What RPGs are coming this year and next?
In our review, we bring you the most promising role-playing games Dafabet app we have potential candidates for success. But that’s not all: Elex, South park: The Fractured But Whole and Vampyr are also slated for release in the coming months. You can find out what else is in store for you in our big special edition. You can also see previews of upcoming Dafabet.
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
The sequel to the hugely successful old-school RPG sends you to the Deadfire Islands in search of an awakened god. A divine being has taken possession of a giant statue and is working its way to destruction through the fantastical world of Eora. Developer Obsidian has raised a record $4.4 million on crowdfunding platform Fig.co for a new foray into ’90s and early 2000s RPG atmosphere; PayPal donations will also be accepted after the campaign ends. Thanks to this rain of money, fans and investors have, among other things, unlocked shipping in the game: on a world map on which you can travel freely for the first time, you move your sailor from one atoll to another, much like Sid. Meyer’s Pirates.
Obsidian aims for at least 40 hours of playtime – twice as much as the recently released Tyranny offshoot. You choose up to four companions for your group of adventurers, in addition to the main character created at the beginning of the game or imported from a previous save game – a total of seven NPCs to choose from, whose relationships with each other and with the main character are considerably more important than in the previous game. Even intimate relationships are possible this time around. With an orchestral soundtrack and vastly improved 2D optics, including chic wind and weather effects, Obsidian wants to take things a step further in terms of presentation. Whether Pillars of Eternity 2 ends up being even more fun than its great predecessor will depend largely on changes to the combat system. Obsidian is once again betting on a real-time, paused system and promises improvements in terms of artificial intelligence. This should be made possible, among other things, by reducing the group of heroes to a maximum of five people.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
As much fun as slaying dragons and exploring space can be, sometimes you need a little more down-to-earth fun. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is more realistic than many in the genre, but that doesn’t mean it’s dry or boring. Czech studio War Horse, with the help of historians, architects and many other scholars, has developed an ambitious plan: to depict 15th-century Bohemia as realistically as possible on screen. The choice of this period is linked to the plot: after the death of the king, a weak heir rises to the throne, but his brother also wants the crown. Robbing and plundering, he tries to destabilise the kingdom.
The hero of the game also suffers from chaos. As the son of a blacksmith, he must experience how his family falls prey to plundering hordes – he vows revenge and has been travelling through picturesque Bohemia ever since. In your crusade for justice, Warhorse doesn’t put a class corset on you; you improve your talents by using them. So whether you roam the land in heavy armour or wear the bright clothes of a bard is up to you.
Regardless of what you wear, you should always be mindful of your needs. Everyone needs to rest, eat and drink to cope with the rigours of Medieval life. Your physical condition also plays an important role in battles: the better protected you are, the more weight you have to carry and the faster you get tired! But it doesn’t always have to be close combat: alternatively or additionally you can fight with a bow and arrow, even on horseback. The time is now: after a long period of development, beta testing and Kickstarter support, the game will be released this year.
South Park: broken but whole
Although fans have been counting down the days of development on South Park: The Fractured But Whole for months, the worm seems to be in there somewhere. Originally the RPG with a crazy superhero setting was supposed to be released on December 6, 2016, but now Ubisoft is naming only fiscal year 2018 as the release date. According to this, we can go on the hunt for nasty criminals with Cartman and his friends no earlier than April 1, 2017 and no later than March 31, 2018. The producer hasn’t revealed the reason for the long delay – South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker may not be entirely happy with the plot of the second part of the series. The newly installed Snowdrop Engine, which players already know from The Division, could also be to blame. Either way, we hope for a speedy release!
Is the last chance… Is it over? After the recently weakened Risen series, German developers Gothic want to show all critics again – with Elex, a new production combining fantasy elements and a science fiction scenario. Despite the tweaked graphics, the third-person RPG beats with the same old-fashioned heart as its quasi-predecessors, although this time it also uses laser weapons in combat. Otherwise, everything else remains the same: as a male hero stricken with amnesia, you join one of several guilds, beat monsters to a pulp, kill bandits and save the world again. Only this time with a jetpack around your waist, making it easier to explore the game world (Piranha Bytes’ biggest to date!). Is it enough to survive in the days of The Witcher and Mass Effect? In any case, the nostalgia bonus of blissful Gothic times seems to have finally dried up.
Vampires are human too! As a young doctor, you explore early 20th century London in an RPG from the creators of Life is Strange. Do you treat your patients or squelch them? And how does the hero actually become undead? Vampyr wants to succeed not only with a dark atmosphere, but also with a compelling game world,
in which all NPCs have their own character, backstory and everyday life. It’s a little harder to look at your fellow NPCs as blood banks. There’s also the prank of enemy vampires in a Victorian metropolis…
After Lords of the Fallen Deck 13 has clearly tasted blood and is already working on its next action RPG, The Surge . Instead of a fantasy world, the Frankfurt-based company is this time setting a sci-fi setting: in the headquarters of a futuristic megacorporation, we fight robots and former colleagues with equipment called Exo-Rig . The hearty melee and ruthless gameplay is heavily inspired by Dark Souls. Cool: Over time, we can upgrade our mechanical exoskeleton in a variety of ways, including using severed body parts and components from our enemies that we can convert into new enhancements.
After The Witcher 3, international RPG fans are expecting nothing less than another masterpiece from CD Projekt Red.The Polish team definitely has what it takes; However, such a gigantic project also takes time. Cyberpunk 2077 is not likely to be released until 2018 at the earliest.
Ni no Kuni 2
In a coup d’état, the young king of the kingdom of Katsbakel is removed from office by a ministry mouse. Hero Roland rushes to the rescue, along with his other friends the team wants to drive out the usurper. An enchanted fairytale kingdom full of strange characters and people serves as the playground in this beautiful Japanese RPG. The character designs and music were created by former employees of the famous animation studio Ghibli (My Neighbour Totoro).
Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor – Martyr
The grim Warhammer universe serves as the setting for a kind of sci-fi diablo: As the Inquisitor, you use all manner of firearms to guide heretics and monsters to the right path. You determine your hero’s equipment and talents. In addition to the extensive single-player campaign, there will be online components, including an indirect PvP mode where you defend your base from attackers and bombard other players’ strongholds. The co-op mode has up to four players as you explore the universe as a team, and regular events are designed to keep players engaged in an engaging role-playing game for a long time. For now, the alpha phase shows what the game is capable of, but participation is quite expensive at around €40.
The Bard’s Tale 4
After Inxile Entertainment revived one of the great interactive RPGs of the eighties with Wasteland 2, Brian Fargo’s company has been working on a sequel to the Bard’s Tale series for almost two years now. However, technically Kate’s fantasy game world has to be a little more complex than the locations of the developer’s other old-school RPGs. Unreal Engine 4 is to blame for this, which should embellish the single-player adventure we experience from a first-person perspective. However, Inxile also wants to rely on proven virtues. So in The Bard’s Tale 4 we can once again take care of our group’s characters and their gear, with combat as usual being turn-based.
Rising World / System Shock 3
Sometimes they come back: next year, Otherside Entertainment is bringing back two popular RPG brands. Along with Paul Neurath and Warren Spector, the designers are at the forefront of projects that were responsible for Ultimate Underworld and System Shock at the legendary Origin Systems and Looking Glass studios. Ascendant is currently the most advanced: like the forefather from 1992, you dig underground tunnels from an ego perspective and fight monsters in real time with sword, bow and arrow, and magic. No class system is planned, instead you shape your character organically by choosing skills. Three factions fight for control underground; How you complete quests is said to affect the balance of power.