While Square-Enix registered the trademark for Tactics Ogre: Reborn in March and the game had previously been leaked as a part of the famed NVIDIA hack, no official word from the publisher has emerged regarding the revival of the beloved tactical role-playing franchise. Technically we still haven’t, but we do have definitive proof that it’s returning thanks to a PlayStation Store leak today.
Spotted by eagle-eyed PlayStation Store surfers like Wario64, fans got a look at some beautiful key art for the game and learned a few key facts before Sony attempted to rip the listing for the game down, with little success.
Ogre Battle is a famed franchise that dates back to the launch of Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen back on the Super Nintendo in 1993. The series reached stratospheric levels of acclaim with the launch of Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together on the SNES before jumping to the Sega Saturn and eventually the PlayStation. A remaster was made available on the PSP in 2010. Like Final Fantasy Tactics, fans have been desperately hoping that Square-Enix might return to the IP, and this leak might be the first confirmation of their intent to do just that.
Reborn doesn’t suggest a remake, remaster, reboot, or even just a franchise continuation, but it gives fans the excitement that they’ve long craved regarding the franchise. This news gives further weight to the NVIDIA leak as well, many games from Square Enix that were leaked have also been made official. Having seen Kingdom Hearts IV revealed, we’ve also seen the Chrono Cross Remaster, Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PC), The DioField Chronicle, Tactics Ogre: Reborn, Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden made official, leaving just a Final Fantasy IX Remake and a Final Fantasy Tactics remake or remaster remaining as the few titles yet to be made public. At the rate that the announcements have been coming, it can’t be long before either of those officially see the light of day, just as Tactics Reborn is clearly about to do.