Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes the remastered games of the trilogy – Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 – as well as over 40 previously released DLC, promo weapons, armors, and packs. Among the touted improvements are enhanced visuals, higher framerates, and 4K-optimized UI.
While there won’t be a dedicated version of the game for next-gen consoles, the official announcement does promise “targeted enhancements” on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is a remaster of the 2010 title NieR from Square Enix. Taking place before NieR: Automata, it follows the protagonist from the Japanese-only release of the original game: a brother on a quest to cure his sister Yonah of a deadly disease.
As reported by DualShockers, the developers are focusing on several areas of improvement. Better visuals are a given, but the remaster also includes additional parts that come with new music and voiced lines. Speaking of music, it is entirely re-recorded, featuring higher quality and longer versions of certain songs. Furthermore, the gameplay is less clunky and more along the lines of that of NieR: Automata.
Outriders is a third-person RPG shooter from People Can Fly and Square Enix. The game takes place in a hostile planet of Enoch where the titular Outriders – hardened mercenaries and explorers – search for a mysterious signal that might hold the key to humanity’s survival.
Outriders is said to combine brutal gunplay with an extensive RPG system. Players create their Outrider from scratch and pick one of the four classes that come with unique supernatural abilities such as manipulation of fire or time. The weapons too can be crafted and customized with mods. Up to three players can join in a drop-in co-op, and the entire story campaign can also be tackled solo.
Monster Hunter Rise is an upcoming entry in the popular action RPG series. The game is set in a ninja-inspired Kamura village, which the player will have to protect from the Rampage, a calamity that ravaged the land 50 years ago and is about to occur again.
As usual, the new installment brings both returning and new monsters to hunt, including the new flagship monster Magnamalo, whose amiibo figure is included in the Collector’s Edition. The Wirebug mechanic grants new traversal and aerial attack abilities, and new hunting partners called Palamutes can be personalized and used to ride across the map. Monster Hunter Rise can be played solo or with up to three other players in local and online co-op.
Harvest Moon: One World is the latest installment in the long-running Harvest Moon franchise that brings new engine and graphics as well as a new way to explore the game’s world. Players will travel to five colorful locations – from deserts to snowy mountains – while taking their Expando-Farm with them. The overarching goal is to collect seeds for produce like cabbages and tomatoes, which were lost when the Harvest Goddess disappeared from the world. There also are five bachelors and five bachelorettes, each with their unique personality and backstory, that the player will be able to pursue.
Bravely Default II is a turn-based RPG from Japanese studio Claytechworks. While it inherits certain gameplay mechanics from the previous Bravely installments, such as the Brave and Default commands, the setting and the character cast are all new.
The game is set on the continent of Excillant, which is split into five kingdoms, and follows a young sailor Seth. After washing up on Excillant’s shores, he encounters a princess who fled her ruined kingdom, as well as two travelers determined to decipher a mysterious and magical book. The player can select from many different jobs and skills, and customize each party member to fit their strategy.
Persona 5 Strikers continues the story of Joker and the Phantom Thieves but centers around a new incident, allowing new players to enjoy the game without having played Persona 5. During their summer vacation, a ruthless Kyoto detective recruits the Phantom Thieves to investigate a series of strange cases occurring across Japan. The gang will travel to 6 different cities, helping those in need and fighting the Shadows to uncover the source of the corruption.
The spin-off is co-developed by Atlus’ P-Studio and Omega Force, and combines the hack-and-slash battles of the Dynasty Warriors series with the tactical usage of Personas. The Western release includes English and Japanese voice acting and numerous subtitle options.
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne is a visual novel-slash-tactical RPG based on the popular anime and light novel series by Tappei Nagatsuki. While centering on the Royal Selection arc from the first season of the anime, the game features an original storyline that deviates from canon and has a mysterious sixth candidate join in the struggle for the throne. The story is overseen by Re:ZERO‘s author, and the new characters are designed by the original artist Shinichirou Otsuka.
Atelier Ryza 2 picks up three years after the events in Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout and follows Ryza on a brand-new adventure. After leaving the Kurken Island for the royal capital of Ashra-am Baird, she reunites with her friends and explores ancient ruins while seeking to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the lost legends.
One of the new skills that Ryza can learn in the upcoming game is swimming. This opens up underwater areas for exploration, including a submerged dungeon, which has plenty of aquatic materials to collect. Charming new characters are also introduced, including the mysterious fairy Fi.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world action RPG from Polish developer CD Projekt RED renowned for The Witcher series. Loosely based on the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020, the game is set in the Night City, a sprawling dystopian metropolis where megacorporations and cybernetically-enhanced gangs coexist in a precarious balance, and danger lurks around every corner.
Players assume the role of V, a mercenary outlaw on the hunt for a prototype cybernetic implant that is the key to immortality. V is fully customizable, from appearance to gender to backstory, and gains power through learning skills and acquiring cyberware as the player progresses through the game. The choices made throughout the story – including the sidequests – shape the world and affect the ultimate ending of Cyberpunk 2077.
Bluepoint Games is remaking the original Demon’s Souls for PlayStation 5. The upcoming remake is exclusive to next-gen hardware and features much improved visuals, faster loading times, 3D audio, and haptic feedback via the new DualSense controller. It can be played in 4K Mode and High Frame Rate Mode.
