Square Enix Trademarks Tactics Ogre: Reborn, NVIDIA Leaks Proven Again?
Square Enix has filed Tactics Ogre: Reborn in Japan, perhaps providing further proof that the 2021 NVIDIA leaks are valid.
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It was recently discovered on Chizai Watch – a website registering new Japanese brands – a brand for Tactics Barley: Reborn had been created by Square Enix. The list was filed on March 31 and made public on April 8. It is also categorized as “Education and Entertainment,” which would include video games.
What makes the case more interesting is that this mark can validate the existence of other games. In September 2021, Ighor July, a security engineer, discovered a list of over 18,000 games through NVIDIA GeForce NOW. The list of “NVIDIA leaks” was later deleted, but archived.
The leaked list of compiled titles also included games that had apparently yet to be announced, including Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, Street Fighter VI, and Chrono Cross Remastered.
Several console-exclusive titles were also listed, along with games that hadn’t been announced by their respective rights holders, including Injustice 3 and the remasters of Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy Tactics.
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The list of leaks also included the mention of “Tactics Ogre Remaster”. It’s entirely possible that this “Reborn” title is the remaster, but under a more marketable name. Does that mean everything on the list is a leak that will surely be announced?
An NVIDIA spokesperson told The Verge shortly after the leaks became widely known that in addition to the released and known titles, it also contained “speculative titles, used only for tracking and internal testing. Inclusion on the list is neither a confirmation nor an announcement of a game.”
While the growing number of games on the list announced after its leak makes the excuse harder to believe, entries on the list such as “Pokemon MMORPG” (for PC no less) would be highly unlikely and lend credence to the claim. from NVIDIA.
On the other hand, some of these titles have had other signs of veracity, including Square Enix games. Final Fantasy IX has an anime series in the works – which could very well accompany a remaster – and Actraiser: Rebirth’s announcement came in late September, following leaks.
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Final Fantasy Tactics Remaster has also appeared on a PC key retailer, along with claims from alleged game tester Eidos-Montreal via Reddit.
They claimed to have been asked about their previous experience with tactical RPGs and Final Fantasy games, especially those set in the world of Ivalice (as Final Fantasy Tactics was), and outright whether they had played different versions of Final Fantasy Tactics.
It should be noted that the purported questionnaire also asked if potential game testers had played games from the Tactics Ogre and Ogre Battle series – although the screenshot of the questionnaire does not contain anything that could validate it as legitimate.
In February 2020, Square Enix head Tomoya Asano revealed that President Yosuke Matsuda had requested that more “HD 2D” games be produced. This was popularized by Octopath Traveler, combining retro sprites with 3D environments and lighting effects.
“The president has ordered us to use HD-2D more,” Asano (translation: Niche Gamer) explained. “We decided to think about remakes of past titles.”
“We put together a list of the types of titles that would be possible,” Asano said, “and we thought about which titles would be good to play in HD-2D as fairly as possible, and presented them to the president. ”
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“It wasn’t a winner-takes-all game, but it was like a list of titles released by Square and Enix for the SNES that were suitable for HD-2D and which weren’t.”
Laughing, Asano mentioned that “Mahjong titles were impossible. I put them all together and presented Live A Live as the most suitable. By the way, Actraiser came second [laughs].”
The aforementioned Live a Live remaster with Triangle Strategy recently used the effect, as did the upcoming Dragon Quest 3 HD-2D remake.
A rebrand and Square Enix’s desire to revive older titles with HD2D means Tactics Orge is almost certainly guaranteed, even if it wasn’t an SNES title.
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Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together originally launched in 1995 in Japan (1996 on Sega Saturn and 1998 on PlayStation in the west) under Quest Corporation, which would later dissolve into Square. The game also had a 2010 PSP remake.
The story takes place after the death of the King of Valeria and the ensuing civil war, leaving a despotic ruler in charge. As part of a resistance group, players choose how far they will go to free their people. The story also branched out depending on whether the players made legal, neutral, or chaotic decisions.
Part of the larger Ogre Battle series, only two games have the Tactics Ogre title – the others being real-time strategy games. Tactics Ogre was the second game in the Ogre series, inspiring other Square Enix “tactics” games to come.
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