Top Upcoming JRPG Video Games of 2019

Note: This article was updated in March 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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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.


Town

  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

Known mostly for the line of Pokemon video game titles, developers Game Freak, will be bringing out a brand new IP exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. This game will for the most part take the same feel as the Pokemon titles in the sense that this is still very much a turn-based combat RPG. Not a lot is known right now about the game but from what Nintendo has shown off so far, players will be living in a old village that mysteriously started to attract and spawn monsters. Its up to the players to defeat the monsters and figure out what is causing the occurrence.


Dragon Quest Builders 2

  • Developer:  Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PS4, NS
  • Release: July 12, 2019

Dragon Quest Builders is a sandbox action RPG that’s set within the world of Alefgard. This is a more lighthearted adventure with similar visuals to titles such as Minecraft and Terraria. In the narrative, players are off to revive the world which has been flooded with monsters, however, in order to rebuild the world players must also seek out and manage resources.

The video game doesn’t feature a complex combat system like the main installments within the franchise. Furthermore, the title has since already launch on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita platforms whereas the PlayStation 3 version of the game remains a Japanese exclusive. It was only until this past year that Nintendo Switch owners were able to get a copy of this game but it looks like this won’t be the last installment to the Builder series of Dragon Quest. A sequel is currently in the works and its slated to launch within July of this year.


Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: 3DS, PS4, PC, NS
  • Release: TBA (NS)

One of the classic JRPG series is having a release in 2019. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age had already released for most platforms but a port is coming soon for the Nintendo Switch. We’re unsure if there will be any notable differences between the port at this time, but if you have yet to play the latest Dragon Quest main installment then you’ll get another chance on the Nintendo Switch hopefully within this coming  year.

This upcoming title focuses on the world of Lotozetasia after the discovery of an ancient hero who has become reincarnated. Players take on the role of this ancient hero and must save the world from the monsters and troubles that have flooded into the land. As always, you can expect the traditional turn-based battle system to be present within the game as well.


Code Vein
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XO
  • Release: 2019

Code Vein is an upcoming title being developed by Shift, which you may know from their past works such as the God Eater franchise. Since its announcement, little information was given out in regards to Code Vein, although, thanks to the Tokyo Game Show in 2018, a narrative trailer was unveiled.

This is an action role-playing video game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that is flooded with vampires. It seems that the worlds blood supply is running thin and as a result, there’s become a division between vampires.

Our protagonist is a rookie who must fight against the Queen and the corrupted bloodthirsty vampires that gave their allegiance to this seemingly unstoppable force. Being an action role-playing video game, there’s more freedom in how players attack their opponents, but the developers have opted to run with a Dark Souls style approach making fights more strategic.


Digimon Survive

  • Developer: Witchcraft
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, NS, PC
  • Release: 2019

With the hype of Pokemon came another series that acted as a competitor, Digimon. The franchise has been around for years and for some, it was their go to show. While we don’t often hear about the video games in the same glory and praise as we do with the Pokemon franchise, one particular survival tactical RPG may have a few heads turning. This game is a take on a story revolving around Takuma Momotsuka and his Digimon when they become trapped inside a parallel world.

We know that the game will have a slightly mature spin with players having to deal with a variety of choices that could not only lead to different endings but also character deaths. If you’re a fan of the franchise then this is likely already on your list for games to watch out for in 2019. However, if you’re new to the series, you can still likely get plenty of fun out of the game when it eventually releases sometime this year.


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