Top 5 Upcoming RPGs Of October 2021 (Darkest Dungeon 2, Elyon, Death’s Gambit Afterlife and More!)

Welcome to the Top 5 Upcoming RPGs of October 2021! In this series, we highlight theĀ Top 5 RPGsĀ for the upcoming month. In this edition, weā€™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 2021

Last month we enjoyed the return of a classic RPG Diablo 2 Resurrected which got a remaster getting a number of additions including multiplayer. There were a number of new RPGs released making it quite the busy month.

This month we have more to look forward to, with a new MMO launching, revamped games that are getting quite a lot of new content as well as new card-based adventure. This month has quite the mix of fantasy titles, all set in their own unique universes, from sci-fi to dark fantasy. Without further ado, let’s get into the month of October 2021!

Honourable Mention: Phoenix Point Behemoth Edition and Corrupted Horizons Expansion

Release Date: October 1st

Platform: PS4 & Xbox One (Corrupted Horizons DLC on PC as well)

Developer: Snapshot Games

Publisher: Snapshot Games

Phoenix Point the successor to the XCOM franchise gets our honourable mention this month as it will be coming to new platforms, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. The Phoenix Point: Behemoth Edition not only will be coming to these consoles but also includes bonus content, a sizeable expansion, previously released DLCs, an updated UI plus controls, and a free next-gen upgrade at a later date.

Phoenix Point follows a futuristic vision of Earth, now caught up in an alien invasion, with the release of an Alien virus now inflicted called the Pandoravirus. Assuming the command of the Phoenix Project, players will attempt to save humanity with turn-based strategy battles and base management.

PC players will also have the fourth DLC expansion called Corrupted Horizons to look forward to, as it releases on the same day October 1st for all platforms. In this latest addition, a new deadly strain of the Pandoravirus is now running rampant. Face new enemies, use a new soldier type and play new campaign missions.

Phoenix Point: Behemoth Edition releases on Playstation 4 and Xbox One on October 1st, alongside the expansion Corrupted Horizons releasing also on PC.

5. Voice of Cards: The Isle of Dragon Roars

Release Date: October 28th

Platform: Playstation 4, Switch & PC

Developer: Square Enix

Publisher: Square Enix

Get ready for a tabletop type of adventure from the creative director of NieR and Drakengard series Yoko Taro, in Voice of Cards: The Isle of Dragon Roars. In a card-based RPG which is completely made up of cards, from its battles to moving across the card-based world set in mystery, monsters and dragons, showing the path you’ve travelled.

The gameplay uses turn-based field and dungeon battles using cards to inflict damage through skills and dice rolls. The main character played by you is accompanied by Mar a very attached monster and Melanie a black witch. Every part of tale is told through cards, including the story, battles, characters you meet and it’s all beautifully illustrated.

While the game isn’t a part of Drakengard or NieR, there will be DLC which have a crossover with NieR adding some NieR replicant designs such as costumes and card backs.

Voice of Cards: The Isle of Dragon RoarsĀ releases on October 28th for PS4, Switch and PC. You can also check out the demo now to preview the game.

4. Elyon

Release Date: October 20th

Platform: PC

Developer: Bluehold Studio

Publisher: Kakao Games

Elyon the MMORPG will be fully launching this month on PC. The now free-to-play title is a sci-fi based game set in a warring world between two sovereign realms of Harth called Vulpin and Ontari who are vying to control Elyon, a portal that will ultimately lead to paradise. There are also invading enemies called Dark Apostles which come from another dimension, what they’re objective is unknown.

Elyon sets feature massive realm wars, where factions can fight it out with manamechs, artillery and soldiers in realm vs realm wars. Players can customise their character with a number of skill add-ons, runestones and through Mana Awakening. This will give a number of ways to create your own combat style. There are also dungeons which means you can join your friends in tackling bosses with some mechanics in multiple phases. If you fancy taking on the challenge solo, try the floor-based dungeons.

