Square Enix announced that a 3D remake of Secret of Mana is in the works and scheduled to release on February 15th, 2018 next year for the PlayStation Vita, Steam and the PlayStation 4.
The announcement was made over on the official PlayStation Blog, where Francis Santos, the project lead at Square Enix, revealed…
“The game will faithfully adapt the beloved story and top-down gameplay while adopting modern 3D graphics and controls. Meaning that the game has been fully rebuilt from the ground up, but still remains true to the whimsical gameplay of the original. In this new remake, you can expect the great game all your friends have been saying you missed out on, reborn.”
They won’t be butchering it for the millennials, though. They’re planning on respectfully remaking it in 3D, along with fully voiced actors for Randi, Primm and Popoi. They will also be including Japanese voice-over options as well, even for the Western release.
A new arranged soundtrack is also going to be present, bringing Hiroki Kikuta’s iconic music to life via an orchestrated symphony. You can see and hear what the remake will be like with the announcement trailer below.
Local cooperative play will also make a return, which was easily one of the biggest selling points of the original SNES outing.
I’m curious how well all the different weapons and combat will come into play? It was one of the few games that had a wide variety of different weapons for players to use, so I would definitely like to see how some of them translate into 3D.
Additionally, there will be pre-order bonuses for those who pre-order the game via PSN, including PSN Avatars for Randi, Primm, and Popoi, along with DLC costumes including a Moogle Suit for all three characters, a Tiger Suit for Randi and Popoi, and a sexy two-piece tiger bikini for Primm.
I have to say… I’m genuinely shocked Square Enix added the bikini for Primm. With all the feminist rants and ravings these days about everything being rape culture and sexual assault, I would have expected Square to chicken out and avoid giving the characters any kind of sexy outfits, lest the outrage brigade claim the developers are being sexist. Low round of applause to Square Enix for having balls.
Secret of Mana’s lo-fi remake will only be released digitally. No physical release so far.
In all honesty I have to admit that this seems like a really low effort, lazy remake. The textures and models look like PS2 quality with anisotropic filtering, and the only real high-quality aspect to what they’ve showcased is the resolution. Hopefully I’m wrong and this is a genuine remake with a lot of high-quality time and care put into one of the most beloved and cherished JRPGs from the 16-bit era.
Time will tell when February 15th, 2018 rolls around.
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