40 New RPG Games of 2018 & Beyond

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From sprawling worlds where every action you make can affect everyone in it to enthralling number crunching and customization, role-playing games have a lot to offer.

Thankfully, we’re in no shortage of RPGs to look forward to in the coming months and even years. From ports and remasters of classic games to brand new adventures, here are the upcoming RPG games you can look forward to in 2018 and beyond.

We didn’t include games that were predominantly action games with some minimal RPG elements because there are dozens and dozens of the things these days (though we did include games with an even mix of action and RPG elements). We’re looking for everything you think of when you think of RPGs, from class customization to open worlds, deep narratives, stat-heavy combat systems, and ridiculous game titles.

Here are all of the upcoming new RPG games of 2018 and beyond:


1. Metal Max Xeno

Metal Max Xeno (2018) – First Gameplay Trailer – PS4, PS VitaDon't forget to Like, Share, Subscribe for more PlayStation Games Trailer & Gameplay! Metal Max Xeno (2018) – First Gameplay Trailer – PS4, PS Vita Since the release of the original Metal Max for Super Famicom in 1992, the Metal Max series has won praise as a unique RPG set in a “devastated near future”…2017-10-27T14:04:56.000Z

Developer: Kadokawa Games, Cattle Call, 24Frame
Publisher: Kadokawa Games
Release Date: April 19, 2018
Genre: RPG
Platform: PS4, PS Vita

An open world, post-apocalyptic, role-playing game with tanks? Sign us up!

The Metal Max series has been going strong since 1991 but Metal Max Xeno marks the second time the series heads west with the first being Metal Saga in 2006, according to Gematsu. The series features turn-based battles where players fight on foot or in tanks and other vehicles.

Vehicles are salvaged from the world and can have their health, weapons, and more enhanced and modified. The game also has character classes and multiple endings. Definitely something to keep an eye out for.


2. South Park: The Fractured But Whole Switch

south park the fractured but whole switch

Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Genre: RPG
Platform: Nintendo Switch

2017’s most irreverent RPG is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018.

Heavy lauded South Park: The Fractured But Whole for its great presentation, off-the-rails story, interesting strategy combat, and customization options despite its tedious puzzles. “South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a genuinely entertaining and engaging experience from start to finish,” said reviewer Collin MacGregor. So we’re definitely happy that the game is coming to the Switch.


3. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

pillars of eternity 2

Obsidian Entertainment

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Versus Evil
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC

Pillars of Eternity, a spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale, was one of the biggest surprises of 2015. It was created with support from a crowdfunding campaign that raised nearly $4 million and the full release earned critical acclaim. Now Obsidian Entertainment is gearing up for a sequel.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire has players returning to Eora to face off against or help the god Eothas on his path of destruction, according to the official website. You’ll travel across the Deadfire with your teammates in your ship coming across different encounters and undiscovered lands. The game adds a new companion relationships system where companions not only interact with you but each other depending on your decisions within the world. The game also has its own dedicated ship-to-ship combat system with players being able to upgrade vessels.

We can expect Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire to be just as good as the original if not better, but we do have to be wary of Obsidian’s history of buggy launches. Let’s see if they can make lightning strike twice.


4. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux

shin megami tensei strange journey redux

Atlus

Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Genre: RPG
Platform: Nintendo 3DS

The cult classic Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey is graduating from the Nintendo DS to the 3DS.

As a member of the united nations, you travel to the Schwarzwelt, a world of dark energy filled with demons that threatens to consume the world. The Redux edition retains all the same dungeon crawling and demon collecting fun from the original but includes new story content, additional endings, updated visuals, UI tweaks, a brand new dungeon, and more according to Gematsu. You’ll meet a new, mysterious character named Alex with a grudge against you.

Fans of hardcore RPGs will find much to love from Strange Journey, so if you haven’t already now is the perfect time to experience it.


5. Dark Souls Remastered

dark souls remastered

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Developer: Virtuos
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

If at first you don’t succeed, die, die again.

After being anticipated for some time and rumored to be a launch title for the Switch, a remastered edition of Dark Souls is finally happening. The remaster gives us all the Dark Souls content we love but now on modern consoles and with the Artorias of the Abyss DLC included as well as updated resolutions and framerates.

