ByNicholas Montegriffo, writer at Creators.co
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Nicholas Montegriffo

2016's been a lean year for #RPG fans with a thirst for new games, yours truly among them. Mostly, I've sustained myself on DLC for #TheWitcher3 but that well has run dry. Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear and Tyranny provided small if nutritious meals that couldn't quite sate my hunger. #Skyrim was pulled out of the freezer, spiced up and re-heated. Culinary metaphors were themselves torturously over-cooked until they were burnt and unpalatable.

But with a new year come new adventures, and 2017 is shaping to be a good year for new RPGs, both old-school and non-traditional. Let's take a look at a few of the most anticipated new RPGs coming in 2017 for PC and consoles.

The Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2017


Divinity: Original Sin 2

Player character examples, showing off new race options
Player character examples, showing off new race options

Who? Belgium-based Larian Studios have been rocking the Divinity franchise since 2002, and their most recent installment, the Kickstarter-funded Divinity: Original Sin, set the benchmark for sandbox-style CRPGs with a highly interactive game world and item creation system that seemed to anticipate even the zaniest of player actions.

Platform: PC

Why you should care:

  • Larian are playing to the strengths of the original by expanding character customization down to the fine details of background, skills, religion, and appearance, all of which are promised to have consequences in the game world.
  • The art style is absolutely gorgeous, highlighting a more mature direction on from their last offering.
  • Co-op extended to allow for 4 player multiplayer, with different players joining and leaving the party, and having their own relationship system with NPCs and each other.
  • For the first time, non-human races are available, ranging from the typical elves and dwarves to the more unusual lizards and undead. I’m already looking forward to spending an entire afternoon detailing the origin story of Sir Bones, my skeleton.
tricky right of way situation
tricky right of way situation

This could be for you if: You want to screw around with everything in the game world, or make an RPG party with your friends.

Early Access? Yes


Torment: Tides of Numenera

would you trust this bridge?
would you trust this bridge?

Who? inXile, record-smashing Kickstarter darlings and creators of post-apocalyptic CRPG Wasteland 2.

Platform: PC

Why you should care:

  • Torment: Tides of Numenera is selling itself as the spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, a game which had a heavy focus on high quality story and atmosphere as opposed to its more combat-oriented contemporaries (famously, the protagonist could literally talk the final boss to death).
  • Character complexity and dialogue depth are to be emphasized in a completely new setting, based on the Numenera tabletop RPG system by acclaimed industry veteran Monte Cook.
  • Numenera deviates substantially from the default pseudo-medieval setting, being a 'science fantasy' milieu filled with mysterious technology from forgotten ages.
this one's for the readers
this one's for the readers

This could be for you if: You don't skip through dialogue options in RPGs and like to be able to think/talk your way through combat situations.

Early Access? Yes


Vampyr

Who? Vampyr is developed Dontnod Entertainment, creators of Life is Strange, and published by Focus Home Interactive.

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Why you should care:

  • Vampires can be great video game protagonists due to the combination of cool powers and difficult moral choices than can be offered to the player, and Dontnod Entertainment seem determined to provide both. Even obscure pieces of vampire lore, like needing to be invited into a home, are taken into account.
  • Vampyr's unique setting, London in 1918, at the height of the Spanish Flu epidemic, is intriguing enough, but add open world gameplay like #GTAV or Skyrim, and we could be looking at the perfect gothic video game sandbox.
  • The developers know a thing or two about crafting emotionally affecting stories, and the moral dilemmas in the game promise to be positively heart-wrenching. How will you play protagonist Jonathan Reid, a former doctor, struggling with his monstrous urges? Any NPC can be a victim, with story consequences if you choose to feed on or 'turn' them into vampires.
not an eel pie or chimney sweep in sight
not an eel pie or chimney sweep in sight

This could be for you if: You've been longing to indulge your dark passions again ever since you finished Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, or if you're into pale dudes with British accents.


Horizon: Zero Dawn

Who? Guerrilla Games, who masterminded PlayStation's revered Killzone franchise.

Platform: PS4

Why you should care:

  • It's a fresh take on a post-apocalyptic world. Combining elements of both 'robot apocalypse' and 'nature reclaims the Earth' tropes, Horizon: Zero Dawn shows a world that has become an overgrown wilderness populated by mechanical beasts.
  • An intriguing protagonist. Aloy, a tough, red-headed archer reminiscent of wildling warrior Ygritte from Game of Thrones.
  • Arrows aren't going to cut it against all those bio-mechanical behemoths. Aloy will have the potential to craft stronger weaponry and armor from their chrome carcasses.

This could be for you if: You spent way too much time hunting mammoths and bears in Skyrim, or wished you could salvage scrap from the giants in Shadow of the Colossus


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