Tactics Ogre: Reborn announced for PS5, PS4, Switch and PC

The game will be available as a physical and digital standard edition on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Switch and as a digital-only standard edition on PC. A Digital Premium Edition will also be available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC, including the game’s original soundtrack.

Pre-orders for the standard digital edition include a selection of three songs from the Tactics Ogre: Reborn original soundtrack. Pre-orders for the Digital Deluxe Edition include the Ogre Tactics (1995) mini digital soundtrack.

In Japan, Tactics Ogre: Reborn will be priced at 5,480 yen for the physical and digital standard edition, 8,780 yen for the Digital Premium Edition and 22,000 yen for the exclusive Collector’s Edition of Square Enix e-STORE. The latter includes a mini-CD of the 15-song soundtrack with re-recorded in-game music with a live orchestra; script book in three volumes of the scenario of each chapter; official art book featuring artwork by Akihiko Yoshida, Tsubasa Masao and others; three-piece tarot set with case and mat, all in a special box.

■ A brief history of Ogre Tactics

The Battle of the orcs series, to which Ogre Tactics belongs, started way back in 1993.

The first game in the series to be released, Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen, launched that year in Japan for Super Famicon and arrived in 1995 for North American gamers. A unique combination of real-time tactics and RPGs, it was a real breath of fresh air for the players and became a hit.

In 1995, Tactics Ogre: Let’s stick together was released in Japan for the Super Famicon. It would later be ported to PlayStation and released in North America in 1998. The game took a different approach March of the Black Queen, with a new isometric perspective, turn-based battles, super-detailed pixel art and an intricate, branching story with multiple endings. The game was one of those cases of lightning in a bottle – the combination of elements resonated with the players, gaining a following that persists to this day. In 2010, a team that included many of the original developers of Ogre Tactics has created a remake for PlayStation Portable. It came out in Japan as Tactics Ogre: Wheel of Fortuneand a year later in the US and Europe under its original name: Tactics Ogre: Let’s stick together.

This successor featured a substantially improved story, a world full of even more colorful characters, an updated game with new systems, and a wealth of content to satisfy even the most hardcore gamers. The game was a critical success, garnering positive reviews from both the media and gamers.

Which brings us to 2022 and Tactics Ogre: Reborn! This new version of the game is based on the 2010 remake but features significant changes that make an already great game even bigger!

■ What’s new Tactics Ogre: Reborn?

Tactics Ogre: Reborn features a number of improvements to graphics, sound, game design, and more. Here is a brief rundown of some of these improvements:

High definition characters and backgrounds

The beautifully detailed characters and backgrounds of the original Ogre Tactics have been recreated in high definition.

The detailed pixel art that gives the game its unique feel has also been preserved and enhanced to look good on modern HD displays.

Fully updated user interface

Not only is the user interface now in high definition, but it has also been redesigned to make information easier to understand, with simplified controls.

Sound improvements

All dialogues Tactics Ogre: Reborn is fully expressed, giving new life to the complex motivations of the characters that make up the factions and the changing political alliances of this epic story. You can choose between English and Japanese voices, with the ability to switch between them in the configuration menu at any time.

The sound effects have also been remastered, immersing you in the battle like never before.

Ogre Tactics composer Hitoshi Sakimoto re-recorded the entire soundtrack with a live orchestra. Sometimes the melodies are threatening and full of tension, while other times they offer a sweet respite. The lingering notes and eerie echoes found only in a live performance elevate gameplay immersion to another level.

The soundtrack also includes completely new songs composed especially for Tactics Ogre: Reborn!

■ A redesigned battle system

Building on what worked in previous versions of the Ogre Tactics, this new game incorporates new elements as part of a general redesign of the battle system. Here is a brief introduction to some of the new features that await.

Unit level system

The class-level management system found in Tactics Ogre: Wheel of Fortune it has been replaced by a unit-by-unit level system.

Each unit progresses differently depending on its class, creating an elegant system that allows players to chart their way through endless combinations of equipment, skills and magic for each unit.

This means that the player is able to consider the bigger picture and decide the overall composition of the units to bring into each battle.

Battle AI review

The team has made significant changes to your opponents’ artificial intelligence (AI) in combat.

The tactics of the enemy change according to the layout of the battlefield and the state of the battle.

Thinking about how to adapt your plans as the situation changes keeps the battles engaging and fresh.

