After several leaks and teasers, Square Enix has finally launched Tactical Ogre: Rebirth. You won’t have to wait long either, as the strategy RPG is coming to Switch, Steam, and PS4/5 on November 11.
Based on the 2010 remake that came to the PSP in the form of the Tactical Ogre, Reborn features a reworked combat system with a unit-by-unit level system, combat AI overhaul and playability improvements—faster Battle pacing, auto-save, and a complete overhaul of controls. You also get some neat quality of life improvements, such as HD characters and backgrounds, a completely updated UI, and sound improvements.
Set in the fictional Valerian Islands, Tactical Ogre has long been seen as the center of the navel commerce. So it’s in a strategy-like game that tells a war story; the archipelago’s personal history is the history of people’s struggles for domination of their shores. When we join them, the islands find themselves forming an uneasy alliance between Bakram and Galgastani, but we all know this won’t last.
Fans have been looking forward to the Tactics Ogre remake for some time now. The first time we heard wind of an RPG was named in a now-infamous NVIDIA leak that featured a slew of unannounced games, many of which have already been confirmed.The game has also appeared in various trademark (opens in new tab)and storefront (opens in new tab).
So why do people care so much about tactical ogres? The game’s history is a bit complicated, so bear with me. Tactics Ogre was originally released in North America in 1993 with The March of the Black Queen – 1995. It’s a massive RPG with real-time tactics, though it wasn’t until 1995 that Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together gained an isometric perspective, turn-based combat, pixel art, and a branching story with multiple endings. That was the game of the same name that was subsequently remade for the PSP in 2010, and was the basis for Tactical Ogre: Rebirth.
The game also has some ties to Final Fantasy, as director Yasumi Matsuno went on to join Square Enix and create Final Fantasy Tactics – essentially tactical ogres, but Final Fantasy.
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