Square Enix Considering More HD-2D Remakes of SNES Era Titles

Triangle Strategy makes use of the HD-2D aesthetic.
Triangle Strategy makes use of the HD-2D aesthetic. / Photo courtesy of Square Enix

Square Enix is considering remaking more of its SNES era games in the HD-2D style made popular by Octopath Traveler and set to be used in the upcoming Triangle Strategy.

Tomoya Asano, producer on the Square Enix-published Triangle Strategy, confirmed this strategy was under consideration in a Square Enix radio show with Famitsu (H/T VGC). He said Square Enix president Yosuka Matsuda himself is pushing for the art style.

"The president ordered us to make more use of HD-2D, so we decided to think about remakes of past titles," said Asano. "So we lined up possible titles and thought about which could be done in HD-2D, and brought them to the president."

Asano says the list included "titles released by Square and Enix for the Super Famicon — ones which were suitable for HD-2D, ones which were unsuitable for it, and ones which were impossible to play, like mahjong games."

Ultimately the team decided Live A Live made the most sense for such a remake, and Square Enix announced the remake in the most recent Nintendo Direct presentation — though no release date was shared. Asano said the second most suitable to this style of remake was ActRaiser, which received an HD remaster called ActRaiser Renaissance for the Switch last year that didn't use the HD-2D aesthetic.

Triangle Strategy is set for release March 4.