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Here Are The Role Playing Games That Are Coming In December

November 30,2018 15:25

Paid and free DLC packs dominate December's RPG releases. There's also an excellent PC RPG that arrives on consoles, a JRPG remastered for the PS4, and a new IP that looks like one of the most intriguing games of the year. There may not be a lot of ...



'Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden'Credit: Bearded Ladies Consulting

Paid and free DLC packs dominate December’s RPG releases. There's also an excellent PC RPG that arrives on consoles, a JRPG remastered for the PS4, and a new IP that looks like one of the most intriguing games of the year. There may not be a lot of RPGs scheduled for December, but the ones on offer are varied in style with the potential to provide many hours of engaging play. Here are the RPGs that are scheduled for December.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is the most confounding game on this list. It’s based on the Mutant Year Zero tabletop RPG but it’s not clear how well developed the RPG elements will be in the game. What is clear is that Mutant Year Zero features strong turn-based strategy gameplay à la XCOM combined with a real-time approach to stealth that could be the next big thing in stealth games if it works.
In Road to Eden you control a party of Mutants in a post-human world. Pre-release trailers focus on a team composed of a mutated duck and boar, and a woman who looks human but goes through some changes when the fighting begins. There’s also a silent fox assassin who “might look like a cute little heartbreaker, but she’s no sweet little love maker.” Ooh Foxy Lady! That did it, I’m in. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden could be the sleeper hit of the year or a monument to reaching beyond your grasp. We’ll find out when it releases for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on December 4.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Legend of the First Blade
Legend of the First Blade launches Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s ambitious program of post-launch paid DLC packs. It’s the first episode of a three-part story that will continue at roughly six-week intervals. In Legend of the First Blade, Kassandra or Alexios meets Darius, a famous assassin who has appeared as a statue in previous Assassin’s Creed games but never as an NPC.
Why does the Assassin Brotherhood honor Darius with a statue if he's never been in a game? Because he was the first to wield the series' iconic Hidden Blade when he assassinated Xerxes I, the King of Persia. It will be interesting to see if your character is given the option to trade Leonidas’ Spear for the Hidden Blade. Would you make the trade if given the choice? Legend of the First Blade releases for Xbox, PS4 and PC on December 4.
Path of Exile: Betrayal
There’s good news and bad news for fans of the outstanding free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile. The bad news is that the release of the game on PS4 scheduled for December has been pushed back until February 2019. The good news for Xbox One and PC players is that the game’s largest expansion to date, Betrayal, remains on schedule for a December release.
Path of Exile may look like a Diablo clone at first glance but it’s much more. It features six main classes each of which has three Ascendancy sub-classes. There's also an unlockable, high-level, all-purpose class called the Scion. Character development is based on an immense passive skill tree that’s open to all classes, and active skills in the form of socketed gems that can be modified and upgraded. The game is a dream come true for players who love tinkering with character builds. Betrayal adds a story that involves investigating an organization of necromancers, interrogating and manipulating its members, discovering the identity of its leader and ultimately bringing it down. Betrayal also includes new skills and items, new end-game maps, a streamlined mastercrafting system and more. Path of Exile: Betrayal is scheduled for release on Xbox One and PC on December 7.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a unique RPG set in the world of the Witcher. It combines a very well-written story infused with consequential and morally-difficult choices with exploration, resource gathering and base building, and a combat system based on the card game Gwent. You don’t play as Geralt of Rivia although he does appear in the game. Instead, your character is Queen Meve who is trying to defend her Kingdoms of Lyria and Rivia from the depredations of the Nilfgaardian Empire.
Thronebreaker released on PC on October 23 to excellent reviews and less than expected sales. The disappointing sales were probably due to poor timing. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 released on October 12 and Red Dead Redemption 2 released on October 26. The game’s release-date woes may continue with its console release. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is scheduled for release on Xbox One and PS4 on December 4, the same day as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Legend of the First Blade and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden.
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire - The Forgotten Sanctum
The Forgotten Sanctum is the third and final paid DLC for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Forgotten Sanctum has a team of high-level characters exploring a dungeon built into the flesh of a sleeping god while either joining or opposing the Archmages of Eora. The DLC will be accompanied by Update 4.0 which includes a new sub-class for each of the game’s base classes, new God Challenges and two new Mega Bosses.
The Forgotten Sanctum may be the last cross-platform game we see from Obsidian for some time as the studio was recently added to Xbox’s stable of developers. Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire - The Forgotten Sanctum releases on PC on December 13 with an announcement about console releases to follow.
The Last Remnant
The Last Remnant is a JRPG that was originally released for Xbox 360 in 2008 and PC in 2009. It features a complex battle system that combines strategic command with tactical maneuver. It was the first Square Enix game built with the Unreal Engine, and was expressly designed to appeal to both Japanese and Western players.
The Last Remnant was plagued by performance and graphical problems when it was initially released on the Xbox 360. The newly remastered version should solve those issues. The Last Remnant is scheduled for release on PS4 on December 6.

'Everquest'Credit: Daybreak Game Company

Everquest: The Burning Lands
Recent fans of World of Warcraft may not realize that when WoW released in November of 2004 it was the second—and decidedly less important—MMORPG released that month. The game that had most of the MMORPG world’s attention was Everquest II which appeared two weeks before WoW. It’s easy to understand why this was so. WoW was created by a studio without an established track record in creating MMOs and was based on a real-time strategy game. Everquest II was the next iteration of the legendary Everquest which first appeared in 1999
Everquest is not only alive and well, it has put out at least one expansion every year since 2000. This year’s offering is The Burning Lands and it releases for PC on December 11.
Here are December's RPGs listed in order of release date.

Game
PC 
Xbox One
PS4 
Switch 
Release date
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Legend of the First Blade
X
X
X

12/4
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
X
X
X

12/4
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

X
X

12/4
The Last Remnant

X

12/6
Path of Exile
 X
X

12/7
Everquest: The Burning Lands
X

12/11
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire - The Forgotten Sanctum
X

12/13

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