Update: Square Enix has shared some more details about the upcoming Tactics Ogre: Reborn on an official blog post.
The developer has detailed all of the improvements to this version of the Super Famicomtitle, which is based on the PSP remake of the same name. We'll list them briefly here along with a summary, but if you want more information — including details on some of the game's characters — then head on over to the post right here.
First, let's start off with a summary of the series and this new revamp:
A brief history of Tactics Ogre
The Ogre Battle series, to which Tactics Ogre belongs, started way back in 1993.
The first game in the series to be released, Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, launched that year in Japan for the Super Famicon, and arrived in 1995 for players in North America. A unique combination of real time tactics and RPG, it was a real breath of fresh air for gamers, and it became a hit.
In 1995, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was released in Japan for the Super Famicon. It would later be ported to PlayStation and release in North America in 1998. The game took a different approach to the March of the Black Queen, featuring a new isometric perspective, turn-based battles, super-detailed pixel art, and an intricate, branching story with multiple endings.
The game was one of those cases of lightning in a bottle - the combination of elements resonated with players, winning it a following that persists to this day.
In 2010, a team that included many of the original developers of Tactics Ogre created a remake for PlayStation Portable. It released in Japan as Tactics Ogre: Wheel of Fortune, and a year later in the US and Europe under its original name: Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together.
This successor featured a substantially improved story, a world filled with even more colorful characters, an updated game with new systems and a wealth of content to satisfy even the most hardcore players. The game was a critical smash, winning positive reviews from media and players alike.
Which brings us to 2022 and Tactics Ogre: Reborn! This new version of the game is based on the 2010 remake but features significant changes that make an already great game even greater!
What's new in Tactics Ogre: Reborn?
- High-definition characters and backgrounds - characters and backgrounds have been recreated in high-definition, preserving the detailed pixel art of the original to look good on HD screens.
- Fully updated user interface - menu controls have been streamlined and all UI is now in high-definition.
- Sound improvements - full voice acting has been included in this new release, and you'll be able to choose between English and Japanese voices. Composer Hitoshi Sakimoto has also rerecorded the entire soundtrack with a live orchestra!
Redesigned battle system
- Unit-by-unit levelling system - originally, classes were levelled across the board. Now, each unit grows on an individual basis depending on its class.
- Battle AI overhaul - enemy tactics have been tweaked.
- Playability improvements - auto-save, a quicker pace in battle, and new controls are just a few improvements that have been added.
We can't wait to get our hands on this, and we'll bring you more details as we approach the release date. Square Enix just can't stop filling out its end-of-year release schedule!
Original article: After months of rumours and leaks, Square Enix has finally confirmed that Tactics Ogre: Reborn is real. And, better still, it's coming to Switch.
Just a few weeks ago, the game's release date leaked on PS Deals, so we've pretty much been waiting with bated breath for Square Enix just to say the word. Now, this enhanced release — which is based on the 2010 PSP version of the Super Famicom game, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (which also came to PS1 in North America) — brings Yasumi Matsuno's classic strategy RPG back to a Nintendo console.
Here's a brief summary from the game's new website, along with a few additional screenshots:
Based on the 2010 release, the game features improved graphics and sound, as well as updated game design, bringing to life a new Tactics Ogre that remains true to its roots.
Tactics Ogre veterans will experience a game that surpasses their fondest memories, while players new to Tactics Ogre will discover a game unlike any they've ever played.
Reborn and deeper than ever, the game enables players to immerse themselves in the world and intrigue of Tactics Ogre like never before.
Switch pre-orders aren't available yet, but you can check out Square Enix's website and relive the hype over and over again.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn releases on 11th November on the Switch. Are you excited? Will you be picking this up? Let us know in the comments!