Welcome to the Top 5 Upcoming RPGs of September 2021! In this series, we highlight the Top 5 RPGs for the upcoming month. In this edition, we’re going to take a look at each of the titles, talk a little about each, and then explain why we think they deserve to be on the list. So join me now and find a mixture of some hidden gems and old favorites given a shiny new coat of paint.
Top 5 Upcoming RPGs Of September 2021
Can you believe we’re approaching the month of September already? We’re getting towards the end of 2021 but worry not as there are still plenty more RPGs to look forward to. Last month we had a couple of betas of RPGs now releasing this month, and our top spot actually got delayed to this month, but we’ll have more on that later.
This month breathes new life into a classic ARPG title, we have a new entry to a long-running franchise with plenty of new “tales”, as well as news adventures setting sail in a familiar universe. Without further ado, let’s get into the month of September 2021!
Honourable Mention: New World
Release Date: September 28th
Developer: Amazon Game
Publisher: Amazon Game
Wait a minute, you might be thinking “didn’t we have New World last month?” well you’d be right with the fact that New World was supposed to release in August but got pushed back to a September release. It takes our honourable mention this month as it’s still worth the mention. This newcomer MMO is light on the story but offers a very invested crafting system.
As we covered in the previous video New World is all about discovery and settling in a well…a new world. The game’s classless system allows you to pick up weapons and put points into Weapon Mastery. This makes gameplay flexible in how you want to play. The game also offers an open-world with a big focus on PvP. As mentioned earlier crafting is a key feature, you can gather wood, craft items, weapons, armor and more.
New World is also getting an open beta which starts September 9th, so you can check out the game for free before it releases.
New World will be releasing on PC on September 28th 2021.
5. Astria Ascending
Release Date: September 30th
Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X
Developer: Artisan Studio
Publisher: Dear Villagers
Join the fantasy world of Orcanon in Astria Ascending. In this JRPG that follows a classical approach to the genre, players will follow a story of eight heroes who are Demigods fated together. Their mission is to fight the Noises, ghostlike creatures that threaten to tip the balance of the world. Astria Ascending is all done in a beautifully hand-drawn 2D artstyle, with mythical races and cultures to discover.
The artstyle, general concept and overall look of the game might feel familiar, you may even draw comparisons to the Final Fantasy games and you’d be right as the team consists of a writer Kazushige Nohima from Final Fantasy 10 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake as well as score composer Hitoshi Sakimoto from Final Fantasy 12 and Vagrant Story. The gameplay is turn-based with a team of companions you can put into a party of four, using different combinations to overcome enemies.
Astria Ascending will release on September 30th for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
Release Date: September 16th
Developer: Anshar Studios
Publisher: Anshar Studios
Following a cyberpunk-esque theme Gamedec is a single-player RPG which follows the classic structure of player choice. The isometric title will allow players to solve crimes in virtual worlds. Interacting with NPCs to gather intel and unlock a number of dialogue options dependent on your choices, professions and acquired knowledge.
The game emulates tabletop RPGs, with a focus on character development and decision making. Players can craft a unique set of professions, to lead investigations in their preferred style. Gamedec promises to offer freedom to approach situations in a number of different ways, offering more than one solution. The game is described as non-combative, so your actions will rely on your investigative skills rather than your brawn.
Gamedec will release on PC via Steam and GOG on September 16th.
3. Tales of Arise
Release Date: September 10th
Platform: Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Developer: Bandai Namco
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Tales of Arise joins as the 17th main entry in the Tales series, the popular JRPG series of games that follows up the previous title Tales of Berseria. The game’s plot follows two characters from opposing worlds, Dahna and Rena. Rena has an advanced civilisation built with technology and magic, while Dahna has a more medieval society and are taken as slaves by the people of Rena, so expect a bit of dark story here.
Tales of Arise uses an action-RPG battle system that follows the Tales series. Together with their party they will explore the world of Dahna climbing rocky terrain, swimming in rivers, gathering by the campfire to cook food, as well as fight a number of foes.
Newly introduced to the series are Boost Strikes allowing one hit kills for lower-level enemies. Each character has their own unique Mystic Arte abilities, sort of super attacks which are the deadliest moves in the game, which players will need to build a gauge in order to unleash.
Tales of Arise will be released on September 10th platforms Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. There is also a demo available if you want to check out the game before buying.
2. Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous
Release Date: September 2nd
Developer: Owlcat Games
Publisher: Ownlcat Games, META Publishing
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is a new title adapted from the legendary tabletop RPG by Paizo. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous isn’t a sequel to Pathfinder: Kingmaker, but continues to expand upon the core elements of the first title, bringing another epic CRPG adventure.
In this latest Pathfinder entry, the realm of Sarkoris has been destroyed when Areelu Vorlesh, a scholar and practitioner opens a rift to the abyssal planes of existence, with hordes of demons invading the world of Golarion. Now led by the evil Demon Lords Deskari and Baphomet, the abyssal forces crushed all who stood against them turning Sarkoris into a demon-infested last now knowns as Worldwound.
In this title players will encounter tactical combat game mechanics, mounted combat and Crusade Mode which allows players to select their general, change the size of their army and explore the map of the world.
In order to battle the demonic invasion, players can choose a mythic path that will grant their characters a unique set of skills as well as a distinct narrative arc, leading to their mythic transformation.
Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous will be coming to PC on September 2nd 2021 and on consoles Playstation 4 and Xbox One on March 1st 2022.
1. Diablo II Resurrected
Release Date: September 23rd
Platform: Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
The ARPG Diablo 2 Resurrected takes our top spot as this iconic title gets remastered. The game stays pretty faithful to the original, but there are some features added such as being able to swap between modern and old-school graphics, shared stash and reworked spells. Diablo II Resurrected will include all seven classes and all of the memorable bosses as well. Classes include Amazon, Assassin, Barbarian, Druid, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress.
It was also confirmed you will be able to load old save files from the original Diablo II, and pick up where you left off in Resurrected. Play solo or team up with up to 8 players as you explore the world of Sanctuary.
If you prefer a more nostalgic look, you can even toggle between the newly updated graphics to the original. The game also comes with all new reworked cutscenes for each Act, giving new life to the classic title.
Diablo 2 Resurrected will be releasing on September 23rd for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
That’s a wrap for the Top RPGs of September. Did I miss your favourite September release? What games are you most looking forward to this year? Please let us know in the comments below.
You can also check out our most anticipated titles for this year in our Fextralife’s Top 10 Upcoming RPGs Of 2021.
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