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10 upcoming indie tactical turn-based RPGs of 2018 * Updated

Written by Marcello TBL

upcoming turn-based rpgs of 2018

In this post, I have collected some upcoming indie games of 2018. Below you will find tactical/strategy turn-based RPG with a release date declared for 2018, even though most do not have a precise release date yet.

The main features that distinguish each title that you find on the list, are:

  • Turn-based mechanics
  • RPG progression of the characters
  • They are indie projects.

For every game you will find the official video trailer/gameplay, in-depth link. In any case, let’s start with the list because everything that is written before a list is always useless. 🙂

* If other promising turn-based games come out, I will add them to this list.

Star Renegades – release date will be sometimes in 2018

From the makers of Halcyon 6 comes a challenging tactical rogue-lite RPG set in an endless interplanetary rebellion against an evil authoritarian empire. Lead a ragtag squad of rebels in their desperate fight against overwhelming odds, an evolving adversary, and relationship woes.

A tactical squad-based rogue-lite RPG set in an endless interplanetary rebellion against an evil authoritarian empire. The release date is set for sometimes in 2018Read my overview about Star Renegades

Stoneshard – release date will be in December 2018

One of the most anticipated rogue like turn-based RPGs of 2018 that has recently started its Kickstarter campaign developed by indie Ink Stains Games from New York. In STONESHARD, we play as the leader of a caravan traveling to the kingdom of Aldor to assemble a group of allies in order to restore peace or destroy the kingdom. This will be our choice.

The fights are inspired by games such as ADOMTHE PIT, TANGLEDEEP, ROGUE EMPIRE. The game features an interesting feature is the Stealth System, which will allow us to move in the shadows and hit our enemies behind with critical hits.

We will have to wait until December 2018 to get our hands on an Early access version, while the final version will arrive between Q2 and Q3 of 2019. Read my overview about Stoneshard

Depth of Extinction – Already released

Exploring a flooded post-apocalyptic world in this new promising turn-based tactical RPG. Heavily inspired by games like Fallout, X-com and FTL. The independent HOF STUDIO based in Atlanta is working at Depth of Extinction. A new pixeled turn-based game that features in-depth strategic gameplay and high replay value.

We will explore a procedurally generated world map in FTL style with our submarine. We have to choose from different destinations (nodes), each one with his reward: weapons, armors, fuel, soldiers.

Depth of Extinction is still in development and the release is scheduled for summer 2018. Read my overview about Depth of Extinction

Sword Legacy: Omen – release date will be sometimes in 2018

Embark on an epic adventure and travel to the borders of the kingdom of Broken Britannia in this Final Fantasy Tactics like turn-based strategy game developed by Firecast Studios and Fableware Narrative Design.

In Sword Legacy: Omen, we will take control of Uther and his companions (among these there is the mage Merlin) and we will face turn-based combat on grid-based map.

Each map is designed to offer a good level of challenge. We have to take advantage by exploiting explosive barrels, precipices, and traps of various kinds.  Sword Legacy: Omen fits well in my upcoming indie games of 2018 list.

Sword Legacy: Omen is already released. Read my overview about Sword Legacy: Omen

Wargroove – release date will be sometimes in 2018

Developed by Chucklefish (the creators of the excellent Starbound), Wargroove is a turn-based strategy inspired by games such as Advance Wars and Fire Emblem.
A turn-based game for up to 4 people in multiplayer and single-player campaigns where you can unlock a lot of content.

In addition to the army in the game, you will have Generals with unique skills that can make a difference in battle. But these special soldiers will not have to die or it will be Game-over.

The game will be released in 2018 for PC, PLAYSTATION 4, NINTENDO SWITCH and XBOX ONE. Read my overview about Wargroove

The Banner Saga 3 – Already released

Another amazing upcoming game of 2018 is The Banner Saga 3. The third and final entry in Stoic’s critically acclaimed Viking series. New playable characters including dredge heroes and a new battle waves system against a myriad of new enemies.

