The Square Enix team remastering Tactics Ogre for PS5, PS4 has revealed it had the chance to use the HD-2D art style made popular by titles like Octopath Traveler and Triangle Strategy. However, the developer decided not to change the visual style since it believes "really high-quality, awesome looking 2D pixel art" was part of the original PS1, PSP game's appeal. As such, Square Enix wants to retain that look and simply modernise it.
Speaking with IGN (via Eurogamer), producer Hiroaki Kato said the studio played around with the idea of making the graphics 3D, but it wanted the remaster to please the fans. "So to bring that sort of resolution and that sort of fidelity to new hardware and new technology was a lot of effort. But yeah, I think we did it." One big change in the remaster, though, is the implementation of full voice acting.
While Kato says it was a difficult task, he believes Square Enix has achieved it. "We want to do our best to make it sound real, to convince players that they're really witnessing this kind of human story, this human drama... so we put tons of effort into realising that." Some of the script has gone through rewrites to reflect this, but the story itself remains the same.
With Tactics Ogre Reborn skipping the HD-2D art style, it means PS5, PS4 players will have to wait even longer before experiencing it for themselves. The only two games confirmed for the two systems that will sport the visual look so far are Octopath Traveler II and the Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake. The latter hasn't been seen since its announcement well over a year ago.