Top RPG News Of The Week: April 10th (Bandai Namco, FREE Black Desert, Tales of Arise and More!)

Happy weekend from Fextralife! If you’ve been too busy to keep up on the latest in the games we cover or are looking for a refresher we’ve got you covered! Here’s a bite-sized version of the Top RPG news of the week. Taste all the latest news across the Fextralife Wiki Network.

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Tales of Arise

  • Tales of Arise was the latest entry in the long-running series of games, released last year with its action-combat and anime-inspired story and cutscenes. For fans of the game hoping to see a sequel following the events of Alphen well apparently, the developer has no plans to bring about a follow-up.
  • In a recent interview with Edge magazine, producer Yusuke Tomizawa shared that while the game had great success with shipping over 1.5 million copies in the first month alone, and becoming the fastest-selling title in the series, a sequel is not in the works. Tomizawa explained that Arise was meant to be a standalone title that would leave a “good aftertaste” and result in not needing an expansion.
  • A “cutting-edge flagship title” is needed to be built upon while staying true to the roots of the series and bolstering the success garnered from Arise.
  • Both Tales of Arise and Scarlet Nexus had a crossover recently both receive weapons and cosmetics from each other’s games in free updates.

For more on this news find it here in Tales Of Arise Devs Say No Plans For Sequel.

Lost Ark

  • Amazon and Smilegate RPG recently announced a roadmap of content for Lost Ark, for the next upcoming months. This includes new advanced classes the Glaivier which is a Lancemaster type class coming in April, and an advanced class for Warrior called the Destroyer coming in May.
  • A new continent called South Vern will be available next month, adding quite a substantial area and a new chapter that will continue the storyline after the events of Yorn and Punika.
  • April will also bring further Quality of Life improvements, such as Secret Maps receiving an update to better streamline the process for getting loot.
  • May will bring the new Trial Guardian Raids, getting players to take down three Guardians at a time. Each week will rotate the sets of foes players will need to best.
  • There was also a peek into tentative content coming as soon as May which includes a new Guardian Raid and first-ever Legion Raid. Guardian Deskaluda will require players to have ilvl 1415. Legion Raids will introduce an eight-player raid and will require players to be at item level 1415. More information will be following in May.
  • If you’re currently making your way through Arkesia be sure to check out our latest guides including what to do once you hit Level 50 and our boss guides as well. For everything else visit our Lost Ark wiki.

For more on this news find it here in Lost Ark Content Roadmap Announced; Two New Classes, South Vern, The First Legion Raid And More Confirmed!

Lost Ark April and May Content Roadmap

Lost Ark April and May Content Roadmap

My Time at Sandrock

  • Developer Pathea Games has announced that the new entry to the My Time series called My Time at Sandrock will be heading into Early Access on May 26th via Steam and GOG.
  • My Time the cosy sim RPG is back with a new entry called My Time at Sandrock. Heading into Early Access first for PC, the title will have the familiar favourites from the first title My Time at Portia, but also some new features and improvements as well as an updated Action-RPG combat system.
  • Set in the struggling city of Sandrock, which is currently in both economic and environmental ruin, players will play as a Builder ready to breathe life back into the region.
  • The Action-RPG combat system has been overhauled in Sandrock, with melee and third-person shooting mechanics. As you explore the caverns and long-forgotten ruins of the area, you will need to fight back against hostile inhabitants. There are an array of weapons to master too.
  • My Time at Sandrock will be available on PC via Steam Early Access and Epic Game Store on May 26th 2022 for $24.99 USD.

For more on this news find it here in My Time At Sandrock A Sequel To My Time At Portia Starts Early Access May 26th.

Bandai Namco

  • Bandai Namco, Elden Ring’s publisher, has plans to collaborate with the well-known Fantasy and Science Fiction author Brandon Sanderson. He is particularly known for writing Mistborn and the continuation of The Wheel of Time. This collaboration is even more likely as Bandai Namco sent Sanderson a huge box of Elden Ring memorabilia.
  • FromSoftware the Elden Ring developer has worked with a fantasy author by the name of George R. R. Martin. The collaboration was to create backstories and the basis of the lore of the highly acclaimed open-world game. Publisher Bandai Namco is hoping to work with more talents in future projects because of this successful collaboration. One notable name is famed author, Brandon Sanderson.
  • In his most recent live stream, Sanderson was handed an Elden Ring box with a note from Bandai. While he didn’t read exactly what the note said, he shared “They’re (Bandai Namco) interested in perhaps doing something together.” Sanderson then goes on to confirm that he already has ideas for writing Soulsborne stories.
  • Sanderson has already collaborated with Wizards of the Coast. He wrote a novella called “Magic: Children of the Nameless” for the trading card game, Magic: The Gathering.
  • What do you think of this potential team up? Let us know in the comments below. As with all news in this video, a link is in the description.

