Live A Live: Nintendo Switch remake, HD-2D… We take stock of Square Enix’s legendary role-playing game

Game News Live A Live: Nintendo Switch remake, HD-2D… We take stock of Square Enix’s legendary role-playing game

During a Nintendo Direct announced the remake of Live A Live on the Nintendo Switch. A harmless announcement for some but nonetheless marks the return of a JRPG myth. Why is this an event? What will this remake bring? We took stock of Live A Live prior to the release.

Summary

  • Live A Live, what is it?
  • Why was the release of Live A Live on the Nintendo Switch such an event?
  • What are the differences between the SNES game and the Nintendo Switch remake?
  • Who worked on the Live A Live remake?
  • What is the release date of Live A Live?
  • Is there a demo?

Live A Live, what is it?

Live a Live is a remake of the JRPG of the same name released on September 2, 1994 on the SNES (Japan only). Emphasizing polished and intricate storytelling, Live A Live invites you to cover not one but eight characters that progress at different times: Pogo in Prehistory, Shifu Mountainheart in Imperial China, Oboromaru in late Edo Japan, the Sundown Kid in the Wild West period, Masaru Takahara in the Present, Akira in the Near Future, Cube in the Far Future and Oersted in the Middle Ages.

In addition, each episode has a different story line and game mechanics (especially in fights), which makes this one of his strong points for a rich and rhythmic experience. Note that you can choose to follow these different stories with each other or go from one to the other to discover these similarities. However, once you finish the first seven chapters there are two new appearances to tie it all together and end the Live A Live stories.


Why was the release of Live A Live on the Nintendo Switch such an event?

Live A Live is a true JRPG juggernaut, recognized by critics and audiences. In our columns, it really got the mark of 19 out of 20 in our columns, where we made it qualify as a masterpiece, “one of those cult games that was completely inspired and from which came out an eternal magic”. Innovative, attractive and well -carried, Live A Live deeply marked the world of JRPGs at the time and served as the inspiration for many titles. And yet, it’s a safe bet that you haven’t gotten your hands on this game yet. First of all, because it’s not new. As we said, the game was released in 1994, almost 30 years ago. At the time, the game was created and published by Squaresoft, which became Square Enix in 2003, so some of you weren’t even born when it was released.

And even if it is, it’s not easy to get a Live A Live version. The game is only released in Japan, so you’ll need to import a Japanese version (and understand Japanese) to try it out. If the game was re-released on the Wii U in 2015, it would be, once again, in the Land of the Rising Sun. Sits release on the Nintendo Switch thus marks the very first official entry into Western lands. (with a French localization in particular). So the announcement made during Nintendo Direct in February was a real event.


What are the differences between the SNES game and the Nintendo Switch remake?

Who says remake, should say the differences between the original game and the new. However, don’t expect a profound change like the FF7 Remake. The developers really want to keep the DNA and the old school part of the title. So the scenario and gameplay mechanics usually stay the same. However, there have been many improvements. The game is a must slightly easier and adapt to current limitations, to be more accessible to the general public.

But the biggest change is of course the graphic overhaul. The process used is now known and bears the name HD-2D. It is mainly used for the development of Triangle Strategy and Octopath Traveler. It was by joining the team of Tomoya Asano, head of Octopath Traveler, that Takashi Tokita and others had the idea to make a remake of Live A Live using this technique. As a reminder, HD-2D is a graphic process used by Square Enix to mix ancient 2D pixel art and 3D backgrounds, thus creating a pleasing diorama effect. Note that the original soundtrack of the game is again by the same composer as before, Yoko Shimomura.

Live A Live: Nintendo Switch remake, HD-2D… We take stock of Square Enix’s legendary role-playing game

Who worked on the Live A Live remake?

We just talked about it, Yoko Shimomura, who composed the soundtrack to Live A Live of 1994, set the stage for this remake. And not just him! Takashi Tokita, director and screenwriter of Live A Live, is actually in charge of the project. It has to be said that the idea of ​​a remake has been in his head for many years. He pushed Square Enix for a long time to get it, but it wasn’t until the development of Octopath Traveler that he finally got the purpose of his desires. With these two names in the bill, we can be sure that Live A Live on the Nintendo Switch will keep its DNA in the past.

Live A Live: Nintendo Switch remake, HD-2D… We take stock of Square Enix’s legendary role-playing gameLive A Live: Nintendo Switch remake, HD-2D… We take stock of Square Enix’s legendary role-playing game

What is the release date of Live A Live?

The Live A Live remake is set for July 22, 2022, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Pre-orders are open. In the Nintendo eShop, you have to payment € 49.99 to get it. Note that the game weighs less than 5GB. So you need to have a lot of free space on your console to download Live A Live.

Live A Live: Nintendo Switch remake, HD-2D… We take stock of Square Enix’s legendary role-playing game

Is there a demo?

There is a demo from the latest Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase. The latter invites you to discover three of the nine chapters of Live A Live, which are those placed in Imperial China, the End of Edo Japan and the Far Future. As in the last game, you can choose to go through each chapter from beginning to end or alternate to follow it evenly. Good News: the saved data can be transferred to your final version of the game afterwards.

Note that at JV we tested this for you. If you feel it, you can find it our preview based on these three chapters. And the least we can say is that they just announced the end of the rest of the game.


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