Well, considering that this was the week of E3, it would definitely make sense that we got a lot of new coverage about games, of which JRPGs and JRPG influenced games are no exceptions. Since our only new release this week was the Steam version of Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls, we can just jump right in.
So, starting off with Dragon Quest XI, we have gameplay footage of the intro for the 3DS version and the Delcadar Kingdom for the PS4 version, promotion videos, details on Silvia and Samadhi Kingdom, the bowgun adventure feature, and confirmation that the main game is 50 hours long and 100 hours in total. But still no localization announcement. Thankfully, Square Enix will have something equally exciting for E3 right?
Well, we got Final Fantasy XV VR Fishing, I’m sure that’s good enough right? Well there is also the Episode Pronto update and the Regalia Type-D update coming June 26th. Still would have preferred Dragon Quest XI thought but that would be expecting a AAA developer to actually be in touch with their fans, and like that will ever happen.
We also get an Orchestra Trailer for Kingdom Hearts III.
And some free DLC for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix that includes a theater mode, and a new scene for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
Code Vain has been announced for a worldwide release in 2018 on PS4, XBox One, and PC at Microsoft’s E3 press conference (which seems counterproductive since it isn’t exclusive but whatever). We also get some gameplay footage of basic attacks and confirmation that it “won’t break the player’s spirit.” Well that’s not how you capture the Dark Souls audience now is it?
Omega Labyrinth Z gameplay video released. *Sigh* I really want this game to be localized cause I’m a pervert. Also cause it looks kinda fun, but mostly cause I’m a perv.
And now for another of the major players, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. We get a trailer, some gameplay footage, details about battle system, characters, and locations, online multiplayer, returning characters, and a November 10th release date. The 1st Ni No Kuni is also coming to PC according to Namco Bandai France’s twitter account.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole gets a new trailer and screenshots
Undertale (yes, i consider it to have enough in common with JRPGs for it to count) is getting released on PS4 and Vita, as well as a physical collector’s edition. I may need to pick this one up.
Fire Emblem Heroes adds three new characters from Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem.
.hack//G.U. Last Recode, a compilation of .hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth, .hack//G.U. Vol. 2//Reminisce, and .hack//G.U. Vol. 3//Redemption on the PS2, has been announced for PS4 and PC, is given a first look, and has been trademarked in Europe.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth gets a trailer at E3.
Now for another heavy hitter, Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It gets an E3 trailer, confirmation that it will launch in Holiday 2017, a statement about the game by the executive director, and a Kotaku interview (don’t worry, link is Archive) with the same director, Genki Yokota, and Reggie Fils-Amie about changes in localization. Spoiler Alert, “it’s not censorship, it’s localization” and “muh cultural differences” are what it amounts to, along with Jason Schreier being a pretentious piece of shit as usual.
Game Freak is developing a new core Pokemon title for the Switch.
Zwei!: The IIvard Insurrection gets an E3 trailer and new screenshots.
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, a remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga on the GBA, has been announced and will launch October 6th. We also get 25 minutes of gameplay. I will admit, I’m interested in this just to see what the final boss theme sounds like with improved sound quality.
Wargroove gets an E3 trailer as well.
Persona 5 has wallpaper released for mobile phones.
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim receives an E3 trailer of course.
Details on three new characters for Genkai Tokki: Castle Panzer.
New information and screenshots of Trails of Cold Steel III characters.
Coven and Labyrinth of Refrain PS4 gets new sreenshots and a puppet show trailer.
Ever Oasis gets an E3 trailer, new screenshots, and a demo.
Official website has been opened for Tokyo Clanpool with details on story and characters.
Sega expresses interest in bringing the Persona and Yakuza series to PC. Hopefully if they port Persona 1, they use the original version and not the bullshit they had with the PSP version.
Creators of Don’t Starve have announced Griftlands, a new Sci-fi RPG.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana gets a short E3 Trailer.
Lost Sphear will have new features as well as revamped features from I Am Setsuna.
