In the new generation, role-playing games for PS4 will be essential in showing what Sony’s new video game hardware is truly capable of.
RPG’s like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are already pushing the PlayStation 4’s capabilities to new heights in the console’s early lifecycle.
And games like Deep Down are showing what RPG’s for PS4 can do visually with new generation technology.
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RPG’s are no longer a genre that simply consist of turn-based battle systems with a story full of mountains of text anymore. With the PlayStation 4, gamers can expect a variety of role-playing game experiences that absolutely eclipse what we’re so used to from previous generations.
We’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the known RPG’s for PS4. They are in no particular order and most do not have release dates yet.
Even though a lot of these PS4 games have unknown release dates:
- It’s not too early to pre-order most of these games.
- A good amount of the role-playing games on this list should be available this year.
- Developers are releasing a lot of frequent information regarding these games so check back with us for more content throughout the year.
- A lot of the dates can change, be pushed back, and will most likely be announced at E3 2014.
- 1 Traditional role-playing games for PS4
- 2 MMO role-playing games for PS4
- 3 Action and adventure role-playing games for PS4
Traditional role-playing games for PS4
The PlayStation 4 needs traditional role-playing games. It’s pretty much expected by PlayStation 4 owners. From the PS One to the PS3, traditional RPG’s have made their way to each generation. And although turn-based gameplay has become less prevalent in PlayStation RPG’s, a few PS4 games will still include these traditional battle systems.
On the list of RPG games for PS4, a few of them are inspired by classic PlayStation experiences throughout the generations. In particular, the PS One and PS2 era of gaming. It’s no surprise because during those times, JRPG’s had a far greater presence.
For a lot of us who grew up playing these type of games, it is good to see that we’ll still have the opportunity to relive these moments on the PlayStation 4.
Kingdom Hearts 3
When the co-director of Kingdom Hearts 3 says he feels Sony has ‘gone too far’ with the console’s hardware capabilities, you have to worry. Now, he means ‘gone too far’ in a very good way.
Because the PS4‘s hardware capabilities are leagues above last-gen, the number of things that the Kingdom Hearts developers can do is absolutely overwhelming. And as we said, you should worry because you might have no life after Kingdom Hearts 3 finally launches.
Kingdom Hearts 3 was officially revealed at E3 2013 and continues the story involving the main protagonist Sora.
Kingdom Hearts will launch with your favorite characters like Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and other Disney characters familiar to the franchise. Development of the game began while the director of KH3, Tetsuya Nomura, was working on Final Fantasy 15.
The Kingdom Hearts developers have expressed interest in putting both Marvel and Star Wars content into the game since Disney owns the rights to both. Whether this happens or not depends on the complexity of all the legal nonsense behind those franchises. No matter what though, the developers have told fans to be prepared for some surprises.
Final Fantasy 15
How long have Final Fantasy fans been waiting for Final Fantasy 15? Many have lost count of the years. So when the game was shown and rebranded at E3 2013, it was a huge surprise met with a lot of excitement. And when they showed the gameplay trailer, a hope that the Final Fantasy franchise could return to quality form was rekindled.
For as long as Final Fantasy 15 has been in development, it was no surprise that the game looks fantastic on the PS4. Even though the Final Fantasy series has abandoned its traditional turn-based gameplay for something new, the gameplay looks incredible.
Not much is known about the game or how the gameplay actually works. But it does look like fighting is done in real-time in open areas. Some of the gameplay in the trailer looks scripted but at this point, it looks seamless.
As long as Final Fantasy 15 is definitely coming sometime soon, I think we’ll be happy.
Release: TBA 2014
Child of Light
Child of Light is a JRPG-inspired Ubisoft title that is considered a ‘playable poem’. It’s a side-scroller with unique gameplay possibilities that takes the player’s decisions into account. This means your choices during early chapters will have an impact on how later chapters play out.
This is one of the PS4 role-playing games that is looking to remain traditional. Gameplay battles in Child of Light are completely turn-based. A gameplay style that has been sorely missing in modern RPG’s. Child of Light also gives players the opportunity to leave hints throughout the game for other online players to find.
One of the other more important aspects of Child of Light involves puzzles. Child of Light differs from other role-playing games on PS4 in that it is a side-scrolling platformer with turn-based gameplay and challenging puzzle elements.
Child of Light utilizes the Ubi-art framework so you can be assured that the game will have a likable artistic visual style reminiscent of the Rayman series.
