PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good

RPGs

RPGs had a good year in 2014, with the lines of Wasteland 2, Divinity: Original Sin and Dragon Age: Inquisition all leaving a lasting impression. 2015 could be even better, continuing the line of Kickstarted marvels like Pillars of Eternity and Torment: Tides of Numenera.

Bombshell

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
What we know for certain about Bombshell: it is a video game that exists. Everything else about Inceptor Entertainment/3D Realms’ latest attempt at keeping head above water is up in the air, beyond the certainty that we’ll be playing as a scantily-clad, part-robot heroine. The Shadow Warrior reboot was pretty great so, hey, anything’s possible.

All Bombshell posts.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Looking to improve some of the community’s concerns about the most hotly anticipated sequel of 2014, this updated re-release adds new story through item descriptions and NPCs, rebalances for a smoother (though likely still bastard-hard) difficulty curve and pretties-up the graphics.

All Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin posts.

Eitr

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Dark Souls and Diablo meet in a viking dungeon to create Eitr. Beautiful pixel-art and a love for murdering its players with strong animation-focused isometric combat where getting overwhelmed by even the weakest enemies is deadly.

All Eitr posts.

Moon Hunters

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
February 2016
What is it?
A full on 1-4 player RPG adventure is just the beginning of why Moon Hunters is interesting. The world and its stories are procedurally generated and each playthrough will leave a new mythology in the world, to be discovered later.

All Moon Hunters posts.

Titan Souls

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Possibly the strongest elevator pitch of 2015: “Shadow of the Colossus meets Legend of Zelda meets Dark Souls.” You wouldn’t be blamed for rolling your eyes at that description, but it gets the inspirations of the devilishly tough, top-down, all-boss-fight Titan Souls across.

Titan Souls review.
Titan Souls preview.
All Titan Souls posts.

Wayward Tide

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The Starbound devs’ next game is a pirate action-romp about braving dangerous islands for loot and glory. Up to four player co-op makes inevitable traitorous backstabbery possible, In fact they’re actively encouraging it, designing traps such that individuals can get ahead of their “friends” with careful play.

All Wayward Tide posts.

Lost Sea

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A Diablo-like set on a mysterious island in the Bermuda triangle, told with a smile and colourful backgrounds. Gathering crew and supplies to build a ship and escape inevitably fails, meaning the mysteries of the region must be investigated.

FORCED 2: The Rush

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Card Game
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A roguelike with procedurally generated levels, but in which you’re competing against other players to get further through the course, and with a deckbuilding component. Which sounds like it might be good, and offers a significant spin on the original Forced.

Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Third Person
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
What to say about a Dynasty Warriors game? If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, there’ll be nigh-endless hordes of enemies to defeat with massively powerful and impressive looking attacks through a story about feuding Chinese nations. If you aren’t: it’s more of that thing you like.

Grim Dawn

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Action RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
From the makers of Titan Quest, an ARPG set in a grubby, decrepit world. It feels as good as Titan Quest did when you’re bashing the monsters, and it should satisfy those who felt that Diablo 3 lost that series’ darker edge. It’s been Early Access for a couple of years now, but new content is being added regularly in chapters.

Grim Dawn preview.
All Grim Dawn posts.

After Reset

Official site

Genre
Early Access, RPG
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Coupling hard sci-fi in a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland with hardcore RPGing in the style of early Bioware efforts or the Fallout games, there are free beta demo builds already available and Early Access is expected very early next year.

All After Reset posts.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Official site

Genre
Early Access, RPG
Release date
December 2015
What is it?
Swords without the sorcery, Kingdom Come is a much more realistic simulation of medieval life than your average RPG. There are no dragons to fight here, just monarchies, peasants and a near-lawless wilderness.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance preview.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance interview.
All Kingdom Come: Deliverance posts.

The Girl And The Robot

Official site

Genre
Early Access, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Escaping the clutches of an evil queen with the help of a friendly robot, you play the princess of the land in this two-character puzzle platformer/brawler. Successfully Kickstarter with an alpha version available off-Steam to show the basics.

All The Girl And The Robot posts.

Forge Quest

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Thoroughly un-serious top-down dungeon crawling in a world overrun by chickens and in Early Access since November 2013. Updates have been very regular, adding to the base of randomly generated dungeons filled with monsters and loot. Fully co-oppable too. The final version is now out.

AnimalAlbum

Official site

Genre
Educational, JRPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Taking two roles, AnimalAlbum aims to be both a co-op RPG for those looking for fun and an educational game for kids to learn about the animals of the world. That means it’s significantly more peaceful than the average, mostly about identifying what you find in the wild.

Citizens of Earth

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
A combination of JRPG and political satire, Citizens of Earth casts you in the role of the Vice-President of the world as he gathers constituents (translation: party-members) to fight some mysterious evil. It’s a failed-Kickstarter survivor, managing only a third of a $100,000 CAD goal in late 2013.

All Citizens of Earth posts.

Earthlock: Festival Of Magic

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Immediately reminiscent of the Playstation era, Earthlock is JRPG through and through with just enough spice to keep it original. Wildly caricatured monsters and NPCs, a world-threatening plot building from simple beginnings and classic turn-based combat.

All Earthlock: Festival Of Magic posts.

Edge of Eternity

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
December 2016
What is it?
A space JRPG that blends scifi and medieval influences. It takes place on a planet called Heryon, where an alien race has invaded and turn its people and animals into metal monsters. It looks like an ambitious game for a small indie studio.

All Edge of Eternity posts.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Only the third direct sequel produced for a Final Fantasy game, Lightning Returns finishes off the plot of the XIII trilogy. This PC release should be improved by what Square learned from the dodgy ports released previously, but definitely wait and see on that front.

All Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII posts.

