Romancing SaGa 3 gets an Aussie classification

Romance is in the air

Just the other day we heard that Square-Enix was putting the finishing touches on Romancing SaGa 3, and that more info was coming at TGS 2019. I'm thinking that info might be a release date, as the game has just received its Aussie classification. That's usually a good sign that things really are wrapping, and we should get final launch details in the near future.

Square-Enix discusses why the SaGa games never had a breakthrough moment in the states

Will things work out this time?

Both Romancing SaGa 3 and SaGa Scarlet Grace are going to see release on Switch in the West, but it's not the first time the SaGa series has launched outside of Japan. The thing is, the series just didn't seem to catch on, but Square-Enix wants to give things another go. In an interview with Game Informer, Square-Enix's Akitoshi Kawazu explains why he believes the franchise never got off the ground when originally localized.

Even before localizing the games, the company kind of had the mindset that SaGa series games there were a little too intricate. They're difficult, maybe too much. So the company kind of perceived that the Western audience was looking for something that was more, maybe a little bit more simple, more action-oriented. That is kind of why even before we got the localization part, they were hesitant to release the titles in the West. The company just had that mindset that it would be too rigid. Like having too many choices combined with the difficult gameplay for the Western audience, they had the perception that it wouldn’t resonate and it never got the chance.

Classic SaGa series makes a comeback with two new titles

SaGa returns to the West

LOS ANGELES (June 10, 2019) – During its E3 live event 2019, SQUARE ENIX® announced that the legendary RPG masterpiece Romancing SaGa™ 3 will soon make its official debut in the West with an HD remastered version coming to consoles and mobile devices. SQUARE ENIX also revealed that SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS™ is also in development for Europe and North America.

Developed by industry veterans including legendary developer Akitoshi Kawazu, director of Romancing SaGa, SaGa Frontier and THE FINAL FANTASY LEGEND, Romancing SaGa 3 originally released in Japan in 1995. This brand-new HD remaster introduces optimized graphics, new dungeons to explore, new scenarios to experience and a new game+ function.

SQUARE ENIX also announced SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS, an enhanced version of SaGa SCARLET GRACE, which originally released only in Japan in 2016. Newcomers and longtime fans of the franchise can shape their own adventures with one of four protagonists, Urpina, Taria, Balmant, and Leonard, each with their own unique storyline, allowing players to enjoy four different RPGs in one title.

With its first Western release, AMBITIONS builds upon the original Japanese release with a variety of improvements and additions to the original, including new and improved graphics, character voiceovers, weapons, skills and more. In addition, players will have access to more than 70 allies to potentially add to their party and test out different battle strategies with the new turn-based timeline system as they conquer new scenarios, monsters and bosses on their journey.

Romancing SaGa 3 will be available on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, Windows 10, STEAM®, the App Store® and Google Play®. SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS will be available on the Nintendo Switch system, PlayStation®4, STEAM, the App Store® and Google Play™ These titles are not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

Romancing SaGa 3 bumped back to unspecified release date, new footage shared

Gameplay footage starts at 14:45.

Square-Enix gave an update earlier today on the Romancing SaGa 3 remaster, and it wasn't exactly fun news. The game was originally planned to launch in early 2019, but now Square-Enix has bumped it back to an unspecified date.

SaGa series producer Masanori Ichikawa said, “We are still in the state of improving the development quality, so I would like to have a little more time.” That was followed by SaGa series creator Akitoshi Kawazu, who added, “Romancing SaGa 3 fans, I ask for your further patience. The development team is doing their best, so please wait a little longer.”


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