NIS-America has just announced the exact release dates for the western version of GrimGrimoire OnceMorethe remaster of the real-time strategy game GrimGrimoire developped by Vanillawarewhich was originally released on playstation2 April 12, 2007. It will therefore be available on April 7 next in Europe and a little before in the United States, on April 4, in physical and download on nintendo-switch, playstation4 and PS5. The game will only be playable in English, with the option to choose between Japanese and English voice acting. There will be two physical editions: the standard “deluxe” version commercially sold and the limited edition that it is possible to pre-order on online stores european and american from NIS America (priced at £66.66/$89.99). An official site in English is accessible at this address. As a reminder, the game has been available since July 28 in Japan.
Basic physical edition (deluxe)
- A copy of GrimGrimoire OnceMore on Switch, PS4 or PS5
- The digital soundtrack of the game to download via a code
- A mini artbook
- A copy of GrimGrimoire OnceMore on Switch, PS4 or PS5
- The “Witches & Wonders” artbook
- The complete soundtrack “Spellbinding Symphonies” on 2 discs
- A “Magical Mayhem” fabric poster with an illustration by Yukiko Hirai
- An acrylic display “Once More Upon a Time”
- A set of 4 “Portable Spells” keychains
- A set of 5 “Mystical Portraits” illustrated cards
- A collector’s box
GrimGrimoire is a real-time strategy (or RTS/STR) and 2D game released the same year as another Vanillaware title, Odin Spherewhich was then entitled to a remake, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. Nippon Ichi Software had heard of Vanillaware over the fact that the team behind the game Princess Crown had founded his own company (which is therefore Vanillaware), and that’s how the publisher contacted the studio. GrimGrimoire is a game that greatly inspired its creator, George Kamitani, who directed it in addition to writing the screenplay and imagining the characters. His main inspiration was StarCraftor the RPG Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg of taste. We embody in GrimGrimoire a young witch, Lillet White, who is constantly reliving the same five days. His adventure will be to uncover the truth behind this sort of curse and avert impending disaster.
The remaster on Switch benefits from improved and high-resolution graphics, new game mechanics, changes and adjustments from the original game, and a complete new Japanese voiceover. However, the scenario and the flow of the game remain the same. The illustrations by Kouichi Maenou and George Kamitani are retained, with the addition brand new illustrations (one of the artists who entered Vanillaware in the 2010s, namely Yukiko Hirai, also participated) the same for the soundtrack composed by the team ofHitoshi Sakimoto directed in his group Basiscape with the composers Masaharu Iwata, Kimihiro abe, mitsuhiro Kaneda and Noriyuki Kamikura. Note that in Japan, Nippon Ichi Software released a free demo on the nintendo eShop of the Switch and the playstation store of the PS4. It allows play at the beginning of the story, and save data can be transferred to the full game. At the moment, we do not know if this demo will also be offered in the West.
The adventure begins when Lillet Blan goes to a magic academy after receiving an invitation. In this school, only young talents are sought after by the great wizards. The establishment is run by a famous wizard, Rangel Goldenwho had once defeated theArchmage. The latter had destroyed a castle, which has since been transformed into a tower, the SilverStar, which has become the campus where young wizards study. But this tower is full of unsolved mysteries and dangers, which attract many people, with their own goals. Quietly, Lillet opened his first grimoire and began his studies. But only five days later, she faced a terrifying catastrophe threatening the academy. She saw everyone evaporate then, without knowing why, she was the only survivor having traveled back in time. In fact, she will relive the last five days, which are repeated over and over, seeing the last day everyone die. A real nightmare, which she will try to fight with the help of the school’s mysterious grimoires and her new friends.
Lillet Blan (voiced by Yori Saeki in the remaster) is described as a studious and hardworking young girl whose magical talents have been recognized. She wishes to become a great magician in order to help her poor little brothers who are waiting for her at home. To face the terrible disaster of which she is the victim, she manages to resist by being both daring and calm, capacities she was unaware of until then.
Lillet will meet as soon as he arrives at the academy margarita Surprise (voiced by Miharu Hanai in the remaster), who will become her first friend. This young girl was rescued from a town that persecuted magicians because they allegedly went on a witch hunt. Despite this, Margarita maintained a carefree personality. She is always accompanied by her little familiar, a frog.
Gammel Dore (voiced by Teruo Seki), the director of the academy, is highly respected. He is a quite legendary magician, who succeeded in defeating the Archmage but also sealing the devil who had concluded a pact with him. He founded the Academy of Magic with the aim of training young talents to become the next generation of magicians. However, it seems that the school is dangerous, because sometimes students start to disappear… But that does not stop the magicians of the kingdom who dream of studying with Gammel.
