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So­hei Ni­ikawa dis­cusses Disgaea’s up­com­ing HD re­make

Retro Gamer - - THE MAKING OF: DISGAEA: HOUR OF DARKNESS -

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

Oc­to­ber 2018.

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