Last updated on February 21st, 2019
Welcome to the Top Upcoming RPGs of March 2019! 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 March 2019
Last month’s top placement went to the return of Bioware with their sci-fi action shoot’em up Anthem. While we aren’t jetpacking to a distant planet this month, there are some worlds to explore that are a little closer to home, and even one that’s seen better days. Whether it’s experiencing a different era or simply learning to survive in new environment, this March brings some worlds worth the adventure as you fight for your survival. Without further ado lets get into the month of March!
Honourable Mention: The Caligula Effect: Overdose
Release Date: March 12th 2019 (US)/March 15th (Europe)
Platform: PS4, Switch, PC
Developer: FURYA Corporation
Publisher: NIS America
Students of the Kishimai High School are enjoying their trouble-free existence, experiencing classes and having the joy of watching performances by a popular idol called μ (Mu). While everything seems idyllic, some of the students have noticed things seem to be amiss. They begin to uncover horrifying truths about their lives and that they actually are a part of virtual reality world constructed and overseen by μ. They must rally together to join a group of students called the “Go-Home-Club” and fight the brainwashed victims known as the “Digiheads” to escape this virtual reality prison. It’s not only the world they must fight but confront their own inner traumas in order to be free of the Caligula Effect.
The Caligula Effect: Overdose is a remake of the original mixed turn-based action RPG, bringing twice the story content. The title comes with a UI makeover, new characters including a playable female character. There are also additional scenarios and endings to explore.
The Caligula Effect: Overdose comes to PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC on March 12th in the US and March 15th in Europe.
5. Zanki Zero: Last Beginning
Release Date: March 20th (PS4) March 19th (PC) [UPDATE – Now delayed until April 9th]
Platform: Playstation 4, PC
Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: Spike Chunsoft
Set in world that has been destroyed by humans and life has now sunk to the depths of the sea…until yesterday. Players take on the infinite lives of 8 clones, where they must survive the lands that hold nothing more than ruins, wreckage from the recent modern civilisation. How and why you must relive these lives is a mystery that may hold some dark realisations.
Bringing a very unusual mechanic to the survival RPG genre, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning is a single-player dungeon crawler that has your normal hunting, monster battling, eating, sleeping and using the bathroom which also effects the survival of your party. But where it gets its twist, is with its 13 day life cycle. That’s right, each day will effect your stats and abilities from the beginning of your character’s life to death. How you die will also determine what bonuses and upgrades you carry on to your next life. The story is told from the point of view of eight different characters which helps piece together the narrative.
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning releases on PS4 on March 20th and PC on March 19th 2019. [UPDATE – Now delayed until April 9th]
Release Date: March 26th 2019
Developer: Nine Dots Studio
Publisher: Deep Silver
Offering an immersed fantasy survival RPG experience, Nine Dots Studios brings players this March a world like no other. Adventure through foreign lands, as creatures, harsh environments and even infectious diseases threaten your journey. Begin perilous expeditions through wild environments to find new cities, discover dungeons inhabited by foes and take on a variety of missions. It’s up to your skills, cunning and ability to survive.
The title lets players experience the perils alone or in co-op with split screen either locally or online. Each playthrough is different from the last giving versatility when it comes to playthroughs. The auto-save functions means every decision you make, you must live with, there’s no turning back with this adventure.
Outward comes to PC via Steam on March 26th.
3. Black Desert (Xbox One Release)
Release Date: March 4th
Platform: Xbox One
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Publisher: Pearl Abyss
This MMORPG finally makes its way to Xbox One this month, with stunning detail and endless character customisation. Black Desert the action-RPG gets its first release on console. Accompanied by a Black Spirit, players will unlock the mysteries of the Black Stones, fight demons and monsters in a medieval fantasy world. These powerful stones often lie between the battling factions the capitalist Republic of Calpheon and absolute monarch Valencia Kingdom.
Choose from six different classes including warrior where you focus on melee attacks taking up a sword and shield as your choice of weapons. Rangers excel in the master of archery, combating their targets from afar. Sorceresses find their power in wielding both melee and range attacks, luring enemies with dark magic, causing chaos in their path. Berserkers take on strength with their double-axes, their hits will pack a punch. Wizards have the unique ability to control natural forces, spells deal large amounts of damage. Lastly, Witches are great at conjuring fireballs, or blasting icy winds at their foes. Whether you enjoy fast-paced combat, or the slower side of MMO life with crafting, fishing and cooking, this magical realm has plenty to conquer.
Black Desert comes to Xbox One on March 4th.
2. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Release Date: March 15th 2019
Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Massive Entertainment
The third-person shooter action-RPG Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will take players on a journey through Washington D.C. where the main conflict takes place. Washington D.C. has seen better days, giving off apocalyptic vibes after the terrors have taken a hold of America, seven months after the virus outbreak. As anarchy still rains supreme, ruthless factions prey on the weak, and it is up to The Division to bring back order.
Choosing from campaigns, co-op or even PvP modes, pick your gear and use unique skills to take on the latest threat. Each agent comes with skills you can enhance, they will also play a major role when it comes to your city’s survival. These skills include Assault Drone, Chem Launcher, Hive and Seeker Mine. Choose your specialisation taking on the role of either Survivalist, Demolitionist or Sharpshooter. Players can choose from a variety of weapons and armor plus gain gear sets and exotic items. The gameplay gives a realistic experience as the event take place in Washington D.C., where you can find real landmarks, natural landscapes and neighbourhoods.
The Division 2 comes to PS4, Xbox One and PC on March 15th 2019.
1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Release Date: March 22nd 2019
Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
FromSoftware is back but this time with a new IP entirely, not following the usual Souls recipe but delving into the world of action-adventure with RPG elements. Long awaited by fans, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice takes players on a journey to the Sengoku period. Players will live the life of a ninja that has a special trick up their sleeve…well arm in this case as they adorn a prosthetic grappling hook for an arm. This appendage gives the ability to reach new heights, being able to grapple buildings and structures alike.
Playing as the “one-armed wolf” or Sekiro, you will wield a sword which can attack but also defend by the use of block or parry. Players must be wary of their “posture” which will deplete over time when using these defensive actions. From takes inspiration from historic Japan but weaves its own fantasy and myth with Sekiro. Expect stunning views, an in depth lore, stealth and plenty of sword fighting action.
The title sets to bring elements seen in previous FromSoft games including a hub area called the Dilapidated Temple. An important feature that allows for players to speak to NPCs that may help aid them in their quest, and the use of Sculptor’s Idols act similarly to bonfires seen in the souls-series.
Sekiro is set release on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC on March 22nd 2019.
That’s a wrap for the Top RPGs of March. Did I miss your favorite March release? What games are you most looking forward to this year? Please let us know in the comments below.
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