Project Phoenix

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Japan’s first Kickstarted video game is naturally a JRPG, trading a lot on the value of Nobuo Uematsu’s involvement. Its battles don’t take part on their own screen, but rather hostile regions turn into a party-based RPG in the Baldur’s Gate style.

All Project Phoenix posts.

Shiness

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
One of many indie attempts at the JRPG formula, Shiness is of note for the scale and impressive nature of what the small French studio had already managed to build before their successful Kickstarter. With a backer-only Alpha that started in November, some are already exploring the sky islands of the manga-inspired land some 20 years in the making.

All Shiness posts.

Celestial Tear: Demon’s Revenge

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
Q3
What is it?
After an impressive and possibly record four shots at the Kickstarter pie, this JRPG finally scraped an asking price of $4,500. That’s some determination and it will be interesting to see what the two-person team can do.

Heart Forth, Alicia

Official site

Genre
Metroidvania, RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
A metroidvania RPG with detailed, pixel art graphics from a side-on perspective. So far we know more about its backstory than its mechanics – there’s floating islands you’ve fallen off, and now you’re trying to find your way back home.

All Heart Forth, Alicia posts.

Shadow Realms

Official site

Genre
Online, Action RPG
Release date
CANCELLED
What is it?
When Bioware teased a new game, online-only asymmetric multiplayer that claims to also be a story-driven RPG probably wasn’t want anyone was expecting. It’s far from their comfort zone, which makes it interesting, but it will need to convince everyone that it’s a better idea than something in the Dragon Age/Mass Effect ilk.

All Shadow Realms posts.

The Escapists

Official site

Genre
Real-Time Strategy, Simulation, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
If Prison Architect is about building prisons to safely lock up prisoners, The Escapists is a game from the perspective of those people you’ve got locked up. In a Pokémon-like art style and perspective, you’ve got to gather or craft the items you need in order to escape from a prison, dodging guards, sneaking around security systems, and trying not to get shot in the process. Already a hit in Early Access, it should be completed next year.

All The Escapists posts.

Cyberpunk 2077

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2077
What is it?
All we know is it’s a cyberpunk (the style) Cyberpunk (the PnP RPG) game from the guys that made The Witcher. That’s all we really need to be excited, and 2015 is more likely to be a year of discovering more about the game than one where we get to play it – particularly given CD Projekt RED’s preference for delay rather than release of an imperfect product.

Cyberpunk 2077 interview.
Cyberpunk 2077 feature.
All Cyberpunk 2077 posts.

InSomnia

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A second bite at the Kickstarter money-apple is to thank for Insomnia and its “dieselpunk” world. It’s in the style of Fallout, but with more of a focus on a living sandbox world. There’s also a heavy co-op element where both players will be able to influence the plot.

All InSomnia posts.

Mass Effect (4?)

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
We don’t know anything about the next entry in Bioware’s sci-fi epic, not even what it’s called. Some concept art and the knowledge that it will use the same engine as Inquisition is likely our lot until E3.

All Mass Effect (4?) posts.

Prodigy

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
One of a few attempts to try to combine the exceedingly popular habit of buying miniatures with video games. In Prodigy the figures are placed on specially made surfaces that recognise what they are and emulate their movements in-game.

All Prodigy posts.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
A front-runner for most highly-anticipated and best game of the year, The Witcher 3 has managed to maintain impossibly high expectations throughout the long (and delayed) development. It’s massively ambitious and time-consumingly huge in the way only RPGs can be. If nothing else, look forward to the RPGOTY Inquisition vs. Witcher comparison fight.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Let’s Play
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt preview.
All The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt posts.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
Q4
What is it?
The most highly funded video game Kickstarter of all time – and one of the top 8 in any category – has a lot of expectation to live up to. Even without the massive influx of funds, it’s the sequel to many people’s answer to best game ever. Possible delays could see it heading into 2016.

Torment: Tides of Numenera Supporter Post
Torment: Tides of Numenera interview.
All Torment: Tides of Numenera posts.

Pillars of Eternity

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
3/26/2015
What is it?
And here’s the 2nd most successful game kickstarter of all time, in the same genre. That’s a lot of hours bludgeoning goblins, but Pillars’ party-based RPGing came a lot sooner than Numenera.

Pillars of Eternity review.
Pillars of Eternity feature.
Pillars of Eternity preview.
Pillars of Eternity interview.
All Pillars of Eternity posts.

Witchmarsh

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
December 2015
What is it?
Party-based questing into the supernatural frontier of the roaring twenties with a custom team of explorers. Designed with co-op in mind, it’s aiming for a strong, decision-based narrative, tactical combat with optional bosses for a real challenge and just the right level of creepy to double it’s £50k Kickstarter goal.

All Witchmarsh posts.

Liege

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A party-based RPG inspired by Final Fantasy in its mechanics but by fiction like Game of Thrones in its tone and story. Your party is made up of characters of different classes and banners: classes such as Pikemen or Knights can be paired or stacked for tactical benefits, while banners add further stats increases to whatever classes you pick.

Kyn

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
In a similar style to the popular party-based RPGs of old, but with Torchlight and friends’ flair for over the top destruction of environment and foe, Kyn is Viking-inspired with a dose of comedy. It will be interesting to see how all that meshes in a game that’s trying to be closer to Baldur’s Gate than Diablo when it comes to making decisions in combat.

Elysian Shadows

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
December 2015
What is it?
Zelda-style RPG that switches between 2D and 3D perspectives and uses modern lighting techniques and audio engines to feel “next-gen.” It’s also launching on the Sega Dreamcast, because why not?