Gameboy RPG Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ougon Kiseru (Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: The Missing Golden Pipe) has been fan translated.
Anyway, I have now decided that I will include Kickstarter campaigns as part of JRPG update for any games that look to have significant effort put into them. As such, my ban on RPG Maker games will not apply as long as the game tries to look like it isn’t an RPG Maker title.
First up we have Funny Story, an RPG that takes obvious influence from Earthbound. Hell the art style and menus are practically the same. As such, I would really like to see this game succeed, but currently, it’s at $624 out of its $22,393 goal with 26 days to go so things aren’t looking good. So if you want to see this game released, I encourage you to donate and share this project with others.
Next is Celestial Faith: Elythia’s Curse.This one looks very traditional, but notably well made. I was actually really surprised to hear it was made in RPG Maker, because it certainly did not look like it. The animation is notably solid and the music is great. It is at $1,920 out of its $18,000 goal with 32 days left so donate and share if you want to play it.
Next there is Aetherea: Lords of the Sky. I was unsure of whether to include this one since it is quite obvious it was made in RPG Maker based on some of the backgrounds, but the graphics are significantly updated from the defaults so this game looks like it could have some promise. Plus, the goal is only $167. It has only gotten $7.82 though and has 13 days left so yeah yeah, donate and share yada yada.
Lastly, there is Ash of Gods. This appears to be a turn based tactical RPG with a heavy element put on branching storylines. There is also perma death, and every death effects the main storyline. This one has definitely had the most support out of the games covered here as it has $47,954 out of its $75,000 goal. Unfortunately, there are only six days left so you know the drill.
Okay, now it’s time for the release calendar.
Released (New Games)
Rotation Phonology Break (PC, January 22nd)
Hellanica (PC, January 23rd)
Tales of Berseria (PS4/PC, January 26th)
Tears Revolude (PC, January 29th)
Digimon World: Next Order (PS4, January 31st)
Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers (PS4/Vita, January 31st)
Fire Emblem Heroes (Ios, February 2nd)
Legna Tactica (3DS, February 2nd)
Xenon Valkyrie (PC, February 3rd)
Touhou Genso Wanderer (PS4/Vita, February 7th)
Super Robot Wars V (Asian English) (PS4/Vita, February 23rd)
Weapon Shop Fantasy (PC, February 25th)
Revenant Saga (PC, March 1st)
Brave Dungeon (3DS e-shop, March 2nd) (Europe)
NieR: Automata (PS4, March 7th)
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey (PS4/Vita, March 7th)
The Tenth Line (PC, March 17th)
In Vitra (PC, March 24th)
Persona 5 (PS4/PS3, April 4th)
Dragon Sinker (3DS E-shop, April 6th)
Yo-Kai Watch 2 (Europe) (April 7th)
Trapper Knight, Sharpshooter Princess (PC, April 10th)
Cosmic Star Heroine (PS4/PC/Vita, April 11th)
Sonny (PC, April 17th)
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom (PS4/XONE/PC, April 18th)
Knights of Galiveth (PC, May 1st)
The Caligula Effect (Vita, May 2nd)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd (PC, May 3rd)
Dead Cells (Early Access) (PC, May 10th)
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita/PC, May 16th)
Akiba’s Beat (PS4/Vita, May 16th)
Regalia – Of Men and Monarchs (PC, May 18th)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS, May 19th)
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception (PS4/Vita, May 23rd)
Acaratus (PC, May 25th)
Dark Rose Valkyrie (PS4, June 6th)
ClaDun Returns: This is Sengoku! (PS4/Vita/PC, June 6th)
Released (Ports and Rereleases)
Asdivine Hearts (PS3/PS4/Vita, January 10th)
Criminal Girls: Invite Only (PC, January 11th)
FNaF World (Android, January 12th)
Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Vita, January 17th)
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS, January 20th)
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4, January 24th)
Seinarukana: The Spirit of Eternity Sword 2 (Steam Release) (PC, January 26th)