Release: Currently available
Kickstarter’s latest successfully crowdfunded video game is a JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Game) being created by veteran game developers. Project Phoenix is a squad-based real-time strategy RPG for the PS4 that has strong JRPG design influences. But this shouldn’t deter western RPG lovers because the game is being created with a worldwide audience appeal in mind.
There’s also the fact that the lead composer for Project Phoenix is Nobuo Uematsu. He’s the composer behind the music for Final Fantasy 1-10, Lost Odyssey, and The Last Story. This is his first time composing music for an indie game.
Project Phoenix is in early development so expect to see plenty of content regarding its progress throughout this year.
Release: TBA 2015
Soul Saga: Episode 1
This is your classic anime-themed JRPG that’s inspired by the good old days of PlayStation gaming. A Kickstarter game that has more than tripled its goal, Soul Saga: Episode 1 is designed to be a love letter to JRPG’s like Persona and Final Fantasy.
Soul Saga’s turn based combat has taken a page from Final Fantasy 10 and Chrono Trigger. And in combat, puzzle elements are applied to certain enemies. So it takes some thought along with trial and error to defeat enemies.
The game’s early Alpha combat style is classic JRPG and that’s a great thing. Soul Saga uses a battle initiation system where physical contact with an enemy starts combat.
The art design looks fantastic and really makes the game stand out from other modern day role-playing games that go for ultra-realism. Expect to hear more about this great looking game as it is releasing on both the PS4 and PS Vita.
Release: Q3 2014
MMO role-playing games for PS4
One thing that can be said about the PlayStation 4 is that there will be no lack of MMO’s for the console this generation. Towards the end of the last-gen, MMORPG’s on console’s started making an appearance.
These type of games were usually only found on PC due to them relying heavily on keyboard and mouse input. But developers have worked around the issue and games like Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn and DC Universe Online proved that MMO’s could successfully take their place among consoles.
And it’s not just traditional MMO’s that have adapted to consoles. Games like Battlefield, Halo, and Call of Duty have implemented roleplaying elements into their game. Your players gain experience, level up, and get loot when you reach certain levels of requirements. There is even character, weapon, and armor customization. And Halo has even added armor abilities to the game.
With more shooters going the Borderlands route, it was no surprise to see how hyped games like Destiny and The Division have become.
Thankfully because of all this success, we’re about to be drowning in incredible MMO experiences.
This is a game that has many faces. It’s a first-person shooter set in an open world. It’s also an RPG with science fiction elements. And it’s also an MMO that doesn’t have consistent players in your game.
With a single player campaign that drops other online players in and out of your game, Destiny does a lot. As Bungie’s 10 year commit to the game only helps to solidify confidence in its quality, Destiny’s lasting appeal will require a huge investment from players. This is not so much a monetary investment we’re talking about. It’s more an investment in your character that will require a lot of your time.
In Destiny, you’ll be traveling throughout space and exploring a variety of planets. From an MMO perspective, this is extremely exciting. Instead of being confined to one continent or a world with different zones, you’ll be taking your character across the stars to adventure on dangerous worlds.
Just how large these open world areas are remains unknown. But as the Beta is closely approaching in the next few months, more details are sure to be revealed.
Release: September 9, 2014
This is Sony Online Entertainment’s popular Massively Multiplayer first-person shooter already thriving on PC. PlanetSide 2 delivers to gamers a scale of massive combat that most have never seen before.
PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play MMORPG with a lot of Game of the Year awards. Even though the futuristic shooter is massive in scope and has thousands of players fighting each other on one battlefield, developers have stated that the PS4 version will be equivalent to the PC version on the Ultra settings.
The only difference between the PC version and the PlayStation 4 version will be the user interface. The PS4 version will also make use of the DualShock 4 Touchpad and PS Vita Remote Play.
Expect the game to launch sometime soon.
Release: Q1 2014
DC Universe Online
Ever wanted to play as a superhero that teams up with Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman? Did you ever want to try your hand at being a supervillain who is in league with Lex Luther, The Joker, and Sinestro? For many gamers, we’ve been doing this for a while with DC Universe Online on the PS3.
With the launch of the PS4, gamers now have the opportunity to play DC Universe Online with better visuals at 1080p/60 frames per second. For those who are new to DCUO, there is a ton of content. The game has added a lot of requested features and improvements over the years. And playing as a Green Lantern is a lot of fun.
