Edge writes: "This is part three of our genre-oriented look at the games market in the near future. For our reasoning and methodology behind this series, please check out our first entry on shooters. Part two on action adventures is also available. Today we're looking at RPGs-an increasingly difficult category to find the borders for, as many, many sorts of games now integrate the genre's addictive stat-building and inventory mechanics. Much like shooters, it's probably most appropriate to take a "we know them when we see them" approach to defining the field.
Long the bastion of consoles in the west, Japanese RPGs have not had a particularly strong showing this generation-look at any given system, and you'll be able to count the entire library on one hand. The genre is set to heat up in the next few months however, thanks primarily to a resurgence from market leader Square-Enix."