What has its origins with people sitting around a table and pretending at a certain role has given rise to an entire genre of video games that fans highly anticipated each year. With panels at San Diego Comic-Con and a loyal following of fans who follow each and every bit of news about the games, the RPG genre is widely loved. Even those who wouldn’t claim to love the whole genre have occasionally been pulled in by a game that looks interesting to them. For some, it’s an isolated situation of interest but for some, it’s the beginning of RPGs becoming a fan’s favorite genre. Here’s a list of upcoming RPGs that any video game enthusiast should keep on their radar no matter what they like.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
The Dragon Age series developed by Bioware has a great reputation among fans for its great storytelling, innovative combat style and loveable characters. It started in 2009 with Dragon Age: Origins and continued in 2011 with Dragon Age II, both released on Microsoft Windows, PS3 and Xbox 360. The series will continue with Dragon Age: Inquisition a hotly anticipated new adventure on the continent of Thedas.
Inquisition will be released on Microsoft Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, giving players a large variety of choices when it comes to how they’ll experience this game that’s expected to receive just as many Editor’s Choice awards as the previous two installments in the series. The planned release date is November 18th, 2014 for North America, which might make it a great game to play for younger fans on a holiday break from school or adults looking to escape from the stresses of hosting family for the holidays.
Pokémon: Alpha Sapphire & Pokémon: Omega Ruby
Remember in the late 90s when Pokémon sprung up seemingly out of nowhere into immense popularity? You couldn’t walk anywhere in a toy store without seeing those booster packs of cards and there were tournaments held for fans of all ages to test their skills against each other, and it seemed like everyone with a Game Boy had some version of a game. Nintendo intends to bring out remakes of the third-generation Pokémon games Sapphire and Ruby, long considered to be fan favorites, into Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby. The games will continue their tradition of being released for Nintendo’s handheld consoles, in this case the 3DS line. The plans were announced in May of 2014 and the release date for these remakes is slated for November 21, 2014 in North America.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix
Vastly popular Japanese game developer and publisher Square Enix intends to impress fans yet again with an HD re-master of one of their most beloved games. Intended as the successor to the September 2013 release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, the HD 2.5 remix is a combination of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix with the addition of Kingdom Hearts re:coded as a theatre mode so fans can experience the whole story. Since the announcement of their intentions in October 2013, Square Enix has kept their fans waiting on the edges of their seats for more news about this beloved RPG featuring popular and iconic characters from the Final Fantasy series as well as characters from Disney films and a cast of entirely unique characters as well. Slated for a December 2014 release in North America, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is a great buy for those who want to experience the games all over again or those who want to play them for the first time.
Final Fantasy XV
Although it doesn’t have a release date set yet, Final Fantasy XV is worth a mention on this list and worth keeping on your radar. For fans who have been playing each installment of the Final Fantasy games since they began or fans who are new to the series and are drawn in by the allure of a fantasy series with impressive graphics, this is bound to be a great installment. After having been in production for years as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, developer and publisher Square Enix announced its new name and its release for the PS4 and Xbox One instead of the PS3 and Xbox 26 as originally projected. Many die-hard and casual fans alike are keeping an eye on what the Japanese company does with this installment to their most iconic series.