Are You Ready For More Mana?
Square Enix have announced that this Sunday, 6/27, they’ll be hosting a stream to celebrate the Mana series’ 30th anniversary. With promises to cover the series’ past, present, and future, at least some news seems to be on the way.
The Mana series has been on the rise in recent years, especially in the US. After regularly going years between releases, we’re about to see our 4th release in as many years. A remaster of the PS1’s Legend of Mana hits Switch, PS4, and PC in just two days on 6/24. That comes after recent remakes of both the classic Secret of Mana and Trials of Mana over the last couple of years. Trials of Mana, known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3, for years was unavailable in the US. In 2019 however it finally made its way to the US as part of the Collection of Mana on Switch. The remake a year later means that American fans can now enjoy the original game or a remake.
Despite all of these recent releases however, the last original Mana game remains 2014’s Rise of Mana, a Japan only mobile game which saw a Vita port as well. The last original Mana game to make it to the west is still 2007’s Heroes of Mana. Fans of the series could use something new. Hopefully they’re about to get it.
The stream will take place at 18:00 JST and is scheduled to last around three hours. For those in the US, that’s 5:00 EST so you’ll have to get up early or catch a replay. Guests will include Masaru Oyamada, current producer of the Mana series, and Koichi Ishii, the creator of the series. A full run through of the series will provide a nice refresher for fans too. Be warned though, the stream is in Japanese so for some a recap may be the way to follow this one. Its not live yet but you can check out the stream below.