Grandia and Grandia II are getting HD remasters for the Nintendo Switch. This is very exciting news for fans of retro RPGs, some of whom had to be peeled off the ceiling when the news hit Twitter.
News about the remasters arrived earlier today from GungHo. Grandia originally came out in 1997 for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn, and Grandia II followed in 2000 for the PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast. Both games are by Game Arts, the studio behind another beloved RPG cult hit: The Lunar series.
Both games are classics, but Grandia is particularly noteworthy for its 32-bit spritework—seemingly a lost art. It's not clear if we'll see brand-new HD sprites in the Switch remaster, but wow, that'd be nice. A demo of the Grandia II HD remaster will be available at PAX West 2018 at the end of this month, and hopefully a release date will follow. Both remastered games are also hitting Steam, where you can already secure a copy of Grandia II for yourself if you don't feel like waiting.