Creepy Castle

Official site

Genre
RPG, Side-Scrolling
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A minimum-bit RPG that’s so retro it might actually have come here in a time machine, Creepy Castle is about a non-specific animal warrior facing the evils of the titular dungeon. It’s closer to an adventure game with how uncompromising combat is – you either have the correct stats to win a fight or you don’t – so new areas must be explored to level up and find better items.

All Creepy Castle posts.

Barkley 2

Official site

Genre
Shooter, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
That the first Barkley game, a JRPG akin to FF6 but with basketball jokes instead of fantasy tropes, even existed is some sort of cosmic miracle. The sequel – fully titled The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 – Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie – Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa – is something entirely different, a top down shooter, with that same humour.

All Barkley 2 posts.

Rebel Galaxy

Official site

Genre
Space, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Space-fun’s going to be ten a penny in 2015. Rebel Galaxy looks to escalate things faster than its rivals. Every ship is a huge hunk of metal strapped to dozens of guns and diplomacy is a matter of selecting the best insult.

All Rebel Galaxy posts.

Vagante

Official site

Genre
RPG, Roguelike, Platformer, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Spelunky-ish dark platforming and classic RPGizing with levels, magic and mysterious potions scattered around. An unsuccessful Kickstarter put the project in doubt, but Early Access proved both more successful and better received. You can get it there now, or wait for the final release later this year.

Vagante review (early access).
All Vagante posts.

Aderyn’s Cradle

Official site

Genre
RPG, First-Person
Release date
Q3 2016
What is it?
The incredibly pretty and massive open-world first game of Mojo Game Studios, formed from a collection of university students. They’ve thrown themselves into the deep end, promising a skill based combat system, 30 hours of play and a deep, meaningful story.

All Aderyn’s Cradle posts.

Serpent in the Staglands

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
A classic RPG in every meaning of the term. Isometric combat in real time with pausing, a massive fantasy world and epic storyline. Made $28,000 on Kickstarter last year and though it was meant to be in full release by now, there is a playable version with backers and updates continue apace.

All Serpent in the Staglands posts.

Underrail

Official site

Genre
RPG, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Fallout-inspired post-apocalyptic wasteland exploration, mutant-slaying and general questifying. Available in a non-Steam early access form and on our collective RPS game-dar for several years, it should reach full release this year.

All Underrail posts.

The Age of Decadence

Official site

Genre
RPG, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Another on the Fallout pile, but with a whole other spin on the setting. It’s a low-magic fantasy world that’s gone through the collapse of its Roman-esque empire, an apocalyptic event. It’s also aiming for bastard-difficulty that requires careful tactics and exploitation of your characters chosen skills to progress.

The Age of Decadence review (early access).
All The Age of Decadence posts.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Official site

Genre
RPG, Third-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Sequel to indie darling kingdom builder/man slaughterer/castle haver, we know very little about M&B2. There’s been scant few blog posts since its announcement in 2012, though we have had the barest glimpse of the level editor and some very pretty medieval foliage.

All Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord posts.

UnderTale

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An utterly surreal RPG that seems to take graphical notes from the BBC Micro, writing and world-building tips from Pendleton Ward and even the trailers get self-referential. With a more interesting battle system than we’ve come to expect from indie JRPGs, it’s one to keep track of as Kickstarter updates indicate it’s nearing completion.

All Undertale posts.

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption

Official site

Genre
RPG, Adventure
Release date
March 2016
What is it?
A kickstarted point’n’click/RPG combo, aiming to combine the in-depth character interaction and story of the former with the “excitement” (their word, what isn’t exciting about inventory puzzles, EH?!) of the latter. Now with a planned release date a full two years after the original estimate, it’s unlikely to slip again.

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption interview.
All Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption posts.

Legends of Pixelia

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Retro, Early Access
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Very retro-styled, blocky and procedurally generated dungeons to smash and grab through. Local-multiplayer and single-player both feature and enemies are designed to be tough foes on their own rather than a horde to bash through.

Unraveled

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
Q4
What is it?
A successful Kickstarter project about a girl who’s lost her parents in a shipping yard, based on a true story (with a lot of imagination thrown in). She must find them quickly as her plush toy-come-to-life is rotting away.

Legends of Eisenwald

Official site

Genre
RPG, Turn-Based Strategy
Release date
07/02/2015
What is it?
After two years in Early Access and three since its successful Kickstarter, this Kings Bounty style medieval RPG is finally making its fully-fledged appearance. It’s hardcore and realistic in setting and tone with not a dragon in sight.

All Legends of Eisenwald posts.

Zombasite

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A fantasy zombie apocalypse scenario where necromancy has created a zombification virus rather than simply raising the dead. Playing out from a Diablo view point, it promises procedurally generated worlds and bands of followers to recruit and lead.

Sketch Tales

Official site

Genre
RPG, Creative, First Person
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A firstperson take on the scribblenauts concept of being able to put anything you can draw into the world and interact with it. When it isn’t a sandbox, there’s an action RPG world to explore.

Victor Vran

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Early Access
Release date
July 2015
What is it?
Action packed undead slaying in a Van Helsing homage. Shotguns, hammers and swords are used to slash, bludgeon and shoot through all manner of demonic horde. Recently added a co-op mode.

Victor Vran feature.
All Victor Vran posts.

Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Standalone expansion to the quite excellent Shadowrun series this time set in the cyberpunk future of the East. Upgrades all the systems from previous Shadowrun games, increasing the magic and gear available to players and improving the Editor used to make custom campaigns.

Shadowrun: Hong Kong interview.
All Shadowrun: Hong Kong posts.

Enter The Gungeon

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Shooter
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Taking out all that poxy melee combat that so drags down most dungeon runs, everything and everyone in Enter The Gungeon (pronounce it Gunge Eon for extra plus fun) is projectile-armed to their bullet-teeth.

All Enter The Gungeon posts.

