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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?).


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.”


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."


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!


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)


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.



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:

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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.



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)


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.


Part 1

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



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


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:


Thanks Henriquejr!

General News - New Dark Eye RPGs Planned

by Silver, 04:07

Gamestar reports that more Dark Eye RPGs are planned.


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:


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.


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!



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.


'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 -

- 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.


What is Sons of Valhalla?

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


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.


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.



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.


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.


  • 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.


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:


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.



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.


3. Terranigma


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.


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. 


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.


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.




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.


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”.


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.


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."


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?


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.


(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.


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


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


Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Two


Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Three


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



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..)


  • 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:

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."


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


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.


General News - Deflector enters Early Access

by Redglyph, 16:21

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



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

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 "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.


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)


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:

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.


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.


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


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]


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.


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!



[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 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!


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)


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.


  • 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


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.


  1. The Chronicles of Myrtana
  2. Black Mesa: Blue Shift
  3. Command And Conquer : Generals Evolution
  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


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


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.


  • 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:


"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


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!


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!


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.



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.



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


(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.


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.


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.


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:


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'.


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:


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.


Sunday - November 21, 2021

Bleak Faith: Forsaken - Gameplay Video

by Silver, 19:47

Some gameplay video for Action RPG Bleak Faith: Forsaken.


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.

Unsouled Team.


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


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.



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:


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


"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.



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.



Monday - October 25, 2021

Leshy - Cinematic & Gameplay Trailer

by Silver, 10:19

Some new videos for hack 'n' slash game Leshy.


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.


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’!



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)


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. reported on the game being in development earlier this year and has a character picture.


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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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


  • 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. 



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.




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


  • 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.


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.


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. 


  • 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.


"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.


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.


  • 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.


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.



Note: the video is about the game coming for Nintendo Switch last year, but it shows the game :)

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.



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.



Thanks Farflame!

The Unliving - Development Gameplay Highlight

by Silver, 01:17

A gameplay video for rogue-lite action RPG The Unliving.


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:

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.




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


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


  • 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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Tuesday - August 03, 2021

Ravensword: Undaunted - Early Access Trailer

by Silver, 23:01

@WorthPlaying Ravensword: Undaunted has launched into Steam Early Access.


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.

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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.


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.


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 oblivion. Jump on a journey across colorful and mesmerizing planets in this fast-paced adventure where your conscience will carry the weight of your decisions.

Batora: Lost Haven is headed to PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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Wednesday - July 21, 2021

General News - Top 5 new RPGs @ MrMattyPlays

by Hiddenx, 18:30

MrMattyPlays presents his top 5 RPGs of July 2021:

The Top 5 NEW RPGs Of July 2021


Friday - July 16, 2021

Songs of Conquest - Development update #37

by Silver, 14:13

The latest development update for Songs of Conquest which some compare to Heroes of Might and Magic 3.

Hello, both old and new friends! These last few weeks have been a thrilling ride to say the least. As most of you will know by now: We released a gameplay reveal trailer at the PC Gaming Show during E3. The feedback has been beyond our wildest dreams. Rock Paper Shotgun called it “one of the prettiest games at E3” and one Kotaku writer admitted to “losing his shit” over the game. As if that wasn’t enough, the organizers of E3 gave our humble indie game an award, naming it the most anticipated game from the PC Gaming Show! So yeah, pretty stoked about it all. The wishlists are growing daily and we hope that you will be as excited as we are when you finally get to play it! If you haven’t wishlisted the game yet, please take the time to do it on Steam, GOG, or EGS. It doesn’t pay our bills but it feeds our vanity.


Italian Spartacus is a streamer and Youtuber that was really impressed with our trailer. Not sure if we can live up to his high expectations, but we’ll try!

And speaking of playing the game. Some of you know that we currently have a small closed Alpha going and we are getting some great feedback. There are still a lot of things to work on, but it is clear that we are on the right path. It feels great to finally be able to let one hundred lucky gamers try the game out, but we will also do more test rounds during the fall. So if you missed out this time, there will be more chances. In order to get notified, subscribe to our newsletter or join our Discord server.

The team has been busy with development and despite E3 the pace hasn’t slowed down. As you might know, we have a few different teams that focus on different parts of the game. So let’s start out with team tech, who pretty much does all the heavy feature coding. Our lead programmer, Niklas, has been adding a bunch of new features to the level editor. A lot of quality-of-life features, such as preview-images of map entities as well as tooltips with explanations before you place objects in the level editor. He also found Patrik's old island generator code that we used a couple of years ago. Niklas has now modified it to work with the current version of the game and added it as a way to generate a more interesting starting point for new levels in the level editor.


Checkboxes galore! Niklas loves to add functionality to the level editor whenever he needs some relaxed coding time.


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Thursday - July 15, 2021

General News - Top 5 New RPGs, Probably Never Heard About (Part 3)

by Silver, 13:43

Click4Gameplay show five RPGs you likely haven't heard about. This is a three part series so you may want to check out Part1 and Part2 also.


Untitled RPG by Hytacka - 2:16
YS 9: Monstrum Nox -
Project Exyl -
Death Trash -
Tales of Arise -

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Wednesday - July 07, 2021

General News - Review of A Guide to Japanese Role Playing Games

by Hiddenx, 17:32

Paul Werkema checked out A Guide to Japanese Role Playing Games:

Review of A Guide to Japanese Role Playing Games from Bitmap Books


Guide to Japanese Role-Playing Games is a very good book. I have some disagreements with the authors on what is in the book and some of the games they included. It was fun to flip through and read about some games I never got to play or haven’t had a chance to finish them yet.

Some of the major series are separated from the other genres of games. From there the reviews are broken up into sub-genres like Action RPG and Strategy RPG. I like how they did this as you can skip to the section you want to read.

Friday - July 02, 2021

Out There: Oceans of Time - Gameplay Trailer

by Silver, 14:06

A gameplay trailer for Out There: Oceans of Time which is described as a turn-based space exploration RPG.


Gameplay trailer from sci-fi space exploration survival RPG/adventure where you make decisions like in RPG (with english subtitles).

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Blacksmith Legends - Prologue Release Announcement

by Silver, 14:00

An announcement for Blacksmith Legends concerning the imminent release of its prologue.

Blacksmith Legends: Prologue release announcement

Hello dear blacksmiths,

I'm going to announce, that Prologue will be released on 7th July, so not even in 2 weeks!
Game is in quite decent shape and currently being polished by few people. 

If you want to participate in beta testing Prologue to catch all the bugs, ideally in other languages, hit me on discord and I'll be glad to include you in our small testing team!

Based on the feedback from festival and preparations for Early Access, I've done some changes to the game.

1. Building system - floors are not clunky anymore. I've re-done the whole system and instead of attaching one socket to another, they are now separate ones on the ground, making the hit box much better to proc. And I think overall, it's much more user friendly.

2. Crafting menu re-work - this is a huge change, as there are no more Recipe SLOTS for each character! Before, you had to assign each recipe to a certain amount of slots. That allowed me a better control and unique build for each employee.
But in the end, it ended up being annoying as during demand requests for crafting items, the Right-Click removal of recipes was a bit clunky and later on, swapping recipes ended up feeling weird and useless for a lot of players, so I've decided to make all recipes accessible.

You can craft anything from one screen. Plus, adjust working hours and see Demand right below, so you don't have to swap between Sales menu on what to sell!

3. Crafting overall received a few changes too:
- Morale deteriorates over time now and refreshes when going home
- Crafting speed and quality are now more variable during crafting
- Low morale causes failures that result in a penalty of lower quality

Added more weekly plans too, so player can balance out his way of crafting. Some can be free and some may not. Some can grant you only buffs, some can come at a price of other stat to balance it out.

4. Arena armory preparation - can't forge to prepare for Early Access too. Currently working on the armory, where player will be able to equip his gladiator with items of his choice. 

Stay tuned for more news and if you haven't done so, please wishlist my game as that motivates me to work on this great project!


VM Machal

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Wednesday - June 30, 2021

General News - Casey Hudson founded Humanoid Studios

by Hiddenx, 14:49

Casey Hudson, who left Bioware for the 2nd time on Dec 3, 2020, just announced this on Twitter:

Today we are announcing a new independent videogame company built to unleash the creative freedom of developers - bringing innovation and artistry to players through an all-new IP.

We are Humanoid Studios. This is the first tiny step in our journey, and we hope you'll come along with us on the adventure.

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Saturday - June 19, 2021

General News - Reward for NOT Levelling up

by Hiddenx, 10:23

WhatCulture Gaming talks about games that reward you for not levelling up:

8 Video Games That Reward You For NOT Levelling Up


Friday - June 18, 2021

Onmyoji: The World - Announced

by Silver, 02:34

@TheGG NetEase Games has announced a new Japanese fantasy RPG called Onmyoji: The World.

The newest installment of the critically acclaimed Onmyoji franchise, will serve as a spin-off to the series and will come to multiple platforms in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

In continuation of the “Onmyoji” timeline based in Japan’s Heian-Kyo period, players are tasked with protecting the city of Kyoto where an unprecedented disaster has plunged the city into an abyssal darkness. The dark forces roaming the city seek to push the world to the edge of its destruction, ending the grips of humanity. Players take on the role of the game’s protagonist who finds themselves on an adventure that encounters many new people, youkai, and enemies.



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Sunday - June 13, 2021

General News - Will The CRPG Genre Die Again?

by Hiddenx, 13:58

You know it's summer when this topic is discussed again - Mortismal Gaming:

Will The CRPG Genre Die Again?


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Saturday - June 12, 2021

General News - Top 5 upcoming CRPGs

by Hiddenx, 12:41

Mortismal Gaming picked his top 5:

Top 5 Upcoming CRPGs Of 2021 & Beyond


Thanks Redglyph!

Spoiler! the games are, from #5 to #1: Dark Envoy, Colony Ship, Gamedec, Encased and Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous.


Wednesday - June 09, 2021

Lands of Sorcery - Released into Early Access

by Silver, 07:44

Lands of Sorcery has recently been released into Early Access on Steam and is described as a turn based combat RPG set in a time of virile men, ravishing women, creepy sorcerers and disgusting monsters.


Lands of Sorcery is a turn based RPG focused on combat, storytelling, sexy women, brutish barbarians and overall craziness.

A game inspired by classic sword and sorcery fantasy works, from the writings of Robert E. Howard to 1980's B-movies like Deathstalker II.

Travel to the continent of Akoll, where steel and magic are the law and command a ragtag team of elite fighters to seek your fortune!


Lands of Sorcery focuses on combat, equipment upgrades and character development. As you journey through the dangerous lands of Akoll, a cast of brave (or plain crazy) individuals with diverse skills will join you and serve as a traveling hub to improve your fighters.

  • Campaign - Play through the cinematic story driven campaign "The Hunt for Gloomy Whisper" and seek the mysterious artifact that may change the world forever
  • Manage a roster of fighters - Select who goes to battle and who can chill out in town
  • Upgrade a party of supporting characters. From a masseuse to an alchemist, they will travel with you and upgrade your fighters' capabilities
  • 8 unique playable hero classes, with 6 unique skills each
  • 26 different enemies
  • Intimidation System - If hacking your enemies to death isn't working, you can also win by depleting your enemy's Morale and scare them out of the battle field.
  • Battle Rage mechanic - Skill usage increases each character's Battle Rage, which unlocks a special devastating skill.
  • Classic character evolution with combat-centric strategy.
  • Camping - Use your fighters' skills to replenish your heroes during cozy camping sessions.

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Tuesday - June 01, 2021

General News - Demon Skin Released

by Silver, 10:44

Hack 'n Slash game Demon Skin has been released on Steam to a good reception.


About This Game

Demon Skin - is a brutal hack’n’slash set in a rough dark fantasy world, which combines unique combat mechanics, RPG and fighting game elements, and even some platformer features. With the flexible combat system each player can come up with their own unique tactic by skillfully combining stances with various types of weapons to achieve the ultimate efficiency in battle.

The darkness has got into the far off corners of the universe and threatens the world. Only the mighty Order of Wanderers whose members possess superhuman divine powers can resist that threat. One of the Wanderers witnesses a sinister ritual of restoring a powerful ancient artifact. In an attempt to break off the ceremony he gets into a flow of energy released by the artifact and instantly turns into a demon!

Wanderer is now eager to regain his former appearance but to do so he needs the artifact which was stolen afterwards. The hero sets on a path to find it, fighting the hordes of demons along the way.


Improve your skills by mastering various stances for lightning-fast parrying and inflicting maximum damage with spectacular finishing moves! Keep an eye on the level of stamina and other indicators of the character’s physical condition - all these features directly affect the outcome of the battle.


Collect shards of Crystal and become even stronger, build up your bone armor and turn into a fearsome demon.


There are more than 30 types of edged and blunt weapons at your disposal and each type is only effective against a certain type of enemies. You can destroy enemies even with your bare hands - it’s not as effective but still a lot of fun!


  • An extensive skill tree. Gain experience to learn new combos and enhance health, stamina, and attack power!
  • Dozens of enemy types. From skeletons, zombies, and spiders to werewolves, lizards, and golems - fighting each of them requires a different approach!
  • Secrets and artifacts. Some rare and ancient artifact weapons are hidden in the secret places of the game world. Find it to unlock the impressive super skills after achieving a certain level!
  • Gloomy landscapes in the spirit of dark fantasy: from the icy wastelands and deep dungeons to the twilight forests and abodes of the undead. This cruel world lives a life of its own, but terrifying creatures that inhabit it are not always hostile. On your way, you will not only meet enemies but also powerful allies!

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Monday - May 31, 2021

General News - Top 100 RPGs of all Time

by Hiddenx, 17:08

Gamepressure compiled a top 100 RPG list:

Top 100 RPGs of all time - the best RPGs you need to know

Top 10, Top 20? Today it's time for the top 100! We invite you to review the biggest list in the history of, compiled on the basis of the votes of our authors, editorial debates and the average ratings of users of the site.


Thanks Porcozaur!

Friday - May 28, 2021

General News - China's Indie Gaming Scene

by Hiddenx, 15:23

NeverKnowsBest takes a closer look at at the China's video game phenomenon:

The Curious Story of China's Indie Gaming Scene


Introduction - 0:00

Part One: The Best History of video games in China - 5:27

Part Two: China's Surprise Successes - 20:07

Part Three: The Struggle of the Rest - 58:56

Part Four: Made in China for China - 1:21:54

Part Five: C********* - 1:54:03

Part Six: Conclusion - 2:10:45 

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Monday - May 17, 2021

Bygone Dreams - Interview @alt/char

by Silver, 09:52

The developers of action RPG Bygone Dreams were interviewed by alt/char.

Q: Can you say something about your studio and the game itself, i.e. where did the idea for the development of this game come from, and why action-RPG?

