Welcome to the Top 5 Upcoming RPGs of December 2020! In this series we highlight the Top 5 RPGs for the upcoming month. In this edition, we’re going to take a look at each of the titles, talk a little about each, and then explain why we think they deserve to be on the list. So join me now and find a mixture of some hidden gems and old favorites given a shiny new coat of paint.
Top 5 Upcoming RPGs Of December 2020 (Cyberpunk 2077, Empire of Sin and More)
As the end of the year draws to an end, we’ve had a pretty eventful year for RPGs. Last month was quite a memorable one with the launch of both PS5 and the Demon’s Souls Remake which undoubtedly stole our top spot. But this year isn’t over yet, as we have one more month of RPG releases. This month brings a major title to a number of platforms, diving into a universe of cybernetics, mercenaries, fast cars and more. We’ve also got a few indie titles with some souls-like influence. But we’re also stepping back in time, for a life of crime as the ultimate gangster boss. Without further ado, let’s get into the month of December 2020!
Honourable Mention – Nioh 2 The First Samurai DLC
Release Date: December 17th
Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
The final DLC The First Samurai will be releasing on December 17th 2020, which Team Ninja boasts will be adding the most challenging missions and formidable foes the series has seen so far. There is a new added difficulty level that will even give veteran players a challenging time.
This DLC will dive back into the past as a Visitor for the last time. Here they will find themselves in a place their mother spoke of when they were young. Discover Otakemaru’s past, the secret of Sohayamaru, and the truth behind the first samurai. This will be a climatic ending for Nioh 2.
Those who own the Nioh 2 base game will also be able to gain a free upgrade for PS5, when the game releases on the platform next year on February 5th.
Nioh 2 is currently available to play on PS4, and the DLC The First Samurai will release on December 17th 2020. Nioh 2 will also be coming to PS5 as well as PC on February 5th 2021.
5. Morbid: The Seven Acolytes
Release Date: December 3rd
Platform: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Switch
Developer: Still Running
Publisher: Merge Games
Combining a 2D Action-RPG with the Lovecraftian universe, Morbid: The Seven Acolytes is a pixel souls-like set to challenge you with a number of horrors. Get ready to take on foes, mini-bosses and some memorable larger than life boss fights with a fully orchestrated soundtrack. As the last surviving Striver of Dibrom, your soul purpose and duty is to defeat the Seven Acolytes, each possessed by deities known as The Gahars.
Explore a dark horrorpunk world, full of terrible creatures, as the twisted minds of the Seven Acolytes latch onto their hosts, without they cannot survive. Meet a number of NPCs through the world who will expand on the immersive lore. Try out over 25 different melee weapons as well as several ranged weapons such as Pistols, Shotguns and Rifles. Keeping an eye on your health, stamina and sanity, which will be all important resources needed to tackle this world. Improve your character by various RPG elements such as Quests, Perks, Runes, Upgrades and loot.
Morbid: The Seven Acolytes releases on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Switch on December 3rd.
Release Date: December 3rd
Platform: PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Developer: The Game Bakers
Publisher: The Game Bakers
This entry is probably the most laidback title we’ve got on our list, one that follows the more romantic side to storytelling. An unusual title to say the least, the premise for the Haven is not to see the world burn but to prosper in the more romantic side of things while trying to survive on an alien planet as a couple. An adventure RPG described as being “about everyday love, rebelling against the rules and also, food”. Following a pair of lovers who escaped to a lost planet, they’re goal is to stick to together, no matter what.
Developed by The Game Bakers, the same studio that brought you Furi, Haven is about exploring a new planet, collecting resources and even battling monsters in order unveil this world’s secrets. The game can be played solo but also have the option of co-op. A second player can drop in at any point in the game by simply taking up a gamepad and pressing a button. In single player you can take on both characters Yu and Kay, with the dpad to load Kay’s actions and the buttons for Yu.
But it’s not all paradise as players will need to make important narrative decisions, ones that will impact the game. So storytelling and action gameplay go hand in hand.
Haven will be releasing on PC, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on December 3rd. With PS4 and Switch versions releasing in 2021.
3. Chronos Before the Ashes
Release Date: December 1st
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia
Developer: Gunfire Games
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Take on the atmospheric Action-RPG Chronos: Before the Ashes, which follows a hero’s quest to save their homeland. This rogue souls-like pits players not only against enemies but also time. Venture forth into a world full of mystical creatures, puzzles and unforgiving combat. Chronos is by the same developer who brought you Darksiders III and Remnant From the Ashes. Previously the title was only available in VR, but the game has been rebuilt for more platforms.
What’s interesting about the game is that while you may start off as a spry adventurer who’s quick on their feet. But as you age you will become more wise and become more advanced in magic. That’s not the only age orientated mechanic, everytime you die in the labyrinth you will lose one year of your life, meaning there is a price to pay. So instead of die and get good, it’s get old or die trying.
Chronos: Before the Ashes will release on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Stadia on December 1st.
2. Empire of Sin
Release Date: December 1st
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch
Developer: Romero Games
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Take on a strategy RPG set in the 1920s, as a mob boss. Unlike strategy games such as Disco Elysium where you play a detective, or team up with animal mutants in Mutant Year Zero, this XCOM inspired title Empire of Sin, is all about crime that pays. Players will be able to influence the city of Chicago by bribery, trading on the black market, gaining the upper hand with your crime family and building your notoriety.
You will be able to take on the role of both real and fictional infamous mob bosses such as Al Capone, Stephanie St. Clair or Goldie Garneau. There are fourteen unique bosses to choose from, which you can build you own criminal empire set in Chicago’s prohibition era. Through turn-based combat, you can bring your gang together to gain more territory, and send a message to rival gangs to show them who’s boss.
Empire of Sin releases on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on December 1st.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
Release Date: December 10th
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X, Stadia
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt Red
It’s finally here. The futuristic open-world RPG by the developer who brought The Witcher 3, is releasing Cyberpunk 2077 this December. Based on the tabletop universe of Cyberpunk 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 takes place later on, where players will adventure into the Night City. A dystopian place, mixed with those obsessed with power, attraction and body modification. Taking on the role of V, you are a mercenary outlaw who is after that particular implant, the one that promises immortality.
Cyberpunk 2077 comes with full customisation of your character, from cyberware to skill set, to playstyle. The city is yours to explore, with plenty of choices to make, shaping your story and the world around you. It’s up to you to choose from three different Lifepaths, a backstory, whether you want to be a Street Kid focusing on streetwise skills, a Nomad who has lived out in the desert, or a Corpo who’s business world may offer the upper hand when it comes to the art of negotiation.
Not only will you have a variation of deadly weapons at your disposal such as the epic Mantis Blades, but also a number of fast rides to choose from. Whether you prefer to have up close melee combat, or use guns for ranged attacks. Enter Cyberspace and encounter new gameplay elements, fantasy styled weapons and some creatures that might be useful in getting rid of hackers. Welcome to the Dark Future.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be releasing on December 10th for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia, Xbox Series X and PS5.
That’s a wrap for the Top RPGs of December. Did I miss your favourite December release? What games are you most looking forward to next year? Please let us know in the comments below.
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