E3 2012: RPGs

Anyone who tells you "the RPG is dying out" deserves a swift Firaga to the face. This year's E3 RPG scene is an even split between goodies from the East and old Western favorites spun into new forms. Works from Studio Ghibli to Trey Parker and Matt Stone populate the show floor and are spread across all platforms. This year at E3, we'll be sorting all of our news and previews from the event into easily consumable genre streams. This round-up of expected games kicks off our RPG stream. Of course, you'll still be able to follow our coverage of the big press conferences, show floor spectacles and everything in between - but if you're only interested in the RPG scene, you'll be able to find news on the games you care about under a single category. For now, check out some of the biggest RPG we're expecting to see at E3 2012 and make sure to mention in comments the RPGs we didn't include.

'Grimlands' and 'Otherland' are on the frontline of Gamigo's free-to-play revolution

For a few years after Blizzard first started to knead its bejeweled knuckles into World of Warcraft the industry was hit hard with the kind of Warcraftian twins and free-to-play half-cousins that even now still populate the genre. They look like World of Warcraft, they sound like World of Warcraft, except they're not, and we notice.

Over the last year and a half, massively multiplayer games have been bucking this trend under the realization that the subscriber-base of an imitation World of Warcraft's hits its ceiling fast. Which is why Gamigo is going a different path and breathing some...

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'Eador: Masters of the Broken World' rules with an iron fist

Developer Vladimir Tortsov struggles to explain what makes game development in Eastern Europe different from development in the West.

Tortsov works for Snowbird Studios, a development team that isn't going to ring any bells outside of independent development circles across Russia but you'll recognize the lineage. The Russian independent games studio shares development connections with popular role-playing game Mount&Blade, whose expansion Mount&Blade: With Fire & Sword was published by Snowball Studios, the same publisher behind Snowbird's upcoming real-time strategy title Eador: Masters of...

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'League of Legends' competes with 'StarCraft' in Korea's eSports scene

At the E3 booth of Riot Games, a few of the studio members gather around a monitor to show footage of one of the team's recent Korean tournaments of MOBA game League of Legends. The video is loud. One of the developers apologizes about the language barrier.

"Forgive the foreign language. Just listen to the excitement." In fact you can barely tell what's being shown in detail: A large room, a collective of gamers from wall-to-wall, PCs, a big screen attached to a back wall that gives spectators a play-by-play of events in the game, and shrieking. They're showing the footage to give an...

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'Of Orcs and Men' gives new perspective to an age-old fantasy conflict

At first glance, Of Orcs and Men, the upcoming RPG co-developed by French teams Cyanide and Spiders, may look like another generic fantasy game. It has the various races and locations, the tactical combat, and the loot fixation that you've seen in hundreds of games like it before. But something is just a little bit different here.

In the world of Of Orcs and Men, the war between the two titular enemies is already over. Humans won. Drunk on that victory, they have decided that the only way to safeguard the world from future conflict is to completely wipe out the orc and goblin races.

Cyanide...

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Cyberpunk 2020 getting not just a video game, but a new tabletop game as well

The decision to turn classic tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020 into a video game comes with a pleasant surprise: A brand new edition of the pen-and-paper game is in development.

Speaking with Polygon during E3 last week, CD Projekt RED co-founder and current CEO Marcin Iwiński said that the tabletop game is getting an update designed by Cyberpunk 2020 creator Mike Pondsmith.

The update will be the first since the third iteration of the game, Cyberpunk V3, hit in 2005.

The goal, Iwiński said, is for Pondsmith to carefully update the game so it doesn't feel like a retro take on a cyberpunk...

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Penny Arcade Episode 3 developer on the pros and cons of working with a license

Though not on the E3 show floor last week, developer Zeboyd Games set up in a hotel across the street with an almost-final version of Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness — Episode 3. And during an appointment, Zeboyd programmer/designer Robert Boyd broke down the main differences he sees between working on an original product and a licensed game.

You may recall a bit of a development hiccup when Penny Arcade Episode 2 developer Hothead Games moved on to other projects, and Zeboyd picked up the story with a dramatically different art style and approach, mirroring a 2D...

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'Ni no Kuni' is a bittersweet throwback to the world of a child's imagination

We were all children once, no matter how badly some don't want to admit it. The innocence of our worldly "newness" let us create worlds from thin air, taking inspiration from our own small lives and projecting our dreams onto the environment. Our imaginations were our best tools, and Studio Ghibli and Level-5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch made me ache to be little again, wide-eyed and powerful in my will to believe in magic.

Level-5's original idea for Ni no Kuni stemmed from the desire to create a game that celebrated the company. The publisher knew it wanted to create something...

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'Final Fantasy Dimensions' summons classic RPG gameplay to iOS

Though older Final Fantasy titles such as the original Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy III have been released in iPad/iPhone form, we've yet to receive an original Final Fantasy adventure for mobile platforms in the U.S. That's about to change when Final Fantasy Dimensions hits North America later this summer.

Final Fantasy Dimensions is actually an upgraded version of a Japanese mobile game called Final Fantasy Legends. Since that title was originally created for a wide variety of Japanese mobile platforms, it has fairly simplistic graphics, recalling the series' 8-bit roots.

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Dark Souls PC brings new content, questionable performance to E3

With every bit of good news related to Dark Souls for the PC comes a touch of the bad. Yes, From Software's Windows PC port of 2011's challenging role-playing is coming soon to Steam and, yes, there are some graphics settings for players who prefer something better than 720p resolution.

