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The PC Games Of 2016

Everything to look forward to on PC in the new year.

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RPGs

RPGs have experienced a resurgence over the past two years, owing in part to the power of Kickstarter to revive old experiences. 2016 should see the release of Torment: Tides of Numenera, Divinity: Original Sin 2, and much, much more.

Dark Souls III

Official site

Genre
Action-RPG
Release date
March 24 2016
What is it?
Another Dark Souls instalment with series mastermind Hidetaka Miyazaki reinstated at the helm. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s a stunning successor to forerunner Dark Souls II and its combat appears quicker, similar in style to Miyazaki’s PS4 exclusive Bloodborne, while maintaining the majesty of series predecessors – particularly that of the much-loved original.

All Dark Souls III posts.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
January 15 2016
What is it?
Dark Arisen marks the PC port of the hackey-slashey, dragon boasting, castle roaming, now 4K supporting Dragon’s Dogma which first landed on consoles the best part of four years ago. For enduring such a long wait, PC players have been awarded a new zone – Bitterblack Isle – not to mention all of the original’s DLC too.

All Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen posts.

Masquerada

Official site

Genre
Isometric, RPG
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
Masquerada: Songs And Shadows is a 2.5 D tactical isometric RPG set in a Venetian fantasy world. It’s a typically whimsical tale of kidnapping, exile and magic; complete with class conflicts, ancient sacrosanct groups and plenty of movements rebelling against the establishment. To top off the fantasy fare, it boasts a lovely Banner Saga-esque aesthetic.

All Masquerada posts.

Styx: Shards of Darkness

Official site

Genre
Stealth, RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The next Styx entry that aims to refine the ambition intrigued its forerunners at times failed to live up to courtesy of a bigger budget, bigger ideas, and the fact that it’ll run on Unreal 4. Shards Of Darkness also aims to capture a wider audience with a more sophisticated narrative than immediate predecessor Master Of Shadows.

All Styx: Shards of Darkness posts.

Bards Tale 4

Official site

Genre
RPG, Turn-based
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The Bard’s Tale 4 is inXile Entertainment’s direct sequel to the mid 80s/early 90s fantasy RPG series from Interplay, and NOT the single entry inXile did themselves back in 2004. The in-engine trailer that popped up in June last year looked positively stunning as it portrayed an expected array of kobolds, goblins, sorcerers and dungeons.

All Bards Tale 4 posts.

Northern Shadow

Official site

Genre
RPG, Sandbox, City Building, First-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Northern Shadow has some pretty lofty ambitions: to merge a medieval open-world sandbox a la Skyrim with a complex city builder like Banished. If you’ve been following the two-man developer’s updates, you’ll know it’s a game that’s shown spurts of progress, before going very quiet. That said, when it has popped its head above the parapet, it’s looked really quite spectacular. More in 2016, please.

All Northern Shadow posts.

Seven

Official site

Genre
RPG, Isometric
Release date
TBA
What is it?
As unusual as it may at first sound, Seven is a Thief-inspired isometric RPG brought by some of the folks that worked on The Witcher. It’ll take place in the Vetrall Empire, wherein its residents live in a “beyond post-apocalyptic” society.

All Seven posts.

Ashen

Official site

Genre
Action-RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Ashen is a game about forging relationships that revolves around a wandering nomad who’s in search of a new home. For one reason or another there’s no sun and the land is covered in ash. There’s a distinct Ico/Shadow Of The Colossus feel to it all – aesthetically and thematically. That’s no bad thing, particularly as each new trailer seems to impress more than the last.

All Ashen posts.

Vampyr

Official site

Genre
Action-RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An episodic adventure from the fellows behind Life Is Strange. Set in early 20th century London, Spanish flu has swept the community and it’s on you – a surgeon named Johnathan Reid – to converse with the locals, solve clues, and rely on “vampyric” powers to get by. Similar to its previous works, developers DONTNOD have suggested Vampyr’s narrative will be steered by player choice.

All Vampyr posts.

Elex

Official site

Genre
RPG, Open World
Release date
Q3 2016
What is it?
Another interpretation of a post-apocalyptic world from the same chaps who made the Gothic and Risen RPG series. This “science fantasy” universe, as the developers put it, will play host to a multitude of mutated baddies, friendly characters, and moral choices.

All Elex posts.

Cube World

Official site

Genre
RPG, Sandbox
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Cube World has been quite the will it/won’t it saga that’s alternated between the two since work began on the RPG sandbox way back in 2011. A neat little alpha released in 2013, followed by some murmurs in 2014, some lengthy radio silence, and then confirmation that audio was being implemented in late 2015.

All Cube World posts.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
It’s not the Stick Of Truth 2, but follows the familiar South Park cast as they don the roles of their superhero alter egos in another (very probably systems-lite) RPG. Although not without its problems, Stick Of Truth was good fun and – although Obsidian are handing over the reins this time to Ubisoft San Francisco – it’s likely this one will be too.