Disgaea 2 PC (PC, January 30th)
Mobius Final Fantasy (PC, February 6th)
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC, February 7th)
Nights of Azure (PC, February 7th)
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (PC, February 14th)
Earthlock: Festival of Magic (PS4, February 14th)
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (Wii U E-shop, February 16th)
Ys Origin (PS4/Vita, February 21st)
Bokosuka Wars 2 (XONE, February 24th)
Stranger of Sword City Revisited (Vita, February 28th)
Suikoden IV (PSN, February 28th)
I Am Setsuna (Switch, March 3rd)
Monster Monpiece (PC, March 14th)
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak Special Gigs (PC, March 17th)
Nier Automata (PC, March 17th)
Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (PC, March 27th)
Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 Remix (PS4, March 28th)
Chroma Squad (PS4/XONE, May 19th 2017)
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (PS4, May 23rd)
Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch, May 26th)
Ys Origin (Vita, May 30th)
Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo HD Edition (PS4, May 31st)
Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls (PC, June 12th)
Upcoming (New Games)
God Wars: Future Past (PS4/Vita, June 20th)
Ever Oasis (3DS, June 23rd)
Valkyria Revolution (PS4/XONE/Vita, June 27th)
Summon Night 6: Lost Borders (PS4/Vita, June 27th)
Tokyo Xanadu (Vita, June 30th)
Children of Zodiarcs (PC, July 18th)
Accel World vs. Sword Art Online (PS4/Vita, July 7th)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch, August 29th)
Mary Skelter: Nightmares (Vita, August 31st)
Steven Universe: Save the Light (PS4, Summer 2017)
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (PS4/Vita, September 5th)
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA (PS4/Vita/PC, September 12th)
Blue Reflection (PS4/PC, September 26th)
Legrand Legacy (PC, September 2017)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4/XONE/PC, October 17th)
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PS4/PC, November 10th)
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (3DS, November 17th)
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (3DS, Fall 2017)
Nights of Azure 2 (PS4/Vita, Q3 2017)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch, Holiday 2017)
Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online (PS4/PC, Winter 2017)
Rainbow Skies (PS3/PS4/Vita, TBA 2017)
Wargroove (Switch/XOne/PC, TBA 2017)
Guardians of Arcadia – Episode I (PC, TBA 2017)
Upcoming (Ports and Rereleases)
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4, July 11th)
Eiyu*Senki – The World Conquest (PC, Summer 2017)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PC, Summer 2017)
Moero Chronicle (PC, Summer 2017)
Pokemon Gold and Silver (3DS eshop, September 22nd)
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (3DS, October 6th)
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters (3DS, Fall 2017)
Tokyo Xanadu eX+ (PS4/PC, Fall 2017)
Omega Quintet (PC, TBA 2017)
Unconfirmed/unscheduled for 2017 (New Games)
Pixel Noir (PC/PS4/XONE/Vita, Q1 2018)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory (PS4/Vita, Early 2018)
Lost Sphear (PS4/Switch/PC, Early 2018)
Code Vein (PS4/XONE/PC, TBA 2018)
Griftlands (PC, TBA 2018)
Demon Gaze II (Asian English) (Vita, TBA)
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4/Vita, TBA)
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4/XONE, TBA)
Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4/XONE, TBA)
YIIK: A Postmodern RPG (PC/Vita, TBA)
Soul Saga: Episode 1 (PC/PS4/Vita/Wii U, TBA)
Planet Stronghold: Warzone (PC, TBA)
Elysian Shadows (Dreamcast/PC/Ios/Android, TBA)
Sully: A Very Serious RPG (PC/Vita, TBA) (Vaporware)
Unconfirmed/unscheduled for 2017 (Ports and Rereleases)
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (3DS, Early 2018)
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS, TBA 2018)
Planet Crashers (PC, TBA)
Grinsia (PC, TBA)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (PC, TBA)
Undertale (PS4/Vita, TBA)
FNAF World (IOS, TBA)
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