Welcome to the world of turn-based RPGs and strategy games! March 2023 promises to be exciting for gamers as several new titles are set to hit the market, and some of them are ready to leave the early access phase. Whether you’re a fan of tactical combat, immersive storytelling, or strategic gameplay, there’s something for everyone in the upcoming lineup.
From epic fantasy adventures to sci-fi space battles, get ready to dive into a world of strategy, exploration, and adventure. In this article and video, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most anticipated turn-based RPGs and strategy games set to release in March 2023. Get ready to add these titles to your gaming wishlist!
Sea Wolf: Tactics
March 1, 2023
Sea Wolf: Tactics is a tactical RPG that combines the classic elements of the genre with innovative new features. In this game, you will need to use your strategic thinking to fight against the oppressive Empire and defend your way of life. You will explore the vast world of Midgard, completing quests and engaging in battles with a variety of enemies. As you progress, you will encounter new warriors who can join your raiding party and help you in your battles. You can customize and train your warriors to create a unique team that can adapt to any situation.
To gain the favor of the gods, you can willingly take on additional challenges in battle that will change the rules of combat and force you to adopt new tactics. You can also trade with or raid neighboring villages, each option presenting its own risks and rewards. Sea Wolf: Tactics is a modernized take on classic tactics games, featuring quick and responsive combat and challenging Battle Campaigns that will put your skills to the test.
Esperia ~ Uprising of the Scarlet Witch ~
March 1, 2023
Embark on a journey of betrayal and redemption with Diana Pendragon, in SRPG Esperia. After being falsely accused of being a traitor and a witch, Diana is forced to flee with her most loyal knight. Together, they set out on a quest to clear her name, reclaim her title, and uncover the truth about a curse that has befallen the kingdom. Along the way, they will meet a diverse cast of over 20 playable characters, each with their own story and development, and choose their own path through a rich and original storyline filled with military empires, dark cults, dragons, and heroes fighting for justice.
With 20+ classes, each with their weapons, movement types, and skills, the game offers over 20 hours of gameplay filled with surprises, twists, and turns. But beware, as permadeath and (un)fair RNG mechanics will test your skills and your emotional fortitude. On the bright side, in-game choices will influence your journey and unlock special story elements, character-exclusive quests will reveal the backstory and relationships of each unit, and the high-quality art for characters and in-game events will immerse you in the world of Arthurian myths.
March 2, 2023
Explore the depths of the mountain and gather precious resources to construct and fortify your stronghold in Infested Fortress. However, beware of the dangers that lie ahead as you dig deeper and attract more powerful monsters that threaten to destroy your base. Engage in turn-based battles that require your tactical prowess to emerge victorious against your enemies. Train your troops to learn new skills and produce better equipment with the resources at your disposal.
Ensure the survival and satisfaction of your inhabitants by providing them with food and acceptable living conditions. Keep a watchful eye on your troops’ morale and satisfaction, as it affects the growth and prosperity of your base. With the ability to refine materials and craft better gear, expand your population and defend your base against challenging foes. In this highly tactical game, your decisions and strategic choices will determine the outcome of every battle.
March 2, 2023
In Meg’s Monster, you’ll explore a world full of monsters and mutants, where humans are a tasty snack. Meet Roy, a hulking ogre who befriends a lost little girl named Meg. Together, they embark on a quest to find Meg’s mother before her tears bring forth the apocalypse.
Playing as Roy, you’ll start with an impressive 99,999 HP, but keeping Meg safe is your top priority. Each battle’s unique mechanics and mini-games will test your skills while you use Meg’s toys to keep her calm.
As you journey through the colorful and quirky Underworld, you’ll meet a range of charming characters illustrated in Odencat’s signature pixel style. And don’t forget about optional sub-events where even previously defeated enemies can be befriended.
But what starts as a simple story about two friends quickly unfolds into a deep and emotional tale. With mysteries to uncover about the Underworld and their own pasts, Roy and Meg’s journey will leave a lasting impression on your heart.
March 8, 2023
Welcome to Sanctuary Saga, the roguelite turn-based RPG that will test your friendship and combat skills. Explore the Untamed Wilds and face enemies in dynamic turn-based battles that require strategic row management and positioning. With up to six unique skills per party member, you’ll need to work together to vanquish monsters across four unique biomes.
But it’s not just about combat – maintaining good relationships with your party members is key to survival. Each hero has an argument meter that rises during combat, and bad relationships can lead to negative effects. Will your team put their differences aside or crumble under the pressure?
Explore lush forests and decrepit Deadlands, each with their own unique enemies and hidden secrets. With each area randomly generated, no two playthroughs will be the same. And don’t forget to challenge multiple mini-bosses and bosses that each require their own set of strategies.
All presented in gorgeous pixel art, Sanctuary Saga is a must-play for fans of roguelite RPGs looking for a new challenge.
The Last Spell
March 9, 2023
The Last Spell is a game that takes place in a world destroyed by magic, where you must defend a city from hordes of dangerous enemies. The game features turn-based tactical RPG gameplay, with a wide variety of stats, skills, and items to choose from. You can build your own classes and upgrade your heroes with different perks and gear.
The game has a strong focus on strategy, requiring you to carefully plan your actions and optimize your positioning to survive against waves of deadly enemies. Each map ends with an epic boss fight that will put your skills to the test.
