Welcome to the Top 5 Upcoming RPGs of March 2021! 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 2021 (Monster Hunter Rise, Arkham Horror and More!)
Last month we saw the arrival of some great RPGs coming to new platforms and taking our top spot was the tabletop-based RPG Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood. This month we’ve got an eclectic mix of RPGs that span from a few classics getting a shiny new look, rhythmic battlers, to a monster of a release that will test your hunting skills. Grab a snack, sit back and enjoy the upcoming RPGs for the month of March 2021.
Honourable Mention: Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning
Release Date: March 16th
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Coming to the Switch in the month of March is the remaster, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, which takes our honourable mention spot this month. It’s a remastered version of the title of the same name (minus the Re-) that was released back in 2012. The remaster which launched in September last year now comes to a new platform, with a graphics update, plus all previously released content. Players can build their character to their preferred playstyle, with numerous combinations in terms of skills, abilities, weapons and armor. You can mix magical and melee attacks, executing the final blow with Fateshift kills.
Not only will you be able to experience the on the console, but also can take it on the go with you in handheld mode. THQ has also confirmed that both physical and digital editions will be available at launch. If you buy the physical edition, you won’t need to download any more files as the whole game fits on the cartridge which is great news.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning released on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One on September 8th 2020. The title will release on Nintendo Switch on March 16 2021. Ready to dive into the Faelands? Check out our Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Builds.
Release Date: March 4th
Developer: Chris Nordgren, Jordi Roca
Publisher: Foreign Gnomes, Surefire.Games
Step into the unconventional adventure RPG Everhood, with a universe filled with amusing music battles and strange but delightful encounters. Here lies the realm between the known planes of existence called Everhood. A wooden doll named Red awakes from a deep slumber, finding a thief has stolen his arm. Set out and search for the missing limb, with reality that is ready to unravel.
In this strange underworld you’ll meet a cast of colourful characters and face music based battles, all set in a 2.5D graphic aesthetic. This singleplayer game combines rhythm, adventure, story rich choices with plenty of action. Choose from five difficulty options ranging from a narrative-focused experience to a more extreme challenge. Return to the world in New Game Plus to uncover additional secrets. If you like a mix of Undertale and Necrodancer, you’ll probably enjoy this indie title.
Everhood launches on PC and Switch on March 4th.
4. Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited
Release Date: March 16th
Developer: Experience Inc., CodeGlue
Publisher: NIS America
Both Saviors of Sapphire Wings and Stranger of Sword City Revisited are being bundled together and joining new platforms on PC via Steam and Switch for the month of March, coming west for the first time.
Saviors of Sapphire Wings also called “Blue-Winged Chevalier” in Japan, is a remake of the classic title Students of Round. The game follows a fallen hero who after returning to life 100 years after the Overlord of Darkness defeated the Knights of Round, causing the world to plunge into darkness.
Stranger of Sword City Revisited is the enhanced version of the game, which was originally released for Xbox One, PS Vita and PC in 2016. Players follow a survivor of a plane crash, which takes them into the world of Escaria.
Both games stem from the dungeon-crawler series, with party-based combat, in a turn-based RPG. Face fierce monsters and treacherous labyrinths, and slay the powerful Lineage Type monsters. Bond with your allies while crushing enemies.
Saviors of the Sapphire Wings/Stranger of Sword City Revisited will release on PC via Steam and on Switch on March 16th.
3. Neptunia Virtual Stars
Release Date: March 2nd (PS4)/March 29th (PC)
Developer: Idea Factory / Compile Heart
Publisher: Idea Factory International
A new Neptunia entry is launching west, Neptunia Virtual Stars is a party-based RPG, diving into the world of you’ve guessed it, Virtual Idols. Following cute characters that are ready kick butt, with music-based hack ‘n’ slash mechanics. Answering the call of a distress signal sent by the Digital Goddess of planet Emote, these Vtuber stars are ready to save the planet.
Combat follows four Goddesses who take on the role of playable VTubers, who will need to defeat Rock enemies with lightning-fast combos, and dodge incoming attacks. There is a BeaTik rhythm system, which requires players to hit buttons in time with the music and earn points in the process. Heart Tune builds bonds between characters, recovering MP used for HP and skills. Switch between melee and ranged shooter characters on the fly.
The game is a crossover featuring the characters of the Neptunia franchise: Neptune, Noire, Blanc, Vert and dozens of Virtual YouTubers with 60 guest Vtubers in total. The game comes with the original Japanese voiceovers.
Neptunia Virtual Stars comes to Playstation 4 on March 4th and on PC on March 29th via Steam.
2. Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace
Release Date: March 23rd
Platform: PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox Series X/Xbox One
Developer: Artefacts Studio
Publisher: Asmodee Digital
Next on our list is the award-winning board game franchise inspired Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace, an investigative RPG with turn-based combat, set in the haunting world of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu. The year is 1926, a professor of astronomy winds up dead in her mansion, with all clues pointing to murder. Join the squad-based narrative that combines exploration, investigation and RPG combat phases.
Choose from 12 investigators from the Arkham Horror games, each possesses a unique skill set, and put together your crack team of detectives, to uncover the mysteries surrounding the death. Find clues, interrogate and progress through nine chapters, while facing a number of horrors that will plunge your investigators into the depths of madness, affecting their sanity and causing traumas.
Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace releases on March 23rd, currently confirmed for Xbox One, PC and Xbox Series X. But also coming to Playstation 4, Switch and Steam in Q1 2021. [UPDATE – Now confirmed for release for all platforms]
1. Monster Hunter Rise
Release Date: March 26th
The latest entry for the Monster Hunter franchise comes to the Switch this March, Monster Hunter Rise. The Action-RPG takes hunters on a brand new adventure which can be taken on the go, with the handheld feature. Players will be taken to Kamura Village, to explore the lush land and battle some mighty monsters.
Players can take their hunt solo or team up with friends to earn rewards which can be used to craft a number of weapons and armor. There are also brand new gameplay systems such as the Wire Bug which lets you quickly pull yourself to safety and even tackle a monster and take control using the reins. You also get very own canine companion the Palamute which allows you to mount and ride across the map. Players will run into fan favourites such as Rathian and Rajang, as well as new monsters such as Almudron and Ranka- Kadiki.
Monster Hunter Rise will release on the Nintendo Switch on March 26th 2021.
That’s a wrap for the Top RPGs of March. Did I miss your favourite March release? What games are you most looking forward to this year? Please let us know in the comments below.
You can also check out our most anticipated titles for this year in our Fextralife’s Top 10 Upcoming RPGs Of 2021.
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