Odin Sphere HD Remake Coming to America Next Year

Vanillaware’s Odin Sphere, one of the true all-time PlayStation 2 sleeper classics (at least in my humble opinion), is receiving the HD remaster treatment in the newly announced Odin Sphere Leifthrasir for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

Pronounced “LAYV-thra-sheer” and authentically written as “Leifþrasir” with a thorn þ (that’s your lesson in Nordic for the day!), Leifthrasir is promising a whole lot more than the same game from 2007 with a fresh coat of paint quickly brushed on.

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From Atlus USA’s press release:

Vanillaware, the team behind the hit side-scrolling title Dragon’s Crown is working on a new authentic HD project with ATLUS to recreate and perfect Odin Sphere – the 2D action RPG with Norse Mythology roots. Told in five tales from the perspectives of five unique protagonists, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir expresses the original game with glorious HD graphics in Vanillaware’s renowned style, expanded worlds with new monsters, fully voiced story scenes, and a fine-tuned refreshing combat and RPG system to perfect the gameplay.

You can look forward to playing Odin Sphere Leifthrasir on the PlayStation device of your choice in 2016, when the game will be available in North America, both on disc at retail and via digital download. The Japanese announcement trailer seen at the top of the page teases an art book at the end, so it seems safe to assume that Atlus will be making that available as a pre-order bonus or as part of some form of first print special edition.

But we’re still a ways out from getting any official news on that. Fill the time until then by playing Vanillaware’s most recent masterpiece, the brilliant Dragon’s Crown.

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