Square Enix President Teases New JRPG for Home Consoles

In a recent interview, Yosuke Matsuda claimed that the publisher has a "little surprise" coming this year.

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In an interview with Nikkei Trendy, a Japanese financial site, Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda hinted at a "surprise" coming in the next year.

"For fiscal 2015, I think we have a considerable amount of high-end games both inside and outside the country," he said (via Gematsu). "Starting with Final Fantasy XV we'll be putting out news for Japanese RPGs. I think we'll have a little surprise, too."

When pressed, Matsuda clarified that the surprise would be a "JRPG for home game machines."

Until quite recently, it seemed that Square Enix was struggling to manage what used to be its core business--making JRPGs. Final Fantasy XV, for example, has now been in development for more than eight years, and we still don't have a solid date.

Still, Matsuda is confident moving forward, stating that Square Enix's "Japanese and Western Studios are both bolstering their lineups considerably, so it'd be wise to keep an eye on them."

We got a chance to try out Final Fantasy XV earlier this month at PAX East, noting that we are "more excited for it than ever before." We also reviewed Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, awarding it an eight out of ten.

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Looking forward to a decent RPG, just wishing it wasn't a "J"RPG. But if there's nothing else out around that time, I might still give it a go.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually, JRPGs have been on the quiet side, with only a few select franchises staying afloat (Star Ocean, Final Fantasy, Persona and Tales being the successful ones). It's the infested obsession for WRPGs that has been the majority of influence over the last several years.


There are only so many open-world, free-roaming, do ANYTHING RPGs that I can tolerate before getting tired of 'em for a while. The usual Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Dragon Age/Mass Effect entry is fine. Still ticked off at Capcom for making the Dragon's Dogma follow-up a damn MMO. But why not have equal effort put into JRPGs?


Aside from Namco, Atlus, Square Enix and XSEED, there aren't many other companies that can pull off decent JRPGs anymore. Leave the WRPGs to the companies that excel at making them.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Star Ocean is done. The creator didn't even want to make 4, and said there won't be another.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> There is no WRPG save in your head...there is a reason that JRPG's are a genre as the Japanese stick to the formula...and it's dated...very, very dated.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The shooter formula is dated, yet that keeps getting released.

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Dated? Did you saw that ramuh summon demo today ?

It just destroy skyrim, dragon age or some other wrpg game released recently

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<< LINK REMOVED >> OMG, the visuals were like stunning....fanboy....there is zero chance any JRPG will equal, let alone best, Skyrim....which isn't my fav RPG, but is still leagues better than anything the Japanese have put out.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Ehhh.... Skyrim was good, but... Let's agree to disagree. While I really enjoyed that game, it could have been A LOT better. It didn't stack up compared to Oblivion.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Ehhh... they were indeed amazing when the game came out, but four years is a pretty big span of time for visuals to take bigger steps. Dragon Age Inquisition is definitely better looking than Skyrim, and I LOVED how Skyrim looked.


Just say you're not a fan of the art style. That makes more sense than claiming a game that came out in 2011 has unbeatable visuals. Because if that's the case, Hideo Kojima has a game he'd like you to see.

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If you think Skyrim look league better than that than i feel sorry you my friend

I can beat the ebony warrior in skyrim by shouting at him run and , crouch near him and stole his equipment and hes done fighting me naked

Thats one of the biggest boss battle in skyrim besides kaarstag for you

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It doesn't matter if it's dated. There's still a substantially large audience for it. You know what's dated? Every FPS, platformer, racing, and puzzle game made over the past fifteen years.


Just because the gameplay itself relies on old, dated methods, it doesn't diminish their appeal. They're elements that have worked forever, and there's not enough of a reasonable outcry for them to want to change any of it. I hate FF13 with a fiery passion, but I still acknowledge that it has enough fans that loved it enough to buy 13-2 and Lightning Returns.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I like this comment. It acknowledges that XIII and it's sequels were not necessarily unlikable horrible piles of shit, even if you personally did not like it. People are bad at doing what you did here lately.


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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Not arguing it diminishes their appeal, nor that they have an audience; and for the record I would only play a FPS if forced. My issue is that, for their time FF used to have excellent games, yet the company sticks to that formula even when it is tired.....all the other series, whether it is ES, DA, almost FO, have changed with the times...here's hoping that FF can get over that hump and move away from the 14 year-old anime crap that no one but a child should want to play.

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You should checked steam today theres a new game called jesus rpg ( im dead serious) you got jesus, simon peter, maria magdalene and judas iscariot to play with

Thats probably the best definition of JRPG i ever know

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Well just bring it on whatever it is

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I can't wait until it comes out in 2025!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> you mean the demo?

