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Sohei Niikawa discusses Disgaea’s upcoming HD remake
A high definition remake of the original Disgaea is nearing the end of development and getting ready for release. But why remake the game, and why now? “This is the 15th anniversary of the series, so there’s no better time to do it,” answers Niikawa. “Also, this is an excellent opportunity to allow fans of the series to experience the game with high resolution graphics, so that it looks better than it ever has, and give them one more chance to spend some time with these characters.
“Another thing is, here we are being interviewed by retro Gamer – this game is very old at this point,” Niikawa continues. “But I feel that there are many young people, middle school students, high school students, that haven’t had a chance to play this yet, and I’d love for them to have the chance to play it as well.” Indeed, while the PC audience got a version of Disgaea a couple of years ago, the most recent console conversions of the game were released a decade ago for the PSP and DS.
What can fans look forward to in this release? “The biggest feature is that many versions of Disgaea have been released that added bits of content here and there, so this is an opportunity to compile all of that and make one complete version,” says Niikawa, meaning you won’t miss out on Etna Mode or any of the optional fights from the previous releases.
Disgaea 1 Complete is due for release on Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on 12