A: Prime Time studios is a game and movie production company that's been around for almost two decades. It's the company behind Birds Like Us, Bosnia's first feature-length animated movie featuring the voices of Alicia Vikander, Jim Broadbent and Jeremy Irons; as well as Scream For Me Sarajevo, a documentary telling the story of Bruce Dickinson's concert in Sarajevo during the siege. 

Q: What can you tell us about the size of Bygone Dreams?

A: Bygone Dreams originally started as a small boss rush game with unique and quirky characters, but over time we started expanding until we ended up with a large world and 25+ hours of gameplay. 

When all is said and done, I am fairly certain that it's one of the biggest indie games ever made.


Q: What can you tell us about the customization of the character and his equipment/skills?

A: While the main character is always the same, his armour and weapon loadout will be customizable. We like to consider the game an action-adventure with RPG elements rather than a full-fledged action RPG, but that being said the character does optionally level up, and most of the equipment can be upgraded by forging. 

We decided early on to focus on a smaller pool of weapons with unique traits rather than have 100+ weapons that essentially behave the same. Due to this, all our weapons have unique effects defining their play style. As an example, one of our weapons makes enemies drop mana-refilling globules making it a great choice for a battle-mage build where you'd use your spells indiscriminately,  then switch to melee to refill your mana. 



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Friday - May 14, 2021

Cardnarok: Raid with Gods - Leaves Early Access

by Hiddenx, 18:08

The roguelike deckbuilder Cardnarok: Raid with Gods has been released:

Cardnarok: Raid with Gods Retail Version 1.0.0

"Hell Difficulty" Update #52 Patch Notes 2021/5/14

Thank you for all the suggestions and support, we are now out of Early Access!


Hell Difficulty unlocked!
-You can now play New Game+ in Hell Difficulty if you have conquered Nightmare in a previous run.
Developer Notes:
We have beaten Hell Difficulty in our internal testing without maximizing all Artifacts and activating all Bonus Abilities, so we believe it is doable.

100% Achievement should be obtainable now.
Developer Notes:
It is now possible to obtain the Overgod achievement, acquired after completing all other achievements in the game.

Deity Changes
-Greek Warriors I~II: Extra damage dealt to Greek non-elite monsters has been increased from 10/20% to 20/30%.
-Egyptian Warriors I~II: Extra damage dealt to Egyptian non-elite monsters has been increased from 10/20% to 20/30%.
Developer Notes:
We hope this can make the pantheon advantages more significant.

Thursday - May 13, 2021

General News - Drova: Teaser on Steam

by Hiddenx, 15:59

Drova is an action RPG inspired by the Gothic series - a teaser is now available on Steam:

Drova - Teaser


Immerse yourself in our vision of the 2D action RPG Drova. Inspired by the philosophy of the Gothic series, you play a novice of the Order faction who receives his first mission. You are to meet your brother of the Order in the tavern "To the Headless Ripper". Sounds simple, doesn't it? 

Wednesday - May 12, 2021

Samurai Warrior 5 - Gameplay Video

by Silver, 22:09

Upcoming hack 'n slash game Samurai Warrior 5 has a new gameplay video.


This is a pre-play video of "Samurai Warriors 5" to be released on June 24th by Koei Tecmo Games on PS4, Switch, Xbox One (DL version only), and Steam (DL version only, released on July 27).

Nobunaga Chapter 3 Introducing the flow of the game and the action system, set in the battle of Kannonji Castle.

* The screen is for PlayStation 4 (R) under development. 

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Master of Magic Remake - Announced

by Silver, 02:18

DSOGaming reports on another announcement from Slitherine which trumpets a classic game remake; Master of Magic. Screenshots at the link.

In Master of Magic, you take up the role of one of 14 unique and diverse great wizards who compete with each other to dominate the worlds of Arcanus and Myrror. Players can choose from different schools of magic and fantasy races to command, then lead their minions and expand their influence and power across the land.



Saturday - May 08, 2021

General News - 10 Games for Fallout Fans

by Hiddenx, 17:47

Caedo Genesis listed ten games for Fallout fans:

10 GAMES FOR FALLOUT FANS (That Aren't Fallout) - Caedo's Countdowns


Games listed: Paradise Lost, Atom RPG, Bastion, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, Far Cry: New Dawn, Metro 2033 Redux, Endzone: A World Apart, Wasteland 3, Death Stranding, and Mad Max.

Thursday - May 06, 2021

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance - Coming to PC

by Silver, 22:30

Gematsu reports that Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is coming to PC later in the year. For other platforms it releases May 7th.

Publisher Interplay Entertainment and developer Black Isle Studios will release Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch on May 7 for $29.99 / £29.99 / €29.99, followed by PC and mobile later in 2021, the companies announced. It features enhanced graphics and up to 4K resolution on supported platforms, as well as local cooperative play.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance first launched for PlayStation 2 in December 2001, followed by Xbox in October 2002, GameCube in November 2002, and Game Boy Advance in February 2004.



Wednesday - May 05, 2021

General News - Almighty: Kill Your Gods Trailer

by Hiddenx, 21:14

Yemeth spotted a trailer for the coop-RPG Almighty: Kill Your Gods:

Almighty: Kill Your Gods - Release Date Announce Trailer


Friday - April 30, 2021

Warhammer Age of Sigmar - Gameplay Overview Trailer

by Silver, 12:26

DSOGaming reports on a new gameplay trailer for Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground.


Get a first look at action-packed, turn-based combat in today’s Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground Gameplay Overview trailer. Developed by Gasket Games and published by Focus Home Interactive, Storm Ground is based on Games Workshop’s iconic fantasy IP “Age of Sigmar” - a dark-fantasy universe where immortal knights ride heavenly stardrakes to eradicate Death across a multitude of realms. Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on May 27.

Wednesday - April 28, 2021

General News - Classic RPGs to play in 2021 @ Fextralife

by Hiddenx, 14:58

Redglyph spotted a new top RPG list on Fextralife:

Top 10 CRPG 2021: The Best Classic RPG Games to play on PC, Consoles, Mobile Switch


00:00​ Top cRPG Intro
00:50​ Dragon Age Origins
01:27​ Pillars of Eternity
02:12​ Divinity: Original Sin
03:05​ Tyranny
03:49​ Divinity: Original Sin 2
04:28​ Pillars of Eternity 2
05:11​ Pathfinder: Kingmaker
05:55​ Disco Elysium
06:37​ Wasteland 3
07:21​ Solasta: Crown of the Magister
08:09​ Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
08:56​ Final Thoughts

Thursday - April 22, 2021

We Are The Caretakers - Now in Early Access

by Silver, 23:19

We Are The Caretakers is now available in Steam Early Access and is described as a science fiction, squad management RPG game.


We Are The Caretakers is an afrofuturist squad management RPG. Assemble an arcane team of protectors in squad-building systems inspired by Darkest Dungeon, Ogre Battle, and XCOM. Defend the endangered animals your world relies on in strategic turn-based combat. Define your approach to a global resistance by balancing your reputation, funds, research, animals and alliances. We Are The Caretakers is a challenging strategy RPG fusion that asks you to protect a planet by fighting for the people, animals and ecosystems that inhabit it.


  • AFROFUTURIST UNIVERSE: Former Activision-Blizzard artist Anthony Jones brings breathtaking afrofuturist style and human empathy to a complex sci-fi world.
  • REPUTATION SYSTEM: Every action affects how others see the Caretakers. Do they fear you? Or will they support your quest to protect the endangered Raun, and decide the fate of the world?
  • TURN-BASED ENCOUNTERS: Balance force with diplomacy in an innovative turn-based combat system. Live with the consequences as you deal with the messy reality of animal conservation.
  • SQUAD BUILDING: Assemble up to 9 squads of characters with diverse traits, weaknesses, abilities, and personalities. Train and upgrade your Caretakers across 20+ unique job classes.
  • GROW YOUR HEADQUARTERS: Meet leaders, research technologies, and recruit allies in your sci-fi HQ. Balance their conflicting demands to save our world.
  • NUANCED NARRATIVE: In our morally-complex world, the individuals outside your squad matter as much as the rangers you deploy on each map.
  • GENERATED WILDLIFE: The challenging and procedurally generated survival mode brings never-ending ways to play.
  • YOU GET A BABY RAUN: It will nuzzle against your bed long after it grows too large to reasonably do so. It is adorable.

Saturday - April 10, 2021

Star Dynasties - Preview

by Silver, 23:23

GameWatcher has a preview for role-playing sci-fi strategy game Star Dynasties.

With such a heavy emphasis on characters and character driven actions, an emergent narrative begins to evolve. As each turn passes and more actions are taken (by a myriad of characters), a web of intrigue, injustices, and heroic deeds unfold. A vassal switches allegiance to a rival house, a strategic marriage nets you a claim on some new territory. An enemy house imprisons one of your faction members whilst on assignment in their territory. Each of these events is logged and its impacts on your relations with others is tracked.

For an Early Access game, Star Dynasties feels refreshingly further along the development lifecycle than other titles. It’s stable, it has a clear and functional UI, a tutorial, and its major mechanics seem to have all been implemented. It’s almost as if the developer is using Early Access to garner feedback, refine the gameplay and implement balance changes—rather than offer customers a proof of concept and a promise to deliver a game at some point in the future.


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Thursday - April 08, 2021

The Emperor's Own - Alpha Teaser Free on Steam

by Silver, 19:04

DSOGaming reports on The Emperor's Own which is described as a story-driven adventure game with RPG elements. The Alpha teaser for the game is available to try on Steam for free.

Volga Studios has announced that a free, three-hour long alpha teaser for its non-linear, narrative-driven adventure game with RPG elements, The Emperor’s Own, is now available on Steam.

Set in an alternate universe inspired by the Russian Empire at the dawn of the nineteenth century, players take on the role of Imperial Secret Intelligence officer Cornet Alexander Obolenskii as he is sent on a mission to investigate rumors of mysterious and supernatural events in the borderlands.



Tuesday - April 06, 2021

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground - Announced

by Silver, 20:34

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground has been announced for May 27th and is a turn based tactics/strategy game.


Conquer the Mortal Realms!

Become the commander of one of the extraordinary factions of Warhammer Age of Sigmar - a dark-fantasy universe where immortal knights ride heavenly stardrakes to eradicate Death across a multitude of realms. This is Storm Ground, a world of legends, heroes, hellish creatures and fearsome battles.

Lead your highly-customisable force in this dynamic and spectacular skirmish turn-based strategy game packed with fast-paced warfare. Victories allow you to collect and upgrade new types of units, powerful equipment, and unlock devastating skills.

Explore all the routes in Storm Ground’s non-linear campaign. During each new playthrough, overcome new odds to find unique units and gears. Build your legendary army and defy other players in epic online duels.

  • The first strategy videogame adaptation of Games Workshop’s epic Age of Sigmar
  • Spectacular and fast-paced tactical battles
  • Unlock, collect and upgrade dozens of units, equipment and skills
  • Play solo or online in epic 1vs1 battles

Saturday - April 03, 2021

General News - 5 upcoming RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 16:56

C4G checked out five lesser known upcoming RPGs:

Top 5 NEW RPGs That You Probably Never Heard About


  • We Are Legion: Rome
  • Swordcery
  • Dark Alliance
  • Elements
  • Exodus Rising

Wednesday - March 31, 2021

Farathan - Upcoming Gothic like RPG

by Silver, 21:42

Click4Gameplay takes a close look at Gothic inspired Action RPG Farathan.


Farathan is an upcoming open world RPG inspired by the Gothic series, but does it have any potential?


Check out the Steam page here.

Dark-medieval-fantasy RPG with an open world.It will take you to the various world of the Elion province. 15 years after your father, the Emperor has conquered it, and faded into the mist of the eastern provinces after a great battle with the orcs. These are uncertain times, a civil war is close to break out. Fueled with the rumors of the Emperor death and whispers from the agents of a secret organization called Farathan.

The game wants to recover the pleasure of exploring by not guiding the player with markers where to go.
Listen to what they say on the streets and discover your own way!

Swords, axes, bows, magic, unlimited inventory. 

Tuesday - March 30, 2021

General News - Roguelites of 2021

by Hiddenx, 17:48

Superjump presents some released/upcoming roguelites of 2021:

The RPG Roguelites of 2021

You might die constantly in these RPGs, but at least it won’t be from an unidentified potion

I originally wrote this article with the idea of putting all of this year’s roguelites of note in it, but I stopped thinking that was a good idea somewhere around number 30. There are just too many good games that have been released so far and are scheduled for release later this year.

If you try to write something like that, you end up with a 5,000-word behemoth article that no one wants to power through for a half hour. And you know what? I can’t blame ‘em.

Instead, I’ve tried to roughly break the roguelites set for release this year into categories, and this article is going to handle RPGs.

Now, I’m not going to debate what makes a game an RPG or not. Roguelites in particular have so many genre-crossing features in them that it’s often hard to fit them neatly into subcategories, and RPGs can be some of the broadest when it comes to what actually defines them.

And, in general, all roguelites seem to have some kind of RPG element to them.

So, here’s the first installment in The Roguelites of 2021 series, and this one is all about the RPGs in all of their loosely-defined glory. Some have been released, and some are scheduled for release later this year, but all of them should be able to scratch that procedurally-generated itch.

(And also check out The ARPG Roguelites of 2021 and The Platformer Roguelites of 2021 for even more releases coming out this year.)

  • Darkest Dungeon 2
  • Home Behind 2
  • Loop Hero
  • Aquamarine
  • Ultimate ADOM: Caverns of Chaos
  • Hellcard
  • Spire of Sorcery
  • Rogue Lords
  • The Sealed Ampoule
  • The Hand of Merlin


Monday - March 22, 2021

General News - Amazing Magic Gameplay @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 19:55

C4G presents 10 RPGs/Action Adventures with well made magic gameplay:

10 RPGs / Action Adventures With AMAZING MAGIC Gameplay


Odin: Valhalla Rising - Loki Video

by Silver, 01:11

Some video for MMORPG Odin: Valhalla Rising.


"Mobile & PC multi-platform MMORPG, Odin: Valhalla Rising" Loki, why did he hate Odin? Their stories that were hidden, check them out now 

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Saturday - March 20, 2021

General News - Jedi: Fallen Order - Review

by Hiddenx, 22:11

Mortismal Gaming reviewed the Action Adventure STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order:

Star Wars | Jedi: Fallen Order - Review After 100%


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Thursday - March 18, 2021

Pascal's Wager: Definitive Edition - Released

by Silver, 23:03

Soulslike Pascal's Wager: Definitive Edition has been released on Steam.


Pascal's Wager: Definitive Edition is a challenging action role playing game set in a world of dark fantasy. Step into the shoes of Couriers, as they discover the tale behind the mysterious Dark Mist.