This is wonderful, but we can’t help but feel a bit bummed that the Switch version runs at only 30 fps, especially since playing Dark Souls: Remastered portably will be the definitive way to play this definitive edition. We also want the least fun parts of the game like fighting the Bed of Chaos and the Capra Demon get a bit of an upgrade, but we’re not holding our breath. And let’s not forget the legendarily terrible PC port of the original game, though judging by the excellent PC port of Dark Souls III the PC port of Dark Souls: Remastered shouldn’t be bad at all.

The only thing we can do for now is prepare to die… again.


6. Vampyr

vampyr

Focus Home Interactive

Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG, Horror
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Few role-playing games these days don’t really allow you to, y’know, role-play. But Vampyr will allow you to do just that as you take on the role of doctor turned vampire Jonathan Reid during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic.

According to our report, you decide on who and who not to feed on and turn into a fellow vampire by studying their habits and routines. Combat has you fighting different kinds of vampires with melee and vampiric abilities. You also have access to a dialogue wheel and a skill tree to improve your skills. The game has multiple endings with one of them found by not killing a single person and maintaining your cover as a doctor. It’s one of our most anticipated upcoming games 2018 is giving us later this  year.


7. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

Ys VIII Lacrimosa of DANA

NIS America

Developer: Nihon Falcom
Publisher: NIS America
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: Nintendo Switch

The critically acclaimed Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA on PS4 and PS Vita is coming to the Nintendo Switch on June 26, 2018, as well as the PC sometime in 2018.

Travel a cursed island as the hero Adol with your shipwrecked crew as you challenge monsters and solve the mysteries involving a blue-haired girl Dana. You’ll switch consciousness between Adol and Dana in order to traverse each other’s worlds, according to the official website. Meet other people on the island and build your own village. Combine different damage types and attack skills to take advantage of enemy weaknesses and block or dodge enemy attacks at the right time for powerful counterattacks.


8. Octopath Traveler

octopath traveler

Square Enix

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Genre: RPG
Platform: Nintendo Switch

If Square Enix’s recent returns to classic JRPG formulas with Bravely Default and I Am Setsuna are any indication, then Octopath Traveler should be something special indeed.

Octopath Traveler sees eight travelers journeying through eight different adventures, according to the official website. The game’s battle system lets you take advantage of enemy weaknesses to break through their defenses. You can store Boost Points with each turn and spend them at the right time to power up skills, chain attacks, or provide aid.

Each hero has their own distinct abilities that they can use in battle and while interacting with NPCs in the game’s world. For example, the apothecary Alfyn can mix items to heal allies and create explosive attacks in battle while using his inquire skill when talking to NPCs to receive info other heroes can’t. Later in the game, you can combine your primary job with a secondary one to combine their weapons and skill lists, according to our report.

The game launches July 13, 2018, with a special edition containing the game, an eight page pop-up book, a music selection soundtrack, a double-sided map, and a replica of the in-game coins.

9. The Banner Saga 3

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Developer: Stoic
Publisher: Versus Evil
Release Date: July 24, 2018
Genre: Strategy, Tactics, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

The Banner Saga has captivated players with its beautiful art style, dark story, tough decision making, and challenging tactics gameplay. Now the story is reaching its conclusion with The Banner Saga 3. While the story is said to be darker than ever before according to the Kickstarter campaign, it will still retain the tactical gameplay you know and love with over 40 unique units and deep hero progression.


10. Death’s Gambit

Death's Gambit – Official Release Date Trailer (2018)Death's Gambit, from White Rabbit & Adult Swim Games will release on August 14, 2018 for Steam and PS4! Death's Gambit is a hardcore 2D action platformer with rich RPG elements. Master the precise combat, utilizing a wide variety of weapons and abilities to confront the horrors that lurk deep within Siradon. Explore a mysterious…2018-05-10T16:00:01.000Z

Developer: White Rabbit
Publisher: Adult Swim Games
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Genre: Action, RPG
Platform: PS4, PC

If you enjoyed 2D Souls-like games like Salt & Sanctuary, then this is one game you should pay attention to.

Gameplay in Death’s Gambit is fast and fierce. Each weapon comes with its own set of skills with the player able to combine different gear. Travel the desolate world on foot or horseback. Take on formidable foes from the small to the towering as you weave through their attacks and strike with your own. According to the website, you can also rematch bosses in heroic mode to earn more rewards and keep playing the game with New Game +.


11. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

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Square Enix

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: RPG
Platform: PS4, PC, Switch (TBA)

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is the long awaited 11th entry in the beloved series. Players play as a hero believed to be a harbinger of darkness and is hunted down as such. But with an eclectic cast of characters, they’ll learn of the ominous threat facing the world.

