Here’s a recap on what was revealed during the 30th-anniversary livestream.
The Mana series or Seiken Densetsu (translated as ‘Legend of the Sacred Sword’) in Japan was one of the popular franchises from Square Enix when they were still Squaresoft during the 90s in Japan and it was slowly catching up in other regions. It hasn’t gotten a proper new game release for more than a decade, but recently there were several releases of the Mana games that were either a remastered version, remake or a re-release collection.
Recently, Square Enix celebrated its 30th anniversary with more than an hour-long livestream where they announced some new projects for the Mana series. Here’s a recap of what was revealed.
Legend of Mana – The Teardrop Crystal anime in the works
A new anime based on the Legend of Mana is in the works and will be produced by Warner Bros. Japan. Though there was no additional info, judging from the title, it would possibly be based on one of the quests in the game of the same name that is part of the Jumi story arc. We’ll be able to get more news about the new anime soon.
Legend of Mana Remaster will get original text font on the next update
Fans have requested to bring the original font style of the PlayStation One classic into the remastered version, and Square Enix will be adding it as a patch update that is expected to roll out sometime this fall.
Trials of Mana Remake Mobile Port
A mobile port of the Trials of Mana remake game was also announced. A couple of gameplay samples were demonstrated during the livestream. The user interface has been revamped to accommodate the virtual control pads, other new features include auto-targeting, auto camera adjustment and auto-battle as well as options to adjust the graphic settings and cloud saving. The mobile port will be available on July 15 for Android and iOS for JPY 2,940, no info yet for an English release of the mobile version.
Echoes of Mana Mobile Game
Another mobile game was also announced but will be more of a gacha-like game. Echos of Mana will feature some of the popular characters from the Mana games along with its own original cast, the game will still be an action RPG and will feature auto-battle and a virtual control pad. Echoes of Mana is slated for a 2022 launch worldwide and it will be free-to-play.
New Mana game in the works for consoles
At the end of the program, Square Enix also revealed that an entirely new Mana game is already in development and will be heading to home consoles. No further details were mentioned such as a visual key or target release date, but we might expect to hear more updates very soon.