ByNicholas Montegriffo, writer at Creators.co
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Nicholas Montegriffo

Gird your loins and dust off your spellbooks, RPG fans. It's time to prepare ourselves for a new year of adventure. There are dragons to be slain, dungeons to be delved, worlds to explore and, sadly, NPCs that need something delivered to their friend across the street.

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 PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

All The Best Upcoming RPGs Of 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Mass Effect: Andromeda [Electronic Arts]
Mass Effect: Andromeda [Electronic Arts]

These games may be set in different worlds, but whether on faraway planets, fantasy lands or alternate earth they all feature narrative choices and consequences, character customization, and the exploration of fantastic environments. We scry ahead to anticipate the best RPGs coming in 2017.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platform: PC, PS 4, Xbox One
  • Release: 2017

The fourth installment in BioWare's hugely popular action RPG space-opera takes a clean break from the series storyline for a new narrative set-up involving colonizing worlds in the Andromeda galaxy.

Mass Effect: Andromeda promises the spectacular 3rd person action gameplay and compelling moral choices that made the Mass Effect series famous, as well as more developed exploration and crafting elements. The game is also looking to be visually gorgeous, thanks to the third-generation Frostbite engine.

This could be for you if: You're a lover as well as a fighter.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

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

  • Developer: Larian Studios
  • Publisher: Larian Studios
  • Platform: PC
  • Release: 2017

Larian's follow-up to the fantastic Divinity: Original Sin, Divinity: Original Sin 2 promises to expand on the strengths of the original, with finely detailed character customization and a gorgeous, more mature new art style.

Co-op has been 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.

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 [Larian Studios]
tricky right of way situation [Larian Studios]

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.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

[TaleWorlds Entertainment]
[TaleWorlds Entertainment]
  • Developer: TaleWorlds Entertainment
  • Publisher: TaleWorlds Entertainment
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XboxOne
  • Release: 2017

The Mount & Blade game series built its reputation on a skillful combination of action with strategy and RPG elements. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord tsticks with the harsh, gritty medieval setting. There's an completely open world in which your character has the freedom to choose their path to fame and fortune, but it won't be easy to prove yourself.

Like its predecessor, Bannerlord has a strategic map as well as another layer of the world in which the action takes place.

This could be for you if: You'd rather be a conqueror than a hero.

Shenmue 3

[Ys Net]
[Ys Net]
  • Developer: Ys Net
  • Publisher: Ys Net
  • Platform: PC, PS4
  • Release: December 2017

The original Shenmue games were beloved by fans and critics but failed to really break into mainstream consciousness. Thanks to Kickstarter, the groundbreaking series returns with Shenmue 3, in which teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki iourneys to China in search of his father's killer, Lan Di. There he teams up with Ling Shenhua, a mysterious girl who is predicted to share a destiny with him.

Shenmue 3 was a record breaking crowdfunding success, and is being developed in theUnreal Engine 4. The game promises incredibly detailed character personalities and interactions, as well as multiple areas and connections with the previous games.

This could be for you if: If you're tired of generic dungeon crawling and space battles, and want to see just why Shenmue was considered one of the best games of all time.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Would you trust this bridge? [inXile]
Would you trust this bridge? [inXile]
  • Developer: inXile
  • Publisher: inXile
  • Platform: PC
  • Release: Feb 28, 2017

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 (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 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.

Vampyr

  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive.
  • Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Release: 2017

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 and we could be looking at the perfect gothic video game sandbox.

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.

Kingdom Hearts 3

  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platform: PS4, Xbox One
  • Release: 2017

Don't let the number fool you, this sequel to Kingdom Hearts II is actually the 11th(!) game in the rather convoluted Disney/Final Fantasy mashup series.

Sora returns as the main character, and is joined by Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey and Riku in their search for the seven guardians of light and the 'Key to Return Hearts' as they attempt to thwart Master Xehanort's plan to bring about a second Keyblade War.

This could be for you if: You like your adventures to have a cuter aesthetic

Horizon: Zero Dawn

  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony
  • Platform: PS4
  • Release: 28 February 2017

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.

Protagonist Aloy, a tough, red-headed archer is going to need more than arrows against all those bio-mechanical behemoths. She 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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