RPGamer Round-Up: July 21 – July 28

Welcome to the latest edition of RPGamer’s round-up column, where we take a quick look back at some of the articles we’ve posted throughout the week. This article is designed to help give reminders of some interesting editorial content and stories that our less regular visitors might have missed.


Editorial Content and Features

As players attempt to overcome not one but two catastrophes, Final Fantasy XIV takes them to a brand new world. Alex Fuller reveals that Shadowbringers offers the MMORPG’s best experience so far, with The First seeming an appropriate name for that world in more ways than one.

Unfrozen’s Iratus: Lord of the Dead is now available on Steam Early Access. Pascal Tekaia learned to respect the level of challenge present in the game’s Darkest Dungeon-style dungeon-crawling.

In Darksiders III’s latest DLC outing, Fury is sent on an inter-dimensional sojourn to clear out the infested Serpent Holes for Vulgrim. Pascal Tekaia went with her to see what’s worth drawing attention away from a ruined Earth.

In the penultimate #JRPGJuly round-up, the staff update us on their progress ahead of the final push. The write-ups include plenty of building, a revisit to Arland, and the small matter of an apocalypse.

Major News

Square Enix revealed a bit more about the added content in Dragon Quest XI’s upcoming Switch version. The release will include a number of additional side-stories, each focusing on one of the Luminary’s allies.

Airship Syndicate’s upcoming Darksiders prequel is getting a couple of limited editions. The editions are available to pre-order now, with the more expensive one coming with a substantial official board game.

With Oninaki set to release in a month’s time, Square Enix and Tokyo RPG Factory have released a demo for the game. The demo includes the start of the game’s story, as well as a battle mode that lets players try out multiple job roles.

During its livestream this week, Sega announced a Japanese release date for Project Sakura Wars. There were also some other reveals, including that the game’s combat will be significantly different to that of the rest of the series.

Hand of Fate developer Defiant Development has announced that it is ceasing work on new game titles. The announcement came with a preview of the newest game the studio was working on, with its team members now looking for new roles in their respective fields.

Pillars of Eternity II is already heading to Nintendo Switch, alongside other consoles, later this year. Before that, however, Switch owners are getting a chance to play through the first game.

CooCooSqueaky’s turn-based RPG Tears of Avia will be coming to PC and Xbox One later this year. Players will need to recruit party members from across the world of Estera to deal with a war between two powerful city-states.


Additional Selected Stories


The RPG Backtrack continues working its way through the Tales series. Both Tales of Xillia and its direct sequel Tales of Xillia 2 get covered in the latest episode.

To go with the launch of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the Q&A Quest hosts discuss the series’ history. There is also chat about the recently released Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.

The RPGCast returns for another week with Josh, Kelley, Alex, Pascal, and Nathan joining Anna Marie, and briefly Chris, to talk about what they’ve been playing and the latest RPG news. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them are playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but plenty of other games are also covered.


Alex Fuller

Alex joined RPGamer in 2011 as a Previewer before moving onto Reviews, News Director, and Managing Editor. Became Acting Editor-in-Chief in 2018.

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