Role-playing games (RPGs) have been a cornerstone of the gaming industry for over three decades, and every month, new titles emerge, ranging from highly anticipated releases like Starfield, Lies of P, Hogwarts Legacy, Octopath Traveler 2, and Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty to more niche projects such as Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society, 8-Bit Adventures 2, and Little Witch Nobeta. The RPG landscape is always evolving, and gamers eagerly anticipate upcoming titles that promise innovative gameplay and captivating narratives.
One such upcoming RPG is Lords of the Fallen, developed by Hexworks and set to release on October 13, 2023. A departure from its predecessor, this game offers players nine character classes, challenging combat, and a unique dual-realm system where players can explore both the land of the living and the dead. Despite its mixed reception, the game has generated considerable excitement before its launch.
Another highly anticipated title is the Super Mario RPG Remake, scheduled for release on November 17, 2023, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. This remake of the 1996 classic promises updated 3D visuals while retaining the charm of the original game. Although specific gameplay changes are yet to be revealed, fans expect an enhanced and polished version of the beloved turn-based RPG.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, a sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon, is set to release on January 26, 2024. Building upon its predecessor’s success, this game introduces new characters and a fresh narrative while retaining the turn-based combat system that made the previous installment a hit among JRPG enthusiasts.
Granblue Fantasy: Relink, an action JRPG developed by Cygames, is slated for release on February 1, 2024. Originally a collaboration with PlatinumGames, this title promises a fully realized 3D JRPG experience. Despite the change in development direction, teasers have generated optimism among fans, indicating that it might become one of the standout releases in early 2024.
Fans of the Persona series can look forward to Persona 3 Reload, a full remake of the classic turn-based JRPG. Announced alongside Persona 5 Tactica, this remake boasts a new visual style reminiscent of Persona 5, although specific gameplay changes are yet to be detailed. Scheduled for release on February 2, 2024, it aims to uphold the legacy of the original game while appealing to a new generation of players.
Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy 7 Remake, is set to launch on February 29, 2024, exclusively on the PlayStation 5. Expanding upon the reimagined universe of the 1997 JRPG, this installment introduces new playable characters and diverges from the classic storyline, promising surprises for both newcomers and longtime fans.
Konami plans to release an Suikoden 1 & 2 HD Remaster for the Switch, PS4, PC, and Xbox One. Although primarily a surface-level remaster, it revitalizes the beloved PS1 JRPGs for modern platforms, offering a nostalgic experience for fans of classic RPGs.
Falcom’s Ys 10: Nordics, released in Asia on September 28, 2023, introduces a new approach with a dual protagonist setup and a combo system, providing players with fresh gameplay dynamics. Despite potential polarizing elements, the game is expected to deliver an enjoyable experience for fans of the series.
Supergiant Games, known for their masterpiece Hades, is working on Hades 2, a roguelike action RPG featuring a new protagonist, Melinoë. Set in the Underworld and influenced by Greek mythology, the game explores themes of witchcraft, promising a complex narrative alongside engaging gameplay.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, developed by Hardsuit Labs, continues the cult classic RPG series, offering players deep customization options and a rich narrative set in Seattle. Despite delays, the game is eagerly awaited by fans of the original title.
Dragon’s Dogma 2, in development by Capcom, builds upon the successful formula of its predecessor, focusing on immersive combat, character customization, and party dynamics. With improvements and refinements, the game aims to provide an enhanced experience for fans of action RPGs.
Bethesda Game Studios has teased The Elder Scrolls 6, generating immense anticipation among gamers. Although details are scarce, the mere existence of the game has created a buzz, making it one of the most anticipated RPGs of the future.
Dragon Quest 12: The Flames of Fate, developed by Square Enix, remains shrouded in mystery since its announcement in 2021. Despite limited information, the game’s legacy and the success of its predecessor indicate that it will be a significant release in the JRPG genre.
BioWare’s Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is an eagerly awaited sequel in the Dragon Age franchise. Despite a complicated development cycle, fans are hopeful for another compelling installment in the series, filled with intricate storytelling and immersive gameplay.
Finally, CD Projekt Red’s announcement of a new Witcher saga (Polaris) has reignited interest in the Witcher universe. While details are scarce, the prospect of exploring a new chapter in Geralt of Rivia’s world has fans eagerly awaiting further updates from the acclaimed game developer.
In conclusion, the RPG genre continues to evolve, offering players a diverse range of experiences, from classic turn-based gameplay to innovative narrative-driven adventures. As these upcoming titles demonstrate, the future of RPGs is bright, promising unforgettable journeys for gamers around the world.