2015 has been a great year for role playing games, with a lot of great titles releasing in the last months just like Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. They have finally given a sense to current generation consoles, which were still waiting for good and major RPGs to arrive on the market. Now, with 2016 almost here, it’s time for us to think about the future and look at what’s next for this beloved genre. These are our best 2016 RPGs, and it’s great to see both Japanese and Western role playing games are well represented this time around.
Kingdom Come Deliverance
Kingdom Come Deliverance will release in the first half of 2016 for PC and a bit later for PS4 and Xbox One. It’s a realistic take on medieval role-playing games, something which is free of all the magic and fantasy stuff we usually see in modern RPGs – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, anyone? According to Warhorse Studios, this CryEngine-based title will be all about realism in one-on-one sword combats, horse riding, quest taking and historical reconstructions when it comes to the story. It really seems like an experience we will remember for a lot of time, and surely one we will want to live.
Final Fantasy XV
The father of all Japanese role playing games, Final Fantasy is ready to make its current generation debut with the episode XV, which was known as Versus XIII at first. Now that things have shaped up the way Square Enix wanted, it’s become a more modern open world, free combats title to appeal western audiences. We have already seen how good it is actually shaping up thanks to the Episode Duscae 1 and 2.0 demos, and this is the main reason why we really look forward to Square Enix announcing its release date in a fan event to be held in March. It seems absolutely realistic to point at a second half of 2016 worldwide release.
Not announced yet for Europe, Persona 5 is launching in 2016 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in both Japan and North America. It is chronologically the sixth game in the Persona series, set in the Megami Tensei franchise, and will allow players to take the role of a 16-year old boy just transferred in Tokyo. At the center of the game there will still be Personas, of course, alter egos people can summon to help with investigations and fights. Battles are confirmed to be turn based as usual and there will also be randomly generated environments. The game is said to be in pre-development since 2010.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Horizon: Zero Dawn is the new game coming from the creators of the Killzone franchise. This new RPG has been long rumored and finally announced at E3 2015, where we have been informed about its female protagonist and the post-modern location, a fusion between future and ancient times. It really looks like it’s going to be set in a huge open world for us to explore and shape our own story, with enormous creatures spread throughout it to beat us down the ground. The last few gameplay videos have already showed how many weapons and gadgets we have to defend us, so.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Eidos Montreal new RPG is the sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which had the merit to bring back to the video games Olympus one of the most beloved and forgotten series (by legendary game designer Warren Spector). With Mankind Divided, the story of humanity goes forward and still deals with these physical enhancements which have the ability to make men something more than human… not always in a good sense. Cyberpunk locations and philosophical themes will be the core of this amazing game.
Bravely Second: End Layer
After the overwhelming success of Bravely Default, another game by Silicon Studio and Square Enix is coming in the Bravely series. Called Bravely Second: End Layer, this new JRPG is coming exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in 2016 and surely promises to be another title classic Final Fantasy fans will fall in love with. End Layer takes place two and a half years after the events of the first game, with Tiz Arrior awakening from a coma and being saved by Magnolia Arch, a young woman coming from the Moon (hey, no connection with Destiny voice actors…). The title is in development since 2013, so you should really understand how much care Silicon Studio is putting into it.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Here we go again with a game that really doesn’t need any presentation. Mass Effect Andromeda is the new role playing game by BioWare (the first ME to be made out of the Edmonton offices) which will open up a completely new trilogy after the events of the first, led by Commander Shepard. What’s great is Mass Effect Andromeda is going right back to the core of the franchise, basically re-introducing the free planetary exploration component through the Mako, and focusing on the good things ME2 and 3 put in it in the effort to make it a much more action-oriented brand.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Ubisoft isn’t the first name you would think about when talking about role-playing games, by the way Tom Clancy’s The Division will have its fair share of ruolistic component when it finally releases early 2016. The Division is going to be, at least in its creators’ intention, the Destiny of modern and realistic warfare gaming, with a sweet plot to back it up and a lot of details added to it like: weapons; randomic encounters; PvP; PvE; areas; and more. Customization will also be among the most important things you will meet in the game, too.
Dark Souls III
The final chapter in the Dark Souls trilogy, Dark Souls III is going to be relevant all over again thanks to Miyazaki’s involvement in the making. As you might recall, Dark Souls II looked like it was less “brave” than its predecessor and Demon’s Souls simply because it had to bring forward the franchise without revolutionizing it, in the wait for his creator to complete Bloodborne. With Miyazaki free to work on Dark Souls III, this is surely going to be a much more complex game – not just in terms of difficulty but in the way it’s being made, and articulated as a role-playing game. Expect it to launch sooner than you think, because it is already time to die again.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness
It has been recently delayed by a month but it’s still one of the most awaited Square Enix JRPG to date. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is the fifth game in the main Star Ocean series and is currently in development at Tri-Ace, releasing this March in Japan. The game will take place between The Second Story and Till the End of Time, respectively the second and third titles in the main series, being set on the planet Faykreed, 6000 light years from Earth. It’s in the works for PS3 and PS4, and the PlayStation 3 version, although being at the center of the project with the current-gen said to be a port, won’t launch out of Japan.