Fans were excited when game developer Atlus announced that “Odin Sphere” would be getting a high-definition upgrade and would be ported to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. It's now called “Odin Sphere Leifthrasir,” and Atlus made another fan-pleasing announcement that the title will indeed be getting a North American release sometime in 2016.
Originally released for the PlayStation 2 to critical acclaim, the “Odin Sphere HD” port will be available in retail outlets and the PlayStation Network next year, according to a report from VG24/7. Those interested in the game can either buy a physical copy of the 2D Japanese Roleplaying Game (JRPG) or purchase the game digitally through the PlayStation Network store (PSN).
Aside from the more polished HD graphics, “Odin Sphere Leifthrasir” will have a number of improvements, including a more refined combat system, fully voiced cutscenes and a classic mode for those who don’t want to play the game in HD. The game’s world has also grown since the original PlayStation 2 version, so fans can expect new monsters to face.
Polygon has stated that prior to the announcement, the original “Odin Sphere” game was available on the PlayStation 3 as a PlayStation 2 Classic digital download for $9.99. It won’t have any of the HD visuals that the coming version will have, though those who simply miss the game can pick it up now and see how it holds up.
As the title indicates, “Odin Sphere” is based on Norse mythology. The game did things differently by being a JRPG that played more like a 2D brawler, which proved to be an unexpected delight.
“Odin Sphere Leifthrasir” will be available on the aforementioned PlayStation platforms next year, with many improvements over the original game and the PlayStation 2 Classic download. No word on the game having any pre-order bonuses, though fans can expect an announcement on that when the release nears.