It seems like classic JRPGs are experiencing a resurgence, and you will have two more to grind next year. Langrisser I & II will release on March 13, 2020. The strategy RPG showed off its old and new graphics in the announcement trailer released today. It’s a dramatic change from the original and, based on YouTube comments, maybe a divisive one. Whether you are an old or new fan, you can switch between the two art styles, so you can choose the one that fits you best.
The new visuals are not the only promised change. Both games have been given some modernization improvements with gameplay to bring them into this decade. That’s only kinda a joke. According to Wikipedia (I know, I know), Langrisser was originally released in 1991 on the Mega Drive, so times and SRPGs have changed a bit since then. The music has also been “revised”. I’m hoping that means recorded in higher quality and also switchable between new and old.
For people who didn’t play the original games, what are these things about? The first game is about Prince Ledin fighting the forces of darkness as they try to overwhelm the Kingdom of Baldea. In the second game, evil is as evil does, and we have the hero Elwin fighting them in a war. It’s classic fantasy that pits the forces of good against the forces of evil. It’s one of gaming’s comfort foods, and it never really goes out of style.
If you want to see the changes and a little bit of gameplay, check out the trailer and a few screenshots with old and new visuals. Whether you played it originally or you are just a fan of tactical RPG gameplay, March 13 will be here before you know it.
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.