Many old timers are wondering and questioning how closely Square Enix is going to stick to its word about regaining a focus on the JRPG genre. You know, the one that sky-rocketed it to super-stardom back in the 1990s and was subsequently lost in favor of focusing on the delicious Western AAA market? Well, two games have become somewhat of an icon to that promise.
Both Mana and SaGa remain two of Square Enix’s most beloved and yet neglected series over the past few years. Square Enix and the games’ creators have been teasing a major release in both franchises, but updates have been pretty few and far between. How is development on these projects really going?
The SaGa series, which turns 25 this year, has seen the most vocal coverage from series creator Akitoshi Kawazu. However, despite how much he speaks about it, he never really has much to say other than promising that it is underway. This time isn’t very different.
“I can’t really announce much about the new SaGa game, but making an announcement for the new game comes before anything,” says Kawazu in an interview with Dengeki, translated by Siliconera. “And I’m sure that’s what the fans want, as well. And actually, that’s all I’ve been thinking about.”
“As far as the new game goes, things are meandering along, bits at a time, but it’s advancing steadily, so please don’t worry.”
As for Mana, which also turns 25 in 2016, Producer Masaru Oyamada has said he would rather bring the first three games to modern consoles before focusing on a fifth. When speaking about a possible Seiken Densetsu 5 within the next two years, he doesn’t confirm anything, but he sounds more optimistic than I’ve heard him in years.
“Now that’s a difficult question. We’re talking two years, here. However, I have a feeling that fans want it to be for home consoles. There are actually a good number of fans who’d like to sit back and enjoy it (on home console). And there’s a big part of me that wishes to properly make something, for those fans.”
You never know. It could happen. I’d like to return to the world of Mana on a home console. Any other love or desire for new games from these two series?