Square Enix has announced it's bringing the HD-2D remake of its classic SNES RPG Live A Live to PS5, PS4 on 27th April 2023. A demo is available on the PS Store now, and you'll be able to carry over your progress into the full game once it launches next month. PS Plus members can get a 20 per cent discount on digital pre-orders, which brings the price down to £31.99/$39.99. Check out the announcement trailer above.
Somewhat similar in style and structure to last month's Octopath Traveler II, you'll follow the stories of seven different characters across different time periods and locations. You can play the campaigns in any order you like, and all of them have different spins on gameplay. Without the PS Plus discount — which expires on release day — the game costs £39.99/$49.99. There's no word on a physical release yet.
Live A Live originally launched on Nintendo Switch last year to a wave of positive reviews. Our sister site Nintendo Life awarded the RPG an 8/10, praising its gorgeous visuals, rearranged music, and unique approach. "This remake reintroduces an influential, unique JRPG to the wider world with aplomb, with a cacophony of different gameplay styles, music, and visuals that somehow hang together beautifully."
Will you be playing Live A Live on PS5, PS4 next month? Pick your starting story in the comments below.
Woah, where the heck did this come from! Was never expecting this one to get ported to other systems since the original was on Nintendo. I still have a sneaky suspicion that Dragon Quest 3 HD-2D might only launch on Switch, but I hope I’m wrong. regardless I hope this gets a physical release.
Nice, this was one I thought was stuck on Switch
Sadly this is a digital only Release
Woo hoo! Playing the demo as we speak.
very cool, I heard nothing but good things about it
Good, this game is awesome. More people should play it. It excels in almost every category.
@GorosBat that game is going to be on ps when come out they already confirmed that
@C25CLOUD Can you tell me where it confirms platforms because I literally can’t find any articles saying where dragon quest is launching? We presumed Dragon Quest Treasures would launch on PlayStation but that still isn’t on anything other than Switch.
@C25CLOUD They havent confirmed any Platforms
Interesting, the Live a Live DLC came to Theatrhythm earlier this month and now the remake is coming to PS/Steam in April. Similar setup has happened with FF1-6 via the Pixel Remaster Collection. Would be cool if there was more of this like for example:
Sony buys Square Enix confirmed?!?! 😎
SNES version of this was good fun.
@colonelkilgore they probably did all we know they just waiting for Ms bs move on.
I almost bought this on the Nintendo Switch so many time, happy I waited it out.
I am really interested but lol this totally overlaps with Octopath II, their schedule doesn’t make any sense. I fully expect the pixel remasters to launch two weeks before FFXVI now.
Any title that I don’t need to play on Switch is a win though, I’ve now reached a state where playing it makes me pointlessly angry at the technical performance and I used to hate the 60fps people. But this feels ancent now.
Another game moneyhatted by Sony to stay off Xbox (joking)
I bought this on Switch day one to support it but it came out right before Xenoblade 3 so I never got to it. Will definitely pick up on PS5. With this and Octopath 2 I'm just gonna wait for Triangle Strategy to hit PS
Get some actual Nintendo exclusives like Zelda, Metroid, Pikmin, Smash etc. That's what I got Switch for.
@get2sammyb lol what difference does it make with the platform? It's not exactly a graphically demanding game. I played the demo on Switch without problems.
@Feena 60fps in a game like this definitely wouldn't matter lol. The only technical improvement I could imagine is even faster loading times for a game with already fast loading? So fast in fact you don't even get to read the tips...
Next we're going to be hearing some people say how the Switch is holding these old retro ports back when the PS1 is probably capable of running them, lol.
@DrGonzo it third party game which means they only probably had 6 month contract then the game could go to other platforms
@Phornix Not really. It doesn’t “matter” gameplay wise but 4K at 60fps makes the whole experience a lot better! If you have access to them try the Octopath II demo on Switch and then on PC or PS5, the difference in performance on such a “simple” (beautiful) game blew my mind.
