2018 is only a week away now, and it promises to be yet another exciting year for gaming. There are many unknowns, of course, but many of us have a feeling that something special could happen this coming year. In this article, I want to take a look at some RPG sequels we might see happen, or at the very least, see announced over the course of the year. Though I have no concrete evidence for any of these, I do believe that we will see some of them for sure.
10. Tyranny 2
Probability: Very Likely
RPG powerhouse Obsidian Entertainment launched their Tyranny CRPG on November 10th of 2016 and was generally received as a good game, if not quite as good as their preceding 2015 title, Pillars of Eternity. However, the game has been setup to be a franchise, as witnessed by the ending of the first game and as anyone who has played the game will tell you.
What we have now seen with Pillars of Eternity for console and the development of Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, is that Obsidian is committed to their games once they publish them, so it wouldn’t be unlikely to see an announcement this year.
The game runs on the Unity engine so they would simply need to write the story and make any needed adjustments to the game’s mechanics. And based on what we’ve seen on the development speeds for sequels to Pillars and Divinity: Originals Sin from Larian Studios, this process doesn’t take longer than 2 years. This would put the launch of a Tyranny follow-up sometime in the fall of next year. Expect an announcement at E3 2018.
09. Titan Quest 2
With the recent addition of the “Ragnarok” expansion to the decade old hack ‘n’ slash RPG Titan Quest, on top of the console launch of the remastered version coming in March of 2018, one cannot help but wonder what is happening with this franchise. Why now? Why wait so long? What is going on at THQ Nordic? Could we really see a Titan Quest 2?
There are a lot more questions than answers to be sure, but we’ve reached out to our friends at THQ Nordic to try to get some answers to just these sort of questions, so perhaps we will have an update on this soon. I would be amazed if we heard something this coming year, but it’s not impossible because they are enhancing the first game’s graphics for console, which weren’t bad to begin with. It’s not inconceivable that they may use an updated engine, or an entirely new one at that for a possible sequel, since graphics are not an issue with these sort of games.
08. Dragon Age IV
Probability: Very Likely
Having been three years now since the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, which garnered positive reception and is considered an improvement over Dragon Age 2, we’re fairly confident we could be seeing the first images and trailers for the next installment of this series in 2018.
Some information about the game’s development was revealed earlier this year, but not a lot of information is currently known, other than that it IS in development. Whether it’s this coming year or the following, we do know that it is on the way. The only questions are when? And what will it have in common with the other games…
07. Diablo IV
Another game we’d very much like to see announced in 2018 is Diablo IV or at least an online variation of it, such as a Diablo MMO. The 2012 Diablo III, despite its many shortcomings, was widely considered a success and I think many players still trust the Blizzard brand enough to purchase a sequel just on the possibility that it may be mind-blowing. It’s also likely that Blizzard learned from their mistakes and will be smarter this time around (they aren’t the most stable gaming company in the world for no reason).
Blizzard waiting more than a decade to publish Diablo III after releasing Diablo II in 2000, however, so we may still be a few years away from any revelation. One can only hope that they don’t make us wait as long on this go around and at the very least be given something to look forward to by making an announcement.
06. Salt and Sanctuary 2
With the smashing success of Salt and Sanctuary, many players are left with the yearning for more. Ska Studios sold more than a million copies of their 2D Souls-like, and was one of the biggest hits of 2016, prompting us to wonder what is next for the small indie studio. Will they make a sequel to this break-out game?
They have been spending a great deal of time patching their game and working to bring the title to PS Vita, which just happened on March 28th, 2017. But, it’s been nearly 2 years since the release of Salt & Sanctuary and we believe we may hear something about the development of Ska’s next title in 2018. However, whether it is Salt and Sanctuary 2 remains to be seen…
05. The Elder Scrolls VI
Probability: Very Likely
The Elder Scrolls VI is a game that many people thought we’d see come to fruition in 2017, or minimally hear about. Unfortunately that did not happen, but we do know that Bethesda has been releasing a TES game about once every 5 to 6 years or so. And 2018 will mark the 7th year since Skryim’s launch, and with so make remasters and versions on that, we’re really hoping the next installment will come this fall.
