldwide Sales Do Well

by Silver, 12:57

Gamingbolt reports that Switch exclusive tactical RPG Triangle Strategy has sold nearly 800K worldwide.

As Square Enix works on improving Babylon’s Fall and addressing issues with Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin, it’s seen a good measure of success with Triangle Strategy. Developed by Artdink and led by Tomoya Asano of Bravely Default fame, its worldwide shipments and downloads are nearly 800,000. The tactical RPG launched on March 4th for Nintendo Switch.

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Wednesday - March 16, 2022

General News - Mike Laidlaw Working on an Action RPG

by Silver, 22:30

Eurogamer reports that Mike Laidlaw, who previously spent 15 years at Bioware, is now making an action RPG with Private Division as publisher.

"The studio firmly believes that emergent systems create rich, interactive worlds," Private Division wrote in a press release. "In that vein, Yellow Brick Games is creating an ambitious new action RPG."

"I find myself energised by the challenge of helping build a new studio - full of incredible talent, ambitious ideas, and real focus on our product - while taking risks that might not be possible in AAA game development," Laidlaw added.

"We want to deliver something special for our debut title, and partnering with Private Division provides our team with the support to create a game that's truly memorable."

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Monday - March 14, 2022

General News - ARPGs vs CRPGs vs JRPGS

by Hiddenx, 15:56

Ye Old Entertainment talks about RPG sub genres:

Baldurs gate 2 vs Diablo 2 vs Dark Souls vs Chrono Trigger. Wait a minute... ARPGs vs CRPGs vs JRPGS?

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At RPGWatch we have a thread for this...

Thanks MAHak!

General News - Warren Spector Interview

by Silver, 01:41

VentureBeat interviewed Warren Spector and asked him about System Shock 3 and what he is making now amongst other topics.

GamesBeat: Can you fill in some of the blanks on how things have been going for you in the last few years with OtherSide? It seemed like work on System Shock 3 came to an end for you. I don’t know if that’s the right way to characterize it.

Warren Spector: We released a statement last year. There’s not much more to say at this point. Tencent is taking the franchise forward. It’ll be up to them to say what they want to say. There’s not much clarification I can give you.

GamesBeat: How long had you worked on that previously?

Spector: We worked on it in 2018 and 2019. That was it.

GamesBeat: How large had the studio gotten for that project?

Spector: I think we maxed out at 17.

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(Talking about his new game)

GamesBeat: How long have you been actively working on it now?

Spector: I went through a pretty long phase of just developing this one or that one. I guess it’s been not quite a year. But again, remember, that was me sitting alone. It almost doesn’t count. Paul and I take this seriously. When it comes to creating something new, you want to do something special. Making games is–I call it “grindingly hard.” If you’re not at least trying to do something great–you’re going to fail most of the time, and I get that. But if you’re not trying, it’s soul-crushing. There’s no point.

I’m a relentless advocate for a particular kind of game, for immersive simulations. I’m going to do that for the rest of my life, or at least the rest of my career. If I can’t do that I guess I’ll stop making games. But in many ways it’s what I’ve been thinking about for quite a while as the next step in immersive sims. If we pull it off, people are not going to be ready for what’s going to hit them.

GamesBeat: Is it consistent with some of the themes you’ve advocated for before, like emergent gameplay over scripted storytelling?

Spector: Oh, absolutely. I have no interest–at my studios, you’re not allowed to say the word “puzzle.” We don’t make puzzles. As soon as you say the words “the player must” or “the player has to” I stop listening. It turns into blah-blah-blah. Games have always been about players showing how clever and creative they are. We remind ourselves constantly that they’re as smart as we are, and in many ways smarter. The bottom line is, we’re the only medium in human history that’s been able to engage players as partners in storytelling. That’s what I’m going to do as long as people will keep paying me to do it.

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Sunday - March 13, 2022

General News - Gold Box Games coming to Steam

by Hiddenx, 08:49

The Goldbox games will be available on Steam on March 29:

Dungeons & Dragons: Krynn Series

  • Champions of Krynn
  • Death Knights of Krynn
  • The Dark Queen of Krynn

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun Series

  • DARK SUN: SHATTERED LANDS
  • DARK SUN: WAKE OF THE RAVAGER

Dungeons & Dragons: Ravenloft Series

  • Ravenloft: Strahd's Possession
  • Ravenloft: Stone Prophet 

Dungeons & Dragons - Stronghold: Kingdom Simulator

Dungeons & Dragons - Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse

Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection One

  • EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
  • EYE OF THE BEHOLDER II: THE LEGEND OF DARKMOON
  • EYE OF THE BEHOLDER III: ASSAULT ON MYTH DRANNOR

Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Two

  • POOL OF RADIANCE
  • CURSE OF THE AZURE BONDS
  • HILLSFAR
  • SECRET OF THE SILVER BLADES
  • POOLS OF DARKNESS
  • GATEWAY TO THE SAVAGE FRONTIER
  • TREASURES OF THE SAVAGE FRONTIER
  • FORGOTTEN REALMS UNLIMITED ADVENTURES

Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Three

  • DUNGEON HACK
  • MENZOBERRANZAN

Wednesday - March 09, 2022

General News - Triangle Strategy Review

by Hiddenx, 16:15

Retro Rebound checked out Triangle Strategy - a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Let's hope that it will find its way to the PC like Octopath Traveler:

Triangle Strategy Caught Me Off Guard... | Review

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Friday - March 04, 2022

General News - Dungeon Crawler Jam 2022

by Hiddenx, 15:16

The Dungeon Crawler Jam 2022 is a game development challenge to make a first person grid based dungeon crawler game in just 7 days from April 8 to April 15:

Dungeon Crawler Jam 2022

It's official! The Dungeon Crawler Jam is now an annual thing. That's right :) 

Following last year's success I am excited to be able to invite you to this years jam.

Whether you are an experienced game developer or just started getting into it (or anywhere in between) join us in this personal challenge of making a small game in a very short time.

Dungeon Crawler Jam 2022 is a game development challenge to make a first person grid based dungeon crawler game in just 7 days from April 8 to April 15.

-> Link

Hope to see you there :)

Thanks Kordanor!

Wednesday - February 23, 2022

Mostly RPG News - Upcoming Games March 2022

by Redglyph, 17:35

WolfheartFPS shares his list of selected upcoming games. Spot the one he doesn't like.

Top New Games Coming March 2022 (RPG, Adventure, Looter Shooter..)

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  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:15 March 1 Pathfinder DLC
  • 1:25 March 1 Elex 2
  • 2:56 March 1 Shadow Warrior 3
  • 4:14 March 3 Babylon's Fall
  • 5:34 March 8 Submerged: Hidden Depths
  • 6:35 March 17 Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness
  • 7:51 March 18 Stranger In Paradise Final Fantasy Origin
  • 9:06 March 25 Ghostwire Tokyo
  • 10:07 March 25 Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
  • 11:25 March 29 King Arthur: Knight's Tale
  • 12:54 March 31 Weird West

Friday - February 18, 2022

General News - RPG in a Box

by Redglyph, 18:06

Justin Arnold, who created RPG in a Box, reached out and presented this project to us. This "engine" is built as an application made with Godot, which some of you may already know.

My name is Justin Arnold, and I’m a solo developer creating a game engine called RPG in a Box. I’ve been working on it for approximately 7 years, with the initial release in June of 2015. It’s a passion project of mine, which I originally developed in my spare time while working a full-time job as a software developer. Around the end of 2017, I made the decision to leave my job in order to fully devote myself to RPG in a Box. I’m reaching out to RPGWatch to see if there would be any interest in covering RPG in a Box on your site or Steam curator page.

I feel that RPG in a Box is at a point in its development where it’s ready for a wider audience, so I’ve been working towards reaching more people and building a larger community. It’s awesome getting to see people express themselves creatively through RPG in a Box by using it to turn their ideas into games and experiences. I’d also like to get more feedback that I can use to shape the engine going forward and, most importantly, to help people easily bring their game ideas to life. If you’re interested in covering RPG in a Box, I would love to discuss it further and answer any questions you may have.

You can find my press kit for RPG in a Box here: https://www.rpginabox.com/press

In addition to a brief overview and history of the game engine, I’ve included some videos and images to provide a look at both the editor interface and the games that can be created with it. The videos include an Early Access launch trailer, a playthrough of the built-in example game, and some short clips that demonstrate various gameplay mechanics. There’s even a couple of community-made videos: a gameplay teaser of a sci-fi first-person shooter/crawler being made with RPG in a Box, as well as a quirky world made completely out of food!

In regards to the screenshots, I tried to include a good selection of images showing the various editors (Voxel Editor, Map Editor, etc.), as well as some demo games and examples of the camera options available. These images also include the most recent Community Game Showcase, which is a collection of screenshots submitted by the community of their RPG in a Box projects. The showcase image is quite large, so if you zoom in you can easily see each individual game.

The press kit lists some social media and store links under the factsheet section, and there’s a link to my Trello board and Godot showcase interview at the bottom of the page if you’re interested in some of the technical aspects of its development. I also included a few testimonials from the community.

Wednesday - February 16, 2022

General News - New RPG Studio Rebel Wolves

by Silver, 18:49

A new RPG studio has been formed by ex-CD Projekt RED executive Konrad Tomaszkiewicz which is called Rebel Wolves. Games Industry interviewed the man and asked about his ambitions.

Rebel Wolves is looking to create a single-story, dark fantasy game

Given the scope of CD Projekt's recent output and its experience with RPGs, it could be seen as the perfect place to realise ambitions like the ones Rebel Wolves have outlined. However, Tomaszkiewicz feels that going independent is the best way for the studio to chase its dreams.

