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JRPGs - weren't they pronounced dead?

We've seen a lot of articles written in the gaming media about the death of the JRPG, the death of turn based play, and how there is no room for such classic RPGs any more. 

 

But might we be seeing a rebirth, a sort of phoenix rising from the ashes?

PSXExtreme has written a few pieces too.

Well, let's not be too hard on ourselves, PSXExtreme has also show high regard for JRPGs.

However, to paraphrase Samuel Clemens, JRPGs seem to be back and saying "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated".

The questions remain though, and perhaps the biggest question of all is; Why do people assume that the JRPG, turn based play and classic RPGs are dead? I pulled together a quick list of JRPGs, turn based RPGs and classic RPGs with JRPG style that have already released in 2016 or are due for release this year. It's quite a list. You may be pleased to know that there are more coming next year also.

JRPGs, turn based and old school RPGs released or due for release in 2016 on PS4 (in the West - the list for Japan is far longer);

Japanese companies seem to be really warming up to the PS4, this should also drive sales of PS4 in Japan.

But, that's not all, there are also these, from developers/publishers not based in Japan;

So, at least 33 games that are either JRPGs, turn based JRPG style, or classic RPGs with turn based combat and JRPG elements. With 24 of those  from Japanese developers and publishers. This is games that have either released or are planned for release on PS4 in 2016. A more general list of RPGs would be even larger.

Perhaps we need to reevaluate our perspective on JRPGs?

Is the JRPG dead? Not Hardly.

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Tags: JRPG, Turn Based, Classic RPG, PS4

4/26/2016 11:30:01 AM Gordon Turner

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Jbumi
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 12:15:19 PM
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I haven't heard anything about Edge of Eternity & Earthlock in quite some time. Are they still scheduled to be released this year?

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TheHighlander
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 12:16:28 PM

According to the articles I found they were. If I have time later today, I'll double check their release schedule - assuming I can find it.

If we talk more about these games, perhaps it will help convince their indie developers to get 'em done?

I'm still surprised by the number of games coming from Japan, the ones I listed are just the ones I could find references to a western release in 2016 for. There are many other JRPGs coming in Japan with no mention of a western release yet. Combined with a visual novel games and other games that are on the fringes of the JRPG genre that makes quite a rich future for the genre. Of course some of those games may eventually earn a western release too.

There have been rumors of a Dark Cloud 3 for PS4, and Dragon Quest XI is confirmed but I couldn't find anything about a Western release.

I wouldn't be surprised if some of the games we're talking about don't get a full western release but get a release in Asia with English subtitles in place. Quite why they (Sony) doesn't simply allow those games to be sold outside of Asia is beyond me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 12:30:25 PM
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Elysian Shadows for Dreamcast is looking good too. Soul Saga really has my imagination as a fan work. I think fans of old JRPGs have a better chance of making them than the companies who have lost sight of what made them great, effectively just putting JRPG wash on action games.

FFXV will likely just have a little Disney and anime wash with a light coat of Final Fantasy on top of a bad action open world game.

Still the point is good here, there seems to be a resurgence in interest now that it's cheap and easy to bring the actual games to PS4. I've always said if you just bring the games and the gameplay the gamers will come. This nonsense that you have to change the genre to keep it going into this generation or the last generation never held water because there was never any proof of it.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 1:12:50 PM
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http://www.dualshockers.com/2016/04/17/the-ps4-is-becoming-the-perfect-jrpg-machine-feels-like-the-ps2-era-again-and-boy-it-feels-good/

Dualshockers has also been praising PS4 for its jRPG's as well.

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TheHighlander
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 1:39:17 PM
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EarthLock is still looking at a Summer 2016 release. Their dev blog posted after the GDC 2016 suggests that console certification should start in April with a summer release.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/171497873/earthlock-festival-of-magic/posts/1526921

Nothing definite on Edge of Eternity. I can only find supposed release dates in articles on various sites, but not on the devs own site. The screen shots and what not make the game look near complete, but It's possible that this one will slip to 2017.

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Jbumi
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 12:47:52 PM

Thanks for looking into these. They've been on my radar for quite some time. I've never understood why some people think of turn-based as an "outdated" mechanic. I always looked at it as a form of chess - it's all that planning & strategy that makes me prefer it over the "action" RPG genre.

