Most Anticipated RPGs of 2018

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Dec 26, 2017 1:40 PM
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Aside from a couple of standout games (Divinity 2 and Persona 5), 2017 was a relatively quiet year for RPGs. Not so 2018, which is already shaping up to be heinously good for fans of dice rolling. It's not necessarily the AAA experiences that have got us the most interested either, with some neat, experimental ideas inbound from smaller studios that are already showing immense potential. Here are five of the most exciting 2018 role-playing games that should keep an eye on:

Vampyr

I suspect I’m not alone in developing a serious soft spot for Dontnod following Life is Strange. What can I say, I found it a hugely endearing game. For Vampyr though, Dontnod is taking an altogether different tack, but one that’s promising to be equally inventive. An RPG set in London, 1918, players step into the shoes of one Dr Jonathan Reid, a vampire newly returned from World War One. He's trying to find a cure for the flu sweeping the city while simultaneously wrestling with his own thirst for blood. Who lives and dies, he decides, folding into a twisting, turning tale impacted by his choices. It all looks deliciously morbid, the streets of post-Edwardian London providing the grimy backdrop to this supernatural tale.


Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter has always been a fascinating little curio. The sort of series you can easily invest hundreds of hours into thanks to its untold depth, yet it’s always been hiding away on portable systems, for better or for worse. Monster Hunter World represents a bit of a sea change for the series. Not only is coming to consoles and PC, but it’s also using a drastically overhauled new game engine that helps bring these huge co-op hunts to life.

 

Kingdom Come Deliverance

A regular lurker on our most anticipated lists, 2018 is the year that Kingdom Come: Deliverance finally comes out - honest. There’s a distinct whiff of B-tier jank to everything we see of Kingdom Come, but that all lend it the character that helps it stand out from the rest of the pack. Forgoing the usual magic systems and epic end-of-the-world scenarios of normal beardy RPGs, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is all about gritty realism and medieval life centred around tight-knit hamlet and majestic castles, all topped off with a non-linear story that presents heaps of ways to complete the exact same quest.

 

Anthem

Where once the hype would pump through our veins at the merest sniff of a BioWare game, the Mass Effect Andromeda mess combined with EA’s loot box drama means we’re raising a suspicious eyebrow Anthem’s way. Still, if EA wants to find a quick way back into fan’s hearts, delivering in spades with Anthem is a sure-fire way to do it. Precious is little is known about Anthem just yet, aside from some of the most eye-catching sci-fi art we’ve seen in awhile. The Destiny comparisons may raise a few eyebrows, but there’s room for a game which can well and truly nail the formula.

 

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire doesn’t just eschew the RPG-lite, consolized formula which has manifested in just about modern AAA RPG, it balls it up and shoves it straight up a kobold’s arse. PoE2 promises to be a PC RPG in its purest form, one with gorgeously pre-rendered backgrounds, mountains of stats to dig through, and sprawling quest lines set across a vast archipelago of islands known as Deadfire.

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12:08 Dec-29-2017

seriously whats wrong with the world!! where is bannerlord ?

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22:54 Dec-28-2017

Bannerlord!

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11:10 Dec-28-2017

Anthem will be very interesting - if not for the game itself, for the circus its gonna be around its microtransactions and / or the fallout for Bioware afterwards - I'm a sucker for shows & media controversy!

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10:32 Dec-29-2017

You must have been thrilled when Trump won :)

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10:37 Dec-29-2017

When you know things won't get better, free entertainment is your best next hope

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10:52 Dec-29-2017

Hey not judging, I’m the same way at times

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17:00 Dec-27-2017

Wasteland 3
Banner Saga 3
Ash of Gods
Sacred Fire

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06:04 Dec-27-2017

Have a soft spot for vampires since "The Lost Boys" and "Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines",so i'm eager for "Vampyr".Still disappointed about "World Of Darkness",tho.Hope to have some satisfaction with the game.

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05:55 Dec-27-2017

Kingdom Come looks fun. That and Mount and Blade are the closest ill ever get to a new Conqueror A.D. 1086. Would love to see a game like that again.

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02:57 Dec-27-2017

kingdom come and vampyr

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00:09 Dec-27-2017

Bet ya that EA will butcher Anthem with microtransactions and loot boxes BS like they did with Battlefront 2.
They are not capable of seeing beyond their greed and lust for profit.

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22:46 Dec-26-2017

vampyr looks really cool aswell though!

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22:45 Dec-26-2017

Kingdome Come by far!! if its ever actually going to come out.....

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22:44 Dec-26-2017

Anthem and Vampyr

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21:56 Dec-26-2017

To me, Vampyr and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire looks the most promising from this list.

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19:58 Dec-26-2017

i preordered vampyr hoping it would have came fall 2017 but they had to delay it so they can polish it up hoping the wait is worth it.

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19:04 Dec-26-2017

I really want Kingdom Come:Deliverance and Vampyr.

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17:26 Dec-26-2017

Anyone that doesn't have a load of microtransactions

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16:48 Dec-26-2017

I'm looking forward to Vampyr and Kingdome Come:Deliverance!:D I'm done with EA!

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16:15 Dec-26-2017

Pillars of Eternity 2 is a must buy for me, the first one was excellent. Vampyr looks intriguing as well, and I will see how the reviews rate it. Still unsure of Kingdom Come Deliverance, but I will wait and see.


Anthem is an EA game, so its an automatic no buy. Will probably come with micro transactions or something just to piss us off.

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I was really hyped about Anthem but after recent things that EA did to Battlefront 2 and so on I will reconsider buying it. Probably will end up waiting couple of days to see the reviews

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16:00 Dec-26-2017

that Vampyr E3 trailer was damn impressive :)

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15:59 Dec-26-2017

Really cant wait for Vampyr

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