Update [Wed 14th Sep, 2022 10:50 BST]: SaGa fans, you may have spotted something very exciting in the sizzle reel during yesterday's Nintendo Direct. Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered is launching on the Switch eShop on 1st December 2022!

Here's an official overview of the game from the eShop listing, along with some screenshots:

The original Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- included many of the SaGa series trademark elements, such as the Glimmer and Combo mechanics and was considered to be the epitome of the series when it first released.

The free scenario system that lets you create your own storyline remains at the core of the game, letting you select one of eight protagonists with completely different origins and backstories, then set off on a unique journey.

This remastered edition has evolved in all areas, featuring upgraded HD graphics and numerous enhancements to improve playability. This makes it highly recommended for both fans of the original and newcomers to the SaGa series.

■ Story
The gods created man and man created stories.
The primordial creator Marda brought forth the land of Mardias.
In ages past a mighty battle rocked this land, when Elore, the king of the gods, fought three malicious deities: Death, Saruin and Schirach.
After a long and drawn-out struggle, Death and Schirach were sealed away and rendered powerless, with the final deity Saruin also trapped through the power of the Fatestones and the noble sacrifice of the hero Mirsa.
Now 1000 years have passed since that titanic battle.
The Fatestones lie scattered across the world and the gods of evil are resurgent once more.
Eight heroes set off on their own journeys, as if guided by the hand of fate.
What tales will these adventurers weave across the vast tapestry of Mardias?
You are the only one who can decide!

▷ New Elements
In addition to a full HD graphical upgrade, various new features expand the gameplay even further.

■ The sorceress Aldora can now be recruited!
The sorceress Aldora, who once traveled together with the legendary hero Mirsa, appears in her original form. Experience new events where she recounts the journeys of Mirsa first hand.

 ■ Unique and interesting characters now made playable!
Fan-favourite Schiele finally joins your adventures and characters such as Marina, Monica and Flammar can now also be recruited.

 ■ Enhanced bosses!
Several bosses now appear as super powerful enhanced versions! Take on these terrifying adversaries to a new arrangement of the battle music score.

 ■ Improved playability!
Various new features have been added to make your play experience even more convenient, such as a high-speed mode, mini maps, and a “New Game +” option that lets you carry over your progress when you play through the game again.

 ■ And even more…
  ・New classes to expand the breadth of gameplay.

You can check out our original story on the port's announcement from May below.

Original article [Tue 31st May, 2022 11:30 BST]: Square Enix's SaGa series is not one we expected a renaissance from in recent years. Known for their unusual levelling techniques, unique mechanics, and interesting stories that span generations, the games have had a mixed level of success in the West. But with ports of Romancing SaGa 2 and 3, and a remaster of PS1 cult classic SaGa Frontier (among many other rereleases), the series' devoted following has been rewarded in recent times.

And they're going to keep on reaping the benefits of this revival too. Today, Square Enix held an official series live stream where it revealed its next SaGa-related project — Romancing SaGa Minstrel Song, originally a PS2 exclusive and a remake of the first Romancing SaGa game, is getting a remaster later this year, and it's coming to all consoles!

The game originally launched in Japan and North America in 2005, but never saw a release in Europe, so this will be yet another SaGa title that many will be able to get their hands on for the first time. We don't know much about the remaster as of yet, but it looks to polish up the painterly PS2 visuals and retain the incredible music, composed by Kenji Ito, with Tsuyoshi Sekito and Nobuo Uematsu providing one track each.

Romancing SaGa Minstrel Song Remastered will launch later this year on the Switch. Are you a fan of the SaGa series? Will you be picking up the game? Let us know in the comments.

[source twitter.com]