Rise of Mana Is A Mobile Game With 8 Player Real-Time Co-op

By Sato . February 25, 2014 . 6:51pm


Last year, it looked like Square Enix were up to something with the Mana series when we saw that they registered “Rise of Mana” in Europe, followed by a trademark for it being filed in Japan. This week’s issue of Famitsu magazine reveals that Rise of Mana will be an upcoming mobile game.


[Note: The above image is from Legend of Mana.]


According to the magazine report, the protagonist of the game fell from the heavens and landed on earth, and seems to have been made into a body that is half angel and another half demon.


Rise of Mana’s main town is called Miste, where you’ll be able to purchase weapons, items, and raise demon pets who’ll be supporting you throughout your adventures.


The basic weapons are made of sword, spear, and bow. The magazine also reports that up to eight players will be able to play together in real-time action. The game’s new system will also involve the ability to switch between angel and demon modes according to your situation.


Rise of Mana will be free-to-play with micro-transactions involving premium items for Android and iOS devices.

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  • Just kill the franchise already if you’re not gonna do anything decent with it, Squeenix. This is just embarrassing.

    • Nanaki

      Are mobile games considered an easy way out of possible bad sales? If that’s the case then they seriously need to start growing confident in their market again.

  • epy

    Poor Mana series… Poor any series owned by S-E…

  • Ty Austin

    First thing I saw when I opened this article was the image. Mobile game or no, I got excited.

    Then I read this:
    [Note: The above image is from Legend of Mana.]


  • GH56734

    I really hope they didn’t waste Yoko Shimomura’s soundtrack on… this.

  • Lordshade

    Yay, more bitching about a series that was already dead for a while. Mana kinda ended up replaced with Kingdom Hearts in terms of gameplay.

  • DesmaX

    Oh boy, I can’t wait for the SaGa Mobile game

    • Already happened. Emporer’s SaGa in 2012.

      • Anime10121

        Me thinks he’s referring to the 25th anniversary title they’ve been hinting at…

  • Spirit Macardi

    So Square will spend money making sequels to games that people hated, but beloved franchises like this that haven’t seen a new entry in forever get turned into iPhone shovelware…

    • Anime10121

      Speak for yourself, I never “hated” FFXIII, could it have been better, sure, but that’s basically what both of the sequels did, take the template, and make it a helluva lot better.

      • Remlot

        In his defense, he didn’t say everyone hated it. There are people who hated XIII so what he said isn’t actually wrong.

      • Yan Zhao

        People also didnt love FXIII so much that they asked for not one, but TWO sequels either.

    • I think in XIII’s case, it’s more that they spent approximately an eon on the assets, and it was easier to use what they had on three games than make something even remotely from scratch. See also: Versus taking so long it’s just XV now. I think there being three games with the same cast and graphics engine (among other things) is really just trying to turn a profit on what ended up being a huge investment that ultimately underwhelmed most people.

  • glasssoldier

    The legendary Seiken Densetsu series reduced to a free phone game… this is truly depressing :(

  • Strain42

    As someone who’s favorite video game of all time is a Mana game, I’m not even mad. Besides, mobile game or not, this still sounds better than the past few Mana games that came out. I’m just glad the series isn’t completely dead, and hope it gets localized.

  • IxisNaugus

    In the article reporting the trademark, I believe someone said that we should have “a little more faith” because it wouldn’t “make sense” for Square-Enix to release another social game of the Mana brand, because they had one or two already. Where is this individual, I told them it would make sense to Square-Enix, and it’s happened!

  • Izzeltrioum

    The last decent mana game was that one for the GBA…

    And it wasn’t even that good IMO, even if I beat it like 6 times.

  • Honestly what the hell happened to this franchise after Legend of Mana jeeze.

  • Kaitsu

    I was fine with mobile until down to the point where it says Free-To-Play. WHELP.

  • You guys go ahead and get mad. Yes, it’s mobile, but at least the franchise is alive, and honestly how is mobile co-op drastically different from Children of Mana’s co-op on the DS? It’s just a different device at this point, with a similar sounding brand of play. I mean, yes, this could go horribly wrong, but even if it comes a bit short, at least it’s not another freaking card game. This at least sounds like it’s TRYING to be a variant of the Mana gameplay formula.

  • Kuromadou

    the website is up http://www.jp.square-enix.com/seiken_rom/ ,for a smartphone game i think its actually quiet neat ,its like something that could be ported to 3DS lol

  • malek86

    It’s not like this can be worse than Children of Mana, so I don’t see the point of complaining.

  • Tinye

    Why can’t they just have these games on Handhelds as well. It just doesn’t make sense to me. At least it might make SE look better. uggghhh

  • Yan Zhao

    The advancement of mobile phone technology is by far the worst thing to ever happen to gaming. This is yet another article that proves it.

  • Daigure

    I’d rather have a mobile Mana game than mobile Farmville with Mana characters. Let’s all take a deep breath and see where this goes.

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