Valkyrie profile, Tactic Ogreand Front mission are all due in the coming months. What year is it again? The year is 2022 and it has already been glorious for fans of both new and classic JRPGs. But some of the most exciting things are still ahead of us. Years after the genre was declared dead, it’s never felt more alive.
2021 was an incredible year for turn-based grinding, but 2022 is even more stacked. It started in January with the most experimental Pokemon Game for years in the open-air spin-off Legends: Arceus, and it will be booked by the most awaited Pokemon game in years in violet and scarlet. In between, there’s no shortage of remakes, remasters, remakes, sequels, and entirely new games. Hopefully her potential matches her character art.
Here’s all you need to know.
live one life
A Square Enix (then SquareSoft) RPG from the SNES days that few knew about live one life outside of Japan, and even fewer thought it would finally be localized and ported decades later. But that’s what the publisher revealed during a Nintendo Direct earlier this year. The time-hopping anthology would not only be released worldwide, but remastered in beautiful 2.5 HD. The results speak for themselves. “live one life is a pixel art RPG that’s here for a good time, not for a long time,” Isaiah Colbert wrote in the kotaku review, praising the brevity and HBO-quality storytelling.
Release date: July 22, 2022
Digimon survive was announced four years ago. Countless delays later, the visual novel Tactical Hybrid finally arrives. will it be good We will see. But arrived after the underrated success of the RPG spin-off Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuthit has the potential to become another fascinating deep dive Digimon Rabbit hole. The developers are already asking fans not to spoil the game on social media until two months after its release.
Platform: Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: July 29, 2022
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Twenty-four years later Xeno gearbox, Tetsuya Takahashi still gets paid to make ambitious and overwhelming games about complicated combat systems and existential angst. The ratings are in and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is already being hailed as one of Monolith Soft’s best work for the Switch. Come for dazzling science-fantasy outlooks and stay for deep combat customization.
Release date: July 29, 2022
Soul Hacker 2
I was previewing Atlus’ latest Shin Megami Tensei Spin-off at Summer Game Fest 2022. While the demo was short, it definitely nailed it Soul Hacker 2 seem like an accessible middle ground in between SMD and persona. I’ve fought the same demons I’ve dealt with for years, but it oozes style and the colorful cyber-apocalyptic won me over. The landscape back then was very different from the original Devil Summoner: Soul Hacker was remastered in 2013, but in a market brimming with novelty SMD Sequels and spinoffs I think Soul Hacker 2 can carve out its own respectable niche.
Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Release date: August 26, 2022
If I was betting on Square Enix reviving one of its dormant B-Tier franchises, it wouldn’t have been Valkyrie. I loved Valkyrie profile on the original PlayStation and… that’s about it. There was a mess of a sequel, an uneven tactics spin-off on 3DS, and an overwhelming collectathon on mobile. Then Square revealed in a State of Play in March Valkyrie Elysium, a real-time action follow-up. I still can’t quite figure out why, but whenever the publisher starts throwing the kitchen sink against the wall, I’m there for it. Elysium looks unspectacular visually but the deluxe version on console comes with the psp remaster of the original game and that alone is worth it to me.
Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Release date: September 29, 2022 (PS4, PS5) / November 11, 2022 (PC)
Persona 5 Royal
It is unclear when the rest of the modern persona Games will make a resurgence, but at least we’re getting what was previously PlayStation-exclusive Persona 5 Royal on Switch, Xbox and PC this year. People will finally be able to grind dungeons, slack off at school, and break their friends’ hearts in one of the best JRPGs of the last decade. It will be followed up Persona 4 Gold and Persona 3 wearablethe latter of which is the isometric demake with improved menus, more difficulty options, and a new additional protagonist.
Platform: Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 21, 2022
Starry Ocean The divine power
In a year of classic comebacks starry ocean is another extremely unlikely revival. The last game was rubbish, and the rest of the series remains an acquired taste. But it’s a franchise that has given me enough special moments that I will never give up. Tri-Ace still hasn’t said much about it Starry Ocean: The Divine Powerbut followers indicate that it is aimed at giants monster hunter-Style creatures and environments. It will either be the start of a brave new era in the franchise or the long overdue nail in the coffin. I’m really looking forward to both results.
Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 27, 2022
The DioField Chronicle
for years, Final Fantasy Tactics Fans have wished for a spiritual successor. In 2022 we got a reinterpretation of the old school triangle strategy. But we also get DioField Chronicle this looks like the formula on an LSD trip. Part turn-based, part real-time strategy, it all fits together fire sign and XCOM into what the developers call the “Real-Time Tactical Battle System”. Don’t worry, the story sounds just as inscrutable.
Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release date: 09/22/2022
The Legend of Heroes: Traces of Zero
That hiking trails -Games are part of the largest and most confusing series in the history of JRPG. It’s technically a spin-off of The Legend of Heroes franchise, but it has spanned multiple eras and spawned spin-offs of its own. traces of zero represents the third of four arches in the hiking trails games. It came to PSP in 2010 but was never localized – until now. You play as a police officer investigating organized crime. An attempted religious coup follows. It’s dated but tight and will be followed by its sequel, Traces to Azuresometime next year.
Platform: Switch, PS4, PC
Release date: September 27, 2022
Tactical Ogre: Reborn
Although it hasn’t been officially revealed yet, thanks to several leaks we now know that the forefather of tactical RPGs is getting a revamped re-release later this year. The spiritual predecessor of Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactic Ogre is full of political intrigue and dense, granular strategy battles. Some of the heroes are also villains and some of the villains are also heroes. Square Enix might smother the old pixel art in petroleum jelly, but new quality of life features will make it a perfect complement for modern platforms.
Platform: PS4, PS5 (other platforms TBD)
Release date: November 11, 2022
Pokemon Violet and Scarlet
It’s always a good year for JRPGs when a new one Pokemon is due to arrive, and this year the Switch will get two. But the anticipation for Pokémon Violet and Crimson is higher than usual. That’s because it brings with it new Generation 9 Pokémon, a new open world, and the freedom to explore them in any order. Fans have already spent the summer soaking up alleged leaks, but what’s been officially revealed so far, from the launchers to the sun-kissed Mediterranean setting, looks extremely promising.
Release date: November 18, 2022
Front Mission 1st: Remake
Another series Square ran into the ground early Front mission Games remain valuable crossroads between turn-based tactics and grim industrial mech warfare. Front Mission 1st: Remake is a recreation of the first game released for SNES in 1995. The environments and mechs lean towards 3D realism while the character portraits are still famous final fantasy the beautiful ethereal style of artist Yoshitaka Amano. Another strategy game, fit for modern handhelds (the 2007 DS port was excellent too).
Release date: still open 2022
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
The PlayStation Portable was launched nearly two decades ago, however core of crisis is another cult hit from his back catalog getting a second wind. The third Final Fantasy VII Spin-off, it fleshes out key flashbacks from the original to expand the workplace drama to include SOLDIER recruits Zack, Cloud and Sephiroth. The remake takes the same story and updates the look and action to channel the feel of Final Fantasy VII Remake. Hopefully it goes the same way.
Platform: PS4 PS5 Xbox One Series X/S Switch PC
Release date: still open winter 2022