All South Park: The Fractured But Whole posts.

Sui Generis

Official site

Genre
RPG, Simulation
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Currently, developers Bare Mettle Entertainment have Exanima – a prelude to the massive open-world fantasy RPG with really involved physical interactivity, Sui Generis – on Early Access, thus it might be a wee bit ambitious to include this here. That said, they do inhabit the same universe and we can but dream, yeah?

All Sui Generis posts.

System Shock 3

Official site

Genre
RPG, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
System Shock 3 was only formally announced in December 2015, but boy did it get our sci-fi dystopia juices flowing. There’s not much to go on at the moment, but it is definitely A Thing, it’s being made by OtherSide Entertainment (those who brought us Underworld Ascendent), and original voice actor Terri Brosius is returning to voice sentinel AI antagonist SHODAN.

All System Shock 3 posts.

Eitr

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Since its announcement, Eitr’s trailers have went from strength to strength. It’s a pixelated Diablo-meets-Dark Souls murder-fest that throws gigantic beasts and minion monsters at you in equal measure – both of which appear to pose terrible threats, with little signs of weakness on any level. Yelp.

All Eitr posts.

Moon Hunters

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
February 2016
What is it?
It looks like Titan Souls and plays like a sophisticated procedurally generated 1-4 player co-op RPG. As each quest unfolds, you’ll create your own mythology that can be rediscovered in later playthroughs. In essence, legendary tales that you might uncover down the line, could be the ones written by you in previous playthroughs. “…Each time you play,” reads the game’s blurb, “the constellation of your character’s legend carries over.”

All Moon Hunters posts.

Wayward Tide

Official site

Genre
Action RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Another 1-4 player co-op game, this time from the guys behind Starbound and about pirates. Expect treachery and swashbuckling and peg legs and parrots perched on shoulders and plenty of “AARGGHH”s. You’ll team up with your fellow comrades as soon as you’ll stab one another in the back in your quest to uncover loot and hidden treasure on procedural islands that regenerate every time you die.

Grim Dawn

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Action RPG
Release date
February 2016
What is it?
An Early Access veteran that plans to make the long-awaited leap into full release come February of this year. It’s fast-paced, Diablo-esque combat where scouring the haunted Victorian-era streets for as much money, loot, weapons and armour as is (un)humanly possible is the name of the game.

Grim Dawn preview.
All Grim Dawn posts.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Official site

Genre
Early Access, RPG
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
A medieval RPG in its truest sense – Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a realist’s approach to the genre that’s dragon-lite but physical warfare heavy. Everything – from its aesthetics down to the game’s inverse kinematics combat system – is designed to depict how a life in the 15th century might’ve been. One for those who take historical accuracy seriously.

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

Edge of Eternity

Official site

Genre
JRPG
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
Edge Of Eternity considers itself a tribute to the JRPG classics of yesteryear. With a focus on genre features now often considered out-of-date, this game places a distinct focus on strategic turn-based combat, character building and world exploration, while adding its own idiosyncratic touches

All Edge of Eternity posts.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
December 2016
What is it?
Just to be clear: this ain’t Mass Effect 4. In fact Mass Effect: Andromeda is to take place “far away from and long after the events of the original trilogy,” say BioWare. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited for Andromeda ahead of its ‘holiday 2016’ release slot.

All Mass Effect (4?) posts.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The ever-delayed Torment: Tides Of Numenera has pushed its stubborn self back into 2016, having never actually received a solid, set in stone release date up to now. Developers inXile Entertainment accrued one shed-load of crowdfunding cash to make this A Thing (almost $5,000,000), so perhaps taking the time to deliver the absolute best interpretation of a Planescape: Torment spiritual successor as they possibly can is a smart move.

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

Barkley 2

Official site

Genre
Shooter, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Barkley 2 – or to give it its Sunday name: The Magical Realms Of Tir Na nOg: Escape From Necron 7 – Revenge Of Cuchulainn: The Official Game Of the Movie – Chapter 2 Of The Hoopz Barkley SaGa – is the top-down shooter Kickstarted sequel to the genuinely laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely entertaining 2008 parody JRPG-type freeware game Barkley, Shut Up And Jam: Gaiden (which of course parodied 93’s Barkley Shut Up And Jam). If the name doesn’t already give it away: it’s bonkers but great fun.

All Barkley 2 posts.

Vagante

Official site

Genre
RPG, Roguelike, Platformer, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Permadeath and procedurally-generated darkened levels make this an easy comparison to Spelunky, but potions and stats and hit-points and the like make it identifiable as an RPG too. In fact, Graham once described it as “Spelunky: The RPG”. Imagine that. A failed Kickstarter saw Vagante enter Early Access at the end of 2014. It missed full release in 2015, but we think it might appear this year.