Guild of Dungeoneering

Official site

Genre
RPG, Strategy
Release date
July 14th 2015
What is it?
Taking inspiration from a number of boardgames, this challenges you to build a dungeon around an autonomously controlled hero. You must keep him alive but bring him glory, enticing him this way and that to power up before facing the boss.

All Guild of Dungeoneering posts.

Knights of Pen & Paper 2

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
November 30th 2015
What is it?
Classic RPGing with tongue lodged firmly in its meta-cheek. Chock full of dice-rolls, Dungeon Masters, character sheets and a play table. Characters are customised not only in their abilities, spells and so on, but the person who is playing them as well.

Overlord: Fellowship of Evil

Official site

Genre
RPG, Strategy
Release date
August 25th 2015
What is it?
Long-awaited sequel to the be-the-bad-guy RPG of the late 00s. After the death of the titular lord of evil in previous times, four less powerful beings have now been resurrected to help battle the disgusting forces of good. The upshot of this for you and I is the addition of co-op to the Rhianna Pratchett-penned storyline.

Super Dungeon Bros

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Co-op
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Local multiplayer focused dungeon diving with up to three friends and an unhealthy and all too ironic addiction to the word “bro.” Teaming up to tackle obstacles and monsters is a must, with various combinations of the four characters allowing for special moves.

Underworld Ascendant

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
November 2016
What is it?
Spiritual successor to Ultima Underworld Kickstarted at the start of this year and continuing the crowdfund effort through its own website. Grimy, gritty underground RPGing from some of the minds behind System Shock and Thief.

Underworld Ascendant interview.
All Underworld Ascendant posts.

The Technomancer

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
From Spiders, of Bound By Flame and Mars: War Logs, comes this somewhat sequel to that latter game, even if they’re trying to avoid mentioning it. It’s Sci-fi RPG through and through with all the bells and whistles – cyber magic through multiple endings and story-modifying conversation.

All The Technomancer posts.

Fallout 4

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Long awaited Bethesda-RPG sequel to the long running post-apocalyptic series. Details have been nuked but the initial trailer suggests there will be sections set before the end of humanity, with Vault 111 being the focal point this go round.

Fallout 4 feature.
All Fallout 4 posts.

Fable Legends

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Co-op, Strategy, Free To Play
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Four players attack the stronghold, dungeon or open plan office of one villainous antagonist, with the capability for AI to take any of these roles. The first game to require Windows 10 and have Xbox One cross-play.

All Fable Legends posts.

Fairy Fencer F

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Originally a 2013 PS3 release, this very-JRPG JRPG is being ported to PC some time this year. There’s also a sequel on the way for the Sonybox 4, but no word of if that will make it our way. The story focuses on the eponymous fairy fencers on the search for magic swords to kill, presumably, each other. Obviously.

Soul Saga

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
PSX-era inspired indie JRPG with beautiful concept art and slightly blocky models as you’d expect. Along with having the greatest logo of all time, the dev team Disaster Cake successfully Kickstarted the project for almost $200k in 2013.

All Soul Saga posts.

Sword Coast Legends

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The latest attempt by Wizards of the Coast to port Dungeons and Dragons directly into a game that will then serve as a platform on which people can build their own games. The DM mode is the interesting part, providing enough slots for a four person party and Dungeon Master to experience “non-adverserial gameplay.”

All Sword Coast Legends posts.

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Official site

Genre
RPG, Early Access
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Third iteration in the series about a band of adventurers platforming their way around a colourful fantasy world. They’ve ditched the 2D perspective, a pretty big move for the series, hence the Early Access tag to check everything works to the fan’s content.

GAMENAME interview.
Trine 3 feature.
All Trine 3 posts.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

Official site

Genre
First Person, RPG, Shooter
Release date
Q3
What is it?
One of a rat king’s worth of maybe-good Warhammer games on the horizon, this is a Left 4 Skaven style shooter/RPG set in a dying city overrun by the rat people. Like its inspirations it will have single-player possibilities, but with-humans co-op will be where the meat lies.

All Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide posts.

YIIK: A Postmodern RPG

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Jury’s out on whether that’s ‘Yiik’ or ‘Y2K’ but a tech-focused plot about eight strangers infiltrating other worlds and, er, “weaponising plushie Pandas” may suggest the latter. Final dev time is looking to clock in at under a year and a half, it will be interesting to see how much the small dev team manages to get done in that time.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Official site

Genre
RPG, Games British Games Critics Like
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Second game in Square Enix’s Deus Ex prequel series and hopefully better received (by people other than Kierion Gillen) than that other Deus Ex sequel. They’re advancing the plot of enhanced humans vs. filthy pure-bios further and bringing in a new game engine, hopefully improving on the slightly static nature of Human Revolution’s world.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided feature.
All Deus Ex: Mankind Divided posts.

Expeditions: Vikings

Official site

Genre
RPG, Strategy
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Sending expeditions, yeah now you get it, from your home village out into the world to pillage, trade, invade or explore the world like our wonderful Scandinavian ancestors. You’ll also need to defend yourself from rival tribes.

All Expeditions: Viking posts.

Exanima

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Full-on hardcore simulation-style dark low fantasy RPG. On Early Access since April, it’s aiming for and hitting being radically difficult. It actually forms the prequel of a much larger game called Sui Generis, Kickstarted in 2013.

Exanima feature.
All Exanima posts.

StarCrawlers

Official site

Genre
RPG, Space
Release date
Q4
What is it?
StarCrawlers switches out the usual broadswords and dungeon wurms for laser pistols and derelict robots. Exploring destroyed spacecraft in search of adventure and loot, you lead a merry band of space pirates to fame and fortune.

StarCrawlers feature.
All StarCrawlers posts.