In addition to the tactical RPG gameplay, The Last Spell also features roguelite elements, with procedurally generated enemy waves, characters, weapons, and unlockables to keep you entertained. You can tailor each run to your liking with the Omens, which allow you to pick limited bonuses for the upcoming run.
March 10, 2023
Mato Anomalies is an immersive turn-based RPG that invites players to explore the fantastical neo-futuristic city of Mato. Take on the role of two unique protagonists – the private detective Doe and the fierce exorcist Gram – and uncover the dark secrets lurking beneath the surface. Along the way, you’ll encounter strange anomalies that threaten the city, and it’s up to you to investigate and put a stop to them. Venture into rifts and engage in intense battles with demonic abominations, all while collecting valuable rewards.
As you navigate Mato, you’ll encounter a diverse cast of characters, each with their own motivations and desires. Form unlikely alliances with fellow misfits and band together to take down the enemies threatening the city. With a unique shared health system and dual-talent combat strategy, you’ll need to carefully plan each move and make the most of your skills to succeed.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure
March 14, 2023
Trails to Azure continues the story of Lloyd Bannings, the aspiring hero from the previous game Trails from Zero. The game is set a few months after the events of the previous game, during a temporary peace in Crossbell. However, this peace is soon shattered as tensions rise due to various organizations with ulterior motives, and the pressure from neighboring political powers, the Erebonian Empire and the Republic of Calvard. The Special Support Section finds themselves with newfound fame and status but must now face the threat to the safety of their home and their team’s integrity.
As the story unfolds, players will experience the finale of the Crossbell arc, a critical part of the Trails universe. Players can import save data from Trails from Zero to gain a different story experience, additional event scenes, and a customizable car and new combat features such as Burst and Back Attack. Plus, using save data from Trails to Azure will earn bonuses in the upcoming release of Trails into Reverie. Get ready to witness a pivotal conflict that will determine the future of Crossbell in Trails to Azure.
March 15, 2023
Stellar Sovereigns is a 4X space strategy game that combines turn-based empire management and real-time strategic combat in a procedurally generated 3D star cluster. In this game, the player can explore solar systems, mine minerals from asteroids, establish colonies, and connect them via trade routes. The player needs to protect their empire from rival empires and menace forces like pirate, sectoid, and machine AI fleets. The game features a population-based empire management system that affects the empire’s wealth, military, industry, and political power. The game has a leveling system for empire traits that allows the player to decide which aspects of the empire to strengthen.
Stellar Sovereigns has a global exchange market for purchasing and selling resources, and diplomacy is available based on the relationship between two empires. The game features real-time space combat with a level of control that can be delegated to automation options, and simulated projectiles, location-based impact damage, jamming, and interception countermeasures. Battles have a limited duration and allow for strategic decision-making in between turns. The game also includes salvaging, retrofitting, a test arena, 22 tech trees, and the ability to research multiple technologies simultaneously.
Atelier Ryza 3
March 24, 2023
In this captivating adventure, Ryza and her friends are confronted with a looming threat when a group of mysterious islands, known as Kark Isles, appear near their hometown. As they explore the isles, they stumble upon ancient ruins with a massive gate, and Ryza hears a voice in her head urging her to find the “Code of the Universe.” With the fate of their home at stake, Ryza and her companions embark on a thrilling journey, centered around the roots of alchemy and the search for a powerful Key.
This game offers a vast and immersive open world, with seamless transitions between different maps, allowing players to explore with unprecedented freedom. The adventure is enriched by a cast of 11 old and new party members who are integral to the storyline. And at the heart of the gameplay lies the mysterious Key system, which provides unknown powers that can be used in a variety of ways, from combat to synthesis to exploration. With a range of Keys to discover, players must use their wit and skill to uncover the secrets of this enigmatic world and unlock its full potential.
Stories From the Outbreak
March 27, 2023
In 2020, the world was hit by a new disease that turned people into zombies. As a survivor in the city of Riga, you wake up to chaos and danger on the streets. The authorities have failed, and the only chance of escape is a ferry departing from the western shore to Iceland. Your goal is to lead a group of survivors through the dangers of the city and make it to the ferry, facing tough decisions and sacrifices along the way.
Stories from the Outbreak is a turn-based RPG that puts you in charge of a team of survivors. As you navigate through Riga, you’ll have to make choices that will affect the fate of your crew. The characters in your group will have different views and opinions, leading to conflicts that may hinder your progress towards the ferry.
Your survival depends on scavenging for supplies and fighting off the zombies that roam the city. With over 15 types of enemies, you’ll have to use your wits and strategic thinking to overcome obstacles. But not all will make it out alive, as Stories from the Outbreak aims to be a story generator where not everyone survives or reaches their goal.
Death Roads: Tournament
March 28, 2023
Death Roads: Tournament is a unique game that combines car battles with cards and turn-based gameplay. In this game, you participate in a competition where your future is at stake, and the only way to win is by eliminating everyone in your path. Choose your driver and car, pick a sponsor, and start playing strategically.
Use your cards to shoot, move around the board, and take a better position. Collect car parts from enemies to get different cards and test new weapons, engines, and wheels. The game features turn-based battles with road events, various cars, characters, and weapons to unlock, deckbuilding based on swapping car parts, nonlinear progression on the world map, and stylized graphics reflecting a thrilling race. However, be careful because losing means starting all over again!