2016’s Most Promising RPGs

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We’re almost half-way through the year, and it’s not been a bad one. The finale of The Witcher 3. Dark Souls III, for those players who consider it an RPG. A couple of late-arrivals, like Dragon’s Dogma. But as the nights again start to draw darker, what’s up next? Here’s some of the big quests still promised for 2016. As ever, don’t be too surprised to see a few more jump from A to B.

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    oWn4g3 says:

    Torment should still be planned for 2016 I think.

  2. Talahar says:

    The RPG that has me most excited this year is Obsidian’s Tyranny. The whole the-bad-guys-have-won premise sounds very intriguing to me.

    • godunow says:

      Although Real time combat like the one in PoE is really disappoining. At least group limit of 4 may make it bearable…

      • qrter says:

        They’re still doing the real time thing? That’s quite disappointing.

        • Rosveen says:

          To be fair, Tyranny has been in development for a few years – in part simultaneously with Pillars of Eternity. Even if they wanted to go turn-based, it was likely too late to change it by the time they received full PoE feedback.

      • onodera says:

        What’s wrong with RTwP? Just like Paradox grand strategy games or Dwarf Fortress you can pause however often you want. The only thing that I think people might miss is the feeling of helplessness when the plan goes wrong during enemy turn.

    • satan says:

      That does sound like an interesting premise, I’ll have to check it out.

    • JFS says:

      I came here to mention Tyranny as well. I don’t know if it’s promising, though, but to me basically none but the last two of Richard’s list seem to be.

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    magogjack says:

    Camelot Unchainded Beta !!!!
    I can not wait !

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      magogjack says:

      friken fracken grumble EDIT

      *Unchained

    • LexW1 says:

      Seems a bit odd to include Crowfall and miss that! I mean, I’m excited for both, as an ancient DAoC veteran, but I think CU is a bit more exciting than several of the above (the Runescape one doesn’t even seem to be an RPG, per se).

      Plus Tyranny is still saying 2016!

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      Fitzmogwai says:

      It’s only a model.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    No Tyranny? I am so shocked and appalled I may raise an eyebrow.

    It’s going to be interesting how the Dwarves shape up, both in gameplay and writing.

    With Kickstarters release date (or any release at all) can be a bit shaky, but I recommend people keep an eye out for Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, and InSomnia, both hopefully out this year.

  5. DrazharLn says:

    One article in 17 pages, RPS? Not like this link to i.imgur.com

    • Pazguato says:

      Agreed. It’s like buzzfeed crap.

    • slerbal says:

      It’s one article I’m not going to read. Splitting it onto 17 pages is excessive!

  6. The Ultimate Clone of The Ultimate Warrior says:

    I still have a vain hope that Paradox will announce something V:tM related in the near future. Other than that I have hope for Deus Ex but according to Jim Sterling there’s been some turmoil over forcing it to become a trilogy of games. We’ll have to see how that turns out. Also Tyranny looks amazing, I loved Pillars of Eternity last year. Something like that would be ideal.

  7. TheAngriestHobo says:

    “…and producing procedurally generated poetry to help cling to sanity.”

    That sounds like a brilliant idea. I’ve got some sand you can drink if you’re thirsty, too.

  8. Shiloh says:

    Looking forward very much to the South Park outing.

  9. Maxheadroom says:

    Is Shroud of the Avatar any good? I backed it in Kickstarter and played one of the early beta builds, whereby I took 5 steps got stuck on a tree and then quit.

    Cant quite work up the enthusiasm to reinstall it for another shot though

    • Mahaku says:

      Fun in an oldskool, “player-run economy with housing and vendors” kind of way. Totally does is for me.

  10. Sin Vega says:

    It’s spelled “SHRUD”

  11. GameCat says:

    It will probably not come out this year, but on RPS forums there’s quite interesting RPG called No Truce With The Furies and I think it should gain some more attention, because honestly I like it much better than any of games mentioned in this article.
    link to rockpapershotgun.com

    PS. Before anyone ask – I’m not a developer of this game and I do not know anyone from dev team, I’m just genuinely impressed with it.

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      Lars Westergren says:

      That does look interesting!

      • Emeraude says:

        That it does.

      • Oozo says:

        Even more than that — it sounds original, at least narratively. You can’t say that about too many games on the list here. (Also, I can’t exactly imagine what a game will play like that has an OST by British Sea Power, but I’m definitely looking forward to finding it out.)

