What do you want to be the next HD-2D game?
With Triangle strategyof the launch and the recent reveal of the live alive remaster, our eyes are on Square Enix’s “HD-2D” efforts. What do you want to see in the next HD-2D game? A remaster? A tribute to a classic? The Siliconera writers have made their choice.
the trigger of a stopwatch is one of those classic games I hear tons of good things about, but I’ve never experienced it myself. When I saw my friend’s older brother play it for the first time? I (perhaps a bit blasphemous) called it “ugly” compared to Final Fantasy X. Although it was released on more modern platforms such as Windows PC and the Nintendo DS, I think it would be a pretty good game to check out in HD-2D.
My second choice is Brave Fencer Musashi for purely sentimental reasons, but that would require a complete overhaul of the game’s aesthetics. Since the goal of HD-2D is to keep this retro atmosphere, it probably spoils the idea. — Stephanie
Is it too soon after the release of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster line to request a Final Fantasy HD-2D Remaster? The remarkable work on That Scene by Final Fantasy VI drove home how much i would like to see my favorite FF game in the new style. And I’ve never seen Square Enix hesitate to re-sell me something I love! So consider that a distant promise.
In this case, I would like a new original title. Sure, live alive is coming out soon and is basically new to most people. But I’d like to see Square Enix take it a step further and apply the look to something a bit further away from the aesthetic we’ve seen so far. Possibly a sci-fi game in the vein of the DS cult classic infinite space? Or a modern-day urban fantasy? — Josh
We have never seen Hanjuku Hero game outside of Japan. These are real-time strategy games that have appeared on multiple platforms in Japan. The series started on the Famicom, but episodes have also appeared on the Super Famicom, Nintendo DS and PS2! We’ve already seen Square Enix decide to release an older Japan-exclusive title worldwide through an HD-2D remake. If he started again with a Hanjuku Hero Game? That would be pretty awesome! — jenny
Speaking of localizations: there’s a well-regarded Enix RPG that never made it to America, and it would be a good time: Terranigma. There were a few blocks in the subject of gaming that probably cast doubt on Nintendo of America’s minds in the 1990s. Now, though? That wouldn’t be a problem. Its stellar reputation, which has grown over the years, would pair well with the HD-2D aesthetic and make it a title that would sell as well as play. — Graham
What do you think should be the next HD-2D game? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter! And read our other hands-on roundtables for more thoughts from the Siliconera team.