Saga: Scarlet Grace Details Recall PSOne Classic Saga Frontier

Square Enix' Vita-only follow-up to the Saga franchise, sounds like a game in the Saga franchise.

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After showing off a brief snippet of gameplay at Sony's Tokyo Game Show 2016 press event, Square Enix has outlined a whole host of details about Saga: Scarlet Grace. In an interview with Famitsu (reported by Hachima and translated by Gematsu), the company opened the doors and let players in on what it has been crafting.

Saga: Scarlet Grace, like Saga Frontier, lets players choose between multiple protagonists. In this case, you have four heroes, each with their own story and viewpoint. Your choices this time include Urpina, a young, cheerful woman born into a house of dual-wielding warriors; Leonard, a farmer on a journey to the legendary city of Ai-Khanoum; Taria, an artist skilled in ceramics who has noticed distortions in the world due to her work; and Balmaint, a courtroom executioner who is on a quest to kill his former boss seven times.

In Saga: Scarlet Grace, players decide how they'll travel and explore the map. There are no dungeons in the game, with thousands of events prepared on the world map for players to run into. Which choices you make will determine which events you'll run into and have a major impact on your game's story. SaGa creator Akitoshi Kawazu told Famitsu that the a single playthrough will run 30 to 60 hours.

When it comes to combat, battles follow a timeline, shown in the gameplay tease. Player parties consist of five members. All five share BP recovery each turn and depending on how your party is arranged, you'll get stat boosts and bonus effects. Saga: Scarlet Grace will feature nine types of weapons and every character can equip any weapon.

Urpina doing her thing.

Saga: Scarlet Grace is currently scheduled for release on PlayStation Vita in Japan on December 15, 2016. There is no planned North American release yet.

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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #1 cldmstrsn A year ago
    I really hope this gets a physical release in NA.
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  • Avatar for modernlove69 #2 modernlove69 A year ago
    this game sounds fantastic, please bring it west!
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  • Avatar for fstim82 #3 fstim82 A year ago
    Don't really understand why anyone would put something on the Vita at this point... but I'll take it.
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  • Avatar for SargeSmash #4 SargeSmash A year ago
    I'm guessing we'll never see this one over here. Pity.
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  • Avatar for Vonlenska #5 Vonlenska A year ago
    Honestly, even though it almost never really affects anything, having multiple protagonists with diverse backgrounds is one of the most interesting things about the SaGa series. There's more creativity and intrigue in that sentence fragment setting up Taria's scenario than most characters get in a whole longrunning series.
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #6 cldmstrsn A year ago
    @fstim82 Cause in Japan its still doing extremely well.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #7 riderkicker A year ago
    Jeremy Parish is reviewing this right? I'd like to hear his take, since plenty of JRPG gamers have terrible reaction to the Frontier games. But then again, some people love Legend of Dragoon, and some people hate it.
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  • Avatar for Gamer-Law #8 Gamer-Law A year ago
    @riderkicker - Agreed. Jeremy also did a great write-up on Legend of Legacy--a game that is in the mould of the SaGa franchise. I would very much like to hear his thoughts on this.Edited September 2016 by Gamer-Law
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  • Avatar for Nuclear-Vomit #9 Nuclear-Vomit A year ago
    I don't know Karate, but I know Kawazu!
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  • Avatar for FirLocke #10 FirLocke A year ago
    I would love to see this get an awesome physical release for Vita in the US & EU. Let's see it happen, Square! I love that they're bringing World of Final Fantasy physicslly to Vita, would love to see it happen for Saga as well.
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  • Avatar for davidwurzel94 #11 davidwurzel94 A year ago