South Park: The Stick of Truth

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment

Publisher: Ubisoft

Release date: March 2014

South Park: The Stick of Truth is everything you’d expect from an RPG based on the crude TV show. It’s also everything you’d expect from an RPG developed by the same people who classic RPGs like Baldur’s Gate, KOTOR 2, Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas. Yes, Obsidian Entertainment is at the wheel, and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are riding shotgun to make sure The Stick of Truth feels just like an episode from the filthy, filthy cartoon.

Dark Souls 2

Dark Souls II

Developer: From Software

Publisher: Namco Bandai Games

Release date: March 2014

Fans of the original brutal fantasy RPG already know that if at first you don’t succeed – die, die again. Dark Souls 2 is hoping to spread this message around even further by promising to be more accessible, but no less difficult. We’re not quite sure how From Software will manage that (maybe fast travel and more save points?), but we can’t wait to find out.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Developer: Bioware

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Release date: Q3 2014

With a bigger emphasis on tactical combat and customization, Dragon Age: Inquisition hopes to take the best of the excellent Dragon Age: Origins and the not-so-excellent Dragon Age 2, and combine it into the perfect fantasy RPG.¬†The game casts you in the role of Grand Inquisitor as a civil war threatens the region of Orlais, just in time for the¬†Circle of Magi to go rogue. We’ll be able to choose between four different races and three classes before we set out to explore a map larger than that of the first game, and bring order to Thedas once and for all.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer: CD Projekt RED

Publisher: CD Projekt

Release date: TBA 2014

The Witcher series has redefined the dark fantasy sub-genre with its adult themes and bloody combat, not to mention all the nudity. The Witcher 3: Wild hunt seems to continue on that same path, and features a living huge open world for Geralt of Rivia to explore, hunt monsters in and get mixed up in the local politics. CD Projekt RED wants Geralt’s last journey to be an epic one, and promises around 100 hours of gameplay, and we are looking forward to enjoy every single one.

Deep Down

Deep Down

Developer: Capcom Online Games

Publisher: Capcom

Release date: TBA 2014

Deep Down is a free-to-play online RPG that mixes high fantasy with sci-fi – albeit to what extent we don’t know yet. Similarly to the much-loved Assassin’s Creed series, Deep Down is actually set in a modern/futuristic settings (New York of 2094, to be exact) where players use some sort of artifact to visit the past. Since we don’t remember that many dungeons and dragons from our history classes, we figure there’s something more to it than simple time travel. We’ll find out more later this year.

Mass Effect 4

Mass Effect 4

Developer: Bioware

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Release date: TBA

This is the big one. We know next to nothing about Mass Effect 4 (it may not even be a sequel) except that Commander Shepard won’t reprise his or her role as galactic savior. Whether the next Mass Effect will present us with a universe free of the Reaper threat, or with a space society still oblivious to the coming harvest, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be awesome. We just hope we’ll get the option to play as a Krogan… or at least a Hanar.


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