Welcome to another edition of RPGs Coming This Week, the column where we talk about all the new, relevant-to-us releases in the next seven days. (Starting from today, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game come out on a Sunday.)
This time around, we’re covering a bunch of indies and a long-awaited compilation of a cult series dating back to the Game Boy Advance. Let’s get into it!
Process of Elimination – April 11th (PS4, Switch)
Process of Elimination features a group of accomplished detectives solving a mystery involving murders most foul. The nefarious Quartering Duke has killed over 100 victims already, so the Detective Alliance is tasked with uncovering the truth behind the crimes and stopping the murder spree. An average high schooler named Wato Hojo is announced as a new member of the alliance and forcibly taken to an unknown island. There, he must help fellow alliance members solve the mystery behind the Quartering Duke despite having no real special investigative skills of his own. Can he help figure out the truth by utilizing the other detectives’ specialties? Process of Elimination promises to be a mystery visual novel with high stakes.
by Audra Bowling
TRON: Identity – April 11th (Switch, Windows)
I’ve had my eyes on TRON: Identity ever since it was announced, since I’ve got a soft spot for both the TRON series and visual novels. This VN sees players take on the role of an investigative program named Query in a brand-new Grid that’s been left to evolve under its own devices without creator influence. The narrative is said to be incredibly player choice-heavy with several differing plot results. Plus, there’s a puzzle component involving defragging Identity Discs to uncover hidden truths. TRON: Identity looks gorgeous and it certainly has an interesting premise that hopefully entices both TRON and visual novel enthusiasts alike.
by Audra Bowling
Wartales (Exiting Early Access) – April 12th (Windows)
Wartales puts you in command of a ragtag mercenary company eking out a living in a medieval land ravaged by plague and societal collapse. Featuring a vast open-world sandbox and turn-based tactical combat, you are free to chart your own path in the harsh, unforgiving low-fantasy setting…so long as you don’t meet your end at the tip of a bandit’s blade! Party customization and management is a major focus, and you can even form mercenary bands with other players in online co-op. Wartales has seen a great deal of refinement during its year and a half in Early Access, and any fan of open-ended CRPGs or small squad SRPGs should check this one out.
by Ben Love
Hunt the Night – April 13th (Windows)
Our solitary action-based entry in our RPGs Coming This Week, Hunt the Night is an action RPG dripping with retro style boasting a dark fantasy tale. You play as Vesper, a member of a special group of humans known as the Stalkers that is combating the monstrous forces of the all-encroaching Night in the world of Medhram. Your goal? Trying to ensure humanity’s continued survival, of course!
The game’s combat is frenetic and action-packed, and boss battles look impressively challenging in scope. Skill and stats customization appear to play large strategic roles, and there’s a wealth of activities and locations to uncover throughout Medhram. The game’s soundtrack even includes collaborative work with legendary composer Hiroki Kikuta. Hunt the Night might be one action RPG fans of the genre could very well lose themselves in. April 13th marks the PC release, with PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch versions launching in the future.
by Audra Bowling
Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection – April 14th (PS4, Switch, Windows)
We’ve wanted it, we’ve been waiting for it, and finally, it’s here! The Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection arrives this week collecting 10 (or more realistically, six, with some Pokémon-style divisions across a couple of ‘em) fantastic RPGs into two collections. Join Lan as he network battles new takes on classic robot masters alongside his buddy, NetNavi MegaMan.EXE! Along the way there are chips to collect, unlocking more unique moves for your virus-busting buddy, with new online play allowing you to trade chips or battle with friends. If you’re a Mega Man fan who loves RPGs, you really can’t get much better than this. Check it out for Switch, PlayStation 4, or Steam!
By Wes Iliff
And that’s it for RPGs Coming This Week! I’ve been pretty excited about Mega Man myself, but I’m still making my way through Like a Dragon: Ishin! and the rest of my wretched backlog. I feel like I need to clear the way a bit for the absolute deluge crashing down on us from mid-April onwards. Until next time, readers!