Square Enix has been sharing daily artwork to hype up the upcoming HD-2D remake of Live A Live on Nintendo Switch. Today’s illustration is by a development member in charge of key visuals, depicting the protagonist of The Near Future era, Akira, and a supporting character, The Steel Titan.
Akira lives with his sister in an orphanage after their father is murdered by a biker gang known as the Crusaders. Additionally, Akira has psychokinetic powers, which he uses to investigate kidnappings occurring by the aforementioned biker gang, leading to an unveiled conspiracy only stoppable by reviving The Steel Titan, known as an ancient robot king.
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You can view the full illustration counting down 4 days until Live A Live’s release below:
Live A Live was initially released only in Japan for the Super Famicom in 1994. It is unique as a JRPG title as it is effectively seven more miniature games that take place across different settings and time periods, with two unlockable scenarios that tie the stories together.
The title gained a following outside of Japan thanks to a fan translation that was among the earliest widely-shared complete patches, despite being considered to be a sales failure in its home country. The title has (again, exclusively in Japan) also been re-released through the Virtual Console service on the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Live A Live is releasing for Nintendo Switch worldwide on July 22, 2022.
Read our staff writer’s feature on why Live A Live matters.
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