Live A Live Remake Headed To PlayStation And PC Next Month, Demo Available Today

If you've been waiting for a chance to check out the Live A Live remake but you don't have a Switch, you're in luck.

Published: March 30, 2023 6:19 AM /


The Sundown Kid and his rival, Mad Dog, in the Live A Live remake

Square Enix has announced that the Live A Live remake is making its way to PlayStation consoles and PC. The remake, which was previously exclusive to Nintendo Switch, will come to PS5, PS4, and PC via Steam on April 27th, so you'll soon have a chance to experience this reimagined cult classic outside of Nintendo's ecosystem.

On the Square Enix website, the studio reveals that Live A Live is coming to new platforms and also announces that a demo is available starting today. The demo, which allows you to play through the opening parts of three of the game's stories, is available right now on PlayStation and is coming to PC later today.

The three stories you'll get to sample are the Wild West segment, the Twilight of Edo Japan story, and the Distant Future. I think these are three of the game's strongest stories, so you'll be able to get a good sense of whether Live A Live is for you or not. If you've got an interest in the history of JRPGs and their evolution, then you should definitely give it a look, though.

Live A Live was originally a Japan-only release for the SNES. Launching in 1994, it was an influential and progressive JRPG that eschewed the usual linear narrative of many of its compatriots, choosing instead to present a sort of "short story collection"-style experience in which eight disparate protagonists' stories were unveiled. The game influenced director Takashi Tokita's later projects, including Chrono Trigger, on which he served as one of three directors.

The remake of Live A Live was released in July last year for the Switch. It reimagines the SNES classic in the HD-2D style you've seen in games like Octopath Traveler (on which Live A Live is also a very clear influence) and Triangle Strategy. Within the first couple of months of its release, Live A Live sold 500,000 copies on Switch, which is pretty impressive (and is probably also why the game is getting re-released on other platforms).

Square Enix's Live A Live remake comes to PlayStation and PC on April 27th. A demo for the game is available now on PlayStation and will be available later today on PC.

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