With the next generation of console gaming set to be very heavily centre around high octane shooter types, all out action games and a variety of sporty types, it leaves the more discerning gamer wondering “just what is out there for me?”. Well fear not as, whether you are to be PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, there is plenty of role playing games out there waiting in the wings that will have you locked away for hours on end making fresh air and human interaction a thing of the past.
Below is a list of all of the know RPGs that will be coming out over the next few years.
Below – Developed by CapyBara Games, the people that gave us Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, Below is an adventure game viewed from a top-down perspective and is very reminiscent of the classic Legend of Zelda games. The player-character is a tiny warrior exploring the depths of a remote island, with a focus on exploration and the character’s survival. Did we mention that the environments in Below are randomly generated? The game is designed to be difficult, with brutal but fair combat and permanent death. Judging from the announcement trailer at E3, Below will feature some sort of co-operative gameplay.
Final Fantasy XV – It’s no surprise that Final Fantasy would make its way to next gen consoles; however Final Fantasy XV originally started life under the guise of a PS3 exclusive, Final Fantasy Versus XIII. It has now been given a next gen facelift, a new name and a rather fast paced game play trailer, meaning Final Fantasy XV could very well be the most ambitious Final Fantasy game to date. Expect a high, action-heavy combat system and visuals so good your eyes will need a cold shower after every play session.
Kingdom Hearts 3 – When Square Enix announced this little beauty at E3 the first thought that came to mind was a rather emphatic ‘YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH’ followed very closely by ‘about sodding time’. The first two Kingdom Hearts games are two of our favourite games of all time, and we are deliriously happy that they finally have a sequel. Currently there is very little known about it, but one thing that can be confirmed is that it will be AWESOME! It has Final Fantasy in it! It has Disney in it! And it’s coming to next gen. I CAN’T WAIT!!
Destiny – OK, we know what you’re thinking, Destiny is a first person shooter, how is this an RPG? Well Destiny is an insanely ambitious MMO that moves into the RPG genre with its humungous shared world and diverse first person combat system. Unlike traditional MMOs however, you won’t be able to just shoot up everyone one the same server as you – instead in Destiny you will be matched with players on the fly, meaning you will only ever find yourself in a PvP situation if you actually stand a realistic chance of winning it. That and the fact that it is already looking better than a sun soaked beach babe in a small bikini, Destiny is already shaping up to be one of the biggest next gen action RPGs.
Dragon Age: Inquisition – Ok BioWare, enough is enough you have teased us to the point where we now have no clean pants. Just give us this game already – a game you’ve promised will be bigger and better than anything in the series so far. While Dragon Age: Inquisition still won’t be truly open world, we can start to prepare ourselves for a massive fantasy playground with tonnes to discover and explore. Bioware recently confirmed that you will be able to transfer your Dragon Age II save into the game, which will further fan emotional investment. Have we mentioned that it’s going to be running on DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine? I haven’t? Well I just did, so it’s probably a safe bet that this game will look phenomenal.
Elder Scrolls Online – OK we’re just going to say it, Elder Scrolls *YAWN*. Personal feelings aside, Bethesda’s RPG behemoth is only getting bigger as it steps into the MMO fray. It promises to let you loose across the whole of Tamriel – a game world that is so big it starts to make Jupiter look small. And with all your favourite classes to choose from, and so many quests and side quests that they will be leaking from every hole by the time you are done.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Admittedly we didn’t get along particularly well with the previous installment, but it is safe to say this time round we are paying full attention. CD Projekt RED’s mature fantasy hack ‘em up could just be the most ambitious open-world RPG since Bethesda’s Skyrim and is definitely one that you need to stand up and take full notice of. There is one main difference between the two however and that is Wild Hunt’s adventure is made of far grittier steel than The Elder Scrolls. Think more George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, not Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. The fact that you will be taking on the role of a much grittier anti-hero will add a huge bite to Wild hunts narrative, that and Geralt’s ability to wield a sword as gracefully as a performance of Swan Lake means that Wild hunt is already shaping up to be a real delight.
Cyberpunk 2077 – With CD Projekt RED placing the majority of their time and effort on The Witcher 3, it’s probably highly unlikely that we will see Cyberpunk 2077 anytime soon. When it does get released however, we have a sci-fi orientated RPG filled with dark moody undertones and maturity, which has a lady with knife arms to look forward to. Now that’s something to be excited about right?
Lords of the Fallen – Developed by Deck 13, a team that contains a number of people that worked on The Witcher franchise, comes Lords of the Fallen. Again, another title that seemed to slip under our radar at E3, but when you say to us that this game is being compared to a mix of Dark Souls and Borderlands, you will have us hook, line and sinker from the word go. Lords of the Fallen is a game that has decided that character classes really aren’t it’s cup of tea, so instead have chosen to focus their energy on fluid, third person combat and a number of boss fights against the so-called ‘Lords’. Sounds good to us, when do you want our money?
And that’s just what we know so far. Although a lot of the next gen games that have been unveiled so far have been either first person shooters or open world action games, it’s safe to say that the role playing game has a place on next gen consoles.