Square Enix confirmed they plan to release more HD-2D RPG Remake titles like Actraiser Renaissance and Live A Live in the future.
Lately, fans of the classic JRPG series from Square Enix are getting quite a treat as the publisher of these iconic JRPG titles has brought back classic games in multiple formats. different, and also released new 2D pixel RPGs like Octopath Traveler. Regarding the plans ahead, Square Enix has shown that they have no plans to stop releasing such titles. Games like the HD Remaster version for Chrono Cross, the HD Remake version of Live A Live, and Triangle Strategy have all kept the gaming community looking forward, but Square Enix’s plans don’t just end there.
Square Enix recently opened a podcast with the producers behind its biggest classic JRPG projects, including Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default’s Tomoya Asano, Live A Live’s Takashi Tokita, and Triangle Strategy’s Yauaki Arai. The SQEX Asano Development Teams Radio podcast isn’t meant to announce or reveal a new game, but the trio of developers haven’t been able to keep things private. During the conversation, they “accidentally” admitted that Square Enix plans to continue working on many new HD-2D titles and remakes in the future.
Asano said that the plan to focus on new HD-2D titles and remakes came directly from Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda himself with a list of potential candidates. Asano describes that they have filtered out games that are sure to be less attractive like Mahjong and focused more on Super Famicom (SNES) titles. The first two games on the list decided to develop Live A Live are Actraiser. Live A Live Remake was only recently announced, while Actraiser Renaissance is already out in September 2021.
The list of course still has a lot of other titles, Live A Live and Actraiser Renaissance are just the first two that have been approved. Further titles to Square Enix’s HD-2D plan are still under review. Even so, the suggestion of other JRPG SNES titles potentially being remade has certainly attracted the interest of both Square Enix game fans and JRPG-loving gamers. Secret of Evermore, Illusion of Gaia, Front Mission, Romancing SaGa and Chrono Trigger are just a few of them.
A bigger question than “what game will be remade next?” is “how will that game be remade?”. Actraiser Renaissance has completely redesigned the graphics of the original game, while meaningfully upgrading and expanding the game. Live A Live is keeping a substantial amount of the original game’s visuals, but overhauling it with exciting new effects and animation styles. Meanwhile, Chrono Cross is a very accurate remaster of the original game. Square Enix’s choice of the next game will determine the quality of the experience it offers gamers, and this is very interesting indeed.
It is important that Square Enix is willing to bring back its classic games, which so many gamers have come to expect because there are so many great games from both Square and Enix’s past that young gamers have never seen before. enjoy over. Of course, those games are also fond memories for older JRPG fans, and they’ll be delighted to play these games again. We’ll be hearing more about Square Enix’s JRPG remake plans in the coming years.
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