More HD-2D Remakes of Classic Square Enix Games are Coming

By the decree of Square Enix’s president!

From brand new experiences like Octopath Traveller and Triangle Strategy to the surprise remake of Live A Live, Square Enix has struck gold with their HD-2D line of games that perfectly blends pixel and three-dimensional visuals.

If you are a fan of this bold new direction, there’s plenty more coming our way: during the first episode of the SQEX Asano Development Teams Radio podcast, company president Yosuke Matsuda said he was very keen on having more HD-2D remakes.

Tomoya Asano, the producer in charge of HD-2D games at Square Enix, also confirmed during the podcast that more HD remakes, apart from the aforementioned Live A Live and Dragon Quest III, will be coming soon.

Besides the upcoming rerelease of Chrono Cross remaster, here are five forgotten games that we think deserve another chance to shine.

Xenogears

With the Xenoblade Chronicles games getting a third sequel, it’s about time that Square Enix capitalised on this by remaking the game that started it all: Xenogears. They may not be fully connected with one another, but the same core team has been working on the Xeno meta series for decades now.

So, with Xenogears on the original PlayStation already being somewhat of a prototype for the HD-2D concept as a whole, with it also seamlessly blending 2D pixel art with 3D models, it would also be a great way to fix Xenogears’ second unfinished half once and for all.

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

This one-time spin-off may have gotten a lot of flak for being “Baby’s First JRPG”, and while we can’t deny the oversimplification and streamlining of core gameplay mechanics, there’s still a lot to love when it comes to Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.

Its story and setting is memorable enough, especially when backed up by its stellar soundtrack. It could be a chance to offer a more varied experience, one that can cater to newcomers as well as hardcore JRPG fans with added difficulty options and expanded content.

The Quintet Trilogy

Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia and Terranigma were all action-RPGs that were exclusively released on the Super Nintendo. They are hidden gems in every sense of the word and it is about time that everyone around the world gets a chance to play them.

If Square Enix is willing to bring back Live A Live, a game that is arguably more obscure than these three, then surely this trilogy of games could make a comeback. They’re essentially Square Enix’s take on classic Zelda, each with their own unique tales of destiny and duty.

Mischief Makers

It shouldn’t just be role-playing games that get the HD-2D treatment as some of Square Enix’s forgotten games span all sorts of genres. Case in point, the underrated Nintendo 64 platformer, Mischief Makers.

Outclassed by the fully three-dimensional platformers of the day like Crash Bandicoot and Super Mario 64, Mischief Makers was a 2.5D affair that is very similar to the Klonoa games. It even has the same amount of charm and humour as well.

Secret of Evermore

The pseudo-sequel to Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore is a lot like its predecessor but also borrows from Earthbound with its more modern setting of American suburbia. A boy and his dog get transported across time and space into the land of Evermore.

Secret of Evermore has a lot of things going for it as it is arguably one of the most imaginative Squaresoft games of its time. Players will not only travel across different time periods but also learn alchemy and do battle with all manner of dragons, cavemen and robots.

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Live a Live [HD]

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