3. Triangle Strategy – March 4
Triangle Strategy is the spiritual successor to Octopath Traveler, which is one of the Switch’s finest exclusives. Octopath Traveler was created as an homage/ evolution of Square-Enix’s SaGa series. In the same way, Triangle Strategy appears to be an homage/ evolution of Final Fantasy Tactics. Series producer Tomoya Asano said that the initial drive behind Triangle Strategy was to make a JRPG with a focus on mature storytelling. Strategy JRPG fans are chomping at the bit to get their hands on an “HD-2D” title. There is a demo available, so if you’re not typically a strategy JRPG fan, you can give it a try.
2. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin – March 18
Square-Enix can be a bit of an odd duck when it comes to game development choices. They teased fans for decades about remaking Final Fantasy VII, then released it as a multi-part action RPG. Then, out of nowhere, at E3 2021, they announced the original Final Fantasy would be getting a similar treatment. Square-Enix also announced that the Developer would be Team Ninja. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin probably shouldn’t exist, but it’s coming. The pedigree of the team behind it is astounding. There are a lot of Final Fantasy fans out there, and soon they will have a new title to play and endlessly debate.
1. Gran Turismo 7 – March 4
Final Fantasy VII was the second best-selling title for the original PlayStation. The best-selling title was Gran Turismo. We at COGconnected predict that history will repeat itself, and Gran Turismo 7 will be the biggest video game arriving in March 2022. It’s been 9 years since the release of Gran Turismo 6. There have been a lot of major racing simulator games in that time, but Polyphony Digital has made it clear that they’re ready for Gran Turismo to re-claim its throne. The single player GT Simulation mode is back for the first time since Gran Turismo 4. Series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has said the focus of Gran Turismo 7 is to fine tune the classic GT experience.
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