The game will retain the open world and enemy encounters of Dragon Quest IX, with players finding monsters exploring the world instead of encountering them randomly. The game will also use the dynamic camera system seen in Dragon Quest IX for combat along with a new camera system controlled by the player according to a recent trailer. Other than that, it looks to be the same Dragon Quest formula we know and love. And according to the official website, the game will keep us playing well over 100 hours with side quest and mini-games.

Too bad it’s not coming to the Switch this year, according to IGN. Plus the 3DS version will be released in Japan but not in the US according to the publication.


12. Shining Resonance Refrain

shining resonance refrain

SEGA

Developer: Media.Vision
Publisher: SEGA
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Genre: RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

One of SEGA’s biggest JRPG franchises is coming state side. The remastered edition of the 2014 PS3 game Shining Resonance Refrain will be released in the west in the summer, according to Siliconera.

Shining Resonance Refrain sees the hero stopping the empire from exploiting the power of the ancient dragons, including the soul of the Shining Dragon within you. The game has a real-time action battle system with your party members using instrument-like attacks and music during combat.

The remastered edition comes with over 150 items of DLC content from the original along with new songs and costumes. The game also includes a Refrain Mode where previously unplayable characters can join your party.


13. Code Vein

code vein

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

From Bandai Namco, the publisher of Dark Souls, comes their own Dark Souls clone with Code Vein. Judging by a preview from Kotaku UK, however, it looks to be a lot more than a Souls clone.

The game tasks your vampiric hero with battling horrific monsters through a post-apocalyptic world in order to end their blood-sucking existence. Combat is very similar to its Souls inspiration with light attacks, heavy attacks, blocks, dodge rolls, and parries all governed by a stamina meter. You also have a limited supply of healing items and when you die you respawn at the last “bonfire” and try to reach your “bloodstain” to reclaim your lost currency/experience.

However, Code Vein adds an Ichor (magic) meter which lets you boost your defense, electrify your weapon, pull enemies towards you, use guns, and more. You also get a launcher attack which can put space between you and your enemy and a charged melee attack that makes you dash forward while restoring and increasing your total Ichor. But the biggest change is that you can be accompanied by an NPC companion that can cast defensive spells, attack, draw aggro of enemies away from you, and even revive you so long as you have enough Ichor available and they don’t die themselves. Kotaku UK found that the NPC was very competent and gave a bit of a safety net to bosses while the game retained its overall difficulty.

While Kotaku UK had some issues with the framerates, that could be down to the preview build. Either way, we can’t wait for some anime-flavored Dark Souls.


14. Fallout 76

fallout 76

Bethesda

Developer: Bethesda Game Studio
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG, Online Multiplayer
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Fallout 76 takes the post-apocalyptic exploration and base building of Fallout 4 but gives it a spin with online multiplayer. You scavenge across West Virginia as one of the first people to emerge from the vaults after a nuclear apocalypse. As you and your friends explore the world of Fallout 76, which is apparently four times larger than Fallout 4, you can acquire nuclear missile launch codes to annihilate rival bases.

Read More: How to Join the Fallout 76 Beta


15. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee!

Developer: Bethesda Game Studio
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, and Game Freak are marrying the success of the immensely popular mobile game Pokemon Go to the core Pokemon entries.

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee! is a remake of Pokemon Yellow. You head through the Kanto region with either Pikachu or Eevee while using the same catching mechanics from Pokemon Go. Toss PokeBalls with the motion controls of the Joy-Con controllers of the Switch or the PokeBall Plus which lets you take a Pokemon from the game for travelling around the world with. Then you can battle other trainers’ Pokemon in traditional Pokemon battles. Pokemon can be transferred to the game from Pokemon Go and items can then be sent back to the mobile game. Players can also enjoy several series firsts, such as two player co-op and Pokemon appearing as actual models in the overworld instead of hiding in tall grass.

Read More: Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee Announced (Updated)


16. The World Ends With You Final Remix

the world ends with you final remix

Square Enix

Developer: Square Enix, Jupiter
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: Nintendo Switch

The beloved The World Ends With You is getting a remastered edition on the Switch. The World Ends With You Final Remix takes Neku and friends to a purgatory version of Shibuya, Tokyo where they must work together to complete a deadly game from a mysterious organization and return to the land of the living. The Final Remix version will take advantage of both touch controls and the new Joy-Con controls. The dual screen setup of the original has been replaced with what appears to be the setup from the mobile port with both partners on the same screen, complete with HD graphics. Plus there will be a brand new story epilogue.


