Well, I don’t think I need to tell you that Final Fantasy XV bombed. Just kidding. It actually had an amazing launch that has set the Internet on fire, but if you have working Internet you already knew that. Word on the street is that Square Enix intends to add updates and DLC to keep the game fresh for a good while yet, and that will extend well into the new year. It’s just one example of a prominent JRPG release to enjoy in the coming year.

Being a JRPG fan can be frustrating at times. Sure, one game can last a good while which ensures we get our money’s worth even out of a new release, but we can also end up waiting a long while for new entries in our favourite series. Maybe when they do come out they aren’t localized, or they release exclusively on platforms like the Vita (which I’d highly recommend if you like Japanese titles and don’t already own one), or maybe they come out but not in the way we had hoped such as lacking an English dub or maybe lacking the original Japanese audio (which is less common now but can still happen), or maybe it doesn’t get a physical release, or does but not on one’s platform of choice.

Thankfully, recent years haven’t been too terrible for JRPG fans and 2017 is shaping up to be one of the best years in recent memory. If long term support for Final Fantasy XV isn’t enough, there are two titles coming out that I’m personally even more excited for, and they are Ni no Kuni 2 and Persona 5. I’m especially excited for the latter since it has been forever since the original Persona 4 graced the shores of North America.

A nice balcony is just one of many perks of being a king.

A nice balcony is just one of many perks of being a king.

Ni no Kuni 2 is the sequel to a love letter to Studio Ghibli fans, and JRPG fans in general. I’ve personally only seen a few Ghibli films, but they have a neat style to them and I may consider checking out more in the future. Regardless though, the art style of this game is solid, and trailers for the sequel reveal that it too will sport the same great art. Most notably, it will be another romp through an engaging fantasy world.

Persona 5 is only the latest in a series of time sinks that will take a good chunk out of my life. I must apologize to my girlfriend in advance, but while I was saddened to hear about the delay till April, I’m also kind of glad I don’t have to blow her off on Valentine’s Day. That holiday was so much more simple when I was my own sweetheart, but I’ve decided to walk the path of a dating man for the time being.

Hey, Japan!  I've been there!

Hey, Japan! I’ve been there!

Regardless though, I just love Persona 3 and 4, and every new trailer for the long overdue 5th game just makes me wish I could play it right now. Sure, we’ve had two fighting games, an Etrian style dungeon crawler and even a dancing game to keep us busy, but there’s nothing quite like a true Persona game and while I love the cast of both the previous games, maybe it’s time we get to know a whole new cast of characters in their self-contained story.

It seems that 2017 is going to be a great year for JRPG fans with not one, but three high profile titles to keep us busy. One is out right now so you don’t even have to wait till the new year to check it out. And that’s only accounting for the more mainstream releases. Are you looking forward to 2017’s JRPG offerings? If so, what are you looking forward to the most? As always feel free to leave your comments below.

Written by T Ross

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