A World Without Light

The Colossus, mysterious creatures that dispelled the Dark Mist that once engulfed the land of Solas, has fallen. As Couriers, you will explore various handcrafted locales in this intriguing world full of secrets, hidden mysteries, and stories. The veiled truth of Solas awaits your discovery...

Hardcore Combat Experience

Master five unique, powerful, and versatile characters each with their own distinctive combat styles for a rich and incredibly challenging experience. The dark forces you face are relentless and cunning, the bosses will put your planning, reflexes, and determination to the ultimate test.

(An optional, more accessible "Casual Mode" is also available.)

Humanity's Story in the Darkness

Centuries ago, the sun sank into the sea, leading to the Dark Mist enveloping the lands. At the same time, great, towering beings began to appear. These were the Colossus. They brought light to the areas surrounding them and in turn, humanity found its last and only refuge.

Thousands of years after the Colossi appeared, a mysterious illness beset these creatures of the light and they began to fall...

Following the trail of the falling Colossi, Terrence the Courier and his companions embark on an arduous journey. They will encounter figures benevolent and evil, seal or witness their fate, and unveil the truth behind the dark world. 

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Opinion - 5 Developers That Should Tackle KotOR

by Silver, 22:55

WellPlayed offer their opinion of the developers that should be creating a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Creative Assembly

Now let me get this out of the way, I’m not saying that I want a new Knights of the Old Republic game to be a sweat-producing, nightmare-inducing, underwear-ruining horror experience akin to Creative Assembly’s amazingly scary Alien Isolation, but…

Star Wars isn’t exactly known for being frightening, but with world-eating, disembodied Sith like Darth Nihilous, zombie-like Geonosians reanimated by Brain Worms and the scene where Anakin describes his hatred for sand, we’ve seen some scares in the galaxy far, far away. Just imagine a horror adjacent quest line where your character explores the darker side of the force, making their way through an ancient Sith temple that’s haunted by the spirits of fallen lords. On its own this isn’t a good enough reason to hand the keys to Creative Assembly, I know, but just imagine what they could do some creative freedom in this space, the thought alone has ignited my lightsaber.

I went off on quite the tangent there, as horror isn’t the reason I even chose Creative Assembly, it has far more to do with their world-building prowess. Just have a look around the space station that Isolation is set in. Everything in that game looks like it could have been direct scans from unused sets and props from the films they are that authentic. You truly feel as though you’re looking into the future through a 70s filter. I know that Star Wars and Alien are far from the same, but I just want to see the environments and tone that CE could bring to the table.


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Monday - March 15, 2021

Black Dawn Rebirth - Available for Free

by Silver, 21:06

IndieRetroNews reports on Dungeon Crawler Black Dawn Rebirth which is now available for free.

A surprising late afternoon retro heads up, as just moments ago, Shaun Watters has announced that the previously released commercial Dungeon Crawler of 'Black Dawn Rebirth', which was originally published by Double Sided Games for the Commodore Amiga, is now free for digital download. This game is the 7th episode of the Black Dawn Dungeon Crawler/RPG series by Shaun Watters, Ten Shu and Mike Richmond and Colin Vella.




Wild West Dynasty - Announced for 2022

by Silver, 20:13

DSOGaming reports on Wild West Dynasty which is a mix of RPG (First Person), Life Simulation, and town building.

In Wild West Dynasty, players will start as a settler, build their own ranch and expand it to a prosperous town. The game will also offer additional possibilities like gold mining, rodeo riding. Additionally, it will allow players to create their own Dynasty which will last for decades.



Sunday - March 14, 2021

We Are The Caretakers - Launching April 22nd

by Silver, 22:15

We Are The Caretakers is described as a science fiction based squad management RPG with turn based combat. The game will release April 22nd. Currently there is a demo available to try on the Steam page.


We Are The Caretakers is an afrofuturist squad management RPG. Assemble an arcane team of protectors in squad-building systems inspired by Darkest Dungeon, Ogre Battle, and XCOM. Defend the endangered animals your world relies on in strategic turn-based combat. Define your approach to a global resistance by balancing your reputation, funds, research, animals and alliances. We Are The Caretakers is a challenging strategy RPG fusion that asks you to protect a planet by fighting for the people, animals and ecosystems that inhabit it.


  • AFROFUTURIST UNIVERSE: Former Activision-Blizzard artist Anthony Jones brings breathtaking afrofuturist style and human empathy to a complex sci-fi world.
  • REPUTATION SYSTEM: Every action affects how others see the Caretakers. Do they fear you? Or will they support your quest to protect the endangered Raun, and decide the fate of the world?
  • TURN-BASED ENCOUNTERS: Balance force with diplomacy in an innovative turn-based combat system. Live with the consequences as you deal with the messy reality of animal conservation.
  • SQUAD BUILDING: Assemble up to 9 squads of characters with diverse traits, weaknesses, abilities, and personalities. Train and upgrade your Caretakers across 20+ unique job classes.
  • GROW YOUR HEADQUARTERS: Meet leaders, research technologies, and recruit allies in your sci-fi HQ. Balance their conflicting demands to save our world.
  • NUANCED NARRATIVE: In our morally-complex world, the individuals outside your squad matter as much as the rangers you deploy on each map.
  • GENERATED WILDLIFE: The challenging and procedurally generated survival mode brings never-ending ways to play.
  • YOU GET A BABY RAUN: It will nuzzle against your bed long after it grows too large to reasonably do so. It is adorable.

The Legend Of Heroes: Kuro No Kiseki - Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 20:19

CGInferno shows some environment and gameplay of the upcoming The Legend Of Heroes: Kuro No Kiseki (Trails in the Dark):

The Legend Of Heroes: Kuro No Kiseki - Environment & Early Gameplay Showcase


Sunday - March 07, 2021

Relic Space - Coming to Early Access Q3 2021

by Silver, 02:58

 @TheGG It has been announced that Relic Space will release into Early Access Q3 2021. Relic Space is described as a space-themed open-world/turn-based RPG.

The London-based indie games developer and video game publisher Fourfold Games are today very happy and excited to announce that their space-themed open-world/turn-based RPG “Relic Space” is coming to PC via Steam Early Access in Q3 2021.

So if you’re a fan of The Expanse – like all of us at Novy – you’re going to get a kick out of the game’s ship-to-ship combat and movement, which rely on actual physics. (See “Real space” bullet below for specifics.)

Developed by Jonah Wilberg of Fourfold Games, Relic Space tells an engrossing post-apocalyptic story through tactical gameplay and a mix of both handcrafted and procedurally-generated missions.

Check out the reveal trailer for all the goodies in the current Alpha:



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Thursday - March 04, 2021

Curse of the Dead Gods - Released

by Silver, 22:14

Curse of the Dead Gods is a dark fantasy action roguelike that has recently released.


You seek untold riches, eternal life, divine powers - it leads to this accursed temple, a seemingly-infinite labyrinth of bottomless pits, deadly traps, and monsters.


  • A skill-based roguelike exploring a cruel, dark temple made of endless rooms and corridors
  • Swords, spears, bows, guns - wield these and many more
  • Light and fire will be your best allies to overcome the threats that lie in the shadows
  • Unique curses influence each attempt, putting a twist on every action
  • Dozens of enemies, with powerful champions and deadly bosses to face off against

General News - New Dungeons & Dragons RPG

by Hiddenx, 18:56

Gamepressure reports that Hidden Path Entertainment is working on a new Dungeons & Dragons RPG, maybe with a Ravenloft setting:

AAA Open-world Dungeons & Dragons RPG Revealed

We've learned that the developers at Defense Grid are working on a AAA open-world fantasy RPG that will be set in one of the Dungeons & Dragons settings.

Hidden Path Entertainment, the studio behind the Defense Gridseries, is working on a high-budget open-world RPG based on the Dungeons & Dragons license. The team is currently looking for employees for the project. From the job offers published on the company's website, we know that the game is being created on Unreal Engine 4 and that we will lead a party of heroes in it.

We don't know yet in which D&D universe the game will be set. Currently, the world of Forgotten Realms is the most popular, but in the case of this project it may be different. The team responsible for the story is led by Whitney Beltrán, who co-created the upcoming Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft expansion for the tabletop Dungeons & Dragons. The gothic horror world of Ravenloft has rarely appeared in video games, so setting the action of Hidden Path Entertainment's upcoming RPG there would be more interesting than another visit to the Forgotten Realms.


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Wednesday - March 03, 2021

Rustler - Interview & Preview

by Silver, 22:45

Wccftech interviewed the developers of Rustler dubbing it 'Grand Theft Horse'. Also The Sixth Axis have a preview of Rustler of which they say it evokes early GTA roots.

Despite the retro sensibilities and approach, Rustler doesn’t go for the expected pixellated aesthetic; instead opting for an almost cel-shaded look that is pretty easy on the eyes. Everything is clear and easy to distinguish, even when you end up surrounded by enemies. The exception to this, though, is the lack of any transparency when you go behind buildings. This led to a number of frustrating moments when I found myself stuck behind obstacles or caught by guards without being able to see what was happening.

In terms of structure and gameplay, this is pure old-school GTA. Whilst working your way through the main quest narrative, you’ll have the opportunity to carry out side missions for different characters, with occasional roadblocks requiring you to have earned enough money to continue. The beta build contains a complete narrative arc but more sidequests and missions are promised before the full release. On the whole these missions offered a nice mix of fetch quests, escort missions and combat but inevitably the dated mechanics began to feel a little repetitive during the 6 hours or so I played. There was also a lack of clarity in several missions where it took me a few tries to work out what the game wanted me to do.


How big is the open world in Rustler? Are there multiple towns and hamlets? How long would it take to cross the world?

Rustler has the biggest open world compared to all our previous games. We have two islands which include two cities, a few smaller villages, and a few different camps. It will take around two minutes to ride from the East side of the map to the West side.

In Grand Theft Auto, causing mayhem inevitably leads to big police chases. Will Rustler also feature something of the sort, with increasingly tougher guards pursuing the main character?

Players will be chased by police for breaking local laws, such as: stealing horses, fighting with people, or even killing. With each "wanted level" police will become stronger and more intelligent, also guards on horses may appear at higher "wanted level" as well as guards with crossbows and other melee weapons or knights with tougher armor and better fighting skills, etc.

Did you consider any cooperative (or competitive) multiplayer options? Are those still on the table as post-launch additions?

At the early stages of the creation of Rustler, we were prototyping such features. We were constantly asking our fans about what they expect from the game. Most of them were focused on the single player mode. For sure, we will reconsider co-op or multiplayer when there will be enough voices or interest.


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Sunday - February 28, 2021

General News - Top 10 Hidden Indie RPG Gems

by Hiddenx, 10:57

Tensor Gaming presents some indie RPGs:

Top 10 RPG Hidden Gems Indie Games on


0:16​ - Elden: Path of the Forgotten
1:33​ - Aron's Adventure
2:43​ - Moon Hunters
4:17​ - Flare: Empyrean Campaign
5:17​ - Drova: Forsaken Kin
6:59​ - Lifeling
9:01​ - Pyre
10:26 ​- Heartbound
11:33​ - Lucah: Born of a Dream
12:30​ - Escaped Chasm

General News - Early Access RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 10:31

Click4Gameplay checked out some Early Access RPGs:

Top 5 RPGs in Early Access on Steam (That You Probably Never Heard About)


Fade The First chapter on Steam
Sands of Aura on Steam
Gedonia on Steam
Solasta Crown of the Magister
Skyclimbers on Steam

Sunday - February 21, 2021

Black Myth: Wukong - New Trailer

by Silver, 20:27

A new trailer for Black Myth: Wukong.


As the Mouse gives way to the Ox, we have a growing talent and force. Here is a little tune for you, gamers dear. May you have a prosperous year! Note: This video is specially produced for celebrating Chinese New Year. It does not represent actual plot. Black Myth: Wukong is an action-adventure game developed by Game Science Studio. The game is still in development, and the release date has not been determined yet.

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Tuesday - February 16, 2021

General News - New World MMO out in August

by Hiddenx, 21:33

The New World MMO will be released in August:

New World Developer Update


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General News - 15 New Open World Games @ GamingBolt

by Hiddenx, 18:04

GamingBolt talks about 15 upcoming open world games:

15 NEW Open World Games To Look Forward To [Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, Switch, PS5]


The popularity of open world games is at an all-time high, and as developers look to leverage more powerful console hardware to craft even larger and more immersive game worlds, that popularity is going to keep going even higher. 

In 2021, for instance, there's no shortage of major, exciting looking open world games coming out, and here, that's exactly what we're going to talk about, as we take a look at a few of the most interesting open world titles due out in 2021.

Friday - February 12, 2021

General News - Pathfinder in P&P and Video Games

by Hiddenx, 19:34

Paizo hosted a Twitch video yesterday with Owlcat Games and Pinnacle Entertainment Group (creators of Pathfinder for Savage Worlds), on Pathfinder, its use in P&P and video games.

Lisa Krymova (community manager) and Arseny Krymov (narrative designer) are discussing several interesting topics, such as why some rules have to be adapted so the game doesn't feel like an unforgiving DM, why they keep the 1st edition of Pathfinder, how the mythic paths impact the story and the game flow, whether the monsters have to match the players and more.

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Wednesday - February 10, 2021

Assassin's Creed - Next Game in China?

by Silver, 17:13

Gamebyte reports on rumours that the next Assassin's Creed will be set in ancient China.

While every player is sure to have their own preferences, various rumours have hinted at where and when we’ll be headed to next.

Rumours of the next Assassin’s Creed having a Chinese or Japanese setting surfaced in 2020 thanks to some concept art. These same rumours then surfaced again in January this year thanks to French YouTuber x0nathan.

The content creator claimed that the next Assassin’s Creed will not only release in 2022, but also that it will be set in ancient China.


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Monday - February 08, 2021

Valheim - Now in Early Access

by Silver, 19:51

Valheim is a viking themed RPG/Survival game with multiplayer which has recently been released into Early Access.


A battle-slain warrior, the Valkyries have ferried your soul to Valheim, the tenth Norse world. Besieged by creatures of chaos and ancient enemies of the gods, you are the newest custodian of the primordial purgatory, tasked with slaying Odin’s ancient rivals and bringing order to Valheim.

Your trials begin at the disarmingly peaceful centre of Valheim, but the gods reward the brave and glory awaits. Venture forth through imposing forests and snow-capped mountains, explore and harvest more valuable materials to craft deadlier weapons, sturdier armor, viking strongholds and outposts. Build a mighty longship and sail the great oceans in search of exotic lands … but be wary of sailing too far...

