Top Upcoming RPG Video Games of 2018

The top upcoming RPG titles coming out in 2018.

Note: Article updated in March of 2018.

2018 is fast approaching and as such there’s a slew of new video game titles slated or expected to launch during the upcoming year. If you’re looking for what video game titles are worth checking into before they make their way onto the market then let us lend a hand. In this particular list, we’re going over our top picks for the RPG video game titles launching in the coming year. Take a look at our picks below and as always, let us know if we missed a title by dropping us a comment!

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Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
  • Developer: Level-5
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Release: March 23, 2018
  • Platforms: PS4, PC

If you enjoyed Ni no Kuni, a video game title that released for Sony’s PlayStation 3 exclusively, then you’ll likely be delighted to know that the series will continue on. Developers Level-5 are planning to release the video game sequel to Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch early 2018.

The video game takes place a hundred years after the events of the first title where players follow a young king named Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum who sets out to reclaim his kingdom.

While fans of the first title can expect the role-playing experience with the sequel. The game will feature an open world and a cast of characters that can be controlled during battles. Speaking of battles, there are a range of attacks and strategies available to use during battles with characters having melee style standard attacks along with a variety of skills.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Developer: Warhorse Studios
  • Publisher: Warhorse Studios, Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
  • Release: February 13, 2018

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an action RPG developed by Warhouse Studios. Set during the early 15th century, the game follows the story of Henry who is the son of a blacksmith that witnesses his parent’s death after a civil war breaks out. From there, it becomes your quest for revenge and since the game is already released, our experience with the title proves that this is a rather lengthy journey.

The game is a first-person RPG experience that is more approachable for gamers who are interested in playing a historically accurate video game rather than a fantasy setting made to resemble a medieval time.

Gamers will have to progress through the long narrative to hone their skills up as in the start, our protagonist Henry feels like just an everyday average Joe. You can expect to get well over forty hours within the game if you choose to both complete the main story narrative and the various extras.

Check out our Before You Buy Kingdom Come: Deliverance coverage.

Monster Hunter: World
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release: Jan 26, 2018
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC

The Monster Hunter franchise is consistently growing and with each new installment a number of new gamers explore the monster filled worlds development studio Capcom has crafted. Monster Hunter: World is marked as the fifth main installment to the franchise and as you can expect, there will be a number of notable updates.

For instance, Capcom has placed larger maps making it a more seamless experience between zones and what’s a Monster Hunter video game without the ability to hunt with friends? Outside of the offline campaign, the game will allow a four-player online co-op opportunity.

Much like past Monster Hunter video game installments, this is an action RPG where players are tasked to hunt down a wide variety of monsters located throughout the land. As you progress, characters will need to be tweaked from the various armor they wear to the weapons taken into battle which will be your main point of interest when it comes to progressing your character.

Check out our Before You Buy Monster Hunter World coverage.

  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: June 5, 2018

Dontnod Entertainment has crafted up some popular titles so far. Their debut title Remember Me sparked the highly beloved Life is Strange IP.  Following up the release of Life is Strange is Vampyr, a vastly different IP then what the developers have worked.

Vampyr takes place during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic in London where players take the role of a doctor Jonathan Reid. Our protagonist is in a predicament as he is a vampire with a bloodthirsty nature, but is battling his condition with his Hippocratic Oath.

Being an action role-playing title, players can traverse parts of the world while also leveling up Jonathan in order to unlock new abilities and skills through the skill tree. It’s worth noting that the skill tree will not be linear allowing players to open up the various play styles available to enjoy during the game.

Darksiders 3
  • Developer: Gunfire Games
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The Darksiders franchise continues on with developers Gunfire Games launching the third main installment sometime in 2018. This franchise is an action role-playing with a ton of hack-and-slash goodness.

So far, what we know about the video game is that the title will take place in a parallel world of events from the past video game installments. In this war-torn Earth, our protagonist, Fury, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, is in a quest to destroy the Seven Deadly Sins.

We’re still waiting to hear more information when it comes to Darksiders 3 though we are expecting RPG elements to be tossed throughout the game as they were in the past. However, at this point, we’ll just have to wait and see just what Gunfire Games and THQ Nordic reveals.

