Today's response is in request to a question left in the comments section of a previous post. In that post, I was asked what sort of RPG's were shown off at E3 outside of Zelda, and I had to sit and think for a minute. All I could think of, outside of Zelda, was one: Final Fantasy XIV. It's not that I don't enjoy RPG's from time to time...I just couldn't remember any being shown off. So I began digging to see what I could turn up, and found that yes, there are a few RPG's out there (one of which was announced today, not at E3m but is so grand it deserves a mention) that are coming, but I was shocked by the amount of emptiness I found (unless you're into MMOs, which I steadily ignore). This year may be one to dust of the old collection.
The first that I stumbled across while searching was Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes. Now, the premise of the game is one we've all heard before. Evil cult is taking over the land, strange boy must rise to meet his destiny, etc, etc all executed in a tactical turn based grid system. What makes Grotesque different is the fact that it is attempting to play off this common theme to make a game full of self-referential and mocking humor, hopefully to poke fun at it's own silliness. Will it work? Maybe. The art style looked fairly dark, so the humor end up being somewhat subdued. Nonetheless, it is an RPG, so there is something to watch and wait for as more detail comes out.
A second that I stumbled across is actually a sequel I didn't even realize existed slated for release this fall. ArcaniA: Gothic 4 is the latest in the long run Gothic series. While I know nothing about the series, it looks to be an RPG where you control a single character and where action-oriented combat is the order of the day.
Now, as far as that title I mentioned I had first heard of today, little needs to be said other then that it is a classic team based RPG (as near as we can tell) and it looks amazing, because it is part of a collaborative effort with Studio Ghibli, the geniuses who gave us movies like Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, and Howl's Moving Castle. The result? This game looks amazing.
Sadly, that was all of the RPGs that I noticed. Has anyone else noticed any others that stood out? Aside from the obvious Diablo III hanging on the horizon.