You asked for it, folks. Square Enix is dipping into its classic library to reboot a few forgotten franchises, and what it has come up with nothing short of brilliant. We’ve had a look at a new SaGa game and a new Star Ocean game, but this new one is guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of fans of giant robots.
According to Siliconera, Square Enix is also working on a brand new Front Mission game! This often neglected franchise combined the chess-like battle system of Final Fantasy Tactics with the deep mecha-robot customization of Armored Core. In fact, Square Enix has even tapped former Armored Core producer Toshifumi Nabeshima to help with this project.
He is best known for making Armored Core 5 and Chromehounds while employed with From Software, games with questionable gameplay but with absurdly deep customization.
The Front Mission game most American fans will be familiar with is Front Mission 3, released back on the original PlayStation. It’s a decent strategy RPG, but even snails laugh at its slow pacing. Front Mission 4 scored mediocre reviews in the PlayStation 2 days, and the original had a DS port that hit the States with a limited run and garnered a bit of praise.
However, the most recent game released in North America was 2010’s Front Mission Evolved, developed by Double Helix. You wouldn’t exactly be wrong for putting Square Enix’s lack of faith in the franchise at this monstrosity’s feet because it absolutely tanked on both the critic and financial fronts.
Luckily, Square Enix seems in a forgiving mood these days, and it will give the series a fresh start! We just have to wait and see if it will be localized and what platform it will be for.
More news when it becomes official.