Hoo boy, we’re about to be overloaded with hundreds of hours of JRPG goodness over the next twelve months. We can almost taste the new releases, remakes, and new entries into franchises old and new. This year, Nintendo, Square Enix, and Bandai Namco brought some absolute bombshells to E3 2019 and we were left absolutely speechless. Keep reading to see just what we mean!
Final Fantasy VII Remake
We have had this game teased to us for over a decade, since the PS3 generation, but it’s finally due out in March 2020 for the PS4. The first release in a planned remake trilogy, this first installment will cover all of Midgar, roughly the first disc from the original four-disc set. While we’re still unsure just when we’ll see the conclusion of this remake, we’re just happy to see this game in all its glory.
If you aren’t aware, Final Fantasy VII was the first Final Fantasy to transition from 2D to 3D on the original Playstation in 1997. Beloved by fans, it is remembered as one of if not the best entry in the very long series. Fans more than 20 years later can now enjoy the story for the very first time in almost an entirely new game built from the ground up. Everyone from newcomers to veterans are pining to experience this one.
Final Fantasy VII Remake E3 2019 Trailer
2. Tales of Arise
Bandai Namco’s long-running Tales series has been that reliable JRPG franchise you can always count on when Persona and Final Fantasy are just taking too long of a break. The studio has been able to regularly release different Tales of games over the years, but Arise looks to be their most ambitious yet. While it may bear the same name, it is going to be its own title set in its own universe unrelated to any of the previous games. This gives the perfect opportunity for newcomers drawn in by the spectacle of the trailers to jump in.
Tales of Arise Announcement Trailer
3. Trials of Mana
The Mana series was one of Square’s oldest gems from days long past. Originally known as Final Fantasy Adventure, the names Secret of Mana and Legend of Mana, mean almost nothing to gamers today. However, Trials of Mana is getting a next-gen remake similar to Final Fantasy VII’s treatment. Due out sometime in 2020 for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC, this 3D adaptation is a living spark of a game long forgotten but much beloved from the SNES.
There was also more excitement to be had for Mana fans in the Collection of Mana being released for the Nintendo Switch eShop. This includes the early games, Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana and the original Trials of Mana for $39.99. We’re very much looking forward to seeing this series revitalized!
Trials of Mana E3 2019 Trailer
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
Pokemon Sword and Shield
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
We’re in absolute JRPG heaven after E3 2019. So many new games on the horizon for this year and the next. What were some of your favorites? Share them in the comments below!