Key features:

  • Huge procedurally-generated world - explore and inhabit mystical lands, from mysteriousforests to imposing snow-topped mountain ranges and stunning meadows, complete with their own creatures of legend to battle and wildlife to hunt.
  • Co-op PvE (2-10 players) - - Whether you want to brave the lands alone or venture with trusted allies, Valheim supports independent, player-hosted servers and unlimited world creation. We recommend playing co-op with 3-5 players.
  • Punishing dodge & block based combat system with a wide range of weapons
  • Build & sail ships - from flimsy rafts to imposing warships, build legendary vessels to conquer the seas and discover new lands.
  • Summon and defeat vengeful primordial bosses of myth and legend, and collect trophies to progress and craft new powerful items
  • Flexible house and base building system - raise mead halls, farms, settlements outposts, castles and more.
  • Intuitive item crafting - forge the finest weapons and armour, and craft food and mead.
  • Dedicated server- for players who want to run a persistent server. If you prefer not to run a server on your PC, consider renting a server at G-Portal.

Thursday - February 04, 2021

Robin Hood - Builders of Sherwood - Announced

by Silver, 13:05

TechRaptor reports on RPG/City Builder Robin Hood - Builders Of Sherwood.

Oh Merry Meeennnnn!

MeanAstronauts have announced that they are developing and publishing Robin Hood - Builders Of Sherwood, which is a title that combines RPG and city-building elements. The game has you as *gasp* Robin Hood, where you build your own forest camp in Sherwood Forest to eventually drive out the noble class of Nottingham. Check out the blurb:

Robin Hood is an action adventure game combining RPG and City-building elements, where we will play the role of a classic hero to fight to defend the oppressed by tyranny. The game is in a third person perspective. As the king of thieves, we will steal, rob, fight, ride a horse, shoot a bed, help the poor and also develop a forest village and its community. In the game, we will have an open world that we can freely explore.

Players will meet folk legends such as Lady Marion, Little John, Brother Tuck, Allan from the Valley, and Will Scarlet. The main task that the players must accomplish is to build the largest possible community for the outlawed rebels and to look for recruits from the surrounding farms and villages. The player will even recruit from the residents and guards of the city of Nottingham as they move in to take down the nobility of Nottingham.



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Batora - Announced

by Silver, 13:00

Gematsu reports that Action RPG Batora has been announced for all major platforms.


Batora: Lost Haven
combines the features of a hack-and-slash and a twin-stick shooter in a nonlinear interplanetary story-driven action RPG.

What boundaries would you cross to save your home?

Avril used to be a regular 16-year-old girl, not what you’d call a natural-born hero. Until a mysterious event devastated the Earth, and she lost everything she cared for. Now she’s the only one who, with the physical and mental powers that she has been gifted, can attempt to save her planet!

This is how her cosmic journey starts: soon enough, Avril will learn that the line between good and evil is thin. It’s up to her to decide whom to believe: her choices will change the destiny of the universe.

Key Features

  • Physical and Mental Dualism – Find the perfect balance between your body and mind to face the challenges and enigmas you will find along the journey, but keep an eye on the double health bar: it tracks both your physical and mental health, and if you lose sight of one of them… you’re dead!
  • Defender or Conqueror – Choose if you need to use your wits or strength in your interactions with the factions: decide who you want to become while you reach your goal, but be careful of the consequences…
  • Fast-Paced Multi-Layered Combat System – Quickly learn when to switch between physical and mental mode: sharpening your strategic dualism is the only way to keep pace with your opponents!
  • Retro Sci-Fi Visuals – Fill your eyes with the original hand-painted visuals inspired by the retro science-fiction art of the 1950s. You will visit colorful and fascinating planets, and meet the most intriguing creatures of the entire universe!
  • Responsive, Non-Linear Narration – Your choices will change the fate of the universe and of the creatures that inhabit it. Are you ready to take responsibility for your decisions? Find out all the possible outcomes of the storyline designed by a Writers Guild Award winner!

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Wednesday - February 03, 2021

Void Arena - Interview @TechRaptor

by Silver, 21:27

The developers of adventure RPG Void Arena have been interviewed by TechRaptor.

High Level Studios Has Big Ambitions

Not too long ago, I happened upon Void Arena, an upcoming game that aims to eschew traditional RPG design by doing away with levels and skill points entirely. That certainly intrigued me and I dove into the design of an ambitious new venture.

I first discovered Void Arena via a submission to the /r/pcgaming subreddit. This linked to a blog post on the developer's website, outlining some of the basics of how an RPG with no levels and no skill points would work. Before we get into that, though, I'd ask that you take a look at one of its most recent gameplay videos to see the early alpha in motion!



"One of the core pillars of our game is 'unique progression experiences,'" explained Sad_Gandalf, the owner and operator of the game's developer High Level Studios. "Something that we are really after is making your decisions feel as if they are directly driving the growth of your character. With this said, we veered away from a path where your character's main form of progression was dictated by some arbitrary numbers in a spreadsheet. Instead, your character progresses mainly through exploring the world and learning new skills while also both finding powerful gear and the materials necessary to create it themselves."

Some RPGs treat player stats as a requirement for equipping awesome gear, but could a game work in this genre without player stats at all? Sad_Gandalf thinks it can, and the plan he's outlined for this in-development game certainly seems to back it up—at least in theory.

Tuesday - January 26, 2021

General News - Naughty Dog's Next Game Fantasy?

by Silver, 18:07

Gamingbolt believe Naughty Dog's next game will be in a medieval fantasy setting.

One potential clue could lay in some concept art by senior concept artist Hyoung Nam on ArtStation (which is two months old, but still). Three pieces were posted with the title “The Women of North” and the caption, “Inspire from new game. You know what I’m talking about…” followed by a winking emoji. The concept art showcases a dragon, indicating a medieval fantasy-themed title, but the outfits for two of the women seem Celtic-inspired.


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General News - XVASynth Let's Modders Extend Bethesda Voice Sets

by Silver, 11:35

Some good news for fans of Bethesda modding as xVASynth lets modders extend voice acting of existing actors.


xVASynth is a machine learning based speech synthesis app, using voices from characters/voice sets from Bethesda games.

Twitter: @dan_ruta

Sunday - January 24, 2021

General News - Most Anticipated RPGs of 2021

by Silver, 23:35

Wccftech have listed their most anticipated RPGs of 2021.

Monster Hunter Rise

The first Nintendo Switch-developed iteration in the long-running Monster Hunter franchise features a number of QoL changes that were first implemented in Monster Hunter World. Monster Hunter Rise looks to capture the raw thrill of difficult boss fights as well as the looting and crafting that the series is known for. Featuring both local and online co-op play, Monster Hunter Rise is already looking to be the best reason to get a hunting party together on the go.

Shin Megami Tensei V

Shin Megami Tensei V has been on my own personal list of Most Anticipated RPGs since its first reveal four years ago. Atlus has promised that we could see a simultaneous worldwide 2021 release for Shin Megami Tensei V during a Nintendo Direct presentation last July. Since then, however, it's been radio silence from the developers, worrying fans that we might see yet another delay in the project. Fingers crossed that doesn't come true.

Scarlet Nexus/Tales of Arise

I'm including both of these together in one most anticipated list for Bandai Namco, given the overlap in both art style and even development team between the two. Scarlet Nexus is a more experimental title, featuring psychokinetic powers and brainpunk technology, while Tales of Arise is more of a traditional high fantasy tale. Scarlet Nexus should arrive later this Summer while Tales of Arise still has a vague release window, not to mention Bandai Namco has yet to confirm if there will be a next-gen version for the upcoming Tales title.


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Thursday - January 21, 2021

General News - Upcoming Mods @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 18:41

PC Gamer is looking forward for these mods:

The most ambitious mods we're looking forward to

New worlds for Fallout, old worlds given new life in The Elder Scrolls, and more. These are the mods we can't wait to play.

As we look forward at the upcoming games of 2021 and 2022, we're also keeping in our eye on some of the most ambitious mods coming our way. Created by teams of volunteers, who often spend years working on sprawling projects out of pure passion, mods can transform the games we know and love to give us hundreds more hours of enjoyment. We're dying to get our hands on these expansive and exciting mods.

  • Fallout Miami
  • Skyblivion
  • Skywind
  • Realms in Exile
  • Fallout 4: New Vegas
  • Destroyed Aperture


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Wednesday - January 13, 2021

General News - Why RPGs matter more than ever @ Rock Paper Shotgun

by Hiddenx, 23:28

Rock Paper Shotgun explains why RPGs matter more than ever:

There and back again: why RPGs matter more than ever

So many roles, so little time

In a 2019 interview with Retronauts, inXile Entertainment founder Brian Fargo recalled what Interplay hoped to accomplish in Tales Of The Unknown: Part 1, the seminal RPG more commonly referred to by its subtitle: The Bard’s Tale.

“We were trying to set a mood and build a sense of being there… that there was a world… in our own primitive way,” Fargo said. “You started off in a bar; you got to walk around outside, you had to go down to the dungeons, so you felt like you were living in a world; you weren’t just thrust into a wireframe dungeon and that was it.”


It wasn’t until the following decade, with the surprise success of fiddly dungeon crawlers like Dark Souls, that RPGs found a way to strike the balance. Crowdfunding certainly did its part, as did the explosion of digital distribution and the proliferation of more powerful tools. Streamers and YouTubers, too, helped to popularise games like Undertale, which took familiar genre trappings and subverted them with unique and interesting choices of their own.

Meanwhile, the PC and console ecosystems came together in the 2010s, but not in the way that publishers might have expected. In recent years success has flowed out of platforms like Steam, where Divinity: Original Sin and other games like it are continually refined before being released to larger audiences on consoles. The flow has run the other way as well. Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest – classic franchises that got their start on console – have thrived on PC. In 2020, Persona 4 Golden, an enhanced version of a 12-year-old PlayStation 2 RPG, found great success on Steam, prompting Sega to announce that it was planning additional ports.


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Monday - January 11, 2021

General News - 10 of the best Tabletop RPG Adaptations @ Game Rant

by Hiddenx, 19:44

Game Rant made a list of good tabletop RPG adaptations:

10 Of The Best Tabletop RPG Video Game Adaptations

Over the years, some tabletop RPGs translated their exciting mechanics into the video game world. Here are some of their best adaptations.

The evolution of the RPG genre throughout the years, from Dungeons and Dragons predecessor Chainmail to modern games like The Elder Scrolls franchise, has been impressive to say the least. Games that started off as little more than chess pieces and dice have become immense worlds filled with stories and characters unimaginable to the early pioneers of the genre.

Either due to recent social restrictions, or just a lack of players, the transition from pen-to-paper to digital code has become a necessity for a lot of us, whether that means finding ways to emulate the tabletop experience through the web, or finding new ways to satisfy the gaming urge. That being said, here are a handful of our favorite video games that have either directly adapted, or otherwise translated tabletop systems to a digital experience. Roll for initiative!

  • Planescape: Torment
  • Call Of Cthulhu
  • Shadowrun
  • Knights Of The Old Republic
  • Fallout Classic
  • Icewind Dale
  • Pillars Of Eternity
  • Disco Elysium
  • Baldur's Gate
  • Neverwinter Nights

Tuesday - January 05, 2021

General News - Niche RPGs to watch in 2021 @ Niche Gamer

by Hiddenx, 21:47

Niche Gamer watches out for these RPGs in 2021:

Niche Games to Watch in 2021: RPGs

Last time, I covered some of the cool shooters set to release throughout 2021. In today’s article, I’ll be highlighting some of the RPGs coming out this year. As with last time, I’ll be focusing on some of the more niche, indie, or middleware RPGs releasing this year, as opposed to the big budget AAA extravaganzas.

Be they real-time or turn-based, first-person or isometric, chances are you’ll find at least a few RPGs that will catch your attention here.

Here are Niche Gamer’s selection of 20 of the promising RPG video games releasing in 2021:

  • System Shock - Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Black Book - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One 
  • Magin: The Rat Project Stories - Windows PC, unspecified consoles
  • We are the Plague - Windows PC
  • Urban Strife - Windows PC
  • Cyber Knights: Flashpoint - Windows PC, mobile, unspecified consoles
  • Rise Eterna - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch 
  • War of Ashird - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
  • Cris Tales - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia 
  • Gamedec - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch 
  • Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen - Windows PC
  • The Iron Oath - Windows PC
  • Weird West - Windows PC
  • Alaloth: Champions of The Four Kingdoms - Windows PC, Xbox One
  • Death Trash - Windows PC
  • Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game - Windows PC
  • Dark Envoy - Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Black Legend - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • King Arthur: Knight’s Tale - Windows PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X


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General News - Top upcoming RPGs of 2021 @ Heavy

by Hiddenx, 20:22

Heavy made a list of upcoming RPGs:

All Upcoming RPG's of 2021

Was 2020 a super depressing year as a whole? Yep!

But were the video games that dropped that year also pretty amazing and worth getting distracted by? Yep! Some of the most outstanding titles that came out in 2020 came from the role-playing game genre. The biggest and best RPGs from that year that instantly come to mind have to be Final Fantasy VII Remake, Persona 5 Royal, Genshin Impact, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Plus there was a nice array of entertaining triumphs within the genre that came from indie studios and everyone’s favorite western RPG & JRPG development studios.

Now that 2021 is in full swing, it’s time to take a look at the next batch of quality RPGs that will take us to new worlds and let us embark on fresh adventures.

  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy - PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Sword of the Necromancer - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Outriders - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Ys IX: Monstrum Nox - PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Epic Games Store)
  • Fallen Legion: Revenants - PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Persona 5 Strikers - PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Bravely Default II - Nintendo Switch
  • Monster Hunter Rise - Nintendo Switch
  • Poison Control - PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… - PS4, Xbox One
  • Almighty: Kill Your Gods - PC (Steam)
  • Rune Factory 5 - Nintendo Switch
  • King’s Bounty II - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny - PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Alaloth – Champions of The Four Kingdoms - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • The Ascent - Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Cris Tales - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, PC (Steam)
  • Digimon Survive - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance - Consoles TBA, PC TBA
  • Echo Generation - Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
  • The Good Life - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Gotham Knights - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One
  • Hogwarts Legacy - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Horizon Forbidden West - PS5, PS4
  • Hytale - PC
  • King Arthur: Knight’s Tale - PC (Steam)
  • Kingdom of Night - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • King of Seas - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • NEO: The World Ends with You - PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Neptunia ReVerse - PS5
  • New World - PC (Steam)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis - Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Ruined King: A League of Legends Story - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • SaGa Frontier Remastered - PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), iOS, Android
  • Scarlet Nexus - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • She Dreams Elsewhere - Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster - PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Shin Megami Tensei V - Nintendo Switch
  • Tales of Arise - PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)



General News - RPG of the Year 2020 @ Wccftech

by Hiddenx, 19:54

Wccftech's RPGs of the Year 2020:

Wccftech’s Best RPG’s of 2020 – Action-Packed And Brand New

This year's spread of role-playing games runs a pretty interesting range compared to years before. With the launch of new PlayStation and Xbox consoles, there are some new titles to experience right alongside remakes and sequels alike. Very few RPGs have been released exclusive to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X, so these particular platforms will see the least amount of entries for this year alone (Demon's Souls for PlayStation 5 being the sole entry on this list). It's otherwise been a solid year for telling engaging stories across a wide variety of role-playing mediums.

