Here are the best upcoming Xbox Japanese / JRPG games for 2024 and beyond

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For many years, Xbox consoles severely lacked JRPGs and Japanese-style games that enjoyed critical praise and commercial success on its competitors like the PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. Fortunately, that has changed in recent times as Microsoft has labored day and night to bring more of these beloved titles to Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

Thanks to Microsoft's efforts, Xbox gamers can now play and enjoy titles from iconic Japanese franchises such as Dragon Quest, Like a Dragon, Persona, and even Final Fantasy. We've even had unexpected yet welcome additions like Octopath Traveller and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, all of which can be downloaded and played for free through Xbox Game Pass.

However, this is only the beginning. As the years go by, there will be many more of these kinds of games coming to Xbox consoles in the future. So we have created a list of upcoming JRPGs and Japanese-style games coming soon to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. With this list, you will be able to keep track of your most anticipated upcoming Xbox games and grab the next potentially best Xbox JRPGs for your collection.

New releases

Octopath Traveler 2 (June 6, 2024)

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Octopath Traveler 2, the second major entry in Square Enix's Octopath Traveler series, has finally made the jump from Nintendo Switch to Xbox consoles in a stealth release. Play as eight protagonists, each with unique and captivating stories, where they fight against villainy and tragedy in order to achieve their goals.

Octopath Traveler 2

Octopath Traveler 2

Explore the wonderous world of Solistia, take in beautifully detailed HD-2D pixel art graphics, witness the complex stories of eight compelling heroes unfold, and battle challenging bosses in engaging turn-based in Octopath Traveler 2.

Buy at: Xbox

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (June 16, 2024)

The fifth installment of Atlus' flagship Shin Megami Tensei franchise, shall soon be renewed for next-gen consoles with Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance. Become the Nahobino demigod and traverse a world filled with demons and angels to find your way home or reshape the world in your image.

This game will contain all the content from the base version of Shin Megami Tensei V along with several balance changes, presentation improvements, quality-of-life features, new areas to explore, a new storyline to follow, and more demons to fight and recruit.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

Become the otherworldy Nahobino, explore a dark world filled with mythological demons, and engage in turn-based combat with mighty foes who yearn for your destruction in Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance.

Buy at: Amazon | Xbox | Best Buy | Walmart

Release dates confirmed

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess (July 19, 2024)

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess is a new action game created and published by Capcom. In this traditional ancient Japanese setting, you play as Soh, a warrior charged with protecting the Stone Spirit Maiden while she performs magic rituals to help cleanse the land of demonic influence.

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess

Escort Yoshiro the mountain maiden through corrupted lands and help her purify them while fending off hordes of demonic Seethe in the visually stunning, action-strategy game, Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess.

Pre-order at: Xbox

Visions of Mana (August 29, 2024)

The Legend of Mana series is making a comeback to the JRPG scene in 2024 with its first new entry in 15 years, Visions of Mana. In this adventure, you play as Val, a young man who has been chosen by the Faerie to travel to the mystical Tree of Mana and help rejuvenate its life-giving mana to the world.

Visions of Mana

Visions of Mana

Embark on a grand adventure to keep the flow of mana alive and enrich the world in Visions of Mana. Immerse yourself in a heartwarming story, meet a cast of complex and interesting characters, and combat intimidating foes using an exciting, real-time battle system. 

Pre-order at: Amazon | Best Buy | Walmart

Demonschool (September 13, 2024)

Demonschool is an indie strategy-RPG inspired by early Persona games like Persona 1 and 2. You play as Faye, a young university student who belongs to an ancient bloodline of demon hunters. Working alongside your misfit classmates, you will defend the world from demons from the underworld who want to destroy humanity.

Metaphor: ReFantazio (October 11, 2024)

Metaphor: ReFantazio is a brand new JRPG from Atlus and it is their first-ever take on the fantasy genre instead of urban fantasy settings like Shin Megami Tensei or Persona. This game will have you control a band of warriors traveling the world to slay terrifying monsters terrorizing the land and help a disgraced prince reclaim his place as the next ruler of the United Kingdom of Euchronia.

Metaphor: ReFantazio

Metaphor: ReFantazio

Take part in a grand contest of champions and fight terrifying foes to help your childhood friend reclaim the throne in Metaphor: ReFantazio, the next big JRPG from the creators of the Persona series.

Pre-order at: Amazon | Best Buy | Walmart

Metaphor: ReFantazio Collector's Edition

Metaphor: ReFantazio Collector's Edition

Conquer your fears and take back the throne before vile villains can claim it in Metaphor: ReFantzio. The Collector's Edition contains the base game and various memorabilia to mark ATLUS's 35th anniversary.

Pre-order at: Best Buy | Walmart

To be confirmed

Blue Protocol (2024)

Blue Protocol is an upcoming free-to-play MMORPG where players take on the role of adventurers in the fantastical land of Regnas. They will embark on epic quests, explore breathtaking locales, battle gigantic beasts, and become tangled in an intriguing plot where they must discover the secret of their mysterious origin.

Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars (2024)

Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars is a remastered collection featuring two games from Konami’s Suikoden series, Suikoden 1 and Suikoden 2. These games were notable for allowing the player to recruit dozens of memorable party members and featuring complex stories that dealt with the horrors of war and political intrigue.

In addition to remastered graphics and sound effects, this HD collection will include quality-of-improvements that will enrich the gameplay experience, such as auto-saving, the option to fast-forward during battle, and a conversation log to keep track of the story.

Lost Hellden (2025)

Lost Hellden is a new upcoming JRPG being made by the developers of Astria Ascending, Final Fantasy XII, and Gravity Rush. Set in the beautifully hand-painted world of Era, you play as Cyphel, a warrior who is on a mission to retrieve his brother Leht who ran away from home. 

To accomplish your goal, you will need to explore every corner of Era for clues of Leht's whereabouts, gather allies to aid you in your quest, and train your skills to defeat monstrous demons created by the Seven Deadly Sins that roam the land.

Which games are you looking forward to?

As you have just read, there are a ton of new and classic J-styled games to look forward to in the future, some of which may end up becoming one of the best games the Xbox has to offer. In the meantime, there is already an abundance of games for you to play while you wait. For example, Tales of Arise, a next-gen entry in the Tales Of series that features gorgeous visuals, an expansive world to explore, and an engaging combat system that makes you feel like an anime superhero.

There is also Yakuza: Like a Dragon, a bold entry in the Like A Dragon series that switches the franchise’s signature gameplay genre from an action-adventure beat’em up to a turn-based JRPG. It is an exceptional game with an endearing story, a cast of likable characters, and an addictive combat system, and is jam-packed with enough side content to keep you busy for weeks.

If you feel like any other games deserve a spotlight on this list, be sure to mention them on @WinC_Gaming at X/Twitter and we'll add them to the list.

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Alexander Cope

Alexander Cope is a gaming veteran of 30-plus years, primarily covering PC and Xbox games here on Windows Central. Gaming since the 8-bit era, Alexander's expertise revolves around gaming guides and news, with a particular focus on Japanese titles from the likes of Elden Ring to Final Fantasy. Alexander is always on deck to help our readers conquer the industry's most difficult games — when he can pry himself away from Monster Hunter that is! 

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