I'm currently replaying Final Fantasy XII. Not only does it hold up, but I find it's still my favorite ff!

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Hexen
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 1:39:23 PM
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Big props to Gordon, I myself wanted to write something like this but it wouldn't have been as good as your post.Funny enough the only games that don't interest me from your list are the Kingdom Heart games and the Final Fantasy's.This is going to be a great year for all the genres.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 2:08:55 PM
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We all know the PS3 Era was very lacking in the JRPG department, but yes JPRG's seem to be sprining back into action! XV, Star Ocean 5, Persona 5, Dragon Quest XI, Ni No Kuni II just so much to look forward too!

Is Star Ocean: The Second Story actually set to be released in the west on PS4? I know it is in Japan, but I have heard zip about it corssing boarders - I'd love to have a full screen experience - Currentl playing SO: First Departure on PSP & loving it!

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TheHighlander
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 2:37:32 PM

It's hard to tell actually, I found several comments by folks involved in that project that suggest they want to release in the west. I also found more than one article mentioning it as a game that will come here.

Honestly though given the way that Star Ocean sells; SO4 sold more copies in NA than JP, and more in NA/EU vs JP + rest of the world. I'd have to assume that the folks in charge can't ignore that more than 50% of their revenue comes from selling their games in the West.

So I anticipate a western release.

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Riku994
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 4:20:50 PM
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The Rainbow Skies link goes to the wrong place

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TheHighlander
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 4:54:29 PM

Thanks for catching that, I thought I checked them all, it's fixed now.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 6:33:40 PM
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For me, the bottom line is that most of those aren't turn-based nor do they scream "old-school" in terms of gameplay to me. They're just all action games with an RPG shell, as far as I'm concerned. I mean, Kingdom Hearts is great and so are a lot of others but they're just not RPGs the way they used to be. Not that that's a bad thing; I'm just saying.

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Ydobon
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 7:18:09 PM

Ben beat me to the punch, but one thing I wanted to add, is that some of those are terrible games.

Also, I think people where pronouncing big budget AAA turned based jrpgs for home console dead or just simply not as big in the ps1 and ps2 era.

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TheHighlander
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 11:23:22 PM

I think we need to be careful not to overly restrict what a JRPG is. The genre is broader than simply turn based. Star Ocean is not turn based, but it surely counts. There is a mood, an aesthetic, a style to the content and story telling, battle and skill systems, writing style, and other factors that make up what it means to be a JRPG, Ithink that if we take a very narrow view of the genre, we're actually engaging in revisionist history.

I don't believe that the genre originally meant much more than an RPG from Japan,that brought their unique style of art nd story telling. Overtime it's become shorthnd for a specific subset of what were originally called JRPGs, Now wehave western devs going back to the older, classic aesthetics and systems,and the games are very JRPG like.JRPGs but not from Japan...

Either way, Idothink we too often narrow the definition and create the impression that there arefew JRPGs around, when in fact there are, we're just excluding them for...reasons.

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HANZ64
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 8:37:28 PM
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So is a turn based system still important?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 8:51:59 PM

Only to a scant few, unfortunately. The overwhelming majority consider it outdated and an unnecessary mechanic now that technology is better.

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TheHighlander
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 11:15:23 PM

Yes, turn based still matters. People dismiss it as something that existedvas a compromise due to lesser console tech. Thst completely misses the simple point that it is a valid mechanic and style, that a hell of a lot of people enjoyed, and still do.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 9:13:13 AM
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Turn-based is indeed still alive, and I could add plenty more to your list of recent turn-based RPGs (without the "J") if we were to include games only released for PC.

And now we've not even mentioned turn-based *strategy* games with or without RPG elements.

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TheHighlander
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 5:48:55 PM

Indeed BeamBoom, indie developers and small Dev houses (big Indies?) seem to be very capable of making the kinds of game that many long for. Those developers maximize their return on investment by making sure their game is on PC and console, and with the x86 architecture on consoles, that's easier than ever now.

A lot of the games listed above are on PC also, not just the ones from the west, several of the Japanese ones will also appear on PC If I remember right.

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