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E3 2016 Report – A Golden Year of RPG!

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E3 2016 was basically over, and we are having so many games (especially the RPG Games) to be released in the upcoming second half year. There is so many information update in the event and we also need to share focus in other jobs. Hence, we need some time to fully compiled this E3 2016 report.

So many things are revealed in this event, although some big games like FF VII Remake never mentioned in the event. Nintendo and Square Enix has outshine the event with their AAA titles. We learn some surprising things like the ‘expanded universe’ of Final Fantasy XV or the new Zelda being an action RPG. There are some new RPG games revealed too, like Ever Oasis from Nintendo.

I (Everlight) want to say thank you very much for the staffs that worked very hard to cover this big event. No matter how small your contribution, this report will never done without every single of you. Also, I would like to say thank you for you, the readers. The team also have some things that they want to share regarding this event:

Covering E3 news is one hell of a task. It was very hectic. The news were coming after one another as if there’s no end to it. But it was fun. I got to follow titles and franchises that I was not quite familiar with. There are a lot of great games announced at this year’s E3. Out of all those titles, Persona 5 is my personal highly-anticipated game. One thing that I like from Atlus is that they are able to come up with interesting concept and premise, which instantly got me captivated.

Handoko LunNews Writer


Nothing special in this year E3. The new game that made me interested just Ever Oasis for 3DS. Square Enix announced release date for World of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts 2.8 FCP this year made me hype. And it will release worldwide too! SE wanted to go all out this year. But E3 2016 had “Epic” moment I couldn’t forget, when Hideo Kojima came at Sony Conference. I watched it live and it was really something.

DylaGame Reviewer


I couldn’t help much in E3 coverages, so I can’t say much about it. But this year is PlayStation’s year I guess, coming in strong with a lot of great games to come. I would like to see how the Monster Hunter Generations feels soon.

ForsecaArticle Writer


E3 2016 Report – Ready To Be Served!

It has really taken so much time and effort to cover most of the E3 2016 event that was related to RPG. We might missed a few things (feel free to hit us with some things that we left to cover), but we tried our best to give you all the important information.

Check out the compiled information below, and don’t forget to visit any related links if you want to specifically dig the information 🙂


E3 2016 Report – Sony

We didn’t cover much about Sony, but we would like to mention the special report about PlayStation VR. Virtual Reality gaming, along with Augmented Reality (AR) gaming, will surely ‘boom’ in the next few years. It is very exciting to see how the VR and AR gaming will impact the RPG gaming experience.

One of the first RPG game for VR experience is Chronos, which was released early this year. You can check the report here. Another honorable mention is God of War, and you will see why shortly.


Playstation VR

PlayStation VR launch date is set on October 13 - announced at E3 2016, with the cost US$ 399

Sony announced the cost of PlayStation VR bundle headset, along with what you can get in the bundle. Another note to mention, there are more than 50 games to be released for PlayStation VR like Batman Arkham VR, Star Wars VR, and even Final Fantasy XV VR (which we will mention shortly after this)! Check out the detailed information here.


God of War


Yeah, some of you may already know that God of War series is usually an action adventure game. However, during the E3 2016, Sony just confirmed that this new God of War for PS4 will have some RPG elements now. Check out the trailer and more information in this report.


E3 2016 Report – Square Enix

Square Enix is the star in this E3 event with so many RPG games to be covered here. Final Fantasy XV is the main show here, while Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 and NieR: Automata as the runner-up games. Although Kingdom Hearts III hasn’t been shown, there is a certain Q&A session that brought up some interesting update for the game.


Final Fantasy XV

Final-Fantasy-XV_2016_06-15-16_014 (800 x 450)

Final Fantasy XV is the biggest star in RPG news for E3 2016. To summarize, this is what Square Enix has revealed in the E3 2016:

  • They announced another game for Final Fantasy XV universe. The title is A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV. Check the report here.
  • They also announced a Virtual Reality experience game titled Final Fantasy XV VR Experience, where you can play as Prompto. Check the report here.
  • They just released a new official trailer for Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Check the report here.
  • They showcased a demo gameplay for Xbox One version and you can watch it here. (Note: many people said this is a ‘failed’ demo. Watch it to know the reason)
  • They introduced a new feature: Wait Mode. This feature is optional and will let you think more strategically in the battle. Check the full report here.
  • They released two new trailers: Altissia City walkthrough and Regalia Type-F (that flying car) walkthrough. You should definitely check them here, because both trailers brag the gorgeous environments.
  • They close the presentation with a FAQ session. See the full report here.


Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Prologue

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 A Fragmentary Passage - battling heartless

The final game set as the prologue for Kingdom Hearts III received a lot of attention during the attention too. You can check the new trailer and demo gameplay in this report. Additionally, you can also check another HD trailer (with the main attraction here is the Kingdom Hearts Backcover X and 0.2 BBS) in this report.

Square Enix announced that they will release the game on December this year. As a commemoration for the release date announcement, they give a KH 2.8 HD Aqua Medal for all Kingdom Hearts X players. The game has now been released for several countries in Europe, Africa, and Middle East, which you can check here for the report.


Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III Battle Screenshot

Kingdom Hearts III wasn’t specifically shown in this event. However, there is a small FAQ session about the game that talks about worlds and possibility of compilation of KH HD 1.5 & 2.5 for PS4. See the full report here.


NieR: Automata

NieR Automata - E3 2016 - Screenshot 8

NieR: Automata is a unique action-RPG with mecha theme and interesting story. You will play as Android soldiers that were created by humans to fight against invaders from another world. The game is originally planned for 2016 release, but pushed back to 2017 to balance the gameplay and make it enjoyable (see the full report here). Check also more E3 2016 footage and discussion regarding this game here.


Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Battle Screenshot

This is the latest remastered project of main-numbered Final Fantasy after they done remastering Final Fantasy IX for Android, iOS, and eventually PC. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be based on the International Version along with some adjustments other than HD graphics. First, you can check the trailer and new feature (Fast-Forward Feature) in this report. Second, you can also check the discussion of expanding Zodiac Age job feature here. The game will be released on 2017.


Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV - Heavensward

Final Fantasy XIV is the second main numbered Final Fantasy to be an MMORPG (the first one is Final Fantasy XI). A lot of important information can be read in this full report. There is also a possibility for Xbox One version that you can check here. The next big update, Patch 4.0, will be revealed at next Fan Festival on October which you can check here. Additionally, you might have some interest for these cute plushies of FF XIV mascots.


Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

Relia in Battle in Star Ocean 5 - 2

Also known as Star Ocean 5, this latest entry in Star Ocean franchise has just been released on June 28 in US for PS4. The biggest change from previous entries is all of your party members (with a total of 7) participate directly in combat. Check out the launch trailer here. Also, there is a consideration to bring this game for PC and PS Vita, which you can check here for the detail.


I am Setsuna

Vita fans hope that I Am Setsuna for PS Vita will be released too. The graphic is beautiful like this one

I am Setsuna is developed by a new studio Tokyo Factory RPG. Their mission is to bring back the classic JRPG feel in Square Enix‘s game, and yeah you can feel it by watching the new trailer here. The game is inspired by Chrono Trigger and has a ‘sad story’ with beautiful environments. Check the full report here.


World of Final Fantasy


One word to say: Cuteness Overload! (oh sorry that’s a two-words 🙂 ). World of Final Fantasy will have original protagonists, the twins Reynn and Lann (no, they are not Roxas and Namine from Kingdom Hearts). Many Final Fantasy characters, summons, and monsters (mirages in this games) will appear as chibified cameos.

Square Enix finally announced that the game will be released on October 25! Prepare your heart from the abundance of cuteness in the new trailer here.


Dragon Quest Builders

Dragon Quest Builders - E3 2016

Do you like playing Minecraft and a fan of Dragon Quest? Dragon Quest Builders is a sort of Minecraft but with Dragon Quest world, so this game is definitely for you to try. You can check the story overview, gameplay feature, and also some gameplay footage in this report. Dragon Quest Builders will be released on October 11 in US.


Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of The Forgotten Past

Dragon Quest VII - E3 2016 - Trailer

This Dragon Quest is a complete remake from the original PS1 version into 3DS version. It will be released on September 16 this year! Dragon Quest VIIL Fragments of The Forgotten Past will once again let you visit the past and present to battle an evil existence. You can choose between 30+ jobs (vocations) here. Check the trailer and gameplay feature in this report.