"We're proud of the games we helped to create there and we're deeply grateful for all the opportunities it has given us," he says. "CD Projekt works with established IPs, and we wanted to create our own universe, tailor it to our needs and preferences. Also, we want to work on smaller games, in a smaller team, where it's easier to maintain a coherent vision."

Rebel Wolves' goals for its debut project are well-defined too. The team shares joint expertise in single-story, narrative-focused games, and that's the genre it's aiming for.

"We want to recreate the feeling of a pen and paper RPG session, where your options seem limitless, where the world reacts to your choices, where every decision matters."

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Monday - January 31, 2022

General News - 5 Upcoming RPGs

by Redglyph, 12:28

Mortismal Gaming shows 5 upcoming RPGs.

Five Upcoming CRPGs You Might Have Missed

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Saturday - January 29, 2022

General News - Home Behind 2 releases on Feb 25

by Redglyph, 16:26

RPGamer reported the announcement from TPP Studios that their roguelike Home Behind 2 would leave Early Access and release on Febrary 25th.

Home Behind 2 Fully Releasing in February

Developer TPP Studios announced that its roguelike RPG Home Behind 2 will exit Early Access and fully release for PC via Steam on February 25, 2022. The game will be available for $19.99 after it fully launches, but players can currently pick up the Early Access version and get access to the full version for $14.99, with a 25% discount on that price available until February 3, 2022.

Home Behind 2 is set in the fictional war-torn country of Scaria. The game follows Banan, a student who had been studying abroad and has returned home to join a revolution. Players control a small force and must act strategically to survive the attacks of enemy soldiers. The game features a strategic real-time combat system and can recruit fights from 36 unlockable jobs.

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General News - Deflector enters Early Access

by Redglyph, 16:21

COG reported that Deflector, an indie roguelite RPG, had entered Early Access.

DEFLECTOR, BULLET HELL ROGUELIKE, ENTERS STEAM EARLY ACCESS

The Power of Science and Nature

Welcome to the microscope and prepare for a bullet hell smaller than ever. Developer Arrowfist Games new bullet hell roguelike game, Deflector, is now on Steam Early Access. A press release about the game provides more details on the microscopic, adrenaline-fueled, adventure that takes place in the world of Deflector.

Deflector places the player in control of a specimen. These specimen are each able to use their unique abilities to compliment individual player playstyles. Additionally, each specimen can use further modifications to upgrade themselves by collecting DNA. The landscape of the game is as alien as a space adventure and each, non-linear, journey will contain equally as alien enemies. 

Furthermore, Deflector features an open, more free-form, upgrade system. This allows players to equip their specimen with a variety of different skills that they can combo together. Some of the powers range from explosive clones, to electric chains, to moving the very ground itself. The system provides flexibility and freedom of play for players as one would hope to see in a roguelike. 

Players get a view of the action in the official Early Access launch trailer.

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Thursday - January 20, 2022

General News - New Tactics Studio Bit Reactor

by Silver, 11:57

IGN reports on a new tactics studio called Bit Reactor; composed of Civilization and XCOM veterans.

A group of Firaxis Games veterans has announced a brand new Maryland-based studio called Bit Reactor which will be focused on turn-based strategy games.

Bit Reactor will be headed up by former Firaxis art director Greg Foertsch, who worked with Firaxis for over 20 years on games including XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2, Civilization 3, and Civilization 4. Other members of the studio include former lead developers and creatives who also worked on the XCOM franchise.

[...]

Additionally the new studio head of Bit Reactor, Greg Foertsch, was interviewed by Games Industry.biz

Now, the strategy genre doesn't have to be restricted by the technological limitations of the past. Top down games can have stunning worlds that can stand against the latest open world escapades, or a narrative to rival the next great RPG.

Former Firaxis art director Greg Foertsch hopes to be at the forefront of the strategy resurgence with his new studio, Bit Reactor. Drawing other talent from the XCOM developer as well as other teams, Foertsch aims to build an outfit -- and later, a game -- that will bring the genre into a new era.

"The whole genre started to fall backwards while not having enough production values and it got dropped a bit," Foertsch tells GamesIndustry.biz. "Now, that's not a problem. Screen resolution isn't an issue. There are ways to tell stories and convey information that doesn't require a wall of text.

"That's what we're focused on -- bringing that to the genre, and really blurring that line between what a strategy game is and what an action game is."

Foertsch spent more than 20 years with Firaxis in various roles, before departing in 2018. After that, he had a small stint at Romero Games, which at the time was building strategy title Empire of Sin. For Foertsch, journeying from a long stint at a larger developer to a smaller one, to starting up his own studio, is all about setting his own parameters when it comes to developing a new game.

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Monday - January 17, 2022

General News - Never Mourn Trailer

by Redglyph, 17:36

Primal Seed released a trailer of Never Mourn, an indie souls-like action RPG.

NEVER MOURN - Teaser Trailer (2022)

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Never Mourn is a third-person fast-paced Action-RPG with rogue-lite mechanics.

During the game, the players will embody Irea, a powerful battle necromancer fighting against all odds in order to revive her child.

In addition to being able to create her own army by reviving her enemies’ corpses, Irea can use destructive short-range spells and defensive abilities.

Attacked by endless waves of enemies, the players will have to be creative, skilled and good at decision making in order to overcome all the obstacles on their roads. Thanks to the rogue-lite mechanics, each run will feel different and will encourage the player’s creativity

Saturday - January 15, 2022

Batora: Lost Haven - Partnership Announcement Trailer

by Redglyph, 14:18

Team 17 reached out and sent a link to a trailer of a new sci-fi action RPG due in 2022, Batora: Lost Haven by developer Stormind Games.

Team17 Presents... Batora: Lost Haven - Partnership Announcement Trailer

We've partnered with Stormind games to bring colourful and mesmerising RPG hack and slash, Batora: Lost Haven to PC and consoles in 2022. Sign up to join the Closed Alpha: https://bit.ly/Alpha-Batora-YT

It begins with our lead protagonist Avril who used to be a regular 16-year-old girl, until a mysterious event devastated the Earth and she lost everything. Now Avril is the only one who can attempt to save her planet, using the physical and mental powers that she has been gifted with! Throughout her cosmic journey, Avril will begin to learn there is a thin line between good and evil and it is up to her to decide whom to believe: her choices will determine the destiny of the universe.

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Sunday - January 09, 2022

Warhammer - Every Fantasy Game Ranked

by Redglyph, 10:08

@rjshae spotted a ranked list of Warhammer games set in the Old World, the parody-football universe of Blood Bowl, and the Warhammer sequel setting Age of Sigmar, on PCGamer. Thanks!

Every Warhammer Fantasy game, ranked

For a brief period between 1983 and 1985, Games Workshop published their own videogames, including one called Chaos: The Battle of Wizards (created by a young developer called Julian Gollop who'd later make a name for himself with X-COM). But none of GW's videogames were set in their own Warhammer Fantasy universe. 

At the time the setting was a barely formed thing. 1984's second edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battle focused on a conflict between alien frogs and Amazons with laserguns on the continent of Lustria. Only after GW got out of the videogame racket would the Old World refocus on the gritty fantasy version of Renaissance Europe that become Warhammer's center stage.

In 1991 Gremlin Interactive adapted the board game HeroQuest, and Warhammer finally came to computers. Though it was a version of Warhammer targeted at ages nine and up, it still included distinctive elements like the fimir and the threat of Chaos. There weren't many Warhammer games over the subsequent 20 years, just a couple of fondly remembered strategy games and a tragically doomed MMO, and it wasn't until the 2010s that the Old World was explored more fully. Much more fully.

In 2015 alone there were four Warhammer Fantasy games released on PC and four more Warhammer 40,000 games. We went from a drought to a flood, from nothing to more than any one person could keep up with... unless they dedicated months of their life to playing every single Warhammer videogame.

Well, I've done just that. I've played them all. This list will help you navigate the flood.

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Saturday - January 08, 2022

General News - 10 Unreleased MMORPGs

by Hiddenx, 15:59

Kordanor looks back at some broken MMORPG dreams in the era 2001-2007:

10 Unreleased MMORPGs ~ 2001-2007 -
A stroll through the cemetry of MMORPGs

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MMORPGs covered:

  • Ultima Online 2 (UO2), Ultima Worlds Online: Origin (UWO:O)
  • Ultima X Odyssey
  • Mythica
  • Imperator
  • Warhammer Online
  • Midgard
  • Realms of Torment (RoT), Mourning, Age of Mourning, Thrones of Chaos
  • Middle Earth Online (MEO)
  • Dragon Empires
  • Wish
  • (Bonus) Dark and Light (DnL)

 

Wednesday - January 05, 2022

General News - Top 10 Upcoming RPGs

by Hiddenx, 12:49

Hell Fire RPGs made a list of his top ten upcoming RPGs:

Top 10 Upcoming RPGs [2022]

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2021 was an amazing year for RPGs,. with loads of RPGs stealing many of my hours away. However, looking all the great RPGs coming out in 2022, I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be even better. This video is going to look at the top 10 RPGs, both Western and Japanese, that I am most excited for. This will no doubt be a lot different to yours, so let me know what you’re most excited for in the comments below.

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Games mentioned in the video: Elden Ring, Final Fantasy 16, Forspoken, Gotham Knights, Hogwarts Legacy, Horizon Forbidden West, Pokemon Legends Arceus. Starfield, Triangle Strategy, Origins, Strager of Paradise, Star Ocean The Divine Force.

Tuesday - January 04, 2022

General News - Turn-Based Lovers' On The Radar January

by Redglyph, 19:15

Turn-Based Lovers posted this month's discoveries. Thanks Andrea!

ON THE RADAR – TURN-BASED RPGS & STRATEGY GAMES OF JANUARY 2022

THE MONSTER BREEDER – 3RD JANUARY

[January 19th - Ed.]