17. Griftlands

Griftlands – E3 Announcement TrailerDEVELOPMENT UPDATE 10/29/2018: https://forums.kleientertainment.com/forums/topic/97736-griftlands-update/ Griftlands – Add to your Wishlist on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/601840 In Griftlands, everything is negotiable: money, loyalty—even morality. Choose your character and make your fortune. Griftlands is the next game by Klei. Subscribe for more details and future announcements. Follow us on twitter @klei (http://twitter.com/klei)2017-06-12T18:14:02.000Z

Developer: Klei Entertainment
Publisher: Klei Entertainment
Release Date: 2018
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC

From the creators of Mark of the Ninja, Don’t Starve, and Invisible Inc. comes their brand new game Griftlands. The game is billed as an RPG where “everything is negotiable” including money, loyalty, and morality.

Designer Kevin Forbes told Rock Paper Shotgun that the game is a “pirate/mercenary sandbox” letting you loose in a world with a simulated economy. The game will feature scripted questlines along with procedurally generated NPCs.

The turn-based battles will have morale and NPC personality be big factors with many fights ending when one team subdues the other. Murder has mechanical repercussions down the road and NPCs can have grudges.


18. Sunless Skies

sunless skies

Failbetter Games

Developer: Failbetter Games
Publisher: Failbetter Games
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Adventure, RPG
Platform: PC

Sequel to Sunless Sea, Sunless Skies will have players traveling through the vastness of space to help expand the 20th century British Empire. The stars are intelligent beings but are dying one by one, with the empire swooping in to take the spaces they once oversaw.

Players travel across space faring ports holding passengers and cargo, all the while balancing resources and your crew. Your actions can have big political consequences across the regions and can affect future captains. You’ll be able to upgrade your ship and hire new recruits with their own skills and stories as you battle against space pirates and more.

The game is in early access right now and so far the response has been pretty positive. While it’s likely one of the new RPG games of 2018 you’ve never heard of, you should check it out for yourself and look forward to the final release sometime in 2018.


19. Rainbow Skies

Rainbow Skies — Gameplay Trailer | PS3, VitaRainbow Skies takes place in a completely new world and is an indirect sequel to Rainbow Moon. The game tells the story of the three young protagonists Damion, Layne and Ashly, that meet under unforeseen circumstances and who become caught in the deadly crossfire of two rival superpowers.2014-10-22T14:00:13.000Z

Developer: SideQuest Studios
Publisher: Eastasiasoft
Release Date: 2018
Genre: RPG
Platform: PS4, PS Vita

From the creators of Rainbow Moon comes a brand new RPG experience in the form of Rainbow Skies.

The game has players in the role of Daimon as he takes the final examination as a monster tamer. But after a terrible hangover, he not only fails the test but destroys the monster compound. It’s up to him and his friends to not only fix things but keep the balance between two rival super powers.

The game has you taming and breeding monsters as you explore dungeons and fight monsters in grid and turn-based battles. The game also promises loads of optional and endgame content including treasure hunt quests and a new main story.


20. Greedfall

GreedFall – Reveal TeaserGreedFall is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC! Get it now: http://www.greedfall.com/shop Website: http://www.greedfall.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/greedfall Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/greedfall Focus Home Interactive and Spiders reveal in video their new RPG: GreedFall GreedFall is the latest RPG from Spiders, currently in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Revealed at "le What's Next…2017-02-09T10:46:47.000Z

Developer: Spiders
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Greedfall has you playing as one of the settlers and treasure hunters on a remote island filled with magic and maybe even lost riches, according to the official website. You’ll be fighting the native population and their supernatural protectors while exploring an interconnected world that changes with every action you make. Quests can be completed through combat, stealth, and even diplomacy.

This all sounds cool, but we have to keep in mind that Spiders is behind the game. While Of Orcs and Men was great, that’s really the only game they’re known for with the rest being average at best. So maybe keep an eye out for reviews before you pick this one up.


21. Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game

[E3 2018] Call of Cthulhu – E3 TrailerNow available on PS4, Xbox One & PC: http://www.callofcthulhu-game.com/shop Facebook: http://www.faceboook.com/CallOfCthulhuVideoGame Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/coc_thegame [E3 2018] Call of Cthulhu defines madness in heart-pumping E3 Trailer Call of Cthulhu, the official videogame inspired by Chaosium’s classic pen and paper RPG, today defines madness in its heart-pumping E3 Trailer! Uncover the chilling mysteries of this Narrative RPG game,…2018-06-13T09:56:41.000Z

Developer: Cyanide Studio
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release Date: 2018
Genre: RPG, Survival-Horror
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu has been fascinating, inspiring, and disturbing people for many generations. There have been many notable games incorporating or at least talking heavy inspiration from the Cthulhu mythos like Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth and Bloodborne, and now French developer Cyanide Studio (known for Blood Bowl, Of Orcs and Men, Styx: Master of Shadows and more) is bringing their perspective to the legendary monster.

Based on Chaosium’s famous pen and paper RPG, Call of Cthulhu sees private detective Edward Pierce investigating the mysterious death of the Hawkins family and soon navigating conspiracies, cultists, and cosmic horror. You explore Darkwater Island talking to locals, picking locks, and more. The official website promises that the player’s sanity will play a big role in how the game plays and ends.


22. The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep

The Bard's Tale IV Alpha Trailerhttp://bardstale.com/ ESRB RATING PENDING: May contain content inappropriate for children. Visit esrb.org for rating information The Bard's Tale IV returns to the classic fantasy RPGs of years past. Featuring dynamic turn-based combat, a full party of characters to build and customize, and first-person exploration of maze-like dungeons with devious puzzles and riddles, The Bard's Tale…2018-05-25T17:58:01.000Z

Developer: inXile Entertainment
Publisher: inXile Entertainment
Release Date: 2018
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC

The beloved The Bard’s Tale series is finally getting a new game after 30 years.

The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep incorporates everything you loved from the original mid & late-80s games including crawling through dungeons filled with puzzles and deadly traps; solving riddles to unlock the powers of weapons, and jamming out with the iconic bard with music enhancing the party’s skills. Six adventurers fend off cultists, goblins, and more in turn-based battles where positioning and spell combos are key, according to the official website. And according to the Kickstarter campaign, your party make-up will affect the way NPCs behave and how quests progress and branch out. All of your actions and choices will affect the town of Skara Brae and how its citizens treat you.

The game has a lot riding on it, with its Kickstarter campaign raising over $1,500,000. But with the developers of Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera and the designer of the original games Brian Fargo at the helm, we can expect something worthy of the series’ pedigree.


23. Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III Trailer D23 Expo 2018New Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer shows Monsters Inc World and new gameplay details!2018-02-10T09:25:00.000Z

Developer: Square Enix Business Division 3
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, Hack & Slash, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Kingdom Hearts III is finally coming soon after what feels like forever.

The game will feature all of the characters you’ve known and loved for decades of course, but with some added twists. You’ll be able to change your Keyblade into different froms from dual guns to a rocket launcher and even a pegasus leading a chariot, according to GameSpot. Each Keyblade transformation will be unlocked by clearing all missions in a world. You’ll also have access to summon attacks with Sora riding on Disneyland rides. Some mechanics will return such as situation commands according to Gaming Bolt. The Gummi Ship is also returning with 360 degree control according to Comicbook.com.

Sora will once again travel to iconic Disney worlds. We already know that we can explore the worlds of Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Big Hero 6, Hercules, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen and Tangled. Rumor has it that we’ll also see a world set in The Jungle Book too.

Hopefully the frantic and explosive action we’ve seen in the trailers is an indication that we won’t be waiting in vain.


24. Anthem

anthem

EA

Developer: Bioware
Publisher: EA
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

While Anthem is more of an action game than an RPG, EA’s answer to Destiny should still scratch that same number crunching, gear collecting itch.

In the shared open world, you travel from your home behind the wall to the untamed lands beyond. Up to four players fight search for loot while piloting power armor equipped with unique weapons, abilities, and customization options built from gear collected and crafted, according to the official website. You’ll also have to deal with world-altering events like Shaper Storms.

With a loot-based gameplay system like this and judging from recent AAA gaming trends, we can expect to see microtransactions even though they haven’t been officially confirmed. Seeing how people reacted to Star Wars Battlefront II‘s loot boxes, however, EA will likely be pretty quiet on this front.