DC Universe Online’s gameplay is all in real-time and is fast paced. This isn’t your typical MMO as it was designed for consoles and for use with controllers. Give it a try as it’s free. You may be surprised how much you like it.
Release: Currently available
The Elder Scrolls Online
This is an Elder Scrolls that plays online with other players but does its best to remain true to single player gameplay mechanics. Many keep referring to it as Skyrim with other online players sharing the world with you. So this could be a good thing.
Since Beta testing is currently underway it’s hard to get any real information on what we can expect. What we do know is that the game supports both first and third person perspectives. You can use any armor and weapons with your character. There’s a lot of abilities, skills, spells, and unique gameplay interactions to keep the game interesting.
Best of all, it is Elder Scrolls. And you’ll get to visit a lot of familiar places that were in previous games. The world in Elder Scrolls Online is huge. And even though there is a subscription fee, the developers have promised to release content on a regular basis.
Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade
Scheduled to release in 2015, Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is the next entry in the popular Warhammer franchise. Right now the game is in an early Alpha phase but developers have already produced exclusive footage for you to see.
Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade is a third-person action MMORPG that focuses on PvP (Player vs. Player).
Though the game is in early development, with the final product you can expect:
- To be able to fight in a third-person perspective with plenty of gunplay and vicious melee combat.
- To have a choice of 4 factions. You can side with the Eldar, Orks, Space Marines or Chaos Space Marines.
- To have the opportunity to form Battle Squads to fight in-game together.
It’s really great that the developers released a gameplay video so early in production. They have said they want to keep gamers in the loop with development so expect more content from them on a regular basis.
Release: TBA 2015
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn
Here’s another MMORPG that was designed with consoles in mind. Like DC Universe Online, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn first launched on the PlayStation 3. So with the upcoming release on the PS4, gamers can expect higher resolutions and frame rates, along with improved visuals.
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is an MMO that hasn’t abandoned traditional MMORPG gameplay for a faster paced, action-based battle system. Instead expect to be greeted with a game that plays with the familiar hot-button World of Warcraft type action.
The gameplay is very easy to understand as you approach an enemy and attack with hot-buttons. Yet the gameplay still requires the player to remain active to avoid certain types of strong attacks.
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn was completely remade as the first version of the game was not well received. If you love MMO’s, then you’ll have fun with this game.
Release: Currently available
Tom Clancy’s The Division is an open-world RPG coming to the PlayStation 4. Playing in a dynamic and persistent world that requires tactical decisions, RPG strategies, and plenty of teamwork makes The Division a unique role-playing game.
Why is it so unique? Well, even though it’s an online RPG, it also a third-person modern shooter.
The other thing that makes The Division so unique is that even though it’s an online role-playing game, it looks incredible visually. When the gameplay trailer premiered at E3 2013, it became an instant hit.
Why do the visuals look so good? Because of the Snowdrop engine. The Division’s dynamic and flexible Snowdrop engine is interconnected in a way that allows developers to take full advantage of its capabilities. The engine runs everything in real time and developers can play and make changes to the game on the fly.
The Division is similar to Destiny in the way that it is not a traditional MMO with hundreds or thousands of players inhabiting the same world as you. Encounters with other players will result in tactical firefights.
Expect intense gameplay and great things from The Division. If you haven’t seen any gameplay yet, then you need to see this game in action now.
Release: TBA 2015
It’s been a good while since a new EverQuest MMORPG has released. EverQuest 2 launched in 2004. And a lot has changed since then.
As the popularity of MMORPG’s has increased substantially, requiring gamers to pay a monthly subscription to access a game has become significantly unpopular. So with the announcement of EverQuest Next also came the pleasant surprise that the game would be free-to-play.
EverQuest Next takes a very different direction from the series. First of all, the visuals are not going for a sense of photorealism. Instead, EQ Next has a vibrant artistic visual style.
Then there’s the fact that the environment is fully destructible. So everything in the game can be destroyed including the ground. Since the ground underneath your feet can be taken away, the game is built in layers. This means that there are different levels to the gaming world.
So you can basically fall through the ground and end up in a cavern, cave or some other place you wouldn’t want to find yourself. And from there, you could fall even further down to much darker depths.
Finally, the game boasts permanent change that affects the land of Norrath. Based on your actions and the actions of others in the world, Norrath will change every day.
We’re very excited to see what EverQuest Next has in store for us in the near future.
