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Mar 31, 2023 2 min read

Square Enix's HD-2D remake of LIVE A LIVE is coming to PlayStation and Steam next month

Square Enix's HD-2D remake of LIVE A LIVE is coming to PlayStation and Steam next month

This remake of the 1994 SNES RPG first landed on the Nintendo Switch last year, now its coming to PC and PlayStation.

Square Enix announced today that the award-winning remake of 1994 SNES RPG LIVE A LIVE, will be launching on both PC and PlayStation at the end of next month.

This HD-2D version of the game, a blending of pixel art nostalgia with modern graphics, was first released on the Nintendo Switch back in July of last year.

Now, (following a period of exclusivity) it will be made available on the PS4, PS5, and PC via Steam. The remake is set to launch on April 27, 2023, and a demo is available now.  

The remake of this once Japan-only SNES title has been developed by Team Asano, known for their efforts on Octopath Traveler and Triangle Strategy.

For those unfamilar, LIVE A LIVE offers players the choice to explore eight different stories with eight varied characters, all set in different time periods — ranging from a prehistoric setting to the Wild West and beyond. This 'time period' episodic story format gives players the freedom to complete each chapter in any order they choose.

When this HD-2D reimagining landed on the Nintendo Switch in 2022 it was described by IGN's Rebekah Valentine as "a fascinating time capsule of an era when RPGs were still experimenting heavily with structures and ideas" — noting that the remake "proves that the best, weirdest efforts of that experimentation can still shine today".

The aforementioned free playable demo is available to download from the PlayStation Store and Steam now. This demo lets players try the opening sections of three of the eight stories in the game, specifically the Wild West story, the Edo Japan scenario, and the futuristic setting.

Square Enix noted that any progress made in the demo can also be carried over to the full game once released.

LIVE A LIVE will be available digitally for around $50 on the PS4, PS5, and PC via Steam on April 27, 2023. Pre-orders are open now, and those who snag it early will get a 20% discount, making it around $40.

Steam Deck support is unknown at this time, but we've reached out to Square Enix for comment. If we had to bet on Steam Deck compatibility? It will likely work just fine considering it's a Nintendo Switch port.

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