Best RPGs:

Hades (10)
Demon's Souls (9.5)
Final Fantasy VII Remake (9.3)
Wasteland 3 (9.0)
Cyberpunk 2077
Nioh 2 (9.6)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (9.1)


Honorable Mentions:
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Mortal Shell
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
Persona 5 Royal
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Friday - January 01, 2021

General News - Top upcoming 10 RPGs of 2021 @ Fextralife

by Hiddenx, 09:05

Fextralife assembled a list of upcoming RPGs (and games with RPG elements) for 2021:

 TOP Upcoming 10 RPGs of 2021


  • 0:00 - Top RPG 2021
  • 0:35 - HM Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  • 1:34 - NieR Replicant 1.22474487139
  • 2:48 - Scarlet Nexus
  • 3:32 - Dark Alliance
  • 4:15 - Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2
  • 5:10 - Hogwarts Legacy
  • 6:04 - Alaloth Champions of the Four Kingdoms
  • 6:49 - Biomutant
  • 7:39 - Pathfinder Wrath of Righteous
  • 8:34 - Baldur's Gate 3
  • 9:57 - Elden Ring

Thanks Redglyph!

Thursday - December 31, 2020

General News - RPG of the Year 2020 @ RPG Site

by Hiddenx, 14:31

The RPG Site selected their RPG of the Year 2020:

RPG Site Best of 2020 Awards - our picks for the best of the year

2020 was a memorable year for several reasons, not all of them good. Despite the various hardships of the year, when we were lucky enough to have a chance to look back on 2020 as it pertains to RPG Site, we can see with a little more clarity now how this year still managed to be quite a remarkable one for RPGs. The previous console generation finally came to a close, some long-awaited games big and small finally released, and as always, several surprises came out of nowhere. It's time to discuss them all in our Best of 2020 awards.

We've been running this current iteration of our awards feature since 2018, and we've kept it largely the same this year. That means that in this article you'll find several Category Awards that highlight games for nailing specific aspects of their style or systems. Then you'll find ten games we whittled down from a much longer list as our best of 2020. The first five of these are runners-up, games that we recognize as some of the best of the year, but did not land into our Top Five. Then we list our non-winning Top Five, which ended up falling just short of our overall winner, but remain as RPG of the Year-caliber releases in their own right. Finally, at the very end, one of the Top Five is crowned our official RPG of the Year 2020. At each benchmark, we had to make some incredibly tough decisions and concessions to end up at our final rankings. A couple of final important notes to consider is that we include some RPG-adjacent titles in our deliberations, and only games released before December were considered for this list.


Best Writing & Storytelling - 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Best Art - Star Renegades
Best Music - Final Fantasy VII Remake
Best Design & Immersion - Hades
Best Ongoing Support - Monster Hunter World Iceborne
Best Non-RPG - Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Best Re-release - Persona 5 Royal

Best of 2020: The Near Misses, aka the Runner-Up Five

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Moon
  • Fae Tactics
  • Wasteland 3
  • Sakuna of Rice and Ruin

Top Five RPGs of 2020

  • Nioh 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Hades
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

RPG of the Year

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

And the readers' vote:

Readers Choice:

  1. Final Fantasy VII Remake - 24.9% (Square Enix - PS4)
  2. Yakuza: Like a Dragon - 15.4% (Sega - PS4, Xbox, PC)
  3. Persona 5 Royal - 12.6% (Atlus - PS4)
  4. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - 7.5% (Atlus - PS4)
  5. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition - 7.2% (Nintendo - Switch)
  6. Wasteland 3 - 6.5% (inXile - PS4, Xbox, PC)
  7. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - 6.3% (NIS America - PS4)
  8. Hades - 4.1% (Supergiant Games - Switch, PC)
  9. Nioh 2 - 2.1% (Sony Interactive Entertainment / Koei Tecmo - PS4)
  10. Genshin Impact - 1.5% (miHoYo - PS4, mobile, PC)


General News - Story about CRPG Addict

by Hiddenx, 13:58

PC Gamer tells the story of the CRPG Addict:

The impossible quest to finish every CRPG in chronological order

A decade ago, Chester Bolingbroke set himself a mission that will never end.

It's one thing to attempt to set out to play every single game in an entire genre. But to finish each one in the order they released and then to blog detailed accounts of them is a quest beyond belief. That's what Chester Bolingbroke, author of CRPG Addict, set out to do in February 15, 2010, when he wrote the blog's first post. Over ten years later, he's still going. 

So far, Chester has ventured through the very first mainframe-based computer role-playing games, charted the rise of Ultima, and battled through generations of computers. He's faced adversity, balancing the thousands of hours his adventure demands against the needs of his personal life. He's worked on it from his home in Maine, grappling with emulators and translations, and from hotels across the US while travelling for his job. He gave up on the whole endeavour once. But he's just as active now as he was when he started, and that's despite knowing that the whole thing is impossible. 


Thanks Shamroxor!

Wednesday - December 30, 2020

General News - 5 upcoming indie turn-based RPGs 2021 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 21:04

The Turn-Based Lovers found five more upcoming turn-based RPGs:

5 Upcoming Indie Turn-Based RPGs 2021


5 Upcoming Indie Turn-Based RPGs TIMELINE


General News - A Review of every major CRPG from the last ten Years

by Hiddenx, 14:12

The end of the decade is close, so I repost a nice review about some of the major RPGs of the last 10 years:

A review of every major CRPG from the last ten years


A guide to modern CRPG's. Featuring: reviews, comparisons, definitions, history lessons, award shows, motivational speeches, and more. Wow, what doesn't this video have? (the answer is all the CRPG's that weren't included, /shrug)


Thanks NeverKnowsBest!

Monday - December 28, 2020

General News - Gaming Events of 2020 @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 23:49

PC Gamer looks back at 2020:

The gaming events of 2020 that will have the largest impact on our future

We're gazing into the orb, it says the future looks anime as heck.

Now that it's finally time to take Old Man 2020 out back and put a kindly bullet in the back of his head, it's also time to take stock of what happened this year in the world of PC gaming, and what it might mean for us in the years ahead. 

It was the year game conventions went online and game companies started to normalize working from home. PC gaming won the console war, and the reward for that victory was the promise of more formerly exclusive Sony games coming to our platform. Companies that once seemed coated in teflon, like Blizzard and CD Projekt Red, made decisions that alienated some of their most devoted fans. The Oculus Quest 2 made virtual reality more attainable, and shortages made graphics cards less attainable. And that's just skimming the surface of an eventful 12 months.

Here are some of the events of 2020 we think will have significant impacts on the future of PC gaming. Like all predictions, there's a risk that something completely unexpected might come along and drastically alter everything we think we know, but what are the odds of that happening two years in a row? Pretty slim, right?


General News - The 10 best RPGs of 2020 @ Game Rant

by Hiddenx, 16:25

Game Rant listed their 2020 RPG top 10:

The 10 Best RPGs of 2020

Role-playing games are one of the most popular genres of the medium, and as with every year before, 2020 delivers some really stellar titles.

Every year features a wealth of new video games to check out, and among those, there are typically a ton of good RPGs. Role-playing games are sometimes hard to determine and boil down, as the genre continues to expand and include a number of new elements. Everything from games with light RPG elements to a classic turn-based approach are always welcome though.

2020 is no different in this regard, with plenty of RPGs taking the fore. Ultimately, though, a few have to come out on top, so here are the best RPGs of 2020. PLEASE NOTE: rather than attempt to put any specific order here, these RPGs are simply listed in alphabetical order.

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Demon's Souls
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Genshin Impact
  • Ikenfell
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Wasteland 3
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Sunday - December 27, 2020

General News - 13 Biggest RPGs of 2020 @ GamingBolt

by Hiddenx, 17:18

Some of the big RPG releases of 2020 listed by GamingBolt:

 13 Biggest RPGs of 2020 You Definitely Need To Play

Once long ago, role playing games were the purview of a small niche of a market, and were largely considered to be financially unviable. Fast forward to today, and role playing games represent the single most popular genre of games on the market, to such a ridiculous degree that elements of RPGs pervade and infect every other genre on the market – including former kings of the hill such as shooters or even fighting games.

But this list isn’t about those. This list is very specifically about honoring the best role playing games – true role playing games, as opposed to games with role playing elements – that came out this year. As you might expect, there were a lot of incredible ones. But here are the ones that stand out as among the very best ones.


  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Wasteland 3
  • Yakuza: Like A Dragon
  • Nioh 2
  • Demon's Souls
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Genshin Impact
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Xenoblade Chronicles Defenitive Edition
  •  Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
  • Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning
  • Crosscode
  • Persona 5 Royal

Friday - December 25, 2020

General News - RPG of the Year 2020 @ Gamespot

by Hiddenx, 17:30

Gamespot have listed their highest rated RPGs of 2020:

Here is GameSpot's roundup of 2020's best RPGs across different platforms.

Throughout its history, the role-playing game genre has offered some of the more complex pieces of storytelling and gameplay within the medium of games. In 2020, the RPG genre hit some notable strides with some great releases. Along with the revival of the legendary JRPG Final Fantasy VII with its remake, we also saw other games lean further into the craft of letting players chart their own stories and character dynamics in games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Crusader Kings III.

In the following roundup, you can find a selection of RPGs that GameSpot has rated an 8 and above throughout 2020. This year proved to be a remarkable year for the RPG genre, and the games we've pulled together below take the familiar tenets of the genre and reincorporate them in some exciting ways.

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - 9/10
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla - 8/10
  • Crusader Kings III - 8/10
  • Demon's Souls - 9/10
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light - 8/10
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake - 10/10
  • Hades - 9/10
  • Moon - 8/10
  • Mortal Shell - 8/10
  • Nioh 2 - 8/10
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King - 8/10
  • Persona 5 Royal - 10/10
  • Risk of Rain 2 - 8/10
  • Star Renegades - 8/10
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad - 8/10
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition - 9/10
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon - 9/10


Thursday - December 24, 2020

General News - 10 Open World RPGs coming in 2021 & beyond @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 14:02

Click4Gameplay assembled a list of upcoming open world RPGs:

 10 Open World RPGs Coming in 2021 & Beyond


10. Biomutant

9. Mortem: Fallen Kingdom

8. Hogwarts Legacy

7. Isles of Adalar

6. Crimson Desert

5. Stormrite

4. Fable (Remake)

3. Gothic (Remake)

2. ELEX 2

1. Bleak Faith: Forsaken

Wednesday - December 23, 2020

King Arthur: Knight's Tale - Going to Early Access

by Silver, 21:33

@DSOGaming King Arthur: Knight’s Tale will be going to Steam Early Access January 12th 2021.

Neocore Games has announced that its role-playing tactical game, King Arthur: Knight’s Tale, will be available on Steam Early Access on January 12, 2021.

According to the developers, Early Access will allow them to work hand in hand with their players and implement changes to the game as they go, based on the feedback they receive from the community. The Early Access period will last for a few months, with regular content updates.

Based on the Arthurian mythology, King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is a turn-based tactical role-playing game; a unique hybrid between turn-based tactical games and traditional, character-centric RPGs.



Thanks Farflame!

Rustler - Going to Early Access

by Silver, 21:30

TheGG reports that Action RPG Rustler is going to Steam Early Access 2021.

The Poland-based video games publisher Modus Games and the Poland-based indie games developer Jutsu Games are today very proud and excited to announce that their GTA2-like medieval themed action/RPG “Rustler” is coming to Steam Early Access in early 2021.

Carjacking is so this century. It’s time to go back to our roots. Pimp your horse, launch cows at your enemies, and live the hilariously unhinged medieval life that you deserve!

In Rustler, you’ll play as anti-hero Guy, a brigand determined to win The Great Tournament for its grand prize of the princess’ hand in marriage. Might you have to steal a horse or two, or maybe murder a few people here and there? Maybe so. One thing’s for sure: you’re going to need to be both creative and shameless if you want to win The Great Tournament!



Thanks Farflame!

SPYHACK: Episode 1 - Available on Steam

by Silver, 21:26

TheGG reports that SPYHACK: Episode 1 is now available on Steam.

Art Games Studio S. A. and  Pyramid Games are today very pleased and proud to announce that their sci-fi spy game “SpyHack: Episode 1” is now available for PC via Steam (“SpyHack: Episode 1” was previously released to the Nintendo Switch back in June, 2020).

The title, a combination of a tactical and stealth action game will challenge players with stopping a tech corporation, which took control over the world. Your goal, as an agent of the Advanced Technology Division, will be to sabotage their plans and save humanity from self-destruction.

Stealthily sneak past guards or dispatch them with various weapons. Walk your way through the levels, hack various devices and terminals to reveal rooms. Get rid of enemies and take control over hacked contraptions.

SpyHack will take players to a futuristic world controlled by huge corporations, which use technology for unethical purposes. During missions, agents are taken to different parts of the world.

Their equipment will include gear used for subtle infiltration, such as hacking or taking control over hostile electronic devices and also weapons useful in direct encounters with enemies. Tactical approach will be crucial to the development of missions – staying in the shadows may be the most effective combat technique, but some situations will require you to engage.



Thanks Farflame!

General News - 5 upcoming Indie RPGs @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 18:30

The Turn Based Lovers present five upcoming indie RPGs:

 5 Upcoming indie RPGs expected for 2021



Monday - December 07, 2020

Opinion - Open World Games Are Smaller than Linear Games

by Silver, 21:21

Gamecrate makes the case that open world games offer less content than linear games.

 There is one aspect of game design that has been annoying me ever since it became the hip new popular thing to do: open-world games.

Everyone says that open-world games are huge! “Wow there’s so much to do!” everyone says. “I can’t believe I can travel anywhere!” they exclaim.

No! It’s all a trick! Open world games aren’t huge! In fact, many of them are smaller than most linear games!

Have you ever tried to mainline an open-world game from start to finish? The main quest lines aren’t actually that long. Big epic RPGs that take “hundreds of hours” to finish only take 10-20 hours to finish if you go from main quest to main quest.


Alright. Let’s talk about my first problem with that claim: bigger does not mean better. I remember when everyone was saying Dragon Age: Inquisition was such an amazing game because it had a huge world to explore. False. It did not have a huge world to explore. It had a huge world to travel through.

Exploration implies a certain degree of interacting with your surroundings. You either discover new information, encounter new enemies, solve new puzzles, and the like. Dragon Age: Inquisition as well as many other similarly designed open-world games, don’t actually let you do this all that often. Instead, the open world is just space with different coats of paint between side-quest markers. You aren’t doing anything in it. You aren’t exploring it. You are just walking from point A to point B. Linear games had something like this way back in the NES era. It was called a world map.