According to analyst Michael Pachter, the microtransactions will likely be cosmetic to distance itself from how Battlefront II’s loot box controversy revolved around tying in-game advantages to in-game purchases. But that won’t make them any less tempting and will be very distracting in a game that will cost $60 on top of it.

We’ll have to wait and see when Anthem finally releases.


25. The Division 2

the division 2

UbisoftThe Division

Developer: Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft Reflections, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Bucharest
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, Multiplayer, RPG
Platform: N/A

The announcement for The Division 2 seemingly came out of nowhere. We don’t know much about the game but we do know from the official announcement that it will continue the story from the first game. The developers also promise more updates to the first game even with the release of the sequel. In fact, they’re adding a new type of achievement to the first game called “Shields” that will unlock special awards in the sequel.

The Division 2 will see players exploring Washington D.C. fending off an oppressive organization. After completing the story campaign, players will pick on of several different specializations each with unique gear and weapons. Then you can take your character into eight player Raids. PvP is also confirmed and the map will be 20 percent bigger, according to our report.


26. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem Three Houses – Official Game Trailer – Nintendo E3 2018A brand-new Fire Emblem game with a new story and characters is coming to Nintendo Switch. The game takes place on Fódlan, where the Church of Seiros exercises great power over the land and its people. This turn-based tactical RPG will put new strategic twists on battling, with formations of troops supporting individual units on…2018-06-12T16:30:06.000Z

Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: Spring 2019
Genre: Strategy, Tactics, RPG
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Once thought to be dead in the water, the Fire Emblem series has bounced back in a big way thanks to the success of the 3DS titles and the mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes. Now the series is jumping to the Switch with the first home console entry since 2007’s Radiant Dawn.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses takes place in the land of Fódlan where the Church of Seiros reigns. The individual heroes fighting on the battlefield are now accompanied by groups of soldiers that can take on different formations. We also got a glimpse of a castle hub world where soldiers can supposedly train. And of course the graphics have received quite an overhaul with the art style looking slightly less cartoonish and more like the Shin Megami Tensei games. Despite not much info being out there, it looks to be the same tactical RPG that fans have come to know and love.


27. Pokemon 2019

Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: Second Half of 2019
Genre: RPG
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Along with the announcement of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee!, a new core Pokemon entry was announced for the second half of 2019. Not much is known about the new entry except for the fact that it’s on the Nintendo Switch and that if features new Pokemon and better graphics than any other prior Pokemon game according to Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara.


28. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey

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Developer: AlphaDream
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: 2019
Genre: RPG
Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is being remade for the 3DS. This follows the remake of the first game in the much loved Mario & Luigi series, Superstar Saga. Curiously, Nintendo is skipping the second installment, Partners in Time, for the third entry of Bowser’s Inside Story. This may be because the third game was far better received thanks to its innovative gimmick of playing as Bowser while switching to the Mario Bros. trapped inside him for puzzle solving.

Either way, we can expect updated visuals and music. The game will also come packaged with Bowser Jr.’s Journey, a side game similar to the Bowser’s Minions game from the Superstar Saga remake.


29. The Surge 2

the surge 2

Focus Home Interactive

Developer: Deck13
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release Date: 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Surge didn’t exactly set the world on fire even though it had its fans. It was great to finally get a sci-fi take on the Dark Souls formula but it was marred by difficulty spikes and other limitations. Hopefully Deck 13 can turn things around with The Surge 2.

The Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 will “keep what fans and critics loved about the original while also expanding greatly upon the formula,” according to publisher Focus Home Interactive and the developers. The game will take place from the ruins of the CREO company in the first game to an entire city.

The game will also iterate on The Surge‘s “limb targeting system” which separated the game from its Dark Souls inspiration, where attacks can target certain body parts on enemies so they can sever them and use their resources for upgrades. Plus there will be more abilities, weapons, implants, and drones to find.


30. Wasteland 3

wasteland 3

inXile Entertainment

Developer: inXile Entertainment
Publisher: N/A
Release Date: 2019
Genre: RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

After reviving the Wasteland series with Wasteland 2, inXile is back at it again with a third entry.

Wasteland 3 will follow up from the squad-based role-playing gameplay of its predecessors but according to Rock Paper Shotgun the game will take place in the frozen wastes of Colorado and include vehicles and “an interesting take on cooperative multiplayer.” Co-op will see friends controlling their own squad of rangers together with your games being linked, meaning that one player can complete quests and change the world without the other being there, leaving surprises for the other player when they return.

