Do you think Square Enix has got a hankering for strategy RPGs lately? What with Triangle Strategy being a roaring success, and the recently-announced The DioField Chronicle, the company seem to be storming the castle on the genre.
Look, if you're into strategy RPGs, it's likely that - outside of the Fire Emblem series - that you love Final Fantasy Tactics. And yes, we too want to see that on the Switch. But if you're a fan of Yasumi Matsuno, then you've probably heard of and played at least one game in the Ogre Battle series, so we might have something for you still.
With multiple entries on Nintendo systems, starting with Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen on the SNES in 1993, and followed up by perhaps the most famous entry in the series - Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together - just two years later, the series hasn't seen a new entry since 2001. And we've only had a remake of Let Us Cling Together on the PSP back in 2010 since then.
But there's a spark of hope here, maybe. On 31st March, Square Enix (who own the rights to the Ogre Battle series) filed a trademark for Tactics Ogre: Reborn. This was spotted today by Renka_schedule on Twitter:
What could this mean? There's no title in the series with this name, and this has never been trademarked before. Is a collection incoming? Or is a port of one of the games on the way? Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber would fit nicely on the Switch Online Expansion Pass, and Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis looks a little tired after being the last new release back on GBA. We're trying to stay calm, we promise.
Of course, this could mean absolutely nothing, but with a brand new name being filed away, we think something is going on. SRPGs lovers adore these Yasumi Matsuno-directed titles for their tactical combat, impressive visuals, class system, and deeply political stories, so it'd be great to see them get a wider release.
Have you played any of the Ogre Battle games? Which ones would you like to see get a rerelease? Let us know in the comments.