A Square Enix game US fans of have hoped to get their hands on for more than two decades is finally crossing the Pacific.
Romancing SaGa 2 is a game that was originally released way back in 1993 in Japan, but it never made it stateside. And for a while, it was pretty painful for fans of old titles from the Final Fantasy developer—they’d gotten to play the first three games in the SaGa series on Game Boy way back in the day (only they had a different title: The Final Fantasy Legend), and the first of the next three games in the series, Romancing SaGa, made it to the US as a Playstation 2 game in 2005 and a mobile game for iOS and Android in 2009. There have been other SaGa games over the years, including the most popular game in the series, SaGa Frontier, but Romancing SaGa 2 and Romancing SaGa 3 stayed exclusive to Japan for all that time.
Until now, that is. Square Enix sent Romancing SaGa 2 to smartphones in Japan earlier this year, and English versions are coming to the US as well. That’s kind of a big deal: while cult favorite old games like these often get translated and hacked by fans, this will be a new, official translation of a 23-year-old game many US players have never had a crack at.
While it’s cool that Romancing SaGa 2 will give players a chance at an official version of a game many have never seen before, there’s no word on Romancing SaGa 3 coming stateside. Hopefully 23 years isn’t how long it takes Square Enix to do its Romancing Saga translations or something.