According to the crowdfunding campaign, the game will also add new environmental dangers, a reworked action system, a a revamped dialogue tree system. They decided to fund the game on Fig because studio head Brian Fargo believed that momentum was slowing down on Kickstarter.

Will Wasteland 3 be another hit? Or will it just waste everyone’s time? We’ll just have to wait and see when the game launches sometime in 2019.


31. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Developer: From Software
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: 2019
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The mysterious new project from From Software first revealed at The Game Awards 2017 has been revealed as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

You play as a disgraced warrior who must rescue the young lord he is bound to protect. The game has you exploring 1500s Sengoku Japan with lots of prosthetic tools and ninja abilities as you take on monstrous foes.

Now any From Software project is exciting, but we are concerned about the publisher attached. Activision has a history of shoving in disruptive monetization into the games they publish, with them patenting a method of online matchmaking that encourages players to buy microtransactions as Kotaku reported. Hopefully they keep as hands off as possible with this project.


32. God Eater 3

GOD EATER 3 – Announcement Trailer | PS4, PCIntroducing GOD EATER 3 for PlayStation 4 and PC! Take on the role of an Adaptive God Eater as you hunt down a new form of Aragami, the Ash Aragami! Look for more info on GOD EATER 3 soon! Follow Bandai Namco Entertainment: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bandainamcous/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS Twitter: https://twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS/ Tumblr: http://bandainamcous.tumblr.com/ Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/bandainamcous2018-03-29T14:03:54.000Z

Developer: Shift
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, PC

Bandai Namco’s take on Monster Hunter gameplay with the God Eater franchise has been going strong since 2010. And now they’ve announced God Eater 3.

The series has players taking on missions to hunt down powerful monsters so they can take their materials and become stronger. The game also has multiple fighting forms and plenty of high-octane hack and slash action.

We don’t know much about God Eater 3 other than it’s coming to PS4 and Steam and will have players facing off against new forms of the Aragami monsters according to the announcement trailer. Bandai Namco promises more info soon.


33. Nioh 2

Nioh 2 Trailer, E3 2018Teaser for Nioh 2 at E3 2018 For more videos, news, previews and reviews, go to http://kotaku.com2018-06-12T02:31:05.000Z

Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4

Nioh is one of the best Souls-like games not made by FromSoftware. So already Nioh 2 is one of our most anticipated games to come out of E3 2018.

According to Polygon, the game will let you create your own character instead of sticking to the character of William Adams like in the last game. The game won’t be a “dramatic change” from the original game but it will be a “proper evolution” as director Fumihiko Yasuda told the publication. It will have ties to the original game’s narrative, which followed the historical events of the end of the Sengoku period in Japan. Yasuda also promised “more satisfying deaths for players,” and that the developers will release at least one free demo to acquire player feedback as they did with the last game.


34. Cyberpunk 2077

cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red

Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Cyberpunk 2077 was first announced in May 2012 and quickly became vaporware in the same vein as The Last Guardian. But a little tease on the official Twitter account in early January all but confirmed that the game’s development is still going strong.

Based on the tabletop game, Cyberpunk 2077 will be CD Projekt Red’s first game outside of their critically acclaimed Witcher series. President Adam Kiciński recently told DualShockers that we can expect character creation and classes and hinted at a possible multiplayer component. Classes are a lot more unconventional with players choosing to play as a rock star, rogue corporate executive, an investigative journalist, and more according to NAG Online. There will be no microtransactions or other “games as a service” business models according to CD Projekt Red.

A rumor is going around that the game will take place in a living city with different areas allegedly changing according to complex AI rules whether or not the player is interacting with them.

Either way, Cyberpunk 2077 is shaping up to be something truly special. We’ll have to see if it was worth the wait.

Cyberpunk 2077 – official E3 2018 trailerWatch the E3 trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 — the role-playing game of the dark future from CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Cyberpunk 2077 is a narrative-driven, open world RPG set in the most vibrant and dangerous metropolis of the future — Night City. You play as V, a hired gun…2018-06-10T21:40:15.000Z

Update (June 10, 2018): E3 2018 saw the highly anticipated release of a new trailer for the game. We also got some more details about the game itself, such as the fact that it’s a first-person shooter with heavy RPG elements, according to VG247. You also drive cars in the third person and your protagonist known as V is a predefined character that is highly customizable in appearance and abilities, according to the publication.


