New Release Round-Up (December 14, 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.
Baldur’s Gate III
Baldur’s Gate III features turn-based combat based on the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons ruleset. It takes place over 120 years after the events of Baldur’s Gate II and its story begins with the customisable player character and some others captured and forced to host a Mindflayer tadpole before the airship they are on crashes. Physical editions on all platforms are planned to release in Q1 2024. Those looking to read more about Baldur’s Gate III can check out RPGamer’s review of its PC version.
Bear and Breakfast
Management adventure RPG Bear and Breakfast puts players in control of a young bear called Hank. After coming across a shed, Hank learns that he can make money by refurbishing the shed into a bed and breakfast. Players can upgrade and obtain additional sites, attempting to meet the needs of their guests to get better reviews and payouts. Those looking to read more about Bear and Breakfast can check out Sam Wachter’s review of the PC version.
Dungeons of Sundaria
Dungeons of Sundaria is a hack-and-slash co-op action RPG. Up to four players can take on its eight dungeons across three difficulty levels. Players can choose from seven races and five classes for their customised character as they collect new weapons, abilities, and bonuses to power themselves up.
Hack-and-slash action RPG Hammerwatch II sees players controlling members of King Roland’s resistance after Blight the Horrible and his dragon army succeed in overthrowing the king and bringing ruin to the Kingdom of Herian. The game includes solo and co-op play for up to four players as they travel the kingdom undertaking various quests. Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 4 versions are planned to release sometime in 2024.
Retro dungeon-crawling RPG Metro Quester is a port of the PC title Quester. The game sees players explore desolate dungeons in Tokyo that contain breakable walls, creature nests, resources, and vaults. Each turn, party members and enemies can select up to three actions depending on their current action points. It is intended to be reminiscent of 1980s video games and is set in a world designed by manga artist Kazushi Hagiwara (Bastard!!), with game design from Hironori Kato (Dark Souls and Elden Ring tabletop RPGs).
Fantasy life-sim MMO Palia is set in a world where humans are considered a legendary race that disappeared thousands of years ago. Players will be able to form and build relationships with a diverse cast of NPCs, including romance, as well as interact with other players. The game has been in open beta on PC since August; it is not currently clear if the Switch release will come with an official full PC launch. Those looking to read more about the game can check out RPGamer’s impression from a few hours of early beta access.
Side-scrolling action roguelike Trinity Fusion puts players in the role of Maya. She is an inter-dimensional warrior linked to three of her parallel selves fighting against mutants and machines bent on destroying humanity. Players choose between the three versions of Maya with their different weapons and abilities, exploring procedurally-generated levels across a variety of biomes. Players unlock permanent upgrades at the central Citadel hub, with new run starting points made available as players reclaim major locations. RPGamer’s Jon Jansen was able to check out a demo of the game at PAX East in March.