Deeper strategic combat with the new battle waves system against a myriad of new enemies.The valka spear and heroic titles let players customize their playstyle even further.
Drive your own narrative as you carry over your choices from both Banner Sagas 1 & 2.

Iratus: Lord of the Dead – release date will be October 2018

This is a Turn-based RPG inspired by DARKEST DUNGEON. 

The particularity of IRATUS is that in the game we are the villains and we must try to escape from the prison where IRATUS has been held for many years.

The combat phases take place in turns and then there is also the development phase of one’s underground shelter.  Its release is scheduled for October 2018 for PC – MAC – Linux. Here a video gameplay for Iratus: Lord of the Dead

Griftlands – release date will be sometimes in 2018

Griftlands is an RPG where everything is negotiable: money, loyalty—even morality. Choose your character and make your fortune. We still have poor info about it but looks promising. Griftlands is the next game by Klei, and is planned for a 2018 release. Here’s the link to the steam page

Phantom Doctrine – Already released

Phantom Doctrine is a strategic turn-based espionage thriller set at the peak of the Cold War. Drawing on a wide variety of influences and capturing the subtle intrigue of classic spy films, the game thrust the player into a mysterious world of covert operations, counterintelligence, conspiracy, and paranoia.

MechCorp – Already released

MechCorp. is a turn-based tactics game with a strategic layer where you take command of a mercenary mech squadron in space. Decide which battle to fight and what contract to pursue while you managing every aspect of the squad including squad lineup, crew management, research and production.

Rise of the Third Power – release date will be around October 2018

Rise of the Third Power is a love letter to the glory days of the console style RPG, with modern conveniences such as auto-save, and a combination of the best elements of Japanese and western style gameplay and writing. Experience this fusion of east and west, old and new, in a game meant to surpass Stegosoft Games’ previous work in every way!

The release date will around October 2018. Here is the link to the steam page

I’m not a Monster – released date will be sometimes in 2018

The informed minority Vs. the uninformed majority: а turn-based tactical multiplayer in a retro sci-fi setting with randomly assigned roles and Mafia/Werewolf party game features.
A tourist starship is under invasion by monsters. They take human form and are picking off the passengers one by one. The bravest civilians take up arms and fight back. But first they must figure out who are the monsters.

The release date will around October 2018. Here is the link to the steam page

Jagged Alliance: Rage! – release date will be fall 2018

Jagged Alliance is back – With a new take on turn-based tactics, adventure elements and the well-known quirky mercenaries! Set 20 years after the first Jagged Alliance, this spin-off lets you experience a road trip into a jungle hell to test your mind and body to the limits!

Set 20 years after the first Jagged Alliance, this spin-off lets you experience a road trip into a jungle hell to test your mind and body to the limits!

The release date will for fall 2018.  Here is the link to the steam page

ColonyShip-4: Survivors – Release date will be November 2018

Colonyship-4: Survivors is an indie project developed by Wyatt T. Courtney. The game is inspired by Xcom, in fact, we will have our base where we can carry out research to improve and produce new weapons and armor, we can recruit new soldiers, each with its own characteristics and possibilities for development.

One component that differs from Xcom is the free exploration phase. In fact, in the game, we will find ourselves on an unknown planet and we will have to explore it in order to find an escape route.

Currently, ColonyShip-4: Survivors is under development and a Kickstarter campaign is underway to raise the funds needed to introduce other interesting elements within the game.

The release date will be November 2018. Here you will find the steam page of the game.

Sin Slayers – Release date will be sometimes in 2018

A game where we can choose from 12 heroes, each with their own background and skills. We will explore dungeons and return to the old church to rest, accept new quests and improve weapons and skills.

The game developed by the Goonswarm indie studio is still under development but should be released by 2018. Here the steam page in Sin Slayers

Please help me add more upcoming indie games of 2018 if you want to suggest some interesting indie tactical strategy turn-based RPG just leave your comment below. And if you want, join our steam community. Check out the best turn-based games coming out in 2019


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Marcello TBL

Italian Dad in love with Turn-Based RPGs and Indie Games. In 2018 he started Turn Based Lovers and now he can't live without it.

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