The Monster Breeding is a turn-based fantasy game that tries to mix two vastly different components.

The first one essentially gives the player a chance to buy some creature eggs and, subsequently, tame and breed them until they become strong enough to fight in the arena.

The second one, however, is the real combat phase that puts your characters and your beloved monsters against other teams in the arena, fighting for gold and glory. But beware, one of the main features of this game is permadeath, so choose wisely!

On Steam 

ALDER FORGE (E.A.) -7TH JANUARY

Alder Forge is a turn-based RPG, in the vein of classic JRPGs. Here, you have to lead a party of 5 heroes in a story-driven adventure, taking place in a handcrafted and imaginative world.

Each character will have a unique story to tell and their own set of skills. The developers promise an “adaptive turn-based combat system” (whatever this means!), which is easy to use, but difficult to master.

If you are a fan of JRPGs give it a chance. It may surprise you!

On Steam!

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General News - Upcoming Games You Didn't Know About

by Redglyph, 18:27

WolfheartFPS presents a few less-known upcoming games.

Top 10 2022 & Beyond New Games You Didn't Know About.. (RPG, ARPG, CRPG, Soulslike & More)

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Sunday - January 02, 2022

General News - Wccftech's best RPGs of 2021

by Hiddenx, 09:19

Wccftech listed their best RPGs of 2021:

Wccftech’s Best Role-Playing Games of 2021 – Going on an Adventure

What a year we’ve just had for role-playing games. Whether you’re on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, or PC, 2021 has been a surprisingly good year for RPGs as a whole. It hasn’t just been the latest sequels gracing our gaming platforms but also big name developers starting to take risks with new IPs and fresh concepts altogether. When you’re cooped up indoors with a controller in one hand and takeaway in the other, nothing helps pass the times better than a meaty RPG with a story that’ll stick with you long after the credits roll.

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  • Ruined King: A League of Legends Story
  • Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Tales of Arise
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  • NEO: The World Ends With You
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
  • Ys IX Monstrum Nox

Honorable Mentions

  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Fantasian
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
  • Bravely Default 2
  • NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139

Saturday - January 01, 2022

General News - Best reviewed Games per Category

by Redglyph, 10:57

Ye Old Entertainment celebrates his first anniversary and makes his own top list of the games he reviewed, by category (Character creation & progression, Gameplay, Story & Lore, Companions Lorewise, ...).

Best Games (we've reviewed so far) per category. Baldur's Gate II, Torment, Arcanum. Where's yours?

So we're celebrating one year out here on the youtubes! So we asked around and one of you suggested that we made a video of the best games per category that we have reviewed this year. And I thought that was an excellent idea! [...]

And these are our categories!

  • Character creation and Character progression
  • Gameplay
  • Story & Lore
  • Companions Lorewise
  • Companions Gameplaywise
  • Secondary Mechanics and UX
  • Sound Effects and Mix
  • Music
  • Voice Acting
  • Graphics
  • Performance and Stability

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Thursday - December 30, 2021

General News - Mod of the Year 2021 @ ModDB

by Hiddenx, 08:51

The players voted for the best mod of 2021 at ModDB:

Players Choice

Welcome to the 2021 Mod of the Year results! With top 100 voting having taken place over the last 20 days, the results have now been tallied and we are ready to announce the winners! Our favorite moments in 2021 include the increasingly powerful tools released for the Master Chief Collection, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition's modding getting off to a roaring start, and the many other modding triumphs for the community over the last year.

Below you will find the Top 10 Mods of 2021. While you're at it, you can also check out the Top 10 Indie Games of 2021, or join the site in anticipation for next year's awards to register a mod of your own or vote for those you think deserve recognition in 2022.

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  1. The Chronicles of Myrtana
  2. Black Mesa: Blue Shift
  3. Command And Conquer : Generals Evolution
  4. SIGNAL LOST
  5. Rise of the East
  6. Dark Interval
  7. VTMB Unofficial Patch
  8. X-Ray Multiplayer Extension
  9. The End of Days
  10. Ashes 2063

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Thanks rjshae!

Wednesday - December 29, 2021

General News - Top 10 Most Anticipated RPGs of 2022 @ Fextralife

by Hiddenx, 16:28

Fextralife made a list of their most anticipated RPGs of 2022:

Top 10 Most Anticipated RPGs of 2022

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0:00 - Top RPG 2022
0:53 - Elden Ring
2:30 - Baldur’s Gate 3
4:04 - Starfield
5:10 - Lost Ark
6:06 - King Arthur: Knight’s Tale
6:59 - Salt and Sacrifice
8:03 - Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
9:03 - Granblue Fantasy: Relink
10:13 - Hogwarts Legacy
10:59 - Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms

Tuesday - December 28, 2021

General News - The Best RPGs Of 2021 @ Kotaku

by Hiddenx, 19:25

Kotaku thinks these are the best RPGs of 2021:

The Best RPGs Of 2021

From Monster Hunter: Rise to the new League of Legends spin-off, 2021 had some amazing RPGs

There was, I would argue, no genre-defining role-playing game this year, but there were still a hell of a lot of good ones. So many, in fact, that I had a hard time keeping this list from ballooning even larger than it already is. I tried my best, and even knocked off some of my personal favorites.

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  • Monster Hunter: Rise
  • Bravely Default II
  • Disco Elysium: The Final Cut
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
  • Nier Replicant
  • Cris Tales
  • The Ascent
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
  • Tales of Arise
  • Wildermyth
  • Diablo II: Resurrected
  • Dungeon Encounters
  • Gloomhaven
  • Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Ruined King: A League of Legends Story

Wednesday - December 22, 2021

General News - The Vagabond Emperor - First Look

by Hiddenx, 19:24

The Turn Based Lovers checked out the 2D-RPG The Vagabond Emperor:

THE VAGABOND EMPEROR – FIRST (AND WIGGLING) LOOK!

"Life is hard.
Then you die.
Then they throw dirt in your face.
Then the worms eat you.
Be grateful it happens in that order."

– David Gerrold

WAIT, LIFE IS EASY

Have you ever thought watching the intro of a game, "oh no, why do I have to always be the damned hero!"?
Well if your answer is in the affirmative then this game we are about to discover might be exactly what you are looking for.

If you are wondering as to why, well it’s simple – because in this latest project by developers Wiggling Eyebrows, you begin as…. well, a nobody. And when I say "a nobody" I literally mean a sloppy vagabond. Poor and homeless. The refuse of society possessing one and only one redeeming quality – enormous ambition!

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Wednesday - December 15, 2021

General News - Turn-Based Lovers' Best RPGs

by Redglyph, 13:06

Turn-Based Lovers wrote about the best isometric RPGs. They have also released a video with a subset of the list. Thanks Andrea Ciocca!

THE BEST ISOMETRIC TURN-BASED RPGS

A continuously updated list of the best isometric Turn-Based RPGs out there till now.

In this article we cover some of the best and playable Isometric Turn-Based RPGs. Games in the vein of the very first Fallout and Baldur’s Gate that defined the genre and its sub-genres back in day. One that remains a firm favourite of developers even today. With games that retain an isometric perspective, while offering new and improved mechanics.

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CRITERIA & PURPOSE OF THE LIST

Our aim in creating this list of the best RPGs with isometric presentation, is not to rank games but to collect and showcase them all. Updating this list whenever there is a new release and to listen to suggestions about games we missed. All with the aim of making this list as comprehensive as possible. All the Turn-Based RPGs shown below are sorted per release date, starting with the oldest first.

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In this video we cover some of the best and playable Isometric Turn-Based RPGs. Games in the vein of the very first Fallout and Baldur's Gate that defined the genre and its sub-genres back in day. For the video version, we started from 2013 till the end of 2021 while in the written article you will find even some of the great classics. Link below. Enjoy :)

Tuesday - December 14, 2021

General News - Upcoming games @ WolfheartFPS

by Redglyph, 19:37

WolfheartFPS presents another "top" list, which is actually more of a filtered list of upcoming RPGs / adventure games.

Top 40 Upcoming RPGs / Adventure Games of 2022 & Beyond

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(timestamps in the thread *sighs*)

Monday - December 13, 2021

General News - RPGs of 2021 @ PC Gamer

by Redglyph, 18:41

PC Gamer made a quick recap of this year's RPGs.

It's been a great year for RPGs, if you hate and fear the new

Re-releases and retro RPGs made the futuristic-sounding year 2021 feel indebted to the past.

In 2019, Disco Elysium pushed the RPG genre so far people said it wasn't really an RPG at all. They called it an adventure game, or a visual novel. Disco Elysium really was an RPG of course—one with roots in CRPG classic Planescape: Torment and the kind of tabletop roleplaying with actual dice—but it was revolutionary enough to sail right to the edge of our convenient definitions. It felt like evidence of a genre that was thriving.

While games directly influenced by Disco will take a while to start arriving, it felt like the product of an overgrown RPG greenhouse. Surely that same climate was about to produce even more unusually proportioned fruit?

Maybe not. By contrast, in 2021 the genre felt safe and predictable. For starters, it was dominated by remasters, re-releases, and ports. As well as Disco Elysium's own Final Cut, there was Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Diablo 2: Resurrected, Final Fantasy's pixel remasters, Nier Replicant, Legend of Mana HD, Geneforge 1 - Mutagen, more Kingdom Hearts games on PC than any human could ever actually play, and the incremental update of Skyrim Anniversary Edition. Further ahead, we can look forward to The Witcher 3's next-gen edition and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake.

There's nothing inherently wrong with re-releasing old games. It used to be that classics were often lost, either hard to find or hard to get running on modern machines, the history of the medium evaporating behind us. Though games are still routinely delisted these days, overall the industry is better at preserving and valuing its own history than it used to be. (And profiting from that, of course.)

