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PS4 Getting Remaster of PS2 Cult Classic This Summer


This summer, a remaster of a PS2 cult favourite will be released, and it comes as no surprise that the remake will be released on the PlayStation 4. What is unexpected is that it will not be released on the PlayStation 5, but will instead be released on the Nintendo Switch. Because of backward compatibility, PlayStation fans who have switched from a PlayStation 4 to a PlayStation 5 will be able to play the game on the latter console as well. We don’t know why the game isn’t being released on the PS5 in its native form, but it’s likely that the port will be included as a post-launch bonus.

As for the game in issue, it’s titled GrimGrimoire OnceMore and it’s a remaster of GrimGrimoire, a 2007 real-time strategy game developed by Vanillaware, the same studio that created the Nintendo Switch game with the highest rating so far this year, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. GrimGrimoire, which was published by Nippon Ichi Software or Koei depending on the area, was originally a PlayStation 2 exclusive when it was released, and it is still the only platform on which it is playable today. When it was first released, the game received a Metacritic score of 79, which is far below the highest possible score; yet, over time, it has become renowned as something of a cult classic among diehard PlayStation enthusiasts.

The remaster, on the other hand, will be released on July 28th, but only in Japan. It’s reasonable to presume that the game will be released in the United States at some point, although this hasn’t been verified yet. During this time, the remaster is being handled by Nippon Ichi Software and Vanillaware, both of whom were previously mentioned. This means that the original participants have rejoined the fray.

There are new gameplay elements, upgraded visuals, a fast-forward feature, an in-battle save function, a new “hard” difficulty level, an updated skill tree, and a gallery mode included in the new edition, which is officially promoted as a “enhanced remaster.” What this is not, however, is a remake. Although the game still seems to be from a previous generation, some of the PlayStation 2 dust has been blown away.