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Square Enix interested in bringing past games to Switch

Posted on December 11, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Square Enix isn’t just about producing new games. The company has expressed interest in revisiting other titles and putting them on the latest consoles, including Switch.

In an interview with MCV, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda commented on this subject. Instead of merely porting these older games as they were back then, they need to be modernized.

Matsuda said:

“One of our other big initiatives is to get as many of our past titles available via digital releases. Among the younger generations of gamers, you’ve got lots of people out there who may have heard of our past titles but have never had an opportunity to play them.”

“So we think that program of porting and transferring the older titles over to newer platforms, such as the Switch, is very important. So that people get that awareness of our back catalogue. Just straight ports isn’t cutting it, we need to update those and modernize them to make something that works for modern gamers too.”

Square Enix actually showed one example of this approach last week. Romancing SaGa 2 was announced for Switch and other platforms last week, and will be out on Friday.

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  • theFooFighter

    Upscale the psp version of ff4 to hd then put it on the eShop for $20

    • Zeebor

      I prefer the DS version. More Liam O’Brien there.

  • FutureFox

    I sense a Chrono Trigger port happening.

    • Paddy Alfan

      Wait until they remake them with abysmal 2d.

  • Lance Devon

    If it’s not Bravely series I cannot for the life of me care at all.

    • GoldenTriforce

      I mean bravely isn’t exactly old, default related only 5 years ago

      • theFooFighter

        Bravely default was 5 years ago? Jesus Christ I’m getting old

        • GoldenTriforce

          2012 in Japan, 2013 in Europe, and 2014 in America

      • Lance Devon

        That means I imply their newer company cannot handle older franchises. I will not trust Brave Denver Musashi to these guys.

        Hell, I’m surprised so many fans trust them with FF7 of all things.

        • There’s always out-sourcing. And to people they have worked with and delivered before. I think Tokyo RPG Factory was a mistake (in how it was executed). But if h.a.n.d. isn’t busy, or anyone else they worked with and dig great, I think they should have them help port and remaster older games.

          • Lance Devon

            That’s different all together, though. Cause then you’re applying other talent into the mix. Were talking S-E and their vision, which I won’t be willing to have them touch old stuff with a ten foot pole.

          • Well, sure. But they don’t have as many teams as they used to anyway, and I’m pretty sure they’re all busy. Hence why KT is working with them on Dissidia and a mobile game for it, and why they’ve outsourced before in the 7th gen.

            I certainly don’t trust the creative leads at Square anymore, but I think their teams aren’t bad.

          • Lance Devon

            Not saying the current teams are “bad,” just bad at old stuff.

    • Zeebor

      I like Gex

      • Lance Devon

        And I like FF6, still wouldn’t trust them with it now.

  • Tlink7
    • Zeebor

      Nah

      • Tlink7

        Why not? More games, more better!

        • Zeebor

          KH3 shouldn’t be on Nintendo. It began in a Dualshock, it should end on a Dualshock

          • Tlink7

            …that’s makes zero sense

          • Roto Prime

            Its also ending on Xbox one LOL what is life?!

          • MajoraMan28

            Final Fantasy was born on Nintendo with them even publishing the games. I don’t see FFXV with Joy-Cons..

        • Paddy Alfan

          Alot of Disney fans hate the collaboration. And vice versa.

          • Tlink7

            So because a few people hate something for no reason, millions of fans should be deprived of something they enjoy?

          • Paddy Alfan

            And whyd you put this on me? Did you see me coming in the hate train with my hate cap on?

          • Tlink7

            When did I put it on you? 😛

    • Hoo boy would they need lots of modernization for this messy series.

  • AJK

    Chrono trigger and chrono cross please!

  • Mark

    I just want FFVI, given the Dragon Quest VII treatment. Though Chrono Trigger would be awesome.

    • anything less than rayman legends graphics would be a travesty

  • Leonel

    Bring the kingdom hearts collections plz

  • fbnaulin

    Vagrant Story, and Parasite Eve remake.

    • Yoooo. Those would be superb.

  • Ardisan

    Chrono Trigger, Sieken Densetsu Collection, and a port of Final Fantasy Tactics (psp version) is all I need. Maybe a Final Fantasy Collection (maybe a collection of jrpg’s is unorthodox…)

    • TruExtent

      Not really unorthodox. There were several FF collections on the PS1.

      • As far as a pair of games go, yeah. But that’s kind of a collection. More than one in a package would be really nice.

        • Evan Gustavson

          You used the word “collection” to refer to both concepts. That’s not a distinction at all, much less one without a difference.

          • I typoed one instead of two. Ardisan used it first. TruExtent has a point, but my point was meant to be that more than a pair of games would be nice at this point. Not like the games are very big and going to take up much space on a Switch cartridge, so there isn’t any excuse for such small “collections” this time around.

  • theFooFighter

    Port tactics ogre let us cling together for the love of Christ. It’s wayyyyyy to good to be trapped on the psp and vita

    • SpectralDynamite

      “ogre”

      Wat.

      • JasonBall

        As in, Shrek.

    • SetzerGabbiani

      Absolutely. The PSP version upgraded.