What's surprising is that most of the new RPGs that squeezed out between 2021's herd of re-releases didn't feel like the future, either. They skewed toward celebrations of the past, the kind of games that will inevitably be described as "love letters." [...]

Wednesday - December 08, 2021

Rune Factory 4 - Released

by Redglyph, 16:26

Gaming Bolt reports that Marvelous Inc has released Rune Factory 4 on Steam.

Rune Factory 4 Special is Out Now on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Travel to Selphia and help get the town back on its feet, bonding with various NPCs, venturing to dungeons and even falling in love.

Marvelous’ acclaimed action RPG/farming sim Rune Factory 4 Special is now available for PS4, Xbox One and PC. It originally released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2012 before being ported over to the Nintendo Switch in 2020. Now other platforms can finally experience it for the first time. Check out the release trailer below.

Like previous titles in the series, players venture to a town (in this case, Selphia) that needs help. By taking on requests from various NPCs, farming and slaying monsters in dungeons, it can be improved in a myriad of ways. There are also different companions to party up and a variety of different weapons to utilize in combat.

Along with the Newlywed Mode, which features a unique story with one’s spouse, there’s also the DLC “Another Episode” which includes 13 additional stories with full voice-acting and the new Hell difficulty. For more details, head hereRune Factory 5 is also coming soon, releasing on March 22nd, 2022 for the West on Nintendo Switch.

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Sunday - December 05, 2021

Dark Souls - Fan-Made Nightfall DLC Delayed to January

by Redglyph, 11:06

Wccf Tech reports that the fan-made DLC for Dark Soul has been delayed to January 2022.

Dark Souls Nightfall, Fan-Made Dark Souls Sequel, Has Been Delayed By One Month; Now Releases in January 2022

Dark Souls Nightfall, the upcoming fan-made sequel to the original Dark Souls, has been delayed by one month for additional polishing.

The project was first slated to release on PC later this month on December 21st, but the team has now announced that it has been delayed to January 21st, 2022. The Nightfall announced the delay through a new development update video.

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Interestingly, back in June of this year, the fan-made sequel was announced to be released exactly one month before the highly-anticipated Elden Ring. With Elden Ring delayed by one month to February 25th, the Nightfall project has now also been delayed by one month.

For those unaware of this exciting upcoming Dark Souls mod, Nightfall will offer a new story, new characters and bosses, a new world map (built mostly from the existing pieces), and much more. It’s basically a brand new Souls game built using the Dark Souls engine and assets. In addition, the fan-made sequel’s combat will be faster-paced, against a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar foes, with brand new voiced NPCs and side-quests. Nightfall also takes many cues from the design of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

Dark Souls Nightfall now releases on January 21, 2022 – one month before FromSoftware’s Elden Ring.

General News - 10 Promising TRPGs & Strategy Games @ TBL

by Redglyph, 11:00

Turn Based Lovers presents 10 upcoming games.

10 Promising Tactics RPGs & Strategy Games 2021-2022 | KAEOI#31

Choosing the best upcoming turn-based RPGs & Strategy games it's never easy anyway even this week, Keep An Eye on It it's full of interesting Turn-Based Tactics RPGs & Strategy Games which I can't wait to show you and learn what you think about them.

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Monday - November 29, 2021

General News - New Idea Factory Games on GOG

by Redglyph, 12:34

RPG Fan reports that Idea Factory has brought 11 JRPGs to the Good Old Games platform.

Eleven New Idea Factory Games Now Available on GOG

Idea Factory has released eleven more games from their catalog on GOG, which makes them available for PC without DRM. Among them are several games that we have previously reviewed and featured.

The following Idea Factory games are now available on GOG:

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Saturday - November 27, 2021

General News - Marvel MMORPG Confirmed

by Redglyph, 16:08

Wccf Tech reports confirmation of a new MMORPG in the Marvel universe.

Marvel MMORPG Confirmed to be in the Works; LOTRO Revamp, Console Launch Still Happening

nad Global 7's Q3 2021 investor presentation contains a number of interesting tidbits, mainly concerning Daybreak's lineup where the crown jewel is an unannounced Marvel MMORPG.

This is the next-generation action MMORPG in development at Dimensional Ink Studios, the studio behind DC Universe Online. Wccftech first broke the story on that in early 2020 thanks to an interview with CEO Jack Emmert, formerly one of the founders of Cryptic Studios and designer of City of Heroes.

While Emmert wasn't able to say much at the time, we did learn that what we now know as the upcoming Marvel MMORPG already had a working prototype. The executive said Dimensional Ink Studios planned to take advantage of next-generation platforms (presumably a reference to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X, in addition to PC) so that the developers could be 'looking at gameplay and systems that make better sense for the future, rather than what MMOs might have been like five or ten years ago'.

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Tuesday - November 23, 2021

Terminator: Resistance - Getting 4 hour DLC

by Silver, 21:39

Eurogamer reports that FPS/RPG Terminator: Resistance is getting a 4 hour campaign DLC for PC and PS5 on December 10th.

Terminator: Resistance is getting a four-hour narrative DLC campaign on PC and PlayStation 5-only.

Terminator: Resistance Annihilation Line, due out on Steam and the PlayStation Store on 10th December, picks up mid-way through the main campaign story. The announcement trailer is below:

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John Connor orders protagonist Jacob Rivers to assist in the investigation of Northridge Outpost, a civilian settlement that's gone mysteriously silent. Rivers and a small team of resistance soldiers led by Kyle Reese then head beyond the Annihilation Line to work out what's going on.

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Sunday - November 21, 2021

Bleak Faith: Forsaken - Gameplay Video

by Silver, 19:47

Some gameplay video for Action RPG Bleak Faith: Forsaken.

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Explore the last remnants of civilization in this vast, unforgiving, and interconnected world. Learn what is left of its history. Discover pockets of civilization in the perpetually expanding Omnistructure. Lose yourself in a journey unlike any other.

Open World and Exploration

Explore the Omnistructure for the first time ever. Rich in atmosphere and rife with danger, be prepared to be immersed in a new world unlike any you've experienced before. Not every path is paved and catered to you, so be prepared to run, climb, leap, to ascend in Bleak Faith.

Hardcore Combat Experience

Combat is dangerous and will push you to your limits. Positioning, timing, and resource-management are all things you must keep in mind at all times. Expect to be challenged.

RPG Progression and Playstyle Versatility

Choose a class and progress into your perfect playstyle. But remember, not every choice is reversible, so decide wisely what direction you take your character in.

Epic Boss Fights

Be prepared for memorable boss fights with unique soundtracks. Bosses ramp the danger levels even higher and ensure a thrilling ride through the manifold sectors of the Omnistructure. 

Tuesday - November 16, 2021

Unsouled - Early Access Today or Tomorrow

by Redglyph, 12:08

Megusta Games and publisher Neowiz announced the Early Access of Unsouled, a pixel-art action RPG. The date may vary depending on your timezone: 16th in the US, 17th in EU and other countries closer to the sunrise ;)

A demo is available on Steam.

Unsouled Early Access Release Announcement

Hello everyone! Unsouled Team here.

First of all, we would like to thank everyone for your help and support. With your dedicated support, now we are releasing our game as Early Access. Regarding the Early Access release date, please refer to the schedule below:

PST : 11/16 4pm
KST : 11/17 9am

Although we’ve met our initial development milestone for Unsouled, we are hoping to get your opinions on the game as much as possible through this opportunity. Each and every opinion is an important factor that helps decide the direction and future content of Unsouled.

We would be glad to talk with you about your thoughts, and any bug reports, feedback, and suggestions are appreciated. Our discord channel and support team mail are always open to receiving your voice.

We were able to come this far thanks to all your continued support. We will do our best to get the full version released in the near future.

Sincerely,
Unsouled Team.

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Sunday - November 14, 2021

General News - 6 Great Upcoming RPGs

by Redglyph, 20:27

ColdBeer shares upcoming RPGs he's looking forward to. This is a slow and quiet weekend so why not, just don't pay too much attention to the Baldur's Gate reference. ;)

6 Great Upcoming CRPG Games like Baldur’s Gate | 2022 & 2023

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General News - Review of The Legend of Final Fantasy IX

by Redglyph, 20:23

RPG Fan reviewed the 3rd edition of The Legend of Final Fantasy IX book.

RPGFan Chapters Review: Third Editions’ ‘The Legend of Final Fantasy IX’

Before any digital ink is spilled, allow me to clarify. This essay marks RPGFan’s first coverage of a Third Editions published book. I would prefer it not to be our last. Whatever quibbles I might have over particular volumes, I believe RPGFan and Third Editions to be of a like mind. We love games, RPGs especially, and care about their themes beyond some breathless rush to declare them art. There is no self-interest in elevating our hobby. We’re just out here writing for…well, for the love of the game.

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Conclusions

The Legend of Final Fantasy IX is an intriguing analytical work that buries its best creative readings under a mountain of disjointed fluff. The Third Editions’ house style feels restrictive in this and other volumes, showing its limits when pitched to a more specialized audience.

Still, Third Editions is an ambitious publisher worth a deep dive for any fan of game analysis. Even if The Legend of Final Fantasy IX has some misses, it made me think harder about one of my favorite games than I ever had to before.

Saturday - November 13, 2021

General News - Pentiment - New RPG from Obsidian?

by Hiddenx, 08:47

WindowsCentral reports that Obsidian is possibly developing a narrative RPG called Pentiment:

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Grubb mentioned that Pentiment takes cues from the likes of Disco Elysium and the branching narrative designs Josh Sawyer is known for. You'll be able to investigate and make accusations against the characters in-game, which could lead to cascading consequences if you're wrong. It'll be a dialogue-heavy game with decisions to make and response options to choose from, which will shape your experience as you unwrap the murder conspiracy before you.

