SaGa: Scarlet Grace is Coming to the Western Market

by Sammy Chan
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Earlier today, Akitoshi Kawazu tweeted out that a Japanese Version of an enhanced SaGa: Scarlet Grace will be released on August 2, and a western port on “…a later date”.

SaGa: Scarlet Grace first came out on PlayStation Vita in Japan in December 2016. The game received a positive reception from audiences despite its notorious difficulty. According to GameFaqs, the game carries on its reputation of difficult and challenging gameplay while still providing players with a rewarding sense of achievement. The game averages a score of 4.06 out of five stars, with only one reviewer giving it less than four stars (0.5 stars).  In terms of difficulty, 88% of the players claim it is of “Tough” difficulty, as opposed to 12% claiming it to be “Just Right.”

SaGa’s Reception

Regardless, it still did well on the Japanese sales charts, convincing developers to make an updated version for modern consoles. Included will be additional characters, story content and updated graphics. The revamped version adds a subtitle to the base game, SaGa: Scarlet Grace – Hiiro no Yabou. It’s due to release in Japan on Steam, PlayStation 4, Switch and mobile this August 2. The western localized port will release on ‘…a later date’.

This also raises the question of the development progress of the Romancing SaGa 3 remaster. It was announced over a year ago for Vita and PS4 but hasn’t received any news updates since. It is still listed on the Japanese Square Enix site, but with no release date, still. Cancellation of the project is a possibility. The previous localized remastered title did not sell well. Romancing SaGa 3 will be receiving its localization after release in Japan. The 1995 game is the most popular in its franchise with praise for its polished mechanics and unorthodox story-telling.

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