ByCryss Leonhart, writer at Creators.co
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Cryss Leonhart

It's a new year and that means new resolutions, so whether you're trying to start some of the games you picked up in the Steam sale, cutting down that pile of shame or possibly adding to it, there's no shortage of gaming in 2017.

Nine JRPGs We Want To See In 2017

I'm going with the latter, since there's a slew of exciting experiences on the horizon I can't wait to sink my teeth into. I hope you've got a couple of hundred hours spare—for the games, not the article—since we're running down some of the most exciting JRPGs launching this year.

Persona 5

Sounds like a euphemism for something - [Atlus]
Sounds like a euphemism for something - [Atlus]
  • Release Date: 4th April 2017
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Platforms: PS4 / PS3

Despite the delay ruining our Valentine's Day plans, I'm incredibly excited for Persona 5, which will be gracing the PlayStation 4 in April.

The series has always balanced a mix of intense battles, catchy tunes and dungeon crawling, with a fantastically written social side that sees you maintaining a school schedule to form friendships with those around you.

I know it sounds corny, but it's really not, with a cast of characters you really get to know if you invest the time into doing so. Throw in the colorful Persona aesthetic and a healthy dose of Japanese mythology and I think we're onto something that will keep more than our attention during the summer lull in new releases.

Tokyo Dark

Tokyo Dark hopes to bridge Western and Eastern game design - [Cherrymochi]
Tokyo Dark hopes to bridge Western and Eastern game design - [Cherrymochi]
  • Release Date: 2017
  • Developer: Cherrymochi
  • Platforms: PC / Mac

Tokyo Dark is a side-scrolling point and click adventure currently in development by indie team, Cherrymochi, who aim to bridge Eastern and Western game design. Whilst it embraces its anime aesthetic, the team have gone for a more traditionally Western approach to gameplay.

Unlike a visual novel, you’ll control Detective Itō directly as you explore Tokyo, trying to balance your professional duty, personal life, and sanity. - Tokyo Dark Website

Tokyo Dark was funded on Kickstarter, and is slated to launch at some point in 2017.

Peria Chronicles

Peria Chronicles is promising - [Nexon]
Peria Chronicles is promising - [Nexon]
  • Release Date: 2017
  • Developer: Nexon
  • Platforms: PC

We're putting MMO in front of RPG for this one, since Peria Chronicles is something I'm super stoked for—and you should be to!

It's an ambitious project, a cel-shaded anime Sandbox where players roam the land battling monsters. Felled monsters have a chance to be transformed into cards which can be used in battle, altering the players's skills.

Currently there are no plans for an EU / NA launch - [Nexon]
Currently there are no plans for an EU / NA launch - [Nexon]

If you're not a fan of the combat, perhaps the promise of being able to build cities and alter terrain will be more up your alley.

That said, Peria Chronicles's ambition may be its undoing and with Nexon's penchant for free to play gaming, I might be turned off before I even switch the game on.

Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

My body is ready - [Nintendo]
My body is ready - [Nintendo]
  • Release Date: Early 2017
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Platforms: Wii U, Switch

Our Creators Choice 'Most Hyped Game of 2017' is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the former exclusive will now also be coming to Nintendo , promises to bring the franchise back to the wide open worlds we used to expect.

It's got most of the trappings fans have come to expect; you can travel the world on Epona's back, solve puzzles in 'Shrines of Trials' and through the non-linear storyline, tackle things at your own pace.

There are also some things we weren't really expecting, like Amiibo support, which somewhat alters the experience and some light survival elements. Gathering materials, cooking to restore health and altering your outfit to match the elements around you.

Gravity Rush 2

The Gravity Queen returns on a new platform in early 2017 - [Sony Japan]
The Gravity Queen returns on a new platform in early 2017 - [Sony Japan]
  • Release Date: 18th January 2017
  • Developer: Sony Japan
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4

Gravity Rush 2 which was pushed off its Christmas release date and into 2017, is a sequel to the former PlayStation Vita exclusive that definitely won't be constrained by the hardware boost offered on PS4.

That's not the only thing being unrestrained either, Kat has a number of new abilities at her disposal, altering the gravity around her to favor either speed or strength and new ways to interact with the people of Hekseville.

Nier Automata

Action fans will have to keep their eyes on this - [Square Enix]
Action fans will have to keep their eyes on this - [Square Enix]
  • Release Date: March 2017 on PS4
  • Developer: Platinum Games
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC

Under the list of games I never expected to get a sequel—Half Life 2: Episode 2 being top of that list—is 2010's Nier, a somewhat mismatched action RPG.

Square Enix teamed up with Platinum Games to line those pieces up with Nier Automata, a high-octane sequel that hopes to retain the original's roleplaying elements and combine it with the fluid gameplay Platinum have become known for.

A demo for Nier Automata was recently released for the PlayStation 4 and it's very—very—good!

Maybe Out In 2017

These next few games we're putting in the 'Maybe' pile, but keep an eye out towards the latter half of the year, you never know.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Fans have been begging for a FFVII remake for a very long time - [Square Enix]
Fans have been begging for a FFVII remake for a very long time - [Square Enix]
  • Release Date: Unconfirmed (Multiple Parts)
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Platform: ???

We're not holding our breath for this one, but to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Final Fantasy, the first part of the Final Fantasy VII Remake would be a true treat.

The first part will be set entirely in Midgar and interviews suggest it will be larger than the entirety of the original Final Fantasy VII. It's also dropping the active time battle combat for a more action-orientated experience, sorry series stalwarts!

Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced at the same time as Final Fantasy XV, still waiting - [Square Enix]
Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced at the same time as Final Fantasy XV, still waiting - [Square Enix]
  • Release Date: Unconfirmed
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

This might be less likely than the Final Fantasy VII Remake, despite what fans think. Admittedly, Kingdom Hearts is also celebrating an anniversary this year, but with a swathe of releases putting the entire Kingdom Hearts experience onto PlayStation 4—something that in the past required 7 separate consoles which makes it's hard to believe Sora, Donald and Goofy will be bursting onto the scene in 2017.

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

Whatever you say Mr Drippy - [Namco Bandai]
Whatever you say Mr Drippy - [Namco Bandai]
  • Release Date: Unconfirmed
  • Developer: Level-5
  • Platform: PlayStation 4

Honestly, I hate Ni No Kuni, I've been assured—repeatedly, I assure you—that it's a fantastic RPG and when you take a look at those colorful Ghibli cutscenes it's hard to disagree.

However, I found the constant hand holding infuriating: menus that refused to let me use a spell unless I asked my companion what I should do, before running me through the same menu that refused me moments before.

I've also repeatedly been assured that it get's better after the third town, so for everyone that made it that far, Ni No Kuni 2 is the game for you.

MAKE IT STOP - [Namco Bandai]
MAKE IT STOP - [Namco Bandai]

These are a few of the JRPGs I think it's worth keeping an eye on in 2017. Expect hours and hours of grinding XP, enemies that change color to be counted as new monsters and stories that capture our hearts—I think I'm going to need an extra couple of hundred hours to get through the awesome line up available this year.

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