Pretty please, Square-Enix and tri-Ace?
It’s been 15 years since Radiata Stories released on the PS2, a one-of-a-kind JRPG released at the end of the PS2’s console cycle; to commemorate the occasion, fans are coming together to petition Square-Enix and tri-Ace to revive the hidden gem and digitally preserve it on PSN.
The petition’s creator, Eli Farmer, started the movement roughly two months ago, making an emotional plea to the two companies:
“Thanks to the internet I have found a community of people like me who have a special fondness for the world of Radiata. The only blip that makes this discovery somewhat bittersweet is the knowledge that the hardware that allows all of us to enjoy the game has already begun aging out. Discs and disc readers aren’t meant to last forever, and because of that the world of Radiata may soon become inaccessible. Which is why I ask that Square Enix and tri-Ace consider adding Radiata Stories to the PlayStation Store. Radiata Stories is worth preserving and this would allow it to live on past it’s physical medium.”
Since then, over 750 fans have come together to sign the petition, with Farmer leading the charge and making noise every step of the way. Occasionally posting updates to the change.org page, he’s notified the supporters that he’s reached out to tri-Ace, who kindly responded that they were grateful for the support.
Stephanie Sheh, the voice actor for main character Ridley Silverlake, has also commented on the petition to share her appreciation for the fans and spoke warmly of her time spent on the beloved title.
Radiata Stories originally released on January 27, 2005, on the PS2. The JRPG’s unique draw was that there were 300 characters and 175 recruitable NPCs, each with their own personalities and backstories. To recruit teammates, players would have to complete certain tasks and memorize characters’ routines, as the game’s day/night cycle meant characters adhered to individual schedules.
Interested in seeing Radiata Stories as a digital download? Sign the petition here.