The likelihood of a sequel has taken a hit since the release of The Elder Scrolls Online, in much the same way that Star Wars: KOTOR III did when Bioware made the franchise into an MMO with TOR. Nevertheless, the series is way too large and too popular to be outright ignored, and so we have a gut feeling that this is the year we could finally get news of TES:VI. Keep in mind that Bethesda has yet to release any new Elder Scrolls game ever-since ESO came around during this console generation.
04. Neverwinter Nights III, Baldur’s Gate III or Icewind Dale III
Thanks to Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity and Larian’s Divinity: Original Sin 2, the CRPG genre is in full-blown revival mode and we fully expect to see more of these types of games announced in 2018. Recently, we learned that the 2002 Neverwinter Nights is being remastered and will be available sometime next year. This makes it seem all the more likely that we might be seeing more D & D games in the future.
Could one of these be a sequel? It’s not impossible, but it’s also not super likely either. The popular MMORPG Neverwinter, probably has something to say about it, and the existence of the title has probably slowed any development on any other Forgotten Realms title. Regardless, we’d absolutely love to hear about any of these titles in 2018 and would not be shocked if we did.
03. Dragon’s Dogma 2
Capcom has spent a great deal of time marketing this game and even remastered it for current generation hardware after launching it on PC 4 years after its original 2012 release. We know the game is universally popular and we know that Capcom has made Dragon’s Dogma Online in Japan. Is it possible that they will be announcing a sequel to Dragon’s Dogma sometime soon? Yes, it is possible, although they may bring the Online version instead.
Because it has been 5 years since the game first launched, it becomes more and more likely we’ll be seeing the sequel with each passing year, as is the case with many titles on our list. The IP is simply too good to waste, and leaves us to wonder why we have not heard anything by now. Capcom is a tight-lipped company and they tend to keep their cards close to their vest.
02. Demon’s Souls 2
As mystery and speculation surrounds From Software’s new project “Shadows die twice”, many of us are left wondering if it’s possible that Demon’s Souls may be remastered, or perhaps if even a sequel is in the cards. It is widely believed within the community that the Souls franchise is over, at least for the foreseeable future, but does that include Demon’s Souls ? It’s tough to say with any certainty and with the upcoming closure of every Demon’s Souls servers, it makes you wonder if they aren’t planning something for Sony’s PlayStation 4, the brand of console that started it all.
While it’s far more likely that a remaster would happen over an actual sequel, it doesn’t mean that we can’t hope for one. Demon’s Souls 2 might just be that breath of fresh air everyone got from Bloodborne, which retained just enough similarities that players felt at home. Only time will tell and we’ll be right there ready to let you guys know if it does happen.
01. Bloodborne 2
Bloodborne was an outstanding success and proved that FromSoftware could take their “Souls” formula and apply it to another premise with a new story, but still make it work. For many veteran players of FromSoft’s titles, Bloodborne is by far the best game since Dark Souls or Demon’s Souls for them because while it maintained the Souls series’ essence, it also managed to be different enough, and it was something the subsequent sequels to that lacked. From Software would be foolish to not make more of the gothic title simply because hordes of fans want it!
We have seen some interesting things on this front to be sure. Including: action figurines, a clothing-line, and more figures. In addition to a “Bloodborne the Card Game” and a comic titled “The Death of Sleep” coming in 2018 as well. The recent half-minute “Shadows die twice” teaser that also gives off a Bloodborne vibe. Along with Sony’s Head of Marketing Yasuhiro Kitao, moving to From Software. We will find out for sure this year if From’s next game is indeed Bloodborne 2 and I for one, really hope that it is. If not, I’ll take a Demon’s Souls 2 if that’s not too greedy…
What are your guys thoughts? Did we miss sequels that we may hear about in 2018 that you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments below!
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