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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir has landed in Australia on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 3, and despite it being a remaster of a game that was released 9 years ago on the PS2, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is every bit a landmark release in 2016 just as the original Odin Sphere was back in 2007.

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir comes from Vanillaware, a studio that really made waves in 2007 when they released the 2D action RPG Odin Sphere and the 2D real time strategy game GrimGrimoire (not many people remember it but it was pretty neat). Later they would create the blistering fast 2D action game Muramasa: The Demon Blade for the Wii, followed by the Dungeons and Dragons inspired brawler Dragon’s Crown on the PS3 and Vita. In between those games there was a promising PSP RPG called Grand Knights History which unfortunately barely missed an English localisation. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is their latest and is far from just an ordinary remaster of a PS2 game because it goes above and beyond in so many ways.

What does the future hold for Vanillaware? Well they’re stepping away from the medieval themes that defined their catalogue, and are boldly stepping into the world of sci-fi and mechs in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim for PS4 and Vita. Not much has been revealed of the title yet, but the brief teaser trailer nearly made me cry over the fact that I had an Xbox One instead of a PS4. I’m so glad I own a Vita now.


But what about their past? Well, Vanillaware actually did exist in a much different form long before their successful 2007 debut. The people of Vanillaware were once part of Atlus, and back in 1997 they created Princess Crown for the SEGA Saturn. Released only in Japan, Princess Crown is honestly a spiritual prequel to Odin Sphere. Princess Crown laid the blue print for the gameplay mechanics, game design, and every little nuance that got far more refined by the time Odin Sphere was released a decade later. While most games in Vanillaware’s catalogue are highly distinct from each other, the 2D action RPG style of Princess Crown was most certainly succeeded by Odin Sphere.

To commemorate the release of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, we have a nice selection of articles for you to enjoy, which will hopefully get you excited for game if you weren’t already. First and foremost, we’ve got our review of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir itself. Then we have a little retrospective on the original PS2 version of Odin Sphere. Finally, we take a look at Odin Sphere‘s spiritual predecessor, Princess Crown on the SEGA Saturn.


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