Siliconera has an article today about a new feature in Sega’s RPG, Shining Ark: casual mode. We’ve already seen this implemented in the recently released, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Atlus’ upcoming title, Shin Megami Tensei IV, introduces a system that allows you to revive your party.
There was a lot of debate among purists before Fire Emblem: Awakening was released about how this mode might water down the gameplay. However, it turned out that that was hardly the case and as always, casual mode is an entirely optional feature. It’s fair to say that going forward more RPGs will include this mode (or some iteration of it) to attract more people. I’m all for it if it means that the genre can experience a renaissance of sorts.