  • Aline Piroutek

    Didn’t they teased a remake of a PS1 game? I don’t remember the name, never heard before.

    • theFooFighter

      Fear effect

      • Aline Piroutek

        Thanks!

  • DiscoGentleman

    Square probably has my favorite back catalogue of any developer, so I would be happy to purchase lite remasters of their titles for Switch, a la Romancing Saga 2.

    Please, Squeenix. Make it hap.

  • Roto Prime

    All hard copys, Final Fantasy XII, X, X-2, Kingdom hearts collection, Final Fantasy collection (I,II,III,IV,V,VI)

    • TruExtent

      You’re missing the PS1 titles! I wouldn’t be surprised if we get the FFVII Remake and then the rest in some other form. Though the purist in me hopes they also bring over the Steam version of the original so that we get something to make up for Square ditching us back then.

      • Roto Prime

        I just did not want to get spammed by sony fans -___- I would love all final fantasy games on Nintendo Switch…I even forgot the XIII games >.< And a new crystal Chronicles

        • TruExtent

          I think everyone wanted to forget the XIII games. 😛

          • Roto Prime

            LOL, I know someone who loves Lighting, and for her, I hope it happens!! <3

  • i’ve seen the “modernized” versions of their old games on IOS and they’re all garbage

    • Roto Prime

      ewww, why did you remind me of the ios games >.<

    • theFooFighter

      Romancing saga looks pretty dope

    • Ohh! I felt that so hard. Maybe they’ll have better sense going forward with other attempts. Or skip the mobile treatment.

    • Hidden Flare

      Personally I don’t care for them and don’t count them, as they aren’t really remakes and have very few differences. I think a better comparison would be ff9 on the ps4 classic. I know it is copy of the pc version but it has better treatment then the mobile games.

    • TruExtent

      Yes to this. They all look awful with two exceptions. I think III and IV might be ports of the DS remasters that used the 3D graphics.

  • We still need Asano-lead FFV and VI remakes. But if they are going to try and upscale, remaster or whatever old games. . . please, please, please give us Threads of Fate/Dewprism. x’D

    Bring back Bahamut Lagoon and Live a Live. Give us proper Chrono Trigger (and Cross). Square(soft) has so many wonderful properties and games that I’d love to see. And it’s true that some are cult classics across or anywhere in the world, but they’re not so readily available, so plenty of newer and younger gamers don’t know them.

    C’mon, Square! Take a chance!

  • Zeebor

    I like Gex

  • Exy

    [thinking intensifies]

  • FutureFox

    Bring Valkyrie Profile 1 and 2 over !!!

    I mean they’ve already made valkryie Profile: Anatomia on mobile in Japan.

  • amak11

    Hint Square: Grandia series

  • JJ

    Bring Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross to Switch.

  • I hope means a remake to FFVI for the Switch……that would be so awesome

  • Dylan W

    Kingdom Hearts Collections. That’s all I want.

  • How about, you know, everything? The Switch is perfect for RPGs.

  • Amethyst Gaze

    “Square Enix isn’t just about producing new games”

    Yeah I can tell with all the re-releases they’ve been doing. Remind me again what year KH2 came out?

    • Yolkghost

      Remind me about all the games after kh2? Just because they weren’t 3 doesn’t mean nothing new came out.

    • Hidden Flare

      It would be better to judge by the newest non remaster version of the game. which would be either dream drop distance or the phone game (which I’m personally not counting). Dream drop was released in march 2012 in japan and july 2012 in the US. Thats just for KH and considering we can see that they are putting a lot of focus on the next game I can expect a new good game in the future.

  • Radish

    E.V.O Search for Eden
    Final Fantasy Tactics Collection (please include the PS version at least)
    Ogre Battle Collection
    Kingdom Hearts Collection
    Dragon Quest Collection

    Please and thank you.
    (Also, I like that they say they won’t be strictly porting games, they will be updating them appropriately I hope.)

    • Yolkghost

      Oh god how did I forget a kingdom hearts collection. I need it.

  • Lucifer Faust

    I hope this might mean a long awaited update for Final Fantasy VI. I’d love to see it in the style of FFIV for DS, eame for Chrono Trigger, as much as I love the sprites versions of both games.

  • MajoraMan28

    FINAL FANTASY VII FOR THE VIRTUAL CONSOLE PLEASE

    If the remake flops, at least we have the best FF ever made.

    Oh, and bring KH too.

  • Tlozbj

    *cough*KH1.5+2.5 and 2.9*cough*

  • Reggie

    I was interested until “Just straight ports isn’t cutting it, we need to update those and modernize them to make something that works for modern gamers too.”

    I don’t see why digital-only ports of older games cannot be an option. As ugly as FF7 looks, it still plays a lot better than the remake they’re coming out with.

  • Tomb Raider will be nice!

  • Paddy Alfan

    And nobody mentioned dragon quest series?
    Shame!

    • Radish

      I did! Lol

  • Enjoy4fun

    “Just straight ports isn’t cutting it, we need to update those and modernize them to make something that works for modern gamers too.”

    A la mob

  • Noo Badie

    A game that starts with the letter K and ends with ingdom hearts would be nice