In Demon’s Souls players venture to Boletaria, a land shrouded in mist and beset by ravenous demons, and hone their skill in the arts of sorcery and war to ultimately send The Old One back to its slumber.
Godfall is a third-person “looter-slasher” action RPG developed by Counterplay Games and published by Gearbox. You play as the last Valorian knight, a mighty warrior able to control Valorplates: legendary armor sets that transform the wielder into an unstoppable master of melee combat. Your task is to climb the five elemental realms and challenge the mad god, Macros, who awaits at the top.
Godfall features an extensive loot system and Valorplate customization. You can play alone or join forces with up to two other players in a co-op at any point. To this end, the game requires an online internet connection at all times.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light is an upcoming expansion to the Destiny 2 universe. Guardians will brave Jupiter’s frozen moon of Europa and wield a new power of Stasis against the empire of Fallen. Rooted in Darkness, Stasis is based around manipulating time and opens up new subclasses and supers.
Before the release of Beyond Light, Bungie is launching a new Season of Arrivals that will span June 9 through September 21. It involves a Pyramid ship arriving above Jupiter’s moon Io and includes events and rewards to prepare for the upcoming war against the Darkness.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light is available in five editions: Standard, Standard + Season, Deluxe, Collector’s, and Stranger. Each of these comes with a bonus pre-order DLC pictured below.
Developed by the two-man team of Edelweiss, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a cross-genre title that combines side-scrolling combat with a crafting and farming simulation. It follows a young harvest goddess Sakuna, who is banished from the celestial capital, where she lived in lazy luxury, to an untamed island teeming with demonic beasts. There, she finds her calling farming rice and bettering the lives of the mortals in the local mountain village. The game is inspired by Japanese mythology, albeit with some original twists, and features a charming cel-shaded art style.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the seventh installment in Sega’s Yakuza franchise set in modern-day Japan. The game introduces a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, who after taking the fall for a crime he didn’t commit, serves his time in prison and gets out expecting to be welcomed as a hero. Instead, he is shot by his patriarch and left to die. Waking up in a dumpster in the port city of Yokohama, Ichi sets out to discover the truth behind the betrayal.
Like a Dragon retains the quirky energy and over-the-top minigames the series is known and loved for. However, it does bring a major change to combat: instead of real-time brawling, it uses a RPG style turn-based system. Ichiban fights alongside up to three recruitable party members, each with their own class and abilities.
The game comes in three different editions with some nifty pre-order bonuses attached. Let’s take a look at these in order.
Norse-themed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla brings raiding, settlement building, and more advanced RPG elements to the franchise. The game’s story centers around Eivor: a fierce viking raider and member of the Assassins, who alongside his or her clan sails from the harsh Norway in search of richer lands. Arriving on the shores of England, Eivor’s clan establishes a village that will prosper and grow as a consequence of the player’s efforts. From this settlement the Vikings can launch brutal raids against Saxon fortresses throughout the lands.
While Valhalla is a single player game, it does have some online components. For example, it is possible to create and share custom mercenaries – Jomsviking – that can then be recruited by the player’s friends and fight alongside them in their campaign.
The Expansion Pass for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield grants access to two upcoming expansions: The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. Both expansions come with a new area to explore, new Pokémon to catch, clothing, handy features, and more.
In The Isle of Armor players explore a beautiful island and become apprentices at a Fighting Dojo, where they are gifted a legendary Pokémon Kubfu. The expansion also adds Gigantamax forms for starters Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon.
Wasteland 3 from inXile Entertainment is a story-driven RPG with strategic turn-based combat that, like Wasteland 2, was crowdfunded, raising over $3 million. Compared to its predecessor, the upcoming game offers more fluid squad-based combat, player-controlled vehicles, and two player co-op.
Wasteland 3 takes place in post-apocalyptic wastes of frozen Colorado. Players once again step into the shoes of a Desert Ranger, who takes on a job for the self-proclaimed Patriarch of Colorado in order to secure aid for Arizona. The developer promises an engaging story rife with difficult moral choices.
Developed by Gust and published by Koei Tecmo, Fairy Tail is a fantasy RPG based on a hit manga of the same name. Players build their dream party from a roster of 16 playable characters – including Natsu, Lucy, Jellal, Mirajane, and Laxus – and set off on an adventure that includes both fan-favorite moments from the story and game-original episodes.
Strengthening the bonds between party members not only unlocks more powerful attacks in battle, but also triggers original dialogue written specifically for the game. The development is supervised by the author of Fairy Tail Hiro Mashima himself.
In a surprise announcement, Nintendo has revealed a new installment in the Paper Mario RPG-platforming series. Titled Paper Mario: The Origami King, it features a brand new story that involves Princess Peach being turned into an origami by King Olly, the ruler of the Origami Kingdom.
In contrast to the turn-based 2D combat of the previous Paper Mario titles, The Origami King features a new 360° ring-based battle system where Mario has to line up enemies to cause the most damage and chain attacks. Mastering the new system is said to require both puzzle-solving skills and a quick wit.