        Thanks for pointing the game out! (Even though I can’t be the only one who read it as No Truce With The Furries, which, well, might be original in its own way…)

  12. Janichsan says:

    How’s Shroud of the Avatar coming along, by the way? The first versions looked pretty dated and half-assed, and I haven’t really followed the development of the game.

  13. Epicedion says:

    Ah, Shroud of the Avatar. The Star Citizen of RPGs.

    • pepperfez says:

      Upon seeing your comment, Chris Roberts immmediately began drawing up stat tables and class lists for Star Citizen.

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      gritz says:

      The key difference between these two stillborn projects of ex-Origin hubris is that Star Citizen was ambitious and wanted to be the future of gaming, while Shroud was content to look like something you’d find in the Walmart bargain bin in 2005.

      • Kaeoschassis says:

        So “ambitious and the future of gaming” translates to “shiny graphics”, then? Jeez, I thought that mindset was a relic of the old days at this point.

  14. Strategist says:

    Most promising to me is Shards online, which I just pledged and though its in an early Alpha stage had very much fun with for the last couple of days. It has free character progression withouth classes, lots of crafting and harvesting and you can build your home almost anywhere in the game world. It has pets and stealth, too, and I assume its the guys behind Ultima Online who develop it.
    I think RPS should really keep their eyes open for it!
    Like here: link to shardsonline.com

  15. Jabberslops says:

    Judging by how many people have left WoW since WoD was released and looking at the servers list, Blizzard is completely out of touch with the people who actually enjoyed the game before MoP and Wod. Right now WoW has lost so many subscriptions that I don’t think Legion will be enough to justify the large expansions anymore. Legion needs to bring back 5M subs and still be fun for 80+% of the player base 6-8 months after release for wow to survive; A feat that WoD could not manage due mostly to the lack of or perceived lack of content. I think most people don’t even consider daily quests to be actual content.

    WoD basically killed all the social aspects people stayed around for with the introduction of the Fortress. Not only was the social aspect of the game ruined, but the trading aspect was as well since anyone could gather everything they ever needed, solo. The only people buying anything “expensive” (75-150k+) were the “Whales” buying from other “Whales”.

    The Dungeons and Raiding situation was just as bad. IMO the Dungeons and Raids in WoD were literally the most boring WoW has ever had. On my Main, I only made it to a couple Heroic raids in BRF and some Normals in HFC before I got bored and stopped bothering to run raids completely. After spending time getting ready for it, I ended up leaving the game a month before the patch that added flying in Draenor and have not logged into my Main since.

    I believe I am over my WoW addiction and WoD was my cure.

    • Bostec says:

      Yep, the garrisons were probably the worst design decision I’ve in WoW and i’m convinced killed the game. Almost as bad as Star Wars NGE.. almost. They literally took out the ‘World’ in Warcraft with those things. Everyone stood around alone waiting for the queue system to pop up and that was it. That was the End game. Cities died, crafting died, it was just you and your static zone. Quite sad.

      • Faxanadu says:

        I’ve been whining about Blizz “killing the World from World of WarCraft” since x-realm bg’s were introduced.

        They didn’t listen and now they’re paying the price! Buhaha! BUHAHA! BUAAHUEHUEHUE!

  16. ProverbsofHell says:

    So, not very promising, then, since a whole bunch of these you even said probably won’t come out this year lol.

  17. siege002 says:

    Not sure when it’s slated for release (though I’m hoping it’s 2016), but I’m really looking forward to Eitr, which I’ve seen described as “isometric Dark Souls”.

  18. lagiacrux says:

    also: “I am setsuna” is still “upcoming” … well it releases tomorrow … that still counts right?

    on an unrelated note: im really enjoying the smt/fire emblem mixup that is “tokyo mirage sessions #fe” on my wii-u. also an rpg

  19. Lintire says:

    Idle games? Re-releases? Updates? Arguably dead kickstarters with nothing but patented kickstarter promises, which means about as much as a Zimbabwean dollar?

    Less promising, more fucking depressing.

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      Lars Westergren says:

      53% of the games listed are not Kickstarters, one of the Kickstarters is a sequel to a highly rated game. Most of the rest are very likely to be released. If they will be good though, that’s always the question whether they are Kickstarted or not.

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    Harlander says:

    When’s Cyberpunk 2077 meant to be coming out?

