The Best Upcoming Games in October
October is the month of indie classics, with a second title from the creators of Hyper Light Drifter, to the sequel of Darkest Dungeon, one of most critically acclaimed roguelikes, being released in Early Access this month. Take a look at these titles and more:
Despot’s Game: Dystopian Army Builder (Early Access)
There’s little satisfaction greater than watching a bunch of vivid-colored, pixelated stick figures rush into the heat of battle as they tote weapons and armor of all sorts against their opponents, flanked by powerful cultists, ninjas, wizards and summonors of unworldly, eldritch creatures. Heavier on tactical smarts rather than reflexes, Despot’s Game lets you prepare for the incoming battle by outfitting your army with the necessary equipment, so you can sit back and watch the wretchedness of war afterwards. And once you’ve made through the dungeons, your army will be pitted against the end-game builds of other players, with the winners allowed to make their escape—and it all looks set to be a riot.
Despot’s Game: Dystopian Army Builder will be out on 14 October.
The Good Life
The Good Life has hit the nail on the head by calling itself an all-new “Debt Repayment RPG”; after all, isn’t that the essence of what life is about, anyway? Directed by famed director and writer Swery65, The Good Life is a hotchpotch of activities, from taking pictures of the cosy English town of Rainy Woods to earn some small change, to transforming to a cat or a dog to investigate—or unnecessarily poke your nose into—the myriad incidents that the town’s residents are hiding. But at the heart of all these is a sordid murder mystery that has consumed the community—the real reason why you, the journalist Naomi Hayward, are in this town in the first place.
The Good Life will be released on 15 October.
Based on the massively popular board game of the same name, Gloomhaven is now finally brought to digital life as a tactical RPG and dungeon crawler. Set in a fantastical realm filled with undead skeletons and warring tribes, you play as a guildmaster who’s overseeing a squad of mercenaries, each with their own unique abilities. Combat is turn-based and heavily tactical rather than the Diablo style of point and click movement and attacks, with abilities and attacks being chosen in advance before every encounter. And if you survive your fights, you can trade in your hard-earned gold for better equipment, upgrade your abilities, and attract stronger mercenaries. There’s also an online co-op mode with up to four players, so you can fend off more undead hordes with friends. The boardgame version has long been welcomed by fans for its intricate, if not complex, rules and gameplay, so it remains to be seen if the PC version will be just as elaborate.
Currently in Early Access, Gloomhaven will be seeing a full release on 20 October.
Darkest Dungeon 2 (Early Access)
The original Darkest Dungeon is known for its punishing adventures and cosmic horrors; the deeper you delve into the depths of the unknown, the more likely your adventurers will be driven to madness, which imbues them with negative traits and makes them more unlikely to survive the perilous journey. The sequel to this roguelike, however, promises to offer a different twist to this formula. There’ll be an affinity system, for instance, which is a measure of how well—or poorly—your crew of heroes will interact with one another throughout this doomed adventure. There will be a lot of stress management, and probably the worst thing that could happen is that they would stab each other to death towards the bitter end, if the sight of one another gets on their nerves. In other words, Darkest Dungeon 2 is a hellish road trip about saving all of humanity. Get in the carriage, loser.
Darkest Dungeon 2 will be out as an Early Access title at the Epic Game Store on 26 October.
The second game from the creators of the gorgeous pixel art RPG Hyper Light Drifter, Solar Ash looks just as breathtaking. You’re a Voidrunner named Rei, who will be skating, leaping and soaring through a kaleidoscopic universe that is gradually being consumed by a black hole. Rather than just combat alone, there’s a greater emphasis on the fluidity of movement, as Rei traverses through her environments, jumping from platforms to floating landscapes to get to the heart of this anomaly. Speed is of the essence here, especially when enemy encounters become more intense; not only will they grow in numbers and strength, but you’ll also need to strike at them at precisely the right moment.
Solar Ash will be released on 26 October.