There’s no doubt about, 2014 was a big year for RPGs, so 2015’s got its work cut out. Luckily though it’s got some absolute belters on the way. If Divinity: Original Sin and Dragon Age: Inquisition blew your socks off, then you’d better get resocked sharpish, because there are some absolute treats coming.
AAA gaming fans will no doubt be delivered some RPGs that are absolutely epic in scope, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt looming large over all. The fun doesn’t end there though, because Obsidian is tickling away at that Baldur’s Gate nostalgia, while we’ve no doubt that Bethesda has one almighty surprise up its sleeve…
Ah, where would we be without The Witcher 3? It might have been the subject of a couple of hefty delays, but that can’t dampen our appetites whatsoever. CD Projekt RED has long been a crowd-pleasing outfit, but in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt it looks like it could be taking the next big step to gaming superstardom. The third and final installment of The Witcher trilogy, Wild Hunt will have a beautiful and vast open world, with a total landmass bettering even the likes of Skyrim. Much of the plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, other than Geralt having to take the fight to the titular Wild Hunt, a terrifying army invading the north. In addition, we do know that The Witcher 3 will take a mammoth 100 hours to see through to the final credits, which sounds like a promise worthy of anyone’s hard-earned.
Tipping Fable upon its head, Lionhead Studios is re-envisioning Fable in a tabletop role-playing format. Fable Legends throws out the single-player questing of its predecessors in favour of a 4v1 approach in which four adventurers must battle through a level masterminded by a player-controlled villainous dungeonmaster. The solo player must do everything in his power to stop the party, including laying down traps, organising ambushes, and commanding his creatures in battle.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is all well and good, but when you really want to scratch that old-school BioWare itch you have to look elsewhere. Luckily help is on hand in the form of Pillars of Eternity, from Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth developer Obsidian. Sourcing nearly $4 million from Kickstarter, this one’s a fan-favourite, bringing back the classic real time-with-pause gameplay and beautiful isometric artwork of its forebears, with dungeon-crawling party-based gameplay. We’re already dusting off our twenty-sided dice in anticipation.
It’s not necessarily what BioWare fans knew they wanted, but at Gamescom the RPG giants revealed an intriguing new title which created as many questions as it answered. In a similar manner to Fable Legends, Shadow Realms pits four players against a single villainous Shadow Lord, but actually contains a plot that will be detailed via additional episodes. It’s the setting that’s got us whipped up in a frenzy though, taking place within the modern world and featuring heroes with magical powers engaging with the ancient creatures of the Shadow Legions.
Okay, okay, so Fallout 4 isn’t announced yet, but it’s obvious by now that Bethesda is busy working away on it, isn’t it? They’ve been secluded away in a nuclear-proof bunker since 2011’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Oh sure, they release a few bits of DLC, but the main team has basically been working on a new title for three long years. Skyrim arrived three years after Fallout 3, so by maths this should be turning up very soon indeed. We expect Fallout 4 to reveal and launch in 2015, and it should hopefully be a massive leap from what we’ve seen previously with the series!
That's some of our most anticipated role-playing games of 2015, what's yours?