Code Vein
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XO
  • Release: 2018

Code Vein is an upcoming title being developed by Shift, which you may know from their past works such as the God Eater franchise. Since its announcement, little information was given out in regards to Code Vein, although, thanks to the Tokyo Game Show, a new narrative trailer was officially unveiled.

This is an action role-playing video game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that is flooded with vampires. It seems that the worlds blood supply is running thin and as a result, there’s become a division between vampires.

Our protagonist is a rookie who must fight against the Queen and the corrupted bloodthirsty vampires that gave their allegiance to this seemingly unstoppable force. Being an action role-playing video game, there’s more freedom in how players attack their opponents, but the developers have opted to run with a Dark Souls style approach.

While we’re still waiting for more information to release when it comes to Code Vein, we do know that the development studio is looking to broaden some RPG elements in the game. For instance, the developers are allowing more ability to customize your character classes while other traditional RPG titles will often lock players to a certain character class as you level up throughout the game.

Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 1
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platform: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Out of all the Final Fantasy video game titles to have released, there’s no arguing that Final Fantasy VII is the most recognized and well-known among gamers. The video game title was such a big hit on the original PlayStation that it was still being brought up and talked about nearly decades later.

Now original fans and newcomers can once again relive the narrative journey soon with the Final Fantasy VII Remake. This will be a retelling of the original narrative that follows Cloud Strife and the eco-terrorist group known as Avalanche as they battle against the corrupt megacorporation, Shinra.

There are some slight change ups to the remake, for instance, this will be an action role-playing title that will be dropping the turn-based combat the original title was known for. It seems that while they are toning it down when it comes to RPG elements, the game will still allow more player control on how to play the game.

For fans who don’t want a typical action gameplay, Final Fantasy VII Remake will give players the ability to tweak their character’s battle style. Players are told that battles won’t slow down to a complete stop, but you will have enough time to strategically decide your attacks.

Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Developer: Square Enix 1st Production Department
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Everyone should be well aware of the Kingdom Hearts franchise. The third installment is expected to release sometime 2018, continuing the narrative Disney story. Since the release of Kingdom Hearts 2, The Walt Disney Company had acquired Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilm, which could result in seeing a variety of characters and worlds from these three newly acquired companies. Just as before, we can expect Sora to be the leading protagonist in a journey filled with Disney settings and Final Fantasy characters.

We expect that players will still have more control of the story in that there will be sidequests, exploration, crafting and interacting with the various NPCs that will cross pathways.

  • Developer: Phoenix Labs
  • Publisher: Phoenix Labs
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

If you’re looking for a free-to-play MMORPG experience then Dauntless from developers Phoenix Labs may be well worth looking into. This is an upcoming fantasy-based video game which features players becoming Slayers, humans who are tasked in taking down Behemoths around the world, which are giant dinosaur-like animals.

With the game being a free-to-play online title, players can choose to enjoy a cooperative gameplay experience with friends or they can go through the video game narrative by themselves as a single player video game.

Overall, the game is similar to the Monster Hunter series. While the game doesn’t feature any classes or skill trees, Dauntless does offer players the ability to harvest certain parts of the creatures to use as crafting gear, ultimately progressing your gear used to kill stronger monsters.

  • Developer: Lab Zero Games
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, Switch
  • Release: 2018

Developers Lab Zero Games is gearing to release their Metroidvania video game, Indivisible. This is a title that will tell the story of a girl named Ajna who finds that she has unique special powers. Hoping to learn the truth behind her mysterious powers, Ajna goes out to explore and find someone who can tell her about the origin of these abilities.

With a heavy emphasis on exploring the world, the developers have crafted the combat mechanics to mimic the style shown off within Valkyrie Profile. This won’t be a very long RPG as the developers stated that the target completion time is around 20 hours, but because they may not be the most lengthy games out in the market, they will open up the possibility for players to replay the game.

Gamers can expect the ability to upgrade armor, weapons and switch between various equipment when faced against a different enemy type.

