The Top NEW Upcoming JRPG Games in 2022 | PS4, PS5, Switch, Gacha and PC JRPGs
JRPGs are some of my favorite games. I wasted so much of my childhood playing through every JRPG for every platform. The Legend of Dragoon, Jade Cocoon, Breath of Fire IV, Final Fantasy VIII, Golden Sun, Chrono Trigger, Suikoden II, Tales of Phantasia, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.
Some of my favorite games were released so many decades ago that most people don’t even recognize them anymore. And while the frequency with which JRPGs are now released is substantially slower than in the past, there is still a lot of very impressive looking titles on the horizon.
And that’s what we’re here to talk about today: Every upcoming JRPG that I’m looking forward to in 2022. Games that will 100% be releasing this year, that will be filled with our favorite Waifu’s, Husbando’s, and some of the best Anime visuals in the genre.
Eiyuden Chronicle Rising
Now we’re going to tackle this month by month, starting with Eiyuden Chronicle Rising.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is the prelude to Eiyuden Chronicle, a Kickstarted JRPG that is touted as being the spiritual successor to the Suikoden franchise – one of my favorite JRPG franchises of all time.
This is a side-scrolling narrative driven action RPG that features several characters you’ll encounter in the game, along with some of the town-construction the franchise has become known for.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is launching onto the PS4, PS5, XBox Series S, X, XBox One, Switch, and PC platforms on May 10th.
As a massive fan of the Digimon franchise, this is a game I’m eagerly anticipating. Supposedly, Digimon Survive is going to put a slightly darker spin on the intellectual property.
Unlike traditional Digimon games, Digimon Survive is going to feature various different choices that will lead to a variety of endings – including death – both for you as the main character, and potentially other characters and Digimon.
From the gameplay released so far, it looks as though Digimon Survive is going to take the form of a turn-based strategy game akin to something like Final Fantasy Tactics or Fire Emblem as opposed to its predecessors.
Digimon Survive is launching onto the PS4, XBox One, Switch and PC platforms on July 29th.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is by far my most anticipated JRPG of 2022. I’m an enormous fan of the first game with Shulk and Fiora, and while I thought Rex was a horrendous character in the sequel, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the game itself was a fantastic addition to the intellectual property.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 seems to offer much of the same the franchise has become known for: Incredibly attractive characters, flashy combat – albeit, I will admit Xenoblade Chronicles had much better combat than Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and I’m hoping Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has superior combat to both of its predecessors.
It’s going to feature a world larger than both games before it, and a narrative that conencts all 3.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is launching exclusively onto the Switch on July 29th.
Soul Hackers 2
I actually did a dedicated video on Soul Hackers 2 recently – discussing how I was excited for the game. Having never played the first title in the series, I honestly had no idea what to expect, other than the knowledge it was somehow connected to the Persona series of games.
Soul Hackers 2 features turn-based combat, deploying 4 characters at once, each with their own unique abilities and uses. Honsetly, this is exactly what you’d expect out of a traditional JRPG – and doesn’t look like it’ll disappoint.
This is easily one of the darker titles in this list, and admittedly also has some.. well, rather attractive looking characters. You gotta love Japan and their outfits, man. They truly never disappoint.
Soul Hackers 2 is launching onto the PS4, PS5, XBox One, XBox Series S, X, and PC platforms on August 25th.
This is one of the more interesting titles, as it takes someone from our world – our reality, and throws her directly into a fantasy world.
Honestly, I’m a fan of Square and their games, but this seems a little.. random. It looks stunning – don’t get me wrong. This is by far the most amazing game aesthetically.
And I mean, it’s developed by Luminous Productions, the team behind Final Fantasy XV, so it stands to reason as to why it looks this good. But, a good looking game doesn’t necessarily equate to a good game overall.
It features some very fast, very fluid action combat, a narrative from Square – so you know it’s either going to be incredible, or absolute garbage – there’s really no middle-ground here.
Forspoken is launching onto the PS5 and PC platforms on October 11th.
Granblue Fantasy Relink
After waiting for, what, 3 years? 4 years? The Granblue game that we’ve all been anticipating is finally almost within our grasp.
Granblue Fantasy Relink is going to feature a massive open-world, similar in scope and scale to Xenoblade Chronicles, admittedly. Which is never a bad thing to be compared to. It has some very fast, fluid action combat with some absolutely stunning special effects. But not too over the top like you see in some games.
It’s going to feature a singleplayer narrative, with multiplayer side-content, grinding, world bosses. This is the only multiplayer compatible JRPG in this list thus far I believe.
Granblue Fantasy Relink is launching onto the PS4, PS5 and PC platforms – Steam specifically, at an undisclosed point this year. Likely towards the 4th quarter, if I’m being honest.
Star Ocean: The Divine Force
And finally, Star Ocean: The Divine Force. Man, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is one of my all-time favorite JRPGs. You either love that game or you hate it. That’s it.
The game absolutely shook the foundations of the entire Star Ocean franchise, and upset so many players, but just as many players were in awe that Tri-Ace would do something so.. innovative. So different.
Which is why it went down as arguably the best Star Ocean game other than The Second Story. Much like Granblue Fantasy and Xenoblade Chronicles, Star Ocean: The Divine Force is going to feature a massive open-world to explore.
It’s going to have some great looking action combat, but the main character looks stupid. Like, really stupid. He looks like Leomon from Digimon shaved. It’s that bad. Everyone else looks incredible, including the world, though.
Star Ocean: The Divine Force is launching onto the PS4, PS5, XBox Series S, X, XBox One and PC platforms at an undisclosed point this year. I’d say 3rd or 4th quarter, definitely.
And that’s it. That’s every good JRPG coming out this year. We have a solid list, games to keep us busy most months. I’m more excited than I’ve been in years to have this many incredible looking games to play.