19. Jul, 2016 13:19 (HKT)

I Am Setsuna now available on the US PSN for PS4!

PlayStation®4 [JRPG] Digital-Only (US) - July 19th, 2016

For those who grew up with the Super Nintendo, seeing this video instantly harkens back to the days of some of the best JRPGs video gaming has ever offered. Distinctively an old school RPG with 1990's stylization, I Am Setsuna is Square Enix's homage to the past, described at TGS 2015 as a "pure fantasy, true role-playing video game." Based on the roots of both Square and Enix, then this is something that all gamers can look forward to, especially those who love epic stories, indelible piano music, and the polish games of that era shared.

Taking place on a snow-bound island, immediately one can perceive that the theme of I Am Sestuna is intended to be sadness - the title literally means Setsuna of Sacrifice and Snow. According to ancient customs, a maiden must be sacrificed as appeasement to demons; the game sets off with a cast of characters who accompany Setsuna, the chosen one, to the edges of the known world for her own sacrifice. How this concludes though - we have all yet to discover.

It's interesting to point out that the battle system is a modern combination of both Square Enix's famous ATB (Active Time Battle System) and the upgraded ATB 2.0 of one of the most famous JRPGs of all time: Chrono Trigger. As such, battles take place not in the overworld, but through dungeons (similar to CT) and depending on the position of the player party, different movesets can activate, so long as a character's ATB guage is filled up.

There's also a separate limit break type mechanic called the Setsuna gauge; with each action taken or when the ATB gauges is allowed to fill, a special power boost is given to the characters resulting in battle changing events like new attacks, health recovery, or massive critical attacks to the enemies.

And almost too true to JRPG tradition - I Am Setsuna has already gotten a release in Japan, with stellar reviews on gameplay, story, and music - this parallels the same trends for those who've lived throught the "Golden Age of JRPGs." If you want to get this English Version, the best way to get it is via PSN points, which you can pick up here. In any case, this is a title that we are personally excited to play!
PSN Card 20 USD | Playstation Network US digital (US)US$ 21.9924h
PSN Card 50 USD | Playstation Network US digital (US)US$ 49.9924h
PSN Card 10 USD | Playstation Network US digital (US)US$ 11.9924h

How about a physical copy for your collection, or maybe your Vita?

While there is no news of a physical release in the US or Europe, a physical release is already available in both Japan and Asia. Although keep in mind the only language options available are Japanese.

Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna (PlayStation 4™, JPN)  sold
Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna (PlayStation Vita, JPN) US$ 22.99 24h
Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna (Japanese) (PlayStation 4™, ASIA)  sold
Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna (Japanese) (PlayStation Vita, ASIA)  sold

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