Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2016

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 2:00 PM
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Few things get gamers more excited than the prospect of a massive RPG. That’s probably because this particular genre has never been better. Worlds are more sprawling, questlines are move involving, and graphics more jaw-dropping. They’re the sort of games we could only dream of just a few short years ago, with worlds you can just get lost in for hundreds upon hundreds of hours.

If you thought 2015 was a great year for RPGs though, you’d best think again. In 2016 we’ve got the return of some of the most esteemed role-playing franchises of all time, as well as brand new IPs and a spectacular upcoming indie release that says no to fantasy.

Mass Effect Andromeda

If the voting at this year’s Global Game Awards was anything to go by, Mass Effect Andromeda is going to be huge. BioWare’s sci-fi RPG picked up the Most Anticipated Game of 2016 gong with ease, more than doubling the votes of the second placed game. It seems that Mass Effect 3 ending wasn’t enough to put off series fans for good. The original trilogy is one of the most enduring RPG game series of all time, and we see no good reason why Mass Effect Andromeda can’t accomplish exactly the same.

Final Fantasy XV

By now Final Fantasy XV has entered near-mythical status. Beginning life as Final Fantasy XIII Versus, it’s been in development since 2006. That’s coming up to a decade. Final Fantasy XV can legally drive a car in six years, and it’s not even out yet. Never let it be said that Square Enix aren’t an ambitious bunch. I dread to think of the money that has been sunk into this sequel. It’s looking more and more as if FFXV could be a return to form for the series, which would be most welcome. Just looking at that iconic logo against a white background is enough to get me salivating.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

RPGs are ruddy obsessed with magic. Finding an RPG without spellcasting is almost an impossibility. And when one does come along, like Alpha Protocol, it gets slated for being ‘boring’, even though it was almost factually awesome. Which is where Kingdom Come: Deliverance. It’s got all the beards, thatched roofs, and pestilence we’ve come to expect from a fantasy RPG, but it’s not got none of that Harry Potter baloney. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an RPG that lets the blades do all the talking.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Ask a console gamer about Dragon’s Dogma and then you’ll witness frothing at the mouth and mad ravings about beheading Hydras and flying griffins. In the years since its PS3 and X360 launch Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen has built up quite a fervent cult following you see. Up until now we PC gamers have had to stand by as console players embarked on their embark quest, but no more! Capcom’s RPG is PC bound and it will be the definitive version, with enhanced visuals, higher resolutions, and the possibility of sky-high frame rates.

Cyberpunk 2077

Up until recently we didn’t expect CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 until 2017 at the earlier, but recent chatter has hinted we could see the sci-fi RPG hoverboarding into town as early as next holidays. It’s safe to say The Witcher 3 turned a few heads earlier this year, and CDPR has said it’s going to build on the systems it had in place for Cyberpunk 2077. Expect a massive open-world city, humming with a neon glow, with hundreds of hours of questing.

Which is your most anticipated RPG of 2016?

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13:56 Jan-29-2016

Woah Cyber Punk look so cool.

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16:54 Jan-26-2016

Mass Effect 4, for me.
Don't know much about Cyberpunk 2077 except the developers are the CDProjekt, they've done a great job with the witcher series so far, so highly likely that this game will be no less. haven't played the 1990s cyberpunk, so I have no idea what It's mechanics are, or what's happening and ****, on the other hand mass goddamn effect! I love the dialogue mechanics of ME, interesting characters and not to mention the rich quests of ME2.

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15:42 Jan-19-2016

agreed, need a new dead island... with all out zombie infested tropical scenery and zombie roadkill :D

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12:58 Jan-21-2016

I loved escape from dead island

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20:46 Jan-07-2016

But the Dead Island 2?

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14:00 Jan-29-2016

After the Yager departure. i didnt got any new news about the dead island 2, ive been waiting at their site for new updates about the game but got nothing. but still im hoping that this game may still come. maybe 2016 or 2017, not sure.

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19:15 Jan-07-2016

Cyberpunk 2077 here! I love RPGs and I LOVE Sci-fi! :D

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17:34 Jan-06-2016

Cyberpunk 2077 amazing!

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14:48 Jan-06-2016

Cyberpunk sounds amazing. I love open-world city games! well open-world in general :)

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08:37 Jan-06-2016

Cyberpunk 2077 seems unique. But, anybody know what's making it much 'unique'?

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05:27 Jan-06-2016

Cyberpunk 2077 @ 2017? Good. I still have time to upgrade my rig as futuristic as the game. TW3 already hit me hard, not gonna feel the same again.

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03:12 Jan-06-2016

M&B Bannerlord if it ever releases

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09:38 Jan-05-2016

cyberpunk all year long "hope its not such a long wait tho haha

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03:43 Jan-05-2016

Um... THE DIVISION???

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18:41 Jan-02-2016

Squadron 42

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06:01 Jan-02-2016

The division?

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00:14 Jan-02-2016

Normally, I would have chosen Mass Effect Andromeda. Unfortunately, ME3's ending really soured me so I will wait till it has come out and check user reviews. I will go with Cyberpunk 2077 as my most anticipated RPG for 2016. (Actually, it wouldn't surprise me that both of these titles are not released until 2017)

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19:27 Jan-06-2016

Mass Effect 3's ending was bad... but with a couple of mods the ending can be fixed from a bad one... to a good one.

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23:36 Jan-01-2016

Mafia III?

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15:34 Jan-01-2016

ahem Dark souls 3, anyone?

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12:54 Jan-01-2016

anticipating Cyberpunk... we might see Ciri there... :)

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18:02 Jan-01-2016

Exactly :D I'm actually counting on it , even if she's only part of a secondary quest .

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22:36 Jan-01-2016

yeah, there's a quest in ISLE OF MIST (Spoiler Alert), Ciri said that she was transported to a world where they have metal heads and have flying mounts... Or maybe its the real world she's talking about...

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11:54 Jan-02-2016

Yeah , also that they waged war through megascopes and she stayed there for half a year which is long of enough for the devs to implement Ciri as a character , maybe even using a different name ?

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15:46 Jan-06-2016

hmmm... i'll defenitely gonna wait for that game...

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05:29 Jan-06-2016

She will. As an Easter Egg.

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15:48 Jan-06-2016

o common... atleast make her a companion.... hoping...

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10:45 Jan-01-2016

elder scroll 6

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11:08 Jan-01-2016

No chance it would come out in 2016.

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09:45 Jan-01-2016

I can GUARAN-DAMN-TEE you all Cyberpunk will set up new standards for gaming and RPG's.
Its gonna be ridiculously good. (No exageration)

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