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Surprise! Grandia HD Collection Will Release Next Week on Switch

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Surprise! Grandia HD Collection Will Release Next Week on Switch

Back in June we were teased with more Grandia HD Collection news that was supposed to be coming “soon.” I was thinking sometime around E3, but clearly GungHo Online Entertainment felt early August was still pretty soon. In any event, they delivered and not only revealed the release date for Grandia HD Collection on Nintendo Switch but also that, surprise, it’s coming out next week!

The collection which will include enhanced HD versions of both Grandia I and II will release next Friday on Aug. 16. The details of the collection haven’t changed from the last time we heard from GungHo, but to save you a click we’ll list them down below.

Now it’s worth noting that we only have a release date for the HD Collection for the Switch. GungHo did not release information yet about the Grandia HD Remaster for PC. The release date for that one will be announced another time but the anniversary edition of Grandia II is already out on Steam if you’re chomping at the bit.

It’s funny, I remember at the time chatter of Skies of Arcadia being overshadowed by the highly anticipated Grandia II for which released right around the same time on the Sega Dreamcast but fortunately, both games ended up becoming classics in their own right.

Grandia fans though will have the luxury of seeing two great games remastered for the Switch. Hopefully Sega can follow suit and get Skies of Arcadia ported to a modern console as well…

Anyhoo, check out the key features for both games, including details of the remastering going on below.

Key Features (Both Games):

  • Real-time, turn-based action – Experience and employ a unique action bar system for real-time fighting with distinct characters
  • Magic-based combat – Gather Mana Eggs to learn and use magic-based skills, ranging from elemental attacks to character-enhancing magic for defense and offense statistical boosts
  • Illustrious worlds to explore – The vibrant worlds in GRANDIA HD Collection include nostalgic starter cities such as Parm (GRANDIA) and Carbo Village (GRANDIA II) to iconic fields and areas such as The End of the World (GRANDIA) and Valmar’s Moon (GRANDIA II)
  • Gather Skill Points and ATTACK! – Skill Points or Skill Coins can be used to earn incredibly intense moves that make for an extraordinary fighting experience
  • Eclectic Enemy Encounters – The worlds of GRANDIA and GRANDIA II bring forth a plethora of challenging and epic enemies in the wild, as well as main storyline bosses
  • Ear-Indulging, Melodious Compositions – Experience world exploration, momentous battles, and legendary in-game experiences in beautiful harmony with musical compositions from acclaimed Japanese composer Noriyuki Iwadare

GRANDIA features

  • Enhanced details to UI, sprites, and texture art
  • Original cinematic videos receiving visual enhancements
  • Widescreen support and customizable resolutions (only for PC)
  • Steam cards and Achievements (only for PC)
  • Audio: Japanese and English
  • Language Support: Original English and Japanese plus French and German translation
  • Gamepad and keyboard support with remappable controls (only for PC)

GRANDIA II features

  • Enhanced details to UI, sprites, and texture art
  • Original cinematic videos receiving visual enhancements
  • Widescreen support and customizable resolutions (only for PC)
  • Audio: Japanese and English
  • Language Support: Original English and Japanese plus New French and German translation
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