RPG fans are spoiled these days, mainly because every game under the sun tries to cram in some form of RPG element. Who's to blame them though when RPG systems are so deliciously addictive. 2019 is shaping up to be a very special year indeed for RPGs though, with something for just about everyone from old-school CRPG fantasitcs to those after some co-op kicks.
Okay, so this is blind optimism more than anything else, such are the chances of Cyberpunk 2077 actually releasing in the next 12 months, but I don’t think we’re alone in that hope. CD Projekt RED’s successor to The Witcher 3 is comfortably one of the most anticipated games on the planet. Sensationally re-revealed at E3 2018, before a 40-minute blowout at Gamescom, Cyberpunk 2077 is promising to be the most ambitious role-playing game ever conceived. Night City is gargantuan and labyrinthine, stretching as far upward as it does down beneath the rain-slicked city streets. Here’s hoping CDPR can surprise us all and get it finished in 2019, but we’re not holding our breath.
BioWare releasing a mediocre game was bad enough, but to release two on the trot would be unthinkable. There’s a weight of expectation on Anthem in some quarters, while the knives are out in others. Anthem is the sort of game which could make or break BioWare as a studio so they’re going to go all-out to ensure this co-op action-RPG delivers on all fronts. Riffing heavily on Destiny, in Anthem players become Freelancers, leaving their world behind to explore alien landscapes in a shared world filled with savage beasts.
Bizarre and impenetrable, Kingdom Hearts is the War & Peace of the video game world. If Tolstoy sprinkled hallucinogenics on his cornflakes at least. Fans who are in the loop are behind hyped for Kingdom Hearts III, while anyone outside the circle of trust is left scratching their heads and wondering what this Disney-infused Final Fantasy saga is even about. Hopefully, Square Enix can provide a great way for everyone to get up to speed before Kingdom Hearts 3 arrives in January, particularly Xbox fans who are going in cold after about a dozen games worth of lore.
Now nestled under the wing of Microsoft, inXile Entertainment’s Wasteland 3 began life as a Kickstarter project, but one which is already showing immense improvements over 2014’s Wasteland 2. Doing away with the usual dusty post-apocalypse, Wasteland 3 is set in the freeze wastes of Colorado, pitting players as the sole surviving member of Ranger Squad ‘Team November’. Early looks at Wasteland 3 have looked absolutely gorgeous, the 3D visuals looking a cut above Wasteland 2.
The Division stands as Ubisoft’s most hyped game in its history. It came and went with a bit of a whimper but in the ensuing few years The Division steadily grew into a fantastic online co-op experience. Ubisoft has hopefully learned a lot of lessons for The Division 2, its new action-shooter RPG set in post-disaster Washington DC. Additional depth is coming thanks to subclasses to unlock after maxing out character levels, while The Division 2 will now feature MMO-style raids for up to eight players. These raids will be a handful of hours long and represent the most challenging content found in The Division 2.
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