Square Enix’s HD-2D visual style has been a major hit with Switch owners, finding the perfect mix of modern bells and whistles, while still hearkening back to the 16-bit glory days of RPGs. The style was first utilized in Octopath Traveler, and once again implemented in the recent release of Triangle Strategy. While those two games are wholly original, the next HD-2D game from Square Enix is a remake.
As you most likely know, LIVE A LIVE is finally going to see release outside of Japan. The SNES title is getting a complete overhaul for Switch, complete with an HD-2D visual upgrade. It seems Square Enix is getting a lot of mileage out of this graphical approach, which begs the question, what game could be next?
In an interview with Inverse, Square Enix Producer Tomoya Asano was asked if there will be any other remakes coming that use the HD-2D style. His response is as follows.
It was great to see the reactions based on Live A Live, the HD-2D remake. Especially because this was the first time that it’s being released outside of Japan. We were excited to see what kind of reactions people had. We really do want to continue to monitor what kind of games get great reactions. Maybe what kind of games haven’t been released outside of Japan? There are a lot of factors that we’re going to be looking into when determining what games we’re going to remake as a team.
As we mentioned above, the latest HD-2D game on the market is Triangle Strategy. Just like Octopath Traveler before it, both games use the same visual style, and also have rather interesting names. Asano was also asked about how the team arrived at the name Triangle Strategy, to which he said the following.
**We usually put a lot of thought into determining the game’s titles. One of the things that we make sure that we think about is if the player can imagine what kind of game it is based on the title. When you look at Triangle Strategy, a triangle is three angles, and then “strategy.” So it’s a strategy game that you play from three angles. Octopath Traveler is also named kind of from that perspective: Octo is the eight paths that you’re traveling.
We wanted to see what the reactions would be like behind “Project Triangle Strategy.” So having “Project” at the start of the name would give us a little bit of room to be able to change the name, but it ended up resonating with the audience, so we thought we’d keep the Triangle Strategy name.**