If you're a fan of the Mana series, then we've got good news for you. Square Enix and Nintendo recently revealed that Trials of Mana will be coming to the west next year, and will basically be an HD remake of Seiken Densetsu 3. In this guide to the game, we'll be going over the Trials of Mana release date, the new reveal trailer shown off at E3 2019, and more.
Trials of Mana Release Date
Right now, the only Trials of Mana release date we have is early 2020. The release window for the game was revealed at E3 2019, taking up merely a minute during the Nintendo Direct on June 11.
But whenever it does end up releasing, Trials of Mana will be coming to the PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. The lack of an Xbox One release for the game isn't really surprising. After all, last year's Secret of Mana remaster didn't come to the Xbox One either.
Trials of Mana Trailer
Below, you can see the trailer that announced Trials of Mana for the west during the Nintendo Direct. You can see the active time battle system employed by the game, which moves away from the historical turn-based combat of old JRPGs (of which Seiken Densetsu 3 was certainly one of).
After Trials of Mana was revealed, Game Informer learned a few additional details about the release. You pick from a selection of six characters, choosing your sole protagonist from among them. You then pick two comrades from the remaining five characters to accompany you on your quest.
The two comrades that you pick at the beginning of Trials of Mana basically act as sub characters. You can undertake quest lines specific to them, which means you'll have to play Trials of Mana multiple times if you want to see the story of every character available in the game.
Trials of Mana is being made using the Unreal Engine. Series producer Masaru Oyamada emphasized that the switch to the Unreal Engine came after the disappointing reception to the Secret of Mana remake from last year, with critics particularly focusing on the visuals of the remake.
What is Trials of Mana?
But maybe you've never played a Mana game before, and you're wondering what all the fuss is about. The original Seiken Densetsu, known as 'Mana' outside of Japan, first released for the Gameboy all the way back in 1991. It was a turn-based JRPG, but now as you can see in the reveal trailer for Trials of Mana above, the series has evolved to a more active time battle system.
Trials of Mana is a remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, as we mentioned previously. This game originally released for the SNES in Japan all the way back in 1995, but it never released outside of Japan, and western fans of the series have long hoped for a localization of the game. Now, that comes in the form of Trials of Mana, which is a complete overhaul of the game from 1995.
For all the news and a full timetable, check out our E3 2019 schedule. If you're after information on the individual presentations, there's our guide pages to the Nintendo E3 2019 show, the Microsoft E3 2019 show, the Square Enix E3 2019 show, the Bethesda E3 2019 show, and the Ubisoft E3 2019 show.