Tokyo Game Show 2021 has come to an end for the year. The annual celebration of gaming from the other side of the planet has shown off some of the best in gaming news and announcements, and we’ve been glued to livestreams throughout.
You might already have seen part one of our TGS 2021 roundup (if not, go and check it out – we’ll wait). Now it’s time to check back in with the latter half of the show and give you all the details of all the big announcements you might’ve missed.
Forspoken Gameplay Details Announced
We got to see more of Forspoken after its announcement a few weeks ago, this time showing off a little more of how the game will actually play. After falling through a magical portal, the main character Frey finds herself in the world of Athia, where she begins to embrace magic to survive. The game’s traversal received the most attention; called “Magic Parkour”, it lets you embrace the joy of movement using Frey’s magical abilities. Forspoken will be coming to PC and PlayStation 5 in Spring 2022.
20 Minutes of Shin Megami Tensei V Gameplay
Speaking of gameplay, we saw much, much more of Shin Megami Tensei V at TGS 2021. One of the highlights involved a lengthy fight against a boss in the shape of a red ogre. This meant we got a great look at the game’s combat, but that’s not all as we saw more of how demons can be approached via conversation in order to head off a fight. Shin Megami Tensi V will release in the west on 12th November 2021.
New Triangle Strategy Trailer
Whilst Triangle Strategy may struggle in the name department, this Final Fantasy Tactics-a-like looks to be a dream come true for many who miss that era of Square Enix. This trailer focused on the game’s story, delving into the backstory of the world and the warring factions featured in the game. You’ll be able to get your hands on Triangle Strategy on 4th March, 2022.
Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream Announced
This sequel to the 2015 JRPG will see Sophie and her book of alchemic recipes Plachta return for a new adventure. This time they’re off to a brand new land called Erde Weige, where they meet an alchemist who’s also called Plachta. By forming a party of up to six members, fighting in turn-based combat and using alchemical synthesis powers, Sophie will be able to explore this new world and find out what’s going on with Plachta. Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream will be coming to PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch on 25th February, 2022.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Altered after Player Feedback
We’ve already spoken a little about the release date for this Final Fantasy spinoff over on part one of our TGS 2021 roundup, but Square Enix also shared a little about how player feedback has impacted development. The first demo for the game received some complaints about being too dark and highlighted issues with NPCs. Now the game’s graphics and lighting have been changed to be more visible, and a brand new Resonance feature has been added to make NPCs more useful. You can check out these new features in the demo currently available until 11th October 2021.
Dragon Quest X Offline Announced
The tenth entry in the long running JRPG series was previously only available as an MMO, but now a new offline single-player version is incoming for PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Nintendo Switch. It’ll be available on the 22nd February 2022, but as of yet there’s no details of a potential translation and release outside of Japan. Following the worldwide success of Dragon Quest XI, we’d be surprised if something wasn’t forthcoming.
Genshin Impact Version 2.2 Incoming
Genshin Impact also received a spotlight during TGS 2021, with Version 2.2 being announced. This update is titled Into the Perilous Labyrinth of Fog and features Tsurumi Island, the last of the six islands of Inazuma as well as a new character named Thoma and new mini-games and challenges to take part in. In addition, Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn will be available for free on all platforms. Version 2.2 of Genshin Impact will be hitting the game on13th October 2021.
That’s it for Tokyo Game Show 2021. We’ve seen an absolute onslaught of announcements and gaming news leaving us looking forward to the next few months, it’s going to be a great 2021/2022 for Japanese games. What’s your favourite announcement from TGS 2021? Head over to our forum and have your say.