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Final Fantasy XVI Producer Yoshi-P Isn’t A Fan Of The Term ‘JRPG’

Naoki Yoshida, the producer on the hugely anticipated Final Fantasy XVI on PS5, has made it clear he’s not really a fan of the term JRPG, a term used to describe role-playing games made in Japan. JPRG is often used when talking about the Final Fantasy series.

However, speaking with Skill-Up recently, Yoshida-san, affectionately known as Yoshi-P among fans, appeared visibly uncomfortable when the term was brought up in the interview. Localisation director Koji Fox commented:

One thing [Yoshida] wants to get across is that when we create games, we don’t go into them thinking we are creating JRPGs, we are just creating RPGs. The term JRPG is used by western media rather than users and media in Japan.

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Fox then went on to translate a response from Yoshida-san himself, who had the following to say:

This is going to depend on who you ask but there was a time when this term first appeared 15 years ago, and for us as developers the first time we heard it, it was like a discriminatory term. As though we were being made fun of for creating these games, and so for some developers the term JRPG can be something that will maybe trigger bad feelings because of what it was in the past.

It wasn’t a compliment to a lot of developers in Japan. We understand that recently, JRPG has better connotations and it’s being used as a positive but we still remember the time when it was used as a negative.

Speaking in a separate interview this week, Yoshi-P also revealed that a group of SIE engineers are helping with optimisation for Final Fantasy XVI, and that he’s confident the game’s release date will not be delayed.

Final Fantasy XVI is scheduled for release on PS5 on June 22, 2023.

[Source – Skill-Up]