Square Enix has announced that Tactics Ogre: Reborn will be released for PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam) on November 11, 2022.
A “reimagined edition of the beloved tactical RPG,” Tactics Ogre: Reborn aims to improve upon the original with various enhancements, including “beautifully converted high-definition graphics, updated battle systems, and vast sound improvements including fully-voiced cutscenes (English and Japanese).” Players can also expect “recreated sound effects and re-recorded live background music” from Hitoshi Sakimoto, the legendary video game music composer behind Final Fantasy Tactics, Radiant Silvergun, and other classic games.
Here’s a recap of Tactics Ogre’s story and what kind of gameplay systems players can expect to find in the new version, per Square Enix’s press release.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn is set in The Valerian Isles, jewels of the Obero Sea. Following many years of conflict, there finally rose a man to put an end to this: Dorgalua Oberyth. Known as the “Dynast-King,” he brought peace and prosperity to Valeria for half a century. After his death, a civil war erupts and throws the isles of Valeria into a bloody struggle for power between three warring factions. In Tactics Ogre: Reborn, players follow the story of a young man, Denam Pavel, caught in the center of the bloodshed. Although he seeks a path of freedom and justice, players will soon discover that even the noblest of goals requires impossibly difficult decisions to be made.
Reborn and deeper than ever, this classic tactical role-playing adventure enables players to fully immerse themselves in the world and intrigue of Tactics Ogre. In Tactics Ogre: Reborn, players will take control of a team of units on the battlefield and utilize the turn-based combat system to act strategically and gain the upper hand over their enemy. As players progress, they can recruit additional party members, experiment with various classes, weapons, magic and abilities, and make key decisions at several instances in the story that will ultimately impact how events unfold.
An overview of Tactics Ogre: Reborn’s updates and features:
- Beautifully remastered graphics that enhance yet maintain the original distinctive visual style
- Fully voiced cutscenes in English & Japanese
- Full orchestral re-recording of the game’s soundtrack
- Assorted quality of life updates, such as:
- Redesigned battle system
- Adjusted level management system
- Reworked AI
- Simplified and improved UI
Tactics Ogre: Reborn is now available to pre-order. Joining the standard versions is a Digital Premium Edition that includes the game’s full soundtrack, as well as a download code for a a Digital Mini Soundtrack that includes “a selection of ten chiptune songs” from the original 1995 game.
Tactics Ogre fans can also visit the Square Enix store for the Tactics Ogre: Reborn Tarot Card Set, a “three-piece set includes a deck of tarot cards with imagery from the game, a storage pouch, and a mat.” It costs $49.99.
Tactics Ogre was originally released for the Super Famicom on October 6, 1995, followed by Sega Saturn and PlayStation versions. Square purchased the developer behind the game, Quest Corporation, in 2002, although key staff members had already joined the company years earlier.
Source: Square Enix