    • Janichsan says:

      Late 2076

    • Farsearcher says:

      Cd Projekt Red said that they aren’t talking about Cyberpunk until 2017 and the release date stretches from 2019 to 2021

      • bandertroll says:

        I think – Q4 of 2018. CDPR not big and over the millions $ with Witcher series do not infinity.

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          Nauallis says:

          Come again on that last?

          • Darth Gangrel says:

            Oh that’s simple, he/she means that CDPR can’t take forever to work on it, because they don’t have all the money in the world, despite the success of The Witcher 3.

            I’m mostly uninterested in any of these except the first few, but I can just go and play lots of other older RPG’s that I have installed or never got to.

  21. Wulfram says:

    I’m looking forward to the next SW:tOR expansion, though we don’t know much about it except its called “Knights of the Eternal Throne”.

  22. Raazer says:

    Let’s not forget Mount & Blad II: Bannerlords. Think they’re still shooting for a 2016 beta release.

  23. Dale Winton says:

    Of course DS3 is an RPG

  24. daveyd says:

    A few obscure PC exclusive RPGs that might release this year:

    Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire (August 31st)

    Purgatory: Echoes from the Void (Q4)

    No Truce With the Furies (Q4)

    Iron Tower Studios’ Dungeon Crawler (Age of Decadence engine)

    Meriwether

    • April March says:

      Oooh, Tahira is looking very beautiful, in a weird rotoscoped-ish sort of way. I hope it’s as good as its concept.

  25. Carra says:

    Looking forward to Legion as I’ve played every WoW expansion.

    And also to Divinity: Original Sin 2 since the original was my favorite game of the year when it came out.

  26. Oozo says:

    I guess there is still a figment of a chance of Barkley 2 (whose name should never, ever written in its entirety backwards on a mirror, unless the B-Ball Apocalypse will be unleashed) might come out in 2016. It’s definitely not M.I.A., even though progress seems to be almost comically slow. I still have high hopes for the game, since everything I’ve seen and heard from it so far points to a lot of potential — but I guess that 2017 is as good a bet as any. (And probably better than one on 2016.)

    • Oozo says:

      There is also Where They Cremate The Roadkill, which does not look like an RPG (or anything else, really), but is supposed to be part of the genre. Basically, it could be anything by this point, which is exciting in a way. I think the dev is also aiming for a release in 2016.

  27. SP1041TKE says:

    Dishonored 2? If Mankind Divided is counting as an RPG Dishonored should as well, no?

  28. qrter says:

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows should come out in the next couple of months..

    link to masquerada.com

    InSomnia (hey! it’s not fantasy!) is also planned for the end of this year, but I’m not so certain they’re going to hit that.

    link to insomnia-project.com

  29. Leafcutter says:

    Deliverance: Kingdom Come

  30. mitthrawnuruodo says:

    Expeditions: Viking is the only one I am looking forward to.

    I am not surprised not many know about it, since it is not a multiplayer clickfest or a pretentious roguelike.

    • daveyd says:

      I’m definitely looking forward to that one, too. But it has officially been delayed to early next year, so can’t rightly be put on a “promising 2016 RPGs) list.

      Of course, there’s very little chance D:OS2 is coming out this year, but Larian hasn’t officially delayed it.

  31. shadow9d9 says:

    Most of those are mmos or adventure games, not rpgs.

  32. Uninteresting Curse File Implement says:

    having found the first Original Sin one of the few U7-inspired games worthy of being a successor.
    I loved Original Sin just as… nay, more than the next guy. But after the lovely first hub there was hardly anything in it beside the meatgrinder of constant battles (cool, awesome battles, but still!).
    Also, the sequel isn’t going to have the same composer, and this worries me a lot.

    • Cederic says:

      I’ve only just gotten around to D:OS and even in the Phantom Forest I’m enjoying the combat.

      The game would be excellent and fun if half my time wasn’t spent doing basic repetitive crafting and inventory management. That’s where they’ve gone wrong; let us enjoy the story and gameplay!

  33. Unsheep says:

    The Technomancer is still the most unique and interesting RPG for me this year, apart from Avadon 3 … but all of Spiderweb’s games are utterly fantastic in my opinion.

  34. April March says:

    I just realized that in the promo pic for Deux Ex in this article it seems like the enemy soldier is using magic to create a bunch of giant pills on top of Adam.