Release: TBA 2015
Action and adventure role-playing games for PS4
Welcome to the new age of role-playing games. Action/adventure RPG’s are becoming much and more common in video games. When you think about an action/adventure RPG, think Darksiders, Mass Effect, and The Witcher.
These are the type of games that get people interested in a more hardcore roleplaying experience down the road. You start off playing The Witcher 3 and next thing you know, you’re playing Skyrim, Fallout, and transitioning to Destiny, EverQuest Next and DC Universe Online.
It’s understandable that some gamers don’t like RPG’s. They require a lot of time and investment. They have very long and intricate story elements. And the cut scenes in some games can be really drawn out.
So if you’re one of these type of gamers who just can’t seem to get into traditional role-playing games. These are the titles that you will want to try to help ease you into the genre. They are a good blend of action and adventure. Have fast paced and fun combat. And the stories are just as engrossing as any blockbuster movie in Hollywood.
Not to mention, some of these games will be absolutely mind-blowing on the PS4.
If you haven’t heard about Cyberpunk 2077 it’s because it’s still in its infancy. This is CD Projekt RED’s next big game. The makers of the Witcher series are expanding their talent into a futuristic world full of dark technology and mature themes.
Cyberpunk 2077 is based off the pen-and-paper roleplaying game and CD Projekt RED is hard at work developing it for a new generation. You can expect to play a game with a nonlinear story where your in-game decisions affect the world around you.
Even though there isn’t much information regarding the game just yet, you can expect incredible visuals, a larger world to explore, fun gameplay, and a great story. Keep an eye out for this in the coming year.
Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition
If you love loot, you’ll love Diablo 3. This is your chance to play Diablo 3 as it was meant to be on consoles. With Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition you’ll get Acts 1-5 all on your PS4.
This version of Diablo 3 is a PS4 action/adventure RPG that delivers a brand new experience for PlayStation 4 console gamers. It’s full of all the updates, new game enhancements, brand new features that will premiere in the Reaper of Souls expansion on PC, and will include a custom-designed interface for the PS4.
The PS4 console version of Diablo 3 will also include functionality with the DualShock 4 touch pad and social features personalized for the console experience.
New additions to Diablo 3 for the PlayStation 4 include:
- Increased level cap to level 70
- New skills
- New passive slot
- New bounties for legendary rewards
- Adventure Mode
- New enemies
If you haven’t got a chance to play this, make sure you do when it releases. It’s worth it.
Release: August 19, 2014
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age Inquisition is an action role-playing game in development for the PS4 that continues the stories from the Dragon Age series. Bioware’s popular fantasy RPG is getting a complete overhaul.
For one, it’s huge. The game is full of vast open areas just waiting for you to explore. Bioware has taken great care to fix all the complaints from Dragon Age 2.
In Dragon Age: Inquisition, exploration, combat, and crafting are all completely revamped and vastly deeper than previous Dragon Age games. This of course is due to the superior hardware of new-gen consoles.
So with better hardware comes a better game. Gone are the quests full of cramped basements, claustrophobic tunnels, and small patches of terrain to explore. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, you’ll be treated to a game that actually feels like a living world.
To put it in perspective, the area of Crestwood is larger than all of Dragon Age 2. And Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Crestwood is not even close to being the largest environment in the game.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is not a single open-world area. Instead, it is divided into immensely different locations. Each location offers its own landscapes and are noticeably different visually.
Third time’s the charm right? This game does look incredible and we think BioWare will nail it.
Release: October 7, 2014
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is probably one of the most anticipated role-playing games for the PS4. The reason why is because the Witcher series is synonymous with quality, great visuals, deep gameplay, and an incredible story. And the fact that CD Projekt RED has taken the Witcher series into the open-world will prove to be absolutely incredible.
There has been nothing but praise by those who have seen the game. The Witcher 3’s open-world is larger than Skyrim and 30 times the size of The Witcher 2.
Why does this matter? Well, since the game is being developed only for the new generation of gaming technology, the visuals are absolutely insane. The game is being built with the brand new REDengine 3 and the developers are trying to reach a CG level quality of visuals for the game.
If that wasn’t enough, CD Projekt RED, the much beloved developers behind the series, has gone on record stating that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is about 100-120 hours of gameplay.
