All JRPGs Releasing in 2021

It’s time to put a very strange year behind us, and prepare for new and exciting upcoming JRPGs releasing in 2021!

I maintain this list of JRPG release dates on a daily basis, making it the most accurate 2021 release calendar for upcoming JRPGs on the web. These dates concern North American releases only.

Previous JRPG Release Calendars:

Update: Look forward to the year ahead with the 2022 JRPG release calendar.

Most Anticipated JRPG Releases in 2021

The biggest question mark for 2021 is whether or not Final Fantasy XVI will make the cut. While Square Enix has become notorious for long development cycles, recent reports claim FFXVI is coming sooner than people think.

Even if it doesn’t, there’s plenty of other upcoming JRPGs to be excited for in 2021.

The long awaited Shin Megami Tensei V is confirmed to launch worldwide in 2021. The same goes for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, Rune Factory 5, Monster Hunter Rise, and NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

And meanwhile, we can all hold out hope for possible 2021 release dates for JRPGs like Elden Ring, Tales of Arise, Bravely Default II, and much more.

Let’s take a look at the JRPG releases for 2021:

January

Atelier Ryza 2 JRPG release dates 2021

Last year’s popular installment of the Atelier franchise has resulted in a sequel, Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy releasing January 26th, 2021.

Stay tuned as we await more confirmations for JRPGs releasing this month.

GamePlatformRelease Date
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the FallenPC22-January
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret FairyPS4, PS5, Switch, PC, 26-January
Dragon Quest TactiOS, Android27-January
Labyrinth LegendSwitch28-January
Marchen Forest: Mylne and the Forest GiftPS4, Switch, PC28-January
The Yakuza Remastered CollectionXbox Game Pass, PC28-January

February

ys ix monstrum nox jrpg release date 2021

While it released last year in Japan, the West is finally getting the next Ys in early February 2021!

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox releases February 2nd, 2021 for the PS4, Switch, and PC.

GamePlatformRelease Date
Ys Ix: Monstrom Nox - Pact EditionPS4, PC, Switch
2-February
The Nioh CollectionPS55-February
Nioh 2 – The Complete EditionPS4, PC5-February
Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac AgeXbox Game Pass11-February
Azur Lane: CrosswaveSwitch16-February
Fallen Legion Revenants - Vanguard EditionPS4, Switch16- February
Persona 5 StrikersPS4, PC, Switch23-February
BRAVELY DEFAULT IISwitch26-February

March

yakuza like a dragon ps5 release date 2021

The PS5 version of Yakuza: Like a Dragon is confirmed for March 2021.

A new Monster Hunter game also releases as a Switch exclusive in March.

GamePlatformRelease Date
Harvest Moon: One World Standard EditionSwitch2-March
Neptunia Virtual StarsPS42-March
Yakuza: Like a DragonPS5
2-March
Saviors of Sapphire Wings/ Stranger of Sword City RevisitedPC, Switch16-March
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive TownSwitch23-March
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered iOS, Android24-March
Yakuza 6: The Song of LifeXbox Game Pass, PC25-March
Monster Hunter RiseSwitch
26-March
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 RemixPC (Epic Store)30-March
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter ProloguePC (Epic Store)30-March
Kingdom Hearts III + Re MindPC (Epic Store)30-March
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of MemoryPC (Epic Store)30-March

April

nier replicant 2021 jrpg release date

The remaster of Nier, originally released on the PS3, is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 2nd, 2021.

This version will feature the younger male protagonist that Japanese players are familiar with, instead of the older father figure of the original North American release.

We’ll have to wait for updates to fill out April and the rest of 2021 with upcoming JRPGs, so check back!

GamePlatformRelease Date
FantasianiOS, Android2-April
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - Frontline EditionSwitch, PC9-April
Disgaea RPGiOS, Android13-April
Poison ControlPS4, Switch13-April
SaGa Frontier RemasteredPS4, PC, Switch, iOS, Android15-April
Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe PackPS4, Switch, PC22-April
Nier Replicant Ver.1.22474487139...PS4, PC, Xbox One
23-April
Death end re;QuestSwitch27-April

May

Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster releases May 25th, 2021 on PS4, Switch, and PC (via Steam).

