Flying under the radar of Final Fantasy once again, Square Enix’s rebellious franchise SaGa made its grand return to the video gaming world this past week at Tokyo Game Show 2016 with the gameplay reveal of SaGa Scarlet Grace. The famed company brought the PS Vita exclusive up on stage and gave it plenty of direct feed footage to share around the world.

Along with the footage, which starts at the 23:43 marker, Square Enix also introduced the game’s four main protagonists. As fans might expect from the series, the artists and developers have thrown out all of trends in video gaming, and that includes the migration towards cute anime designs. The character art is unlike anything we’ve seen since, well, the last time a SaGa game launched way back in the closing days of the PlayStation 2.

And if Scarlet Grace is anything like the other SaGa games, we are bound to see many more faces join the roster. Story characters, secret characters, SaGa sports them all!

Square Enix also provided a few descriptions of the world and combat as wellon its official website. You can see all the characters and descriptions below.

SaGa Scarlet Grace launches for the PS Vita on Dec. 15. I won’t put it on quite the same pedestal as Dragon Quest VII, but this is the next game we need to nag Square Enix about localizing in the States.



A young woman of the Uranius family, famed as the head of the four families set to accede to the Shogunate.

The Uranius family is based in the state of Ronikumu’s Silmium, and head of family Maximus is aiming to restore the empire. Urpina was raised properly and is called “princess” by those around her. She has an open and cheerful personality towards all people. Because of her real mother’s early passing, she relies on her father and brother, Antonius. Although her behavior is a bit spontaneous, as a member of the Uranius family she is resolved to improving her sword-fighting skills and carrying out her duties as an imperial noble.

Although she admires her brother’s fiancee, Erised of the Guvines family, she has an uncontrollable desire to carry the Uranius family on her back. But Urpina’s life, which is filled with dreams and hopes, takes a complete turn when a tragic attack strikes Silmium…



Separated a far way away from the heart of the empire, Leonard is a farmer from the remote region of Yaksalt.

A bad boy who prefers to act before talking, he and his troublemaker friend have caused mischief in the past. He was a dangerous boy who avoided even adults, but a few years back suddenly returned to work on his grandfather’s farm.

He has recently started saying, “I must not become an irresponsible adult.”

His grandfather died, so from this year onward he must farm by himself.

After he helped a dying woman who collapsed on the farm, his fate significantly changes. In a delirium, she kept muttering “Go to Ai-Khanoum.” It is the name of a legendary capital in a fairy tale. Upon hearing that, he sold his grandfather’s farm and went in search of the legendary capital Ai-Khanoum in her place. His friends would not let him go alone with such an honest resolve.



A potter who lived an agitated life. Now in a studio near the Termina Sea, she is focused on a calm life of pottery making.

However, distortions in the world are also creating distortions in her work. She could accept these distortions and continue to make pottery, allowing her to know if something happens in the world.

However, she can not continue her work without facing these distortions. In order to find out the cause and identity of these distortions, Taria sets out on a journey.



A legal executioner from the Cohan Castle in the land of Kei. He succeeds his family predecessors as an executioner.

Cohan Castle administrator Sigfrey started a rule-by-fear regime, executing many soldiers, politicians, and even normal citizens. The one who carried out those executions was Balmaint.

Sigfrey himself was also seized by political opponents and taken to Balmaint to be executed.

Sigfrey left with the parting words, “I will be resurrected seven times and show you the justice I will bring to this world,” and while still smiling had his head removed. Before long, rumor of Sigfrey’s reappearance reached from everywhere to every man.

The wandering Balmaint goes on a journey in search of Sigfrey. In order to remove his head seven times.

■ System


Introducing the “Timeline,” where you can see enemies’ behaviors as well as chose your allies’ actions. This high-strategy battle system is characteristic of the SaGa series. Many new sparks, battle formations, familiar weapons, and techniques will be introduced!


Characters will develop at the end of battles. This game also introduces a new system where characters are given bonus effects. The individual personalities of each character will become stronger.

■ World

An existence that gave not knowledge, but wisdom, and not civilization, but culture to human beings. As a result of being a constellation occupying a place in the sky, they are called the star gods.

12 star gods surround the center of the sky.

The star gods support culture and govern technology. Agriculture, stock-farming, seamanship, martial arts, black magic… People offer prayers to the star gods in line with their own pursuits.

The light of a star that is the power of a god surpasses the light of the sun and shines brightly even in the noon.

In this land, rather than the sun, moon, or the planets, stars are the celestial bodies that govern the world.

In the age of imperialism, stands for reading the celestial bodies were made to read and understand their divine will, as well as to be able to prepare for imminent crises. Star reading stands are even at temples, and even now with the empire perished, has a significant impact on peoples’ lives.