I found the 60 FPS and sharper graphics of Octopath Traveller 2 on PS5 to be a real game changer, in comparison with the more blurry 30 FPS-Switch version. Glad I waited for Live A Live to be on Sony's console too.
Amazing game! I'll gladly double dip and buy physical copies of this and Octopath Traveler 2 for PS5 when the price drops to $30 or less. Hopefully Octopath Traveler 1 comes to Playstation also.
My day is made
@Lando_ same experience! The HD-2D really pops beautifully.
Bought it Day 1 on Switch and couldn't put it down. So happy to see it coming to more consoles so more can enjoy this fantastic game.
damn, just bought it on Switch on a whim -.-' I prefer to play on PLAYstation though xD
Weird. I thought we'd get Triangle Strategy 2 before we'd ever get this one. I will eventually buy both OT2 and this just to show support. I admit tho the game feels a little more desirable when I know it's on a PS console
So I'm glad but also this just gives me less and less reason to use my switch which I originally bought for any and all exclusives that might interest me. At this rate, all I'll have left in Nintys next generation is Zelda, FE, and Xenoblade. Assuming they don't ruin them further for me like they did with their most recent entries
I think the big story is Square's pricing. This is an SNES game that still has not gone on sale on Switch in nearly a year at $50, and now comes to PS at the same price but with a preorder discount for Plus members only. How do they manages to successfully sell a tarted up SNES game for that kind of price for so long?
Already have it on switch but only played it about 1-2 hours, maybe I'll play it on ps5 if it's better there.
Does the ps5 version has quick loading or dolby support? I wish squareenix explain the difference between switch & ps5 beside resolutions.
It's nice that the game has demo on psn 😃
It's not like Nintendo was involved with development, afaik.
Interesting that Triangle Strategy didn't make the jump yet, though. I'm less confident about that hitting PS4, as that has been on Steam for a while.
@DrGonzo Been saying this for a while, but third party exclusives aren't really a thing any more. Not permanent ones, anyway.
@get2sammyb I wasn’t in any danger of buying this one on Switch, due to it not having a significant price drop since release. But I have certainly been burnt before, buying something on Switch that I believed was console exclusive, only to later be released on PlayStation, my preferred console. Can’t think of any specific examples at the moment, but I’m sure it’s happened more than once.
It’s even worse now that I have a Steam Deck. I also would prefer to play games on that over Switch (but not over PlayStation). I now have to check multiple wishlists and game libraries to make sure I don’t buy something that’s on a better console, or, even worse, something I already own.
@DrGonzo I don't think it's fishing for double-dips, necessarily. Nintendo markets exclusives harder, which can lead to stronger launch window sales versus the same game hitting multiple platforms. The publisher can reap the benefits of timed exclusivity and then enjoy a "second launch" when the game hits other platforms.
I used to buy "exclusives" from third-parties on the platforms they launched on, but, over time, I've decided to grab games where I want to play them, even if that means waiting.
This game is charming and experimental (especially for its time), but its very primitive on the gameplay side of things. I finished it on Switch its a fun novelty kind of game but its a 6/10 for me personally.
This game was pretty fun. They just need to release Octopath 1 on PS4/PS5 and I'll be happy.
So can anyone tell me is this like the same premise as Octopath or completely different?
@NEStalgia i have a better question for you. how has the switch, over its 6 year life cycle, never dropped in price? that could be the only outlier in gaming history where the hardware msrp has remained the same over such a long period. as for live-a-live on the switch, s-e is taking a strategy out of nintendo's first party software pricing haha
@Porco Oh, don't get me started on Nintendo pricing 😂 totally agreed!
@DrGonzo There are so many great games on the Switch why are you annoyed that others can play it now?
@Magnus_Selene It will be available on LRG or another platform eventually so i would not worry about that.
@Flaming_Kaiser Eeh I doubt that. LRG never had an Squeenix Game
Someone contact the FTC. Its not fair that it's not coming to Xbox.
@DrGonzo it alot to buy up a dam company also about double dipping im guilty I buy the game on ps then PC version just so I can use mods lol
I'll happily pick this game up for dirt cheap in a few years, looks fun!
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