Gameplay improvements

Tactics Ogre: Reborn has seen numerous gameplay improvements, such as faster battle pace, autosave, and a complete control overhaul.

All of which makes it easier than ever to get into the game.

■ History

We’ve talked a lot about the news, but those unfamiliar with the game might wonder: what is it? Here is the basic setup for the story:

The game is set on the Valerian Islands, jewels of the Obero Sea. Long a naval trading center, the people of the islands have struggled throughout history for dominance over its shores.

Eventually a man arose to put an end to this conflict: Dorgalua Oberyth – but history would have known him as the “King-Dynast”. King Dorgalua strove to suppress hatred among the people of the islands and for half a century Valeria enjoyed prosperity.

However, upon the king’s death, civil war broke out once again, as three factions vied for control: the Bakram, who comprised much of Valeria’s nobility; the Galgastani, whose people constituted the majority of the population of the islands; and the Walister, who numbered only a few.

The islands were soon divided between Bakram and Galgastani and a precarious peace settled across the country. Yet no one believes that the calm will last …

The following is an epic war tale, in which many memorable characters are engulfed in a growing conflict. Let’s meet some of them:

■ Characters

Denam Pavel (voiced by Max Mittelman in English, Tomoaki Maeno in Japanese)

Walister, 18.

Denam is the main hero of this story.

His father, Abuna Prancet, was taken by the Dark Knights when they raided his hometown of Golyat. Later, as a member of the Walister Resistance, Denam battles the Bakrams and Galgastans with the help of his sister, Catiua, and his childhood friend, Vyce.

Denam has a strong sense of justice and iron will be needed to bring about the change he envisions. A caring young man, he doubts the significance of their struggle.

Catiua Pavel (voiced by Victoria Atkin in English, Lynn in Japanese)

Walister, 19.

Catiua is Denam’s sister and a fellow Walister. Having lost her mother at a young age, she and Denam were raised by her father, Abuna Prancet, and now Catiua has an overwhelming sense of affection for her brother.

Thanks to his father’s teachings, he is well on his way to becoming an oracle and puts his skills to use combat alongside Denam and their childhood friend Vyce. Yet it is less of her principles that push her to join their struggle, and more of her fear of losing her brother.

Vyce Bozeck (voiced by Jason Spisak in English, Noriaki Sugiyama in Japanese)

Walister, 18.

The Dark Knights killed Vyce’s father, the only family left to him, leaving him orphaned. He can’t stand the oppression of the Walisters, so he eagerly joins the fight against their captors.

A capable action man, he and Denam complement each other well.

Dorgalua Oberyth Valeria

Bakram, 65 at the time of his death.

Dorgalua used her peerless intellect and charm to forge Valeria’s quarreling realms into one realm.

With the islands united, he began to implement his racial reconciliation policy and people hailed him for his wisdom. However, after his death, there was no clear successor to the throne, and Valeria was again plunged into civil war.

In honor of his great achievements, he is often called the king-dynast.

Judas Ronwey

Juda is the former lord of the Almorica castle. When the civil war hit Valeria, fewer than one in ten people were Walister, and it was Duke Ronwey who led them in the resistance against the Galgastani.

He fought bravely for six months, before finally meeting defeat. He is now being held captive.

Brantyn Morne

Bakram, 49 years old.

Brantyn is the ruler of the Bakram-Valerian kingdom.

When King Dorgalua died, Brantyn quickly rose from his position in the clergy to become regent of the Kingdom of Valeria: such was his thirst for realms of power. Dorgalua’s confidence in him had been absolute, so the reasons behind this sudden offense against the royal house are unclear.

Lanselot Tartar

The Captain of the Dark Knights Loslorien, who hail from the mighty Holy Lodissian Empire on the continent north of the Valerian Isles. Since the Dark Knights report directly to the Sardian High Priest, ruler of the Lodissian Holy Empire, Lanselot is said to be the high priest’s right arm.

The Dark Knights have come to Valeria by virtue of a secret agreement with Regent Brantyn, leader of the Bakram.

Leundar Balbatòs

Galgastani, 43 years old.

Leundar is the head of the Kingdom of Galgastan. To protect Valeria’s southern half, he waged a blood war to eradicate the Walister.

Many of his own people have attempted to rebel in the face of such barbarism, but Balbatos also turned his forces against them, making it clear that he would rule Galgastan with an iron fist and cold.

Watch the announcement trailer below. See the first screenshots in the gallery. Visit the official site here: English, Japanese.

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