And, sure, the new content that From Software is adding with Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition looks inspired. The environments and enemy designs continue to astound. But there is clearly some difficulty in getting Dark Souls running on PC, which the game's developers admitted to at E3.

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'Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse' attacks the Amish with sniper rifles, exploding diapers and chicken on September 25

A few years ago, the creators of Family Guy threw series stalwarts Stewie and Brian into various parallel universes in "Road to the Multiverse," an episode that was critically praised and quickly grew to become a favourite among its fanbase. Now Activision has partnered with the show's creators to take that to consoles. Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse throws Stewie and Brian back into a series of twisted worlds, including one dimension in which the Amish rule and bad beards are the order of the day.

The publisher showed a short hands-off pre-alpha demo during E3, featuring gameplay of...

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'Dungeon Fighter Live' launching on Xbox Live Arcade in July

Dungeon Fighter Online may be the biggest game that the average North American gamer hasn't heard of, with over 300 million players spread across South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, and (most recently) North America. Now we've got a new chance to get familiar with the game on this side of the world. South Korean developer and publisher Nexon announced at E3 that Dungeon Fighter Live: Fall of Hendon Myre will arrive as an Xbox Live Arcade downloadable game in July 2012.

Both Dungeon Fighter Online and its new Xbox 360 spin-off focus on arcade-inspired action reminiscent of classic Capcom and...

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'Heroes of Ruin' trailer reveals multiplayer hacking-and-slashing

A new Heroes of Ruin trailer reveals the multiplayer aspects of the Nintendo 3DS dungeon crawler.

Developed by n-Space and published by Square Enix, Heroes of Ruin emphasizes co-operation, taking advantage of the 3DS's tech. In multiplayer, up to four players may work together to slay dragons and ghouls in the game's fantasy world. The 3DS's StreetPass and SpotPass tech also allows players to trade items with fellow players and complete updated daily challenges.

Heroes of Ruin is scheduled to release on July 17, 2012.

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'Paper Mario: Sticker Star' for 3DS coming Holiday 2012

Paper Mario: Sticker Star will bring Nintendo's super-flat action RPG to the Nintendo 3DS this holiday season, the publisher just announced during its E3 2012 press conference.

As the name implies, Mario will need to wield a multitude of stickers to defeat his foes and traverse his world. The game looked very similar to Paper Mario games past, with the cut-out feel of a shoebox diorama. You'll be able to grab it on the 3DS' digital store or retail outlets this holiday season.

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Mass Effect 3 included in Nintendo Wii U game montage

Nintendo shared a handful of its "23 games" coming to Wii U this year in a short video montage. One of those games was – surprise! – Mass Effect 3. The original Mass Effect was an Xbox 360 exclusive, published by Microsoft Game Studios. It later came to PC. Its sequel, Mass Effect 2, was released first on Xbox 360 and PC and later came to PlayStation 3. And the conclusion to the series, this year's Mass Effect 3, came to both Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 all at once.

And now, with the announcement of Mass Effect 3 for Wii U, Electronic Arts has managed to turn this one-time...

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South Park: The Stick of Truth 'is the most authentic South Park game ever produced'

You could find South Park: The Stick of Truth in the back corner of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Showcase event, with project director at Obsidian Entertainment Zane Lyon speaking into a microphone at three rows of seated viewers watching the demo with headphones on.

Elsewhere in the showcase, demos happened without the necessity of headsets. The Gears of War: Judgement multiplayer area had no such formality, nor did the Fable: The Journey setup. But for South Park: The Stick of Truth, it's all about presentation.

"This is the most authentic South Park game ever produced," Lyon told us, adding...

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'Fable: The Journey' set for October release with new gameplay trailer

Fable: The Journey is scheduled to release October 9 in North America according to a new gameplay trailer shown during Microsoft's E3 press conference today.

European fans can expect to see the game October 12.

The footage from the upcoming Kinect game offers a look at in-game combat against skeletal enemies and werewolves as well as a number of spells available, including fire blasts and a lasso-like ability.

Take a look at our recent hands-on preview of the Lionhead Studios title.


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'South Park: The Stick of Truth' getting Kinect support, 360-first DLC

Following the reveal of the South Park: The Stick of Truth release date at Microsoft's E3 press conference, THQ has let us in on a few new details of the upcoming game, including DLC news and pre-order bonus info.

For those rushing out to the store to pre-order, you'll receive the bonus "Good Times With Weapons" pack for South Park: The Stick of Truth. This includes the Bulrog Chicken Attack, Cartman's Kick-ass Sai, and a Samurai Costume for the main character.

If you happen to specifically pre-order the Xbox 360 version of the game, you'll also get the "Mysterion Superhero" pack, which...

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E3 2012: The RPGs

Anyone who tells you "the RPG is dying out" deserves a swift Firaga to the face.

This year's E3 RPG scene is an even split between goodies from the East and old Western favorites spun into new forms. Works from Studio Ghibli to Trey Parker and Matt Stone populate the show floor and are spread across all platforms.

This year at E3, we'll be sorting all of our news and previews from the event into easily consumable genre streams. This round-up of expected games kicks off our RPG stream. Of course, you'll still be able to follow our coverage of the big press conferences, show floor spectacles...

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