New Release Round-Up (April 20, 2023)
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 where the game is still in development.
Arcana of Paradise -The Tower-
Publisher: Shueisha Games
Developer: Tasto Alpha
Available: Steam, Nintendo eShop
Price: $19.99 (22% launch discount on Steam)
Arcana of Paradise -The Tower- is a card-based roguelike that follows a group of twenty children living on top of a strange tower as they scrounge to survive. Hoping to find food and a rumoured paradise at its bottom, the children descend the tower in pairs. The game features a real-time card-based combat system as players build up a deck from 70 available cards.
Publisher: HypeTrain Digital
Available: Apple App Store
Price: $9.99 (after free trial)
Card-based adventure RPG Black Book puts players in the role of Vasilisa, a would-be witch who sets out to find the Black Book, an artifact believed to grant a wish if all of its seals were to be broken. The game is heavily influenced by Slavic myth. Those looking to read more about Black Book can check out Zack Webster’s review of its PC version.
Brave Dungeon: The Meaning of Justice
Publisher: Inside System
Developer: Inside System
Available: Steam, Nintendo eShop
Brave Dungeon: The Meaning of Justice is a follow-up to the first Brave Dungeon game, itself an offshoot of The Legend of Dark Witch. The game is a party-based RPG that features three separate stories with their own main protagonist and gameplay systems.
Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Available: PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop (games also available individually)
(Final Fantasy I–II available for $11.99 each, Final Fantasy III–VI available for $17.99 each)
Players are able to purchase a complete bundle with the Pixel Remaster versions Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy V, and Final Fantasy VI, or all of the games individually. The PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions will include the ability to choose between rearranged and original soundtracks, as well as between a new pixel-based font and the font used on the PC, iOS, and Android releases. There are also new gameplay boost features, such as switching off random encounters and applying experience multipliers from 0x to 4x.
Labyrinth of Zangetsu
Developer: Acquire, KaeruPanda
Available: Steam, PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop
Price: $29.99 (10% launch discount on Steam)
Dungeon-crawler Labyrinth of Zangetsu is heavily themed on Japanese culture, including audio inspired by gagaku music and noh drama as well as ink-brush style visuals. The game is set in Ido, whose forces are fighting a constant battle against a calamity called the Ink of Ruin, which causes living beings to go mad or become demons. Players control a party of six conscripts — from templates or created themselves, with players able to recruit and dismiss party members — across multiple races and classes as they try and purify the land.
Publisher: One or Eight
Developer: Team Earth Wars
Available: Nintendo eShop
Price: $17.99 (25% launch discount)
Side-scrolling action RPG Lost Epic is set during a war between humanity and the gods. Players control a knight known as the God Slayer, exploring the world of Sanctum while looking to defeat the Pantheon of Six. Players can customise their character build by upgrading stats and abilities based on their preferred weapon.
Publisher: Toplitz Productions
Developer: Render Cube
Available: PlayStation Store, Xbox Store
Price: $29.99 (included on Xbox Game Pass subscription service)
Medieval Dynasty is a simulation survival RPG set in Middle Ages Europe and is part of Toplitz Productions’ Dynasty franchise that includes Sengoku Dynasty and Wild West Dynasty. Players control a young man who has fled from war and grows to be the leader of the local community while establishing their own dynasty. The game features crafting and town-building, skill trees, hunting and gathering, family interactions, trading and reputation systems, quests, and sandbox elements. RPGamer is currently running giveaways for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game.
Shadows Over Loathing
Publisher: Asymmetric Publications
Developer: Asymmetric Publications
Available: Nintendo eShop
Comedic turn-based RPG Shadows Over Loathing is a follow-up to West of Loathing, set in a bizarre, eldritch version of 1920s America. Players travel to Ocean City, where they are tasked with finding and retrieving a variety of cursed items as they search for their Uncle Murray. The game features turn-based combat as well as numerous puzzles and side challenges. Those looking to read more about Shadows over Loathing can check out RPGamer’s review of its PC version. PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 releases are also planned.
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Point Blank Games
Available: Steam, Epic Games Store, PlayStation Store, Xbox Store
Price: $34.99 (20% launch discount)
Action RPG Stray Blade is set in the once-peaceful Valley of Acrea, which has become a place of war and death. Players control an adventurer, joined by their Xhinnon wolf companion Boji, looking to restore peace to the valley by destroying the relics of the past God-Kings that ruled over it.
The Mageseeker: A League of Legends Story
Publisher: Riot Forge
Developer: Digital Sun
Available: Steam, GOG.com, Epic Games Store, PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Nintendo eShop
2D pixel action RPG The Mageseeker: A League of Legends Story is developed by Moonlighter creator Digital Sun. The game is set Demacia, a powerful kingdom in the world of Runeterra. The kingdom aims to prevent the use of what it determines to be forbidden magic while using magic itself. Players control Sylas, a mage escapee on a quest for vengeance.