By Guy Rainey / February 19th, 2014
First and foremost, “Romancing Saga” is not a typo. Let me explain. Remember when we mentioned that Square Enix had posted a SaGa 25th-anniversary teaser site? Just in case you don’t, I’ve posted the image above. I mentioned at the time that it wouldn’t be uncharacteristic of Square Enix to announce a mobile game this way. Well, if that was your biggest concern, you can rest easy—it turns out it’s not a game at all. It also turns out there was more information there than we realized.
Recognize this? Yeah, you can see it in the teaser. Turns out it’s the official symbol of Saga Prefecture. (A Japanese prefecture seems to be akin to a United States county.) Saga Prefecture is an area rich in “natural scenery, history, culture, and people,” according to Square Enix executive producer and SaGa series creator Akitoshi Kawazu. This site was teasing a creative collaboration with Saga Prefecture in honor of the original SaGa’s 25th anniversary—hence the name Romancing Saga (referring to Saga Prefecture rather than the SaGa franchise).
Romancing Saga will be an event held March 13th to 16th, 2014, at Roppongi Hills Café. According to our translator Herman Chau, “Beginning with a sale of Tomomi Kobayashi’s artwork on porcelain pottery, there will be a collaboration between the SaGa series’ character illustrations and traditional style crafts. Furthermore, there will be foods made from local Saga specialty produce! The wind is…coming!” In addition, there will be a a special talk (panel?) March 16th by “SaGa series creator and members of the Saga Prefecture government. They will talk about the game and the prefecture. There’s also going to be a special live performance!?”
So, yeah, not anything like we expected, but at least it’s not a mobile game. And we could hear more about a SaGa game in that talk, I guess.
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