Kemco has released Jinshin, a new JRPG for the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Windows devices, Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 (through cross-buy), and the Nintendo Switch. The game, set at a standard price of $14.99 USD, combines ancient-themed fantasy with a tale of Kami deities living alongside humans.
The action JRPG ASTLIBRA Revision was released on PC a year ago. The game’s publisher just announced a Switch version of the game is coming fairly soon.
Square Enix’s anticipated sequel Octopath Traveler II won;t be out until February, but you can pay cash up front if you feel like it. Preorders for the game are now officially open across all systems the game is planned for release on.
Earlier this year Square Enix finally got around to making another game in the Valkyrie Profile series, though it was somewhat different than what came before it. Valkyrie Profile is a very unique series of JRPGs where you’re a Norse goddess who must prepare for Ragnarok by meeting mortal warriors, learning their life stories, and then recruiting their spirits as “Einherjar” — your army, in other words. Your success or failure at the end of the game depends on how well you trained the people you picked, and your strategy in deploying them.
Last summer publisher Mastiff and developer CharacterBank embarked on the experiment of translating the classic JRPG formula into virtual space. The result was RUINSMAGUS, a first-person, fully immersive VR JRPG for Steam VR and Meta headgear.
Square Enix has put out what they claim is the FINAL trailer for Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core Reunion. Despite calling itself the “Launch Trailer” the game won’t actually be open for purchase for another two weeks.
Earlier this year Matsuzo Machida and Akifumi Kaneko, the men behind the classic JRPG series Wild Arms and Shadow Hearts, announced a joint project to revive both games at the same time, albeit unofficially. Machida was planning out Armed Fantasia: To the End of the Wilderness, a spiritual successor to his Wild West JRPG series Wild Arms, while Kaneko was making Penny Blood, based on his PS2 trilogy Shadow Hearts.
In 2018, Square Enix found a way to return to its roots with the first Octopath Traveler game. Its unique (at the time) “2D-HD” visual art style allowed it to evoke the classic feel of their 8-bit and 16-bit RPGs while at the same time packing enough visual flair to compete with modern titles. Octopath Traveler was enough of a success that the art style was used in other Square games, most recently the Live A Live remake.
Though the Playstation 2 generation didn’t produce as many JRPG hits as the Playstation 1 generation did, two series managed to stand out: the Western-flavored Wild Arms (which started on PS1 but continued on PS2) and the gothic Shadow Hearts trilogy (which was entirely contained to PS2). It’s been a long time since then, but once we received word the creators of both series were looking to team up for a set of revival games, they had our immediate attention.
A JRPG in virtual space? Does that work? Someone decided to find out: publisher Mastiff and developer CharacterBank have just launched RUINSMAGUS, a first-person, fully immersive VR JRPG for modern devices.
Star Ocean, I used to love you. Your first few games enthralled me with your then-innovative active combat mechanics, extremely deep item creation system, and spellbinding worldbuilding and music score. Then you hit the same wall a lot of long-running JRPGs did when they crossed the polygonal barrier. Since the days of the Playstation 2, each mainline Star Ocean release has been worse than the one before it. The reviews for the last one, Integrity and Faithlessness, were so bad I returned my copy to the store after one day, without opening it.
French indie developer Artisan Studios has just launched their new classic-styled JRPG, Astria Ascending, on every console currently on the market. If you have any of those, or a PC, you can play the game.