The Grandia HD Collection for the Switch is about to undergo a little more remastering. On Monday, Collection publisher GungHo tweeted that "feedback and comments" about the Switch title is prompting the team to release a patch in November. The Grandia HD Remaster planned for Steam has also been pushed back to October 15. Finally, the Grandia 2 Anniversary Edition currently available on Steam will become the Grandia 2 HD Remaster.
Confused? Me too. Let's straighten this out. Grandia 2, a classic PlayStation 2 RPG from Game Arts, been available on Steam as the "Anniversary Edition" since 2015. Remastered versions of Grandia (originally released for the PlayStation in 1997) and Grandia 2 were released on the Switch in August as The Grandia HD Collection. GungHo also planned to release an HD remaster of Grandia on Steam for the first time this September.
The HD Collection for Switch is fine, but it lacks much in the way of extras or features. Players have also complained about problems like poor color saturation and sound bugs. GungHo seems to have taken note about the issues, and tweeted "the first patch for the Nintendo Switch will be available on November 12." The specifics about the patch will be laid out at a later date.
Meanwhile on Steam, the Grandia HD Remaster will arrive on October 15 with the same upgrades Switch users will eventually receive. This is the same date the current Steam listing for Grandia 2 Anniversary Edition will become the Grandia 2 HD Remaster. If you already own the Anniversary Edition, the game will switch over automatically. You can even Switch back if that's your preference.
A message to the fans regarding changes to the GRANDIA HD Collection and GRANDIA and GRANDIA II HD Remasters: pic.twitter.com/BAnbPuTn3g— GungHo Online (@GungHo_America) September 23, 2019
"We offer our sincerest apologies for those who have been looking forward to the PC remasters and know that we are working as quickly and carefully as possible to resolve these issues," GungHo tweets. "We thank you for your patience, and hope you continue to look forward to its release."
Whew. Untangling all that Grandia remaster lore was a bit of a job. Sometimes JRPGs just can't keep their puzzles and secrets contained to the game data. Kat and I recently talked about Grandia on Axe of the Blood God, so give that a listen!