If you haven’t heard, Square Enix is set to remake the Game Boy’s Final Fantasy Legend 2 (or, as it’s properly known in Japan, Saga 2) for the DS under the title SaGa 2: Legend of the Secret Treasure.
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Although not a whole ton is known about the game, Famitsu recently interviewed the developers behind the title to glean some proper information on the remake straight from the source. Thanks to 1-Up, here is what we know from the interview:
* Why remake FFL2 in the first place? “The producer, Hiroyuki Miura, was the first one who brought up the idea,” Kawazu says. “There was talk of doing a remake ever since we remade the original SaGa on the Wonder Swan Color in 2002. While that never materialized, the project plan has been sitting there the whole time, and once the Nintendo DS came out and the platform seemed to match the concept, we thought the time was right.”
* The new SaGa II will remain relatively close to the original, both in terms of story and in gameplay length — Kawazu doesn’t imagine the game lasting longer than ten-odd hours on the first casual playthrough. “This is on a portable system, and for that I think it’s better not to have a game you must sit down and play for hours on end, but rather something you can enjoy in small pieces at a time,” he noted.
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* New features? Besides the obvious 3D graphical facelift, Kawazu says that the character building system — one which he admits “had a strong presence of randomness” in the original — will be made a bit less opaque and easier to work with. “I think it’ll be a great deal more fun to build up characters from each of the individual races now,” Kawazu says.
* Don’t expect details behind any major gameplay changes yet, though, because Kawazu ain’t giving them up. “One of [the new features] is a ‘chain’ system that works well with the gameplay in the SaGa 2 remake,” he told Famitsu. “I think gamers will really enjoy this. This also links up with certain other features which I can’t talk more about right now, but I think it’ll all add up to a very SaGa-like gameplay feel. It’s the sort of thing that will make you want to play through the game two or three times, which I think has always been a hallmark of the series from the very beginning.”
* So when’s it due out? There’s no set release date yet, but the game is approximately 70 percent complete — and given that 2009 marks the twentieth anniversary of the SaGa series, the staff should have more than enough inspiration to get this remake out the door soon.
It’s ironic to hear that they are remaking Final Fantasy Legend 2 because I just recently scored complete copies of Final Fantasy Legend 1, Final Fantasy Legend 2 and Final Fantasy Adventure at an entertainment exchange store called Bookmans.
I had always seen the games around and know a bit about them from reading about the Game Boy RPGs, but I had never played the games myself. Now that I’ve gotten my grubby little hands on them, I plan on writing reviews for each one along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the Foot Clan, which is another complete (meaning with box and instructions) Game Boy game that I purchased there.
If you haven’t ever been to a Bookman’s I urge you to check it out, it’s a great place to find rare copies of games for collector’s sake or just game’s that are uncommon to rare. I’ve been going there a lot recently and I bought everything from an NES 2 system to Dark Sector for Xbox 360 to Silent Hill 3 for PS2 (complete with the soundtrack disc). You can also trade games and systems in for credit which is how I was able to afford a lot of my recent purchases.
And in addition to game’s Bookmans sells nearly every other type of media including comic books, magazines, manga, pen & paper RPGs, movies (DVD, VHS, Laserdisc, blu-ray, hd-dvd, etc.), TV seasons, music CDs, records, books on tape, books of all kinds (more books than most libraries I’d say), and classic games and systems of every variety (Dreamcast, N64, SNES, NES, Master System, Genesis, Saturn, Sega-CD, Atari, PS2, PS1, PS3, Wii, GameCube, Xbox, 360, Game Boy, DS, Game Boy Advance and everything in between) as well as all kinds of other knickknacks from board games to toys.