Lillet will also meetLawyer (voiced by Hiromichi Tezuka in the remaster), a demon who teaches sorcery at the academy, but whose contract details with the headmaster are unknown. He likes to act like a gentleman, but sometimes his demon nature is noticeable. He seems to hold back from collecting souls on campus, but if they leap into his hands, he won’t reject any…
The other characters and their seiyuu:
- bartido Ballentyne (voiced by Miyase Naoya)
- Surly (voiced by Ryuunosuke Watanuki)
- Hiram Mint (voiced by Yuta Aoki)
- Amoretta Virginia (voiced by Miho Morisaki)
- Opalnaria Rain (voiced by Akari Kageyama)
- Chartreuse Big (voiced by Kazuyoshi Hayashi)
- Calvaros (voiced by Michitake Kikuchi)
- Lujei Piche (voiced by Wakana Maruoka)
- Gaff (voiced by by Eriko Matsui)
During the adventure, Lillet will cross paths with other characters (who have not yet been presented for the remaster), the half-man half-lion alchemy professor Chartreuse Bigthe homunculus he created from the soul of an angel Amoretta Virginiathe alchemist Bartido Ballentynethe honorary student Hiram Mint or even the professor of necromancy Opalnaria Rain.
To face the dangers of the academy, Lillet will have to make use of different forms of magic, such as witchcraft and the necromancy. The game therefore uses real-time strategy game mechanics, where you summon familiars, such as fairies or some golemsusing the power of grimoires to defeat enemies that have invaded the academy, such as demons or some spirits. Each familiar that can be conjured up has different forms and each has their own unique abilities, but also advantages and weaknesses. For example, dragons are extremely powerful, but they take time to hatch from their eggs.
Of course, the enemies also have their own weaknesses and these must be taken advantage of through the combat system. There are four types of magic: Glamour, Necromancy, Witchcraft and Alchemy. Each type can summon its own units and there are also two types of pets, Substance and Astral. Astral familiars are very weak against magic attacks, but physical abilities have no effect on them. You’ll have to be careful, because the Homunculus enemy’s Clairvoyance ability allows you to hit Astral familiars with physical attacks. Another example is the Grimalkin, which can put even the most powerful enemies to sleep.
Among the novelties of the remaster, in addition to improved and high-definition graphics (which will also allow you to better understand what is happening on the screen) as well as the new complete dubbing, there will be the system of Great Magic. There are four types of Great Magic to use in combat. It can be activated a limited number of times, but a single use can change the course of a battle. For example, the attack Mana Burst allows you to inflict damage on several enemies at once, while Resurrection heals the hit points of several team members. The developers have also created new animations especially for this novelty.
Another novelty, the Skill Tree. You will find in GrimGrimoire OnceMore missions separated from the conditions to complete each level. Coins obtained by completing objectives can be used to strengthen summoning circles and pets via the Skill Tree. Note that the pieces can be reused, which will allow you to try different strategies.
Vanillaware also added a gallery that will allow you to view the illustrations produced for GrimGrimoire and GrimGrimoire OnceMoreprecisely over 90. There will also be different options for zooming and rotating the illustrations.
Finally, at the level of changes and adjustments compared to the original version, the developers have incorporated a function to speed up fights and sections dedicated to the story and a function allowing you to save in the middle of a fight. Furthermore, the Hard difficulty level has been adjusted to offer more challenge (note: other difficulty levels are Sweet, Easy and Normal).
Nippon Ichi Software released several trailers showing various aspects of the game. the academy, the prologue and the types of magic.
Note thata Famitsu DX Pack was also offered in Japan in several versions. The most complete, costing 17,908 yenunderstand a tapestry with an exclusive illustration by artist Yukiko Hirai (character designer of 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim) from Vanillaware (the same one that will be included in the European and American limited edition), a set of four A4 posters , a set of 11 stickers representing the main characters, a mug, a bag, a 3D crystal with its LED support representing Lillet, the soundtrack album (two discs, 25 music in total including 7 unreleased for the remaster) including an illustration by the artist Shigatake and finally a keychain. Note that the OST album was also sold separately.
As a bonus, here are some comparison images between the original version and the remaster:
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GrimGrimoire OnceMore, the remaster of the real-time strategy game from Vanillaware and Nippon Ichi Software, available on April 7, 2023 in Europe on Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PS5 – Nintendo-Difference
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