New Release Round-Up (July 27, 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.
Tactical RPG Arcadian Atlas is set in the kingdom of Arcadia, which is currently in a period of strife as numerous factions, plots, alliances, and intrigues clash. Players build a party with adventurers from over twelve classes to help two lovers who were torn apart by conflicts, fighting against the evil lurking in the kingdom and putting an end to the power struggles. The game underwent a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2016. A console release is planned for later this year.
Eden’s Last Sunrise
Tactical RPG Eden’s Last Sunrise is set on a world that 200 years prior saw a rift amongst its population, with some venturing into space to colonize new worlds, while others remained on the surface, renewing their focus on magic. However, the spacefarers have returned, bringing news of a cosmic calamity that threatens their original world. Players start the game choosing which one of two factions to control — the spacefarers or surface dwellers — with the campaign having multiple branching paths.
Great Ambition of the Slimes
Tactical RPG Great Ambition of the Slimes is a follow-up to Ambition of the Slimes. The game sees players controlling a group of slimes, who fight by jumping into the mouths of humans and controlling them. There are over 20 types of slimes available, each with unique abilities.
Action RPG Remnant II is a sequel to 2019’s Remnant: From the Ashes. Like its predecessor, the game has up to three players battling the Root through semi-random campaigns that seed a unique path through the game when started. It features a mix of shooting and melee combat with a heavier focus on the customisable archetypes.
Space Cats Tactics
Tactical space RPG Space Cats Tactics follows Captain Mitzi, member of a hybrid humanoid cat species created to serve as mankind’s slave warriors. Captain Mitzi is hired to smuggle a ship called the Curiosity to a remote corner of the galaxy, finding themselves hunted by the government as the stakes of the mission turn out to be more than bargained for. The game features a mixture of turn-based tactical combat and in-ship crew management.
Sword & Fairy Inn 2
Life simulation RPG spin-off Sword & Fairy Inn 2 tasks players with managing a family restaurant while exploring their surroundings to gather new ingredients and cookware. Players can meet various characters from the Sword and Fairy series and recruit them as staff. PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S releases are planned to follow at a later date.
This Way Madness Lies
This Way Madness Lies is a turn-based RPG blending Shakespeare and magical girls that follows the Stratford-Upon-Avon High Drama Society. Its members attend school and put on plays for the community while also working as magical girls. The group — Imogen, Paulina, Viola, Rosalind, Miranda, Beatrice, and Kate — teleport to alternate worlds based on Shakespeare’s plays to save them from the forces of Nightmare. Those looking to read more about This Way Madness Lies can check out Matt Masem’s review of its PC release.
Xuan-Yuan Sword: Mists Beyond the Mountains
Turn-based RPG Xuan-Yuan Sword: Mists Beyond the Mountains is a remaster of Xuan-Yuan Sword III, which released for PC in 1999. Part of the long-running Taiwanese RPG series, Xuan-Yuan Sword: Mists Beyond the Mountains is set in the 8th century CE, taking players from Venice through the Middle East to China. It follows Frankish Knight Septem, who is tasked by Pepin III to seek out the Invincible Arts of War. His journey takes him through multiple historical events as the game blends history with Chinese and western mythology.
Yggdra Union: We’ll Never Fight Alone
Yggdra Union is a tactical RPG that follows Princess Yggdra as she attempts to reclaim the kingdom of Fantasinia from the Bronquian Empire. The game was originally released for Game Boy Advance in 2006 before coming to PlayStation Portable in 2008, with both versions released in North America by Atlus. Additions for the remaster include a rewind function, auto-save, a conversation log, and adjustable battle speed.