The revamped strategy RPG Tactics Ogre: Reborn is coming to PC exclusively for Steam on November 11, confirming previous leaks. This “crown jewel” of tactical role-playing, according to Square Enix, is updated with improved graphics and sound, fully voiced cutscenes, and a revamped combat system. Watch the trailer below and pretend it’s 1995 all over again.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn appears to build on the original and 2010 PSP versions of the game. Squenix says Reborn is based on the PSP iteration, with some significant tweaks to the game’s combat system, such as unit-by-unit leveling and more responsive AI. Characters and backgrounds are now all in high definition, and the user interface has been redesigned to be more easily understood and managed. They also made an appearance in the full Japanese and English dub. Oh, and composer Hitoshi Sakimoto re-recorded and added new material to the soundtrack with a live orchestra.
The long-running Ogre Battle series that Tactics Ogre is a part of has never found its way to PC before. It does, however, have a pretty heavy history on older Sony and Nintendo boxes. Graham reported leaked information about Reborn early last week, but it was unclear then if the revamped game would make the trip to the top of the desks and towers. Which is good news, in my opinion, because SRPGs are usually pretty awesome and we could always do with more classics on PC.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn will be available on Steam from November 11. It will also be on PlayStations, if you prefer to sit on your sofa while making strategic decisions. You can read how the game changes for yourself on the Squenix site here.