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.
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.”