BloodLust Shadowhunter

Official site

Genre
RPG, Early Access
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Full goth vampire RPG with all the Masquerade/Requiem trappings you could hope for outside the actual White Wolf license. Even better than Bloodlines, it’s actually getting QA tested through a few months of Early Access.

BloodLust Shadowhunter feature.
All BloodLust Shadowhunter posts.

Bit Odyssey

Official site

Genre
RPG, Space
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Previously called ‘Tiny Trek’ this 8-bit galaxy explorer allows for customisation of ship and crew. Battles can be fought in space or planetside. That original name was the eventual goal, a full bore retro-styled Star Trek simulator.

Bit Odyssey feature.
All Bit Odysseyposts.

Wanderlust Adventures

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Online
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Online and open world spin-off to the Wanderlust series, itself a homage to SNES classic Secret of Mana. Cutesy colourful graphics and quick combat are its hallmarks with a ‘massive procedurally generated world’ promised in this version.

All Wanderlust Adventuresposts.

OreLight

Official site

Genre
RPG, Online, Creative
Release date
Q4
What is it?
A top-down Minecrafty thinger with a heavier RPG focus and the ability to move almost anything in the world. Isometric seems to be the final perspective left unconquered by the power of Terraria and co, this plans to fix that.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V Generation

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
No you haven’t had a stroke, that’s really what it’s called. Part of a series running almost as long as its titles, it’s an in-depth JRPG with a deep and complex battle system.

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153 Comments

  1. PikaBot says:

    Whether it actually gets released next year depends a lot more on the vagaries of VR headset releases than on the dev team’s work, but I think Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a game to look forward to. I’ve played it multiple times and it’s always a ton of fun.

    Disclaimer: I’m good friends with a member of the dev team, which is why I’ve gotten to play it multiple times. I really do think it’s a damn good game, though.

    • thristhart says:

      I am very excited for that game, but I do hope they add a mode for online multiplayer via voice chat or what have you. My gaming chums aren’t near by enough for the local mode!

      • PikaBot says:

        Well, you could just use Skype or any other voice chat software for that! It’s a very small team with no money, so I doubt they’ll want to have to implement and maintain a VOIP system within the game itself.

  2. Retro says:

    Massive list!

    1) there’s a ‘platformers’ category hidden in the ‘MMO’ category…
    2) it’s a bit of a shame that there’s no ‘classical’ sim (that is, flight-sim where you can shoot/bomb stuff, naval sim, tank sim.) in the ‘simulation’ category..it’s interesting that the business model there seems to go towards the same ‘base game’ being updated periodically/incrementially, which obviously does not give much change for big PR.. or the community taking up the task altogether..

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      Graham Smith says:

      1) Fixed!

      2) Good point. We probably missed a bunch of these. We’ll remedy that in the coming weeks/months.

      • Stevostin says:

        Hi Graham,

        While you’re at it you may want to add

        – Survarium (either Shooter or Exploration if you think about the upcoming freeplay mode)

        – Cradle (exploration, I guess ?)

      • Bishop says:

        If we’re making game requests my puzzle platformer, Trash TV, is coming out very early 2015 on Steam and a handful of other places. It’s like the love child of Super Crate Box and Limbo.

      • Dominic White says:

        Here’s one I just found out about a couple days ago:

        link to cross-code.com

        CrossCode. Action RPG in the vein of Secret of Mana, although maybe a bit more actiony. There’s a pretty beefy playable demo out now. Very slick and polished. My only gripe so far is that there’s a few grammatical/spelling flubs in the script right now.

    • Cuttlefish says:

      “it’s a bit of a shame that there’s no ‘classical’ sim … in the ‘simulation’ category”

      Though the article only labels it as “Survival” genre and only mentions the survival mode, DinoSystem is also an ecosystem simulation game. . There’s a god mode, that took inspiration from classical sim games like SimLife and SimEarth, that allows the player to mess around and experiment with the game’s ecosystem,

    • Gap Gen says:

      Yes, massive props to whoever compiled this!

    • padger says:

      Amazing list. What a resource! If you keep this updated across the year it becomes a sort of mega release-tracker.

  3. Banks says:

    Lots of interesting games, 2015 will be great.

    Personally, I can’t wait to play The Witness (finally). I’m really looking forward to the finished builds of Invisible Inc and The Masterplan too, they are shaping up to be fantastic.

    • kwyjibo says:

      Also looking forward to The Witness.

      At first, I thought it wasn’t included after looking in the puzzle section. Then it turns out it’s in the Exploration section. But The Witness is explicitly a puzzle game, your progress is gated by clearly signposted puzzles.

      While Scale, which is touted by its creator as more of an exploration game is placed into the puzzle section…

    • padger says:

      Yep, another one for The Witness. Just so intriguing!

  4. Grayman says:

    The platformer section includes nine instances of “metroid”

    • kwyjibo says:

      What’s worse is the presence of the non-word “metroidvania”.

      If you copy Metroid well enough, you can append your name onto the genre. In 2016, they’ll be called Metroidvaniaroofiyasongvergechasmmaiden. Or we can just call them all Metroid like forever.

      • aethyrium says:

        Nevermind the fact that the term has been in use for nearly a decade without all of the games coming out under its moniker being appended.

      • iainl says:

        Except that Durell’s Saboteur did all that stuff before Metroid anyway and I thought it was a better game (plus it’s just a platform adaptation of Knight Lore / Atic Atac). First doesn’t win prizes, sadly, and they’re known as Metroidvanias whether we like it or not.

        FPS games were “Doom Games” for years, despite that being a clear evolution of what id did with Wolfenstein 3D, so this isn’t exactly an odd development.

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    Lexx87 says:

    Well as i’m currently replaying a game from 2009, which is massive (yay Dragon Age) and my Steam library consists of many, many unplayed games from 2008-2014 i’ve lost all hope.

