The producer and director for Romancing SaGa Minstrel Song Remastered shared their thoughts on how they modernized the game on the Square Enix website. Hiroyuki Miura is the producer, and Naofumi Ueno is the director. The two revealed fan-demand is why this entry returned.
Romancing SaGa Minstrel Song Remastered is just one of many projects that the SaGa team worked on in order to bring the SaGa games onto modern consoles. The team chose to work on Minstrel Song after SaGa Frontier Remastered due to high player demand. While the game is mostly a port, there are some quality-of-life improvements such as mini-maps and New Game +. This is all part of modernizing an old game for a new audience.
As for new content (which includes new playable characters and scenarios), the team included them for players who beat the original game. This way, players who may have beat the original Minstrel Song several times since its 2005 debut can experience something new. Because Ueno played Minstrel Song as a regular player in the past, he had confidence that the game is great on its own. Due to that faith, there were not many changes, thus preserving the “charm of the original.”
For reference, Romancing SaGa initially came out in 1992 in Japan. The PS2 remake, Minstrel Song, then came out in both Japan and North America in 2005. Miura states that there will be more SaGa games in the future. However, he did not provide more details beyond that.
Romancing SaGa Minstrel Song Remastered is available on the PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch, as well as on iOS and Android devices.