Seven: The Days Long Gone (Fool’s Theory): 1 December
An isometric stealth title from former Witcher devs.
Spellforce 3 (Grimlore Games): 7 December
Grimlore Games take over development duties with a new game in the strategy/RPG series following the demise of the original developers Phenomic. This one takes place before the events of Spellforce: The Order of Dawn.
Space Wars: Interstellar Empires (Desert Owl Games): 8 December – Early Access
Enter a battle for galactic dominance as four vast empires engage in territorial disputes and an ever-escalating weapons race. Choose from more than 250 unique vessels and engage in skirmishes between up to 40-players within a persistent universe supporting thousands.
Operation Apex (Curscope): 11 December
Developer Curiscope’s VR underwater exploration and adventure Operation Apex in which players are on a mission to find the largest great white shark.
Okami HD (Capcom): 12 December
HD remaster brings Okami to the PC for the first time. Supports 4K and (if you want) the original 4:3 ratio.
Fallout 4 VR (Bethesda): 12 December
Fallout 4 makes its way to VR.
Romancing SaGa 2 (Square Enix): 15 December
This revamped release of the original 1993 game comes with new features including new character classes to provide more depth to the combat, four new dungeons, and a “New Game+” feature which allows players to carry over character attributes and items into a new game or save lands and companions that were sacrificed originally.
Bridge Constructor Portal (Headup Games): 20 December
For the past year, the developers have been working on a new Bridge Constructor with the help of the Aperture Labs. Featuring a Portal theme with all the expected trimmings such as GLaDOS, this is the third game in the million-selling series which first appeared back in 2013.
Anno 1800 (Blue Byte): Winter 2017
The building and production title goes back into the past for an industrial themed entry.
Coming in 2017
.hack//G.U. Last Recode (Namco Bandai): Late 2017
Remastered (1080p/60fps/16:9) versions of the RPG trilogy in one bundle.
Barkley 2, AKA The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 – Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie – Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa (Tales of Game’s): 2017
Call of Cthulhu (Cyanide): Q4 2017
An RPG psychological horror based on the classic Cthulhu IP.
Church in the Darkness (Paranoid Production): 2017
Church in the Darkness takes you into the world of a 70s cult movement. The game’s story involves searching for your nephew in the isolated confines of Freedom Town, a settlement established by Rebecca and Issac Walker deep in the South American jungle.
Playing as former law enforcement officer Vic, the settlement has to be infiltrated and investigates. Each time the game is played, the outcome can be different depending on the actions taken and how NPCs are interacted with.
Dauntless (Phoenix Labs): 2017
Dauntless, a co-op action RPG made by former Riot Games developers at the new indie studio Phoenix Labs, was announced at The Game Awards 2016. Based on what’s up on the game’s official page thus far, I’d say it looks a little Monster Hunter-ey.
Looks like you’ll be working with others to hunt down “powerful behemoths”; and to do that, you’ll need a decent set of forged weapons. There’s not a huge amount more to go on just yet, but if you like what you see on the page linked above then you can sign up for a beta too. Dauntless will be free-to-play.
Dead Island 2 (Formerly Yager, now Sumo Digital): 2017?
Dead Island 2 was originally being developed by Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager; which could’ve been interesting. However, after being delayed to 2016, Yager were dropped from the project. After going a while with no developer, Sumo Digital were announced to be working on it. I think that’s what is known as “troubled development”. Still, it hasn’t officially been cancelled yet, so we’ll keep it around in 2017.
Death’s Gambit (White Rabbit): 2017
Described as a “challenging ARPG”, you’ll have to explore an alien medieval planet filled with beasts, knights, and horrors as an agent of Death. Now due in 2017.
Escape from Tarkov (BattleState): 2017
In the game players are thrown into a Russian city that has been “sunk into anarchy” and it looks seriously moody. The idea is to escape the city of Tarkov by overcoming the harsh city environments and challenges. The game also features character customisation with over 100 skills which is where the RPG elements come into play. The game will also include an AI controlled economy which can be influenced by players so expect to come across all kinds of useful objects.
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Frostpunk (11 bit studios): 2017
Based in a world of perpetual frost where humanity uses steam technology, this upcoming title from the This War of Mine devs poses philosophical questions about how survival can change us.