I am told that Pentiment is being built by a small team of around 12 people, and is more of a narrative RPG adventure than something combat-oriented. The art asset above may represent some of the designs the game is gunning for. Jeff Grubb also mentioned that Pentiment is exploring "experimental" gameplay elements, too, although they may ultimately not make it into the final release. Speaking of which, Grubb also noted that Pentiment is indeed gunning for a 2022 launch.

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The Pale Beyond - Announced

by Silver, 05:50

The Pale Beyond is a visual novel style RPG where you are charting a course into the unknown polar regions.

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Your Captain is missing, you’re miles from civilization and everyone looking to you to lead them out of this frozen wasteland. Can you make the hard calls and head in the only direction you can - into The Pale Beyond.

CAN YOU SURVIVE THE PALE BEYOND?

Five years ago, The Viscount and its crew set sail into The Pale Passage in search of absolute magnetic South. The ship and its crew were tragically lost to the ice, never to be seen again. Her sister ship, The Temperance shall follow in her path, hoping to find answers where The Viscount failed.

You didn’t ask to lead this expedition but here you are: stuck in the ice, Captain missing, miles from civilization and everyone looking for you to lead. Manage your meager resources, balance safety and morale, make the hard calls and head in the only direction you can - into The Pale Beyond.


A polar exploration game set in an unforgiving frozen wasteland where you embark on a treacherous voyage across the ice and into the Pale Beyond. It’s a stunning yet harsh landscape that can change at any moment.



Every decision matters. As the expedition unfolds and the winter approaches, every decision you make will have a meaningful impact on the story as you navigate a way over the ice.



After the Captain mysteriously goes missing, you unwillingly take the position of Captain. You didn’t ask to lead this crew but here you are: stuck in the ice, miles from civilization and everyone looking for you to lead.



Keeping the crew and sled dogs safe, fed, and warm during an expedition is key for survival. Surviving the ice will matter little in the face of a mutiny, every vote will count. So keep the crew on your side.


Inspired by Victorian etchings and historic paintings of the time depicting the ice, each character and environment has been drawn by hand. The result is a unique artstyle with an expressive cast to see you through the cold and grim environment of the ice.

Tuesday - November 09, 2021

General News - Lies of P

by Redglyph, 11:50

Wccf Tech reports the first gameplay teaser of Lies of P. Inspired by the familiar story of Pinocchio, the action souls-like RPG is set in a cruel, dark Belle Époque world. There is no release date yet.

Gorgeous Pinocchio-Inspired Souls-like Lies of P Gets Gameplay Teaser

Neowiz and Round8 Studio (the developer behind Bless Unleashed) have shared the very first gameplay teaser for Lies of P, an intriguing and gorgeous looking action RPG inspired by Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio classic novel.

The game seems to have taken cues from the Souls-like genre for sure, at least when it comes to the combat system, and the developers themselves have admitted as much. More information on Lies of P, which will be released for PC (there's already a Steam page) and consoles, is expected to be shared later this month at this year's G-STAR, scheduled to take place in Busan between November 17th and 21st.

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Guns Undarkness - Stealth RPG Announced

by Silver, 05:07

Guns Undarkness is a stealth RPG from the creator of the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series.

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【overview】
"Guns Undarkness" is a "Stealth RPG" that combines typical stealth game features such as remaining undetected and invading antagonist’s territory, with the traditional command type JRPG. The gameplay is roughly divided into two parts: a stealth part that hides on the field and a battle part that is developed by a turn-based command-type battle system. Encountering without being found by the enemy allows you to enter the battle in an advantageous manner. Aim for the depths of the antagonist’s territory while managing your resources well.
The main weapons of the protagonists are firearms such as hand guns and assault rifles. By defeating enemies and obtaining materials, you can customize the equipped gun more powerfully.

【story summary】
The story takes place in the year 2045, in a devastated world after a nuclear war, where you become a member of a PMC (Private Military Company) and carry out missions with your peers. Amid fierce battles, the protagonists realize the “true love” that will lead humanity to a higher level of existence.

【game developer】
The game was designed, composed and developed by Shoji Meguro, a legendary game designer who worked as a composer and director for the “Persona” series and the “Shin Megami Tensei” series. The lyrics of songs are written by Lotus Juice, also from the "Persona" series. And Ilya Kuvshinov, an up-and-coming Russian illustrator known for his work on "Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045", will create characters that give color to the game world. 

Wednesday - November 03, 2021

Giants Uprising - Preview @PC Gamer

by Silver, 20:11

@PC Gamer An action RPG where you play as a giant called Giants Uprising. There is a demo available on the Steam page.

Giants: they're just like us, only bigger and usually meaner. But in the case of Early Access action-RPG Giants Uprising, the humans are the real monsters. The giant you play has been enslaved by cruel humans and forced to fight in gladiator pits, only escaping after teaming up with one of the seemingly few decent human beings on the planet (who sits on your shoulder and provides helpful advice).

Now it's time for a little payback in the form of smashing, stomping, and chucking boulders at every human village and encampment you see. Hear the screams as you obliterate buildings and pound soldiers into splats? That's justice. Giant justice.

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Tuesday - November 02, 2021

V Rising - New Trailer

by Silver, 10:29

@MassivelyOP A new trailer for action RPG, V Rising.

Stop us if you’ve heard this pitch before: An online action-RPG in which players adventure through a gothic world clicking frantically and looting every nasty beastie that the landscape can throw at them. Even so, V Rising isn’t trying to be a straight-up Diablo clone; this “vampire survivalbox” puts players into the fancy shoes of a vampire and gives them the opportunity to fight the forces of good while building up their own castle.

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Monday - October 25, 2021

Leshy - Cinematic & Gameplay Trailer

by Silver, 10:19

Some new videos for hack 'n' slash game Leshy.

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We are happy to announce our game - Leshy - third person hack'n'slash where you take the role of a Slavic demon, the guardian of the forest.

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Keep in mind that this is an early gameplay footage. The final version may differ from the depicted one.

Thanks Farflame!

Friday - October 22, 2021

General News - What Makes a Great RPG Dungeon?

by Redglyph, 11:35

RPG Fan posted an article on the characteristics that made great RPG dungeons.

Dungeon Crawlers #1: What Makes a Great RPG Dungeon?

I don’t know about you fine folks, but the RPGs I grew up with were chock full of dungeons to explore — whether they were caves filled to the brim with bats and other nasty critters or traditional elemental dungeons (think lava caves, water temples, and dark forests) filled with traps and puzzles. Dungeon navigation has always been one of my favorite aspects of any good RPG.

That said, most RPGs I’ve played over the past several years featured mediocre dungeons that left me questioning what makes a good RPG dungeon. This thought experiment led to what you are reading now, the first in what I am hoping will be a series about what goes into making great dungeons. This first feature covers the elements that one might consider when thinking of dungeon design. Subsequent entries may take a closer look at series-specific dungeons, concepts, or other aspects of dungeon design.

Without further delay, let’s get to crawlin’!

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Thursday - October 21, 2021

General News - What defines an RPG?

by Redglyph, 17:20

Owlcat Games shared a talk between Raphael Colantonio, Peter Salnikov and their lead game designer Yuliya Chernenko, about game design in modern RPGs.

Don't get caught by the RPG police – with Julia Chernenko (The House of The Dev podcast S1E6)

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What defines an RPG? The dialogues, the stats, the XP system? Maybe something else? Raphael Colantonio and Peter Salnikov talk to Julia Chernenko (Owlcat Games, Pathfinder: Kingmaker & Wrath of the Righteous) about game design in modern computer role-playing games.

Midnight Protocol - Released

by Silver, 16:39

Midnight Protocol is now available on Steam and GOG and is described as a tactical narrative-driven RPG with unique keyboard-only controls. Hack into servers, beat security systems and discover encrypted secrets while you try to find answers to why and how you got doxxed. 

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You assume the mantle of a prominent hacktivist, ‘Data’, who recently got doxxed and has been targeted for blackmail by a shadowy branch of government.

You interact with the virtual environment through your home terminal that requires nothing more than your keyboard.

> HANG YOUR [H]AT

Will you respect others’ privacy and bank accounts, or leave no stone unturned? Midnight Protocol allows you to play as the hacker you want to be. Help the police track down a rogue hacker, or blackmail a desperate husband trying to recover… dubious pictures. Gain black, grey, and white hat reputation to change the direction of the story based on your choices.

> I[M]MERSION OVERLOAD

Midnight Protocol’s design focuses on immersing you in a world of digital warfare without complicated hacking mechanics. Your keyboard is your weapon, type commands to eliminate or evade security programs, letting your keystrokes become part of the soundtrack.

> NICE [D]ECK

Cracking a digital safe or extracting classified data requires careful planning. Pay the troll toll, use digital jackhammers, cloaks, and daggers to combat cybersecurity. Buy new programs or hardware on the black market, and customize your deck to fit your playstyle.

> DI[S]TRACTIONS ABOUND

Take on dozens of sidequests filled with easter eggs and references, gather additional intel on your targets before you start a mission, and play some hacker chess to wind down. Midnight Protocol is jam-packed with optional missions, providing hours of additional content.

GL;HF 

Thanks Farflame!

Wednesday - October 20, 2021

God of War - Announced

by Silver, 22:42

Action RPG God of War has been announced for PC and lists a release date of January 15th 2022 for Steam.

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Enter the Norse realm
His vengeance against the Gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive… and teach his son to do the same.

Grasp a second chance
Kratos is a father again. As mentor and protector to Atreus, a son determined to earn his respect, he is forced to deal with and control the rage that has long defined him while out in a very dangerous world with his son.

