Welcome to our inaugural look at the week in RPG gaming, the cheekily-titled Week Points. You don’t have time to read all news for the week, so we collect it all and serve it to you in nice, bite-size pieces. We’ll give you a rundown of some current releases, some big headlines, and a small look ahead.
This particular week saw the release of one of the most anticipated RPG titles of the year, Bethesda‘s Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Sandwiched in between the two-month RPG goodness of October’s Dark Souls and late November’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Skyrim assures us all that none of us is going to have any free time this holiday season. If you’d like, chronicle your experience with us as we all play through the game, here on our forums.
Sneaking its way onto PSN without much fanfare was a re-release of one of the PS1′s best strategy-RPGs, the cult-hit Vanguard Bandits. If you, like many of us, missed out on it the first time around, you finally have a reason to pick up Working Design’s hidden gem of the PS1′s twilight years. As of right now it’s going for a mere $9.99 on PSN.
Hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones comes a new game being developed by French developer Cyanide set in the same A Song of Ice and Fire universe. A beloved novel and television series getting a video game adaptation is usually cause for concern, but fans can rest easy knowing A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin will be writing an entirely new story for the game, set after Robert Baratheon’s rebellion and focusing on two former soldiers of that rebellion. Familiar characters and locales will no doubt make an appearance, as well as the opportunity for fans to learn even more history and backstory of the land of Westeros. So who’s picking up the publishing duties? None other than Atlus USA.
One of the biggest disappointments of 2011, Square Enix‘s Final Fantasy XIV, is getting some good news. Posted on Square’s forums was a live Q&A session with the game’s director, Naoki Yushida. In the midst of a complete overhaul of the game engine, FF XIV will be having a free trial period once all planned updates are complete and the game has re-launched itself as Version 2.0 next fall. While the game is free-to-play currently, Square Enix will still be planning a post (re)launch free trial version. Additionally, all earned experience, levels, equipment and items make the jump as well for early adopters.
Watch the entire 90 minute interview after the jump, or if you have better uses for your time, just hit up the transcript on the Square Enix forums, here.
And finally, to whet your appetite for the next big game of November, a video of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, due out on the 20th: