Tactics Ogre PSP clings to February 15 release

Square Enix dates handheld remake of seminal strategy role-playing game; preorders to get themed tarot card deck featuring artwork of Akihiko Yoshida.

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When Tactics Ogre made its North American debut on the PlayStation in 1998, it lost the "Let Us Cling Together" subtitle from the original Japanese release. For the upcoming PSP remake of the game, Square Enix is restoring the subtitle. In keeping with the theme, the publisher today announced that the game will launch right around Valentine's Day, on February 15.

Pick a card, any card.

Square Enix also revealed a new incentive for gamers to preorder Tactics Ogre. Those who commit to a purchase from GameStop or Amazon in the United States or Canada will receive a deck of Tactics Ogre tarot cards (pictured) featuring artwork from the game's character designer, Akihiko Yoshida.

More than a straightforward port, Tactics Ogre is a remake featuring extra subplots, new and redesigned characters, and added gameplay mechanics that allow players to turn back time, either to change the story's direction by revisiting key plot points or to replay critical points of individual battles for a better outcome.

For more on Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

36 comments
Taxonomy
Taxonomy

Heh the orig. psx one i logged maybe over 500 hours, i love these games and dont even get me started on FM3 oh god where did my teen years go

Tylendal
Tylendal

Tactics Ogre can die in a hole. If there was a new Ogre Battle, I would buy any system, just for that game. Anyone here who is a fan of final fantasy. Imagine, if, after the first two Final Fantasy games, they released nothing but Final Fantasy Tactics, and just left the main final fantasy series to flounder. Or fans of Halo. Imagine if, they never release another Halo FPS, and just kept churning out Halo Wars games. That is how I feel. That is my pain. If I want to play a grid based strategy game, I'd play Fire Emblem. Now, BRING ME MY OGRE BATTLE!

Marder-I
Marder-I

This is nice to see but I really wish it was for the PS II as games like this are more than a bit lacking on the main system. Hav'nt bought the PSP yet, but perhaps this may just make me take the plunge, maybe. Hopefully this game will show up somewhere else as weel, til then I'll play it again on the PS 1 I guess. Cheers Tom

TheRez
TheRez

SE better get their act together and release this one on PSN for us unfortunate PSPGo owners... I'm still waiting for KH: Birth by Sleep and FFT: The War of the Lions. There is no good reason why they shouldn't release these games on PSN, and there is so much more incentive for them to do so: higher revenue than a box sale, less chance for it to be pirated (vs. UMD).

etai79
etai79

I remember always renting Ogre Tactics 64 from Blockbuster back in the day, even when I was too young to really get into any kind of RPG. HOW ABOUT A RE-RELEASE for the VIRTUAL CONSOLE!?!?! Ogre BATTLE 64 and March of the Black Queen ARE on the Virtual Console.

etai79
etai79

Teo Torriate (Let Us Cling Together) is a song by Queen and it's where the title came from, despite the fact that it just sounds like more of Japan's crazy culture.

blackalbino45
blackalbino45

I wish they'd just come up w/ a better subtitle. "The War of the Lions" sounds really awesome.. but "Let Us Cling Together "? Cling reminds me of a bad, one way relationship.. but im just saying :P

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

have had my astros for 1 year now. better than my $4,000 speaker system.

salvucci91
salvucci91

I remember always renting Ogre Tactics 64 from Blockbuster back in the day, even when I was too young to really get into any kind of RPG. HOW ABOUT A RE-RELEASE for the VIRTUAL CONSOLE!?!?!

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Hmm, this might be reason enough to pickup a PSP. There are a few other games for the PSP I have wanted to get, but none were enough to get me to pick it up. This one will definitely have done it. The Tactics Ogre series has been one of my favorite SRPG's. Right up there with Shining Force.

drago9876
drago9876

I Loved Tactics Ogre from the PS1. Still having trouble beating it, but hopefully the long story line is there, and the great enemy AI is still there, and not any easier. Challenging, long games keep the excitement going....All i need to do now is get a PSP.....

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

Cant wait, loved the GBA version of the game ;D

Supabul
Supabul

I wish it was on DS, I'd like to have my GB advance game Tactics ogre the knight of lodis cartridge in with the DS game, wasn't that a cool idea by Nintendo to put GB advance holders in the DS cases. I'll get this for PSP, just wish it was on DS

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

I'm playing through FFT: War of the Lions right now. FFT's story is still so good. I never really knew of the Tactics Ogre until recently, so I think this might be one of the few games I pre-order.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Another remake that I feel deserves a home on console. Even if just as a download, these are things we need to see on consoles. Ah...I remember good old Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre back in the days when people didn't automatically assume that awesome graphics=awesome game. I'd love to seem more games like this, especially with sprite graphics...and it seems the only hope of such a thing nowadays is through Nippon Ichi and they're Disgaea titles. I like Disagea's gameplay...but would a relevant story hurt the series?

axlroselm
axlroselm

ogre battle series was always a dream for me. because of serious political storylines. please remake ogre battle 64, one of the best games i ever played. and port them to xbla arcade or psn because i made a mistake and sold my psp. and i think we all must buy tactics ogre. in fact this game isnt better than ff tactics. but this game is f****in original

NightRain
NightRain

Can't wait for this game! Tactics Ogre was one of the best SRPGs ever.

Fumanchu2
Fumanchu2

@ madsnakehhh I've been struggling with that too. I don't portable game, but PSP has alot of games I want to play.

fightmusician
fightmusician

This is soooo exciting! Tactics Ogre was a fav of mine on the Playstation. Can't wait!

lowkey254
lowkey254

so all of the jrpgs go to the psp. I was wondering why I was resorting back to my ps1 games. Well at least if I actually do get a psp I can play my downloaded ps1 games while I'm away from home. Back to the article, Tactics Ogre is going to be beast.

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

I won't lie, i would love to get a PSP just for this game...and VC2 and 3...and MGS...and Persona 3...and 3rd Birthday...and...damn, the PSP is getting really good.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

I gave my psp to my best friend to take with him overseas, and he won't be back anytime soon but I am sold on this game for the cards alone. THAT is a preorder gift, other companies should take note of this. And orge battle is one of the best ps1 games available. What I wouldn't give for that to show up as an xbla title.

jasonharris48
jasonharris48

@ shinmew I wouldn't mind a new Ogre title as long as Matsuno is involved but I'd take a remake of Let us Cling together over Ogre Battle 64 and Ogre Battle any day.

Fumanchu2
Fumanchu2

Tactics Ogre has the best story of any game I've ever played.

shinmew
shinmew

I think it would have been better for them to remake Ogre Battle or Ogre Battle 64... or give us another Ogre Battle.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Amazing game! When I had the PSX I got it from a friend and I finished it 2 times, now I will finish some more on the PSP!

somberfox
somberfox

Wow, that's unexpectedly quick for a localization. Looking forward to it.

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

Finally, a decent 2-D strategy game! My thirst for games like FF Tactics will be quenched! That said, I've played the original Tactics Ogre on the PSx... amazing game. Borrowed it off a friend and didn't get the change to complete it, sadly. I called him up after I read this article and tried to get him to sell me the game. He wouldn't, even after all these years... heh...

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

i was planning on gettin this, an now ima preorder, lol idk the tarot card thing is actually kinda cool!

thisranks
thisranks

I still own my PS1 version of Tactics Ogre, and i simply loved the game. Well worth the money.

MamoruNoHakkyou
MamoruNoHakkyou

The artwork on that card set looks amazing. The fact that this game was fairly hard to find way back when and is being re-released soon is another great thing too.