E3 2010 was a tad disappointing for RPG fans. To some extent, it may have been expected. With the announcements of Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360 in 2008, and the surprise reveal of Final Fantasy XIV in 2009, there was probably going to be a letdown. There weren’t any major announcements of new RPGs. There was no new information on Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age: Origins 2, or The Last Story. These are the Top 5 RPG related announcements at E3 2010.
5) RPGs for the Nintendo 3DS
A large number of RPGs were announced for the Nintendo 3DS, including Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, games from the Dragon Quest franchise, games from the Final Fantasy franchise, and games from the Kingdom Hearts franchise. However, they are predominantly ports, not new games.
4) Fable III Dated
Fable III was dated for release on October 26th, 2010. Fable III is the sequel to the popular Fable II, which sold over 3.6 million copies. Some gamers debate whether or not this qualifies as an RPG, however it should a fun game nonetheless.
3) Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Dated
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn was dated for release this holiday season. This series isn’t as famous as several of the others on this list, but has a strong reputation amongst hardcore RPG fans. The two previous titles, Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age, were released on the Game Boy Advanced and well reviewed. They have an aggregate rating of 89% and 87% on Gamerankings.
2) Star Wars: The Old Republic Info and Trailer
There were several tiny reveals for Star Wars: The Old Republic, most notably that every player will have their own starship. However, the most recent CGI trailer for the game was stunning and will be a challenger for best trailer at E3 2010. Here’s a link to the trailer at the Official Site.
1) Fallout: New Vegas Dated
The follow up to the hit Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, is set for release October 19th, 2010. The huge post-apocalyptic free roaming game sold over 5.2 million copies for the Xbox 360 and PS3. It’s also being developed by Obsidian, a veteran RPG development studio who developed games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II and Neverwinter Nights 2.
Justin McElroy, Microsoft E3 keynote is here, 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET, Joystiq
Christopher Grant, Electronic Arts keynote is here, 2pm PT / 5pm ET, Joystiq
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