Tactics Ogre: Reborn Revives the Classic Turn-Based JRPG Series
Sydney, New South Wales
And it's coming to PC, PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch, which brings the classic setup and universe to all-new throngs of players from different alliances, while equally reviving a seemingly long-lost series to Old Hats like us here, who happen to adore the franchise, and then some.
For mine, it'll be hard to top either Tactics Ogre 64: Person of Lordly Caliber -- a Nintendo 64 entry that never actually made it as a local release here for Aussies but was utterly brilliant, and Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis for Game Boy Advance -- a handheld release I think I poured some 100 hours or more into, which wasn't really a thing back in those days.
Anyway, here's the official wordage on what Tactics Ogre: Reborn is set to offer old and new punters alike this November 11 when it drops for the above platforms:
Tactics Ogre: Reborn delivers beautifully converted high-definition graphics, updated battle systems and vast sound improvements including fully-voiced cutscenes (English and Japanese), recreated sound effects and re-recorded live background music composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto –- all bringing to life a new experience that Tactics Ogre veterans and a new generation of gamers alike will enjoy.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn is set in The Valerian Isles, jewels of the Obero Sea. Following many years of conflict, there finally rose a man to put an end to this: Dorgalua Oberyth. Known as the "Dynast-King”, he brought peace and prosperity to Valeria for half a century. After his death, a civil war erupts and throws the isles of Valeria into a bloody struggle for power between three warring factions. In Tactics Ogre: Reborn, players follow the story of a young man, Denam Pavel, caught in the centre of the bloodshed. Although he seeks a path of freedom and justice, players will soon discover that even the noblest of goals requires impossibly difficult decisions to be made.
Reborn and deeper than ever, this classic tactical role-playing adventure enables players to fully immerse themselves in the world and intrigue of Tactics Ogre. In Tactics Ogre: Reborn, players will take control of a team of units on the battlefield and utilize the turn-based combat system to act strategically and gain the upper hand over their enemy. As players progress, they can recruit additional party members, experiment with various classes, weapons, magic and abilities, and make key decisions at several instances in the story that will ultimately impact how events unfold.
New updates and features include:
Beautifully remastered graphics that enhance yet maintain the original distinctive visual style
Fully voiced cutscenes in English & Japanese
Full orchestral re-recording of the game’s soundtrack
Assorted quality of life updates, such as:
Redesigned battle system
Adjusted level management system
Simplified and improved UI
Seriously, if you've never played this series and don't mind convoluted JRPG storytelling with unnecessary depth and too many main characters, this is more than worth peaking your interest over.
Stay tuned for more as we close in on November 11.