Forever Entertainment will release the mecha-tactical RPG – FRONT MISSION 2: Remake – for the Nintendo Switch in 2023. An exact release date remains unconfirmed, but the game’s Nintendo eShop page reveals some details.
The plot of this title follows the events of the first entry of Front Mission (originally released for Super Famicom in 1995) and the upcoming Front Mission 1st: Remake for Switch.
Players take on the role of Ash and his henchmen, Lisa and Thomas, as they deal with the aftermath of a coup d’etat in the People’s Republic of Alordesh. They also witness political machinations and uncover a conspiracy that could explain the reason for the coup.
As expected from a front mission game, this remake features a very mature story, exciting turn-based combat, and plenty of customization options. And with the key characters piloting Wanzers – military-grade mecha battle units – customization between battles and skirmishes plays a crucial role.
The original Front Mission 2 title was released on September 25, 1997 on the Japanese PlayStations. And he was generally well received, with Famitsu magazine giving him a 32 out of 40 rating. By May 1998 it had sold over 500,000 copies and was a financial success.
But will this remake repeat the achievements of the early Front Mission entries? It’s possible, given the recent resurgence of tactical RPGs and the fact that Front Mission 2 was never officially released outside of Japan.
Who created Front Mission 2?
The creator of the Front Mission series is Toshiro Tsuchida, the founder of G-Craft. Aside from Front Mission, he also created the Arc the Lad franchise. Square (before becoming Square Enix) bought G-Craft during the development of Front Mission 2, making it the last title in the series to feature G-Craft as a developer.
However, Front Mission wasn’t just a tactical RPG series, it was a massive mixed-media franchise. One of the most notable offshoots of the franchise is the manga Front Mission: Dog Life & Dog Style, which ran in Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine from March 2007 to October 2012.
Will this remake be worth the wait?
FRONT MISSION 2: Remake seems compelling enough to put on a wish list. Visually, it looks great and greatly improves on the rather jagged presentation of the original title. The Wanzers show a fair amount of detail even in close-up shots, which should please mecha fans.
It’s also a more grounded title in terms of its storyline and character development, making it more appealing to older audiences or those looking for that extra depth in their games.