If you were a fan of role-playing video games back in the ’90s, Romancing Saga is one name that you just cannot forget. This is roughly where it all began for the role-playing game universe.
In 1995, Square, a Japanese based gaming company, released the first rendition of Romancing SaGa for the Super Famicom system. It quickly became the greatest adventure of its time. At the time, however, its release was restricted only to Japan.
Over the years, Square has managed to release the game compatible with multiple platforms, often improving its quality and gameplay. The game was released for Wii on September 21, 2010, and later for Wii U on February 26, 2014, further expanding its reach over virtual consoles.
In March 2017, a remastered version was announced for iOS, Android and Playstation Vita, owing to the increase in popularity of mobile gaming. Soon after this, Akitoshi Kawazu, the brains behind the SaGa franchise, announced that an English version of the game was in development. Since its release in 1995, Romancing SaGa 3 has managed to sell more than a million copies.
The SaGa series has over the years managed to improve and redesign their gameplay, storylines and characters consistently. Romancing SaGa 3 is set to return once again in 2019, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Romancing SaGa 3 Plot: What is it about?
Being a role-playing adventure game, Romancing Saga 3 follows a very well crafted storyline. The storyline focuses on a natural calamity that repeats itself every 300 years called “The Death Eclipse”. It is caused by a death star covering the sun and releasing deadly energy that is capable of destroying every living thing in sight. Around 600 years ago, during The Death Eclipse, one newly born child survived the death star. This child possessed powers never known to mankind. The child grew up to become “The Devil King”. Cruel at heart, the king destroyed lands and made people suffer. He opened the Abyss, freeing the Devil Lords to serve him and spread his wrath. However, one day, the Devil King disappeared, and the Devil Lords were left without a leader. They continued their wrath across the lands, crumbling everything in their way.
About 300 years ago, the Death Eclipse returned, once again destroying all life. This time as well one newly born survived and possessed exceptional powers. This newly-born came to be known as “The Holy King”. Growing up, he saw the distress and havoc caused by the Devil Lords and stood against them to become a hero. He defeated the Devil Lords and sent them back to the Abyss and restored peace over the lands. However, 15 years ago, the death star returned as the world waited to see who the next survivor would be. Everyone’s fate depends upon knowing if he would grow up to become the destroyer or the saviour.
Romancing SaGa 3: Gameplay
Romancing SaGa 3 has similar gameplay like its predecessors with minor adjustments and changes. A player starts by choosing a character amongst eight options to be the lead. Additional characters can be found and recruited by the player throughout the game. Each character’s stats improve depending on their participation in battles. Each character has an LP, which reduces once the characters HP becomes zero. When a character’s LP becomes zero, he is eliminated from the team. When the leader’s LP becomes zero, the player loses the game. Characters can learn new techniques and skills during battle, which are called ‘Sparks’. Sparks can usually help teams turn the battle in their favour.
Players can also play in Commander mode or as Mikhail. The commander mode requires at least one character more than the lead character. As Mikhail, the player is asked to lead a battalion of soldiers to fight mini-campaigns where the player controls small battalions instead of individual characters.
Romancing SaGa 3 Crew: Who is behind it?
The saga series is developed and designed by some of the biggest names in the RPG universe. The brains behind the series is Japanese game producer and designer Akitoshi Kawazu. The latest rendition features impeccable graphics, newly drawn art and beautiful visuals all illustrated by Tomomi Kobayashi.
Romancing SaGa 3 Release Date: When will it be available?
On September 19, 2018, Square Enix teased us by declaring that romancing SaGa 3 will be released on multiple platforms in 2019. It is now finally confirmed after the release of their trailer, that Romancing SaGa 3 is set to come out on November 11, 2019. It will be available for all platforms, including Playstation Vita, PC, and mobile.
Romancing SaGa 3 Trailer
Square Enix released a trailer in September 2019 declaring Romancing SaGa’s introduction to the west. The trailer starts by introducing the storyline and then moves on to reveal the characters. The remastered characters look amazing. The soundtrack is brilliant, giving it a nostalgic vibe. A few glimpses of the gameplay are also visible. With just one month to go, we are looking forward to this big time.
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