Trials of Mana Remake Update, Popularity Poll, Bring Arts Figures Announced by Square Enix
The original Trials of Mana is celebrating its 25th anniversary, Square Enix made multiple announcements for the occasion, including Bring Arts figures.
Trials of Mana launched on April 24, 2020, on PC via Steam, PS4, and Switch. Square Enix already announced its sales overwhelmingly exceeded expectations, and teased more to come for the Mana series in the future. The game is a remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, released exclusively in Japan on Super Famicom/Snes by Square on September 30, 1995. As such, Seiken Densetsu 3, is celebrating its 25th anniversary on September 30, 2020. Square Enix made multiple announcements for the occasion.
First off, the Trials of Mana remake will receive an new version 1.1.0 update on October 14. The update will add two now difficulty modes, Very Hard and No Future. Clearing the game in No Future will unlock the Rabite Slippers. If you equip them, it lets you avoid all monster encounters in maps and dungeons. Multiple bugs will be corrected as well.
— 聖剣伝説 -公式- (@Seiken_PR) September 30, 2020
Moreover, Square Enix is organizing a popularity poll for the six protagonist of Trials of Mana. The one with the most vote will receive a new artwork by character designer Haccan. Obviously, Riesz will win this, but it’ll be interesting to see the full results. The Trials of Mana protagonist popularity poll lasts until October 13.
Duran – 🗡️
Angela – ✨
Charlotte – 😝
Kevin – 🐺
Hawkeye – ⚔️
Riesz – 🌪️
Let us know who your favourite hero is, using #TrialsofMana25th between now & 13th October.
The most popular character will have new artwork created by the legenday HACCAN! pic.twitter.com/kfXYpNrWr6
— Mana Series (@ManaGame) September 30, 2020
Wallpapers for online calls have also been published.
Next, Bring Arts action figures for Duran, Angela, Kevin, Charlotte, Hawkeye, and Riesz were announced:
— SQUARE ENIX Official Goods (@SQEX_MD_GOODS) September 30, 2020
The figures will be sold by set of two. The Duran and Angela Bring Arts set will launch on August 28, 2021. The Charlotte and Kevin Bring Arts set will launch on September 25, 2021. The Riesz and Hawkeye Bring Arts set will launch on October 30, 2021.
Each figure set will be 21,780 Yen (tax included).
Lastly, the OST of the original Seiken Densetsu 3 by Hiroki Kikuta is also available on multiple platforms:
25周年を記念して #聖剣伝説3 の作曲家・菊田裕樹氏が自らセレクトしたプレイリストを定額制聴き放題サービスで配信中！
— SQUARE ENIX MUSIC (@sem_sep) September 30, 2020
Hiroki Kikuta shared his enthusiasm for the Trials of Mana 25th anniversary over on Twitter as well:
Hey guys! Today is SeikenDensetsu3 25th anniversary day! You know? ☺️ pic.twitter.com/CvAh8vqtCg
— レジェンド菊田💫 作曲の人 DTMの人 ゲーム音楽の人 HIROKI KIKUTA (@Hiroki_Kikuta) September 30, 2020
He’s pretty cool and regularly chats with fans on Twitter so be sure to give him a follow.
Seiken Densetsu 3 is the follow-up to Seiken Densetsu 2, known as Secret of Mana outside Japan. Seiken Densetsu 3 was officially localized as Trials of Mana and released outside Japan for the first time in 2019 via Collection of Mana on Nintendo Switch. The remake is also named Trials of Mana in the west, which is kinda confusing. In Japan, the 2020 remake is titled “Seiken Densetsu 3 Trials of Mana” to differentiate it from the original game.
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