  6. Anthile says:

    Oh, you forgot Serpent In The Staglands again – and Frog Fractions 2.

    • pepperfez says:

      OR HAVE THEY?

    • InternetBatman says:

      And Underrail. And Avernum 2.

      RPS has baffling RPG decisions sometimes.

    • suibhne says:

      And Age of Decadence, which they’ve actually covered several times. (The content-complete beta will be released in Q1, so the final version is pretty certain for 2015.)

  7. Melody says:

    How do I put it…

    I understand that the world of text-based/text-heavy games (Twine, Visual Novels, Interactive fiction) and highly experimental games is fractured enough, that there often are no announcements before a game comes out etc. so I really can’t blame you too much for not including almost any of those. (No Choice of games though? They do have a more structured release schedule)
    Still it’s sad to see the only 2 visual novels relegated to “Strategy”. And, maybe I missed it, but it seems you forgot Christine Love’s Ladykiller in a Bind?

    On the good side, I’ve found lots of interesting-looking games, especially under the adventure header. So thank you ^_^

    (I only need 3 more of these posts to start becoming a parody of myself! :D)

    • HopeHubris says:

      Was going to say something similar myself, Choice Of seems to make up half of the games I’ve played in the last couple of months

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      Graham Smith says:

      You’re right on all counts. Will resolve that in an update.

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      SuddenSight says:

      This is certainly true, but recently I have found many text-based games are using episodic content to release in chunks. Some games (like Hero’s Rise) I don’t mind because each iteration is meant to feel like a complete game.

      However, I have “Dysfunctional Systems: Not the Complete Game” and “fault milestone more to come” sitting on my wishlist because they are incomplete.

      Also, there are a couple VNs at the bottom of the Strategy category. I don’t envy whoever had to assign categories (1 category per game really doesn’t work well in general) but these would probably make more sense grouped with the adventure games?

    • syllopsium says:

      You have a point, but is this in part because making money from IF is all but impossible these days?

      There’s Age of Decadence, perhaps, which was covered this year (and is currently early access on Steam). It may actually be properly released in 2015..maybe.

    • jbd says:

      Not 100% complete, and not PC-only, but I did make a post about upcoming text games for 2015.

  8. kud13 says:

    Holy Crap, SpellForce 3 is happening? that’s awesome news.

    Aside from Heroes of anhihilated empires, and to a lesser extent Warlords Battlecry III, no game really got that WarCraf III-esque balance of RTS and RPG as right as the SpellForce series.

    re-playing Dragonstrom and continuing on with the expansions was already on my gaming shortlist. Now they’ve just moved up a notch

    • mattevansc3 says:

      I’d skip the add-ones for SpellForce2, especially Faith in Destiny. They fail to recapture the spirit of the original SpellForce and Faith in Destiny brings nothing to the table. The plot is nonsense, the pacing is rushed, the dialogue is atrocious and it doesn’t even end on a cliff hanger, it ends half way through the mid chapter with nothing resolved. It’s really just bad fanfic. Demons of the Past, the last add-on is done by a different dev with a new engine and its meant to be better though I haven’t tried it yet.

  9. edwardh says:

    Funny… in the article for “Bombshell” you talk about an “impractically dressed” lady. Yet, I bet nobody ever mentioned the long dress the female character in “Eitr” is wearing. Because THAT is obviously highly practical in combat situations.

    • Antimagic says:

      Man, if you don’t see the difference between those two costume designs, either in practicality or why one’s been criticised and the other hasn’t, there’s no helping you.

    • Toasty_Tam_Lin says:

      It’s hard to exaggerate how daft this comment is. First off, the dress on the character in Eitr isn’t exactly long. It’s just over knee length, which is about the length of the tunic worn by men in the early medieval period. Secondly, even if it was a full length dress it would be perfectly possible to fight in. A well fitting dress doesn’t get in the way nearly as much as people might think. It’s not ideal, but the combat will still mostly come down to the relative skill of the two parties.

      And then there’s the whole ludicrousness of thinking that the two forms of impracticality would be equivalent. The scantily clad women trope is used because women get objectified by gamers/developers. Unsurprisingly, people take issue with this.

  10. Zallgrin says:

    Elegy of a Dead World is already out in 2014, by the way, so you can cross it from the list. They made a sneak-release which seems to have passed over the head of many people.

    • funkstar says:

      same minute! :P

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      Graham Smith says:

      Fixed! I think it was probably still in Early Access when we started this.

      • dahools says:

        You mean you didn’t knock this up in hour his morning? I’m less than impressed now. . .

      • funkstar says:

        was a little… slow… this morning, should’ve realised by the size of the article it was prepared in advance!

  11. funkstar says:

    Why is Elegy for a Dead World down as March 2015 release date? It’s out now on steam (came out in December), and not early access or anything… You even posted about the release here

  12. Crafter says:

    wow, 2015 looks like a very strong year for gaming.
    My Steam library is already overflowing with games I will never be able to play to and it looks like this backlist is only going to grow.
    I have not seen RimWorld in that list (I might have missed it though). It is a great colony sim / DF-like with scifi/western undertones. It is currently in early access of sort on its website and while the game systems look pretty much broken to me in their current state (alpha 9), it is still very fun to play to.

  13. Spacewalk says:

    Not. Enough. Games.

  14. dawnmane says:

    Have I gone blind, or did you forget Capybara’s Below?

  15. GameCat says:

    That’s like an incoming backlog for next 10 years or more.

  16. snowgim says:

    It always confounds me that Paradise Lost: First Contact isn’t titled Parasite Lost: First Contact… I always read it that way, but maybe that’s just me.

