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Everything Turn-Based: Weekly RPG News, Announcements and Releases 6 July 2024

Written by Marcello TBL

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All the news and annuncements on PC and Consoles Regarding RPGs

The Weekly RPG recap is here again this week. Are you excited? You probably couldn’t care less, especially if you’re happily at the beach or enjoying your weekend in whatever way you prefer. However, if you’re a hardcore gamer who is always on the lookout for the latest news and announcements, then you’ll be very happy with this article that I’ve been working on for some time now.

This week saw no major releases; the only one worth mentioning is the grand strategy game Kingdom, Dungeon, and Hero, which we introduced a few weeks ago and is now available on PC. So, keeping the new releases aside for this week, let’s dive into the news and announcements.

Let’s start with developers Microids and Savage Level, who have unveiled the second part of the making of Flint: Treasure of Oblivion. This episode delves into the game’s unique storytelling, which heavily integrates Franco-Belgian comic styles to enhance the tactical RPG experience. This narrative approach aims to create an immersive connection between exploration and combat, faithfully recreate the piracy world with historical accuracy, enhancing the immersive experience through authentic language, costumes, and weapons. The game is set to launch on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S in Q4 2024. Check out the trailer below.

Let’s jump on For the King II and its new Dark Carnival Update, which is introducing an infinite dungeon mode that challenges players to uncover the secrets of the Ringmaster. This new mode increases in difficulty as players progress through its twisted depths. Studio Director Sterling Anderson emphasized the team’s dedication to enhancing player experience, noting the update’s incorporation of community feedback and the return of Bards. The game, known for its blend of strategy, turn-based combat, and roguelite elements, now also features a highly requested four-player co-op mode, new combat mechanics, and diverse biomes.

One of my most anticipated RPGs is Neon Blood, a neo-noir cyberpunk RPG that mixes point-and-click with a JRPG combat system with awesome 2.5D pixel art. A few days ago, publisher Meridiem announced that Neon Blood, developed by ChaoticBrain Studio, is now available for pre-order and wishlist on all major digital platforms, including Nintendo eShop, Xbox Store, Steam, and PlayStation Store.

Neon Blood RPG
Neon Blood is ready to launch on PC in September

The game, featuring 2.5D visuals with 2D PixelArt sprites in 3D environments, combines puzzles, turn-based combat, and Quick Time Events. A boxed Limited Edition for PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch will be released in late 2024, featuring a metallic cover, art book, city guide, and soundtrack. Set in 2053’s divided megalopolis Viridis, the story follows detective Axel McCoin from the dystopian Blind City as he leads a revolution against societal inequalities.

Let’s change the noir setting of Neon Blood for something cartoonish and fantasy with the announcement from French studio Ludogram and publisher Ishtar Games of Worlds of Aria release, a co-op adventure inspired by tabletop role-playing games set for launch on September 24 on PC via Steam, with a Nintendo Switch release later in 2024.

World of Aria Strategy Tabletop
Worlds of Aria, a co-op adventure inspired by tabletop role-playing games

Players can embark on a comedic and legendary quest, choosing to either fight enemies or scheme against friends, all while navigating numerous dungeons and making critical decisions influenced by dice rolls. The game features narration by Laura Bailey, known for her roles in Critical Role and The Last Of Us Part II. The new trailer is available here.

Now forget the comedic and relaxing vibes for something creepy and dark as we announce a Horror-Theme RPG developed by Indie Mango Factory called Kumitantei: Old School Slaughter. A new trailer for this retro anime thriller reveals a demo and Kickstarter campaign launching on September 24, 2024. The game, set in 1980s Japan, follows sixteen high school students trapped in an apocalyptic bunker, coerced into a deadly psychological experiment.

Players, taking on the role of barista Himari Sanada, must solve murders, build trust with classmates, and engage in card battles using Debate cards to find weaknesses and present evidence. The Kickstarter campaign will run until October 22, offering a preview of the game’s characters, art, and mechanics.

If you never heard about Knock on the Coffin Lid, it is a stylish Deckbuilding game available in Early Access since 2020, and it’s now nearing its official release, scheduled for August 2024. The news is that developer updates on Steam reveal the addition of five new language supports—French, German, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), and Korean—to broaden its accessibility.

Set in a dark fantasy world inspired by medieval Northern Europe, players will unravel the mystery behind the protagonist’s death. The latest update also includes new character and pet animations, additional icons and cards, enhanced battle visuals, and enriched sound effects.

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Knock on the Coffin Lid, it is a stylish Deckbuilding game available in Early Access

Last week, I announced the upcoming release of Darkest Dungeon 2 on Nintendo Switch, and this week, Red Hook Studios said they are ready to launch on Xbox Series X|S on July 15th, 2024, as well, completing its console line-up alongside PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch versions.

Pre-orders are now available on the Microsoft Store for $39.99, 38,99€, £33.74, with a 15% launch discount. The game includes all current updates and DLC, including The Binding Blade. The Oblivion bundle, featuring the base game and DLC, is also available. The update introduces two new heroes, The Duelist and The Crusader, and a roaming mini-boss, The Warlord. A new campaign mode, ‘Kingdoms,’ will be added later this year.

If you love pixel-art as much as i do, you will be happy to learn about the upcoming release of The Dark Cave, a pixel art turn-based tactical, deck-building roguelite, set to launch on Steam and Itch.io on July 16 for $4.99 / €4.99, with a two-week launch discount of 15%. In The Dark Cave, players fight on two 3×3 grids, making calculated decisions and strategic movements with a variety of weapons and abilities. Each move is crucial in this challenging environment.

Goblin Slayer on Switch
Goblin Slayer -Another Adventurer- Nightmare Feast soon on Switch

Keeping the tactical vibe, let’s talk about RPG Goblin Slayer -Another Adventurer- Nightmare Feast which is set to release on Nintendo Switch in the West on October 25, 2024. Based on the dark fantasy light novel and anime series by Kumo Kagyu, the game launched in Japan earlier this year. Both physical and digital editions will be available, with Deluxe and Collector’s Editions offered by publisher Red Art Games.

The Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive sleeve, sticker sheet, and original soundtrack, while the Collector’s Edition features a steel case, double-sided poster, and acrylic stand. The game follows the new Master of the Adventurer’s Guild and includes ten characters in turn-based tactical battles. Goblin Slayer is known for its dark themes and lack of proper character names, and despite controversy, the anime has been successful, leading to further adaptations.

Let’s close the news and announcements of the week with indie Abylight Studios announcing Anoxia Station, a new sci-fi strategy management sim set for a 2025 release on PC. The game is set in an alternate late ’80s where Earth has become uninhabitable, forcing humanity to survive deep underground. Players will manage resources, battle subterranean monsters, and navigate the challenges of extreme environments.

Anoxia station Strategy
Anoxia Station is a new Strategy Game that lets you explore the deep underground of earth

It features randomized maps, survival horror elements, and turn-based gameplay. Players will lead an international crew with secret agendas, adding strategic depth. As you strip-mine sectors in search of a massive oil deposit, the dangers increase, offering unique challenges with each playthrough. The soundscape enhances the horror experience, blending industrial noises with eerie, inhuman sounds.

Now, I’ll let you get back to your fantastic weekend—at least, I hope it is! Don’t forget to check out this article for all the cool stuff happening during the ongoing Summer Sale, and take a look at these intriguing bundles too. Ciao

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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.