Square Enix: 7 Classic Games That Need To Have Remake In 2023
Square Enix has recently stated that it wants to continue remastering classics from the past after the success of ‘Final Fantasy I-VI Pixel Remaster’. What will be the next saga that will recover?
Final Fantasy I-VI Pixel Remaster, the compilation that includes the first six main instalments of the popular Square Enix action, fantasy, and role-playing saga, reached 2 million units sold worldwide at the beginning of May of this year. Because of this success and, therefore, the interest that players have shown in discovering and reviewing the jewels of Square Enix’s past, the Japanese company has expressed at a recent meeting of shareholders its interest in continuing to recover old titles for the new ones. platforms with improvements in graphics, sound and a good handful of quality-of-life options to make the experience more bearable, enjoyable and enjoyable.
Even though Square Enix decided to remain silent about its plans in regards to developing more remasters, it wanted to make it clear that they are currently “considering various ideas within the company.” That is why we have come up with the idea of compiling in a small list those titles developed or distributed by Square Enix that still do not have a modernized version adapted to current times.
Drakengard, a peculiar role-playing and action saga in which players fight in fierce ground battles and epic aerial fights on the back of dragons, is one of the most beloved works of Yoko Taro, its creator, whom you will know for his work as a creative director of the critically acclaimed NieR: Automata. The Japanese creative commented in mid-March 2017 that he had echoed the players’ interest in a remastering of the original trilogy, although he admitted that it was something that completely depended on Square Enix. It’s come a long way since then, but considering that the company seems more eager than ever to reclaim some of its treasures from the past, we wouldn’t be surprised ifDrakengard was one of the main candidates.
2. Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy Tactics is, of all the games that we have included in the list, the title that has the most ballots to receive a remastering in the style of Final Fantasy I-VI Pixel Remaster shortly. To begin with, the title appears on the famous leaked list of Nvidia GeForce Now, which revealed ahead of time the existence of works such as Resident Evil 4 Remake, Dragon’s Dogma 2 or Kingdom Hearts 4, among many others. On the other hand, Square Enix itself revealed at the beginning of February of this year that part of the team involved in Final Fantasy Tactics is working on a new unannounced project, something that could confirm almost resoundingly that Final Fantasy Tactics Remaster is a reality. Would you like Square Enix to launch an improved version of the tactical RPG released in 1997 for the first PlayStation?
3. Illusion of Time
The Illusion of Time, known in Japan and the United States as Illusion of Gaia, was not only one of the most notable JRPGs in the Super Nintendo catalogue due to its prodigious technical section, but also quite a rarity, since it was translated into Spanish. The Quintet team, a studio that also brought us works like Soul Blazer and Terranigma, which we will talk about later, invites players to live an exciting journey against time in which they must prevent the impact of a comet against Earth by travelling through different eras. The Illusion of Time is a very special title that captivated Action RPG lovers with a wide variety of locations and a well-crafted story, all seasoned with a great soundtrack. Therefore, we believe that it is an essential work that the new generations should be able to discover.
4. Parasite Eve
What happens if we combine survival horror, terror and role? The result is Parasite Eve, a work that offered a very curious combination of genres at the time and that, surprising as it might seem, worked like a charm. Although its sequel was more oriented towards survival and left some ingredients of the original aside, The 3rd Birthday, the third part released on PSP, opted for unbridled action and abandoned some role-playing elements along the way, something that made it lose much of the charm and identity of the series, we believe that it is an interesting enough trilogy for Square Enix to bring it back.
5. Soul Blazer
Super Nintendo hosted a multitude of role-playing games throughout its life, among which big names such as Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest V, Final Fantasy VI and Earthbound stand out. However, beyond the surface, we can find real gems like Soul Blazer, one of the several role-playing and action titles that Quintet developed for the Big N console and that, in general terms, offered us a fantasy trip full of Enemies to defeat and dungeons to explore. Soul Blazer is also considered a kind of base on which some narrative and playable concepts were developed a posteriori in Illusion of Time and Terranigma, so maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to re-release all three games as a pack.
Terranigma is one of the cult works that Enix released for Super Nintendo. We are talking about an action RPG that invites players to embark on an adventure full of dangers and mysteries with the ultimate goal of restoring the world and that, above all, stood out in its day for offering one of the most impressive endings that we have ever seen. gifted video games Square Enix is the current owner of the rights to the saga and, although they have not announced their intention to revive it, in 2021 Miyoko Takaoka, its main composer, and Kamui Fujiwara, the person in charge of its artistic section and its illustrations, supported a campaign which the company was asked to release the game on digital platforms or to work on a remaster. Let’s hope the fans’ prayers have been answered.
Xenogears, the title that began a saga that would later become Xenoblade Chronicles, celebrated its 25th anniversary since its original release in Japan on February 12, 2023. As those of you who have had the pleasure of enjoying it will well know, it is neither more nor less than a mythical three-dimensional JRPG that at the time offered one of the most impressive visual sections of the first PlayStation, as well as a combat system for turns and exploration quite amazing for the time. Of course, you will not deny us that it would be fantastic if Square Enix modernized, at least, the original instalment, especially for fans of Xenoblade Chronicles could discover the origins of the franchise.