Sony Computer Entertainment and Phantasy Star Portable developer Alfa System made a novel RPG for PsOne. Over My Dead Body (Ore no Shikabane wo Koete Yuke in Japanese) begins with a curse. After fighting a powerful demon, you, the only child of a legendary hero, are cursed to age fifty times faster. While you only have two years to live, the gods take pity on you and allow you to raise children (that also bear the same curse) in hopes of finally defeating the Oni.
While Over My Dead Body wasn’t a smash hit, it gained a cult following. Late last year, a rumor spread that the PsOne game was getting a remake. It’s true. Famitsu announced Over My Dead Body for PSP in this week’s issue.
The story is the same, but Over My Dead Body got a visual overhaul. One dungeon has an area that changes between the four seasons. Here’s a quick comparison between the PsOne version (left) and the upcoming PSP version (right).
You can see character portraits were added during battles. Sony and developer Alfa System fine-tuned the battle system too. Families can create weapons in this game, a feature that ties into the memento system where you can pass items to a new generation. Over My Dead Body for PSP also has additional scenarios and characters new for this release. Famitsu also mentions you can import save data, presumably from the PsOne game, and an unannounced ad-hoc feature.
Over My Dead Body is 50% complete.