Journey to a dark, elemental world of fearsome creatures
From the marble and columns of ornate Olympus to the gritty forests, mountains and caves of pre-Viking Norse lore, this is a distinctly new realm with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters and gods.

Engage in visceral, physical combat
With an over the shoulder camera that brings the player closer to the action than ever before, fights in God of War™ mirror the pantheon of Norse creatures Kratos will face: grand, gritty and grueling. A new main weapon and new abilities retain the defining spirit of the God of War series while presenting a vision of conflict that forges new ground in the genre.

PC FEATURES

High Fidelity Graphics
Striking visuals enhanced on PC. Enjoy true 4K resolution, on supported devices, [MU1] with unlocked framerates for peak performance. Dial in your settings via a wide range of graphical presets and options including higher resolution shadows, improved screen space reflections, the addition of GTAO and SSDO, and much more.

NVIDIA® DLSS and Reflex Support
Quality meets performance. Harness the AI power of NVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) to boost frame rates and generate beautiful, sharp images on select Nvidia GPUs. Utilize NVIDIA Reflex low latency technology allowing you to react quicker and hit harder combos with the responsive gameplay you crave on GeForce GPUs.

Controls Customization
Play your way. With support for the DUALSHOCK®4 and DUALSENSE® wireless controllers, a wide range of other gamepads, and fully customizable bindings for mouse and keyboard, you have the power to fine-tune every action to match your playstyle.

Ultra-wide Support
Immerse yourself like never before. Journey through the Norse realms taking in breathtaking vistas in panoramic widescreen. With 21:9 ultra-widescreen support, God of War™ presents a cinema quality experience that further expands the original seamless theatrical vision. 

 

Tuesday - October 19, 2021

Arise of Awakener - Overview

by Silver, 23:42

WolfheartFPS gave an overview for Action RPG Arise of Awakener which he likened to Dragon's Dogma.

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In this video I will go over an upcoming rpg called Arise of Awakener. This rpg is heavily inspired by the rpg dragon's dogma.

Sunday - October 17, 2021

Project M - Gameplay Video

by Silver, 08:10

Gematsu reports on a new dark fantasy action RPG in development called Project M. MMObyte.tv reported on the game being in development earlier this year and has a character picture.

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HOUND 13, the South Korean studio behind the mobile game Hundred Soul, has released a prototype gameplay video for Project M, its dark fantasy action RPG in development for console and PC.

Watch the footage below.

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Then we have Project M which is going to be an online narrative driven action RPG completely for PC. Yes, no mobile, no cross-platform functionality.
This is built exclusively for PC players and will utilize Unreal Engine 4 to power a large, dark fantasy world. Again, we were given an image to accompany the reveal, and let me tell you, South Korea really knows how to design characters.
On the one hand, she looks like she’s all marked up with magical symbols – which leads me to believe she’s some type of witch. And the fact that she looks much more Caucasian as opposed to the typical Asian-aesthetic we get out of Korean or Chinese games.

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Saturday - October 16, 2021

General News - Purpleblob Discusses Custom Portraits

by Redglyph, 11:14

A significant part of RPG is the choices of the role; Purpleblob explains why she likes being able to customize the portraits and wonders whether it can coexist with 3D models.

Opinion – my love for custom portraits in computer roleplaying games

There is just something about painted portraits – I always feel so irresistibly drawn to them. Not only are these portraits exquisite to look at but they help me tune into the characters I create by setting them apart from other player’s characters, making them uniquely mine.

My love for painted custom portraits started with Baldur’s Gate II. For my first character, I chose a portrait depicting a half-elven lady with brown hair and eyes, wearing brown armor and a staff in her hand. While I found this portrait very pretty, it wasn’t quite what I wanted as I envisaged my character having blonde hair and blue eyes, wearing armor more vibrant than brown. Then one generous person from the Baldur’s Gate community gifted me with this beautiful custom portrait – created based on an image I found in a local magazine along with a vague description of my perceived character’s appearance. It was like magic – the only thing that changed was her portrait but I felt much more connected to my character than before.

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So why do I still favour painted portraits?

Because it would take away that unique feel of my characters. There is just magic in painted portraits – I love how they capture the perceived image I have of my characters – the right expression, motion, outfit and background. All these nuances help me to identify with and roleplay my character better. Although it was mere coincidence, I couldn’t help but feel like Celeste was destined to be an angel upon seeing her portrait, perfectly framed with golden splashes of white and blue when I chose her mythic path in Wrath of the Righteous (which you can see in the character sheet above). No matter how high quality the in-game graphics are or how varied the character customisation options are, I feel that character renders just can’t replicate the beauty or the unique feel of painted portraits. For these reasons, portrait hunting was never a chore but an integral and enjoyable part of character creation for me.

What is your view on custom portrait vs. character model renders?

Tuesday - October 12, 2021

Suikoden: Woven Web of the Centuries - Gets English Translation

by Silver, 12:37

TechRaptor reports that Suikoden: Woven Web of the Centuries has received an English translation thanks to a fan translation group.

Suikoden: Woven Web of the Centuries was released in Japan in 2012 for the PlayStation Portable and is the 14th game in the Suikoden series. It never received an English translation until now, apparently. It's the last game released in a series that ran from 1995 to 2012, with Woven Web of the Centuries receiving decent scores from contemporary Japanese reviewers.

Suikoden is a series that's languished in recent years, with players attempting a #SuikodenOnSteam campaign (to bring the series on Steam) that failed to work. While Suikoden 2 was released as a PS Classic for PlayStation 3, Vita, and PSP, it's not available these days either. For fans of Suikoden, the only real ray of hope is its spiritual successor Eiyuden Chronicle, which should be coming sometime in 2023.

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Tuesday - October 05, 2021

General News - The RPGs of 2022

by Redglyph, 15:12

@Pladio spotted the list of RPGs for 2022 given by RPG Site. Thanks!

The RPGs of 2022: Every RPG and their release dates

Here we list the upcoming RPGs we expect to see in 2022. This listing will often be updated throughout the year.

Now - we know - defining what exactly is an 'RPG' is can be a little tricky. While some of the games below may not best be labeled as an 'RPG', we wanted to include games that have evident role-playing elements. We allow for a little bit of wiggle room.

Let us also note: our list only includes games with confirmed English versions set to release in 2022 and will be updated regularly throughout the year. Games that do not have confirmed English localizations or have not yet been announced with 2022 release plans will not be included.

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Saturday - October 02, 2021

General News - Flames of Freedom TRPG Review @ Polygon

by Redglyph, 18:19

Polygon reviews Flames of Freedom Grim & Perilous, a tabletop RPG published by Andrews McMeel Publishing and based on the Zweihänder RPG. The setting is the American Revolutionary War of 1776, and the game is categorized as an "American Gothic horror tabletop role-playing game".

Flames of Freedom tabletop RPG mixes Hamilton with Stranger Things

Flames of Freedom Grim & Perilous RPG, the latest from Andrews McMeel Publishing, begins with a bold assertion. It instructs players, firmly and directly, to scrap the conventionally taught history of the American Revolution in favor of a new set of rules. Players should throw absolutely all of the exploitative, colonialist violence into a period appropriate dumpster and set it on fire. What remains is exactly what it says on the tin — a grim and perilous world filled with mystery, horror, and adventure — and the chance to rewrite the American Revolution.

Flames of Freedom is a supernatural setting that feels like a mix of Hamilton and Stranger Things. While your neighbors are marching off to fight the Red Coats, you’ll be lurking in the shadows battling against arcane powers that have existed on the continent for thousands of years. In this tabletop RPG, the process of play becomes instead a story of creation, an open and absorbing alternate history of the troubled founding of our troubled nation where everyone — and I mean everyone — gets a hand on the ball.

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Flames of Freedom Grim & Perilous RPG is one of the best new TRPGs released this year, but it is not for the faint of heart. You can get a taste with a free quickstart version, which includes a short adventure and a selection of pre-generated characters. But, even if you never roll a die in anger, it’s nonetheless a treasure trove of thoughtful historical information. The book officially goes up for sale on Oct. 12. Expect a community-made campaign to be available online around the same time. 

Giveaway by Henriquejr

by Hiddenx, 15:49

Long time Watcher Henriquejr wants to give away some Steam keys - thank you for the keys and all the newsbits you send to us over the years!

Hi Everyone,

My birthday is nearing and I wanna do a little bit different this time. For a community that I am happy to belong to, I want to give back a little by raffling some game keys among you. All of them are Steam keys. Here's the list:

  • Children of Morta
  • Fort Triumph
  • Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition
  • Metro Exodus
  • Orwell: Ignorance is Strength
  • Song of Horror Complete Edition
  • Yakuza Kiwami

The rules of the Giveaway are simple:

1. You must have a minimum of 100 posts total;
2. You clearly state in a reply to this thread that you want to participate, Don't forget to specify the preferred game/games;
3. Any game keys left will be donated in the next RPGWatch Giveaway (Winter?)

Aside from the restriction #1 above, everyone can participate, even RPGWatch staff members (admins, moderators, newseditors, etc, even The Boss himself).

The possibility to participate in this giveaway ends on October 9th, 2021. Yes, you can edit your game preference(s) before that date.

If you have any questions/doubts please feel free to ask me in this very thread.

Have Fun!

See Ya! 