Wednesday - December 02, 2020

General News - Keep an Eye On It @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 19:01

The Turn Based Lovers assembled a small list of upcoming isometric RPGs:

6 Upcoming cRPGs expected for 2021 | Keep an Eye On It | Ep 3


Here we are in the third episode of our usual Wednesday date. The Keep an Eye on It focuses today on 6 cRPGs ….. oops better specify Isometric cRPG promising and currently in development. For this episode, I made a small exception and entered 6 games instead of 5 because I didn't want to leave out any of these. Let me know what you think about it in the comments.

Tuesday - December 01, 2020

General News - On the Radar - December 2020 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 21:02

The Turn Based Lovers have collected some turn based games that will be released this month:

About Descartes, Boobs and Videogames

“Money for nothing and chicks for free“
– Dire Straits

I decided to write this (very) short story after I noticed that one of the most famous videogames blogs in my country began to replace news about videogames with something that videogames have little to do with. What do I mean? Obviously “a crowd of sexy streamers and busty cosplayers” that usually has nothing to say but a lot to show.
Anyway, if you just want to know what will be released in December, feel free to skip my poor digressions. You’ll have all my sympathy…


EMPIRE OF SIN – 1st December
PHOENIX POINT – 3rd December
SHADOW EMPIRE – 3rd December
ARCANIUM: RISE OF AKHAN (E.A.) – 8th December
REVOLUTION: THE SPARK (E.A.) – 23rd December

Monday - November 30, 2020

SaGa Frontier - Remastered 2021

by Silver, 23:10

@PC Invasion Square Enix has announced that JRPG SaGa Frontier will be getting remastered for 2021.

If you a big fan of old school Japanese roleplaying games, then you are in for a treat. Square Enix has announced that a new remaster will be coming in 2021, and this time it is the 1998 classic SaGa Frontier that will be getting the updated treatment. SaGa Frontier Remastered will arrive in the summer of next year, and with it comes a branching story that develops based on your chosen character. Out of the eight different characters, each comes with their personal stories, goal, and even game endings.

By using the Free-From Scenario System, a revolutionary addition back in the day, your choices will affect how different events play out. The way you play will help determine your own unique story for each of the characters. SaGa Frontier Remastered will also see the return of Fuse, the original sidekick in each of the stories. Fuse will now be a playable character in 2021.



Saturday - November 28, 2020

Pecaminosa - Announced

by Silver, 02:42

@TheGG Film Noir ARPG Pecaminosa has been announced.


The Spain-based indie games developer Cereal Games and video games publisher BadLand Publishing are today very proud and happy to announce that a Steam page is now available for their upcoming film noir-themed pixel-art ARPG “Pecaminosa” (the game is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch in early 2021).

Visit Pecaminosa Steam page and discover new details about the look, mechanics and gameplay of the unique title created by Cereal Games

John Souza, a former cop and newly-appointed local drunk, has an unexpected visitor from the past.
The ghost of Charlie “Two Angels”, a fallen mob boss, appears before Souza with a pro can redeem himself, and be allowed unto Heaven.
Hell, that sounds easy, right?… Maybe too easy…
Will Souza set his bottle aside and take up the mantle of justice again? Or will he be just as damned as Charlie?

Thanks Farflame!

Missing - The Complete Saga - Announced

by Silver, 02:38

@TheGG Open World RPG/Life Sim Missing - The Complete Saga has been announced and has a Steam page to peruse.


MISSING: The Complete Saga is a 3D role-playing game that plays like a life simulator. Your character will have an inventory, and skills based on a skill tree. The game features day/night cycles, and each day you will be assigned new daily tasks, some are based upon new events and happenings. The daily tasks will change as you grow up. You are free to explore the village, take on alternate tasks, and learn new skills apart. Every skill you learn can come in handy when you are in danger.

Key Features :

  • The player creates his/her own story through the open-ended gameplay in this open world. The open-world village provides nuanced details of opportunities through which the player can craft the life of the character.
  • The game takes place in an open world village of rural India. Get immersed in the society and its culture, where every detail has been carefully created to reflect the Indian rural environment and its people as closely as possible.
  • No Combat, No puzzles. This game is a non-violent game. Inviting players to explore and make life choices without getting attacked, stuck, or frustrated.
  • Player stats are reflected by three unique parameters. Energy, Food, and Mood, which plays a key role in accomplishing any task.
  • Fully interactive Inventory and Skill tree. The inventory is limited by the total weight of the items. The skill tree is unlocked through practicing and perfecting a training task.

Thanks Farflame!

Tuesday - November 24, 2020

Yellow Brick Games - New Studio from Dragon Age Director

by Silver, 23:39

IGN reports that Mike Laidlaw of Bioware fame and other industry veterans have formed a new studio called Yellow Brick Games.

Mike Laidlaw, the former creative director of Dragon Age, has established a new development studio alongside other industry veterans. Called Yellow Brick Games, the independent studio is located in Quebec City and aims to create "original, new games of high quality".

Laidlaw is joined by Thomas Giroux, Jeff Skalski, and Frédéric St-Laurent B., meaning the studio is comprised of EA, BioWare, and Ubisoft veterans, with a body of work covering Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Watch Dogs, and Assassin's Creed.

Laidlaw takes on the role of Chief Creative Officer, while Skalski acts as Chief Operating Officer, and Giroux as Chief Executive Officer. Frédéric St-Laurent B., meanwhile, will take on the position of Game Director for the studio's first project. St-Laurent B. was previously Lead Game Designer for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate at Ubisoft Quebec.


Wednesday - November 18, 2020

General News - 5 Turn-Based Tactical RPGs @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 20:35

The Turn Based Lovers keep an eye on five indie turn-based RPGs:

Keep an Eye on It: 5 Turn-Based Tactical RPGs | #1

Ciao everyone, today I inaugurate a new column that I want to try to bring on a weekly basis, that is called Keep an Eye on It. I will collect interesting indie and non-indie projects around and show them to you, 5 at a time. The written article will also be followed by the video on the Youtube channel. I already have a very long list of games and can’t wait to show them all. I might decide to categorize them as I’m doing for this first episode, or not, I don’t know yet.

To inaugurate it, I have chosen 5 very promising indie turn-based tactics RPGs. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and opinions & remember to reach me on Twitter, on the discord server, and on the new Twitch Channel.


  • Shardpunk: Verminfall
  • Kitty Tactics
  • Voxel Tactics
  • The Black Pepper Crew
  • Space Cats Tactics


Sunday - November 15, 2020

Ambermoon - Open Source Remake in Progress

by Silver, 19:22

Indie Retro News reports that an open source remake of Ambermoon is in progress.

Originally released in 1993 for the Amiga by Thalion Software, Ambermoon was the second part of an unfinished trilogy and sequel to Amberstar that was only released in Germany. In was an incredible RPG for its time, and featured 3D graphics that were considered revolutionary for the Amiga, but sadly for the company it couldn't save them from collapse.


How to run the game

I got some questions of how to run the game:

You need the original game data (either ADF files or extracted files like Party_char.amb etc).

Put these files next to the downloaded executable file called

If you have not yet, install the latest .NET framework for Windows.

The game only runs on Windows as of now.

Links :1) Source 2) Detailed Info

Tuesday - November 10, 2020

General News - Chad Moore Interview @Gamebanshee

by Silver, 01:55

Chad Moore, of Troika fame, was interviewed by Gamebanshee about the titles he has worked on such as Arcanum and Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines. Chad is currently working on an RPG for inXile.

“An Unfortunate Affair a story by Sir Chadwick Moore,” reads one of Arcanum’s loading screens presented as a magazine cover. For years, I treated it as such - a mere loading screen. However, during a recent replay of Arcanum, that screen caught my eye for some reason, sending me on a little investigative trip.

And as it turns out, that story actually exists (you can read it over here) and Sir Chadwick Moore, or rather Chad Moore, is very much a real person and a bit of a Renaissance man among RPG developers. Over the years he's worked on numerous notable titles, including Fallout 2, Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, and even WildStar, Carbine Studios’ short-lived MMORPG.

Chad’s areas of expertise include scripting, writing and narrative design, character modelling and animation, and even voice acting direction. And right now, he’s directing a yet to be announced and mystery-shrouded RPG over at inXile Entertainment.


Tuesday - November 03, 2020

Outriders - Release Date Announcement Trailer

by Silver, 19:20

Outriders is a science fiction co-op shooter RPG that has recently been announced.


Survival Demands Aggression. #Outriders will release February 2, 2021 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam & Epic). Coming to Stadia later in 2021.

Pre-order #Outriders now:

Outriders is a 1-3 player co-op RPG shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe. As mankind bleeds out in the trenches of Enoch, you’ll create your own Outrider and embark on a journey across the hostile planet.

Thanks Couchpotato!

Sunday - November 01, 2020

General News - On The Radar - November 2020 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 16:33

The Turn Based Lovers checked out the upcoming turn-based games:

On The Radar – November 2020

All the turn-based RPGs and Strategy Games releasing on November 2020

“I need never get old“

“I said I needed to try
Needed to fall
I needed your love I’m burning away
I need never get old“

– Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Most of the people think that playing videogames is only for youngsters. Citing McCarthy, they’d say “No country for old men“, but the reality is somewhat different…

Inger Grotteblad wakes up every morning in her cozy house in Uppsala and begin her training. She is 68 years old and, even if she is a grandmother with six marvelous grandchildren, she is also a pro player of CS: GO! The results? More defeats than victories, but that’s not the point. In Sweden, she is still a star, so it is not so unusual that walking on the streets, Grotteblad and the other members of her team, the “Silver Snipers”, have to sign some autographs for their young fans!
Still about famous senior players, we cannot forget the two Berliners Uschi Cezanne (81 y.o.) and Peter (76 y.o.) with their YouTube channel, “Senioren Zocken”, with more than 480.000 members!


So, the list of the upcoming games that follows is dedicated to them, to everybody who never renounce to his inviolable right to have fun, despite his age, despite his past.
No one should forget that playing is the true elixir of long life!

MÖBIUS FRONT ’83 – 05th November
RAIDERS! – 10th November
YAKUZA: LIKE A DRAGON – 10th November
BLOCKS!: CRUSADER REX – 11th November



Friday - October 30, 2020

Fallen Angel - Available on Steam

by Silver, 10:38

@TheGG Fallen Angel is a hack-and-slash game that is available now on Steam.

The indie games studio Matrioshka Games and the video game publisher V Publishing are today very thrilled and happy to announce that their biblical hack-and-slash RPG “Fallen Angel” is now available for PC via Steam.

Inspired by John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, players take on the role of Lucifer, the angel that was cast out of Heaven, and now seeks vengeance, but when he returns, not all is as it appears.

Opportunity strikes when civil war erupts. God has departed without reason, and the archangels left behind to fight for dominion to lead. All the while a plot bigger than simple revenge begins to unfold.

“We wanted to provide a twist on the traditional perception of Heaven. Instead of a simple lush utopia, we have created a world that changes vastly depending on the archangel that controls it”, said Michael Brown, CEO of V Publishing.

“This not only allows a more visually diverse game, but it’s allowed us to create bosses and enemies that are varied in both look and how they fight, keeping things fresh as you play through.”



Thanks Farflame!

Wednesday - October 28, 2020

Xuan Yuan: Sword VII - Launch Trailer

by Silver, 22:48

Gematsu reports on the release of the launch trailer for Xuan Yuan: Sword VII which will be available October 29th.

Publisher and developer Softstar Entertainment, and developers DOMO Studio and Yooreka Studio have released the launch trailer for Xuan-Yuan Sword VII.

Xuan-Yuan Sword VII is due out for PC via Steam worldwide and PlayStation 4 in Asia (excluding Japan) on October 29. A western release of the PlayStation 4 version will follow “as soon as possible.” An Xbox One version is also planned, but a release date has yet to be announced.



Wednesday - October 21, 2020

VtM: Shadows of New York - Review @The Reticule

by Silver, 11:49

Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York has been reviewed by The Reticule.

Shadows of New York is a game about politics and the way politics is infused into every facet of our beings. The boldness of its narrative impressed and enthralled me, and I want more of it in my games in these oh-so-urgent times of ours.

That being said, it’s a difficult prospect writing a story of ‘now’, and one I’ve always been inclined to stay clear of. It runs the risk of trying to capture those defining moments, those shocking turning-points in the historical narrative unfolding in real-time, and rendering them shallow, even cringe-inducing, as some level of distance is always necessary to properly understand it.


As a visual novel, the narrative-driven Shadows of New York offers choices throughout the story, leaving interactions with the city’s inhabitants in your hands, at least to an extent. I don’t feel like there were nearly enough possible routes to take, with conversations mostly being moulded by decisions you had made earlier. That’s fine in the sense that it shows your (sparse) choices are shaping Julia’s traits, but a lot of the time it felt like it was out of my control and the path thoroughly predetermined. The game’s well-written enough to coast on by, but more input would’ve been welcome.

Thanks Farflame!

Saturday - October 10, 2020

General News - Steam Festival - Turn Based Games @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 19:17

The Turn Based Lovers checked out some turn based games from the Steam Festival:

The Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition

"Try (or watch) before buying" It's exactly this the philosophy behind the Steam Autumn Festival!
In other words: a lot of livestreams, events and, above all, a lot of demos to try for us, always eager to discover new promising games. Obviously even our beloved turn-based games have something to show or to offer.

Indeed among hundreds of games that take part to the Festival it's possible to find tons of turn-based game. Many of them already appeared on our blog, so, this time, I decided to focus my attention on a short list of little gems that we had shamefully almost ignored in the past. Some of them seems really promising, others appears – at least – very crazy and original.

I remember you that these special demos can be downloaded only during the Festival so until the 13th October. Keep it in mind.

That being said, let’s see which games we can try! 



Wednesday - October 07, 2020

Sword of the Necromancer - Coming this December

by Silver, 21:34

Sword of the Necromancer is a dungeon-crawler action RPG with Rogue-like elements that will release this December according to Gematsu.


What would you do to bring back someone you love?

Sword of the Necromancer is a dungeon-crawler action RPG with Rogue-like elements where you can revive your defeated enemies to make them fight alongside you.

Turn your foes into allies using the forbidden powers of the Sword of the Necromancer and help Tama reach the dungeon's depths in order to gain enough power to bring Koko back from the dead.

Gather a little army of monsters, equip yourself with weapons and relics and level up to take on the guardians that stand between you and your objective.


