Wow, I didn’t even think Square Enix realized that the PS Vita existed outside of Japan, let alone acknowledged the minuscule SaGa fanbase. However, a new trademark filing with Europe’s Office for Harmonization in the International Market (OHIM) hints that SaGa: Scarlet Grace could be localized for Western audiences.
For those who don’t know, SaGa is kind of the bad boy younger brother of Final Fantasy. It never follows the rules of the JRPG genre, and it found its roots in Final Fantasy II, which is often derided as one of the worst games in the franchise because of its differences with the first game. After a bit of backlash, Director Akitoshi Kawazu was given free reign to explore these ideas in his own series on the Game Boy, and it all came to full fruition on the Super Nintendo and PlayStation.
SaGa: Scarlet Grace is being released in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first game’s launch in Japan next year. We have this game in the States under the guise of Final Fantasy Legends, but we still have no official translation for the Super Nintendo games, which many consider to be the series’ creative peak.
All we’ve seen so far is a teaser with character art from Tomomi Kobayashi and a musical piece composed by Kenji Ito. Both have been attached to the series for a long time, and their styles are unmistakable to fans.
I hope Square Enix follows through with this trademark. I had given up hope of ever seeing another SaGa game in English, but maybe the recent boom in JRPGs on handhelds is exactly what pushed Square Enix into this decision.
Speaking of which, I would still love to play SaGa Frontier on my PS Vita!