18 RPGs we can’t wait to play in 2018

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#4. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC)

A few years ago, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking there was really no audience for a Baldur’s Gate-style RPG. But that has shown to not be the case with several games popping up in the style of old western computer RPGs aka CRPGs and being fairly successful in finding an audience. One of the most prominent of these success stories was from developer Obsidian with Pillars of Eternity. It’s always a big risk taking an idea to Kickstarter and hoping people get excited enough to give you the money, but this was sink or swim for the company. Luckily the Kickstarter was a massive success, and the game came out to critical acclaim as well when it was released.

For the sequel, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Obsidian once again took the crowdfunding route, but this time to newer platform Fig. Would the fans follow them to this new platform, and provide enough for a more ambitious sequel? Well, Obsidian looked to raise $1.1 million and ended with $4.4 million so undoubtedly yes.

A game that raises that kind of money has to be one of the most anticipated RPGs of the year and while it will feature much of the classic gameplay fans of CRPGs are familiar with, there will be some new wrinkles as well. In Pillars of Eternity II, you’ll have a ship that serves as your home base that you can outfit with a crew, sub-classes in addition to your main class, companion relationships to manage and more. Basically anybody who likes RPGs and owns a PC should be highly anticipating Pillars of Eternity II, and since the first game did eventually release on consoles, then hopefully, console players will get to experience the sequel as well (though not likely in 2018, sadly).