  17. Cockie says:

    I think the Dwarf Fortress release date is a tad optimistic.

    • Immobile Piper says:

      I’m used to thinking Early Access as something you have to pay money for. I was a bit confused at seeing Dwarf Fortress listed as one, but I guess EA term can be used for games that don’t require you to pay up front.

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    tigerfort says:

    I think the “!–nextpage” just above platformers may be an html error :)

    Also, I’m pretty sure “infintesimals” really is a platformer, not an “Isometric stealth assassination” game.

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      Graham Smith says:

      Fixed and fixed. Seems the description for Hidden Asset had somehow been copy and pasted into the space for Infinitesimals.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    I’d like to add Obsidian’s other two titles Armored Warfare (as MMO) and the small cardgame Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords, which has formally only been announced for mobiles, but devs have said other versions are in the works.

    I’d also say highly likely: Left 4 Dead 3 using Source 2 engine.
    Possible: Fallout 4, at least announced.
    Highly unlikely unless Valve plans to blow people’s minds with a “Black Box” followup to The Orange Box (bundled with L4D3, Dota 2 hats plus some more stuff): Half-Life 3

    • Devenger says:

      Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords: so that would be a PC version of a mobile game that’s a digital incarnation of a card game based on a tabletop roleplaying game? Cool! But I hope they do enough that’s new to make up for all the nice things you lose at each step of that transformation.

  20. FabriciusRex says:

    Where’s Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord? No Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord? How could you miss Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord? Your list SUXXXXSSSSSS!

    Looking forward to Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord.

  21. RARARA says:

    Beyond Good & Evil 2? Might as well as stick in Half Life 3 in there…

    Great list! Red: Out and Thumper looks rather nice. Seeing Negspace reminds me – I miss your DevLog Watch posts.

  22. mzz says:

    World of warship grinder, Rogue and some indie 2d sea going game and no Naval Action?
    Where is Naval Action. Tim stone was hyping it up a lot ..please add.

    link to m.youtube.com

  23. NathaI3 says:

    Holy… Holy cow. Let me just book a few more days off to read all this…

  24. Tarfman says:

    What about Strategic Command 3 from fury software. If its released in 2015 I think it will be strategy game of the year.

  25. dahools says:

    Raises glass to ethan hunt the undercover RPS spy who smuggled themselves in to such a heavily guarded sports interactive fortress to get the early access screen shot of the new football manager game! ;)

  26. ExitDose says:

    The roguelike section could use some Vagante love.

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    Andy_Panthro says:

    No mention of “underworld ascension” ? Hopefully they’ll be releasing lots of info over the next few months.

  28. LeanRight says:

    Woah, so many interesting games. Great list! :)

  29. Capt. Bumchum McMerryweather says:

    Dynasty Warriors is about China, not Japan!

    • Thurgret says:

      I logged in just to say this. Unless they tucked a Japanese story in somewhere, Dynasty Warriors is all a somewhat bonkers adaptation of Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

      • iainl says:

        Possibly, someone’s got themselves confused with the near-identical Samurai Warriors series; I’ve done that enough times as someone who doesn’t pay attention to plot in action games.

    • Soulstrider says:

      Yep, was about to say that. Can’t get this slander against Cao Cao pass unnoticed.

    • Wolfcoyote_J says:

      I was about to say that, too – especially since I’ve played the heck out of III, IV and V. As of the 6th it still isn’t fixed.

  30. captain nemo says:

    no sign of SYBAH multi-player – sigh

  31. Oozo says:

    That’s a very impressive list. I’m actually not sure if I should be excited about the sheer choice or a bit overwhelmed. Probably both, especially since a have made an effort this year not to play early access-games before they’re finished. (Which means that I still have a lot of games on Steam that I’ll try out in 2015 — looking at you, The Long Dark, Sunless Sea and various others.)

    It’s clear that such a list can never be comprehensive anyway, so I’ll just add a few more:
    – When it comes to adventures, Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet! is worth mentioning. Developed by Alasdair Becket, an award-winning comedian, it’s shaping up to be quite pleasant, and some of the Kickstarter updates alone had me smile more than a lot of finished games
    – In the RPG/adventure vein, there will also be UnderTale, a game that does not look like much at first glance, but that shapes up to have some clever ideas, and a very unique tone — there is a demo around that has not only won over a fair bunch of Kickstarter backers, but also RPS some time ago. If the whole game manages to be as charming as the demo, UnderTale will be not quite like anything else in 2015.
    Treachery In Beatdown City was also talked about quite a bit on RPS during its Kickstarter campaign — it’s a retro brawler with the added twist of being turnbased, and quite savvy in the ways of urban art and development, if the interviews with the creator are anything to go by.

    • Anthile says:

      There’s also Underrail, which should also come out some time this year.

  32. Psychomorph says:

    2015 must also be a year for “Ground Branch” by Blackfoot Studios (founded by an ex Red Storm lead). They will do an early access the coming months. I hope after all the waiting it’s finally the time.

  33. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    No Man’s Sky, Hyper Light Drifter and The Phantom Pain are my most anticipated this year.

    I also didn’t see Nom Nom Galaxy in your list. I’ve toyed with the early access and it seems well on its way to completion although still with a release date of TBA.

  34. welverin says:

    I’ll say it again, even people who have played every Metal Gear will be confused by the Phantom Pain. Hell, they be more confused.

  35. Turkey says:

    I hope this will be a Fallout or ES year.

    As much as I complain about those games, I always enjoy the spectacle surrounding their releases. It feels like a huge event every time.

  36. DirtyDivinity says:

    Hmm, tasty list with plenty of worlds and potential poetry!

    …Aaaaand : link to steamcommunity.com
    (or : link to dangerousrays.com )
    What makes you feel the meeting of these two words : ‘procedural S.T.A.L.K.E.R.’ ?

