New Release Round-Up (May 11, 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.
Card-based roguelike Abalon — formerly known as Summoner’s Fate — features a top-down view and sees players guiding their selected heroes across a variety of quests and locations. The game is inspired by tabletop RPGs, making use of D20 dice rolls at various points, while players build up their own deck of abilities to use in its turn-based battles.
Darkest Dungeon II
A follow-up to 2016 turn-based roguelike Darkest Dungeon, Darkest Dungeon II sees players tasked with guiding a stagecoach expedition across decaying landscape to try and avert the apocalypse. The game features a refined version of the previous game’s combat with a new Token System. Each run lasts from 30 minutes to several hours, but each failed run grants resources that can be used on upgrades for future attempts. The game also includes an affinity system between party members, and players can learn more about their heroes’ backstories.
Dokapon Kingdom: Connect
Party board game and RPG hybrid Dokapon Kingdom: Connect is a remaster of PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii title Dokapon Kingdom. Dokapon Kingdom: Connect is set in a kingdom where monsters suddenly appear and attack towns. The king recruits warriors to rescue the towns in order to restore peace and, most importantly, tax revenue. It includes three game modes: Normal, where players fight to have the most money after a certain period of time; Story, where players attempt to clear various challenges across the kingdom; and Battle Royale, three different race-style contests.
For a Vast Future
For a Vast Future is set in the war-torn world of Seralia, where decades of fighting have finally come to an end, leaving the survivors to try and pick up the pieces. The game follows teenager Chel as she goes on a lengthy trip to find the secrets of the previous generation, finding both allies and foes. It features an active-time battle system with players able to choose their characters’ stat upgrades and weapon proficiencies as well as make use of crafting and ammo systems. Those looking to read more about For a Vast Future can check out Ryan Costa’s review of its PC release.
Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2
Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2 takes place a year after the events of Fuga: Melodies of Steel and sees the children once again boarding a giant tank, on a rescue mission to save their comrades after the Taranis goes berserk. The game retains the turn-based combat of the previous title, but adds new skills including the Managram, a second form of the Soul Cannon that uses the children’s life force as its power source. It also adds a new Judgment system where player choices affect the story’s direction.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns
Tactical superhero RPG Marvel’s Midnight Suns puts players in the role of a character called the Hunter, with players able to select their appearance and powers. They lead a “darker order of heroes” against Lilith, attempting to defeat her before the Darkhold is complete. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions launch alongside the game’s fourth DLC, Blood Storm, which adds Storm as a playable hero as well as new mission in the storyline that spans all four DLC packs.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom places after the events of Breath of the Wild. It sees Link embarking on a new journey. His new adventure takes him across an expanded world, including floating landmasses in the skies of Hyrule.
Free-to-play action RPG Torchlight: Infinite is a new entry in the Torchlight action RPG series from XD Inc. The game features an isometric view with hack-and-slash combat as players take their selected hero character on various quests.
Weird West is an action RPG set in a dark fantasy version of the Wild West. Players control a group of five protagonists with intertwined destinies, with each adventure said to be tailored to the decisions made by players during the game.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox
Action RPG Ys IX: Monstrum Nox takes place in the “prison city” of Balduq, where Adol finds himself imprisoned. In prison, a mysterious woman named Aprilis turns him into a Monstrum, a being with supernatural Gifts and the power to exorcise monsters. Those looking to read more about the game can check out Joshua Carpenter’s review of the PlayStation 4 version.