Tactics Ogre: Reborn Gets More Details, Images
Square Enix posted new details and images for Tactics Ogre: Reborn, the upcoming remaster of tactical RPG Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. In a new blog post, the developer provided details about the game’s tarot-based character initialisation system as well as the game’s combat and branching narrative.
At the start of the game, players are able to put their own imprint on protagonist Denam Pavel, starting by selecting his date of birth. Players are then given questions by the twenty-two major arcana tarot cards, the answers to which will determine Denam’s initial stats. Finally, they can select which of the eight element attributes Denam is associated with by choosing one of the gods from the myth of Xytegenia: Xoshonell, Goddess of Fire; Greuza, Goddess of Water; Hahnela, Goddess of Air; Vaasa, Goddess of Earth; Nestharot, Goddess of Lightning; Lyuneram, Goddess of Ice; Ashmedai, God of Darkness; and Ishtar, Goddess of Light.
Denam leads his own order of knights, made up of units covering a variety of classes that have their own assortment of abilities. Each unit has its own element, with abilities that use that element getting a boost, while also assigning weaknesses or resistances to corresponding elements; for example, earth is weak against wind, but strong against lightning. Units can be powered up by earning experience in combat — with Reborn using a unit-by-unit level system — as well as upgrading equipment and learning new magic.
The game sees players moving around the main map between missions, with players entering combat when they reach their destination or are accosted on the way. Players can choose which units participate in combat, with the number of units able to be deployed changing between different battles. The turn order is flexible, with characters potentially acting more frequently according to the Recovery Time, which is dependent on multiple factors such as their agility and equipment. There may be different victory conditions for each battle, and if players end a battle before picking up available item pouches, they will still be able to get them on the victory screen. Through the game, players have various choices to make, the most important of these see the game branching into multiple story routes.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn is based on the PlayStation Portable remake of the original Super Famicom title. The Reborn version of the game features high-definition graphics, fully voiced cutscenes in English and Japanese, and a full orchestral re-recording of the game’s soundtrack. It also includes a redesigned UI and updated sound effects. Tactics Ogre: Reborn is planned to release worldwide for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch on November 11, 2022.