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Turn-based RPGs have become less common in recent years. While major series like Final Fantasy once used turn-based combat and developed variations like the ATB system, they’ve since moved more toward action. The Final Fantasy VII remake is a perfect example, as its combat system was changed because its developers didn’t feel turn-based battles would work with modern graphics. Sometimes people claim turn-based combat is outdated and has no place in new games, which is unfair to players who genuinely enjoy the combat style.

Recent games like Bravely Default, Trails of Cold Steel, and Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna feature turn-based combat, but they don’t carry the same weight behind them. The battle system is seen less and less in big-name RPGs.



Persona 5, however, might change all that.

Like previous games in the popular series from Atlus, Persona 5 will have a turn-based combat system. New features have been added, although the developers haven’t revealed many details, which should make it a fresh take on the genre. At its core, it’s still the turn-based combat fans know and love. Its graphics are beautiful and stylish, giving it a unique look without being a throwback to older RPGs.

It’s also one of the most-anticipated games of the year. Persona fans anxiously await new information about it and many people have named it both a reason to buy a PS4 and one of the games they’re looking forward to the most.

That’s important, especially because of the combat system. Some developers and consumers believe big games need to switch to action combat in order to sell. The success of a turn-based RPG like Persona 5—as well as Dragon Quest XI, another major turn-based RPG currently in development—may prove turn-based combat is still viable in today’s market after all.

Persona 5 is planned for the PS3 and PS4. It should be released by summer 2016 in Japan, with a localized release to follow later in the year. Persona is a spin-off of the Shin Megami Tensei series, which has also remained turn-based for its mainline entries, although the most recent games have been for handheld systems rather than consoles.

Are you looking forward to Persona 5? How do you feel about turn-based RPGs? Let us know in the comments.

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