Wednesday - September 29, 2021

General News - RPGs inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 19:51

The Turn Based Lovers present some tactical RPGs:

 10 Promising Indie RPGs inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics | 2021-2022

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  • 0:38 Cascade Tactics
  • 1:18 Vanaris Tactics
  • 2:13 Arcadian Atlas
  • 3:37 Crimson Tactics
  • 4:42 Voxel Tactics
  • 5:51 Absolute Tactics
  • 6:41 Dusk Tactics
  • 7:38 Spiritbound Tactics
  • 8:34 Untamed Tactics
  • 9:19 Reverie Knights Tactics

Saturday - September 25, 2021

General News - 5 NEW RPGs That Could be Worth Your Time

by Redglyph, 08:34

Click4Gameplay spotted a few incoming RPGs that he finds interesting.

5 NEW RPGs That Could be Worth Your Time

Another top 5 list with new RPGs, that could be worth your time. 

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Friday - September 24, 2021

General News - Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders Review

by Redglyph, 20:04

MandaloreGaming reviews the PC port of Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders.

The Crusaders is actually the second entry in the Kingdom Under Fire series, but debuted as a standalone Xbox exclusive and got a PC port in 2020. Smite heretics in the name of the p*pe.

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Tuesday - September 21, 2021

General News - Upcoming RPG / Adventure Games

by Redglyph, 10:10

WolfheartFPS presents a selection of upcoming RPGs.

Top RPG / Adventure Games To End 2021

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  • 02:04 Sept. 23: Sable
  • 03:00 Sept 23: Diablo II Resurrected
  • 03:59 Sept 24: Death Stranding Director's Cut
  • 05:30 Oct 15: Sword & Fairy 7
  • 06:18 Oct 21: Sands of Aura (EA)
  • 07:02 Oct 26: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 08:00 Nov 11: Skyrim Anniversary Edition
  • 09:18 Dec 7: Thymesia
  • 10:06 (Dec 8: Halo Infinite - not an RPG)
  • 12:00 Bonus 1 October: Smalland (EA, to be confirmed)
  • 12:43 Bonus 2 Nov 9: Evolution 2

Sunday - September 19, 2021

General News - Tokyo Game Show 2021

by Redglyph, 11:18

RPG Site has assembled a list of JRPGs that are expected to stream during the Tokyo Game Show 2021. The event takes place from September 30th to October 3rd.

The official programme can be found here.

Tokyo Game Show 2021 - List of expected RPG-related streams

Tokyo Game Show has been the event where we can expect news on Japanese games and RPGs, and the 2021 edition is no exception. There will be a lot of streams from organizers and game publishers running throughout four days from September 30 to October 3.

We have compiled a list of TGS 2021 streams for RPGs and games that are relevant to us, and you can check it right below.

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Tuesday - September 14, 2021

Return to Nangrim - First Person Dwarf RPG

by Silver, 09:26

Return to Nangrim is described as a dark first-person fantasy adventure with survival and RPG elements. There is a demo available on the Steam page.

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Cold winds howl through the abandoned caverns of Nangrim. This forsaken place holds nothing good for those who dare to pass. Now you must survive down in the depths of this ancient dwarven mountain city, and discover the fate of the Stonebeards in their last days.

Return to Nangrim is a dark first-person fantasy adventure with survival and RPG elements embedded in an epic dwarven lore. Go on an adventure and unveil the mysteries and legends woven around the Stonebeards, the once glorious and powerful dwarven family living in the northern Nimbor Mountains. The fabled world of Nangrim awaits you. 

MAIN FEATURES

  • Explore epic locations and unveil their secrets. Collect, combine and craft items, and interact with the environment to progress.
  • Find and forge weapons to defend against the dangers that lurk in the dark. Not all creatures have left the mountain fortress.
  • Become a master blacksmith. Learn to forge like the dwarves of old.
  • Your torch is essential: it is not only a flame to light your way but also your primary weapon of defense; keep it close when the darkness closes in.
  • Hammer or axe? Both are unmerciful tools against the evil forces. Forge and upgrade them to unlock their full potential.
  • Use Hilduir, the runic language of the dwarves, to piece together the story, puzzles, and culture of this long-forgotten nation.
  • Procedural elements guarantee a different gaming experience for every player.
  • Experience deep and extensive fantasy lore with tons of side contents, collectibles, and hidden items.

 

Elmarion: the Lost Temple - In Early Access & Demo Available

by Silver, 07:21

Elmarion: the Lost Temple is described as a first-person party based RPG. There is a demo available from the Steam page and the game is currently in Early Access.

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"Elmarion: the Lost Temple" is a real-time party-based first-person RPG in the spirit of games like Might and Magic, Wizardry, Legend of Grimrock, Diablo.The player controls a squad of 4 brave adventurers.

Each hero can be one of 8 different classes: knight, archer, fire mage, ice mage, air mage, nature mage, cleric, necromancer.

During the game, the squad explores the dungeons and clears them of monsters using a combination of different abilities of each hero.

Each class of heroes has 10 unique skills. Thus, there are 80 different skills available in the game that you can try on your enemies!

Items and Equipment: Dungeons contain many great magic weapons and armor. Try them on the heroes.

Excess items can be sold in the "village" from a merchant and with the proceeds to buy valuable potions, scrolls, armor. To quickly move to the village, the game provides portals.

The game consists of one safe village and several dungeons: main, fire, ice, air, natural and some others.

History

The king of one of the kingdoms learned about an ancient powerful artifact hidden in an abandoned temple, and sent a detachment of brave adventurers after him, promising them a generous reward for this.Purpose of the game: to get this ancient powerful artifact. 

Monday - September 13, 2021

NEO: The World Ends with You - Review

by Redglyph, 11:18

RPGamer reviews NEO: The World Ends with You. This action-RPG is currently available on PS4 / Switch, and will be availabe on Epic Game Store for PC this summer 2021.

Take a Bow to the Moon

It took thirteen years, but Square Enix’s urban fantasy RPG The World Ends with You finally received its much deserved follow-up. NEO: The World Ends with You is almost exactly what one would hope for in a follow-up, and Square Enix and h.a.n.d. have done a fine job transposing the distinct gameplay of the original onto modern systems. Though there are a few weaker elements, primarily combat, they’re overridden by the audiovisual style and another engrossing tale and cast.

It first bears noting that though NEO: The World Ends with You brings in new protagonists and other major characters, it’s very much a sequel and it’s recommended that players are familiar with the events of The World Ends with You. Taking place three years after the first game, NEO’s main protagonist is high school student Rindo Kanade, who — along with his friend Tosai “Fret” Furesawa — is drawn into a new edition of the Reaper’s Game. This is a week-long competition for those who have recently died and takes place in a plane called the Underground, which semi-interacts with the real world and is home to Noise, hostile manifestations of negative emotions. Those who lose the Game are erased, while the winners get their wish granted.

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This year has already been a strong one for RPGs, and NEO: The World Ends with You just adds to that case. The opportunity to return to Square Enix’s take on Shibuya has been far too long coming, but now that it’s here, it’s immensely pleasing to say that NEO: The Worlds Ends with You does everything I was hoping. Despite some repetitive combat, the rest of the experience more than makes up for it, with the narrative, audio, and visuals combining excellently to make the game enthralling for the length of its forty-plus-hour runtime.

Monday - September 06, 2021

General News - The RPGs of 2021

by Redglyph, 10:12

RPG Site has posted a list of the RPGs of this year, and their release date when it is known. Time to check if you haven't missed anything!

The RPGs of 2021: Every RPG and their release dates

Here we list the upcoming RPGs we expect to see in 2021. This listing will often be updated throughout the year.

Now - we know - defining what exactly is an 'RPG' is can be a little tricky. While some of the games below may not best be labeled as an 'RPG', we wanted to include games that have evident role-playing elements. We allow for a little bit of wiggle room.

Let us also note: our list only includes games with confirmed English versions set to release in 2021 and will be updated regularly throughout the year. Games that do not have confirmed English localizations or have not yet been announced with 2021 release plans will not be included.

Find the list below. Feel free to let us know in the comments if you see any omissions or mistakes!

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Saturday - September 04, 2021

Project Magnum - Official Teaser Trailer

by Silver, 22:45

Project Magnum is the working title for a new in development action RPG for console and PC.

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PROJECT MAGNUM (working title) is a new looter shooter game developed by Nexon subsidiary NAT GAMES.

PROJECT MAGNUM is a PC/console-based game that combines RPG play with third-person 
shooter combat. It presents beautiful visuals and attractive and unique characters based in a sci-fi style player vs. environment worldview. It also provides exciting battles using various skills, actions, and guns, as well as the fun of highquality PvE shooter battles that target huge bosses.

Project Magnum will be available in most major markets worldwide. More information on the 
release schedule of PROJECT MAGNUM will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday - September 01, 2021

General News - Top 5 New RPGs of September

by Redglyph, 14:27

Fextralife present their top 5 RPGs of the month.

Top 5 NEW RPGs of SEPTEMBER 2021 (MMORPG, CRPG, JRPG, ARPG)

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In this series, we highlight the Top 5 RPGs for the upcoming month. In this edition, we’re going to take a look at each of the titles, talk a little about each, and then explain why we think they deserve to be on the list. So join me now and find a mixture of some hidden gems and old favorites given a shiny new coat of paint.

Timestamps

  • 0:00 - Top 5 RPG SEPTEMBER 2021
  • 0:43 - HM: New World
  • 1:36 - Astria Ascending
  • 2:38 - Gamedec
  • 3:27 - Tales of Arise
  • 4:35 - Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous
  • 5:51 - Diablo II Resurrected

 

Demon Knights of Ankhoron - New Screenshots

by Silver, 12:29

The July update for Demon Knights of Ankhoron shows off some Alpha screenshots. The Alpha demo is currently for Kickstarter backers only.

Upgraded Demo - Big art update, Climbing, Multiplayer and Magic!

Dear all,

Thank you for your long support of the Demon Knights project! Apologies for delay in updates but be confident that we are working behind the scenes! Multiplayer is now working!

