Trials Of Mana Releases On April 24th

by Sage Ashford

During Nintendo’s most recent Direct, they revealed a new trailer for Square-Enix’s upcoming Trials of Mana game. The game is a remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, a title which fans have long awaited an official release date for without luck.  Playstation goes into more detail:

  • Trials of Mana is a full high-definition remake of the third entry in the Mana series, previously released in Japan in 1995 as Seiken Densetsu 3. Trials of Mana tells the story of six heroes in their battle to defeat monsters of destruction trying to take over the world whilst the power of Mana has been weakened.
  • Players can choose between six main characters and supporting allies, the story will play out in different ways depending on the combination of the main character and allies in the party.

April is a particularly interesting release window for this game. In the past, most major titles would ship primarily in the Fall, making the months of September through December particularly dangerous for smaller titles.  But as the audience for gaming grows, companies have become more experimental with their release windows.  With the exception of July and August, it seems no month is off limits for major releases, with companies like Capcom carving out January for themselves (Resident Evil 7, Monster Hunter World, Resident Evil 2) and Sony taking over all of Q1.

I say all of that to point out the fact that Trials of Mana will be releasing around the same time as Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs: Legion (March 6th), CDProjektRED’s Cyberpunk 2077 (April 16th), and Square-Enix’s own Final Fantasy VII: Remake (March 3rd).  Though it might seem that these games wouldn’t have much crossover, the reality is that people interested in Trials will also be interested in one or more of those bigger titles.

Trials represents a new trend I hope continues for years to come: the remake, over the remaster.  This generation has gotten quite a bit of mileage out of remasters, games that uprez the characters and environments but still retain the same flat textures and just look like less blurry versions of PS2 and PS3 titles.  Those titles have always been frustrating for me, as someone who enjoys seeing the medium advance at least partially from generation to generation.   However, with games like the Crash and Spyro collections getting total remakes alongside Medievil and now this, hopefully full on remasters will become more common.

Trials of Mana will be available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam on April 24th, 2020.

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