New Release Round-Up (November 9, 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.
9 Years of Shadows
Metroidvania 9 Years of Shadows follows Europa, a young warrior in a world gripped by darkness and despair for the last nine years following a curse that emanated from Talos Castle. All of those who have entered to try and remove the curse have failed. Armed with her halberd, Europa enters the castle and encounters Apino, a magical bear able to heal and remove the corruption.
Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game
Colony Ship is a turn-based and party-based RPG. It is set on a massive ship sent on a centuries-long journey for a colonisation effort on Proxima Centauri, however, the ship’s original leadership has disbanded following a mutiny. Players start in the Pit, a sprawling pile of empty cargo containers now hosting those unable to stay in the regular living quarters, and must navigate the ship and its factions. The game had been in Early Access since 2021.
Monster-taming RPG Coromon is inspired by GBA-era JRPGs. The game sees players journeying across the Velua region and collecting the eponymous creatures while trying to stop a nefarious organisation from unleashing the Coromon Titans’ powers upon the world. The game features puzzle-filled dungeons as well as multi-stage boss fights. Those looking to read more about Coromon can check out Luis Mauricio’s review of its PC release.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is set between the events of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth. It follows regular series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, who is now operating under the codename “Joryu”, and features the locations of Sotenbori and Yokohama. Those looking to read more about the game can check out Sam Wachter’s review of its PlayStation 5 version.
Of Blades & Tails
Turn-based RPG Of Blades & Tails features an animalistic setting with pixel-based graphics and puts players in control of fox tribe member Reik. Events end up sending Reik on a quest away from his home town to get strong enough to stand up to an evil threatening the creatures of the realm. The game has an open world, with a main storyline and side quests. It also features procedurally-generated dungeons and caves, as well as a classless character development system. The game had been in Early Access since October 2022. Nintendo Switch and Xbox console versions are planned for early 2024.
Shattered Heaven is a deck-building card battler with RPG elements and a branching narrative. It is set in a nameless world whose survivors cling on after the fall of God. Victims of a curse, the population is doomed to die at the age of 40, with the only to break it said to be the offering a Vestal — accompanied by a team of warriors — as a sacrifice for a ritual known as the War of Ascension. The game had been in Early Access since May 2023.
SpellForce: Conquest of Eo
RPG and strategy hybrid SpellForce: Conquest of Eo puts players in the role of a wizard who starts off with their own small wizard tower aiming to become the greatest mage in history. Players can send armies of heroes and minions to explore the world, obtain artifacts, and battle rivals and factions, while also expanding their tower with new rooms to help determine their path to greatness.
Salt and Sacrifice
2D action RPG Salt and Sacrifice follow-up to Salt and Sanctuary. It takes place in the Altarstone Kingdom, where criminals can either opt for execution or live in service as Marked Inquisitors tasked with hunting down Mages. Players choose the crime, appearance, and class of their Marked Inquisitor before conducting the rite that puts them into the Spellmarked state between life and death. Those looking to read mote about Salt and Sanctuary can check out Pascal Tekaia’s review of its PlayStation 5 version.
What The Duck
Hack-and-slash action RPG What the Duck is set in a world where people are able to summon and control their own spirit animals. However, while others get to summon mighty allies, players are left with a duck. As players try to make a name for themselves, they explore four biomes and take on quests, enemies, puzzles, mini-games, and more.