We have just released a new Alpha Demo with climbing demo to show you which includes many working features and new upgraded art fixed from previous releases! We haven't gotten around to capturing promotional clips but here is some screencapture and new art!

Feedback from some Alpha testers is good so far as this is a big step forward. Now that our base multiplayer systems are done, we can start implementing more skills and polish. The level is feeling good and should play ~15+minutes. Inventory items and item enchantments are working too!

 

For Alpha backers - Please checkout our Alpha discord for comments and we welcome feedback and bug reports! New builds should be out every 1-2 weeks going forward now that systems are generally stable.

 

Best Regards,

Kevin Chuang

Thanks Farflame!

Friday - August 27, 2021

General News - Moon: Remix RPG Adventure on Steam

by Redglyph, 11:09

PC Invasion reports that the JRPG/adventure Moon: Remix RPG Adventure is coming soon to Steam, for PC.

Cult classic Moon: Remix RPG Adventure is coming to Steam

On Aug. 27 of last year, the 1997 “anti-RPG” titled Moon: Remix RPG Adventure finally got an official release outside of Japan, via an upcoming Steam release.

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Being an “anti-RPG,” Moon flips classic JRPG tropes on their head by depicting the “hero” character as a merciless individual. Completely clad in armor, the “hero” has no qualms with indiscriminately killing animals out in the wild and barging into people’s homes to steal their belongings. The player has to undo this damage by saving the souls of animals that the “hero” killed, and by helping out the world’s colorful cast of NPCs. Accomplishing either of these tasks rewards the player with “love,” which essentially serves as an experience system that allows for further exploration of the world.

The significance of Moon

Despite having been stuck on Japanese PlayStations for over two decades, Moon has left a fairly significant impact on the gaming landscape. Games that poke fun at JRPG tropes have become fairly common now, but Moon existed when such titles were much more difficult to come across. Toby Fox, the creator of the massively successful and influential Undertale, lists Moon as one of his inspirations, which makes sense considering that Undertale shares some of Moon’s core themes.

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Wednesday - August 25, 2021

General News - Drova - Arena Content Update

by Hiddenx, 15:32

The action RPG Drova got an arena mode:

"Drova: The Arena" launched!

Hey, you! We made it. Two weeks ago we announced The Arena and today is the day. Our coffee supplies are depleted and today we proudly show you what we've been working on in the past three weeks.

What is The Arena?
Dive into the arena and combat mighty foes in a fight for life and death! Will you advance to the rank of gladiator or will you be lying in the mud?

Play the most recent version of our combat system! The Arena will be a 5-minute-long, fast-paced arena fight with multiple waves of challengers. We want to present new weapons, new enemies and our new enemy AI. The final game will still be an RPG.


Provide us with your feedback and shape the next season of The Arena! You can join our Discord to discuss features, express your critcism or just generally tell us you like or dislike something, even if you can't exactly pinpoint why.

How can I play The Arena?
There's an update for our Playable Teaser now, which enables you to choose between playing the Teaser or The Arena. All you need to do is launch the game, select "Drova - Arena" within the launcher and click "Play". What are you waiting for?

Are you registered for the prize competition?
Pick up two prizes by playing The Arena! Just join our Discord and type "!register!" in the #registration channel to make yourself known to our Arena Lord. He will then send you a DM containing the arena key, which you will have to insert into the main menu of The Arena to complete your registration. The prize competition ends on 21 September, 2021 11:59 AM CET.


First place on the high score list:

  • Become a part of Drova! You always wanted to be a quest NPC or a statue in the world of Draheim?
  • Together with you, we will work out how to immortalize a representation of you in the final game!
  • Claim the exclusive title of "Gladiator" on our Community Discord Server!
  • Your name will be mentioned in the credits of the final game as one of our gladiators!

One random, registered player:

  • 50€ coupon, redeemable on Steam / Amazon / a platform of your choosing.


Now get into the ring already!

Tuesday - August 24, 2021

Analysis - Bethesda's Next RPGs and Nemesis

by Redglyph, 18:56

Charlie Stewart of Game Rant makes a parallel between Bethesda's RPGs and the Nemesis System used in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

Bethesda Needs to Learn From Shadow of War’s Nemesis System

The open worlds of Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 could greatly benefit from the dynamic storytelling of Shadow of War's Nemesis system.

The Nemesis System was developed across Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, creating dynamic stories with otherwise procedurally generated orcs by factoring in their relationships to one another, their ever-changing loyalties, their fears, and their desire for revenge. Although the system was patented by Warner Bros, it hasn’t stopped the games' innovation from pushing other developers to find creative new ways to tell dynamic stories in their worlds.

Bethesda in particular could learn a lot from the Nemesis System as it embarks on two major projects which will determine its success in the 2020s. Both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 need to figure out ways to take their open worlds to the next level while still focusing on the freedom that defined earlier Bethesda titles. Mechanics which create their own stories like Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’s Nemesis System could be exactly what the studio’s upcoming projects need to forge a path into the future.

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Source: Game Rant

Saturday - August 21, 2021

Dredge - Announced

by Silver, 01:20

Gamepressure reports on a new horror RPG in development called Dredge.

Independent New Zealand studio Black Salt Games has announced its first project. It turned out to be an unusual fishing RPG enriched with elements of Lovecraftian horror, called Dredge. The game is to be released next year on PC and Nintendo Switch.

The action of the game starts on the archipelago known as Marrow and the surrounding ocean. At the beginning we will have only a small boat. Fishing will provide us with income to upgrade the ship, e.g. by installing a more powerful engine or expanding the hold, as well as buying new rods, nets and crab pots. With time, we'll buy a better boat and get access to richer fishing grounds.

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Thanks Farflame!

The Unliving - Development Gameplay Highlight

by Silver, 01:17

A gameplay video for rogue-lite action RPG The Unliving.

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The Unliving is a rogue-lite action RPG about Necromancer coming to Steam later in 2021. Add the game to your wishlist to support the devs:https://store.steampowered.com/app/986040/The_Unliving/

Thanks Farflame!

Friday - August 20, 2021

General News - Project Minerva funded

by Hiddenx, 16:55

Sir Brennus spotted that Project Minerva will be financed by the German games development fund. The game is developed by the German studio Grimlore Games and looks like Titan Quest 2.

Black Myth: WuKong - New Trailer

by Redglyph, 08:43

porcozaur spotted a new gameplay video of the upcoming action-RPG Black Myth: WuKong.

Check out 12 minutes of new gameplay for Black Myth: WuKong, the action-adventure game developed by Game Science, reveals its newest gameplay test collection today. The video is recorded real-time in Unreal 5 Engine, and supported by NVIDIA DLSS technology. 

Black Myth: Wukong is an upcoming action role-playing game by Chinese indie developer Game Science, based on the classical 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West. Game Science hopes to release the game in 2023.

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Thursday - August 19, 2021

General News - Blackout: The Darkest Night released

by Hiddenx, 16:59

The non-linear interactive fiction game Blackout: The Darkest Night has been released:

Blackout: The Darkest Night - Launch Trailer

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Blackout is a non-linear interactive fiction game set in a dark modern universe, influenced by White Wolf’s World of Darkness, H.P. Lovecraft and weird shows like Twin Peaks.

You play as a man who finds himself lost in a dark street somewhere in the city of New Wenders. It doesn’t take long before you start having flashbacks and regaining your memory. Something terrible happened, and you were part of it. This event somehow opened your eyes to a whole new world that has been hiding beneath the shadows.

Wednesday - August 18, 2021

General News - 5 new RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 16:35

C4G presents some upcoming RPGs:

5 NEW RPGs That Might Be Worth Your Time

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  • The Way of Wrath
  • Holomento
  • Fellowship Saga
  • Luminary
  • Dark Envoy

Tuesday - August 17, 2021

We Are Legion: Rome - Devlog#9 Graphic's WIP

by Silver, 11:40

Some graphics progress for We are Legion: Rome.

Devlog#9 We are Legion: Rome graphic artists' work in progress

Graphic artists' work in progress

Ave Legionaries!

Today we want to share some of our graphic artists' work in progress.

Do You remember our Centurion Armour concept art?

This is how it looks for now. It will be implemented into the game further in the development process.

Meanwhile, we are working on combat animations, balance and mechanics. As You can see, we want to have sword and board working together during the fight...

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Thanks Farflame!

Tuesday - August 03, 2021

Ravensword: Undaunted - Early Access Trailer

by Silver, 23:01

@WorthPlaying Ravensword: Undaunted has launched into Steam Early Access.

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Ravensword: Undaunted is a FPS dungeon crawler inspired by Hexen, set within the Ravensword Universe.

Ravensword: Undaunted will be available through Steam Early Access on July 9, 2021 and will remain so for about 3 months.

Thanks Farflame!

Monday - July 26, 2021

Batora: Lost Haven - Official Trailers

by Silver, 21:19

Batora: Lost Haven can be described as a hack 'n slash game in a science fiction setting.

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We've partnered with Stormind games to bring colourful and mesmerising RPG hack and slash, Batora: Lost Haven to PC and consoles in 2022.

It begins with our lead protagonist Avril who used to be a regular 16-year-old girl, until a mysterious event devastated the Earth and she lost everything. Now Avril is the only one who can attempt to save her planet, using the physical and mental powers that she has been gifted with! Throughout her cosmic journey, Avril will begin to learn there is a thin line between good and evil and it is up to her to decide whom to believe: her choices will determine the destiny of the universe.

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Combat, puzzle-solving, and a peek at fearsome bosses take the spotlight in this trailer for Batora: Lost Haven, as showcased during Guerrilla Collective 2021 on Day 2.

In Batora: Lost Haven, the physical and mental balance of a naive and reckless girl who lost everything is the only weapon to save the Earth from