Top Upcoming JRPG Video Games of 2019

Note: This article was updated in June of 2019.

Enjoy JRPG video games? Look no further, we’ve got some of the most promising JRPG video games launching in 2019. Keep this page bookmarked as we’ll continue to update this list with new video game announcements and information.

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  • Developer: Tokyo RPG Factory
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: NS, PC, PS4
  • Release: August 22, 2019

Oninaki plays on the idea of reincarnation which is the ideology that when someone passes on then they return back to the world of the living as a new being. In the game, players take on the role of a Watcher, an individual who helps guide the lost that refuse to move on from the world of the living. Gamers must navigate the lost into the next phase but it does come with a series of challenges. Players will follow the deep narrative of one Watcher’s journey.

Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: TBA

Atlus is working on a brand new Shin Megami Tensei video game known as Shin Megami Tensei V. The video game will be set in modern-day Tokyo and bring on various elements featured from past Shin Megami Tensei titles. Unfortunately, not too many details have been revealed for this upcoming title.

What we do know is that the producer Kazuyuki Yamai has stated his intentions on delivering a video game that would be appealing for both as a Nintendo Switch home console or if the player takes the game portably. Likewise, there appears to be more attention going into the demon development this time around, but again, we’ll have to wait and see when the game is fully unveiled.

Unsung Story: Tales of the Guardians
  • Developer: Little Orbit
  • Publisher: Little Orbit
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: 2019

Since its announcement back in 2014 through a Kickstarter campaign, gamers have been eagerly awaiting to play Unsung Story: Tales of the Guardians. This upcoming title is in good hands as developers Little Orbit are following the creative direction of Yasumi Matsuno who was behind Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story.

Played in the style of a tactical RPG, players will follow the stories behind several war heroes from a fantasy world known as Rasfalia. However, the game has been hit with a number of delays and even tossed to a new development studio after it was originally in the hands of Playdek. We’re hoping to hear more about this game soon and that it makes its release of sometime in 2019.

Pokemon Sword & Shield
  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

The Pokemon franchise is long-running and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. After mainly being an RPG series that stayed with Nintendo’s line of handheld devices, Game Freak is bringing out the first new main entry to the Nintendo Switch later this year. Currently, the two installments are known as Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield which will take place in the Galar region. This region is filled with a variety of landscapes and landmarks. While we’re still waiting to hear about the new features that will come with the game, players who are familiar with the previous installments will find that the beginning section of the game will have a choice presented before the journey really begins. Pokemon Sword & Shield will have players deciding which starter to take which are the grass-type Grookey, fire-type Scorbunny, and lastly, the water-type Sobble.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Developer: Intelligent Systems
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: July 26, 2019

During Nintendo’s E3 2018 Nintendo Direct video upload we received the announcement of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. This time around the game will take place within the continent of Fodlan which was hope to three nations that have found peace. Players will follow Byleth, Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude in a new journey. However, as for your role, players will be customize their own mercenary in a world where the three houses that make this content up may soon begin to rival. This title was also delayed a few times and as of the February 2019 Nintendo Direct, the game is slated to launch within July of this year.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey
  • Developer: AlphaDream
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: 3DS
  • Release: 2019

If you haven’t tried out Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story when it first launched on the Nintendo DS in 2009, you’ll be able to get a second chance at it next year. Ten years after it launched, Nintendo is bringing back the video game with an overhaul remake for the Nintendo 3DS. The video game narrative follows Luigi and Mario who finds themselves trapped inside Bowser.

Throughout the journey, Mario and Luigi aid Bowser as he combats Fawful who had taken control of Mushroom Kingdom. Likewise, Nintendo is adding a brand new chapter for the game known as Bowser Jr.’s Journey which is said to showcase what happened behind the scenes that players didn’t see during the initial video game launch. As for the gameplay players will be dealing with turn-based combat along with puzzle solving.