What you can expect from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt:
- Incredible visuals
- A close to Geralt of Rivia’s saga
- A huge open-world with NO load screens
- Mounts and boats
- 36 different endings
- Enhanced combat with different combative stances
- Actual monster hunting
- An epic story that centers around The Wild Hunt
This is What is PlayStation 4’s most anticipated RPG aside from Destiny.
Release: February 24, 2015
If you haven’t seen Deep Down, just know that it made a big impact during Sony’s February 2013 PS4 reveal. The reason why was because of the visuals. This was a game that had many in disbelief that the new-gen could look so good. And in turn, it created a lot of buzz on the internet.
Developed by Capcom, Deep Down is a free-to-play RPG game exclusive to the PS4. Reminiscent in design of the popular Demon and Dark Souls series, Deep Down is a dark fantasy dungeon crawler that takes place in New York in the year 2094.
Deep Down runs on Capcom’s brand new Panta Rhei engine. And the game will feature procedurally generated dungeons to keep gameplay fresh and ever changing.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
For fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this is a dream come true. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an action role-playing title that should get PlayStation 4 owners excited. The game is doing something that can only be explained by watching the video below to truly appreciate what is possible.
Basically, enemies in Shadow of Mordor are tied to the game’s ‘Nemesis System’. The game uses procedurally generated content to make enemies in the game in a way, alive.
For instance, you may encounter an enemy in the game that you injure in a battle. The next time you meet him, he’ll remember you injured him and this will be a motivator for him to fear you or seek vengeance on you.
As time goes on, you could encounter this enemy multiple times. During this period, he could have risen through the ranks and will be much harder to defeat. In the end, this could become a long-term rivalry between the two of you. This can lead to incredible stories and unique experiences for each player.
There’s a lot more to the Nemesis System than we’ve explained. Watch the video below because if this truly works, the game will be absolutely amazing.
Release: October 7, 2014
This science fiction action RPG for the PS4 is being developed by Supergiant, the people responsible for Bastion. In Transistor, you play as Red who wields an extraordinary weapon called Transistor.
As you fight your way through a sci-fi adventure to solve the mystery behind the Transistor, you encounter a variety of enemies who are hunting you down.
Transistor uses a unique combat system called “Turn” that pauses the in-game action so you can layout your next moves. When you’re done planning your action sequences, you’ll hit the R2 trigger to resume normal gameplay and your character will execute the moves that you setup against your enemies.
This is one of many indie games that we’re very excited for. Hopefully Transistor will prove to be as impressive as it seems.
Release: Currently available
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a crowd funded medieval game that has reached its goal on Kickstarter. It’s a realistic single-player role-playing game that is set in Europe during medieval times.
You’ll play from a first-person perspective in an open-world environment as a young blacksmith who has lost everything he cares about to war. Kingdom Come: Deliverance has you fighting in one-on-one skirmishes and large-scale battles. And the visuals are quite spectacular thanks to the game running on Cryengine.
The game features non-linear story elements, a realistic combat system, different play styles, open world landscape, mounts, and more.
Release: Q1 2016
Lords of the Fallen
Lords of the Fallen is a really hardcore game with a dark fantasy backstory. Many who have played it have said it’s as difficult as Dark Souls. Maybe even more so. But the developers have specifically said that the game is not meant to be as punishing in that manner.
Lords of the Fallen is designed to be a game where every single encounter with an enemy will be a challenge. The game is not trying to be Dark Souls. But it will reward players who focus more on tactics than dumb luck.
The way the developers described it, each fight will be like a round of Street Fighter. Meaning that players will have to strategize by planning out their attacks and defenses in a measured way.
So don’t expect a game where you slaughter enemies by the handful with just a few combo moves from your overpowered weapon. This is a game that requires a thoughtful and tactical approach to combat.
Release: October 28, 2014
Bound by Flame
In Bound by Flame, you play as a mercenary who has been possessed by a flame demon. This heroic fantasy RPG contains all the typical elements you’d expect from an action adventure. And Bound by Flame’s gameplay offers players a lot of freedom when it comes to your choices and actions you take throughout your play through.
Your interactions with other characters in the game can greatly affect how everything plays out later. Dialogue decisions can make allies or foes of the people you speak with. This can have a variety of benefits or consequences later in the game.
The combat in Bound by Flame has you parrying, dodging, countering, guarding, and attacking all in real-time. Battles require both tactics and reflexes and encounters can be demanding.
Bound by Flame is another great addition to the PlayStation 4 library of games. Look for more information to come in the future.
Release: Currently available