Square Enix to Unleash Retro RPG Love On North American PSN

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Square Enix to Unleash Retro RPG Love On North American PSN

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The ESRB hints that Square Enix is set to release a new selection of classic PS1 RPGs on the PlayStation Network.

Square Enix has been kind enough to re-release the PlayStation entries of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX on the North American PlayStation Network, but provided little evidence that it planned to bring the rest of its classic PS1 lineup to the service outside of Japan, until now. The ESRB website has revealed PSP and PS3 ratings for 4 Square RPGs that hopefully indicate their future release.

The games include Threads of Fate, Legend of Mana, Xenogears, and Vagrant Story, all currently available only on the Japanese PSN, other than Vagrant Story which has been brought to Europe. Personally, I'd given up hope that Square would re-release any more of its PS1 library anywhere other than Japan, making these ratings quite the welcomed surprise.

Threads of Fate is perhaps the least known title on the list. It's a neat action-RPG where players choose either a male or female lead, one with the ability to use magic and the other with the ability to change into monsters. The game's storyline is different depending on which character is chosen, though Threads of Fate is only truly completed by playing as both.

Legend of Mana is the fourth game in Square's Mana series, Secret of Mana being the second, with the third having remained in Japan on the Super Famicom. It added many new elements to the action-RPG focus of earlier Mana titles, including a land customization system, sidekicks, and item creation. Similar to Secret of Mana, players still use various weapons to hack through cute enemies in the quest to protect the world's Mana. Yes, there are Rabites.

The two most anticipated games are likely Xenogears and Vagrant Story. Xenogears' storyline deals with the relationship and conflict between humans and machines, following Fei Fong Wong and companions as they engage in battles by using magic and sometimes fighting inside of mechs called "Gears." Vagrant Story is a visually artistic title that follows Ashley Riot as he takes down a cult leader while proving his own innocence in the murder of a noble, and takes place in the world of Ivalice. It incorporates puzzles, platforming, timing-based combat, and crafting all into one game, which can feel complicated at times, but Vagrant Story is still a classic.

ESRB ratings don't necessarily prove that a game will be released on a platform, but these are a pretty strong bet. Square Enix recently released PS1 strategy-RPG Front Mission 3 on the PSN, and it probably doesn't plan to stop there. If enough people buy Square's PSN offerings, perhaps we'll get to see Parasite Eve, Parasite Eve 2, Einhander, or Brave Fencer Musashi too. And hey, why not Bushido Blade just for the hell of it.

Source: ESRB, via Joystiq

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Legend of Mana? Mmmm....

Xenogears and Vagrant Story definitely need to get a PSN release. Both are great and unappreciated titles that are all but impossible to find these days. While I still have both on disk, I think a PSN release would do both some justice and give more people a chance to play them.

Xenogears and Vagrant Story, looks like Christmas is coming all over again.

YES YES FRICKIN' YES! Finally! I've wondered when the hell these games were coming since I got my PS-triple 2 years ago! ><

Vagrant Story=Awesome. Heartily recommend it.

any chance that we have a tentative date?

Man JRPGs used to be awesome...

Awesome, digital re-releases is one of the best things to come out of this console generation. To me, the 3 PS1 era Final Fantasy games are the main reason for owning a PSP nowadays ^^

Sony where the f*^& is Legend of Dragoon? It was just releashed on the PSN store in japan.

Bushido Blade would be awesome.

...Enix releasing an RPG?

FUUUUUUUUUU-!

Come on Konami, Follow Square Enix's foot steps and release Suikoden II for PSN.

The ESRB still teases me with Earthbound ratings. But, this does seem a little more possible than that, so I shall keep a watch out for Mana.

I literally said my friends a few months ago "the day they release legend of mana on the PSP so I can relive the game that took over my childhood, is the day I stop doing non psp related stuff."

That games music score is just stupidly amazing, its been like 7 years and I still cant stop thinking of them.

/nerdgasm

Well now, this timing is just perfect. I just ordered a Ps3 (took me about 5 years to buy a new console, hah). Vagrant Story was quite exellent if I remember correctly, pity I kinda...lost the game disk somewhere. Now, must get it again.

Maybe Tobal or Ergheiz next?

Good news there. No word on Chrono Cross yet though. :/

I've been wondering why it's taken so long for some of these games to make it to the USA. I think the EU has had Vagrant Story for a while.

*Gasp*
Happiness!

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I've never played any of these JRPGs maybe if they get a digital release on PSN I might buy them.

Bushido Blade?
For the love of god please....

It would be the greatest re-release ever.

As opposed to in Europe where their PSN gets hardly any love from Sony, let alone from SE. Seriously, the classic section is bare bones.

OMG... Vagrant Story!??... this almost makes me want to have a PS3 or a PSP >.<'

Come on, Chrono Cross, please...

Amnestic:
Vagrant Story=Awesome. Heartily recommend it.

awesome kinda under sells it

i dunno if there is a actually word that can define its greatness

Xenogears and Vagrant Story...
YES OMG YES OMG YES!!! PLEASE LET IT BE SO!!!!

I will not be happy until I see Legend of Dragoon on my PSstore.

Just saying but....Vagrant Story is already out on PSN...I have it.

Well in England, maybe SE love England and not America, it's awesomes anywho.

Thrust:
Come on Konami, Follow Square Enix's foot steps and release Suikoden II for PSN.

Oh my god, this on so many levels. I mean, I still have one of the actual discs that was produced back in the day, but I don't want to risk losing/damaging it and be essentially screwed if I ever wanted to play it again.

I've also heard that SE does plan on releasing both Parasite Eve titles, as well as Chrono Cross in the near future. Chalk that up as rumor though.

"Xenogears, "

...wow. Really? That was so quick, Sony, that I'll promise to buy a copy when the psp2 comes out.

This is a story about a young boy named; me. I live in the United Kingdom and first fell in love with Final Fantasy, I then heard about this amazing new game by the same developers called Chrono Cross. However in all of their wisdom Square never released this game outside of Japan or USA, I then had to get an imported Copy that turned out to be broken so I could never play past the first 5 hours. Even so I must have played these first 5 hours a hundred times and still to this day haven't finished the game.

So come on Square Enix, man up release this game on PSN - FOR ALL REGIONS!!! and then I will buy a PS3 just to play Chrono Cross!

MysticnFm:
I will not be happy until I see Legend of Dragoon on my PSstore.

That's not a square/enix game. I still have the disc that works fine so I'm not bothered 6.^
Vandal Hearts 1 and 2 would be cool.
-Tabs<3-

tunderball:
This is a story about a young boy named; me. I live in the United Kingdom and first fell in love with Final Fantasy, I then heard about this amazing new game by the same developers called Chrono Cross. However in all of their wisdom Square never released this game outside of Japan or USA, I then had to get an imported Copy that turned out to be broken so I could never play past the first 5 hours. Even so I must have played these first 5 hours a hundred times and still to this day haven't finished the game.

So come on Square Enix, man up release this game on PSN - FOR ALL REGIONS!!! and then I will buy a PS3 just to play Chrono Cross!

Chrono trigger on PS3 would be better. Screw playing it in miniature on the ds. i want to play it on my hdmi screen!
-tabs<3-

Not surprising. Square's finances are in the tank right now, so releasing some of the more demanded titles will help offset FFXIV.

Now how about some form the Enix Side. Dragon Warrior 7 specifically.

Parasite Eve or GTFO, Square.

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