Welcome to the Top 5 Upcoming RPGs of October 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 October 2020
Last month we rounded up quite the list, including the latest chapter for The Outer Worlds called Peril on Gorgon, a new tactical RPG spinoff from the Warhammer 40,000 franchise, Necromunder: Underhive Wars and an RPG classic anew, Kingdoms of Amalur remaster. This month has some more RPG treasures to pick up, including a mmo expansion releasing, a saga finale, pen and paper inspired RPGs and more. If any of that has piqued your interest, read/watch on for our Top 5 Upcoming RPGs of October.
Honourable Mention: Solasta: Crown of the Magister (Early Access)
Release Date: October 20th 2020
Developer: Tactical Adventures
Publisher: Tactical Adventures
Set out on an adventure with a party that you put together, Solasta: Crown of the Magister follows a classic tabletop styled RPG with its Character Creation Tool. Each of your heroes will have their own personalities that are depicted in their dialogue. Solasta will get you thinking of your next move in three dimension, as you can climb, jump and even fly around what’s in your path.
Amplitude Studios the developer behind this CRPG are a team of dedicated veterans, who are aiming to stay true to tabletop games, basing the rules on the D&D SRD 5.1 ruleset. You’re in control of your company, create them based on race, class, personality and follow authentic pen and paper tradition, by rolling for their stats. Your fate lies in the roll of the dice.
Discover a dynamic world full of mysterious dungeons and unearth the ancient artifacts that lie within, while playing turn-based. Be wary of both the dark as well as the light, as the darkness may have foes that lurk, while the light may attract them.
Solasta: Crown of the Magister joins Steam Early Access on October 20th on PC.
5. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV
Release Date: October 27th 2020
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Publisher: NIS America
The finale of the epic saga is finally releasing in October, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV. As the Erebonina Empire edges even closer to the brink of war, the heroes of Class VII make their return after the events of Trails of Cold Steel III. Rean Schwarzer has gone missing, as the Empire on the path of domination continues to strengthen.
Players can expect new and returning systems in this story rich JRPG. Gain the ability to summon giant mechs for the battlefield unleashing devastating attacks, choose Auto Battle to speed up combat and take advantage of the Lost Arts, an exceedingly powerful Orbal magic, which could mean a victory at hand.
Take part in mini-games inbetween battles, which will include returning favourites such as Vantage Master, fishing and puzzles. Some new additions include Poker, Blackjack and the Horror Coaster.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV will release on October 27th for PS4, then on Switch and PC in 2021.
4. Partisans 1941
Release Date: October 14th 2020
Developer: Alter Games
Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
Mixing real-time squad strategy with RPG and base-building features set during WW2, Partisans 1941 will take players into guerrilla warfare. The games sets to take stealth tactics into a different direction, combining XCOM influence, stealth, action, resource management and base-building into one game.
Players will take on the role of Alexey Zorin, who will command a group of Partisans who are resisting the German occupation at the Eastern Front. Your goal is to plan and execute combat. Observe your surroundings, then devise the best way to ambush, using tactical pause.
Use sabotage missions to attack the enemy forces, gather your squad from the soldiers left behind enemy lines and from locals. Disrupt the German forces’ supply line and prepare yourself against a great battle.
Partisans 1941 will release on PC via Steam on October 14th.
3. Vigil: The Longest Night
Release Date: October 14th 2020
Developer: Glass Heart Games
Publisher: Another Indie
The indie title Vigil: The Longest Night by Glass Heart Games, the action platformer with an RPG twist is inspired by all things dark, such as the eldritch horror tale and Castlevania, as well as mixed in with some Taiwanese cultural influence. Jump into a souls-like side-scroller thats adds technical combat with an intriguing narrative.
If you’re a fan of Salt and Sanctuary we think you’ll like this 2D platformer, as it holds some similarities to this game, but has it’s own flavour of playstyle and combat, in it’s own nightmarish world. The story follows Leila on her quest to defend her hometown against the infiltrating evil that has cropped up in the countryside. Explore the world that combines dreams (or rather nightmares) and reality.
There are also metroidvania features, where you backtrack and uncover new areas as well as further mysteries. The story also has a number of endings, which means you will want to discover them all. Try out four different weapon types, with a variation of each.
Vigil: The Longest Night will release on October 14th on PC and Switch.
2. World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
Release Date: October 27th 2020
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
A brand new expansion releases in October, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands which explores the afterlife. It introduce a new player hub, Oribos, the Eternal City, also the addition of Covenants which adds four specific factions, granting unique abilities, Soulbinds, each with a campaign and gear to obtain.
Take your pick of the Covenants each with their own purpose and goals: Kyrian who govern the souls of those who gave service, Venthyr who take over the souls that were flawed or prideful, the Necrolords that inherit those who proven themselves in battle and the Night Fae who identify with those who have a connection with nature.
It also adds Torghast, Tower of Damned an interesting rogue-like feature, a game within itself allowing players to take on a number of foes, in a tower that is randomly generated each time you enter. Die enough times, you need to restart from the beginning. As you go higher the enemies get more difficult. The feature is replayable, adding extra challenges for those who seek a different kind of experience.
Shadowlands will also introduce a brand new leveling experience for new players, making the journey from level 1 to 10 much faster than in the previous expansion.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will release on October 27th on PC.
1. Baldur’s Gate 3 (Early Access)
Release Date: Early Access October 6th
Developer: Larian Studios
Publisher: Larian Studios
This month’s number one goes to a highly anticipated CRPG title that has the same developers of the Divinity Original Sin franchise behind it, Baldur’s Gate 3 which launches on early access this October.
Baldur’s Gate 3 early access will allow players to try five different origin characters, as well as a player customisable character. Choose from companions Astarion an elf vampire rogue, Gale a human wizard, Lae’zel a Githyanki Warrior, Shadowheart a half-elf Cleric, and Wyll a human Warlock, each with their own background story. Gather your party as you return to the Forgotten Realms. This entry will follow a story of fellowship and betrayal, with many mysterious abilities just waiting to be awakened. Fight the darkness and resist it’s call, or embrace it and turn into the ultimate evil.
You will experience the first act while Baldur’s Gate 3 is in Early Access. Play alone with recruited companions, or play online with multiplayer with up to four players in turn-based combat based on the D&D 5e ruleset.
Baldur’s Gate 3 will enter early access on Steam for PC and Stadia starting October 6th.
That’s a wrap for the Top RPGs of October. Did I miss your favourite October release? What games are you most looking forward to this year? Please let us know in the comments below.
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