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Grandia Online Returns To Limelight, Demo Set For May

It has been well over three years since we first heard that GameArts was planning to produce a MMORPG based on the popular role-playing franchise, Grandia. But obviously, it has fallen off the radar since and most RPG fans have probably forgotten about the news.

Well, it's back. As Gamer Limit reports, a page at GungHo has reignited the talk of Grandia Online. Evidently, it's currently being designed for the PlayStation Network and they're scheduling an upcoming playable demo for 60 players. The demo session will kick off on May 20 in Tokyo's Akihabara and furthermore, Sony will celebrate the long-awaited event with the re-release of the original Grandia (presumably as a downloadable title for the PSN). Now, just for the record, we don't have official confirmation that Grandia Online is coming to the Network; we're merely assuming it will, and you know what happens when we make assumptions... Let's just hope we'll get the finalized details and information some time soon, as most role-playing fans recall the Grandia games with a certain nostalgic fondness. The original remains one of the best-reviewed RPGs of the PlayStation era, and although subsequent installments on the PS2 didn't quite cut the mustard in the eyes of many die-hard fans, we'd love to see a new entry. It's a little strange that it'll come in the form of a MMO, but hey, it's a brave new world.

We'll let you know whenever we can dig up anything fresh for Grandia Online; being old-school RPG fans ourselves, we'll definitely keep a close eye on the proceedings.

4/22/2009 Ben Dutka

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Zemus101
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 9:48:45 PM
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color me excited.

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Oyashiro
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 10:00:16 PM
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Awesome for Grandia being released on PSN. But a Grandia MMO? :
The thing that made Grandia great is its battle system. I just don't see it transitioning into a MMO.

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NightHawk17
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 10:04:34 PM
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hopefully it'll get an WW release

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piratedrunk
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 10:28:13 PM
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Even if all we get is the rerelease I will be stoked

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 10:37:43 PM
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Welcome back Ben.

This is cool and all, and I'd probably get the PSN title (Since I know the MMO demo won't be coming stateside) but I'd really prefer a Grandia IV game on PS3!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 10:43:46 PM

Thanks. :)

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 11:49:03 PM
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Interesting...well if it's free to play this MMO I might ge it.

Welcome back Ben!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 12:11:24 AM

Yeah I'll be interested if there's no online fee too.

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Banky A
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 3:05:56 AM
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Grandia was epicness' (not a real world) of the grand value.

Hope the online fee is non existent.
I can see it looking like Ragnorok Online (I've never played it).
IF it's still classically 2D. But still great if 3D yeah!?

=D

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JohnnyGold
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 6:33:26 AM

yuck. grandia was one of my least favorite psx games. too cutesy.

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smileys_007
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 4:39:17 PM
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it's nice to have you back ben. i missed reading your interesting articles.

i'm interested on another Grandia game for the ps3. I hope there will be a Grandia IV, and also Suikoden VI.

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