New Release Round-Up (June 22, 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.
Simulation RPG Alchemic Cutie is set on Wimba Island and sees players taming and raising wild jellies that can be entered in competitions. Each jelly has different attributes and traits with players having various options to grow them. Players also meet other villagers as they learn more about the secrets of the island.
Brown Dust II
Brown Dust II is a follow-up to the previous mobile title Brave Nine. The game has turn-based combat with strategic character placements, with its visuals inspired by classic Famicom through PlayStation-era titles. It follows an assortment of characters on a small fantasy continent and features a “pack” system that offers a variety of different spin-off stories across different worlds.
Final Fantasy XVI
The latest mainline entry in the long-running series, Final Fantasy XVI is more heavily action-focused. It is set in the high fantasy land of Valisthea, which is dotted with Mothercrystals, towering structures that spread aether. People have built up around the crystals, using the aether for magic and to help them live in comfort. Valisthea is home to incredibly powerful beings called Eikons, Final Fantasy XVI’s variant on the series’s summons, with protagonist Clive Rosfield becoming involved with the dark Eikon Ifrit. A free demo is available, and RPGamer will have its review available in the coming weeks.
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade — released in the west simply as Fire Emblem — was the first Fire Emblem title to be released in English. The Blazing Blade is split into two main parts, with the player controlling an avatar tactician. The first part follows Lyn, a girl looking to reunite with her grandfather. The second part takes place a year later with friends Eliwood and Hector as a new adventure sees them trying to avert a full-scale war. Those looking to read more about the Fire Emblem series can check out RPGamer’s Where to Start? guide.
Harmony: The Fall of Reverie
Harmony: The Fall of Reverie is a visual novel narrative adventure that follows Polly as she returns home to the near-future Mediterranean island of Atina to search for her mother. Upon her arrival, she learns of the connected realm of Reverie and its Aspirations of Humanity. She is told that she needs to restore the troubled realm and its balance, in the process cementing which Aspiration gets to rule over it. Those looking to read more about Harmony: The Fall of Reverie can check out RPGamer’s Adventure Corner coverage.
Rogue Legacy 2
Action roguelite Rogue Legacy 2 sees players controlling generations of adventurers in a randomly-generated world. Each time the player character dies, the world is regenerated — though bosses remain defeated — and a new hero is selected from a list of options, each with their own class and quirks that can help or hinder. Players are able to upgrade their home manor, ensuring subsequent generations get stronger.
Action RPG Soulstice follows Briar and Lute, two warrior sisters who have been reborn as a single being, Chimera. They are the only ones able to stop the Spawn of Chaos, beings invading the world from another plane. The game features a combo-based combat system with a large variety of weapons and customisation options. The PlayStation 4 version release comes with a new content update for all versions that adds a new playable character form and a training arena mode.
Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story 2
A follow-up to Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story, Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story 2 puts players in command of a kingdom-funded school that trains students to help solve the kingdom’s issues, which include rats in the sewers, villager-terrorising dragons, and looters from neighbouring kingdoms. Each student is given their own traits and preferences, while players can personalise their academy. Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions are planned to follow at a later date.