Breath of Fire 30

Originating on the SNES all the way back in 1993, the Breath of Fire series is now 30 years old. It's one heck of a milestone, but then Capcom hasn't touched the franchise for what feels like an age. The Japanese company's last attempt at reviving the property came in 2016, when it launched the free-to-play, browser-based Breath of Fire 6. It was shut down less than two years later.

Still, we think it's a series worth celebrating, at least for a brief moment. Breath of Fire arrived on PlayStation with its third instalment — suitably named Breath of Fire III — in 1997. The game was very well received, and many consider it a classic. It was later ported to the PSP in 2005.

Breath of Fire IV followed III few years later, in 2000. A fellow PS1 title, it was largely overshadowed by the launch of the PS2, despite being another fantastic RPG.

We actually wrote about our love for Breath of Fire IV a few years back:

Unfortunately, Breath of Fire's fifth game effectively killed the franchise. Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter released for the PS2 in 2002, and while it did review fairly well, it was a commercial flop. Capcom has pretty much ignored the series ever since.

With the Japanese publisher and developer in such good shape these days, we'd love to see it return to Breath of Fire in some way. Heck, at this point, we'd be more than happy with III and IV as PS1 classics through PS Plus Premium.

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