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Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together Director Speaks

Okay, it's not Killzone 3. In fact, it might be the exact opposite. But it's the type of game old-school strategy/RPG fans will adore.

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together for the PSP launches today, and to celebrate the release, the PlayStation Blog has a Q&A with the game's director, Hiroshi Minagawa.

They first talk about the return of several original team members - overall game designer Yasumi Matsuno and composers Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata were involved in this remake - and then address the common localization challenge. But perhaps most interesting is the part where they talk about tarot cards, called "C.H.A.R.I.O.T." This stands for "Combat History and Refined Implementation of Tactics," and it lets players "take back moves." Then there's the "W.O.R.L.D." ("Ways of Recording Life's Destiny"), which is a system where players can turn back time with their current party. "Each action is a system that changes a destiny," which certainly sounds appealing.

It's really worth reading if you were a fan of the first Tactics Ogre, and just bear in mind those tarot cards are mostly optional. Lastly, Minagawa was asked if we might see another entry in the series; perhaps one for consoles... The director's answer was as follows:

"I would like to say that we do, but because there are strong feelings associated with the series, I don’t want to do a half-hearted job. As a graphic designer, I wanted to express Ogre Battle on a console system, but that would mean an even tougher job requiring more staff members. This was the first time we were able to gather a team of people who have had significant involvement with the Ogre Battle series, and the team we gathered was larger than we had expected.

However, I feel that gathering another team in the future would be difficult due to everyone’s schedules. Given the chance, I would like to work on the continuation of the series but cannot officially talk about it because of the timing and scheduling conflicts. However, the Ogre Battle Saga plotline lies inside Yasumi Matsuno’s imagination. Yasumi Matsuno designs games by having a game system and then creating a plot and scenario based on that game system. Because his style is to create more content as he goes, there is no clear-cut vision for the saga as a whole. On the other hand, we dream of many things, but I wonder if we can make it a reality during our lifetime…"

Our review should be up within the next 24 hours. I've been playing it for like a week. :)

Related Game(s): Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

Tags: square enix, tactics ogre, let us cling together, tactics ogre psp

2/14/2011 9:07:22 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 14, 2011 @ 10:30:39 PM
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Where is it written that Portable RPGs have to contain a subtitle that nobody in history has ever said out loud before?

-Let Us Cling together
-This is an RPG
-Birth by Sleep
-re coded
-358/2 Days

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Alienange
Monday, February 14, 2011 @ 11:08:02 PM
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Well now we know who w.o.r.l.d. is.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 14, 2011 @ 11:56:36 PM

hahaha... do we really though?

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 1:18:05 AM
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I'm thinking Tactics Ogre is going to be one of my travel games, alongside VC3. It sounds pretty cool, but I'll have to play it before I can decide whether I'd like to see a further continuation of the series on modern consoles. Can't wait for the review.
Peace.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 8:40:18 AM
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lol, of course you've been playing this, Ben. I was planning on getting it whether your review is good or not. I'm willing to bet it's good, though. :) I NEED more of these types of games. It's what makes me tick!

Also, a console tactics game... I have a hard time it will ever happen again. Oh boy, would I ever love that though.

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Arvis
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 10:52:45 AM
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I'd be all over this game if they didn't put tarot cards all over it. :(

-Arvis

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Underdog15
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 11:10:24 AM

Ben mentioned that the cards are mostly optional.

But I agree. Tarrot cards are uber lame.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 11:27:58 AM

Are they against your religion?

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Underdog15
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 12:18:16 PM

@World
I can't imagine they would be any more against a religion than magic or violence would be... either of which are in pretty much every game out there...

Plus he's an FFT fan, which talks a lot about zodiac stones and signs along with demonic possession... My guess is that he just thinks it's stupid?

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Arvis
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 1:27:50 PM

I just don't understand why they had to go there at all. I mean, in the game, they specifically call the cards "tarots" for a reason. But I can't imagine what the reason is. I can't be the ONLY person made uncomfortable by fortune-telling and such, right?

Underdog, that's an interesting point you make. I've never really thought much about Tactics in that way.

-Arvis

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 2:47:41 PM

I seriously doubt you are Arvis, I was just curious, not being a dink about it. I wouldn't take it too seriously in any game though as it tends to just be a tool with a recognizable name.

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Arvis
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 3:41:42 PM

In general that is my attitude. It's just... when a game gets too "specific" (see: Tecmo's Deception) then I start to shy away.

It's one thing to go "Magic!" and lightning shoots out of your hands, but for me delving into specific spiritistic stuff is just... bleh. Kinda weird and stupid.

-Arvis

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 8:07:05 PM

Arvis: I'm with you but I basically ignore the tarot stuff. It doesn't seem to have a giant impact on gameplay and as I say in the review (posted soon), no true hardcore strat/RPG fan would ever cheat by taking by moves, anyway. ;)

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Arvis
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 @ 8:11:15 AM

Thanks, Ben. :)

*off to read the review*

-Arvis

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BlinkBoy
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 2:16:59 PM
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This game is perfect for me, and it looks like a serious Strategy RPG. Since people who were deeply involved with FF Tactics was in the development I just have to click buy now on PSN tomorrow.

The developers seem to be standing true to their formula, which I like. Reading the Q/A i learned that the team is a mix of original crew mixed with some Square Enix staff with people who had a hand with FFT like mentioned above and people who played the original way back then.

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