After Atlus and Vanillaware announced Odin Sphere: Leifdrasir, fans wondered whether it’ll be more of an HD port or an HD remake. As it turns out, you’ll get both, as Vanillaware director Kentaro Ohnishi shared more about how it’ll be during an interview with Famitsu magazine. [Thanks, Hachima.]
“Odin Sphere is a title that was loved and also one that was received with harsh feedback,” says Ohnishi. It was made to be a successor of Princess Crown, but it ended up resulting in something that betrayed its original form.”
That said, Ohnishi feels that a simple HD version of the game wouldn’t be enough in this age. “I didn’t want to think ‘it’s just an old title, after all,’ and leave it as that, so I felt that the least we could do is treat it as Vanillaware’s newest title, and rebuild it once again.”
He continues, “on the other hand, I believe there are fans that greatly value the original version, so we’ve decided to add the original version in HD, along with the newer version, both together in one.”
Next, he’s asked about some of the new features.
“We’re adding monsters that we weren’t able to add in the original version as mid-bosses in the new title,” responds Ohnishi. “While they are mid-bosses, some of them might be made even better than bosses in the original version. Additionally, enemies from the original version have new AI, so I believe you’ll get to play with a fresh new sense.”
“The controls have an easy and familiar sense of control that you’d get from Dragon’s Crown or Muramasa,” concluded Ohnishi.
Odin Sphere: Leifdrasir will release in Japan on January 14, 2016 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. It will have a cross-save feature as well.