How Final Fantasy’s creator just reinvented JRPG battles

Despite recent high profile successes like Dragon Quest XI and Octopath Traveler, there’s still a prevalent orthodoxy that turn-based JRPGs can’t compete in the landscape of blockbuster games. Instead, the genre is increasingly relegated to gacha and re-releases with the occasional mid-budget effort from Square Enix (or VERY occasional Persona or Dragon Quest). But as sales continue to reveal…