35. Final Fantasy VII Remake

final fantasy 7 remake

Square Enix

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: PS4

After years of speculation and hope, we’re finally (eventually) getting a remake of the legendary Final Fantasy VII.

We got the news back at E3 2015, which confirmed that long time Final Fantasy veterans Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura are leading the project and that it’s coming to PS4. One year later we found out that the game will feature more action-based combat akin to Final Fantasy XV and that its release will take on an episodic structure with multiple, full-sized games.

Since the, however, the project has been relatively quiet. The latest update is that Square Enix brought development of the game in-house while before it was being partly handled by CyberConnect2, according to Polygon. Hopefully the game will be everything we were hoping for.


36. Shin Megami Tensei V

Shin Megami Tensei V on Nintendo Switch is Coming to the West!Shin Megami Tensei V will be coming West for Nintendo Switch. Set in modern Tokyo, players will face a new onslaught of demons in the latest from the highly-acclaimed series. #SMT #ShinMegamiTenseiV #NintendoSwitch Subscribe for more Nintendo fun! https://goo.gl/HYYsot Visit Nintendo.com for all the latest! http://www.nintendo.com Like Nintendo on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Nintendo Follow us on Twitter:…2017-11-29T15:30:01.000Z

Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Release Date: TBA
Genre: RPG
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Not much is known about Shin Megami Tensei V. We do know from the trippy as heck reveal trailer that it takes place in the present day like most of the other Shin Megami Tensei games, it will likely have the demon collecting and combat of the other games, it’s coming to the west, and that it’s coming exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. This follows up from 2013’s Shin Megami Tensei 4 and 2016’s Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse which were exclusive to the 3DS.


37. Witchbrook

witchbrook

Chucklefish

Developer: Chucklefish
Publisher: Chucklefish
Release Date: TBA
Genre: RPG
Platform: TBA

From the developers of Starbound and the publisher of Stardew Valley comes a magic school RPG known as Witchbrook.

Chucklefish CEO Finn Brice told PC Gamer that the game takes big inspirations from Harvest Moon as well as Stardew Valley in that they learned that “there’s an inherent value in [having] a game world that’s just charming to be in,” and that developing a world that the player falls in love with comes before mechanics and gameplay. In addition, combat will draw from 2D Legend of Zelda games but with a modernized twist. There will also be a dating system in place to interact with the cast of characters. Characters act independently and can dump you if you behave in the wrong way.

“It’s very young adult literature in a lot of ways,” artist and designer Jay Baylis told the publication. “We’re taking that idealised heroism away from you and you’re just another awkward teenager at a school of awkward teenagers.”

Consider us very intrigued in this Harry Potter meets Harvest Moon world, and for that reason, it’s one of our most anticipated upcoming RPG games.


38. Disco Elysium

disco elysium

Humble Bundle

Developer: ZA/UM
Publisher: Humble Bundle
Release Date: TBA
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC

Disco Elysium is perhaps one of the most interesting RPGs to look forward to.

Similar to Call of Cthulhu, you play as a detective who must navigate his own sanity to solve mysteries. According to the official website, your feelings, doubts, and memories are a key part of conversations. You also have access to 24 different psychological skills such as being able to read body language or getting more stat boosts out of drugs at the cost of leading you down a path of addiction. You can also influence people based on your clothes, whether you’re wearing a cop uniform or a disco outfit.

You solve a massive, open-ended case you can solve in multiple ways as you explore an open fantasy/urban landscape with action set pieces you can jump into or ignore. Your inventory not only stores items but also your thoughts so you can research clues and put your insight to use in the game.


39. Starfield

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Developer: Bethesda Game Studio
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: TBA

We know very little about Starfield other than the fact that it exists, it’s the first new IP from Bethesda Game Studio in 25 years, and that it’s in space. According to rumors, the game will incorporate space travel, procedurally generated worlds, settlement building, companions, and separate quest lines based on what faction you choose. It will probably be a while before we get any new info on the game, as game director Todd Howard confirmed to Polygon that they’re thinking of next gen hardware for the game in addition to current gen hardware.


40. The Elder Scrolls VI

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Developer: Bethesda Game Studio
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG
Platform: TBA

Like Starfield, we only got a brief teaser confirming the existence of The Elder Scrolls VI along with Howard saying to GamingBolt that they’re keeping next gen tech in mind when developing the game. According to the trailer, the game is in pre-production so it will be a while before we get any new information. But the pedigree of the series has us excited none the less.


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