Long-rumored remake finally announced
Square Enix has finally decided the time is right to officially lift the lid on one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets — the iconic developer has announced that Tactics Ogre: Reborn will launch on PlayStation, PC, and Nintendo Switch platforms on November 11.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a fresh remake of 2010 PSP release Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Further confuddling matters, the 2010 release was, in itself, a remake of the 1995 Super Famicom edition of Let Us Cling Together — a title which would receive both PlayStation and Sega Saturn ports in the mid-’90s, but never venture outside of Japanese shores in any official capacity.
Square Enix has revealed some of the exciting new features that are coming to Tactics Ogre: Reborn, bringing its fantasy worlds and strategic gameplay to a whole new audience of players. The beautifully detailed backgrounds and splash art have been fully recreated in high-definition, while the classic pixel appearance of the in-game characters has been tweaked to be crisper than ever before, while still retaining their delightful retro appeal. In addition, the U.I. has been streamlined and tweaked, offering a tidier menu system and optimized controls for new players.
All sound effects have been remastered to the highest fidelity, and all dialogue is now fully voiced, with Tactics Ogre: Reborn offering both Japanese and English voice tracks. Hitoshi Sakimoto’s lavish soundtrack has been fully rerecorded with a live orchestra, bringing the score to life like never before. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the fans will be very pleased to hear that Sakimoto has penned several new pieces, especially for this new release.
Under the hood, a plethora of tweaks has been made to Tactics Ogre‘s strategic gameplay. A newly-designed A.I. unit hopes to offer smarter and more adaptive enemies, while the class-wide leveling system has been replaced with a new unit-specific leveling system, offering more fine-tuning opportunities for individual units. This way, players can be a little more scalpel-precise when it comes to putting together their offensive forces.
As is the case for so many modern remakes, Tactics Ogre: Reborn will feature several “quality of life” features, such as battle speed selection, quick save/load, and tips and tutorials to help brand new players get to grips with the RPG’s mechanics and battle system in double-quick time. Square Enix hopes that this ground-up overhaul of both the audio/visual and mechanical content will optimize Tactics Ogre for modern players, while retaining the charm, drama, and engaging action recognized by long-time fans.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn launches November 11 on PlayStation, PC (via Steam), and Nintendo Switch. It will receive a physical release on PS4, PS5, and Switch. A Digital Premium Edition, which includes a digital soundtrack, will be available on PlayStation and PC. Pre-orders for this edition will also include a bonus soundtrack featuring the original Super Famicom release.
For more details, screens, and pre-order information, visit the official Square Enix website.