E3 2016 Report – Nintendo

Other than Square Enix, Nintendo also shone bright in the event with its main game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. Many other games also received new trailer or interesting announcement, such Pokémon GO. Also, it is a surprising announcement that they revealed a new IP with RPG genre too: Ever Oasis. Read all the information below. No update for Nintendo NX, though.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

The Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild - E3 2016

The star of the Nintendo‘s show. Although the previous Zelda’s game is more into action adventure, Link‘s adventure in his new game will incorporate many RPG elements now. You can check about this, along with his Amiibo‘s support in this report. If you are curious about how the new Zelda will play out, then you should definitely head here to watch some gameplay footage.


Pokémon Sun and Moon

Pokemon Sun and Moon - Battle Royal 3

Pokémon Sun and Moon is the latest and 7th generation of main Pokémon game series after Pokémon X and Y. The E3 2016 trailer shows more of the new Pokémon and Battle Royale mode, a new feature where you can compete with up to 3 other players against each other (check the full report here). If you miss the new legendaries along with new characters information, then you can check it here.


Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO meeting Pokémon in wildlife

Pokémon GO is a Pokémon Augmented Reality game for Android and iOS. The information revealed in E3 2016 will make every fans excited, because they finally revealed that the game will launch on July this year! Check out the full report here.


Paper Mario: Color Splash

Paper Mario: Color Splash is announced at Nintendo Direct. This is a screenshot of the game

The latest entry in Paper Mario franchise has been given a spotlight in the event. The game finally has a release date set on October 7 this year! Watch the colorful trailer along with the game’s overview in this report.


Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Battle screenshot

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE received a lot of love from Nintendo with their heavy promotions. The game is mashup of Shin Megami Tensei with Fire Emblem series. You can check the stylish gameplay trailer here. The game has been recently released for Wii U.


Monster Hunter Generations

Monster Hunter Generations - E3 2016 Demo

In Japan, the game is called Monster Hunter X. During the E3 2016, the series’ produced announced that the game will get a demo! You can check the gameplay footage and other information in this full report.


Ever Oasis


A very exciting announcement! Nintendo announced this new IP, Ever Oasis, and it will be released for their handheld system Nintendo 3DS. The setting is mainly in a desert, with your main task is to build your own Oasis. Check out the story outline, gameplay feature, trailer, and screenshots in this full report.


E3 2016 Report – Atlus

Although Atlus didn’t bring many games to E3 2016, Persona 5 alone is definitely enough for keeping Atlus’ fans stay hyped. Many new updates were revealed, along with gameplay and trailer. Continue to read on.


Persona 5

Persona 5 Goro Akechi Potrait

Persona 5 has been delayed several time and finally received a set release date: September 15, 2016 in Japan and February 14, 2017 in US. Some interesting new updates are the return of demon negotiation system (check this report), the ninth party member and cooperation system (check this report). You can also check this report for the revealed pre-E3 information.


Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Protagonist

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is the sequel to the original SMT IV (even the previous MC make an appearance here). Atlus released a new trailer during this event, although the exact release date is still not announced. Check out the detailed information here.


E3 2016 Report – XSEED Games

XSEED Games brought some unique RPG in this E3 2016 event. Two of the games, Akiba’s Beat and Touhou: Scarlet Curiousity, can be said as a new ‘branch’ from the prequel or main game by receiving RPG elements as the main gameplay core. The other games that we cover here are The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II and Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns.


Akiba’s Beat

Akibas Beat - E3 2016 - Battle 1

Perhaps this is the game that received many spotlights from XSEED’s booth in this E3 2016 event. Akiba’s Beat is a sequel to Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed and developed as a modern-day ‘satirical spin’ on a classic Japanese RPG formula. A new trailer, game’s information and detailed interview sessions can be checked in this report.


Touhou: Scarlet Curiousity

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity - E3 2016

This is a new spin-off game from Touhou Project with RPG genre, which usually has an action shooting genre. The game has received a trailer that highlight the gameplay and you can check the detailed report here. This game will have a digital release on PS4 sometimes later this year.


The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II

The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel II Battle Screenshot 2

This game is a second entry in the Cold Steel sub-series and developed by Falcom (Ys Series and Tokyo Xanadu). Trails of Cold Steel II will be published sometimes this year and has received a new trailer and some screenshots. Check the detailed report here.


Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

Farming Simulation RPG Story of Seasons: Trio of Two Towns Screenshot 3

Developed by Marvelous, who brings the Bokujou Monogatari franchise to western as Story of Seasons, the game has received a new trailer that you can check here. A unique feature of the game is the existence of distinct 3 villages, with each village offer their own unique variety of goods. Check the detailed report here.


E3 2016 Report – Others

There are other publishers and developers that showcased their games or giving some important announcement. Level-5 didn’t show many things in the event here. However, they will have their own event later in July. Expect more news about Yo-Kai Watch or Snack World in the future.

Other honorable mention here is the a unique mix of horror with RPG genre, that you can find on Vampyr and Call of Cthulhu. Another new and unique RPG is Tyranny, which has a different setting with typical ‘you-are-the-hero’ RPG.

Lastly, I personally got hyped with an announcement for Caligula. Check out all the compiled information below and find out why (especially if you already like Caligula).


Yo-Kai Watch 2

Yo-Kai Watch 2 Artwork

Keita, Whisper, and Jibanyan will back again to haunt us in Yo-Kai Watch 2. The game has received a new English trailer and will be released in two versions: Bonny Spirits and Fleshy Souls like its counterpart in Japan. You can check the detailed information and game’s feature in this report. A quick note, this game will be released at the same time with Final Fantasy XV, which is on September 30 this year.


Harvest Moon: Skytree Village


Natsume continues to hold the Harvest Moon trademark in the western. Now, they just announced a new Harvest Moon game with the title Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. In this entry, you will (again) play as either male or female farmer and restoring the power of Harvest Goddess by nurturing the seven Skytrees. Check out the trailer, story outline, and the game’s feature in this report.



caligula battling eroded students

Now, this is a very interesting announcement. Caligula is an exclusive JRPG for PS Vita and developed by FuRyu and Aquaria. The game reminded me a lot with its ‘Persona vibe’ but has a lot of interesting feature. You can check the detailed information here.

In this game, all human beings in it become an ideal high school student and spend their high school life on a loop, which is actually a virtual reality. Only you and some other friends realized it, and your group will try to find a way back to the reality. The game will be released on Japan, but it was announced during this event that Caligula will be localized for western audience on Spring 2017! Check the report here.



Vampyr-E3-2016-Trailer-Leak-Init (800 x 450)

Vampyr is a unique RPG that mixing horror with some RPG elements. The game is developed by Dontnod (Life is Strange). The story and your character is developed by (literally) feeding the blood of people throughout the story progression. Watch out for some blood and gore element and check out the detailed information here.


Call of Cthulhu

Call of Cthulhu E3 Trailer

Call of Cthulhu is another unique ‘RPG mixed with horror’ game. This game is developed by Cyanide Studio (Game of Thrones RPG) and based on a short story by H.P. Lovercraft with the same name. You will play as a private detective who has been given a task to investigate a mysterious death of a family. See the detailed information and a trailer in our report here.



Tyranny Header

Tyranny is developed by Obsidian Entertainment (South Park: The Stick of Truth, Fallout: New Vegas). This is a new and rather unique RPG. You are not playing as a typical RPG hero, but rather as a villain. Check out the trailer and detailed information in this report.


South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park The Fractured but Whole

During E3, Ubisoft announced the sequel of Stick of Truth. Now, South Park: The Fractured But Whole will let you play again as the ‘Douche Bag‘ (lol) with superhero-esque theme. If you have known Stick of Truth, you better check out the new trailer and gameplay information in this report.


7th Dragon III Code: VFD

The time-traveling RPG 7th Dragon III Code: VFD will let you travel through 3 diferrent eras

If you are a fan of time-travelling game theme mixed with RPG elements like Chrono Cross, then by all means you should check this game. 7th Dragon III Code: VFD is developed and published by SEGA. You will be able to travel between three different eras (past, present, and future) to defeat a very powerful dragon. Check out the trailer, detailed story and gameplay in this report.

(P.S.: If you like time traveling so much, you can also check our article about 7 RPG games with time-traveling theme).

All done. You can also check the E3 2016 coverage news by time sequence here. Thank you for reading and please share to your friend who missed out some of the games 🙂 Tell us in the comment section which games make you hyped!


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