  37. heyheynaar says:

    I was wondering what games to look forward to in 2015, I did not expect there to be quite this many.

    Certainly I was not expecting the sheer amount of space games being released. Certainly a throw back to the 90’s especially Wings of Saint Nazaire. Looks like I will buy that X52 after all

    Anyway thanks for the fantastic list.

  38. DanMan says:

    And what date format did they choose? That’s right, the most unintuitive – the American “month / day / year” format… *nnnnngh*

    ISO format, people: “year – month – day” !

    • welverin says:

      I find it quite intuitive, of course I’m American and been dealing with it my whole life.

      • funkstar says:

        yyyy/mm/dd or dd/mm/yyyy makes the most sense to me, seeing as the units descend/ascend in size, depending. Probably leaning towards D/M/Y as that sounds better out loud – 1st January 2015, as opposed to 2015, January, the first. I’m guessing Y/M/D is the ISO standard because it makes sorting things based on dates easy (ie 20150101 vs 01012015) but to me, US date formats don’t make any logical sense at all :D

        • El Mariachi says:

          Many of us Americans agree, but there’s not much that can be done at this point. We had a push towards the metric system in the 70s but then Ronald fucking Reagan put a stop to it because… communism? (That was apparently also the problem with having solar panels on the White House.)

      • pepperfez says:

        It makes perfect sense if you say, e.g., “January 1st, 2015,” which is the standard American expression in my experience.

    • LionsPhil says:

      It’s a bizzare choice for a UK website.

  39. bad guy says:

    Racing Games 2015
    Beam NG

    • LionsPhil says:

      Jelly cars!

      They really need to model that vehicles have stuff inside them, and are not just a gelatinous shell with wheels stuck on.

  40. Zerpherion says:

    Lots of Indie/Small company games i have high interest in, Grand Theft Auto V probably the only triple AAA game I will pay for this year.

    Homeworld Collection not listed however?

  41. welverin says:

    Dead or Alive 5: Last Round for fighting games?

    • pepperfez says:

      Maybe the thought of DoA in a format that supports modding was just too horrible to face?

      My “Good Games of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be PC” list has plenty of fighting games on it: Guilty Gear Xrd, BBCPEx, and Undernight In-Birth have all been teased, so I’m hoping Japan’s apparent hatred of PCs doesn’t get in the way.

  42. P.Funk says:

    Looking at this list I can state that the Space genre is happier than its been in a decade and that the RTS genre is still trying to find itself. No FPS games grabbed me either, barring Verdun which I’m thrilled about if only because it should be the Paths to Glory of shooters, ie. they never make them about WW1.

    Two games actually about WW1 that I saw. I hope to see more of that since the dubya dubya deuce is pretty over represented as ever.

    • Zenicetus says:

      The cockpit-level Space genre is certainly looking good, although I’m not sure what else we’ll actually see in 2015 besides incremental development of Elite, and maybe No Mans Sky (whatever that turns out to be).

      The disappointments for me are mostly on the RTS and TBS side of space games, where I’m not seeing many new ideas to get excited about. Everyone seems to be making basically the same 2D strategy game over and over again. The budgets are lower for that type of game, so it should be easier to do something fresh.

  43. Christian Knudsen says:

    Thanks for including Hidden Asset! I guess I’d better ignore this hangover and get to work on the game…

  44. welverin says:

    re; Battlefield: Hardline

    Volition is behind Freespace and Saint’s Row, Visceral is responsible for Dead Space and BF:H.

  45. Samuel Bass says:

    At this risk of coming across as a grotesque self-promoter – and feel free to delete this if that’s not kosher – but figure it’s worth mentioning that ADR1FT is coming out this year. First-person space survival / exploration game with full VR support, got a bit of hype over the last few months.

    We have a trailer and everything:) – link to youtu.be

    With that out of the way, thank so much for putting together this list – have a feeling I’ll be referring to it a lot throughout the year. Also feels like I’ll need to clone myself in order to have the time necessary to play everything, but so much interesting stuff out there. The adventure game revival alone really makes my heart sing.

    • dahauns says:

      Your self plugging is really fine with me – as long it doesn’t delay your game!
      I need it NOW – My Oculus hungers for this experience!

  46. raiders5000 says:

    What’s with all the crappy graphics in the Roguelike genre? It’s 2015 for crying aloud. If I want to play a 1980’s game…I’ll play a 1980’s game.

    • Wulfram says:

      Real roguelikes don’t have these “graphics” you speak of. Ascii was good enough for our grandparents, it should be good enough for us

      • raiders5000 says:

        Really? Make sure a “grandparent” price comes with that Ascii code.

        • pepperfez says:

          Roguelikes also demand highly readable graphics, something that’s often best accomplished with extreme simplicity.

  47. fish99 says:

    GTAV fits better in ‘action games’ TBH. It’s still mostly played 3rd person and has more driving than it has shooting.

  48. MaXimillion says:

    What’s up with the US-style date formating (MDY) instead of either of the logical and more widespread choices (DMY/YMD)?

    Also, I wish you’d either use “Roguelite” or “Roguelike/-lite” to avoid diluting the genre definition.

    • pepperfez says:

      I’m quite partial to “roguelikelike” because it conjures the image of a wobbly backstabbing intestine-beast.

  49. Muzman says:

    Good lordy that was epic.

    And yes where is Cradle? I don’t blame the site for missing it. It seemed to have ducked off the radar for a while.
    But looking now they are still talking, still localising. So it’s not one of those faded games, thankfully..

  50. DanMan says:

    Having the name of the developers in there would have been nice. I might be interested in experimental / crappy-looking games by a dev I know and like. Also to promote them and get their name out in case of indies.