Live A Live Remake Stream Unleashes Four New Trailers And Gameplay Footage

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We’ve got a bounty of new Live A Live news! Square Enix’s upcoming remake of the Super Famicom RPG received a livestream today, featuring the director of the original and producer of the remake, Takashi Tokita, and the now-legendary composer of the original, Yoko Shimomura. And in that stream, we got a handful of new trailers that each show off one of four different time periods.

We’ve already seen Prehistory and Imperial China, so these next four will be new to anyone not familiar with the game. One thing to say, though, is they all look amazing. Thanks to Square Enix Asia for posting the English trailers!

The Wild West

This scenario stars a character known only as Sundown, or The Sundown Kid, and it’s likely that this is set around the 1880s. And my gosh, if Clint Eastwood were to ever star in an RPG, this is it. And it looks like there’ll be a few chances for a good old fashioned showdown.

The Middle Ages

Set in Medieval-esque times, you’ll control Oersted, a knight (and silent protagonist) who is on a mission to save the princes. He’s joined by three others to save his betrothed but is eventually tricked by the being who kidnapped her — the Demon King. This one looks the most similar to a traditional RPG, but this is also the eighth chapter you can play. You have to beat all seven others before unlocking this one.

The Near Future

Motorbikes! Robots! Actual roads! SUNGLASSES! If this was the near future in 1994, then why don’t we live like this now? Starring Akira (yes), a teenage orphan who lives with his sister, you’ll need to find out why a gang is kidnapping people. There are shiny 3D robots and a lot of close-ups of eyes, so this feels like a really cool pixelated interactive anime or mech movie.

Twilight of Edo Japan

As a trainee ninja, Oboro-maru can progress through his scenario in two different ways — the traditional RPG way of combat, or by sneaking around. He must rescue a person of political importance despite his inexperience, but desperate times, hey? Whether you choose stealth or combat, it won’t stop you from gaining experience points, which makes both options sound pretty tantalising.

During the stream, the presenters also showed off the game’s brand new soundtrack. Yoko Shimomura has supervised the rearrangements herself, and the CD launches on 27th July — just a few days after the game.

There was also a pretty chunky gameplay segment during the broadcast showing off the Present Day (which didn’t get a trailer during the stream) a Edo Japan.

The Present Day starts at around 58:17 with a fighting game-style select screen. This chapter is all about combat, with no exploration in-between, as you fight as wrestler Masaru Takahara to become the strongest fighter in the world.

Twilight of Edo Japan begins at around 1:07:15, and in almost 30 minutes of footage, we can see the beautiful Edo period presented in HD-2D, and the various ways Oboro can sneak around and hide from his opponents.

You can watch the entire event below. The livestream is entirely in Japanese with no subtitles, but there’s more than enough enthusiasm and visuals to get you pumped up for this upcoming release. The game releases on 22nd July on Switch, so find out where you can pre-order your copy here:

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