New Release Round-Up (March 4, 2021) (Updated)
Welcome to RPGamer’s new release round-up. In this column we look to provide our readers with details on all of the RPGs released over the week. Please note we do not currently include Early Access releases.
Available: Steam, Microsoft Store
Price: $14.99 (10% launch discount on Steam)
Asdivine Cross is the third title in KEMCO’s Asdivine retro RPG series and was originally released for mobile in 2015. The game follows Harvey, who embarks on an adventure with three heroines. It features an auto-battle system and adjustable difficulty.
Publisher: Foreign Gnomes
Developer: Foreign Gnomes
Available: Steam, Nintendo eShop
Price: $9.99 on Steam, $14.99 on Nintendo eShop
Everhood sees players control a wooden doll called Red, whose arm has been stolen by a blue gnome. The game takes place in a realm called Everhood where strange creatures pass the time by racing go-karts, taking on obstacle courses, and playing board games. It features music-based battles in a five-to-six-hour adventure with five difficulty settings and a New Game Plus mode.
Harvest Moon: One World
Developer: Natsume, Rising Star Games
Available: PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop
Farming sim Harvest Moon: One World is set in a world where produce such as strawberries, cabbages, and tomatoes no longer exist, with knowledge of them only found in an old book. Upon discovering the book, players set out on an adventure covering multiple regions including beaches and snowy mountains.
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Four Quarters
Price: $14.99 (15% launch discount)
Loop Hero is set in a world thrown into timeless chaos by the Lich. Players use their deck of cards to place enemies, buildings, and terrain along the expedition path, aiming to keep their hero alive but also power them up and expand the survivor’s camp so they can break the loop. Those looking to read more about Loop Hero can check out Gabriele Malacasa’s impression of the game.
Developer: Cold Symmetry
Available: PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store
Mortal Shell is an action Souls-like RPG where players possess the bodies of fallen warriors, using their shells as they navigate and battle across a desolate world. Each shell has its own combat style, with new talents and upgrades becoming available as players’ connections with them grow. Those looking to read more about Mortal Shell can check out Zack Webster’s review of the PC version.
Neptunia Virtual Stars
Publisher: Idea Factory International
Developer: Compile Heart
Available: PlayStation Store
Action RPG spin-off Neptunia Virtual Stars, known in Japan as VVVtunia, takes place on planet EMO, where the group of goddesses teams up with the virtual idol group called Mewtral in order to save the digital world known as Virtual Land. The game features guest appearances from a wide selection of Japanese VTubers.
Available: Nintendo eShop
Ruinverse is a turn-based RPG that follows transporter Kit and his childhood friend Allie. The two join with a motley crew to save Allie from an affliction that caused her to have the soul of another person inside her and whenever she comes into contact with Kit, the dominant soul swaps.
The Sealed Ampoule
Price: $19.99 (10% launch discount)
The Sealed Ampoule is an agricultural roguelike following novice alchemist Irene. She purchases a cheap secondhand dungeon that turns out to be filled with enemies in addition to the alchemist ingredients she needs, but soon gets drawn into a murder mystery when she finds a dead body. Players are able to manipulate the dungeon’s farm and magic levels to provide items or magic. The game is a prequel to Cavyhouse’s previous simulation title Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden.
Under the Jolly Roger
Available: Microsoft Store
Under the Jolly Roger is a pirate-themed title where players can freely sail between islands in three regions. It contains numerous colonies, forts, and quests. Players form and level-up their own crew in order to trade, upgrade their ship, and take on mythical creatures including the Leviathan and Kraken.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Developer: Ryū ga Gotoku Studio
Available: PlayStation Store
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the newest title in the series and is known as Yakuza 7 in Japan. The game stars a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, who takes the fall and serves a prison sentence for someone else but finds himself abandoned by his former allies upon his release. Those looking to read more about the game can check out Sam Wachter’s review of the PlayStation 4 version.