  • Turn your foes into allies: use the Sword of the Necromancer to revive defeated monsters and make them fight alongside you.
  • Gather weapons and relics: each weapon is different from the others thanks to the procedural weapon generation system, which gives them various effects and attributes.
  • Fight with all your might: defeat your enemies using a variety of weapons and objects and dominating the fluid head-to-head battle system.
  • Level up: enhance your character by fighting enemies and upgrade your stats. Improve your summoned monsters by fighting alongside them.
  • Death is not the end: Each try gets you closer to the Necromancer. You will lose all your equipped weapons and monsters, but you will retain half the level you achieved in your run. Also, you can choose to exit the dungeon at some moments, losing all your level progress but maintaining all your equipment.
  • Learn the truth: Discover Tama and Koko's past as you advance through the dungeon.
  • Local co-op play: Use the Flask of Homunculus to create a copy of the playable character and play with a friend in local co-op game.


"Legend says that, deep within these mountains, a heretic decided to violate the will of the gods in order to achieve eternal life.

The heretic succeeded in this aberrant attempt, and created a tool for forbidden rituals that could grant immortality… and even bring back the dead.

Over the years and centuries many have tried to get that power for themselves, but all they found in the Necromancer’s crypt was their demise.

They say that the tool the Necromancer created is also a weapon…

The Sword of the Necromancer

Tama is a former rogue that is tasked to escort the priestess Koko in her pilgrimage around the continent. During their travel Koko dies, and Tama carries the corpse to the Necromancer's crypt, where legends say there dwells a power that may resurrect the dead.

Filled with despair, Tama will enter the dungeon with the aim of obtaining the forbidden power of necromancy, ignoring the dangers that lurk in the shadows.

Xuan Yuan: Sword VII - Free Demo

by Silver, 19:44

DSOGaming reports on action RPG Xuan Yuan: Sword VII which now has a free demo.

DOMO Studio and SOFTSTAR have released a free demo for their upcoming action RPG, Xuan-Yuan Sword VII, on Steam. Xuan-Yuan Sword VII is an action RPG in a third-person perspective that uses Unreal Engine and will be coming to the PC later this year.

Players take on the role of Taishi Zhao; a calm and reliable swordsman who was accidentally involved in a tragic fate. To protect his beloved family, he starts a journey in this chaotic realm to find the truth.



Thursday - October 01, 2020

General News - On the Radar - October 2020 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 19:58

Like every month The Turn Based Lovers checked out the upcoming turn-based games:

On the Radar – October 2020

All the upcoming turn-based games of October 2020

They are the topic of the moment, everybody talks about them, everybody pretends to love or hate them, everybody even dreams about them at night! And now, now that they are really arriving, everybody will have to deal with them.
What I’m talking about? Nah, don’t play ignorant on me, you know I’m talking about the next-gen consoles!

These are the facts. Two weeks ago, I decided to give back my PS4 to Gam****p because there was a promotion. They were ready to evaluate my PS4 very well, granting me a wonderful voucher to buy a brand-new PS5 in November. I should have been happy, but when I went back home I wasn’t happy at all.
The reason has something to do with my visceral love for the turn-based games. During these years I’ve always had a console (since the PS2!) but for all this time I’ve never played on console any damned turn-based game, and this is not because there weren’t any of them, but because turn-based games and Personal Computer are a single thing.

For me, trying to play a turn-based game on a console is like attempting to play soccer with the slippers. You can try, you can even make a good shot or two, but – simply – it isn’t funny.

So what is the conclusion of all this chat? I don’t know about you, but I think I will continue to play with my personal computer and nothing else. And what about my brand new PS5, are you wondering? I don’t know, maybe I could use it to make a decent coffee…


  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (E.A.) – 6th October
  • Ikenfell – 8th October
  • Epicinium – 12th October
  • October Night Games – 15th October
  • Ring of Pain – 15th October
  • Crown Trick – 16th October
  • Solasta (E.A.) – 20th October
  • Tenderfoot Tactics – 21st October
  • Raiders! – 23rd October
  • Dreadlands – 29th October


Wednesday - September 30, 2020

General News - ScummVM adds support for Ultima IV, VI and VIII

by Silver, 19:24
ScummVM has added support for Ultima IV, VI and VIII.
Sep 27, 2020: ScummVM “Interactive Fantasy” 2.2.0 Sees the Light
Posted by sev

A new release of ScummVM is ready. This is a thrilling one because we are embracing adventure games as far back as 1976! That’s right, the infamous Colossal Cave Adventure, the very first Interactive Fiction game, is now supported by ScummVM.

Besides that (and about 1594 other IF games), we now added 3 more game engines and extended another 4, thus adding the following games to the supported list:

  • Blazing Dragons
  • Eye of the Beholder - Sega CD version
  • Griffon Legend
  • Interactive Fiction games
  • Operation Stealth
  • Police Quest: SWAT
  • Prince and the Coward, English translation
  • Ultima IV - Quest of the Avatar
  • Ultima VI - The False Prophet
  • Ultima VIII - Pagan

As you can see, we continue our exploration into the world of RPGs.

Other notable changes are: a fully rewritten MorphOS port; a new subsystem for automatic saves present in nearly every engine we support; Right-To-Left display support in our GUI; updated MT-32 emulation code and Discord Rich Presence.

We now support additional different game versions, and have noticeable improvements to Illusions, Kyra, Lab, Queen, Titanic, Xeen and ZVision engines. There is also improved support for Maniac Mansion, NES and Apple //gs versions. As usual, we continue fixing original SCI script bugs in over 30 games and added Roland D-110 soundtrack support to these games.

Of course, you can find the comprehensive Release Notes here.

Grab your copy from our downloads page, or, on Windows or macOS, let the automatic updater fetch it for you.

In addition, we will be releasing a new Android port into the Beta Channel and will need your help with testing. That would be great for us to get your feedback at the Android Port subforum.

Time to dive into a nice Interactive Fiction or fry some monsters in Ultima with a Blazing Fire, if you’re a dragon of course.

Sunday - September 27, 2020

General News - Top upcoming JRPGs for the PC @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 18:59

The Turn Based Lovers take a look at the upcoming JRPGs:

Top Upcoming JRPG for your PC 2020/2022


  • Echo Generation
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
  • Jack Move
  • Keylocker
  • Kingdoms of the Dump
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV
  • Wolfstride
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest - Interview

by Silver, 05:02

The devs behind Visual Novel Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest were interviewed by Gamingbolt about the games setting, themes and choices.

Can you talk to us about the choice and consequence mechanics in Heart of the Forest and how significantly they will affect how the game’s story plays out? Tying the choice and consequence mechanics with character attributes is an interesting concept- how deeply are the two intertwined, and how does the game ensure that choices don’t become transparent as a result?

First of all, we have the main branching paths, some of which get closed with your choices and lead you through the story. But there’s also another layer to this. At any point, your Rage determines how you see the world. The higher your Rage, the stronger your will to act. You are proactive and able to make more confident decisions. But this prevents you from seeing nuances of the world around you. The options you have become more binary. There’s also your personality, which determines the description of places or objects, and which characters follow you or not. Your relations also can change. Your version of Maia can find herself in different places, with different companions at her side, or see everything in a different way.

The game has multiple endings and it will be really hard to achieve the best one.


Thanks Farflame!


Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York - Released

by Silver, 04:56

@thexboxhub Visual Novel Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York has been released on PC, Switch, Xbox One and PS4.


Whether you’re well-versed in the rich universe of Vampire: The Masquerade or a newcomer, it matters not in regards to the latest instalment. Prepare for a political themed horror in the form of Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York, which has just arrived on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. Will it be able to satisfy your bloodlust?

Shadows of New York is a visual novel that works as both a standalone expansion of the Vampire: The Masquerade lore and as a complementary piece to the previous title, Coteries of New York. This follow-up proves to be a more personal and unique tale set in the world of the tabletop role-playing game. While the metropolis is familiar to some, Shadows of New York will still offer a fresh perspective as you get to meet new characters and visit new locations.


Thanks Farflame!

Wednesday - September 23, 2020

General News - Final Fantasy XVI announced for the PS5

by Hiddenx, 19:53

Final Fantasy XVI has been announced for the PS5 only:

Final Fantasy XVI - Awakening Trailer | PS5


Tuesday - September 22, 2020

Hogwarts Legacy - FAQ Confirms it is Action RPG

by Silver, 22:40

Warner Brothers have posted a FAQ for action RPG Hogwarts Legacy.

Q: What kind of game is Hogwarts Legacy?

A: Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world, action role-playing-game set in the 1800s wizarding world, which puts players at the centre of their own adventure


Q: Who is publishing Hogwarts Legacy?

A: Warner Bros. Games is publishing Hogwarts Legacy under the Portkey Games label. The game is being developed by Avalanche.


Q: When does Hogwarts Legacy release?

A: Hogwarts Legacy will release in 2021.


Q: What platforms will Hogwarts Legacy be on?

A: Hogwarts Legacy will be available for PlayStation5, PlayStation4, PlayStation4 Pro, the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox Series X and Xbox One X, and PC.


Q: What is J.K. Rowling’s involvement with the game? Is this a new story from J.K. Rowling?

A:  J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World.

This is not a new story from J.K. Rowling. 


Q: How does Hogwarts Legacy fit into the Harry Potter Wizarding World?

A: While Portkey Games are not direct adaptations of the books and films, the games are firmly rooted in the Harry Potter universe. While remaining true to J.K. Rowling’s original work, Portkey game developers chart new territory by creating fresh ways for fans to immerse themselves in the wizarding world.


Q: Is Hogwarts Legacy an original story?

A: Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world, single-player, action role-playing videogame (RPG) set in the 1800s wizarding world. The story has players experiencing life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before, as they live the unwritten and embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world.


Q: What is the original story of Hogwarts Legacy?

A: Players will experience life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1800s as they embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world. They will grow their magical abilities by mastering spells, brewing potions and taming fantastic beasts.


Q: How do you play Hogwarts Legacy?

A: Hogwarts Legacy is filled with immersive magic, putting players at the center of their adventure to become the witch or wizard they choose to be. They will grow their character’s abilities as they master powerful spells, hone combat skills and select companions to help them face off against deadly enemies. Players will also encounter missions and scenarios that will challenge their morality and determine what they stand for.


Q: Can players choose and switch their Hogwarts house in Hogwarts Legacy?

A:  Players can choose their Hogwarts house at the start of Hogwarts Legacy.  We’ll have more details to share at a later time.


Q: Will you see Harry Potter, Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley in the game?

A: No, Hogwarts Legacy is set in the 1800s, before the time period of J.K. Rowling’s original stories.


Q: Will Hogwarts Legacy adhere to Wizarding World lore?

A: Yes. While Hogwarts Legacy is not a direct adaptation of the books and films, the games are anchored in Wizarding World lore. Avalanche is creating a unique gaming experience that is inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, in which players will find new and unexpected locations, characters and story elements.


Q: Does the game take place only in Hogwarts Castle?

A: Hogwarts Legacy takes players beyond Hogwarts to new and familiar locations including the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village.


Q: What is Portkey Games?

A: Portkey Games, from Warner Bros. Games, is the games label dedicated to creating new Wizarding World mobile and videogame experiences that place the player at the center of their own adventure, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories. Portkey Games offers players the opportunity to make their own narrative choices and engage with the Wizarding World setting to discover new and unique experiences. The label was created to bring gamers and fans new gaming experiences that allow them to delve into the Wizarding World in immersive ways where they can create their own magical stories.


Q: What does Portkey mean, and why have you chosen it for this label?

A: In the Harry Potter series, a Portkey is an object, enchanted to instantly transport anyone touching it to a specific location. Most of the time, a Portkey is an everyday object that would not draw the attention of a Muggle. For Portkey Games, it symbolizes how games under this label will transport fans to their own adventures inspired by the Wizarding World.


Q: What type of games will be developed under Portkey Games?

A: Portkey Games will enable developers to create a variety of new and immersive gaming experiences that are all inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. These experiences have not been written by J.K. Rowling and will not be direct adaptations of the books or films. These are games that have been created for the fans, by game-makers who themselves are fans of and have been inspired by the Wizarding World.


Q: Are Portkey Games created with J.K. Rowling’s approval?

A: Each experience offered under Portkey Games will take place in the Wizarding World and will be authentic to the Wizarding World. J.K. Rowling is supportive of Portkey Games and has entrusted the design and creation of the games to WB Games and the developers involved.

General News - 5 Mechanics that more RPGs should use @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 18:23

C4G likes these five RPG-mechanics:

5 Mechanics That More RPGs Should Use


Sunday - September 20, 2020

Within the Cosmos - Screenshots, Abilities, Crafting & Release Date

by Silver, 23:14

The latest update for science fiction RPG shooter Within the Cosmos shows some screenshots, explains abilities and crafting. The steam page lists Q1 2021 as the target release period.


Inventory Upgrade

One of the biggest changes since the last post, and trailer, is the inventory system. I added the ability to sort the inventory, and items are now categorised. There are Weapons, Armour, Consumables, and Miscellaneous categories. There's 2 Headgear slots (which can be used to have on something like a hat, and glasses), one armour slot, and one explosives slot. Here's what the inventory looks like now:

Crafting - Blueprints

There are two parts to crafting. In the Blueprints section, you can create simple, single use items. The amount of parts needed, how many items get crafted, and how effective the items are that you craft is governed by your Skills, Perks, and Stats.

Someone with a higher Explosive skill would be able to craft a better Frag Grenade. One that deals greater damage, and has a larger radius.

Crafting - Modifications

The other part to crafting is weapon modifications. In this section, you can customise weapons you have in your inventory. When you select a weapon, you will see what attachments can be added/changed. You will also see in depth statistics for each weapon, so you can see just how much damage a weapon does, or its range, among other things. Here's a preview of what the modification system looks like while modifying one of the pistols in the game.


Another thing I want to show you all are the abilities in the game. I spent a lot of time trying to get the balance right and letting players have fun using the abilities, without making them feel too overpowered. There are 7 abilities in the game which consists of the Assault Turret, Barricade, Combat Drone, Incinerate, Jetpack, Tactical Cloak, & Time Dilation. When used, they will drain some of your Suit Energy. Your Suits Energy will refill over time.


Thanks Farflame!

Friday - September 18, 2020

General News - Nadir Interview @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 17:35

The Turn Based Lovers interviewed Shockwork Games about their upcoming game Nadir:

10 Turns Interview with Shockwork Games

Almost a year ago, we had the pleasure of e-meeting and interviewing the guys from Shockwork Games who were struggling with Alder’s Blood at the time. One of the most original games of recent times that mixes turn-based mechanics with stealth ones accompanied by dark atmospheres. Alder’s Blood was released in April 2020 but the developers are already working on a fascinating new project and we were dying to know a few more details.

Hi guys, it’s a pleasure to be with you again, this time to talk about a brand new project that’s brewing. But before discovering a few more details, could you introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi everybody! We are Shockwork Games, a small, independent gamedev studio from Lublin, Poland. We are working together as a group for quite a few years now. Started on some mobile games, but w quickly moved to big platforms and made a tactical stealth game Alder’s Blood.

