By Robert Marrujo:: Secret of Mana remains one of the more revered SNES games ever made, right up there with the likes of Chrono Trigger and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It's a seminal work, but one that hasn't been re-released much over the years since its debut back in 1993. That's about to change, as SquareEnix has announced that a 3D remake of Secret of Mana is coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita on February 15, 2018.
It's exciting news indeed, as a new generation of players will finally be able to experience the game for the first time. Though the graphics will be overhauled, Square is promising a faithful reinterpretation of the game's overhead perspective and storyline. So the same game, but it'll just look a little different. Okay, a lot different, and depending on your tastes that might not be a good thing. That said, for gamers of this generation, perhaps the absence of sprites will draw in a bigger audience to Secret of Mana.
Beyond the graphics, according to PlayStation Blog fans can also look forward to the following:
- VOICED CHARACTERS: That’s right, you heard Randi in the trailer and you’ll finally get to hear Randi, Primm, Popoi and many other characters talk and express themselves throughout their adventure! To add to that, the game will have language options which will allow players to experience the game using Japanese voices and/or subtitles.
- A NEWLY ARRANGED SOUNDTRACK: We’re excited for you to hear a beautiful, newly arranged soundtrack that pays tribute to the original.
- LOCAL MULTIPLAYER: Yes! Sit down with two of your friends (up to three players) to experience the adventure together.
Very nice! Pre-orders for the series have gone live, and for those who do they can anticipate:
- Individual PSN Avatars for Randi, Primm, and Popoi as an instant reward
- DLC Costumes at launch on February 15
- “Moogle Suit” for Randi, Primm, Popoi
- “Tiger Two-Piece” for Primm
- “Tiger Suit” for Randi and Popoi
About Robert Marrujo: A Senior Editor for Nintendojo.com and an Editor for San Leandro News. A lifelong Bay Area resident, you can usually find him puttering around writing, drawing, or playing video games. Check him out on Instagram @robert_marrujo!