The RPGs of 2018: Every RPG launching this year and their release dates

2017 was one of the most exciting years for RPG fans (and video game fans in general). We had Nier Automata, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Tales of Berseria, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Yakuza, and so much more. You think things would be slowing down, but you would, fortunately, be mistaken. We already know there will be new entries in some of the most beloved series out there including Valkyria Chronicles, Monster Hunter, and Kingdom Hearts. But as always, there are bound to be a ton of new surprises worth looking forward to.

In order to stay on top of things, we will once again be keeping this list updated with any RPGs as they are announced with their release dates, along with other tangential RPG titles we sometimes cover on the site. So, don't be surprised if you see a game like Monster Hunter: World. Rest assured, the vast majority of the games listed are indeed RPGs.

While almost all of these games are expected to be released sometime this calendar year, there are plenty of those that only have release windows. And just like before, we’re also only listing North American and European dates, so you’ll have to look up the other territories.

Be sure to share the games you're most looking forward to in the comments below!

January 2018 RPGs


The start of 2018 will once again be a strong one as we look forward to the key releases of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Digimon Story, and Lost Sphear. We also get the first console release of Monster Hunter in several years, so there's plenty to be excited for!

Other Games for RPG Fans in January

February 2018 RPGs


Much like last year, February is packed to the gills with plenty of games to get excited about. First and foremost are two remakes - Shadow of the Colossus and Secret of Mana. Both were wonderful surprises when they were announced last year, so we are particularly excited for those two releases. Then you have Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, an enhanced remaster of one of the best games for the Nintendo DS, along with Final Fantasy XII's debut on PC. Needless to say, we'll be emptying our wallets come February.

Other Games for RPG Fans in February

  • Night in the Woods (SWITCH) - February 1 (NA/EU)

  • Shadow of the Colossus (PS4) - February 6 (NA/EU)

  • Civilization VI: Rise and Fall (PC) - February 8 (NA/EU)

  • Crossing Souls (PS4/VITA/PC) - February 13 (NA/EU)

  • Owlboy (PS4/XBO/Switch) - February 15 (NA/EU)

  • Long Gone Days (PC) - February 18 (NA/EU)

  • Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (PC) - February 20

  • Yume Nikki: Dream Diary (PC) - February 23

March 2018 RPGs


While last March was an exciting moment with the launch of the Nintendo Switch, we also have plenty to get thrilled about here. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is well worth the attention alone, but then you have Ni no Kuni 2, the latest Atelier entry, and Sea of Thieves, which is easily the biggest title for the Xbox One in 2018. Another interesting game to be found here is Final Fantasy XV on PC which will include full mod support. Can I have polygon Final Fantasy VII models in FFXV?

Other Games for RPG Fans in March

April 2018 RPGs


So far, there are only three relevant titles scheduled to be released in April, and that's Dragon's Crown Pro, the official release of We Happy Few and the English version of Super Robot Wars X in Southeast Asia. Of course, we'll update the list once we have a better idea of what will be coming out this month.

Other Games for RPG Fans in April

May 2018 RPGs


May comes in with a band as Dark Souls Remastered will be heading to the PS4 and Xbox One. While it also announced for the Nintendo Switch at the time, it has suffered a delay, so we won't be able to check it out until October (sad panda). Still, the idea of playing Dark Souls on the go sounds pretty exciting, so we're looking forward to seeing if they can pull it off. 

Other Games for RPG Fans in May

June 2018 RPGs


Amongst the hustle and bustle of E3 2018, there are a number of game releases to look forward to including the latest expansion to The Elder Scrolls Online, DONTNOD's vampire-sucking RPG Vampyr, the Nintendo Switch release of Ys VIII: Lacrimoso of Dana, and more!