Were you satisfied with the work done with Alders Blood? Is there anything you would have liked to do differently and maybe bring over to this new game? 

Were we satisfied? Yes and no. Developing Alder’s Blood was a huge challenge to us, and yes, we are extremely proud that we were able to pull this off, but there are many things we could do differently. Looking back we should have scaled down the project, focus on specific aspects so that we could polish it more.

Don’t get us wrong, we love the game, and especially its world. We are still developing new products in this IP, like Tales From the Hunt, a tabletop RPG. We’ll definitely go back to Alder’s Blood in the medium of video games, as there is still a lot to tell there.

Ok, let’s talk about the new project. What’s his name? And how can it be described?

Our new project is called Nadir, and we like to call it rogue-like jRPG. We want to make a game that’s extremely stylish, fast-paced for a turn-based game, and replayable. Ah, also moddable.


Thursday - September 17, 2020

Hogwart's Legacy - Announced

by Silver, 04:36

PC Gamer reports that Hogwart's Legacy will be coming next year.


Avalanche's long-rumored Harry Potter RPG was officially revealed today during Sony's PlayStation 5 showcase as Hogwart's Legacy, a tale of the famed magic school set in the 1800s.

Naturally, given that time frame, you won't play as Harry Potter, but as an as-yet-unnamed student "who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart."



Tuesday - September 15, 2020

Sands of Salzaar - English release this month

by Silver, 18:38

PC Gamer reports that Chinese open world RPG Sands of Salzaar will be getting an English release September 22nd.



Today Han-Squirrel Studio and XD Network announced that the English-language release will come to Steam Early Access on September 22, finally making it fully accessible to players in North America and Europe. 

The English edition will feature a full translation of the nearly 500,000-word script, along with new story content including 30 new quests. Mods will be supported through the Steam Workshop, and the developers said that hundreds of mods including new characters, custom maps, multiplayer maps, bonus difficulty modes and more will be available when the game goes live.

Thanks Farflame!

Monday - September 07, 2020

Core Decay - Announced

by Silver, 20:11

DSOGaming reports on the announcement of Core Decay which is said to take after Deus Ex.

3D Realms has announced a first-person action-adventure game that is heavily inspired by the classic immersive sims of the ‘90s, Core Decay. Core Decay will explore the nature of consciousness and individuality, and will release on the PC in 2021.

Core Decay promises to feature multiple ways via which you can complete an objective. You can go all out with guns blazing, or find creative solutions to reach your goals. Players can explore alternate routes, hack computers and security systems, discover lost logs, keycodes and passwords, and use every tool at their disposal to reach their objectives.



Friday - September 04, 2020

General News - Trails from Zero Review

by Hiddenx, 18:51

The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki still needs an official English translation and a PC port:

Trails from Zero - English Review [A MUST play for all Trails and JRPG fans]


Thursday - September 03, 2020

General News - AI Behavior in Role Playing Games

by Hiddenx, 17:18

Click4Gameplay talks about AI in RPGs:

RPG Talks Ep. 1 - AI Behavior in Role Playing Games


This is the first episode of my new RPG series on the channel called RPG Talks.

General News - September 2020: Turn Based Games @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 17:14

The Turn Based Lovers give us an overwiew of the turn-based games of September 2020:

September 2020 Releases | Turn-Based RPG/Strategy Games


Let's see together all the turn-based RPG/Strategy games releasing on September 2020. As usual, we are here to see what is going to be released during the next weeks, but, this month, there is no time for chit-chat! Let’s see together what is awaiting us just around the corner.

  • Combat Mission Shock Force 2 – 1st September
  • Crusader Kings III – 1st September
  • Rogue Summoner – 3rd September
  • Dungeon No Dungeon (E.A.) – 4th September
  • Necromunda: Underhive Wars – 8th September
  • Star Renegades – 8th September
  • As Far As The Eye – 10th September
  • The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos – 17th September
  • Commanders of Valor – 19th September
  • Pendragon – 20th September
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 – 30th September
  • Soul Reaper – 30th September
  • Against The Moon – September

Tuesday - September 01, 2020

Grime - Announced for 2021

by Silver, 02:35

Grime is a new action RPG announced for 2021.

This might not be news if you’ve been watching IGN’s Awesome Indies event during Gamescom, but Akupara Games will be publishing Clover Bite’s highly anticipated title, GRIME. GRIME will launch sometime in 2021 on Steam.

Wishlist GRIME today!


Destroy... Absorb... Grow... GRIME is a fast and unforgiving Action-Adventure RPG in which you crush your foes with living weapons that mutate form and function, and then consume their remains with a black hole to strengthen your vessel as you break apart a world of anatomical horror and intrigue.

An unusual material collapses in on itself, the world shudders and contracts, and suddenly you are squeezed into existence. What awaits you is a world unknown, alien in its own familiarity, and you must survive what terrors you face. Explore your surreal surroundings, absorb the many enemies you encounter, and use their own traits against them as you let yourself become far more than you once were.

GRIME lets you play to your preference, upgrading only those traits you feel most suited to your unique style. You’ll find there is more than one way to break open an enemy as you move through a variety of evocative environments, meet their inhabitants, and discover the source of their madness.

Feature List

  • Eye-Popping Surrealism - Explore weeping caves, face-covered deserts, and distinct civilizations all rendered in unearthly 3D. Face foes born from the world itself, and swallow them whole.
  • Living Weapons - Seamlessly swap weapons made of living creatures that mutate form during combat, from clawing swords to centipede whips.
  • Death-Defying Combat - Punish enemies by parrying their attacks, smash them from the ground or even airborne, and absorb them to grow your strength as you wage war on a living world.
  • Unique Skill Progression - Consume bosses to gain game-changing abilities. Hunt down and absorb challenging monsters to progress through your skills and bring true customization to your play style.
  • Explore an Abnormal World - Uncover mysterious secrets, meet otherworldly characters, and discover unique items - all in a breathtakingly organic, interconnected world.

If you want to keep up to date on all the development of GRIME, make sure you join the Discord! As always, feel free to connect with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

Find out what you’re made of -- and break everything else apart.

Monday - August 31, 2020

General News - Top 20 Turn Based Tactics Indie Games

Thursday - August 20, 2020

Black Myth: Wukong - Gameplay Demo Video

by Silver, 23:44

A gameplay demo video for Black Myth: WuKong.


Black Myth WuKong Gameplay Trailer (New Upcoming RPG Game 2020) Official Website:

Saturday - August 08, 2020

Star Renegades - Video Preview

by Silver, 14:01

CogConnected have previewed Star Renegades.

Massive Damage, the indie developers behind Halcyon 6, have learned a lot from their first game, and their new follow-up Star Renegades has the potential to become a new indie classic. Star Renegades is a strategy RPG about an invading force of inter-dimensional robots who are slowly conquering and consuming the multiverse. In our time previewing the game hands-on, we found it to be something that’s shaping up to be pretty special. To watch our full preview video of the game, just hit play on the video below.



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Saturday - August 01, 2020

Dark Renaissance - New Historical Epic

by Silver, 22:59

The XBOX Hub reports on a new visual novel historical epic called Dark Renaissance which has been announced for 2021.

“Studio V is hard at work weaving an intricate web of political conspiracies and moral dilemmas for visual novel fans to sink their teeth into next year,” says Daniele Falcone, General Manager at VLG. “From what we’ve seen so far, DARK RENAISSANCE is set to reshape our definition of interactive storytelling through its unique portrayal of historically accurate events, many of which continue to inspire dark fantasy authors around the world today.”

Game features include:

  • The darkest and grittiest Renaissance epic ever built in a game
  • A massive historical tale set across the war-torn landscapes of Italy
  • Explore world-famous landmarks such as Venice, Florence and the mysterious swamps of Northern Italy
  • Meet the rockstars of the Renaissance: Leonardo, the Medici’s Family and many other icons of European history
  • Hundreds of opportunities for character development, romance and social linking
  • Unique staged combat sequences blending opera and brutal RPG action
  • A deep housing system to enjoy luxury, drugs, gambling and the notorious Italian lifestyle
  • An original symphonic score mixing and matching ancient and modern styles



Thanks Farflame!

Wednesday - July 29, 2020

Star Renegades - Launching in September

by Silver, 23:51

GameWatcher reports that turn based RPG Star Renegades is launching this September 8th.

Turn-based RPG Star Renegades now has a PC release date, publisher Raw Fury and developer Massive Damage announced today.

PC players ready to rebel against Star Renegades' authoritarian empire can do so starting with September 8, when the game is set to launch on Steam.

You participate in Star Renegades' endless interplanetary rebellion, by taking control of a squad of rebels who are able to "form bonds and create progeny", which grants access to alternative characters.



Saturday - July 25, 2020

Sir Whoopass: Immortal Death - Announce Trailer

by Silver, 23:46

Sir Whoopass: Immortal Death has been announced with a trailer. Check out the Steam page here.


Some are destined to be great heroes, others swing and miss. Meet Sir Whoopass, a try-hard hero with a heart of gold. Due to a series of hilarious and astoundingly poor life choices he manages to bring chaos and disarray to an utopian world. He must find The Villain-Beating Artifact on his quest to vanquish The Immortal, a mysterious recluse who for some reason is bringing down all manner of monsters and evil creatures on the world.

Key features:

  • Laugh until milk comes out your nose at a hilarious take on the ARPG genre, with witty dialogue, fun characters and a really twisted plot
  • Squeal with delight as you explore a "lagom" open world, full of foul monsters to slay, and a smorgasbord of loot to be found (*)
  • Feel the thrill and wind in your hair as you drive the Caliban Cruiser, a talking evil car that uses meat as fuel (a car-nivor)

    (*) Also, cheese.

Fable - Announce Trailer

by Silver, 23:42

An announcement trailer for Fable.


Fable returns with a new beginning for the legendary franchise. Explore a land of fantastical creatures and wondrous places. Developed by Playground Games for Xbox Series X and Windows 10.

Thursday - July 23, 2020

General News - Early Game in RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 14:51

C4G explains why the early game is important for RPGs:

Why is The Early Game in RPGs so IMPORTANT!


Monday - July 13, 2020

Opinion - Are Western and Japanese RPGs so Different?

by Silver, 21:42
Game Maker's Toolkit ask whether Western and Japanese RPGs are so different.


There's only one genre that we divide down strict geographical lines: the RPG. But western RPGs and Japanese RPGs have way more in common than you might first realise.

Aluna Sentinel of the Shards - Destiny Trailer

by Silver, 21:17

A trailer has appeared for action RPG Aluna Sentinel of the Shards which is set in the 16th Century New World.


Following the comic book series “The World of Aluna”, co-written by the writers of the ASSASSINS CREED and BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS games, You will play as our protagonist Aluna as we follow her quest set back in the 16th Century New World, as she tries to defend her powers from the evils that seek to destroy her.  This will be easier said then done as the fast paced action battles and challenges will dictate your every decision. Special thanks to Actress Paula Garces and Julio Macias for voicing the Video.

Thursday - July 09, 2020

General News - On the Radar: July 2020 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 17:21

The TurnBasedLovers take a look at the upcoming turn-based games:

  • MONSTER LOGIC – 6th July
  • RIFT WIZARD (E.A.) – 6th July
  • SODA DUNGEON 2 – 9th July
  • ARIA CHRONICLE – 12nd July
  • DEAD AGE 2 – 16th July
  • THE FEUD – 22nd July
  • OTHERCIDE – 28th July
  • FAIRY TAIL – 30th July
  • Imperiums: Greek Wars – 30th July
  • MONSTER CROWN – 31st July

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Wednesday - July 08, 2020

Black Book - Prologue Free on Steam

by Silver, 22:36

Last month Black Book funded on Kickstarter.The games prologue is free to try on Steam if you want to check it out.


About This Game

Black Book: Prologue is a free standalone version of the game, featuring an essential part of the story - the First Day of Vasilisa becoming a witch. Welcome to the mysterious, yet intriguing world of Black Book - an Adventure game mixed with deck building turn-based combat, inspired by the likes of Slay the Spire.In the game, you’ll step forth into the rural countryside as Vasilisa - an apprentice sorcerer, trained in witchcraft. Travel across the lands as you aid common folk by persuading - and sometimes battling - the otherworldly creatures of Slavic myth.
  • Uncover the seals of Black Book
    Unleash hellish spells on your enemies! Collect spell cards and new skills as you progress.
  • A Historic Adventure
    solve riddles and complete side-quests as you learn more about life in the countryside of olden Russia.
  • Myths and legends
    Explore a world based on Northern Russian mythology. Learn from an in-game encyclopedia, created with the help of expert anthropologists - and find all folk tales hidden within the game!
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Wednesday - July 01, 2020

General News - 10 Best Turn-Based Western RPGs

by Hiddenx, 18:26

TheGamer compiled a list of good turn-based RPGs:

10 Best Turn-Based Western RPGs Of All Time, Ranked

Though some of the best RPGs of all time were developed by Japanese studios, these 10 western development houses did the genre justice.

  1. South Park: The Stick Of Truth
  2. The Banner Saga Trilogy
  3. Wizardry 8
  4. Wasteland 2
  5. Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark
  6. Shadowrun: Dragonfall
  7. Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire
  8. XCOM 2
  9. Divinity Original Sin II
  10. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic


Saturday - June 20, 2020

Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend - Elements, Rocks and Trees

by Silver, 09:50

Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend has a new update about elements, rocks and trees on alien planets.

Roll out, we've got another dev diary landing! This time Marvin continues to show us just how cool his new planet surfaces are by adding elements, rocks and trees to in his Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend project. Next article will cover big craters on battered worlds you can explore! :)

Twenty Two Elements

(Originally posted by Marvin 02/02/2019 HERE)


Sounds like the name of a rock band… Twenty-Two Elements. And yes, they are basically rocks.

This week, I’ve hunted for various rock and stone 3D models on the good old ‘net. After finding a bunch, I customized each one in an attempt to make them look like the 22 elements in the game that you can pick up using your terrain vehicle.

These elements are:

Aluminum, Antimony, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Endurium, Gold, Iron, Lead, Magnesium, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Platinum, Plutonium, Promethium, Rodnium, Silver, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, and Zinc.

Of all these elements, two doesn’t exist in real life – Endurium and Rodnium. For all of the others, I looked around for reference photos and tried to base my creations somewhat in reality. Unfortunately, about 75% of the elements listed look like a silver rock. So I tried to make some variations in the silver color and shine.

Here is a video of a test scene with all 22 of the elements laid out. A few are easy to spot right away – such as gold, copper, and cobalt.



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EVERSPACE 2 - Gameplay Interview & Alpha Roadmap