Just about everyone had to get their time in during last night’s Game Awards — the schedule was so packed that even big outfits like Square only had time to show two trailers. They were big ones, however — one is a new look at their most anticipated title of 2024 and the other is the revival of a beloved series that hasn’t had a new entry in at least 15 years.
First, the revival. Visions of Mana is the first original game in Square’s Mana series in a long time; though it’s been active this last decade, all the released games have been remakes of 16 and 32-bit classics in the series. The first peek we got last night doesn’t suggest many radical changes, though we wouldn’t expect any. The story is also very familiar: Square says Visions of Mana will “take players on a new adventure with protagonist Val, a soul guard assigned to protect his childhood friend, who has been chosen by the Faerie as the Alm of Fire to travel to the Tree of Mana.” The important thing is that we get to run around serene-looking nature environments and slash at bunny-looking things.
Visions of Mana will be out sometime in 2024 for PS4, PS5, XBox Series X/S and PC. It is rather odd here that Switch isn’t mentioned after the remakes have sold so well on that system, but our theory is they plan to sell it for Switch 2 instead, which has yet to be announced. Wouldn’t surprise us!
Square’s second and biggest trailer of the Awards was their latest Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth trailer, which revealed the game’s theme song by Nobuo Uematsu, ‘No Promises to Keep.” In-universe the song is sung by Aerith at a performance of LOVELESS, but in real life it’s performed by Loren Allred, who sung it live on stage. Below is an extended version of the trailer with additional scenes, including the first-ever reveal of the “new” Vincent Valentine and Cid Highwind.