By Matt Cook
Tokyo Game Show is set to start at the end of this month. While it is normally held in person, the recently released schedule for the popular gaming event shows it will be online-only for the second year in a row due to the pandemic. The schedule, which runs from September 30 to October 3, lists all the attendees and when each one will be hosting their virtual presentation. With the release of the schedule, there is one notable piece of information from the Sega/Atlus presentation. On the English version of the TGS schedule page, the description for Sega/Atlus only says “Coming soon,” while the Japanese version has quite a bit more information. A quick Google Translate of the page shows that Sega will be announcing a new RPG at the event. Check out this screenshot of the Google translated page below.
Now, whether this information is supposed to be on the website or not is up for debate. It’s not unusual for the TGS pages to not translate all of the information from Japanese to English, but this is quite a juicy piece of information to not bother translating.
So now that we know Sega will be announcing a new RPG at TGS, the tantalizing question is, what could the mystery game be? Here are a few of the most likely contenders:
Valkyria Chronicles is one of Sega’s most popular RPG franchises and one of the most likely candidates for a new game. The latest release, Valkyria Chronicles 4, came out all the way back in March 2018. We also know that development for Valkyria Chronicles 4 started at the end of 2015, which means the development window was around two and a half years. Three and a half years on from the release of Valkyria Chronicles 4, I’d say the time is ripe for a next-gen installment of the tactical RPG.
The Shining series isn’t one of Sega’s most popular franchises outside of Japan, but after all, we are talking about the Tokyo Game Show. It would be the perfect event to announce a new entry in the Shining franchise. Not only is it TGS, but 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of Sega’s Shining series of JRPG games. For the uninitiated, the Shining games are most comparable to Bandai-Namco’s Tales series which have been gaining popularity outside of Japan in recent years. Traditionally, the Shining games have mostly been Japan-only releases. However, the most recent game, Shining Resonance Refrain, was released worldwide in 2018. With the popularity of the Tales series outside of Japan and this being the 30th anniversary of the franchise, perhaps Sega will want to make a big push with a new Shining game that releases worldwide.
The Yakuza franchise is one of Sega’s most popular franchises around the world. The games have been popular both in and outside of Japan for years, with the latest releases gaining more attention worldwide with each release. The next Yakuza game, Lost Judgement, releases worldwide later this month, but as a spin-off game, there’s still a chance that a mainline Yakuza game could be announced at TGS. Stranger things have happened.
What RPG do you think Sega is most likely to announce at TGS? Let us know in the comments below.