This JRPG from the PS2 era has a lot in store for first timers. The soundtrack goes hard let me tell you!

GamePlatformRelease Date
Dragon Quest Builders 2Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass4-May
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD RemasterXbox Game Pass13-May
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD RemasterPS4, Switch, PC25-May

June

Legend of Mana is getting a remaster that will release June 24th, 2021 for Switch, PS4, and PC.

The game was originally on the PSX and released in 1999.

GamePlatformRelease Date
Edge of EternityPC, PS4, Xbox One8-June
Neptunia ReversePS58-June
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADEPS510-June
Legend of Mana RemasteredSwitch, PS424-June
ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the KnightsPC, Switch22-June
SCARLET NEXUSPS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC25-June
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny: Unrelenting EditionSwitch29-June

July

neo the world ends with you release date 2021

The next TWEWY game will release on PS4 and Switch on July 27th, 2021.

GamePlatformRelease Date
Shadowverse: Champion’s BattleSwitch1-July
Atelier Online: Alchemist of BressisleiOS, Android8-July
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of RuinPC, Switch9-July
Tales of CrestoriaiOS, Android15-July
Trials of ManaiOS, Android15-July
NEO: The World Ends with YouPS4, Switch27-July
Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters (I, II, and III)PC, iOS, Android28-July
NieR Re[in]carnationiOS, Android28-July

August

dragon star varnir jrpg release date

Dragon Star Varnir comes to the Switch on August 3rd, 2021.

Other than that, the summer looks to slow down for new JRPG releases.

GamePlatformRelease Date
Dragon Star VarnirSwitch3-August
Fantasian Part 2iOS, Android13-August
Labyrinth of Touhou: Gensokyo and the Heaven-Piercing Great TreePC23-August
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 1Switch, PC31-August

September

Tales of Arise releases worldwide September 10th, 2021 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam!

Tales of Arise features an exciting new redesign compared to past entries in the series.

GamePlatformRelease Date
Bravely Default IIPC2-September
Tales of ArisePS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One, PC10-September
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom - Prince's EditionSwitch17-September
Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy LegendiOS, Android22-September
Astria AscendingPS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch, PC, Game Pass30-September
Mary Skelter FinalePS4, Switch30-September

October

the caligula effect 2 release date 2021

The Caligula Effect 2 comes to PS4 and Switch on October 19th, 2021.

SquareEnix announced at TGS 2021 that RPG Dungeon Crawlers will release in October as well.

GamePlatformRelease Date
RPG Dungeon EncountersPS4, Switch, PC15-October
The Caligula Effect 2PS4, Switch19-October
Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy LegendPC21-October
Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi SwitchPS4, PS5, Xbox One, Switch, PC28-October
Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon RoarsPC28-October

November

Shin Megami Tensei V releases November 12, 2021 for the Nintendo Switch.

With new Pokemon installments and an expansion for FFXIV also releasing in November, this is a pretty major month for JRPGs in 2021.

GamePlatformRelease Date
Blue Reflection: Second LightPS4, Switch, PC9-November
Shin Megami Tensei V: Steelbook Launch EditionSwitch12-November
Pokemon Brilliant DiamondSwitch19-November
Pokemon Shining PearlSwitch19-November
Final Fantasy XIV: EndwalkerPS5, PS4, PC23-November

December

Danganronpa Decadence releases December 3rd, 2021 for the Nintendo Switch.

Check back to see what other JRPGs might release before the end of the year.

GamePlatformRelease Date
Danganronpa DecadenceNintendo Switch3-December

To be Confirmed

tales of arise 2021 jrpg release date

I’ll keep a close eye on what JRPGs are confirmed for a 2021 release, but as the year comes to a close, be sure to keep an eye on JRPGs releasing in 2022.

You can keep track of any JRPGs that are still yet to be confirmed for 2021 in the table below:

GamePlatformRelease Date
Digimon SurvivePC, PS4, Xbox One, SwitchTBA
Utawarerumono: ZAN 2PS4, PS5TBA

As always, be sure to check out the Icicle Disaster JRPG Podcast. The audio show covers playthroughs of JRPGs from any era and takes your recommendations on what to play next!

Thanks to everyone who uses my JRPG release calendars. I am glad they are useful!

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