The strategy/RPG does indeed survive these days, even if it's mostly limited to the handheld realm.
Long-time fans of the engrossing sub-genre remember the name Tactics Ogre and it's likely those fans will be interested in a modernized remake. Today, Square-Enix has announced that Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together will release on February 15 in North America. Designed for the PSP and featuring a whole new set of refined visuals and a few other improvements and enhancements, those who pre-order the game at GameStop, EB Games Canada, Amazon.com or Amazon.ca will receive "a beautiful Tactics Ogre Tarot Card Deck featuring unique illustrations by celebrated artist Akihiko Yoshida." The details concerning the updates are as follows:
"After more than a decade, the critically acclaimed Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together will be reborn with significant new content, including an entirely updated storyline featuring new characters, dramatic choices, engaging plots and pitched battles. The remake also features innovative changes to the battle system, character development, and even the combat interface, which all serve to update its classic strategic gameplay, making battles more intuitive and, most importantly, fun."
Furthermore, because players can experience branching storylines and different endings, the developers have added the Chariot Tarot and World Tarot systems, which let players "rewind both key battles and return to critical plot points in an effort to change their fate." Hey, did we have this option after picking the Flame Champion in Suikoden III , or did we have to play the whole game over again to pick a different Champion…? I forget.
Well, anyway, this is great news for strategy/RPG fans who either loved Tactics Ogre back in the day or for fans of the genre who have yet to try it.
Related Game(s): Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together