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Final Camptasy in partnership with Coleman camping supplies.

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Yawn. They should try a WRPG. Get rid of the stupid anime character models and turn-based combat. Go for something with a bit more originality to it than the cliche "Bad guy wants to destroy the world. Your party must save it" plot that every JRPG in history seems to implement. I'd like to see Square-Enix take a shot at a Elder Scrolls-like series, maybe even take some influence from their own Deus Ex series as well.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'd rather SE sticks to JRPG's and Bioware give me a new Elder Scrolls game. SE shouldn't touch WRPGs. Bad Dark, bad.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You want more originality, yet you want them to take influence from already-established genres. Make up your f'ing mind.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Odd, I read the same post you did and I did't read "copy ES"....I read an ES-like series.....the 2 concepts seem the same to you....lol, actually I imagine they probably do......just put extra salt on the fries please.

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Just seeing 5-6 comments and its already some stupid clusterfuuck here

Final fantasy take shot at elder scroll and deus ex , thats like one of the most retarded statement i heard today

Final Fantasy dont need to copy elder scroll or deus ex they re good in their own ways

And tbh im kinda bored Wrpg medievil theme these days

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<< LINK REMOVED >> FF was relevant 10 years ago and good 15 years ago...they have been neither since....anyone but a raving...fanboy...would acknowledge that. Hoping for them to return to relevance is not blasphemy (big words don't hurt).

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Lol okay, whatever you say buddy.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> lmao...I played VII not when it was originally released...I am likely a "tad" younger than you may think....maybe I need to add more "clusterf*cks" into my posts...note, you don't sound young, just unintelligent and with bad taste.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> *Spoiler alert* - Daelusca is a 10 year old using the biggest words he/she possibly can to make themselves sound intelligent and tasteful to prove their "point."

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Ff 7 was good back then and 15 look good now every generation have their own gem

People should stop comparing every ff games just enjoy it for what it is

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<< LINK REMOVED >> FF VII remains good in context...and visuals are the most overhyped guage of quality today....the combat looks like trash and the characters are....well, JRPG. It isn't wrong for someone to wish that we finally no longer needed the 'J' in front of RPG which simply denotes a lesser quality...so sorry, a"different" quality.

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Ok you are deffinately not a fan of the genre

the best posible way for you is to stay away from any article related to these games

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Stay away from an article about something they have absolutely NO interest in? That's asking too much of a child. :)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> FF isn't relevant? Funny. Tell that to the folks who enjoy FFXIV, still play FFXI, and just today, picked up Type-0 as well as the FFXV demo.


Just because you don't happen to like something, it doesn't make it irrelevant.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You can say that of every game ever released as long as 1 person "enjoys" it....there hasn't been a game in how long and of all the stories of wished for games, FF is never on the list....":relevance", look it up.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Your argument might make some sense, if your point wasn't absolutely fucking ridiculous.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yep. NEVER on the list, yet Final Fantasy always sells. Type-0 is already selling, and whether you think it's for the game or just for the FFXV demo, it's obvious enough that there's still a rampant fanbase for the series.


You sound like one of those guys who keeps complaining that WoW is still raking in cash, even though it still has the largest subscriber base of any MMO ever made to date. There are A LOT of people who love these games, and you look like a ninny when you stand there and try to convince people that it's a dying trend.


FF13 is the most hated entry in the franchise among fans, yet it still made enough profit to warrant not only one, but two sequels. FFXIV had a disastrous launch a few years back, and after being overhauled, it came back to immensely positive support.


You're just angry because there are lots of people out there who are nothing like you. It's okay. There are people out there that are livid because you're nothing like them.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Never played WoW...little before my time. As to FF selling like mad.....last original release was....2004? Yup, selling like mad....oh, you meant the phone apps?...lmfao.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Lol that's some nice research you did there.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Original release? Dude, FF12 came out in 2006, and 13 in 2010. The only FF game that came out in 2004 was X-2.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm almost pondering getting Type-O purely for the XV demo. If it was 39.99 I would have already.

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Lets be honest here your nostalgic with the old ff games is just too strong and age probably catch up with you

Your final fantasy glory days are over and you need to accept that ..let the new wave generation of younger gamers enjoy the new games and you can play something else in the process

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"Go for something with a bit more originality to it than the cliche "Bad guy wants to destroy the world."

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"I'd like to see Square-Enix take a shot at a Elder Scrolls-like series, maybe even take some influence from their own Deus Ex series as well"

lol

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Should have cut out the Deus Ex part. Deus Ex hasn't been about someone wanting to destroy the world.

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As opposed to work consoles?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> As opposed to handhelds/mobile.