Project Phoenix
  • Developer: Creative Intelligence Arts
  • Publisher: Creative Intelligence Arts
  • Platforms: PC, Mobo, PS4, PSV,
  • Release: 2018

Project Phoenix is an upcoming title under development studio, Creative Intelligence Arts. This is a real-time strategy RPG which takes inspiration from several Japanese role-playing video games. Unfortunately, there are not too many details regarding the video game quite yet.

What we do know is that players will unravel a mystery of an angel with amnesia. During the journey, gamers will explore the lands of Azuregard with your band of heroes searching for the missing pieces in solving this grand mystery.

With Japanese RPG design influences, gamers can expect a real-time combat with fluid and dynamic strategy options, but again, we’ll have to wait until more information on how well the combat holds up.

System Shock
  • Developer: Night Dive Studios
  • Publisher: Night Dive Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: ON HOLD

If you enjoyed System Shock back when it first released in 1994, next year, 2018, players will be given the chance to once again enjoy the System Shock journey through a remake. The video game is being developed by Night Dive Studios which will retell the narrative journey of a nameless hacker who gets swindled into working with the TriOptimum Corporation, a company the hacker previously attempted to hack and steal files from.

As mentioned, System Shock originally released back in 1994 where it was praised by critics and was a commercial success leading to a sequel to release under the development studios Looking Glass Studios and Irrational Games. We’re interested in seeing just how well the remake will do in today’s market.

When it comes to the RPG side of things, we know that the game will allow players to make upgrades in terms of ability and skill as they progress. The more players level up will result in additional abilities and weapons. Furthermore, these abilities may result in solving a problem in a variety of ways, giving players more freedom to choose how they wish to play the game.

Shadow of the Colossus
  • Developer: SCE Japan Studio, Bluepoint Games, Inc.
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Shadow of the Colossus is an iconic title, one of which that originally released back in 2005 for the PlayStation 2. Overall, players take on the role of a young man named Wander who has entered into a forbidden land. Your overall goal in the video game is rather straightforward, players must track down and fight these massive creatures known as Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono.

The video game as mentioned was introduced and released for the PlayStation 2, however, it was later re-released with enhanced graphics in 2011 for the PlayStation 3. During Sony’s E3 2017 press conference, we were once again taken back to the classic title as Sony unveiled their intentions to remake the video game for the PlayStation 4 console.

Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PS4, NS, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The next installment of Valkyria Chronicles is set to release this year. Valkyria Chronicles 4 is an upcoming tactical RPG that continues to follow the same style of strategy gameplay that the previous installments are known for.

Overall, players will have to maneuver their characters around a battlefield while taking out the hostile forces. Within the narrative, players will find that Valkyria Chronicles 4 will take place during the events of the first title, Valkyria Chronicles.

This time, however, players will be maneuvering a new cast of characters set within the continent of Europa. As part of the last chance effort to end the war and capture the imperial capital, commander Claude Wallace and his squad are set into a battle that will put them against imperial soldiers along with the Valkyria.

So far there is no specific release date attached quite yet when it comes to Valkyria Chronicles 4 other than the market within Japan.

  • Developer: Aurora44
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Ashen is an upcoming action RPG title that follows players into a world that is full of hostile enemies and gloom. Little information has been released about the game so far, but what we do know is that players can opt to work together in hopes for a greater chance of survival.

Within the world, players may cross paths and can then team up in a means to increase the skill set and crafting abilities. Strength in numbers seems to be key for survival in Ashen which has a wide variety of creatures and hostile environments that lurk around the corners of this decayed world.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: April 24, 2018 (NS)

The latest South Park video game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch this April 24, 2018. This is an RPG video game played in a 2.5D third-person perspective and follows the events that occurred in South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Within the game, players take on the role of the New Kid during a massive war of rival superhero factions. Even though the game has already released on other platforms, there’s still upcoming DLC set to launch for the title.

As a result, Ubisoft will offer gamers the chance to purchase the previously released DLC along with the upcoming expansion known as “Bring the Crunch” launching later this year.

Gameplay features turn-based RPG combat where players can think out attacks before initiating them. Likewise, character classes will be available for players to choose and each will alter character stats such as increasing short-ranged or long-ranged combat.

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