Greetings, traveler, and welcome to the latest installment of RPGFan's Coming This Week! The chill winds blow across the land, signaling the arrival of the Great Old Ones from the depths of the sea. You'll need to forge a stalwart alliance in order to combat them, but be forewarned: there are also vengeful spirits afoot. Maybe it would be safer to stay behind and tend to the fields? Take heed, and be on your way.
After a successful crowdfunding campaign way back in 2015, Lab Zero Games' side-scrolling action RPG Indivisible is finally set to release this Tuesday. The game features gorgeous 2D artwork and a story heavily inspired by southeast Asian culture. We've been keeping an eye on this one for a while and happen to have a review by the phenomenal Alana Hagues if you can't wait.
Also coming out this Tuesday is The Alliance Alive HD Remastered. This game was originally released for the Nintendo 3DS, but it's getting a second chance to shine on modern hardware. Players will have to gather a party of allies in order to fight back against a world controlled by demons. The PS4 and Switch version of The Alliance Alive HD Remastered will hit on October 8th, with the Windows version to follow shortly. Take a look at the review of the original version by illustrious RPGFan alum Nick Ransbottom as well.
It's the perfect season for some Lovecraftian horror, so why not take some with you with the Call of Cthulhu game on Switch? This game originally came out last October, so it's fitting that the Switch port comes out about a year later. You can learn more about Call of Cthulhu by reading our review, penned by RPGFan alumnus Robert Fenner. (Editor's note: I can't think of anyone better to tackle a game based on Lovecraft's legacy, so check it out and it might just save your sanity.)
John Wick Hex surprised us all. Not only is it a strategy game covering John Wick in his peak contract assassin days, but it's out in the Epic Games store tomorrow. This is great news for fans of the franchise, and based on coverage so far, it could be worthwhile to play in its own right. Or a good use of time before Cyberpunk 2077. Truly, it's the gaming Age of Keanu.
The next installment in the Spirit Hunter series of visual novels will be here this Thursday, just in time for the spooky season. NG focuses on a man searching for his missing sister, all while making decisions and encountering the spirits of the dead. If you were a fan of the previous Spirit Hunter entry, Death Mark, picking up NG is a no-brainer.
Open-world games are all the rage these days, as are games with survival mechanics (Breath of the Wild, looking at you), so genre fans should definitely keep an eye on Pine. The game is due out for PC this week, with a Switch version to follow. Players will take control of Hue, a member of the last tribe of humans struggling for survival on the island of Albamare.
Eliza is an adventure game with an intriguing premise that we covered when it released on PC. It happens to be hitting the Switch on the 11th in case you want something more introspective included in your fall gaming. Titled after a virtual counseling program, this title explores this idea at length. Per our review, it caused our own Bob Richardson to go for a walk and ponder in-game decisions, so there's that.
Lastly, we have Doraemon: Story of Seasons, the latest spin-off of the popular Story of Seasons franchise (that's "the real Harvest Moon," for those keeping score). This one's a bit of an oddity, since the cat-like Doraemon mascot character, while a major property in his native Japan, hasn't really made any headway over here in the West. Will the popularity of the Nintendo Switch help bring Doraemon to a new audience? We'll find out soon enough.
...and that's a wrap, folks! I'd love to stay and chat, but I'm pretty sure Cthulhu just arose from Lake Michigan, so I've got to flee for my life. Catch you next time... hopefully.