Vagante review (early access).
All Vagante

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Official site

Genre
RPG, Third-Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An old fashioned sequel in that it plans to take everything that worked well in the original Bannerlord, improve upon what already worked well, scrap anything that didn’t make sense, and polish up absolutely everything else by running itself on a brand new engine. Where the latter is most noticeable is how better populated the world now is – the land spans a sizeable space, complete with six different cultures. Interestingly, said cultures all have their own unique board game.

All Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord posts.

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption

Official site

Genre
RPG, Adventure
Release date
March 2016
What is it?
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is a point ‘n’ click/RPG crossover that’s been brewing for close to four years now. In fact it’s now two years passed its planned release as per its successful Kickstarter campaign notes. But hey, here’s hoping the latest from the creators of Quest For Glory – that’s apparently based on their now defunct email-based web game The School For Heroes – lands without issue in March as planned.

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

Sketch Tales

Official site

Genre
RPG, Creative, First Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Bills itself as a D.R.A.W.I.N.G. sandbox, or Doodling Roleplay Action With Imaginative Nonlinear Gameplay sim, and while that’s a bit cringeworthy, Sketch Tales is a cool Skribblenauts-esque sandbox-cum-RPG. Draw whatever comes to mind by way of weapons and allies in your quest to rule and/or save the land.

Enter The Gungeon

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Shooter
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Enter The Gungeon has a tacky name but an adorable look as it swaps boring melee ARPG dungeon brawling with all the projectiles and weaponry and shooty bang banging you could ever need. Shoot the world to shreds on your lonesome or with friends in two player co-op.

All Enter The Gungeon posts.

Super Dungeon Bros

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Co-op
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Fast-paced local multiplayer about storming a medieval fantasy realm named Rokheim as fictional rockstars. You and yer bros will scour dungeons for loot while fighting zombies in a quest to find out more about another apparently legendary band of rockstars. The game also offers limited crafting features.

Underworld Ascendant

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
November 2016
What is it?
Successfully Kickstarted subterranean first-person RPG/spiritual sequel from the creators of Ultima Underworld. Said to take place in a “living, breathing fantasy world”, Ascendant hopes to recapture the appeal of the original while improving elements of its co-op play. November 2016 is when the crowdfunding project suggests full release.

Underworld Ascendant interview.
All Underworld Ascendant posts.

The Technomancer

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Set in the same wider world as Spiders’ other game Mars: Wars Logs, The Technomancer is about exploring the Red Planet, beating the shite out of people with an elaborate combat system or by harnessing magical powers, and crafting a whole load of stuff to make the former a bit more straightforward. If you’re a lone wolf, feel free to go it alone, but a companion and lover system is in place for those who prefer company.

All The Technomancer posts.

Fable Legends

Official site

Genre
Action RPG, Co-op, Strategy, Free To Play
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
Four heroes challenge a singular villain via online multiplayer or by virtue of AI in a prequel of sorts that takes place hundreds of year before the original trilogy. Not only will it require Windows 10 to make it tick, it’ll also be exclusive to the Windows 10 store and will have Xbox One cross compatibility.

All Fable Legends posts.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Official site

Genre
RPG, Games British Games Critics Like
Release date
August 23rd 2016
What is it?
Sequel to previous series entry Human Revolution, Mankind Divided is set two in-game years after the Panchaea Incident meaning it takes place in 2029 – some 23 years before the original Deus Ex. This time, protagonist Adam Jensen is out to thwart terrorist sects with the aid of physical augmentation. Expect espionage, action, cyberpunkery and loads of player choices in Square Enix’s second stab at a sequel.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided feature.
All Deus Ex: Mankind Divided posts.

Expeditions: Viking

Official site

Genre
RPG, Strategy
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Expeditions: Viking is a game that’s been in the works for a while now but was only officially announced last year. Ultimately, it’s about exploring your immediate world and exacting power by way of plunder and pillage as you act like a stereotypical Nordic warrior in a quest to “carve your name into the annals of history”.

All Expeditions: Viking posts.

Exanima

Official site

Genre
RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
As mentioned above in the Sui Generis posting, Exanima acts as a prelude to the former’s far more expansive world. It’s a low fantasy isometric RPG with some absolutely chilling/fantastic lighting. When taking this and Sui Generis into consideration at once, developer Bare Mettle Entertainment’s bigger picture is one worth admiring.

Exanima feature.
All Exanima posts.

StarCrawlers

Official site

Genre
RPG, Space
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
StarCrawlers is your classic dungeon crawler that swaps vacuous caves for compact spaceships; ghosts and ghouls for robotic worms; and chainmail and swords for futuristic suits and laser cannons. After landing on Early Access back in March last year, developers Juggernaut Games suggested we’d see its full release “about six months” later.

StarCrawlers feature.
All StarCrawlers posts.

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