Square has officially announced a new sequel
to the Saga series for PlayStation 2, entitled Unlimited Saga.
The game's development team will be led by Akitoshi Kawazu (best
known for his work in the Final Fantasy and SaGa series), and
Final Fantasy X artist Yusuke Naora will serve as the character
design artist and SaGa series artist Tomomi Kobayashi will return
as the concept artist. The music composition will be handled by
Masashi Hamauzu, who previously worked on Final Fantasy X and
SaGa Frontier 2.
The game's story focuses on the search for the
mystical seven wonders. When the wonders are unleashed, the gods
will appear once again, bringing about a golden age for humankind.
Players will be able to select from several different playable
characters. So far, only a widowed ex-pirate named Laura has been
revealed as one of the selectable characters.
Unlike in other RPGs, where each character has
his or her own command options during battles, in Unlimited Saga,
there will be five command options for the entire party. For example,
all five command options can be used on one party member in one
turn, or they can be divided among all the characters in the party.
After players select a command, a slot-machine-style reel will
appear that provides different properties to the character's attack.
Characters can execute double slashes or quadruple slashes if
players hit the right slot in the reel, or the attack can be saved
and then unleashed later in a combination attack with other characters
in the party. Instead of using individual points for special attacks
and spells, the characters' HP will be consumed when using these
powers. Characters can also learn new ones when a light bulb lights
up on top of a character's head--just like in previous SaGa titles.
The field map is quite different from those
of other RPGs, since it only shows a simple drawing of a map of
the location you are currently in. On the other hand, the battles
will feature an animation technology developed with the help of
Adobe Systems that Naora describes as "neither dot-pixilated
2D graphics nor cel-shaded 3D polygon graphics." The sound
will feature Dolby Pro Logic II support. For the first time in
the series, the game will feature CG movies.
Unlimited SaGa for the PlayStation 2 is scheduled
for a December release in Japan.
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