Players can pick from different classes from Mystics who can heal their allies through the power of nature but also deal damage to their foes, to Gunners who use guns to shoot enemies from a distance and land decisive blows. As it is a fantasy-style game you can pick from different races which include Human, Elf, Orc and Ein, deceptively cute fluffy creatures who are apparently the best engineers in the world.

Elyon will be releasing on PC on October 20th.

3. Disciples: Liberation

Release Date: October 21st

Platform: Playstation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Developer: Frima Studio

Publisher: Kalypso Media

Disciples: Liberation is a dark fantasy world turn-based combat RPG where players will undertake hundreds of unique quests and foster relationships with an assortment of in-world factions. Players can build an army and trade resources to upgrade their home base. You will take up the role of liberating the land of Nevendaar and uncover a number of hidden tales within the detailed world, full of consequences.

The game promises eighty plus hours of single-player campaign experience, a war-torn fantasy world to explore, a possibility to weave your own story, build a base, challenge deadly bosses and more.

You can recruit over 50 units and create an army that follows your type of playstyle which includes both magic and straight-up brawn and steel. Face some pretty horrific monsters and beasts, where your choices will deal with your fate. If fighting monsters isn’t enough you can even fight your friends in online 2 player skirmishes.

Disciples: Liberation will release on October 21st on Playstation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

2. Darkest Dungeon 2

Release Date: October 26th (Early Access)

Platform: PC via Epic Games Store

Developer: Red Hook Studios

Publisher: Red Hook Studios

Darkest Dungeon 2 is making its way to Early Access via Epic Game Store this month. The sequel to the highly acclaimed cosmic horror RPG of the same name will gain new monsters, bosses as well as challenges.

The combat system for the sequel will have a significant tune-up mechanically but will remain consistent with the first title. Players will meet their flawed heroes, who all have their quirks and stressors which will affect how they play, including some maddening surprises. In a party of four heroes, you will be pitted against roguelike five-hour runs which includes ominous mountains. These shorter runs will be designed to be a little less intimidating than the first, which had longer 40 plus hour campaigns.

Your characters can also still die in this sequel, so be wary your party could end up a duo if you’re not careful. You will also need to keep an eye on how members of your party play off each other, with such quirks as clumsy or kleptomaniac. While there are some changes, Darkest Dungeon 2 will still retain the combat that players loved in the first, but is now all in a 3D art style. Expect to see familiar faces making their return in the sequel and one new character the Runaway in Early Access who embraces fire, a new damage-over-time component.

Darkest Dungeon 2 joins Early Access on the Epic Games Store on October 26th.

1. Death’s Gambit Afterlife

Release Date: September 30th

Platform: PC and Switch

Developer: White Rabbit

Publisher: Serentity Forge

Taking our top spot this month goes Death’s Gambit: Afterlife, an expanded edition of the original game but is now double the size in terms of content. While it does release on September 30th, it’s counted in a list this month as it’s on the eve of October.

As previously mentioned Afterlife brings a sizeable update to the original game coming free to those who already own the game, including new bosses and new levels. There is also a number of changes in terms of systems including a revamped Talent tree. The game features 6 newsĀ bosses, 10 new levels, 22 newĀ weapons, 100Ā talents, skills, storylines, cinematics, gameplay enhancements and much more.

There is also a full new map that was not in the original game, making exploration more in-depth. There are also multiple endings, crafting, and new music track so enjoy as youā€™re exploring the new areas of Afterlife and are featured in new boss fights. You can now enjoy hybrid builds with the updated Talents system, resulting in about 100 talents, the original had 20. Other additions to enjoy include new mechanics such as double jump, air dash and even Perfect Blocking inspired by Sekiro.

Death’s Gambit Afterlife will release on September 30th for PC and Switch. It will also be available as a free upgrade for those who already own the game.

Thatā€™s a wrap for theĀ 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.

You can also check out our most anticipated titles for this year in ourĀ Fextralifeā€™s Top 10 Upcoming RPGs Of 2021.

So, do you want more? If so, you can find more Top RPGsĀ here.


News Editor at Fextralife. Yuria is an avid PC gamer and Twitch streamer who enjoys online multi-player games and believes games should have amazing storylines not just great graphics.

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