Iconic Square Enix director Akitoshi Kawazu talked a big game on delivering his cult-classic Romancing SaGa series in the West. The Super Famicom series, considered the peak of the overall SaGa franchise by enthusiasts, has long evaded Western shores with English patches often coming up short, and Kawazu suddenly decided he didn’t like that. His promise to modernize the series on home consoles gave longtime Japanese fans hope of playing it again, but Kawazu actually went the extra mile and declared that Western fans would get their very first crack at the 25-year-old game in turn.
It takes quite a lot for a Japanese developer to make such promises to Western fans, especially with all of the corporate nonsense that often clouds the industry, so we should all thank Kawazu for speaking out.
And now, we can thank him for delivering! Romancing SaGa 2 is now available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS Vita, PC, and (sweet) the Nintendo Switch! Hot dog! This is the first time a Square Enix classic will hit the Switch in the Western world, although Japan does have the Secret of Mana Collection that we never got.
Whatever the case, it’s sure to make a fine addition on my shelf next to Project: Octopath Traveler next year.
The port’s producer Masanori Ichikawa also chimed in with VG247, stating that this is one of his favorite games and it’s a shame it hasn’t been rereleased once during its lifetime.
“One thing that I think is worth mentioning is that this doesn’t feel like a twenty year old game. It feels like a very modern game and it’s perfect for the market at the moment. Especially with the free scenario-based system where however a player plays it influences the options they have and how the story ends, so there’s definitely going to be an element of sharing those stories with friends and online in the way that modern audiences do.
“We definitely think there’ll be a difference between the Western players and the Japanese players in terms of how the story unravels and the options they choose too, and we’re really interested to see what happens there.”
The remaster is a retooling of a mobile port, but those who have nightmares remembering those dreaded Final Fantasy remakes should know that this one has been praised for being on the higher end of Square Enix’s mobile spectrum with the same level of quality found in Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger.
More sagas to be told
Kawazu didn’t stop with namedropping just Romancing SaGa 2 either. The director also stated that he wanted to bring Romancing SaGa 3 to the Western world, which is currently set for a re-release in Japan across the same platforms.
Someone should remind this guy that we don’t have SaGa Frontier on the Vita here in the Western world. He sounds like the kind of creator who would push to get that done.
In the meantime, Romancing SaGa 2 is officially available in the Western world for the first time on traditional consoles as of Dec. 15. You can pick it up for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS Vita, PC, and Nintendo Switch.