Recently, we have seen a boom of the RPG genre critically and commercially since the releases of Xenoblade Chronicles, Fire Emblem: Awakening, the Mass Effect series, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Thankfully this trend will most likely continue with these Top 5 Most Anticipated RPGs of E3 2014. Destiny Bungie, the creators of Halo, have been teasing Destiny for a long time and while this game is not strictly single player, there is the option to go through the campaign without multiplayer. With a reported $500 million behind it, a 10 year life cycle, and a spectacular world to explore, this game is set to reach the height of the legendary MMO, World of Warcraft. Plus, the soundtrack that has been released so far for the game sounds phenomenal. We have been given few pieces of media for the game since it’s announcement but hopefully at this year’s E3, we will get more information and location reveals from Destiny. There is currently a set release date of September 9th. The Witcher 3: Witch Hunt The next Witcher title is set to amaze with a huge open world, top notch graphics, and a non-linear narrative. Even though this game has such a massive open world, CD Projekt Red recently explained that “game worlds would be nothing without the stuff that makes games magnetic – the intensity, diversity, the magic behind what makes RPGs awesome” so expect to see this title to have landscapes which are brimming with personality. We are likely to get a release date and trailer at this year’s E3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the first in the series to hit consoles on day one for the PS4 and Xbox One as well as PC. Guerrilla Games’ New RPG After almost a decade of the Killzone franchise, it will be fascinating to see how Guerrilla will potentially tackle a new genre and if rumors are to be believed, it will be a new RPG. According to industry insider Shinobi602, this game will be “unique” and features a “red headed female protagonist, some lush environments, robot dinos, [and] other weird exotic creatures.” With the Killzone: Shadow Fall engine, an open world, and perhaps a well written story, this rumored exclusive RPG for the PlayStation 4 could be one of the greats for this generation. Kingdom Hearts 3 It has been 8 years since a new Kingdom Hearts has hit consoles and Nomura made fans jump out of their seats worldwide with the third installment’s announcement at last year’s E3. With the Kingdom Shader, the team at Square Enix have created a colorful but crisp cartoon-like world for next generation consoles. This action-RPG will be the final climatic chapter of the Xehenort saga in which Sora, Donald, and Goofy must find “The Key To Return Hearts” while King Mickey and Riku look for previous keyblade wielders. Kingdom Hearts 3 is currently in development for the PS4 and Xbox One but perhaps this year, we could get a release date alongside a new trailer. Shinji Hashimoto, the producer of both Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy, confirmed that this game will appear at E3 and he’s “pretty sure [we] will be surprised.” Final Fantasy XV Last E3, Square Enix showed an impressive trailer which focused on both cutscenes and combat scenarios. From the interplay between characters during fights, its open world, and the detailed visuals from the “Agni’s Philosophy” Luminous Engine, this Final Fantasy seems to step above the rest when it comes down to next generation RPGs. Final Fantasy XV could once again please gamers at this year’s E3 with a new trailer, a playable demo, and maybe a release date. Just like Kingdom Hearts 3, Shinji Hashimoto, the producer of both Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy, confirmed that this game will appear at E3 and he’s “pretty sure [we] will be surprised.” Aaron K Stone I think it’s amusing that you said Xenoblade was one of games that had been part of a rpg boom recently, but does not include a mention of Xenoblades successor due to come out in 2014 anywhere. Chris Penwell For me, X is not more anticipated than these 5. It’s that plain and simple. I simply gave a nod as that was a great moment for RPGs last generation. Aaron K Stone Fair enough. I personally couldn’t care for FFXV after all the crap SE has pulled in the past. Ducked It amuses me how Destiny is on this list. I don’t know how its considered a RPG. Chris Penwell Here’s why: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/12/13/designing-the-rpg-elements-of-destiny.aspx Ducked Kingdom Hearts III is the only game that would make me throw $460 for a PS4. So I’m hoping Square Enix brings the title to the Wii U. Chris Penwell Not to be a Wii U hater here but I really don’t want the engine being downgraded so it can fit on a weaker console. We have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 for 8 years now and we have seen the series downgraded for so long on the portable consoles. Personally, I do not want the game to be jeopardized by the hardware at all as we’ve waited so long for a new console installment. I will be getting a Wii U for Super Smash Bros, X and The Legend of Zelda Wii U but I hope it remains only on the PS4 and the Xbox One. I would also be happy to see a PC version. Ducked Well obviously, the Wii U port, wouldn’t be the same as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One port. The Wii U would get a downgraded port, not the other two consoles. Also the Wii U’s power is underrated, believe me. The difference between the Wii U and PS4/Xbox One isn’t as far as a gap as most people think. I’m sure the Wii U version would outsell an Xbox One version. I couldn’t see Kingdom Hearts III hitting the PC, mostly because the controls for that kind of game would just be weird. EX+ Pc version is not happening. Chris Penwell Both Final Fantasy XV and KIngdom Hearts 3 are being developed using Direct X 11 so it is possible. The chief officer of Square Enix, Yoshihisa Hashimoto, actually stated that they are considering a release on PC if there is enough interest. Namco, Konami, Capcom and Square Enix’s own Eidos studios have had many PC releases over the last year so interest in the PC audience has grown within Japanese publishers. It could happen. EX+ Making a game with Dx11 doesn’t mean that the game can easily go to Pc. Making a game on a PC and for PC are two different things. Maybe it’ll come to Pc, but it will be years after release. ScionicSpectre By the time it comes out I doubt it’ll be quite that much. Ducked If it isn’t out until 2016 then that could be true razeilvergil That’s one of the reasons I bought a ps4 not only that but the ps4 version comes out before the Xbox one version does ps4 owners get first dibs. DracoBomb Dragon Quest over any of these… Chris Penwell If it’s a sequel or something that’s similar to Dragon Quest VIII, definitely! BigZ Witcherrrrrrrrrr. It was bittersweet when I found out the game would be coming out in 2015. One one hand, I have more time to save up for that PC upgrade we’re all going to need. On the other hand, it’s so far away =( Good list overall, curious how the Guerrilla Games RPG will shape up. Could use another good first person RPG… assuming that’s what they’re doing. Blatherbeard Ill be shocked if FFXV is actually open world.