If many know the JRPG genre for any series in particular, it is undoubtedly because of the flagship saga of Square Enix, Final Fantasy. Since its inception, the series name has been associated with the JRPG genre, and yet the producer of final fantasy 16, Naoki Yoshida, does not want the game to be associated with that particular term.
In a recent interview with Australian YouTuber Skill Up, Yoshida was asked a question about JRPGs, and was surprised by the reaction of director and translation lead Koji Fox, who helped translate. The developers stated that the team does not set out to make JRPGs, but simply games in the RPG genre. They also went on to say that many Japanese developers find the term discriminatory.
“This is going to depend on who you ask. But there was a time when this term first appeared 15 years ago, and for us as developers when we first heard it, it was like a discriminatory term.”
Yoshida and Fox’s comments have sparked much discussion on social media from fans about the origins of the term JRPG, and how previous members of the gaming media used it to put aside games developed in Japan. There was a point in the last 15 years when there was a huge backlash against Japanese games in the West, and it’s easy to see how some developers might not be fond of the “JRPG” classification as a result.
final fantasy 16 It will be out on June 22 if all goes to plan. Recently, it was announced that the game will have a demo several weeks before launch.