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Tactics Ogre: Reborn

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: Nov. 11, 2022

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'Tactics Ogre: Reborn' Updates The Tactical RPG For Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and PC, Planned For November - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 4, 2022 @ 12:48 a.m. PDT

Tactics Ogre: Reborn is an enhanced edition of the revered tactical RPG, featuring improved graphics and sound, improved battle mechanics, updated game design and much more.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn features updated game design, fully-voiced cutscenes, improved graphics, and sound. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world and intrigue of Tactics Ogre like never before!

Tactics Ogre: Reborn is set in The Valerian Isles, jewels of the Obero Sea. Following many years of conflict, there finally rose a man to put an end to this: Dorgalua Oberyth. Known as the "Dynast-King,” he brought peace and prosperity to Valeria for half a century. After his death, a civil war erupts and throws the isles of Valeria into a bloody struggle for power between three warring factions. In Tactics Ogre: Reborn, players follow the story of a young man, Denam Pavel, caught in the center of the bloodshed. Although he seeks a path of freedom and justice, players will soon discover that even the noblest of goals requires impossibly difficult decisions to be made.

Reborn and deeper than ever, this classic tactical role-playing adventure enables players to fully immerse themselves in the world and intrigue of Tactics Ogre. In Tactics Ogre: Reborn, players will take control of a team of units on the battlefield and utilize the turn-based combat system to act strategically and gain the upper hand over their enemy. As players progress, they can recruit additional party members, experiment with various classes, weapons, magic and abilities, and make key decisions at several instances in the story that will ultimately impact how events unfold.

In this age of conflict, which path will you choose?

The Ogre Battle series, to which Tactics Ogre belongs, started way back in 1993.

The first game in the series to be released, Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, launched that year in Japan for the Super Famicon, and arrived in 1995 for players in North America. A unique combination of real time tactics and RPG, it was a real breath of fresh air for gamers, and it became a hit.

In 1995, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was released in Japan for the Super Famicon. It would later be ported to PlayStation and release in North America in 1998. The game took a different approach to the March of the Black Queen, featuring a new isometric perspective, turn-based battles, super-detailed pixel art, and an intricate, branching story with multiple endings.

The game was one of those cases of lightning in a bottle - the combination of elements resonated with players, winning it a following that persists to this day.

In 2010, a team that included many of the original developers of Tactics Ogre created a remake for PlayStation Portable. It released in Japan as Tactics Ogre: Wheel of Fortune, and a year later in the US and Europe under its original name: Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together.

This successor featured a substantially improved story, a world filled with even more colorful characters, an updated game with new systems and a wealth of content to satisfy even the most hardcore players. The game was a critical smash, winning positive reviews from media and players alike.

Which brings us to 2022 and Tactics Ogre: Reborn! This new version of the game is based on the 2010 remake but features significant changes that make an already great game even greater!

Tactics Ogre: Reborn features a host of enhancements to visuals, sound, game design and more. Here’s a brief rundown of some of these improvements:

  • High-Definition Characters and Backgrounds: The beautifully detailed characters and backgrounds of the original Tactics Ogre have been recreated in high definition. The detailed pixel art that gives the game its unique feel has also been preserved and enhanced to look great on modern HD displays.
  • Fully Updated User Interface: Not only is the user interface now in high definition, it’s also been redesigned to make information easier to understand, with streamlined controls.
  • Sound improvements: All dialogue in Tactics Ogre: Reborn is fully voiced, bringing new life to the complex motivations of the characters that make up the factions and shifting political alliances of this epic story. You can choose between English and Japanese voices, with the ability to switch between them in the config menu at any time. The sound effects have also been remastered, immersing you in battle like never before. Tactics Ogre composer Hitoshi Sakimoto rerecorded the entire soundtrack with a live orchestra. At times the melodies are ominous and filled with tension, while at other times they offer a gentle reprieve. The lingering notes and haunting echoes only found in a live performance raise the immersion in the gameplay to another level.
  • The soundtrack even includes entirely new pieces composed just for Tactics Ogre: Reborn!
  • A redesigned battle system: Building on what worked in previous versions of Tactics Ogre, this new game incorporates new elements as part of an overall redesign of the battle system. Here’s a brief introduction to some of the new features that await.
  • Unit-by-Unit Level System: The class-wide level management system found in Tactics Ogre: Wheel of Fortune has been replaced by a unit-by-unit level system. Each unit advances differently depending on its class, making for an elegant system that lets players plot their way through endless combinations of equipment, skills, and magic for each unit. This means that the player is able to consider the bigger picture, and decide on the overall composition of units to bring into each battle.
  • Battle AI overhaul: The team has made significant changes to the artificial intelligence (AI) of your opponents in combat. The enemy’s tactics change depending on the layout of the battlefield and the state of the battle. Thinking about how to adapt your plans as the situation changes keeps battles engaging and fresh.
  • Playability improvements: Tactics Ogre: Reborn has seen numerous playability improvements, such as a quicker pace of battle, auto save, and a complete overhaul to the controls. All this makes it easier to get into the game than ever before.

Story and characters

We’ve talked a lot about what’s new, but those unfamiliar with the game may be wondering: what’s it all about? Here’s the basic setup for the story:

The game is set on the Valerian Isles, jewels of the Obero Sea. Long a center of naval commerce, the people of the isles struggled throughout history for dominion over her shores.

Finally there rose a man to put an end to this conflict: Dorgalua Oberyth - but history would know him as the "Dynast-King". King Dorgalua strove to stamp out the hatred among the people of the isles, and for half a century, Valeria knew prosperity.

Yet upon the king's death, civil war erupted once more, as three factions vied for control: the Bakram, who comprised much of Valeria's nobility; the Galgastani, whose people made up the majority of the isles' population; and the Walister, who numbered but few.

The isles were soon divided between the Bakram and Galgastani, and an uneasy peace settled across the land. Yet none believe the calm will last...

What follows is an epic tale of war, as many memorable characters get swept up into an escalating conflict.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn is available to pre-order now in a Standard Digital Edition for PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC via STEAM and a Standard Physical Edition for PS5, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. A Digital Premium Edition is also available to pre-order now on PS5, PS4 and STEAM.

The Standard Digital Edition

  • Tactics Ogre: Reborn Standard Edition Game

Anyone who pre-orders Tactics Ogre: Reborn Standard Edition will receive a Tactics Ogre: Reborn Digital Mini Soundtrack* Download Code, which includes a selection of three songs from the Tactics Ogre: Reborn Original Soundtrack, all composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto and recorded live.**

The Digital Premium Edition

  • Tactics Ogre: Reborn Standard Edition Game
  • Full Tactics Ogre: Reborn Original Soundtrack

Anyone who pre-orders Tactics Ogre: RebornDigital Premium Edition will receive a Tactics Ogre (1995) Digital Mini Soundtrack Download Code, which includes a selection of ten chiptune songs from the original Tactics Ogre, released in 1995. Perfected back in the day, these chiptune originals have a slightly different feel from the re-recorded live music found in Tactics Ogre: Reborn.

Finally, the Tactics Ogre: Reborn Tarot Card Set is now available to pre-order. This three-piece tarot card set is otherwise only available in Japan as part of the game’s Collector’s Edition and contains a tarot card deck, a storage pouch, and a mat. Fans can pre-order exclusively through the Square Enix Store.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5 and PC (Steam) on November 11, 2022.

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