Other Games for RPG Fans in June

  • Muv-Luv (VITA) - June 8 (NA/EU)

  • Muv-Luv Alternative (VITA) - June 8 (NA/EU)

  • New Gundam Breaker (PS4) - June 22 (NA/EU)

July 2018 RPGs


July has been historically a little dry when it comes to game releases, but one highly-anticipated release more than makes up for that - Octopath Traveler. Ever since it was first announced way back during the Nintendo Switch reveal in January 2017, our site (and many an RPG fan) has been excited to get their hands on it. Let's hope the game can live up to its lofty expectations!

Other Games for RPG Fans in July

  • The Banner Saga 3 (PS4/XBO/SWITCH/PC) - July 24 (NA/EU)

August 2018 RPGs


It feels as though as of late, August has been a good month for Yakuza thanks to last year's release of Yakuza Kiwami. Well, Sega looks to continue the trend by following that up with the release of Yakuza Kiwami 2, a remaster of Yakuza 2 using the same engine as Yakuza 6. We'll see if it can match up to the original's greatness!

Other Games for RPG Fans in August

September 2018 RPGs


It's a momentous month worth getting excited about. Finally, Square Enix will be releasing Dragon Quest XI in the west. After the strong reception the game received in Japan, RPG fans will finally get their chance to check it out when it drops this September. We also have the latest entry in the Valkyria Chronicles series to look forward to. A pretty stacked month, all things considered!

Other Games for RPG Fans in September

October 2018 RPGs


While things are rather light in terms of RPG releases, there's nothing bigger to look forward to than The World Ends With You: Final Remix on the Nintendo Switch. The game was originally released for the Nintendo DS a decade ago to critical acclaim, so we're very excited to see what changes Square Enix has in store for the console release!

Other Games for RPG Fans in October

November 2018 RPGs


November has historically been the month where a new Pokemon title gets released, and this year is no different, even if it isn't quite what we expected. Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! is clearly geared towards young newcomers to the franchise, but this is all a means to an end as Nintendo and The Pokemon Company are promising a proper new entry in 2019. For now, we'll have to make do with this smaller-scoped game!

December 2018 RPGs


Right now, there's nothing in terms of RPGs to get excited about in December. All we have are Persona 3 Dancing and Persona 5 Dancing (which look fantastic, but I digress). We'll be sure to update this article if anything relevant catches our eye!

Other Games for RPG Fans in December

Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (PS4/VITA) - December 4 (NA/EU)

Persona 4: Dancing All Night (PS4) - December 4 (NA/EU)

Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight (PS4/VITA) - December 4 (NA/EU)

Other RPGs Scheduled for 2018


These are games that have been confirmed to be released sometime later this calendar year. It's too early to report or even speculate on when these games will come out, and some could even get pushed back to 2019. Be that as it may, here are the games set to be released in the rest of 2018. We’ll slot them into the proper months once news of their actual release dates are shared.

  • Ashen (PC)

  • Ashes of Creation (PC)

  • Copper Dreams (PC)

  • Dauntless (PC)

  • Dual Gear (PC)

  • Eitr (PC)

  • Griftlands (PC)

  • Heart Forth, Alicia (PS4/VITA/PC)

  • Immortal Unchained (PS4/XBO/PC)

  • Lost Soul Aside (PS4/PC)

  • Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord (PS4/XBO/PC)

  • Disco Elysium (PC)

  • Rainbow Skies (PS4/PS3/VITA)

  • Romancing SaGa 3 (MOBILE/VITA)

  • Rune (PC)

  • Sadness & Solitude (SWITCH/WIIU/3DS)

  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (PS4/PC)

  • Soul Saga Episode 1 (PC)

  • Xenonauts 2 (PC)

  • YIIK (PS4/PC)

  • Yuppie Psycho (PC)

Other Games for RPG Fans Scheduled for 2018

  • Conarium (PS4/XBO)

  • Frozen Synapse 2 (PC)

  • Pixel Noir (PS4/XBO/PC)

  • Praey for the Gods (PS4/PC)

  • Wargroove (XBO/SWITCH/PC)