For more on this news find it here in Brandon Sanderson And Bandai Namco May Collaborate In Future Projects.

Brandon Sanderson - Bandai Namco Collaboration

Brandon Sanderson – Bandai Namco Collaboration

Haunted Chocolatier

  • Upcoming title Haunted Chocolatier, a follow-up game to Stardew Valley by developer ConcernedApe got new details in a recent live stream interview, including boss battles.
  • Developer Eric Barone aka ConcernedApe behind Stardew Valley has been sharing a few details about the upcoming project Haunted Chocolatier. While the game does seem to hold some similarities between the two, Haunted Chocolatier will have more of a focus on combat than Stardew.
  • Barone shared in a recent interview with PC Gamer, that Haunted Chocolatier will have boss battles and will also have a “darker” feel especially when it comes to the soundtrack.
  • Instead of living on a farm, players will be living in a haunted castle where they will take on the role of a chocolatier, gathering rare ingredients to make delicious treats. But of course, there is more to the game than being just a connoisseur of chocolate, as the game sets to be more of an Action-RPG.
  • It looks like we’ll get some of these same features in Haunted Chocolatier, adding what people loved about Stardew Valley, however with a focus more on combat, it means further challenges in this upcoming title with a brand new setting. Currently there is no release date announced for Haunted Chocolatier.

For more on this news find it here in Stardew Valley Follow-Up Game Haunted Chocolatier Will Include Boss Battles.

Vampire The Masquerade Swansong

  • It’s not too long until Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong will release on May 19th. A new trailer has been released featuring pre-orders for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store, with Switch releasing at a later date.
  • In case you missed it, Swansong is RPG based on World of Darkness roleplaying universe being developed by The Council developer Big Bad Wolf. Players will be able to explore the underbelly of the vampire world based in Boston.
  • Taking on the role of three different vampires Galed, Leysha and Emem, each has their own tale and possesses unique powers, but have intertwined destinies.
  • Details have been released for pre-order editions including bonuses such as the Alternate Outifts Packs and the Vampire: The Masquerade Coteries of New York for digital console pre-orders. The Primogen Edition will also come with a Victoria Ash DLC.

For more on this news find it here in Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong Gets Pre-Order Trailer.


  • Demeo a tabletop turn-based RPG has entered Early Access this week. The game was originally release last year as a VR title but now has a non-VR version for PC.
  • Demeo: PC Edition is a co-op dungeon crawler that features up to four players gathered around a tabletop. They delve deeper into an increasingly difficult dungeon to defeat the undead and other evils that lurk within. The PC Edition is focused on creating an experience that non-VR users can enjoy seamlessly.
  • The lands of the 5th Earth are forever changing. Originally Demeo featured only one campaign, the Ancient Elven Necropolis. Since its original release in 2021, the game has had three new adventures offered to players, all free of charge. Now they will have access to campaigns such as “The Black Sarcophagus”, “The Realm of the Rat King” and “Roots of Evil”. Many more new quests are in the making as well.
  • Each player can take up one of the five available classes that have its own distinct specialities and ways that they will approach combat encounters. Players can also obtain powerful cards in either chests or from looting their slain foes. These cards all represent items, spells, and other abilities that each class can perform.
  • More game modes, characters, stories, and other quests are also in the work for the future. The team also seems to be very responsive and active in the community.

For more on this news find it here in Demeo PC Edition Is A Tabletop RPG Simulator, Enters Early Access On April 7.

Demeo PC Edition Early Access

Demeo PC Edition Early Access

Black Desert

  • Fans of the Korean MMO genre have another great option to choose from this April. Black Desert, is free for all players who do not already own it on Steam until April 13th. Usually, Black Desert would cost $9.99 for the NA/EU region but you can pick it up for free for a limited time only.
  • Players also have access to a total of 24 character classes as of the Eternal Winter expansion. These classes even evolve into more advanced forms later on. While you have the usual Warriors, Rangers, and Sorceresses, Black Desert also had more unique offerings.
  • Aside from the new Drakania Class, the Eternal Winter expansion brings a new region. The Mountain of Eternal Winter is a dangerous, dreary place that is constantly under snowstorms. Players will need to watch out for a new Frostbite mechanic that will drain HP in chilly places.

For more on this news find it here in Black Desert Is Currently Free To Own On Steam Until April 13.

Black Desert Free to Own and Eternal Winter

Black Desert Free to Own and Eternal Winter

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