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JRPGs will be coming to Xbox One

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I’m a massive fan of RPGs, and I have a special fondness for JRPGs. Most of those kinds of games seem to come to PlayStation rather than Xbox, although there have been some notable exceptions, and Phil Spencer is promising that Xbox One will be getting in on the JRPG action.

JRPGs are a bit thin on the ground at the moment, although we’ve been promised a whole bunch in the coming years. Of course, people are asking if it will lean towards the PlayStation, but never fear, the Xbox One won’t be neglected. Over on twitter, the question was put to Phil Spencer:

Xbox One has been struggling in Japan, which was sort of expected but still came as a bit of a shock to Microsoft. There haven’t been any notable JRPG exclusives to Xbox since the time of Lost Odyssey, which is already so dated that I struggled to play it last year. It would be great to see a return to the genre for Xbox, although I still believe that PlayStation is associated with RPGs and JRPGs in general while Xbox is more of a shooter brand. That could totally be my own prejudice, but that’s how I personally divide the consoles -and this idea seems to be continuing into the new generation.

Do you think the consoles lean towards specific genres, or are they all the same to you? Would you like to see more exclusives on the various platforms, or do they make you cry because you can’t have all the things?

Last Updated: December 1, 2014


  1. ToshZA

    December 1, 2014 at 13:34

    Honestly, I don’t see any difference between the consoles for any genre besides JRPG’s in particular. Otherwise – it’s always been pretty much whichever one floats your boat. That and SOME exclusives.

    I’m a huge RPG fan, and I had plenty to play on my Xbox 360.


    • Tenacious_Dee

      December 1, 2014 at 14:24

      Yeah, DragonAge is awesome, bar a few tiny glitches. I also have CoD:AW, and it looks awesome. Then FC4 is a must play as well! FFS, too many good games at once.


  2. Hammersteyn

    December 1, 2014 at 13:40

    “You will see JPRGs on XBOX One” wow, that’s as close to an autoreply as I’ve ever seen. I would like to see any games really. Too many remastered games and too many sequels this year. Also there were lots of games that was postponed for 2015 but that’s for the best I guess after all the broken games this year.


  3. I'm really feeling it! (Umar)

    December 1, 2014 at 13:40

    360 surprisingly had its fair share of JRPGs, I just hope they’re not exclusive otherwise I have to buy a One 🙁 I can foresee an exclusive though, maybe LO 2? I would love that, if LO just had better pacing it would be a top tier RPG let alone a JRPG


    • Raptor Rants A Lot

      December 1, 2014 at 13:50



  4. HairyEwok

    December 1, 2014 at 13:45

    no…. no… NOOOOOO whyyyyy.


  5. Matthew Holliday

    December 1, 2014 at 13:49

    • ToshZA

      December 1, 2014 at 14:02

      I’d need sunglasses just to walk into my lounge. Wtf is that? O_O


      • Matthew Holliday

        December 1, 2014 at 14:03

        it is the promise of a new day


    • Kensei Seraph No DA:I spoilers

      December 1, 2014 at 14:29

      That Kinect… disturbs me for some reason.


  6. Ross Woofels Mason

    December 1, 2014 at 14:07

    The reason i got my 360 was the JRPG’s, when PS3 was sitting with virtually none the 360 has Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Eternal Sonata and it also got Star Ocean 4 first which was enough to kill me as I adore the series.

    So yeah I can see JRPG’s coming to the system, i mean shit didnt FF15 back pedal on the ps4 exclusivity? And Kingdom hearts 3?

    Biggest problem is I don’t see JRPG’s (well ones that get localized quickly anyway) making a difference to which one people want. JRPG’s over the course of the last generation have taken a major knock. We had a few really good ones on ps3 and xb1 like Lost Odyssy was amazing. White Knight Chronicles had a lot of promise but apart from the fun as hell multiplayer and combo system never lived up to the hype.

    Wii had the best offerings with Xenoblade and the last story.

    But JRPG’s overall just are not the games they used to be, I do not really think fondly of any of the last generations JRPGS with exception of Valkyria Chronicles (dunno if this counts) and Xenoblade chronicles.

    The Final Fantasy offerings in the form of 13 were mediocre. With the soul exception of Tales of Graces F the tales series of the last generation was also mediocre. Some gems shone through like the Atelier series and Ar Tonelico Qqoga was pretty fun.

    Dont even mention Ni No Kuni to me, solid game but 40 fucking hours of Neato! is enough to ruin everything (Ghibli I love you, but your characters are stories are not meant for more than two hours =p)

    But yea, the big name JRPG’s to be need to find their footing first before it even matters what console they are on.


    • I'm really feeling it! (Umar)

      December 1, 2014 at 14:13

      The problem I have with JRPGs this generation are the stories. What happened to the days of Shadow Hearts and Xenosaga. Everything is falling into that generic anime trope and I hate it because the games are still bloody fun. Star Ocen The Last Hope was an amazing, if all the characters were muted. Same goes for Infinite Undiscovery and Eternal Sonata. Best JRPG I played last gen was Nier. The story was amazing and that is what I wanted to see from JRPGs, its what I know the genre is capable of. Unique and gripping stories mixed with awesome gameplay…. I love JRPGS but ooh booooi am I sick of these kak generic by the numbers jrpgs…
      Here’s looking to next gen. That said, most of the great JRPGS are all on handhelds.


      • Ross Woofels Mason

        December 1, 2014 at 14:21

        Lol you hit the nail on the head right here.


      • Tarisma

        December 1, 2014 at 15:16

        Star Ocean the Last Hope was only playable in Japanese with the English subtitles


        • Ross Woofels Mason

          December 1, 2014 at 15:31


          Problem is the Japanese audio track and subs did not come in until the PS4 release. On the 360 you only got english.


          • Tarisma

            December 1, 2014 at 15:49

            And that is exactly why you buy the console with blue ray.

          • Ross Woofels Mason

            December 1, 2014 at 16:00

            Lol Yeah, but don’t forget it launched in 2009 with no confirmation of a PS3 edition ever being announced. As I said in my original post as well there was a sever lack of Jrpgs on either system.

            As someone who is nuts over the franchise, i sure as well was not going to wait on ps3 edition. Like a lot of people lol.

            But yes I picked up the international edition and it was far more enjoyable in japanese though the bulk of that cast still deserve to be silenced.

  7. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    December 2, 2014 at 11:17

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA Oh Phil Spencer, you’re a hilarious joker.


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