7 games releasing in Japan in 2021 that we hope to see in the West in 2022

The release dates between Japan and Western countries are getting slimmer. Most fans might have to wait a year, but many are releasing worldwide. Some are also a few months apart. Release dates are better than before.

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Two of the most infamous franchises include dragon quest and Final Fantasy. dragon quest was released in 1986 in Japan and 1989 in North America. Final Fantasy was released in Japan in 1987 and in North America in 1990. Three years for a game? It’s hard to imagine waiting that long these days, but it could still happen. Here’s hoping these seven games release in 2022 and won’t keep PS4, PS5, and Switch fans waiting much longer.

seven Lord Maglam


Fight enemies in Maglam Lord

Lord Maglam is an upcoming action RPG from Felistella. This company may not seem like a household name in the West, as it’s handled a lot of more obscure RPGs and more ports. They are bigger in Japan. Lord Maglam seems to be one of their biggest projects though. Players can create their own Demon Lord, male or female, who tries to unleash their true potential. Make comrades, build weapons, explore dungeons and fight countless hordes of monsters in the name of becoming number one. The game was released in Japan last March and will be released for PS4 and Switch on February 4 in North America.

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6 The wicked king and the noble hero


Fighting enemies in The Wicked King and the Noble Hero

The wicked king and the noble hero is another RPG, but this one is turn-based. It also feels like a lighter adventure thanks to the aesthetic and the premise. The game feels like a storybook as it is about a young girl trying to become a hero. She is a novice, but she tries her best to save the world.

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Fortunately, she has a dragon partner to protect her when the going gets tough with other allies she can recruit along the way. The game was released in Japan last June and will be released for PS4 and Switch on March 1 in North America.


5 Rune Factory 5


Explore the world in Rune Factory 5

It’s been a long time since the last rune factory came out of. Rune Factory 4 was a 3DS release in 2013 in North America. There was a remaster for that but Rune Factory 5 is the first all-new addition to the series in nearly a decade for the West. It was supposed to be released in 2020 but was delayed. It was finally released in Japan last May, however, and will launch for the Switch on March 22 in North America. The series combines action RPGs with dungeon crawling and farming mechanics. Unlike other combos of this nature, the RPG gameplay seemingly comes first. It’s a good game to bridge the gap of this new sim-like experience.


4 Pencil Shin-chan: Ora To Hakase No Natsuyasumi – Owaranai Nanokakan No Tabi


Exploring the world in Crayon Shin-chan: Ora To Hakase No Natsuyasumi

Pencil Shin-chan, as a property, has been around since 1990. The manga is still going strong in Japan and there are also anime specials, movies, and games. The first game to be released in the West was in 2020, Crayon Shin-chan: The storm called! Flaming Kasukabe Runner. It was a runner game combined with a brawler. This means that this last adventure, Pencil Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi – Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi, which is a mouthful of a name, may be released in the West. There’s no date or announcement yet, but hopefully this Switch-exclusive open-world life sim can get a full translation.


3 The Legend of Heroes: Kuro No Kiseki


Explore the world in The Legend of Heroes: Kuro No Kiseki

The legend of heroes had a complicated history in the West. Its releases are still far behind those of Japan, but they are improving. Slowly but surely the West will be caught up. There have been no announcements yet for The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki release in the West despite other games in the franchise getting release windows like Trails to Azure. This won’t launch until 2023. Kuro no Kiseki What’s special is that it’s the first mainline game in the series to feature action combat as an option to the traditional turn-based gameplay. It was released last September as a PS4 exclusive.


2 Utawarerumono: Zan 2


Fighting enemies in Utawarerumono: Zan

Utawarerumono: Zan 2 is another action-RPG with no release date in the West. This could be worrying for some. However, the first game was launched in the West. So, there are hopes that this sequel will be too. It was in 2019. Utawarerumono: Zan 2 was released last July on PS4 and PS5.

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It appears to be a direct sequel to the original. There’s still time to catch up for those interested in this high-fantasy animated take on ancient Japan. It’s worth noting that the reviews weren’t great, but there’s always hope that the sequel will do better.


1 Megaton Musashi


Mechs of Megaton Musashi

Megaton Musashi is the latest Level-5 game. It should be a household name by now as they were working on Ni no Kuni, Yo-kai Watch, and even helped with several dragon quest Games. They’re RPG stars, and this new venture is all about mechs. Who doesn’t want a good robot game with customizable parts and action gameplay? Their exit record in the West has been uneven. There are still a lot of Yo-kai Watch games, from mainline titles to spinoffs, that are still trapped in Japan. Crossed fingers. Megaton Musashi was released in Japan last November on PS4 and Switch.

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