Oh, Square Enix. You don’t have to tease me so much anymore. You’ve already won me back two-fold over this past year. If you plan on announcing a new JRPG in the coming months, why not just do it now and get it over with?
No such luck, huh? Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda has dropped a mysterious message in a recent interview with Japanese business magazine Nikkei, translated by Siliconera. It would seem that in between its high end titles like Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III and Dragon Quest Heroes, the company has another Xbox One and PlayStation 4 JRPG that will be announced before the year is up, one Matsuda labels as a “surprise.”
“In 2015, I believe we will offer a vast number of high-end games in both the domestic market and overseas. Now that we’ve already announced Final Fantasy XV, we will also reveal information on [another] JRPG. I believe we have a bit of a surprise in store for this year.”
Further describing the game, he claims that it will be a JRPG from within the company’s Japanese hallways, but other properties like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Just Cause 3 scheduled this year confirm the company’s continued attempts to appeal to the Western market. It took a generation of growing pains to get there, but doesn’t it seem that Square Enix has finally achieved that Japanese/Western balance it has been targeting for the past decade?
As for the surprise, your guess is as good as mine. It could be another series revival as that has been Square Enix’s latest tango, but I’m going to throw my hat in for an original franchise. The company recently was hiring to form an “elite JRPG studio,” and perhaps this upcoming game announcement will be the product of its labors.
If not that, it just might be Vagrant Story 2 or Final Fantasy XII HD for all we know. Can’t wait to find out.